Popular Patchwork Nov

I used to have a patchwork shop and remember the first time a sales rep visited in January and showed me a Christmas range. I think it was around the 4th or 5th of January and I was starting to take down the decorations and get tidied. When the rep arrived I put the kettle on and we chatted about what we did over the break and plans for the New Year. Visits from a rep were always a treat, sample after sample of fabric designs, but I was a little taken aback by the sweet robins and decorated trees that were at the top of the pile. It was 2011, I had had the shop for nearly a year and was still learning the ropes, and he was a little amused that I was slightly shocked by the sight of all this cheerful festive fabric. I enjoy the January feeling of taking down the decorations and looking ahead to the new year, and the sight of the cheerful little Santas were a bit, well, overwhelming! With this in mind I was delighted that Hannah Richards, the Creative Director at Lewis and Irene agreed to share the timeline of putting together a festive range of fabric. You can read more about it on page 46.

As this is the December issue we have lots of festive projects for you. Melinda Duncan’s apron (page 58) and Suzanne Fisher’s cushions (this month’s cover project) are both fast and easy to sew and make ideal presents. As an aunt to a three-month-old, I loved Judith Hollies’ bib projects - quick to sew and ideal for scraps, I won’t mind if they quickly get ‘used’ as bibs do! We also have a gorgeous selection of quilts, featuring festive Baubles (p36), graphic Icicles (p22), pretty roses (p30) and a beautiful medallion quilt (p50).

Happy Quilting,


Our regular features and articles this month include: 

  • Kerry Foster explains how to use Pinterest to find and plan your next quilt project
  • Take Me Home - This month the team pick their favourite sewing related items featuring festive characters
  • Elizabeth Betts spends a relaxing weekend quilting at the justhandson.tv retreat in Buckinghamshire
  • Stuart answers a reader’s question about binding
  • Anne Williams finds out about Fine Cell Work, the charity and social enterprise that trains prisoners in creative needlework
  • Add glamour to your festive décor with a stylish tree skirt by Jennie Rayment
  • News and Reviews - The latest quilting news
  • Meet the.. This month we meet Matthew Doughty from Doughty's
  • Get Creative - Judith Hollies makes a contemporary festive wreath
  • We interview Linda Onions and find out how taking a local patchwork and quilting class led to teaching and exhibiting her own work
  • This month we take a tour of Devizes in Let's Visit

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