There are so many things that I love about the quilt world, but the one that always makes me slightly emotional are the friendships. Despite the internet connecting us in ways that I could never have imagined when I was young, it is still not easy for us adults to go and make friends. I am quite a shy person, and look at the way my daughter can go to a playground and start chatting and then playing with other children, and wonder at what age we lose that ability. Quilt making seems to bring out that childish inquisitiveness in us. ‘How did you make it’, ‘who is it for’, ‘what are you making next’ - it gives us a connection that takes us back to the easy ‘how old are you and what’s your favourite colour’ conversations.

Quilt groups are often at the core of quilting as a social activity, giving us somewhere to sew and chat with other makers. Successes are much more fun when you have people rooting for you, and the not so good parts of life are much easier if you know you have support behind you. And the committees of groups are often the unsung heroes. I don’t envy the social secretary whose job it is to find speakers and teachers who are new, appeal to the tastes of the group and are available on the required days. Or the treasurer who has to number crunch when they would probably rather be quilting, and the chair who needs to bring everyone together and possibly ends up doing much more than they thought the role would entail.

So with this in mind, when Khurshid Bamboat got in touch to say her group was celebrating their 30th anniversary I thought you too may be interested in the story. I was pleased to read how the group collect their history through an archive so it can be shared with others, ensuring that the group will continue to run for many more years to come. Another thing groups are wonderful at is raising money for charity. Through exhbitions and raffl es so many worthy causes are supported. Project Linus is a name many quilters know, and many groups donate quilts to the cause. In this issue we meet Simone McGee and discover how she got into quilting, and how her group goes about donating to Linus. If you don’t already make quilts for the charity, hopefully it will inspire you to get involved in 2017

Our regular features and articles this month include: 

  • Create Amanda Ogden’s impressive Winter Roses quilt with eight-point star blocks and an on-point setting
  • Take Me Home - This month the team pick their favourite sewing related items on
    a theme of black, white and grey
  • Anne Williams takes a look at British antique quilts inspired by nature
  • Suzanne Fisher has sewn plain fabrics together in curved pieces to create a lovely, jewel-like quilt in Jewelled Curves
  • Cheer up meal times with Louisa Goult’s bright and simple Staggered Placemats
  • News and Reviews - The latest quilting news
  • Meet the.. This month we meet Simone McGee, a Project Linus volunteer
  • Get Creative - Elizabeth Betts shares her technique for using Softcut to print onto fabric
  • Join us in the second part of our quilt-along to make a wholecloth designed by Greta Fitchett using different quilting techniques
  • This month we take a tour of Leicester in Let's Visit

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