Popular Patchwork July 2016

‘Did you sew as a child?’ That is something Liz, our editor, gets asked a lot and people are often surprised to hear that she didn’t. She would have loved to have had the opportunity to do more sewing when she was younger, and so has huge admiration for people who teach the next generation how to sew. This month we've been talking to lots of those people, volunteers who help in or sew for schools and tutors who teach sewing professionally. We're also looking at sewing and sport, so there's a variety of summery features and projects in this month's issue.

  • Our cover quilt for July is Judith Hollies' Summer Starburst. Judith shows you how to dig deep into your scraps to create a dramatic colourful quilt
  • Kerry Foster’s Tulip Ruler Pouch is big, beautiful, and perfect for storing your quilting rulers
  • Debbie von Grabler-Crozier’s pretty Needle Case is the perfect way to keep track of your needles
  • Mandy Munroe has used fresh prints to create a quick-and-easy Summertime Throw
  • An appliqued bird makes a lovely detail on a handy bag from Fiona Hesford, Watch the Birdie, which can be stored in its own little case when not in use
  • Set off on part two of our pirate quilting adventure with Aye, Aye Captain, designed and made by Lynne Goldsworthy for The Henley Studio
  • Get ready for Wimbledon with a fun Grand Slam tennis quilt by Ruth Lazarus
  • Sara Jaskiewicz used a Moda Scrap Bag to create an easy Scrap Bag Play Quilt
  • Fantastic Freddy Fox is a quick make that is so cute you won't want to give him away. Designed by Anita Watson-Jackson for children to make, however adults are allowed too

Our regular features and articles this month include

  • Check out our handy guide to needles, which will help you choose the right tool for the right job
  • Anne Williams takes inspiration from the Fashion and Textile Museum’s summer exhibition, Missoni Art Colour
  • In Stuart's Surgery, Stuart gives advice to reader who is not keen on machine quilting
  • Caroline Gration, director of The Fashion School, shares her experiences of introducing children to sewing
  • Anita Watson-Jackson speaks to Kay Mawer about how she revived the Clothkits brand
  • Four quilters share their experience of sewing projects in schools
  • Fiona Hesford explains how to use a stencil to create easy screen printed fabric designs
  • Suzanne Fisher shows how to add a scalloped edge to your quilt
  • A reader shares some of her home town's rich fabric history in a tour of Chipping Norton in Let's Visit

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