Popular Patchwork May 2016

This month, our Editor, Liz decided to choose a variety of projects and features that take inspiration from flowers, and we hope you are as inspired by them as we are.

  • Try out some new techniques in a small sketchbook quilt, with Mandy Munroe's Duck Egg Blues
  • Fiona Hesford shows you how to make a lovely Pretty Plant Pot
  • Brenda Dean's stylish 1,2,3 Go Cushions are the perfect accent to a decor, and are easier to make than they look
  • Floral fabrics + easy template + relaxing sewing = one gorgeous Floral Tumblers quilt! 
  • Mandy Munroe creates a bold statement with a spring inspired Fabulous Flowers quilt
  • Suzanne Fisher's Scrappy Baltimore is a modern interpretation of a traditional Baltimore quilt
  • Sadie Yeoman’s Mon Ami Picnic Throw is the perfect make to take along on days out over the summer
  • Express yourself with Stitch-And-Flip quilt, utilising a versatile technique of piecing a block, an adapted extract from Quilting Basics by Michael Caputo
  • Get Creative with Fiona Hesford and learn how to take the colouring in craze onto fabric

Our regular features and articles this month include

  • Elizabeth Betts takes a look behind the scenes at the John James factory in Redditch and discovers how needles are made
  • Sarah Williamson explains her role in making a copy of the Brontë quilt as part of the exhibition A Celebration of Charlotte Brontë in Quilts
  • Read our handy guide to the interfacings most commonly used by quilters
  • Sara Cook meets the textile artist Alice Fox
  • Anne Williams considers the possible health benefits of quilting as a hobby
  • In Stuart's Surgery, Stuart answers a readers query about becoming a magazine contributor
  • Anne Williams investigates the life of Averil Colby, one of the most influential quiltmakers of her time
  • Make quilting easy with the step-by-step guide to Quilt As You Go
  • Suzanne Fisher shows you how to finish a quilt with no binding
  • Elizabeth Betts takes us on a tour of Chichester

Don't miss our prizes and giveaways in this issue, including a discount code to use at the Quilters Guild Q Shop, Kaffe Fassett mugs and the fantastic Janome sewing machines in our Sketchbook quilts competition. 

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