Popular Patchwork August 2016

There have been no shortage of literary anniversaries this year, with Charlotte Bronte, Roald Dahl, and Beatrix Potter just some of the authors whose work has been celebrated with exhibitions and television programmes. Quilting and reading seem to be two hobbies that go hand in hand and we are often swapping books, as well as fabric, with our quilting friends. We hope you will enjoy the book theme in our September issue.

  • Make a roomy Bilbliophile Bag, with plenty of storage and handy pockets, the perfect companion to a trip to the library
  • Enjoy stylish dining with Mandy Munroe’s graphic Text placemats
  • Judith Hollies shows you how to turn ‘waste’ selvedges into a fun bookthemed hanging
  • Our cover project for September is Melinda Duncan’s Bluesy Table Cloth, a quick and easy way to update your home
  • Clever use of fabrics makes a lovely medallion-style quilt, Windy Day by Lynne Goldsworthy, quicker to stitch than it looks
  • Janet Goddard’s Flower Market quilt is a great stashbusting project in a modern design where large, pieced flowers take centre stage
  • If you need a quick and easy quilt with very few seams to match, Kerry Foster’s striking creation, Kananaskis quilt can be whipped up in a long weekend
  • Play with colour and pattern with Part Two of our advanced asymmetric medallion quilt, Festival of Borders, from Regan Purcell

Our regular features and articles this month include

  • Anne Williams ponders the role of words and letters in textiles
  • Three quilters tell us about the books that have influenced their careers
  • We talk to Christopher Oxley, who developed the app Quiltography
  • In Stuart's Surgery, Stuart unravels the world of thread
  • Elizabeth Betts speaks to Sylvia Critcher about her quilting career
  • Anita Watson-Jackson looks at how easy it is to have your own fabric designs digitally printed
  • Suzanne Fisher looks creating a durable raw edge, a daring way to finish a quilt!
  • Louisa Goult takes us on a tour of Middlesbrough in Let's Visit

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