Spring is a wonderful time of year when everything starts afresh and renews, and hopefully now we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel in this awful pandemic. Spring is a reminder that life does, and will, go on.

As ever we have a packed issue for you this month. We seem to have gone a little pineapple crazy; did you know the pineapple was a sign of opulence in Victorian times? Katie’s Cats Quilt is such a fun bright quilt and while not a true pineapple block pattern, the overall effect is similar. While the Pineapple Pincushions are a great introduction to foundation piecing on a small scale, and they use up some of those small scraps we keep. The Iris Table Topper is Julie Alderson’s summer project for us and inspired by the irises at the edge of the beaches on her Scottish island home. The Pamper Quilt features a stylish fabric collection from Makower while Chris Franses’ Curved Pinwheels Quilt is strip roll friendly. Stuart’s block this month in Stashbusting is perfect for spring!

Whilst it may be some time before we can attend quilt shows, some exhibitions are being held virtually and one such event was for the Quiltmakers of Gees Bend exhibition which was due to be held in London. Deborah Nash listened in on a virtual tour for us. We meet Linda Halpin in our Meet a Quilter series of articles and Kenzo Nakamura further explores design in his Geometric Quilt Experiment.

Enjoy!

Joanna