Finally we have been able to say goodbye to 2020 and can look forward with a glimmer of hope with the arrival of vaccines in the world’s battle against this virus. It will be a year that none of us will ever forget and one that will have changed so many of us; and one that many have ensured heartbreak and suffering. As I’ve said before in my column, our saving grace has been our quilting.

So we start this new year with lots of wonderful projects for you. One thing I found when I had a quilt shop was that the festive season is a time a lot of people announce additions to their families, so we have a couple of delightful cot quilt projects for you this month! The Plaid Cot Quilt is just so lovely and can be made in any colour combination while the Winter Warmer Cot Quilt is a great project for a beginner. Careful fabric placement adds a twist to the Caribbean Whirlwind quilt and creates secondary quilt designs in Dublin Steps. If foundation piecing is your thing, then Anja Townrow brings us her On the Bright Side Cushions. Our Let’s Go Shopping shop owner has made the Spring Stained Glass Wall Hanging and we start a series of seasonal projects from regular contributor, Julie Alderson, who has taken inspiration from life on Scottish island she lives on with her Oystercatcher Quilt. Stuart’s block in this month’s Stashbusting would also make a nice bright cot quilt.

Quilters are resourceful people and many quilt groups, including mine, have embraced holding virtual meetings via Zoom. Joanna O’Neill tells us more about this new way of meeting in Zoom for Quilters. Our local quilt shops need us more than ever so we’ll be featuring numerous Let’s Go Shopping articles over the coming months. This month Janet Goddard visits Stitch and Knit for us. We also find out more about Quilts for Veterans made by Portishead Quilters in Bristol.

Happy Quilting!

Joanna