I’m writing my column to you this month in rather uncharacteristically warm spring sunshine, and whilst it’s lovely to have sunny days back just as they start to lengthen, it’s always a bit worrying that there’s a hard frost around the corner somewhere!

A range of traditional projects to tempt you this month from the bright Pool Party Quilt to the subtle palette of the Magnolia Rose Quilt. If you want to make a quick small project, the Fractal Pillow enlarges a block pattern to make a pillow, while the China Blue Table Runner will add a touch of style to your dining table. The Double Windmill Spiral Quilt showcases our own Stuart Hillard’s Indigo Elements collection for Craft Cotton Co. His block this month in Stashbusting takes the traditional Nine Patch block to another level. Our Calendar Quilt block this month features traditional hexagons with 3D flowers.

This issue sees the welcome return of competition quilt show reviews with a look at the Scottish Quilting Show. Joanna O’Neill tells us about the ‘Sauvage’ at Farfield Mill exhibition, a stunning collection of quilts from the 2020 European Patchwork Meeting. Mike Reynolds also tells us about his quilting journey to date in Why I Started Patchwork and Quilting.

Until next month,

Joanna