One thing that our pause during the lockdown confirmed to me was that I really need a deadline to work to; without them I don’t accomplish much at all. I’d longed to have a nice long break for years, but I achieved very little sewing during the summer when I finally had time for plenty. Luckily many of our regular contributors were much more productive than me and they have continued to provide wonderful quilt projects for the magazine. This month we feature the stunning Folk Friends quilt from Makower. The Maple Farm Star Quilt features soft gentle autumnal tones while the Star Flower Quilt combines a little appliqué and piecing. We have a touch of the East with the Chinese Lanterns Quilt, while Rosslyn’s Quilt brings us right back to the UK and Donegal, just so cosy. The Unicorn and Castles Quilt would make a great little play quilt for Christmas. Stuart’s block this month in Stashbusting is equally cosy!

As a follow up to her article on the quilt pioneers, Kath Garner tells us about the influence of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House on the Prairie books while Judi Mendelssohn visited the recent Man Made exhibition in Somerset. Regular contributor, Julie Alderson, tells us about her First and Last quilts and, staying in Scotland, we find out more about Islay Quilters in Introducing.