Annnnd we’re back! After a break of three months shielding the Queen Mother of Quilting Magazines from the economic effects of this awful pandemic, we’re excited to bring P&Q back to you again. It’s been such a difficult time for everyone and it was so frustrating knowing that we weren’t able to be there for many of you during the lockdown; sometimes it’s the simple pleasures in life like having your favourite quilting magazine to read that are the things that are missed the most.

For many of us, our quilting has been our salvation during these difficult months, for others (me included) our sewing mojo may have gone AWOL during the pandemic, but hopefully we can now inspire you to create again. Our cover project this issue is the stylish Linen Texture Block Runner; an ideal project for beginners to get to grips with patchwork and quilting. We all know Christmas seems to come around earlier and earlier each year but we love the Yuletide Quilt from Makower so couldn’t wait to share it with you. We welcome Darren Mayner from Quiltessential as a contributor and his first project with us is the Rhombustious Quilt. A couple of traditional style quilts for you – Bohemian Marrakesh Quilt and Spectrum and if art quilts are your thing, then the Iris Fantasy wall hanging shows us some art quilt techniques. Stuart’s block this month in Stashbusting makes a wonderful rainbow quilt.

Joanna O’Neill met Kate Findlay before the lockdown for our Meet a Quilter series of articles, and what an inspiring quilter she is. We also take a look at The Pioneer’s Quilts. Regular contributor, Mandy Munroe, tells us about her First and Last quilts and we meet Wembow Quilt and Sew in Introducing.

It’s so good to be back! Happy quilting

Joanna