Somehow we have reached December in what has been a terrible year for so many people throughout the world. In dark times, it is always a good idea to try and find the positives and as quilters, we are so lucky that we have our craft not only for our own (and in some cases, our family’s) sanity, but we have been able to use our sewing skills for doing so much good from making masks for people to gifting quilts which will bring comfort to those who need it. We will get through this and can only hope 2021 will bring better days.

A nice mix of projects and articles for you this month; not too festive and hopefully an idea or two of things to make or gifts for quilting friends. The Scandinavian style is ever popular at Christmas and the Nordic Knit Bed Runner which will add a touch of style to the end of your bed as well as keep your toes warm! The Christmas Decorations from Mary Mayne are just delightful. They work well as tree decorations, or why not string them together to make bunting for a mantelpiece? Hearts in the Meadow combines appliqué with simple piecing while the cute Cot Quilt also combines heart appliqué with other techniques. If you haven’t tried curved piecing before, Ombré Bubbles is the project for you. Stuart’s Stashbusting block this month is perfect for the festive season.

Joanna O’Neill tells us about Inktense pencils in Experimenting with Colour and we find out a little about the Textiles of the British Museum now that it has been able to reopen. Further afield, Kenzo Nakamura from Japan tells us about creating Islamic-inspired quilt designs and the quilt he has created as a result. Regular contributor, Debbie von Grabler-Crozier tells us about her First and Last quilts and we meet the Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild in Introducing.

So all that remains is for me to wish you a happy Christmas and I’ll see you in 2021!

Joanna