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What’s our com­fort zone? No, I don’t mean rolling amongst the fab­ric bolts in the lo­cal quilt shop, or sit­ting on the sofa with the cat, a packet of bis­cuits and a box set! Our com­fort zone is un­de­ni­ably a lovely place to be, but this month we have projects that chal­lenge some of our play-it-safe quilt­ing pre­con­cep­tions and push those bound­aries just a lit­tle.

Check out our cover star by Ash­ley New­comb. Her im­prov ap­proach is so bright and breezy that you’ll be throw­ing cau­tion (and your ruler) to the wind and cut­ting freestyle in no time! For those of you who started yoga classes at new year but are find­ing will-power wan­ing, Karen Lewis has ac­ces­sories to put the sparkle back into your sun salu­ta­tions. Laura Pritchard and

Ni­cole Dak­siewicz each put their own spin on the beloved hexie, giv­ing us (and hope­fully you) a re­newed pas­sion for our favourite geo­met­ric gem. Run­ning out of space for your quilts? Make like Lynne Goldswor­thy and lay your next one on the floor as a rug and feel the fab­ric be­neath your feet – how deca­dent! Leav­ing neg­a­tive space on quilts can be daunt­ing, so check out Ju­dith Dah­men’s bas­ket weave de­sign. With the help of clever quilt­ing, she makes the neg­a­tive space just as im­pres­sive as the piec­ing. Pos­i­tively ge­nius!

There are plenty more projects this is­sue that will have you testing your bound­aries. But what if it all goes wrong? In my ex­pe­ri­ence there’s very lit­tle that a seam rip­per and a few ‘choice’ words can’t deal with. Go on – I dare you!

JENNY FOX-PROVERBS EDI­TOR

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