Aaaand re­lax…

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - Welcome - ALICE BLACK­LEDGE COM­MIS­SION­ING EDITOR

Phew – that's the pre-Christ­mas rush over and done with for an­other year (well, un­less you're work­ing right up to the wire, in which case I wish you god­speed on your quest for last­minute hand­made gifts). Now we can maybe think about get­ting in some self­ish-sewing time. You might think I'm all quilted-out at the end of a long week in the LP&Q of­fice, and ad­mit­tedly there are times when even my brain reaches max­i­mum ca­pac­ity for quilts – but noth­ing helps me chill out more than some qual­ity sewing time. I'm quite happy to hun­ker down in our spare room (read: my sewing room) with the ra­dio on and stitch away a whole Satur­day. Bliss!

This month we've lined up plenty of projects that should kick-start your sewing mojo and have you itch­ing for some one-on-one time with your ma­chine. On the cover we've got a pretty pas­tel de­sign with sim­ple HSTs to keep you busy. It's by none other than the lovely Laura Pritchard (the new­est ad­di­tion to our in-house quilt­ing team) and you can even buy a kit to make it – we are good to you! Mean­while, Michelle Wilkie has nailed the mono­chrome trend with her su­per-sim­ple om­bre quilt in shades of grey (*ahem*). We had so much fun styling this… who knew I had quite so much black and white in my wardrobe? And Karen Lewis has given that old-favourite the log cabin a fresh new look, pair­ing an 'ex­ploded' ver­sion of the block with fresh Spring-time colours. If you fancy a fast-fin­ish,

Ni­cole Calver of­fers up the lat­est in­stal­ment of her mini quilt se­ries – get ready to raid your stash for a spot of fussy cut­ting!

Hope­fully that's enough to get you back into the swing of things, and once your sewing is back on sched­ule, don't for­get to share your fin­ishes with us on so­cial me­dia #love­quilt­ing­mag

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