The world outside our windows may not always seem to offer much inspiration at this time of year, but look in the right places and there’s still plenty that can ignite a creative spark. For textile artist Helen Conway, it’s the detail and colour found within spray-painted artwork on walls and buildings that fires her imagination, and her grafitti-inspired pieces demonstrate that beauty can be found in the most unexpected corners.
A friend of mine posted a photograph of a lone daff odil in her garden on social media in January, accompanied by the announcement that ‘spring is coming!’ Although I suspect that may have been a little ambitious at the time, we’ve embraced that spirit of positivity here at Pretty Patches this month, and have packed this issue with projects in bright and beautiful fabrics that are perfect for early spring makes.
Tone Finnanger’s stunning fl ower quilt contrasts pretty prints from her own Tilda collections with dazzling white to create a striking contemporary make; Debbie von Grabler-Crozier’s fun Minna backpack has standout style in modern florals; and our cover star, Cynthia Shaffer’s craft caddy, uses fresh greens and pinks that will brighten up the dreariest winter workspace. As always, we’ve also included a set of smaller projects that are perfect for using up fabric scraps, or those odd fat quarters that you bought on a whim and haven’t yet found a use for! Carolyn Forster’s colourful hanging birds are filled with lavender, and will make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift; Wendy Gardiner’s cute cube door stop is a great way to use up leftover vintage prints; and Kate Blocher’s clever two-in-one flip doll will be a huge hit with little ones.