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What is it about a rainbow that puts a smile on our faces? Is it those perfectly blended colours, miraculously stretching across a dreary sky? Maybe we’re all secretly hoping we could yet stumble across a giant pot of gold (well, it might happen, I’m everoptimistic). Whatever the reason, nature’s spectrum inspires happiness and warmth, and as the evenings draw in ahead of winter, that’s something we could all use a little of!
This issue of Pretty Patches is packed with colourful projects and rainbow makes to cheer up grey days, and they’re as much fun to sew as they are to behold. Antonie Alexander’s bright stitched softies are perfect for your little monsters; Jemima Flendt turns colourful scraps into sweet paperpieced houses for a playful mini quilt; Judith Hollies works vibrant Alison Glass prints into a striking modern quilt in her Sunburst Diamonds design; and – never ones to waste good fabric – we’ve got a great idea for using smaller cuts and remnants from the same range too, Beth Studley’s perfectly stitched storage basket, which pairs bright strips with on-trend denim for a contemporary home make.
We’ve finally recovered from all the excitement of the Festival of Quilts here at Pretty Patches HQ, and have had a wonderful time pulling together a selection of the winning quilts from the event for you to enjoy. The competition galleries once again showcased the incredible talent that exists in the quilting community, and the work is nothing short of inspirational.
Enjoy – and happy stitching!