The summer months are drawing to a close and autumn is almost here, bringing with it the promise of cosy evenings, welly-clad woodland walks, and a world of glorious, vibrant colour. I love this time of year and, whilst it can be hard not to feel a little glum as you pack away your sunhat and flipflops, nature puts on such a wonderful display that it’s impossible not to be inspired!Buy this issue →
This issue of Pretty Patches is packed with creative projects in rich shades to celebrate the changing seasons. Judith Hollies’ reverse Irish chain quilt uses patterned scraps in purples, greens and yellows to create a gorgeous bohemian vibe; Lynne Goldsworthy’s HST quilt is stitched in fabrics from Tilda’s new Harvest collection, which form a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour; and Elizabeth Dackson’s paperpieced Fall Lanterns blocks build into a gorgeous (and pleasingly simple) seasonal table runner.
We also meet two very different – but equally fascinating – textile artists this issue. Author and designer Minki Kim explains how her passion for ‘sewing illustration’ evolved as a way to capture precious everyday moments, and demonstrates the technique on an exclusive coaster set, whilst artist James Fox reveals the motivation and method behind his work, and discusses the challenging social commentary that runs through it.
Plus, with this month's issue of Pretty Patches, you'll find two fabulous free gifts: Debbie von Grabler-Crozier's packed book of exclusive bag patterns ranging from simple ideas that are quick to stitch, to more complex patterns with added embellishments and a free, handy snap fastener – perfect for bags of all shapes and sizes!
Enjoy the issue!
Karen Hollocks, Editor