Have you started planning your creative projects for 2018 yet? I love the promise of a new year and the opportunity to look ahead, whether I’m filling up the diary with can’t-wait events, sketching out ideas, scribbling in my bullet journal – or simply writing that all-important fabric shopping list!Buy this issue →
This issue of Pretty Patches is packed with projects to keep you inspired in the months ahead, from simple stash-busters to bigger stitching challenges. If you’ve never tackled a full-size quilt before, Judith Hollies’ beautiful First Snow is a great place to start, pieced from easy star blocks in icy blues that build into a gorgeous winter make. There’s plenty more to keep you cosy in the colder months too, including Debbie
von Grabler-Crozier’s snug slipper boots in vibrant Art Gallery Fabrics prints, and Vanessa Arbuthnott’s easy-stitch hot water bottle cover, made in fabrics from her own elegant range.
One of my perpetual new year’s resolutions is to keep a tidier workspace, so I’ll be stitching Susan Briscoe’s lovely sashiko-embellished
wall-hanger with multiple pockets to stash my pens, stationery and general office debris in, and we’ve also got a helping hand for those with
ambitions to improve their fi tness in 2018, with a great pattern for a bright sling tote for your yoga mat.
Inspiration this issue comes from two super-talented textile artists who have both developed their own unique style and expertise. Ann Small
shares the ‘slashing’ techniques behind her striking reverse appliqué pieces, and Cas Holmes reveals how she evolved her skill in ‘painting with cloth’.
Happy stitching – and a very happy new year!