It’s not often that the colour and pattern of summer fabrics are reflected in the British weather! However, true to form, it is quietly clouding over as we put the issue to bed and I will have to make do with basking in the heat that’s reflecting off the pages of this sizzling issue! With so many stunning projects this month, choosing a favourite is akin to picking your favourite child, but a strong contender for me is the Lotus Flower quilt (page 24). Judith Hollies’ beautiful quilt is a heady mix of fabulous florals and bold design inspired by this exotic flower. This issue is packed with stunning projects from start to finish and our cover star, Peaks and Valleys (page 35) is no exception. This exclusive pattern from Michael Caputo, combines a perfectly balanced pattern with a clever mix of light and dark fabrics, demonstrating perfectly how the success of a quilt's design, is more than just the piecing itself. This month, Mandy Munroe has included an inspirational piece alongside her beautiful Herman Hugs quilt pattern (page 16), suggesting the concept of a patchwork party. As someone who needs little (if any) excuse to throw a party, I for one love this idea!