Join us for “In the Beginning” BOM

We will be making In the Beginning.  The BOM starts with TQPM’s August newsletter.

All quilters are invited to collect the block instructions.

 Click here to read about the program in our current newsletter.

Scroll down a bit.  It will be in the right column.

The BOM will only be in the email version of our newsletter. If you would like to participate and are not on our newsletter list, you can sign up for it.

I hope you will join us.

TQPM 2014 Quilting Retreat

You are invited to


Sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine
and hosted by staff member and designer Isobel Meekins

Leave all the stresses of daily life behind and join us for 4 days of

Things to do:

  • QUILT.
  • Take a nap.
  • Visit the farm.
  • Take pictures.
  • Fish in the pond.
  • Hike on the trails.
  • Swing in a hammock.
  • Enjoy a puzzle/board game.
  • Shop in the food and gift shop.
  • Enjoy the sunset at Sunset Lodge.
  • Jump in the natural spring-fed pool.
  • Enjoy the company of fellow quilters.
  • Curl up with a good book in the warm and cozy library.
  • Enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds and scenic mountain views.
  • Forget all your troubles in a comfortable chair in front of a blazing fire.
  • Play tennis, badminton, ping-pong, volleyball, bingo, shuffleboard, or golf.
  • Indulge in a massage/soaking bath/facial/reflexology at the Hygeia Bath House & Spa.

Dates: Sun., Oct. 5 to Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014

Place: Capon Springs and Farms in Capon Springs, West Virginia.

Contact us for reservation information.

“Triple Play” by Barbara Douglas

Triple Play’s three quilt projects came about as I began designing the throw size Arrow Quilt. I realized that I was going to have some good-sized triangles left over after making the flying geese for the arrow points. This had me considering; if I carefully trimmed the triangles and sewed them into Half-Square Triangles (HSTs) right away, they might not get tossed and lost in that nether world that I call the scrap bin.

These leftover HSTs make wonderfully-sized pinwheels. So I began designing a second project that became the Pinwheel Crib Quilt. After making an aesthetically pleasing layout for the crib quilt I realized that I still had three pinwheels left over.

Hmmmm, what to do with them? I could use them on the back of one of the quilts, or . . . I could make up a third unique quilted project using the leftover scraps from making the arrows to sash the leftover pinwheel blocks.

Depending on the colors that are chosen, this could be a lovely Pinwheel Table Runner. Or like me, you could include it as an added gift with the Pinwheel Crib Quilt by adding a hanging sleeve on the back and making it into a Pinwheel Wall Hanging.

“Ironing Pad” by Isobel Meekins

This Ironing Pad by Isobel Meekins is an easy quilt-as-you-go project that sews up in a jiffy. Best of all, you can hit your stash for the fabrics and use up some of those left-over strips. Isobel used non-quilted heat-resistant fabric to line her ironing pad, but if the quilted version is all you can find, go ahead and use it, just eliminate the second piece of batting. You’ll still be very happy with the results.

To make this project even easier, Isobel’s directions call for a focal fabric for the quilted outside and binding. Once you’ve found it, pulling a few matching accent strips from your stash is a breeze.

Why not make one for yourself and a few extras to put away for gifts?

“Grecian Stars” by Eileen Hoheisel

Grecian Stars by Eileen Hoheisel is a versatile quilt that can be used as a wall hanging, table topper, or even a baby quilt. If you want a slightly larger version, just add the optional borders.

Choose fabrics to match the season or your décor, or just use your favorites. The small yardage requirements make this a great stash-busting project.

“Log Cabin Rendition” by Larene Smith

Larene Smith wanted to see what she could do with a traditional Log Cabin block. She’s certainly wowed us with her Log Cabin Rendition by transforming the traditional block into two different blocks that have a 3-dimensional appearance. The fun, spinning block centers seem to float above the surface. They are framed by two different borders so that several secondary patterns emerge when the blocks are set together. The 3D effect is accomplished by using a partial seam for the first added strip to maintain the flow of the log cabin centers. It’s a simple technique that yields a dramatic effect.

Larene’s directions include fast strip-piecing and Flying Geese construction techniques. Since many of the yardages are small, hit your stash before going to the quilt shop.

July Editorial

It’s hot outside and that means I’m hunkered down in the air conditioning. I will need a really good reason to go outside and battle the heat. With so much fabric available online, I doubt even a super sale at the quilt shop would get me out of this nice cool air. I don’t handle the heat so well, could you tell? We all have something we can handle better than another. Some people bask in the heat, and others (like me) love the cooler and colder winter season. I love a nice spring day, but when summer’s heat blasts I’m outta here!

Since my children are grown and I’m no longer the taxi cab taking them to Little League, the library, the swimming pool and numerous friend’s houses, I spend my time in the sewing room. At my house, ‘sewing room’ is a loose term. Even though I’m a quilter, I like to do other things as well, and I bet you do, too. My sewing room is (of course) where I sew; from quilts to garments. I love to make little dresses for my granddaughters. I also have a nice yarn stash for knitting and crocheting. There is a little nook full of embroidery thread; cotton, silk and linen, and linen for stitching on and patterns galore. My newest interest is polymer clay and making jewelry. I adore the look of wirework in jewelry, and have been trying to learn this. I still feel all fumble-fingered with it. More practice is the solution to that!

So, as the summer roasts the hardier souls among us, I am quite content in my air-conditioned sewing room playing with all manner of fun things. What about you? What other interests do you have besides quilting? What calls your name on these hot summer days? You can answer even if it’s being outside! Gardening? Lying by the pool? I will admit if I had a pool, I’d be there too! The best I can manage is running through the sprinkler. Sounds kind of nice, so I’ll leave you with these questions and I’ll go get my flip-flops. The grass is a little dry anyway …


July Issue

The Quilt Pattern Magazine July issue is posted!

New Testimonial

I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to subscribe. Your magazine is wonderful. The new BOM by Sindy Rodemayer is gorgeous, but then I’m a admirer of hers for a long time. Thank you for a quality publication and I look forward to many great hours of quilting. – Elizabeth G

“June Bride” by Sindy Rodenmayer

We introduce a gorgeous appliqué BOM by Sindy Rodenmayer, from FatCat Patterns, called June Bride.

Sindy designed June Bride as a wedding quilt, but it would also make a lovely Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift for your new or old sweetie. Sindy changed the look of the quilt simply by altering the intensity of the sashing and borders to create her light and dark versions. Think about choosing sashing and border colors to match your decor.

The directions are for fusible appliqué with the templates arranged so you can print directly onto paper-backed fusible webbing sheets (or trace the applique motifs onto fusible yardage). Sindy finished the edges of the appliqué with a buttonhole stitch applied by machine, but you can just as easily embroider the buttonhole stitch by hand. If you prefer needle-turn appliqué, add 1/4″ to the templates and appliqué by hand or use an invisible or decorative machine stitch on the turned under edges.

What are you waiting for? Get started! Join the June Bride group on Pattern PasticheThe Quilt Pattern Magazine’s online quilters’ forum. There, you can get answers to any questions you might have, share your progress, and see what others are doing. Don’t forget you can post pictures of in-progress and finished June Bride blocks as well!

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