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The holiday season is upon us, and it is my favorite time of year! There is just magic in the air!

Starting with the food, I fix the same Banana Nut bread every year that my dear sweet friend in Louisiana made. It is the best and it really connects me to some happy times. Then there is the music and all the fun times we have singing the wonderful carols followed by the promise of cookies and hot chocolate afterward.

However I think my favorite part is the decorations! I love to decorate! When I start opening the boxes, I feel like I am getting reacquainted with old friends which bring so many warm, wonderful and bittersweet memories of Christmas’s gone by. I have ornaments and decorations handed down through the generations and of course I will keep that tradition going. But I also find so many decorations that were handmade with lots of love. They always find a prominent place on the tree, the couch, the wall, doorknob, etc.

Since our last name is Baker, we started a “Baker Christmas Village” right after we married and give it a special place in our home every year. It has nothing but bakeries and after 30 years we have quite a few. We look forward to setting it up each year and often find it stays long after Christmas is gone!

I have little precious felt decorations that were all the rage way back when, advent calendars, Christmas pillows, tree skirts, placemats, table runners - do I need to keep going? Let’s face it; we love to make things and this is a “purrfect” time of the year to show off our creativity.

And speaking of creativity, the projects found in this December issue will encourage you to get your fabrics out and sew. There are some lovely quilts that will literally “warm your heart” on these cold winter nights. And if you are like me and keep leftover squares, there are projects that will help you get rid of your stash beautifully.

However, one of the greatest things about the holiday season is the opportunity to use our creative gifts for others. I delight in making gifts and it is a tradition in our family. That also counts by giving gifts to those who don’t receive many gifts, especially our animal friends. Yes, I am talking about Kennel Quilts for shelter pets who don’t have a “furrever” home. What better way to spread the love than to share our talents to help our furry friends! Believe me, the furbabies won’t be the only ones who feel the warmth!

Have a “pawsitively” safe and happy holiday season! Merry Christmas!


Pattern Sneak Peeks

PatternRoxana Whitner designed Empowering the Heart for the 2018 Central Arkansas Heart Ball and hope it encourages you to reach out with your heart for research, education, and awareness against heart disease, which kills more people than all cancers combined. The quilt was quilted by a survivor of heart disease.
Pattern Most quilters, even if they have only quilted for a short time, seem to collect an endless supply of scraps. Many wonder, “Should I keep this small piece or just toss it?” Joan Ballard’s answer is “YES, KEEP It!” The perfect reason to save those small scraps, cut them into 2" squares, and start a collection is to create your own uniquely scrappy Yes, You Can! quilt.
Pattern Jaci Lawson provides her charming artwork for this ten-month, redwork embroidery BOM quilt called My Favorite Mystery Redwork. Watch the snow fall behind the kitty in block 6. Project started in the July 2018 issue.

PatternI live in a remote area of southwestern Colorado in a small log house. I am lucky to often see wildlife and we always have beautiful wildflowers in the spring and summer. I started thinking about all of the things that I regularly see in my Colorado backyard and designed the blocks around those. Let's go fishing for rainbow trout with block 11 of My Colorado Backyard by Valerie Franzese. Project started in the April 2017 issue.

Pattern Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Donna Westerkamp’s foundation paper-pieced Sweet Valentine is just the ticket for a holiday wall hanging, table topper, or toddler throw for your own sweet Valentine.
PatternAlthough Belinda Jones uses three coordinating prints to make her Looking Lovely Eyeglass Case, this design lends itself to using up scraps or 2" squares. It uses a small piece of flannel or velour for the lining and a small square of batting.
Mystery quilts are fun and full of anticipation. They can feel a little risky when you don’t exactly know what the end results will be, but if you choose a favorite medium to large scale print that you love and can’t live without and coordinate the remaining colors with that print, soon you will be able to toot your own trumpet with Barbara’s pieced mystery quilt. Make our block in Month 4 of our mystery. Project started in the September 2018 issue.

For a broader peek into the treasures between the pages of TQPM, purchase a copy of the current issue.

Cathedral Window Ornaments pattern is in the December 2012 issue of TQPM. Past issues are $5 an issue! You will get the holiday project and all the other patterns for that one low price! Purchase more than one past issue and get an even better price!

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Sweet Valentine
Made by Gisela C
Easy Garden
(April 2017 issue)
Made by Denise M
Empowering the Heart
Made by Amy S
Scrappy Delight
(November 2018 issue)
Made by Joanne H
Looking Lovely Eyeglass Case
Made by Joanne H
Looking Lovely Eyeglass Case
Made by Kathryn E
Looking Lovely Eyeglass Case
Made by Peggy Pirillo
Looking Lovely Eyeglass Case
Made by Stephanie P


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Bonny PetersPleaese welcome our new TQPM staff member, Bonny Peters. She will be helping us format patterns in Corel.

Bonny started sewing almost 50 years ago but did not start quilting until 2012. On a whim, she decided to try her hand and quickly became addicted to the myriad of fabrics available. Santa brought her Electric Quilt 7 that year and she has been designing quilts ever since. Since retiring in June 2013, Bonny has devoted many hours to designing and quilting. December 2015 began a new adventure for her with the launch of Cat Den Mountain Quilts. Her goal is to sell enough patterns to supplement her fabric budget.

Bonny lives with her husband of 30-plus years in the woods of southwestern New Hampshire. They retired from the Tampa Bay area of Florida. They have many pets, although none indoors. Their outdoor pets include many mammals, birds, and amphibians. Notable among these are a bobcat, scarlet tanagers, and spotted newts

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