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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
Christmass 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? Lets face it; we love to make things and
this is a purrfect time of the year to show off our
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 dont
receive many gifts, especially our animal friends. Yes, I am talking
about Kennel Quilts for shelter pets who dont 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 wont
be the only ones who feel the warmth!
Have a pawsitively
safe and happy holiday season! Merry Christmas!
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.
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 Ballards
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.
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.
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.
Valentines Day is just around the corner. Donna Westerkamps
foundation paper-pieced Sweet Valentine is just
the ticket for a holiday wall hanging, table topper, or toddler
throw for your own sweet Valentine.
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.
quilts are fun and full of anticipation. They can feel a little
risky when you dont exactly know what the end results
will be, but if you choose a favorite medium to large scale
print that you love and cant live without and coordinate
the remaining colors with that print, soon you will be able
to toot your own trumpet with Barbaras pieced mystery
quilt. Make our block in Month 4 of our mystery. Project started
in the September 2018 issue.
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pattern is in the December 2012 issue of TQPM.
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Made by Gisela C
(April 2017 issue)
Made by Denise M
Made by Amy S
(November 2018 issue)
Made by Joanne H
Made by Joanne H
Made by Kathryn E
Made by Peggy Pirillo
Made by Stephanie P
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welcome our new TQPM staff member, Bonny Peters. She
will be helping us format patterns in Corel.
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.
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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