In December 2011, we ran a survey. Our subscribers
were asked questions to help us learn what they liked most and least about
TQPM. Below are the results along with our responses.
I like Everything
Everything!!! The Quilt Pattern Magazine
is my favorite. If I could have only one magazine, it would be The
Quilt Pattern Magazine. Why? New patterns every month; series
to learn new techniques like the Double Wedding Ring Made
Easy series; BOM articles; mysteries - this magazine has
everything I enjoy. Love, love love it!! Oh and I can download it
every month! Perfect.
The fact that it is.
It's a great magazine.
I love the whole magazine.
I honestly can't think of anything I don't
I don't have any dislikes with this magazine.
Haven't really found anything I don't like
There isn't anything I don't like.
I don't know if there is anything I like
I really don't have anything that I do not
like about the magazine. I just renewed my subscription and am looking
forward to another year of great quilting blocks.
Haven't found anything yet, that I do not
I always look through the entire magazine
and enjoy all of it. I cannot think of anything I don't like.
It is all good!
Keep on with the good coverage and good
I think you have done a really neat job,
and I, for one, would like to just see more of the same! The projects
have been 'do-able'. The organization is such that it IS possible
to look back and find a project you remember, and later find the
time to DO.
I am happy with the present features
I'm enjoying it the way it is.
I can't think of anything else to add.
Keep up the Great work!
Always look forward to the new issue!
Keep up the good work! This was a very good
idea, a magazine on the computer. Even though it cannot be looked
at in the aisle of a store before we buy it, it gives all kinds
of ideas to be used.
Keep up the GOOD WORK!
It is my favorite quilt magazine. Can you
tell? You can use any or all my comments for advertising the magazine
if you want. Oh, did I say I LOVE THE QUILT PATTERN MAGAZINE!!!!
I think we are lucky to have this magazine.
I enjoy reading it and I appreciate so much, that it exists. I feel
I will just go with the majority and continue to enjoy your wonderful
efforts. And this is a first for me, not to have an opinion and
to just go with the majority. I just feel it is a good thing. Just
keep on doing what you are doing. Perhaps, next time I will have
an opinion or suggestion or two.
I have no complaints about your magazine.
I enjoy each article and can't wait to get the next month's issues.
My favorite article was the Double Wedding Ring Made Easy
. I am so glad it was broken up into 5 months. It let you put in
great detail on how to make the blocks look as beautiful as the
one in your magazine. GREAT JOB, and KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB YOU ARE
DOING ! ! ! ! !
Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for your wonderful magazine and
all that you do!
Congrats on your first year...looking forward
You have done a great job and so have all
the people who work for the magazine and are testers. Such a great
job! You should be proud of yourselves.
For a first year of implementing a "radical"
(or at least progressive) idea, you did wonderfully in so many respects.
CONGRATULATIONS on your amazing efforts! Keep up the inspiration
||(CD) Who would have
thought a bunch of quilters and computer geeks could be called
"radical"? Thanks! We're definitely progressing!
Keep up the good work ladies. i loved the
design articles on making your own blocks.
Thank you for all of the inspirations throughout
last year. Keep it up and give us more challenges.
Have only been a member for a short while,
so haven't seen many issues yet, but I've liked what I have seen.
Well done TQPM.
I cannot believe it is already ONE year
old! Time is flying! Thanks for all you do!
This is a great magazine and, at this time,
I truly can't think of a single change that I would make!! I love
It's a very good online magazine and well
I think you're doing a great job with the
magazine and will continue to advertise it to all my friends and
Keep going. You are doing a great job.
I like every time your e-mail pops up to
say there is another issue.
The pictures, the articles; I love it all.
And, the price is the best! It is like getting a great gift every
Haven't found anything I don't like as
of yet. Don't really expect to either.
There is nothing that I don't like.
It's simple and straightforward.
Having to wait so long in between issues!
That it only comes out once a month!
(CD) We're pedalling as hard as we
(MH) We know it's hard waiting when
we look forward to something we like. Thank goodness we're
not a quarterly magazine! Imagine having to wait 3 months
for each issue!
|General Responce to
(CM) What wonderful comments! I feel
all warm and fuzzy inside.
(CD) You are all good people with
(MH) Thank you all! What lovely compliments!
They help us to keep going in the right direction. We appreciate
them, each and every one!
- the variety of patterns
- the new patterns and ideas
- the instructions are well written
- the BOMs
- the templates are wonderful
- there are simple projects
- the illustrations are good
- the appliques
- the design challenges
- the workshops
- the patterns are not designed for fabric
(CD) We are very pleased to provide
a variety of patterns using different techniques each month,
from piecing, to foundation piecing, to English Paper piecing,
to applique. We will also continue to provide them in a variety
of different formats, from whole patterns, to workshops and
mysteries, to monthly BOM's. Watch for even more techniques
to be introduced in 2012, like penny rug applique and redwork
embroidery on quilt blocks.
(CD) Stay tuned! We will be bringing
you some wonderful applique for special occasions by many
new designers! Note that the printable templates in TQPM
are perfect for applique! You can completely eliminate the
tracing step by printing the templates directly onto freezer
paper or onto printable fusible web, using your inkjet printer!
(CD) We strive to provide a variety
of interesting patterns for all skill levels. We strive to
make sure that, no matter what the skill level, the information
provided is accurate and complete, so that readers who are
ready to expand their skills, can confidently try increasingly
challenging patterns, if they so choose.
(CD) We are dedicated to always having
an applique and a pieced BOM running in every issue. It's
always good to break up a large project into doable chunks
- makes you feel like you've accomplished something wonderful
(CD) We are dedicated to having a
workshop or mystery running in every issue. Both are not only
fun, but designed to help you expand your skills and think
out-of-the-box. And having a Pattern
Pastiche group associated with each mystery or
workshop where you can ask questions and share your progress
is a real bonus!
|What Quilters Like Least About the
- there is too much applique
- there is not enough applique
- there is not enough complexity of piecing
patterns that are oh-too-common
- some patterns are not ones I would make
- there isn't a section dedicated to beginner
- many quilts and blocks are virtual
(MH) We hope to include more intermediate
and complex patterns in upcoming issues. In the meantime,
remember, that a quilter of your caliber, can use the patterns
presented as inspiration and take them to your own creative
level. Do that, and share your results with us at Pattern
Pastiche. We'd love to see them and possibly even
(MH) Satisfying both those of us who
love applique and those of us who love piecing, is a challenge.
Rest assured that we'll do our best to satisfy both as we
(MH) We're smiling since we have had
complaints about too much applique! As you can see, it's almost
impossible to include everything or to fit everything into
each issue, or to please everyone, but we are doing our best.
Watch for art quilts and new techniques in the future.
(MH) We're sorry that you feel they
are too common. Most of our subscribers don't feel that way.
But, hang on, because we do have new and varied ones being
prepared for future issues.
(CD) Isn't that the truth! There will
always be patterns that for one reason or another just don't
appeal to you. But, that's the case with any quilting magazine!
As you can see from this survey, there are many different
opinions about what people want to see. What we promise to
do is to continue to bring you a good variety of high-quality
patterns so that (we hope) the majority of the patterns make
your "A-list". Don't hesitate to give us your feedback on
what you like and dislike - we're listening!
(MH) Although we often use virtual
images because of their clarity, we are not concerned with
colours being fashionably current, nor on stating that only
one fabric line can be used for a quilt. We want to encourage
creativity and choices, not diminish them. Remember, you need
not use the colours the designer chooses. You can choose your
own, up-to-date fabrics and colours.
(CM) You can rate every issue and
leave feedback for us, too.
|What Quilters Would Like to See
in the Patterns
- art quilting projects
- more variety of skill level
- more applique
- more small projects
- yardage for different sizes of a pattern
- more english paper piecing
- more mysteries
- more projects other than bed quilts
- more large piece patchwork
- more workshops
- more modern patterns
- more patterns
- readwork projects
- have seasonal patterns sooner
- more challenges
- projects geared toward precut fabries
such as charm packs, layer cakes, jelly rolls
- more seasonal & holiday projects
- a series on EQ7
- wearable art
- more bed-size quilt patterns
- more easy wall hangings
- more than one color scheme on projects
- more Civil War quilts
- real quilts, not just photoshops and/or
- stack and whack
- more wool patterns
- more scrap-piecing patterns
- designs for domestic sewing machines
- optional directions and yardage for larger
- ideas for alternate blocks and borders
- in-depth color studies, exercises
(CD) You will find a good variety
of applique and smaller projects in 2012.
(CD) You're in luck! We'll be starting
a series of EPP blocks (beginner, intermediate, and advanced
each month) in June. Projects using the blocks will be incuded!
(MH) Mystery quilts coming up! We'll
definitely look into Red and Blackwork.
(CD) Stick around for 2012! We will
be continuing Susan-Claire Mayfield's series of big block
quilts. These quilts are designed to go together quickly and
are perfect for beginners ready to expand their skills, and
interesting enough to satisfy the creative urges of more experienced
quilters. And Susan-Claire LOVES charm squares, so most of
these offerings are charm-square friendly.
(MH) More seasonal projects - we'll
do our best. We are dependent upon what designers submit,
so that's not always possible, but we will try!
(MH) We'll do our best. However, in
regard to colour schemes, don't be afraid to create your own.
One suggestion - and the easiest way possible - choose a print
you love and take second, third, and fourth, etc., colours
from it. Vary the size of prints, include fabrics that read
as solids, throw in a stripe for a challenge, or use only
solid colours, Amish-style. Have fun!
(MH) We'll do our best to include
more small projects. However, you can still tackle the larger
projects and experience progress. How? Divide the steps up.
Let's suppose you only have time for quilting on weekends.
Weekend 1 - gather everything you need for your chosen project.
Weekend 2 - Launder your fabrics (if you prewash) and press
your fabrics. Week 3 - Do all of your fabric cutting, and
so on. I think that's enough to understand what I mean. You'll
enjoy each step while knowing that you are progressing, and
before you know it, you'll have a completed project. For those
who want to spend time quilting daily, but find it difficult,
set aside 10, 15, or 20 minutes a day, breaking up tasks,
as described, and you'll be delighted with the number of projects
you'll complete in a year.
(MH) We use a combination of computer-generated
images and quilt photos. Computer images are necessary and
advantageous for clear illustrations. We also include a gallery
of actual quilts in every issue.
I like the online delivery of interesting
I like the fact that it's an online magazine;
that it folds over like pages.
What I like best is that this is an electronic
magazine that I can store on my computer. I have run out of space
for print magazines and stopped all subscriptions, except for one.
I like that it's an easy-to-follow online
magazine; that it is always uploaded early each month; that email
alerts us when each new issue is available.
I like that it is online because I can decide
what I want to print and can also save it for later use.
I love the online format.
I really like the whole electronic aspect
of it. I print the patterns and templates I need and archive the
rest. No shelf space needed!
I like not having a bunch of paper 'stuff'
to try and find a place for. It's all right there on my computer!
I like that it is readily accessable online
I like the ability to save and read issues
when time permits.
Besides all that you offer inside the magazine,
I love that it is digital. I am one that cannot throw a magazine
away, so I have more magazines than room to store them. Being able
to save them on a small disk is a wonderful space saver.
I like that it is paperless.
I like having more room on my shelves. Actually,
I like everything about it!
I appreciate the fact that it is availble
when i want it.
I like the fact that I can download it so
I like the ease of viewing the magazine
and the fact that the previous issue is always available for viewing.
I like its availability, and the ease of
I like the fact that we can download the
patterns and save them for later.
It is so easy to navigate.
|General Responce to
All That Like it Online
(MH) Thank you for each and every
one of your positive comments. They are a delight to us. We
appreciate all the things you've let us know that you like
about TQPM. It helps us to build on our strengths
and to bring you the best possible in an online quilt magazine.
I still prefer to hold a "magazine" and
flip through it leisurely. I transferred my issues to a CD but forgot
to save one earlier issue and lost it.
(MH) I can understand your preference,
but I'm predicting that in the future, all books and publications
will be accessed only via technology. Don't have any idea
when that will happen, but we'll have to save our trees and
our planet, and printed issues will, unfortunately, become
a thing of the past. - You can purchase back issues at a very
reasonable price, if you still want that lost issue.
(CM) Have your tried printing the
PDF version of the magazine and reading it on the comfort
of your couch?
It has a learning curve. I am finally getting
to the point that i can download it and look at it easily
(MH) Congratulations on your accomplishment
and on expanding your horizons! Remember, we include help
and directions online, and we're available to you at Pattern
I don't like the huge file sizes. I would
prefer each section to have its own smaller pdf to download - maybe
direct from a link on the magazine page itself?
(MH) We're sorry, but that's not possible
at this point. Perhaps it will be in the future. We'll remember
that and keep an eye out for making it a reality.
I'm not happy with the need for all the
(MH) We're sorry you don't like the
passwords, but they are a necessity in today's computer world.
However, computers and software are constantly changing, so
some day, a better method is likely to become available.
I still don't know how to transfer my magazine
to a permanent site.
(CM) We are here to help. Just let
us know when you need it. We even provide phone support at
our expense - a special, unique service provided by
I don't like the fact that it is digital
and must be read online or by printing my own copy. I have eye problems
so printing is the only way I can read it.
(MH) We're sorry that your eye
problem causes you difficulty in reading TQPM
online. Did you realize that you can zoom in on every flip
page in the magazine and make the text quite large? If you
haven't done that, do try it. Another thing you can do is
save to .PDF and enlarge your view that way. Also, check to
see if your computer has accessibility features which allow
you to enlarge screen and text views.
I don't like having to log in and print
out the pages I want. I spend too much time on the computer as it
is. I would rather read my magazines on the couch.
(CD) Well then, just like some people
don't like chocolate, this magazine might not be for you.
But, did you realize that you can print it and read it on
(MH) Although we'd be sorry to lose
you, if you prefer reading magazines on the couch, we are
not the right format for you. Unless, of course, you buy an
iPad, or the like, which are small, and easy to hold and read
on the couch. Maybe that's your solution. :-)
I least like the short time magazines are
available and that if we miss a magazine we are charged for it.
Not convenient for me at all.
(MH) Do you truly feel that being
given 2 months to download each issue is not enough?
(CM) How long is a print magazine
available at the newstand? Is it not about 2 months? if you
lose a print magzine, or if your dog ate it, will the publisher
send you a new one for free?
I dont like having only 2 months to download
issues. It would be really nice if the issues we bought showed up
in our account to be downloaded again in the future. (My hard drive
died recently and I lost alot of things. Most electronic files I
have bought were able to be downloaded again, but not TQPM).
(CM) At this time, setting up those
kind of accounts for each subscriber is not possible. I provide
a one-time courtesy access to past issues. It is our readers'
responsibility to download the magazine each month, which
is included in our terms. As for a computer crash, we all
need to take precautions for that and remember to back up
regularly. You may want to look into online back-up services
like, www.carbonite.com, to make sure you never lose a file.
(MH) We're sorry that your hard drive
died and caused you so much loss! However, as computer users,
we must learn quickly to back up all of our files. There are
many ways to accomplish this, with external hard drives, saving
to CDs, and other methods you can search out online. Whenever
you have a problem of any kind, contact us and we'll do our
best to help whenever possible. And, think of this: when you
purchase a magazine subscription that is delivered to your
door, if you happen to lose a magazine or two, the publisher
does not provide you with a free substitute. You must pay
for past issues. TQPM will give subscribers
a one-time-only, courtesy replacement. After that, you must
remember to download and backup.
I don't like having to remember my ID/PW
to look at issues.
(MH) I suggest you keep a small notebook
with a record of them and any other IDs and passwords. These
days, we all need so many of them for various sites and purposes,
it would be impossible to keep them all memorized.
That I can barely (have to focus, can't
scan) read the font on my 17-inch screen without zooming.
(MH) it's impossible to provide a
magazine format that is suitable for every reader, not just
for TQPM, but everywhere on the Internet. That
is why zooming in is included. There are other possibilities,
too. Most computers allow you to choose your viewing fonts,
so you can set the size that suits you best. Also, there is
available software for vision problems.
(CM) I find the online viewer
nice for flipping through the magazine quickly to see what's
inside. However, because my eyesight is not what it used to
be (getting old is so much fun) I find it easier to print
the PDF version of the magazine and read it on the comfort
of my couch.
Make all the previous issues available for
viewing at any time.
(MH) We are sorry, but that's an impossible
task right now. As mentioned previously, technology is consantly
changing so what we can provide will likely change in future,
The ability to interact with others
is definitely a plus.
I also love the community the magazine has
(CD) One of our founding ideals was
to bring quilters together. Pattern
Pastiche, TQPM's online quilters'
community, was created to do just that! We are thrilled to
see so many of you particpating in PP. We are equally thrilled
that many of our designers participate as well, sharing their
knowledge directly with our subscribers. The PP groups centered
around specific projects are a great way to get information
and encouragement. We, the staff, tremendously enjoy meeting
you there, chatting, and answering questions, and so on.
I'm not very good at getting around in Pattern
(CM) We are here to help. Just ask
and we can spend some time together walking you through Pattern
(MH) You can also ask us for help
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The kitten thing...sorry girls...I am not
a pet person
(CD) Okay, so I am not a cat lover
either and in the interest of full-disclosure, I do have to
admit that I am a dog lover. However, there are many people
in my life whom I love, who love their cats. So, I am happy
to occasionally read cat stories because it reminds me of
how much those animals mean to those I love (and sometimes
makes me grateful that I have a dog instead of a cat. :) And,
those stories are often little windows into how the minds
of those cat (and other pet) people think, providing very
(MH) Actually, we have only had one
cat story in TQPM and that was for the contest winner. Everything
else to do with cats was on our website and in newsletters.
We hope to have a variety of types of contests from time to
time, so there's bound to be one for you. To quote Abraham
Lincoln: "You can please some of the people some of the
time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."
Despite the truth in that saying, we are trying our utmost
to do both! :-)
The hard stuff. Ha! Because I am a beginner,
so don't listen to me. LOL!l
(MH) We listen to beginners, too.
:-) Take heart! We were all beginners at one time. You won't
be a beginner for long! And remember, whenever you need help
you can ask us for it in Pattern
Pastiche (or via our website). We have lots of
helpful quilters at PP, plus staff to answer your questions
and help you along the way.
The design. It looks old-fashioned and unprofessional.
Sorry. I don't mean to offend but you did ask.
(CD) Well, we have to admit, we like
it a little homey here at TQPM. And we are old-fashioned
in our approach, which is very hands-on. However, we
can assure you that we run a very tight, professional ship!
We pride ourselves on our excellent relationships with our
designers and the quality of our content. Did you know that
each and every pattern is fully tested (not just a few blocks)
and goes through several rounds of review (including by the
designer) and editing before it gets to you? We concentrate
on accuracy and communicating the essential information you
need to be successfull with each and every project. We are
breaking new ground, publishing several BOM's, workshops,
and mysteries in a monthly, online, magazine format and we
believe we've mastered these challenges. Our articles are
well written and interesting, too. Now that we've established
our processes and have a year of publication under our belts,
we'll be examining other areas, including the magazine's design.
So, keep the comments coming!
(MH) We most certainly did ask and
we appreciate your taking the time to respond with honesty.
However, I'm going to disagree with you. There is nothing
unprofessional about TQPM. Remember, this magazine
is meant to be printed. Subscribers print some of our articles,
and they print the patterns they want to make. We don't have
the look that print and other magazines do, on purpose. We
could choose to have those colourful backgrounds and settings,
which are lovely to look at, we agree. But, what you call
"old-fashioned" is our determination to keep simplicity
in our publication - the better to see what's important, the
better to remain green with no unnecessary waste of ink, and
the better to remain economical by eliminating the expense
and need of excess ink. There are good reasons for our look.
The emphasis is where it should be - on the patterns.
When I recommend it to people they have
a hard time getting into the magazine to see one. A better sample?
(MH) At this point, we don't have
a full issue sample available. We do offer a view of each
month's cover, editorial page, and contents page. These are
very good indications of what our magazine is about. Also,
there are samples on the "Freddy's Freebees" page.
For the bargain price, with the refund offer and its 100%
guarantee, we've made it very easy and risk-free to try us
out. Tell your friends to try us. They might just like us.
Articles about quilters...don't know these
people and will never know them...so????
(CD) We will continue to bring you
monthly contributions from quilters. The reason? We quilters
are a unique community and our stories show how we live and
love our art form every day.
(MH) I doubt you'll find a magazine
where you will like every single thing included. We're all
different, so different things appeal to us. If that's the
only thing you dislike, then we think we're doing well. :-)
However, should you choose to read these articles, you will
get to know their authors. You may never meet in person, but
you will learn a great deal about them and are very likely
to find inspiration in what they have to say.. Soon, we'll
be adding another special quilter whose writing talent and
sense of humour are both wonderful. We are doing our best
to provide something for everyone. What is your favourite
part of the magazine?
Even though I subscribed, I can't get older
issues without paying for them.
(MH) We don't know of any publication
that provides back issues free. Actually, the ones I've looked
into are quite expensive. TQPM's by contrast
are quite reasonably priced, especially in comparison.
Would like to see teasers about upcoming
issues in an e-mail newsletter that also tells you the exact day
that the newest issue would be available.
(MH) Are you subscribed to our newsletter?
If not, do subscribe. You'll find your teasers there, and
much more. Also, our site states that each month's issue becomes
available on the first day of each month, and it does! That's
easy to remember! We also send out reminders when a new issue
is ready. One way or another, you can't miss it.
The bios on the staff every month.
Less bios and more patterns.
||(MH) All magazines
credit those who work on them. We go a step further by adding
photos (when available) and a longer credit. The bios do not
detract from our issues, nor do they affect the number of patterns
and articles included. Also, we want to be known to our readers.
Unlike many magazines, our staff is approachable and available
to our subscribers. We interact with them and enjoy doing so,
particularly in Pattern
Pastiche. We're sorry you don't like this section,
but fortunately, it can be easily ignored.
I don't like the whole Facebook thing -
LIKE and don't like - inane comments, but that's me. It doesn't
IRRITATE me, I just don't like it.
(CD) Ah... to Facebook or not, that
is the question. Facebook has become a part of our culture
that we can't ignore. But, we also don't want to alienate
you non-Facebookers! So, at TQPM, we do Facebook.
However, you won't see us running a contest or an offer exclusively
through Facebook. Also, we don't deliver important subscriber
information through Facebook. So, rest assured, if you are
not a Facebooker, you won't miss anything - except for maybe
some pithy quips about quilt-loving cats!
(MH) We understand that, but because
so many quilters do like Facebook, we are there. Do you prefer
Twitter? We're there for those who do. Don't like either one?
Then, ignore them. You can thoroughly enjoy TQPM
on its own.
Holiday issues need to come out a few months
before the holiday. That way someone has time to make the project
for the holiday if they would like.
(CD) We hear you! In 2012, we'll be
moving holiday patterns ahead to at least, the month prior
to the holiday. As time goes on, we'll be pulling them even
further forward to make sure you have ample time to complete
(MH) To add to the above, most of
the holiday projects we've included were quick and easy to
make, but as Carol states, we definitely plan to move them
ahead in future.
I forget to check out what is new and may
have missed an issue or two because life got in the way. Also the
support group is difficult to navigate for me..specifically the
one for the Double Wedding Ring Made Easy.
(MH) Even when life gets in the way,
we still have 2 months to download each month's issue. In
regard to our group, Pattern
Pastiche, I suggest that you click on the Help
link there and see what is offered. If you need a different
kind of help, contact us and we'll help you with it and very
likely add it to our Help pages. We want you to enjoy Pattern
Pastiche where you can see us and chat with us
in real time or ask your questions. You can also contact us
directly, so that we can asssist you.
(CM) We are here to help. Just ask
and we can spend some time together walking you through Pattern
The magazine is too short.
(CM) When you compare TQPM
to print magazines, you'll find that ours contain, approximately
the same amount of information. Our issues may seem shorter,
but that's because they come out 12 times a year as apposed
to 4 to 6 times a year.
Quilters Would Like to See in Future Issues of TQPM
Tips and Hints.
(MH) We do include a Hint/Tip each
issue and will look into expanding it, as soon as possible.
You can help us get started by sending us your hints and tips!
I'd like to see in-depth color studies and
I'd like to see more montly series of techniques
like the Double Wedding Ring Made Easy series on new techniques
to make this classic. Also would like some articles on Art Quilt
techniques and dying fabric how-to.
(MH) For color studies, exercises,
and techniques, we'll do what we can in the future.
I would enjoy more articles. I also love
the short essays by quilters. It would be nice to have snipits from
different countries on what quilting means to the quilters there.
(CM) As in our name implies, The
Quilt Pattern Magazine, it is a pattern magazine.
Although we include other items and articles, it's the patterns
we focus on.
Feature techniques. Maybe have readers do
reviews of notions they use frequently.
(MH) Please go to our Submit page.
We will appreciate having our readers send us their reviews.
Better quilt designs.
(MH) Define "better" please.
That way, we'll know what to aim for. :-)
Interviews of designers or long time quilters.
How about a classroom. Maybe title it, "Welcome to Our Classroom".
Then, teach a different method in each magazine.
Interviews with world class quilters would
Include a Quilter of the Month, professional
(MH) Although we haven't included
interviews in every issue, we have published articles which
are the result of interviews with quilters. So far, none of
them have been famous, and not all were professionals. We'll
continue doing so, but on an irregular basis.
More vendors with the templates and supplies
needed by all quilters at reasonable!! prices.
(MH) We'll invite vendors to submit
articles and patterns and already have one planned for the
future. However, reasonable prices are beyond our control.
Most certainly, more patterns, articles
and the focus on skill-increasing patterns. Many new young designers
are wild and free with their interpretations. I love and practice
modern quilting as a rule of thumb. Environmental choices for cotton,
silk, linen etc are also missing. Scraps are a completely different
kind of recycling. Many modern quilters reuse and blend. it's wonderful
and empowering to others to be frugal and caring about our eco footprint.
(MH) Caring about our eco footprint
is one of the major reasons we're an online magazine. We will
definitely look into all of your suggestions.
Maybe some articles on Art Quilt techniques
and dying fabric how to.
Blocks of the month whose patterns are more
open to personal style (1930's, Civil War, brights, country, patriotic,
solids, batiks). The Baltimore Album BOM, while somewhat flexible,
defines itself more so than others in terms of fabric selection
and is more limiting to "self-expression." Pieced stars lend themselves
to a lot.
(MH) Your personal style example leans
to fabric choices. May I say that you can make those choices
with any BOM or pattern? In regard to the Baltimore Album
BOM being more limiting in self-expression - not so. One example
is that you can take the applique patterns for each month
and rearrange them to create your own designs. That would
be both interesting and fun!
Maybe you could include some articles on
Fabric selection, which for quilters who have been at it for a while
is easy, but I still struggle with the hues, lights, darks etc.
I tend to rely on the quilting store expertise instead of knowing
what to put with each color/fabric I like. Maybe you could also
include some simple quilting designs that the home sewer can learn
to use so they do not need to send our quilt tops out to be long
(MH) Thank you for your suggestions.
We will look into the possibilities and plan to include them
as soon as possible. Remember though, that we work 6 months
to a year, ahead of publication, so please be patient. For
quicker ideas on fabric selection, meet us in Pattern Pastiche.
We'll be glad to help.
It would be nice to see a section for beginners
that teaches a new technique each month.
(CD) Did you know that TQPM
has excellent tutorials on the website that encompass many
useful techniques? They are always available to you, so don't
forget to check them out! Throughout 2012, we'll be introducing
several new types of projects, accompanied by detailed information
on how to accomplish new techniques. Look for Strip Kaleidoscope
block, Wool Penny Rug, Machine-Sewn Thread Bowl, and projects,
to name a few. In early 2012, we'll also be starting a new
workshop, which will show you several different techniques
for making blocks at each step. This will be a wonderful workshop
for beginners and experienced quilters alike.
Maybe you can have a contest such as a challenge
to design a quilt. Another idea - how to use pieced blocks and other
blocks together in one quilt. Definition of other blocks: Blocks
that are embroidered, cross stitched or colored with crayons.
(CM) Coming soon is Seasons
of Hope Block Challenge. We also have some embroidery
projects on the way.
I would like to see articles about old timers
who sew by hand, make do, and think frugally.
(CD) It's not just old timers who
sew by hand, make do, and think frugally. What a great topic
for a Pattern
Pastiche discussion! Also, watch for some great
hand-sewing projects coming in 2012.
This hasn't been a very "quilty" year
for me. I've been struggling with my 90-year-old mother's rapid
decline in health. After she passed away in November, I realized
that my lack of quilting was probably due to my worry. I think 2012
will be a more productive year for me. Looking forward to more issues
of this magazine!
(MH) We are sorry for your loss and,
some of us having been through it ourselves, we can understand
and empathize. It's no wonder that you've had no time for
quilting and likely little else, as well. We hope you do get
back to quilting this year. There are few better ways to relax,
relieve stress, and satisfy the creative urge that we who
quilt (and knit, embroider, do needlepoint, paint, etc.) cannot
Except for economics, I would have no doubt
about renewal. As it is, however, I may have to forego renewal this
year. Things are getting very, very tight.
(MH) We are sorry that the economic
times won't allow you to renew. We all hope that the economy
soon takes an upward swing, and when it does, we hope you'll
join us again.
(CM) There are many ways to receive
free issues and subscriptions. If you submit an article or
a pattern, you get a free year's subscription. Test a pattern
and you get 3 free issues.
I have enjoyed testing for this magazine
from the beginning and love getting my monthly issue. Keep up the
(MH) Thank you for testing for us.
TQPM needs and tremendously appreciates you
and all of our testers!
At the moment I am unable to answer the
above questions as I have saved this year's issues but haven't looked
at them. I'm hoping to do that over my summer holidays. From the
quick glances I've had when downloading them, I'm certainly looking
forward to reading them and hoping to make something as well. Sorry,
not much help for you at this time
(MH) On the contrary, your remarks
are very helpful. For one, you have pointed out how easy it
is to save issues and access them whenever time permits -
and without the need for more storage space on our bookshelves.
In the Sept., Nov., and Dec. issues, the
instructions for the Sampler pattern did not print. All the other
months, including October, were fine.
(MH) I hope you contacted TQPM
for help with that at the time! If not, do so now, please.
(CM) This was a problem with
the flip page version of the magazine. Fortunately the PDF
version of the issues print just fine. We discovered the problem
and know a solution, but still have some patterns that were
finallized before we knew about the problem. By the March
issue (2012), this problem should not exist any more. If it
does, please let us know.
You have done a great job! Although I realize
the volume of work that goes into putting together each issue, I
would love there to be a couple of additional issues each year.
(MH) Thank you! As you say, the volume
of work makes it impossible to add more issues per year. Add
to that, the time needed to format patterns, edit and test
patterns, not to mention all the rest, and it leaves no time
at all for an increase of issues. We'd love to add a few more
each year, but it's simply not possible. So many patterns,
so little time! Sorry! Good news though! There will be bonus
patterns included this year!
The fact that I don't have the time I'd
like to read and do all that is in it.
(MH) Now that's something we definitely
cannot help you with! :-) Wish we had the answer, but we don't.
We, the staff of TQPM, like you, need more hours
in every day, more days in every week, and more months in
every year. Even then, I'll just bet we wouldn't have enough
time for everything we'd love to read and do. We'd need a
few lifetimes in a row for that. We understand and sympathize!
That you would like to be able to read and do everything in
each issue is quite a compliment and one we appreciate very
much. The only thing we can suggest, is to choose your top
favourite article and pattern in each issue and try to do
those. If you can, you'll have a sense of accomplishment and
satisfaction. And, when you do, be sure to share it all with
us at Pattern Pastiche. We'd love to see you there!
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(MH) Thank you all for your comments
and suggestions. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading them and
hearing from you. You help us to keep going in the right direction
and we value that!
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