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pastiche - n. [Fr] Artistic composition made up of bits from various sources.



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Rita A commented on Ruth Ann Henderer's photo

Shimmering Sea Quilt Finished

"Ruth Ann,   That quilt is Gorgeous!!!  Were you tired of making the same block over and over, by the time you got to the end?   Rita"
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Nancy Seitz commented on Nancy Seitz's photo

Autumn Circles--online retreat quilt

"I hope to have it quilted by next spring as it is for our cabin. Thanks, Joanne"
10 hours ago
Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) commented on Nancy Seitz's photo

Autumn Circles--online retreat quilt

"Your top turned out  very pretty. Like the new name for it. Suits it very well."
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Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) liked Nancy Seitz's photo
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Beverly Penaranda commented on TQPM's group Cardinal Points Mystery Quilt
"The third color is purple.  Thanks."
13 hours ago
Judy Nicely commented on TQPM's group Cardinal Points Mystery Quilt
"Pam, we've only got to wait two more days for next step....yeah!"
14 hours ago
Judy Nicely commented on TQPM's group Cardinal Points Mystery Quilt
"Beverly, love, love, love your fabrics.  what is the third one?"
14 hours ago
Nancy Seitz posted a photo

Autumn Circles--online retreat quilt

I added three more borders so this will fit on our bed at cabin. I renamed, since this is what I see and the colors. I kept the 4 patches at the corner the same. Love this pattern and will make another. Thanks
15 hours ago
Emmy Prewitt commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"I will see if I can find the name of it.  It is beautiful isn't it! "
16 hours ago
Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Drat, I was thinking it would be a possible addition to my yard."
18 hours ago
Emmy Prewitt commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"THank you Nancy.  Actually that plant was at a B&B we stayed at on the west coast of MIchigan.  It is beautiful but I don't know the name of it.  I am sorry, I wish I did."
18 hours ago
Tonya Merryman commented on Judy Nicely's photo

Cardinal Points Step 1 2014-10-27 13.11.05

"All I can say is wow!! - nice job.  I agree with Bonnie - the colors are yummy"
19 hours ago
Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Hi Emmy, glad you found us here. I love the looks of the plant you are standing next to in your avatar.  Can you tell me what it is?"
23 hours ago
Emmy Prewitt commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"I just joined this thread a few days ago and just read through the posts and praying for those who were sick or injured.   I just finished 7 quilts for Christmas for my sons, daughters in love and our 3 grand kids.  I am also working on…"
Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Bonny, I would be afraid I would pull a plant (or the poison ivy bare-handed) if I tried to garden while tired.  But you are right, rotary cutters, and sewing machine needles, do not mix well with exhaustion.  Hope you have a better time…"
Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Rose, most machines need general maintenance such as routine oiling and cleaning the accumulated lint out of the bobbin area.  Much of the maintenance can be done by yourself, following the owner's manual.  The Singer Featherweights…"
Rose Pullen commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"I am a newbie.  Did not know to take my sewing machine in for a check-up.  Use to the machines of the 70's just basic.  Living in country where everything is miles away taking care of parents. Local quilt shop closing so I am…"
Bonny Peters commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Nancy - I usually fit some sleep in but last night was an exception. One of the medications I take sometimes causes a reaction and last night was one of those times. Oh well. I can do my gardening while I'm sleepy - no 1/4" seams to watch…"
Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"One of the items on my agenda for the first of October was to get my main sewing machine in for it's yearly check-up.  Computerized machines can be finicky at times.  Well. I finally had time to take it to the repair relay station…"

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Cardinal Points Mystery Quilt

Using just three colors, Pamela has created a stunning quilt that you will treasure for years to come.

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Needle-Turn Appliqué: Hints, Tips and Advice 19 Replies

Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep)  and I have been having a discussion about needle-turn appliqué.  I know there are a lot of members of Pattern Pastiche who use this method of…Continue

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Started by Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) in Members' Discussions. Last reply by Helen on Sunday.

Binding: Straight of Grain or Bias and How do you Attach? 9 Replies

I'm interested in finding our what sort of binding folks use. I know you have to use bias binding for any curves but what out for quilts with square edges. Many patterns seem to opt for straight binding but I had learned that bias binding was…Continue

Started by Bonny Peters in Members' Discussions. Last reply by Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) Oct 23.

Looking for suggestions 9 Replies

Whew! My arm and hand are killing me.I had to make templates for a quilt I am making. I usually just use paper ones but I want to make this quilt again so decided to use template plastic.The one I used was the heavy duty. Man is it thick. Rotary…Continue

Started by Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) in Members' Discussions. Last reply by Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) Sep 24.

So Many Patterns So Little Time! 4 Replies

I thought of the saying "So much Fabric, so little time!"  and then I went on to think about patterns in the same vein.   As I see what people are doing in the BOMs or the posts of photos of quilts that are shared, I think "Oh, oh, oh, I like, I…Continue

Started by Barbara Douglas (TQPM Staff) in Members' Discussions. Last reply by Barbara Douglas (TQPM Staff) Sep 20.

Quilting Dilemma and Procrastination 10 Replies

Ok, so I am sitting here at the computer, taking a break from crawling around on the floor marking a quilt so I can start quilting it.  It is hot outside and humid and I am putting off turning on the air conditioner.So as I sit here procrastinating,…Continue

Started by Barbara Douglas (TQPM Staff) in Members' Discussions. Last reply by Barbara Douglas (TQPM Staff) Sep 18.

Flying Ballon Zoo: On the Fence? 10 Replies

Flying Balloon Zoo:  On the Fence? I was on the fence with this one as well. I am a tester for TQPM and when this pattern came up for testing I was undecided as to whether to sign up for it. I had a few other projects on the go and wasn't sure if…Continue

Started by Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) in Members' Discussions. Last reply by Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) Sep 5.

Blog Posts

Technology can be wonderful and then it's not ...

Posted by Bonny Peters on October 25, 2014 at 7:34pm 1 Comment

I tried to update software on my laptop. There were 2 problems with that. First, I had not backed up my files. Second, my laptop's hard disk was almost full. Bottom line, there wasn't enough room for the update and it crashed my system. Ugh!

So I booted up my desktop that I haven't used in almost a year. It is on my desk in my sewing room but I have so little space the desktop is covered with rulers, spools of thread, pins, bobbins, etc., etc.

I was finally able after a number of ineffective trials, to get my desktop to see the hard drive in my laptop. Major success! I then backed up my files from my laptop and erased its hard drive so I could reinstall software.

I got my laptop back running now but it is empty. I still have to go through the hassle of reinstalling applications, importing my photos, music and other files. The good news is that my laptop isn't going to run out of hard disk space any time soon. The bad news is that it will take many hours to get everything I want back where I'd like to have it.

I just need to keep saying my mantra - "At least I didn't lose my files. At least I didn't lose my files."

I should embrace this as something productive to do when I need a break from free motion quilting. Tomorrow the sun will be out and I have spring bulbs to finish planting. I also have 2 finished projects to photograph and post. Then it is back to free motion quilting the retreat quilt. 

An update on construction: The reroof of our existing house just needs the fascia and soffit finished. The metal roofing will go on later but the sheathing is done and our chimney is taller. They finally put in the insulation this week. (Good thing since it has been cold and we are using our wood stove.)

As to the addition, the foundation walls have been poured and back filled. Seven truck loads of dirt were needed to fill the foundation. Next up will be walls and the slab poured. We'll have to wait and see how the…


Company and Rain

Posted by Bonny Peters on October 16, 2014 at 8:47am 1 Comment

Doesn't it always seem to happen this way - company arrived last evening and the rain arrived this morning. Fortunately the rain will be gone by the end of the day and our company is flexible so we might enjoy some good weather with them too.

We will still do some adventuring and exploring with them today. They are both photographers like my husband so I'm we'll find some nice places for them to photograph. We also have to go to our CSA today to pick up our share for the week. That will be part of their adventure.

I figured out what to make for the 4 additions to my gift list. I ordered fabric and selected patterns yesterday. Crisis is averted. Now I just need to keep making progress on all of them.  I'm about halfway through all of the work. As they get quilted I will add pictures.

Oh, No!

Posted by Bonny Peters on October 14, 2014 at 10:21pm 0 Comments

I realized something terrible today. I had forgotten 4 people on my Xmas gift list. That's four more projects to add - fabric to find, patterns to select, tops to piece, etc., etc. I have some ideas for 3 of them but will have to ponder the 4th. I thought I had everything under control but now ...

My projects for Xmas number 32 now. Four are finished. Seventeen other tops are complete. Seven I have the fabric but not a pattern yet. Life I said, I thought I had everything under control. Adding the 4 with nothing ... well, we'll see.

On the plus side, the construction project is moving along. The foundation walls were poured yesterday and the forms came off today. Our hole in the ground is starting to look like something. The new roof on the existing house is up. The men are working on the soffits and fascia now. Next up is blowing in the insulation and installing attic flooring. Space will free up in our house, it will stay warmer and it will be quieter!

The other good news is that my brother and his wife will be flying up from Florida to spend the holidays with my sister and I. It will be the first time the 3 of us have been together for the holiday since the 70's. We'll spend the holiday at my sister's in Liverpool, NY. It will be chaotic and noisy. My husband will hate it. Of course, we've spent the over 30 years hosting Christmas dinner for his family so it's my family's turn.


High Expectations for the end of 2014

Posted by Bonny Peters on September 24, 2014 at 9:16pm 6 Comments

Today, real work started on our addition. The addition will consist of a 3 stall garage with a room and half bath above plus a transition room connecting the new with our existing house. This transition room will house the stairs up and down. Four trees came down today - 2 cherry and 2 red oak. Tomorrow they go off to the saw mill. An existing retaining wall and concrete pad were yanked up and removed. The stakes with tape marking the area where the new construction will be are all in disarray. Even our garden shed got slid a few feet to make way for progress.

On the other side of our house sits our 12 x 16 foot deck. It has been pulled all the way around the house and will be reattached where a new door will be installed. This new door will replace the existing window in our bathroom. In time, the bathroom will be moved into a larger space which is currently my sewing room.

At 10 x 10 feet minus a closet that is 4 x 3 feet, my sewing room room holds a 40" x 60" table, a 36" x 60" desk, 2 short and 1 tall bookcase. Stash and batting in waiting takes up the floor space on one side of the table. On the other side I can sit either facing the table to sew or my desk. There are also shelves on the wall over one end of the table that holds more stash. In order to layer a quilt, the sewing machine goes on the floor under the table.  Cozy, yes; comfortable, no.

The new room will be 32 x 16 feet. It will only be 5 feet high along the sides where we will have some built-in storage. Of course, I will have to share this new space with my husband. He is an avid photographer and has boxes of equipment and images (slides, negatives, CDs, enlargements) that have been in boxes since we moved last summer.

I am dreaming of the day when I will have a real sewing cabinet and won't be sewing with the machine up on a table. My shoulders and neck are relaxing just thinking about that. I'll have a separate table for cutting and layering quilts. Plus my desk…


What I Hate about quilt making!

Posted by Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) on June 15, 2014 at 4:30pm 23 Comments

I believe I have found the one thing that I hate the most about quilt making: ironing yardage of fabric after it comes from the washer and dryer!

I am in the process of ironing 10 (ten) yards I recently purchased for a current project.  Even though I was able to cut it into three segments, that is still a lot of yardage to iron.

And yes, I have to wash it.  Terrible thing, you know, to be allergic to some of the chemicals used in your avocation.

Is there something you hate about quilt making?

Drowning in Stash

Posted by Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) on April 25, 2014 at 12:04pm 6 Comments

Well I am looking for a piece of border print fabric today. Since I haven't been able to find it, I did the dreaded . I started taking fabric out of a 5'x2' closet that has stretched out into the room. Now covering an area about 5"x8"x6" high. Some of it is in boxes. Some in ziplocks. But most just stacked.

Here is a picture of what I have removed so far.

Frantic, thou name is ...

Posted by Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) on April 10, 2014 at 2:23pm 1 Comment

I am trying to work through a pile of UFOs that have been resting on my flannel board for ages.  A number of them are tops that I have pieced as I have been testing patterns for The Quilt Pattern Magazine as well as other designers.  So far this year I have removed and quilted thirteen items. Admittedly most of them have been table runners, table toppers or small wall hangings, but they are now finished!

Today I removed the top three pieces and laid them aside briefly so I could see what was under them.  These three are lap sized or larger and will require a larger area cleaned up on my cutting table before I can get them pin basted for quilting.

Under them I found three table toppers that had been pieced and were waiting for the appliqué pieces to be added before they are ready to quilt.  In the pile of fabric I have stacked on and next to my cutting table, I found the section that went with these three tops.  I normally do not put the fabric away until the top is finished, or at least until the piecing is done and the binding is made and the top is ready to quilt.  We will discuss piles of fabric at another time.

However, the pattern was not with the fabric.  Nor was it in my pile of paperwork.   And since this was not a TQPM pattern it was not available on my computer.  One of the benefits of TQPM, I could have gone back to the issue it was in and downloaded it again.


Luckily, after a little more digging I found one of my  plastic storage containers that had the fabric I was using to make bias for the stems.  It also contained my bias tape makers.  And on the bottom of the container I located the directions for the tops with the applique templates.


Now, I just need to make more quarter-inch bias for the stems, get everything cut out, find matching thread, and then I can have a nice relaxing hand appliqué project to do in the evenings.

Question:  Do you…


In the Beginning

Posted by Cindy Mccoy (TQPM staff) on April 3, 2014 at 7:55pm 3 Comments

I have been working all day on a beginner project.  It is for the newsletter after the "Around a Star" mystery.  Boy am I all tuckered out!  And I am only half way done.  I hope to finish it tomorrow.



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