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Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Sandy, when you get ready to post a photo, and if you are working from a laptop computer, there should be little icons on a bar that appears above the box where you have been typing your comments.  (It begins with a box containing the word…"
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Cindy Mccoy (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group TQPM EQ Creativity Call
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Sandie Singer commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Joanne...thanks so much for your explanation.   I really could visualize what you were saying as I was reading it.  It was fun making the quilt "top", but now I am getting cold feet for the next step.   I…"
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Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Sandie,  I see Joanne Maner has answered many of your questions.  Thanks Joanne. If  you go to the TQPM web site, and then click on the Tutorials in the banner header line, you will find this tutorial 6. Finishing a Quilt with…"
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Fat Quarter Fun

Welcome to "Fat Quarter Fun"!Each month we give away 5 pre-washed fat quarters.Click "Join Fat Quarter Fun" button at the top of this page to request membership in this group.Rules: 1. You must be a subscriber of TQPM. 2. Your Icon cannot be the…See More
10 hours ago
Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) replied to Bonny Peters's discussion Binding: Straight of Grain or Bias and How do you Attach?
"I use double fold straight of grain binding on all straight border quilts. I cut my binding at 2.25", fold and press. Then I sew it on the front mitering the corners. Turn it to the back and hand sew it down. I sew my miter folds at front and…"
18 hours ago
Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) posted a status
"I love EQ. I am testing a pattern and couldn't decide on colors. Drew it in EQ and now have my fabrics picked. All from stash. Woohoo!"
18 hours ago
Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Congratulations to all the October winners."
18 hours ago
Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Sandie, I am not Judy but I can answer your questions. The reason the backing and batting are larger is because when we quilt a top it can pull the fabric and distort it some. It allows some leeway. The quilt is quilted before you add your…"
18 hours ago
Sandie Singer commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Nancy, I am so glad you mentioned the single fold of fabric wrapping around to the front for the binding. I never gave that a thought, but that makes a lot of sense that the single thickness of the fabric would wear out long before…"
19 hours ago
Rose Pullen commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Congratulations all the winners! May you enjoy your fat quarter."
21 hours ago
Leann McClain commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Brenda, maybe I'll see you.  Going on Sat. Nov. 1.  Last year I went to the market as a longarmer, this year just going to look at quilts!  "
23 hours ago
FloJo52 commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Congratulations all the winners!  I'm sure you will put your pieces to good use :D"
23 hours ago
Brenda Howard commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Yeah I won. I am sitting at the back door of the exhibition hall at International Quilt Market in Houston. I work every year so I have money to spend. (My check comes before the bills) if you are here at market or festival. Look me up. I am usually…"
Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"Sandie, you can Google "wrapped binding, quilts" and it will give you some leads.  Martingale has a blog post here.  At least it shows how to miter the corners. I found many others listed that might help you. I remember that is…"
Bonny Peters commented on TQPM's group Fat Quarter Fun
"I can hardly believe I won - thank you so much!"
Gay Reeder commented on TQPM's group In the Beginning
"I was there all the time!  Must have been a senior moment.  Thanks."
Cindy Mccoy (TQPM staff) commented on TQPM's group In the Beginning
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Gay Reeder commented on TQPM's group In the Beginning
"I guess I'm lost.  I can't find the instructions to the In the Beginning.  Help please.  Thanks."

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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) 18 hours ago.

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.

Needle-Turn Appliqué: Hints, Tips and Advice 16 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 Joanne Maner (PeePs Rep) Sep 14.

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

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.

Batting frustrations (and I do not mean baseball)

Posted by Nancy - Cat Lady (TQPM staff) on April 1, 2014 at 1:26pm 1 Comment

I have been trying to use up scraps of batting lately as I have been quilting table runners and smaller projects.  Today I was going to baste a table runner that measures 40" x 22".  I have a piece of black batting that would be perfect, only it measures 44" x 21-3/4".  Not enough of a difference to piece some more onto it as I will often do.

Guess this one goes back into the pile and I will have search for some more appropriately sized piece(s).



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