I love The Quilt Pattern Magazine. (http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com) I have published over a dozen patterns in this digital magazine. I love that each month I received an emailed newsletter that tells me the new issue is ready to download. Downloading involves 2 files. The larger file is the issue. The smaller file is any templates needed for piecing, applique or quilting designs. I have a folder ready fro these files so I always no where to find my issues.
Each issue contains a number of stand alone patterns. The March issue has 3 - Union Stars, Squares Chasing Squares and By the Seashore Table Runner. I'll share more about Union Stars below.
There are also usually 3 block-of-the-month programs going on. One is usually patchwork, a second is applique and the third could be a mystery or other project. In the March issue they will be Month 8 of 11 for Scrap It Up Row a Month (a great stash buster), Month 11 of 12 for Botanicals (fabulous workshop on using #8 Perle cotton to embellish), and Month 2 of 12 for My Colorado Backyard (Baltimore album style applique that is stunning).
Each issue of TQPM also includes book reviews and articles of interest. The March issue also has a tutorial on binding that was written to accompany Union Stars. So maybe I should tell you why I keep mentioning Union Stars. Well, of course, it is because it is my pattern. Well, actually, not totally my pattern. I have an online friend, Joanne Maner, who drew up the original design for this pattern. I have a fondness for five 1-yard cut quilts. So I took Joanne's original designa nd tweaked it to use five 1-yard cuts. There was some extra fabric in a couple fabrics so I also designed it with 3 different options for binding, one of which became the binding tutorial in the issue.
I hope you like the pattern and binding technique. If you subscribe to TQPM (www.quiltpatternmagazine.com), then this is part of what you'll get in the March issue. If not, I have a deal for you. I am able to offer you a special subscription price. Go to http://www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/program/S/?D=CDMQ and use the secret code CDMQ to take advantage of this special offer.
Now I need to dig out my camera and get serious about taking a picture of that other project for next week's post. Until then, take care.