Have you noticed we have a “TQL” picture in every issue? It’s kind of like our own version of Where’s Waldo. I hope you’ve noticed, because coming up with them is such a fun, creative opportunity for us. (Clue: It’s often on the “Life Online” page, but not always).

For instance, the letters TQL were carved into an apple in the June 2012 issue. I scoured the flea market for objects that looked like a T, a Q, and an L for the February 2013 issue (and yes, I did really buy a bent nail). Alex wrote “I (heart) TQL” on her lunch bag, pictured in the February 2014 issue.

Last fall, while TQL editor Irene Berry and her husband, Bob, were visiting Padre Island, in Texas, I called and asked her to bring me back an “I (heart) TQL”. I knew she wouldn’t be able to resist the challenge. Being forced to improvise made it even more fun. The two drove to the beach with supplies from the hotel’s breakfast buffet (a paper oatmeal cup, a plastic spoon for digging, a coffee stirrer, and a foam plate) plus an eyeliner pencil, lip gloss, and a band aid. Irene says she’s lucky Bob is never without a pocket knife, and that he’s also a good sport. The TQL sand castle, on the April issue’s page 14, is the result.

How about you? Do you have an unusual TQL? I’d love to see it…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

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