It's all about sharing…
Sometimes ideas just come to us out of the blue, like the curved paper piecing technique that popped into Jodie Davis' head while she slept. The technique helped her simplify the finishing steps to an otherwise tricky quilt pattern she had been working on. We've shared Jodie's trick with our readers in the May/June 2010 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. Her pattern and instructions for Grandmother's Daisy Garden are just one of the skill-teaching features in this last issue – Dawn Cavanaugh will help you get up close and personal with your next quilting design; and Jinny Beyer takes you into her incredible world of color transistion.
Since we've found that quilters never seem to outgrow their incredible thirst for knowledge – we're always excited to share information from the professionals, but it is also great to hear and share any new ideas, techniques, tips, etc., that come from our readers, even if you're brand new to the art. It's all about sharing, and quilters certainly wrote the book on that.
Sew & Tells
In recognition of…
submitted by Jane Kozaki, Covina, CA.
When my youngest son, Greg, graduated with his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from UC Riverside in California, I knew I would make him a wall hanging for his honorable achievement.
The primary fundamentals had to be non-traditional, artistic in design and include the use of Asian fabrics. The quilt pattern I decided upon was on the cover of your March/April 2004 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine. The Brooke Flynn design was titled, “Sunset Wheel of Mystery”. I named Greg’s quilt, “Wheels of Intrigue.”
The wall hanging is approximately 40” x 40”, with 25 8” blocks, and within each block there are 12 curved pieces. It took me over one year to complete, with a lot of “design wall play time” to get the colors in the design just right. It was professionally quilted by Cathy Kreter, CJ Designs. This was a labor of love for a well-loved son who is the apple of his family’s eye.
submitted by Jan Wendtland, Edgar, WI.
This is a photograph of a dear friend of mine, Debi Gust-Boerema, with the quilt I had made for her using the pattern 'Desert Stars' by Margaret Miller from the Jan/Feb 2007 issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting. She had lost so many important people in her life; her mother, father and just very recently a brother, sister and brother-in-law, that I felt compelled to do something special for her. It was extremely gratifying to give her such comfort through my work. I had found out only after giving it to her that orange is her favorite color!
Thank you for all your work in providing a fine quality magazine. Your patterns and instructions are always so well laid out that the finished product is sure to be precise and beautiful.
submitted by Ann Eatman, Loveland, CO.
I took your class on "Curing Curve Phobia" in Estes Park a few years ago and before I left, I promised I would send you a photo of the finished quilt. Finally here it is.
My antique chair…
submitted by Connie Stover, Morenci, MI.
When I saw the center of the throw, Aspen Feathered Star in your Sept/Oct 08 issue, I knew the star would be perfect for my antique chair. So, I put it together and quilted it on my HQ and my husband reupholstered the chair for me. I could not be happier. Thank you Fons & Porter.
submitted by Carol Fitch, Polk City, FL.
A good friend in Davenport, Iowa encouraged and helped me begin quilting in August 2006. My first four quilts were needle-turn appliqué, and I've found that I truly enjoy the creative freedom appliqué allows. When I saw Kimono Rose on the cover of the March/April 2009 magazine, I knew I had to make it. I did make some variation in fabric and colors. And, I free motion quilted it using invisible top thread and rust in the bobbin to match the back. I love this quilt! I look forward to each 'Love of Quilting' magazine, and, you are in my living room on PBS every Thursday morning.
submitted by Catie Aker and Jean McGlone of Vanceburg, KY.
The minute I saw this quilt in your Easy Quilts 2008 fall issue, I knew I had to make it for my daughter, Jamie Morris. She has always loved to wear flip-flops. She was voted most likely to wear flip-flops to tennis practice in high school and even wore white flip-flops in her wedding!
My friend, Jean McGlone who also loves flip-flops, chose to use blues for her quilt. Her quilt will be enjoyed by her family in their pool house.
We both had a blast choosing fabrics and sharing design ideas while making our quilts. Both quilts were beautifully machine quilted by Carolyn Rider. Thank you so much for your fun patterns. We always look forward to the arrival of each issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting.
What's new from Baby Lock
If you wince when it’s time to bind your quilt, try this method from Kelly Laws at Baby Lock. She recommends binding your quilt with fusible binding as seen on TotallyStitchin.net. This easy binding trick can be great on whimsical quilts for a nursery or even quick gifts.
While you’re at TotallyStitchin.net browse some projects that would be great for a young sewer or any sewer that’s young at heart!
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