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January 26, 2011
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What is a Rotary Cutter?

Quilty with Mary FonsIf you're not sure how to answer that – you really need to visit QNNTV.COM – it's not just for grownups anymore. Quilting rookies are now being welcomed FREE to the heyquilty.com site by Mary Fons, a fresh new face in the industry, and someone who understands that starting off right can be the biggest hurdle in creating a perfect masterpiece. With quilting in her blood, the young and enthusiastic quilter has introduced a fun, new on-line series called Quilty.

With wit and humor, Mary and her guests/sidekicks will offer the fledgling quilter a new and entertaining episode every Wednesday. Mary's new show will help take the “eeek“ out of the unknown, and her tips and simple steps will help the new quilter steer clear of many of the classic potholes along the way. You can also follow Mary and her equally entertaining “random thoughts“ by reading her blog at HeyQuilty.com!

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What Could Be More Perfect Than an Alaskan Cruise?

An Alaskan cruise where you're quilting, making new friends, and surrounded by fabulous, warm Tonga batiks inspired by the South Pacific islands. Perfect! Follow Love of Quilting blog as editor Jean Nolte shares a sneak peek into the making of one of the two quilt projects that will be featured on board the Love of Quilting 2011 spring cruise.

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Baby Lock Events

Spend Time with Eleanor, Nancy, Kay or Martha!

You know how rejuvenating a weekend getaway can be … and you know how fun it is to sew, both alone and with friends. But what if you could combine those great things AND spend time with celebrities like Eleanor Burns or Nancy Zieman? Baby Lock Events promise all this and more, with unique hands-on classes, informative seminars, and time with fellow quilters, Baby Lock experts and your favorite sewing celebrity!

Quilt the weekend away with the ever-popular Eleanor Burns. Explore sewing and embroidery with Nancy Zieman. Master the art of longarm quilting with Kay M. Capps Cross. Or, discover the beauty of heirloom sewing with Martha Pullen. No matter where you live or what techniques you love, there’s a Baby Lock Event coming your way that you won’t want to miss.

Baby Lock is an official sponsor of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. Visit us at www.babylock.com.

Did you make a New Year's resolution to be a Winner??

If you did, then you don't want to miss the next Easy Quilts contest.

Share with us your 2011 quilting commitments for a chance to win $324 in Northcott fabrics and Madeira products. It's that easy, and that much fun. Entry is free, but must be received before March 6, 2011.

Sew & Tell

Teeny, Tiny Stitches
submitted by Martha W. Cope, Weatherford, TX

I loved the Appomattox Courthouse quilt that you ran in your May/June 2009 issue of Love of Quilting.  Now that I'm done making the quilt, I love it even more with all the tiny hand quilting my friend did for me.  I needed the pattern converted to fit my king-size bed, so I had a quilting friend who is a whiz at math help me to enlarge the blocks.  It was a joy making the top, and having my friend do the hand quilting made this quilt even more special to me.  

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Changing It Up, In A Big Way
submitted by Diane Younglove, Arlington, TX

I have quilted for awhile, and I have made a few quilts from your magazine, but, the Lilliana pattern from your March/April 2010 issue, really caught my eye. I have two son-in-laws that like eagles. I searched the internet until I found a great eagle design for the center. I went to my local quilt shop, Quilters Dream, and they helped me pick the greatest fabrics. The Lilliana pattern showcased the eagle perfectly. Thank you for your great patterns that can be changed sometimes in big ways.

 

 

 

 

On The Edge
submitted by Jenedel Wilcox, Frankfort, MI

When the May/June 2010 issue came out, I fell in love with the front cover quilt, the Watermelon & Shoofly pattern. I didn't need another quilt but, I did need a tablecloth for our outdoor space, and this pattern was perfect. I used the blocks to border a flowery print. It made a cheerful and practical tablecloth – no batting and the cloth was reversible. Keep up the good work!

 

 

2 Much Fun!
submitted by Linda Fisher-Berlanga, Bend, OR

I made two of your patterns for Christmas. The Snowman Patches (Nov/Dec 2005 issue) caught my eye several years ago. I finally made it this year for my Bunco group gift exchange – the recipient was delighted!  The Chicken Dance pattern (Mar/April 2009) also caught my eye and inspired me to create a Christmas tabletopper. The “circle” was MUCH easier to make than I anticipated. Thank you so much for these great patterns.

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