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February 10, 2011
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Why Knot?

Our next issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, March/April 2011, will be on newsstands next week and features a great article by master quilter, Dawn Cavanaugh. Before you quilt your next quilt – let Dawn walk you through some simple, yet important steps that will help you avoid some of those unsightly lumps and bumps caused by knotting your thread. Or, if you're 'mitered corners' challenged, we've added the perfect step-by-step Sew Easy for you that will help make creating the featured 'Spot's Favorite Colors' quilt a snap (also, watch for an online video of this same Sew Easy). And, near and dear to Marianne's heart is another great project called, 'Under our Wings'. Check out the 'Trends' section for an update on this new Quilts of Valor program.

It's A Great Time To Be Online

Join us on the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting blog site and dive into some great new online projects. Currently, there is a new group launching for the Civil War Sampler project that may be just rigth for you. It promises six months of great online fun and camaraderie amongst fellow quilters – you'll work on and incorporate a dozen different designs into this beautiful sampler. Plus, you'll even get assistance with any of your questions from the quilt's designer, Toby Lischko. And, Jodie Davis has created some wonderful companion online videos to go along with the full instructions published in each magazine issue.

Quilty with Mary FonsQuilty is a new online show that seeks to ignite new passion for the American quilt. With humor, zest, and a casual, friendly approach, Mary Fons will teach all the truly newbie or "wannabe" quilters out there how to begin. And it all begins now!??A new episode of Quilty will debut every Wednesday on QNNtv.com. If you know potential quilters who need inspiration and instruction, if you need a little yourself, or you just want to enjoy a totally original, entertaining show about quilting basics, check out Quilty. We've been working hard to make it special, and we sincerely hope you'll enjoy it.

Can't Sleep? Nothing To Do At 2 a.m.??

Try this: First - check out your stash; next, jump online and scan through dozens of our available digital patterns. Then, pick your favorite, click a button, and download it right to your computer – five minutes, 5 bucks, and you're ready to start your next quilting project! How cool is that?!  (Note: a link to download your new pattern will be sent via e-mail after purchase is complete.)

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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 and you won’t want to miss it.

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Something New Is In The Soup

For every quilt there is a fan and a foe. Some quilters remain unwavering traditionalists, while others love only contemporary, reproductions, scrappy, art, or maybe the intricate samplers. Others believe the true beauty in a quilt lies in the appliqué, embroidery, embellishment and beyond. Quilter's Home, our sister publication, is helping to introduce and define yet another soon-to-be favorite phenomenon simply dubbed “Modern.”  This new sensation is actually a blend of some of the old and new with a little “You” thrown in the mix. In further review, Modern is a venture toward simplicity which screams time saving – that's one big yeah for a lot of us quilters. Modern also has absolutely no rules, except for yours … Enter fun and creative expression. And, this new trend beckons the young and daring as well as the seasoned pro. We think it's worth checking into and a great way to start is with the 'Modern Quilting Primer', a Free eBook they introduced in their fun, new editors' blog. This Primer starts you off right with three free patterns that are all about 'The Something News' stirring in today's quilting world.

Sew & Tell

Red Green
submitted by Mary Mollander, Great Falls, MT

This is my completed Red and Green Sampler (pattern is the Noel Sampler that ran in the 2005 fall issues of Love of Quilting). I hand appliquéd and hand quilted this project, and used fabrics from a variety of sources. The quilt is scheduled to be shown in the Falls Quilt Guild Show coming up in April. Thank you for such a great design. I'm very proud of my completed quilt.

 

 

Teapots To The Rescue
submitted by Patricia Mitchell, Kansas City, MO

I knew I wanted to make the Christmas table topper I saw demonstrated on your TV show last fall. However, when I received the full instructions in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of the Fons & Porter Love of Quilting magazine, I realized that the embroidered Christmas motif I had planned to use at first, would not fit the space, but the teapot designs I had would work well. I'm delighted with my year-round redwork topper!

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