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March 10, 2011
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Friends Don't Let Friends Quilt Alone

Our next summer issue of Easy Quilts (available online now, or due on newsstands March 15) is the perfect issue for a relaxing weekend of fun with a fellow quilting buddy. As the weather warms, throw open your sewing room windows and invite a friend over to work on one of the fun, quick and easy projects featured in this summer issue. Many of these patterns are so 'user friendly' that you can start and finish in just one weekend, and then pick out a new pattern, invite a different friend, and you're ready for next weekend.

National Quilting Day is March 19th
Celebrate with your quilting friends!

Are You a Bargain Shopper?

Don't miss the fabulous kit sale going on right now at our online shop. Some of the convenient kits are on sale for as much as 50% off!  Now would be a good time to stock up. And, heads up, while you're shopping, check out the deal-of-the-week. It's definitely a great week to be a bargain shopper!

Looking for a fun, new, affordable way to cut your pieces up to 90% faster, and more precisely? AccuQuilt has created some great new products to help you make better and more precise cuts through multiple layers without risking cuts to your fingers! And, more accurate cutting means fewer mistakes, so less fabric is used. Check out these great new fabric tools available at our Fons & Porter online store, and see how better cuts make better quilts!

Wound Up

Quilty with Mary FonsBefore you get yourself all wound up about threading … stop by QNNtv.com to check in with Mary Fons at her new online quilting series, Quilty. Mary's latest segment walks the new quilter through a step-by-step process of winding a bobbin and threading a sewing machine.

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Baby Lock

Baby Lock Is Giving You Plenty of Reasons to Bee Happy This Spring
You'll bee amazed by the free projects Baby Lock has for you this Spring! Baby Lock is full of exciting creative ideas and fun videos online. Looking for home décor projects? Fun gifts for kids? You’ll find instructions and videos for four free projects, including this adorable bee quilt, plus plenty of buzzworthy offers and savings.

While you're there, be sure to check out the incredible bundles that Baby Lock is offering with select machines like the Symphony. With so many quilting features and the ability to create gorgeous bobbinwork textures, the Symphony will have you humming with creativity. Visit your retailer today to try the Symphony for yourself!

A Plum of a Project

Quilty with Mary FonsOr should we say a 'Sugar Plum' of a project? Check out our editor's blog and follow editor Jean Nolte as she dives into a great new line of fabrics. Timeless Treasure's Tonga Treats collection in Sugarplum provides the perfect color palette for Jean's latest quilting design, Imperial Diamonds.

A Compliment of All Compliments

Thank you, Leta! Join us on Facebook and learn how truly amazing our readers are.
Here's a great example: Leta Webster writes about our new summer Easy Quilts issue: "Can't wait to get mine. I always find several things I want to make, and the list is so long now I won't live long enough to make them all."

JOT THIS DOWN

Are you a quilter AND a knitter? A new exhibition is opening May 17, 2011 through August 7 at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. On display will be works ranging from the architectural to graphic abstractions created by pioneering conceptual knitters. For more information, visit http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/

Sew & Tell

Friendship fabrics
submitted by Carol Grayshock, Akron, OH

Thank you for the inspiration in the July/Aug 2009 issue to use 1930's reproduction fabrics. Our quilt group, Pieced by the Master's Hands, challenged each other to make our own birthday projects. For my birthday fabric, I chose 1930's reproductions, and received three fat quarters from each member. I pieced and quilted Granny's Stars which was unveiled on my following birthday. I did change the border to enable all the gifted fabrics to be included in my Birthday Challenge Quilt. This quilt is a treasure to me as it was made from fabrics chosen by my dear friends, and given in love and friendship.

 

Memory throw
submitted by Sharon Brown, Uniontown, WA

This is a 35" x 45" memory throw that I made for my husband for Valentine's Day in memory of our little dog that we had for eleven years and lost three days before Christmas. It was a sad day. I made the photos on computer fabric with my printer, which worked great for this project. The back was done in red doggy print.

 

 

 

 

Cowboy Up
submitted by Siddney Brinkley, Olney, IL

Your Wanna be a Cowboy wallhanging from March/April 2003 was the inspiration for a queen-size quilt for my niece's 16th birthday. Adding horses cowboyd it up to the right size. She loved it! I hand quilted it.

 

 

 

 

 

Patience pays off
submitted by Frieda Sheridan, Hyattsville, MD

In the early 80s I started a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, but, I got bored with making all those one-inch hexagons, and put it aside. In 2009, my New Year's Resolution was to finish at least one UFO. After seeing the quilt, Garden Party in your July/August 2008 issue, I decided to finish my garden party even though my hexagons were only one inch. It took me a year of evenings piecing and another year to have it hand quilted, but finally, one of my daughters will now have a queen-size heirloom quilt.

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Quilters Club of America Community Update

A new Mystery Quilt Workshop is beginning in March, and the countdown begins here! Join in the fun, make new friends, and make a quilt while you’re at it! Here are pictures from the last one, and the one before that.

If you’re a new to free-motion quilting, join the Fear-No-More FMQers group. They are practicing and learning together through exercises and moral support!

Do you have a furry friend who needs a quilted coat? See member Chrysalis’ step-by-step Braided Dog Coat instructions!

Enjoy an easy, yummy, fruity Dump Cake recipe from member chocake2!

Here’s a great step-by-step demo for making Pocket Tissue Holders from member Marge (aka Dimples) – scroll all the way down!

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