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March 23, 2011
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Game On

We're just like the ants at Farmer John's Picnic (wasn't this a great cover quilt for the Summer Easy Quilts issue?). We just keep marching along – in fact, we're about ready to march right into yet another fun issue - the May/June 2011 issue of Love of Quilting is due on stands by mid April. You'll want to stock up on your favorite fabrics because this issue is packed with 'Oooo and Ahhh' designs: Nancy Mahoney will knock your socks off with her Color Wave wall hanging, and Toby Lischko says, "Game on" with her playful, yet elegant Tic Tac Toe quilt. Toby also introduces the final block designs in the last of her three-part Civil War Sampler series (join us and Toby at QCA for some online group fun with this series quilt).

Scrap bags are all about 'easy'  - check out our selections online, and see how easy it is to jump right into your next scrappy quilt with all the fun fabrics already at your fingertips.

Quilty with Mary FonsPut in some Bob Dylan … and stop by QNNtv.com and check in with Mary Fons at Quilty. Mary's latest segment, Blocks-A-Go-Go: Rolling Stone, is an informative walk-thru on how to construct a Rolling Stone block—a block that looks cureved without having to stitch curved seams—don't miss the fun with this amazing block!

Tag—You're It

Watch for the new tags we're adding throughout the magazine pages. You can now download the free app to your BlackBerry, DROID, or iPhone. And then just scan the tag, and you'll be directed to specific Web content faster than ever before. (Get the free mobile app for your phone at http:gettag.mobi)

Paper Piecing Too Perplexing? Pshaw!

Follow our Editor's Blog for some great tips to help make your next paper piecing experience much more rewarding.

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Baby Lock

Find Inspiration At Baby Lock This Spring
Baby Lock is encouraging you to Bee Happy this spring, with plenty of free projects that will have you buzzing with excitement! You’ll find free projects and videos for fun quilting, whimsical sewing, and even elegant embroidery, like a gorgeous embroidered tablecloth.

While you're there, be sure to check out the incredible bundles that Baby Lock is offering with select machines like the Ellisimo. The Ellisimo helps you bring your inspiration to reality with a gorgeous HD screen, Precise Positioning with NeedleCam technology and more. Visit your retailer today to try the Ellisimo for yourself!

Free Design Monday?

Visit us on Facebook and let us help make Mondays just a little bit nicer – this week we will introduce you to Mariposa, a free design that marries solids and prints in an easy-to-piece throw by Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar.

Clothworks Goes Organic

Clothworks announces a new 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton fabric brand, Organic Elements. Under this brand, two collections will debut: Safari Sweet, an animal-themed children’s collection and Everyday Organic, a collection of solid fabrics. Clothworks Creative Director Candice Hoffman stated, “We are so excited to offer an adorable baby line, designed by Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish that includes wonderful GOTS-certified flannel, too! We think this is the perfect start, coupled with our new Everyday Organic solids, to meet young moms' wishes to make organic bedding, clothes, and more.” More about these fabrics.

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City Quilter Announces Commercial Art Quilt Gallery

We are pleased to announce that on April 5th we are opening the only commercial gallery in New York City devoted to quilts.  The first show, Daphne Taylor's Line Drawings, runs until May 28.  This will be followed by Noriko Endo, whose Impressionist Quilts will be featured from June 16 through August 6th.

We have faith that quilts can hold their own as a world class art form, and hope that our efforts help advance the way quilts are perceived in the art world, as well as by the general public.  Additional information, including images, can be found at The ArtQuit Gallery·NYC <http://www.artquiltgallerynyc.com> 's web site.

Sew & Tell

Thousand Pyramids
submitted by Leslie Worden, Middletown, NY

This is a quilt I made from a pattern in your Jan/Feb 2008 issue for one of my granddaughters as a wedding gift. She chose the pattern, and being a pretty generous Grandmother, I offered to make it for her. It is made entirely by hand, and took me almost three years to complete. The pattern is challenging but I certainly enjoyed making it. The hand quilting is circles entwined in each other in each diamond shape.  I did not bind the quilt, but did a knife like turn and hand sewed the edges together. It was challenging, but not difficult, just enjoyable.

 

 

 

Family Photos
submitted by Mary Murray, Eros, LA

My daughter and I loved the Study in Black & White quilt in the March/April 2008 issue. We had to adjust the measurements because of the photo sizes we were using. My daughter used the computer to put the photos on fabric and I sewed. We show all four generations: my husband and me; our three children and their spouses; four grandchildren and spouses; and five great-grandchildren – the youngest was born Nov. 1, 2010. The finished size of the quilt was 90 1/2" x 88 1/2". It was pieced on the machine and quilted by hand. The whole family loves it, and I loved making it. Love your show and magazine.

 

 

In 25 words or less
submitted by Jill Reid, South Plainfield, NJ

I just have to tell you how much I love the Love of Quilting magazine.  You may remember me, I have had some of my quilts published in your issues.  But I wanted to share a story with you.   I have decided that after 20+ years of quilt magazine collecting, that I was overwhelmed with storage…well, you know how it is…lol!   SO!   I decided I would take a couple of issues everyday to work with me, and on my breaks, I would go through them and tear out ONLY what I wish to keep and throw out the rest of the magazine, hoping to consolidate the “paper” a little bit. 

I have to laugh…because when I go through the Fons & Porter magazine issues, I realize that I am tearing out and keeping, most ALL of the magazine…unlike other quilt magazines! 
What I love about your magazine, in 25 words or less…lol…lol: 

· I am crazy, crazy about Gerald Roy’s section and cannot wait for every issue to see what he has chosen to share with us.   
· I love the quality of the paper and the “feel” of the magazine.   Very substantial.
· I love the tips you have in every issue.  Even a jaded, veteran quilter like me can almost always find an “AHA!” tip.
· I love the fact that the pattern is all together in successive pages.  No pattern insert to tear out or refer to.
· I love the comprehensiveness of the patterns, the full color pictures, wonderful project illustrations.

Well, I could go on and on, but I decided I really should write and tell you how very much I enjoy the magazine and look forward to every issue!

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Quilters Club of America – Community Update

Do you love Sudoku? Then you’ll LOVE how snadraD uses a completed puzzle to cleverly design a quilt!

No spitting! No leaking! No kidding! We’re talkin’ about Reliable irons here! And if you’d like a chance to win a Velocity V50 Iron from Reliable, here’s your chance!

Great quilters of Canada, your group is calling! Drop on in and say hello or show off your talent by posting some of your quilts in the media gallery.

If you celebrate Easter, it’s right around the corner and we saw some quilts in the gallery that may inspire you to make an Easter quilt of your own.

Are you taking a quilt class? Here’s a handy tip to keep things organized!

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