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May 13, 2011
New Patterns, Designs, and Contests…Oh My!

Quilts for Kids (on newsstands now) is our attempt to cover that daunting task of making something for everyone – we’ve included fun quilt designs for babies, toddlers, tweens, and teens! And since we know  you are busy, we’ve added some great timesaving techniques such as no-sew curves; scalloped edges; or sashing alignments, (you can also visit us online for more Sew Easy lessons). And also tucked between the pages of Bunny Foo Foo’s and Posie Parties, is an announcement about a fun new contest that’s easy to enter and comes with great prizes valued at $500.

As Always, Be Sure to Stop By, Visit and Shop, or, Just Say Hi!

If you aren’t a member already, Stop by and see how Quilting Television on the Internet can help enhance your life as a quilter. And even non-members, especially new quilters, can visit anytime for FREE and watch and learn quilting skills right along with Mary Fons on her fun new Quilty show.

And, visit Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting online and share recipes with fellow quilters.
Shop often at the Fons & Porter’s shop, and see how your online order can qualify for FREE shipping - cutting corners in today’s economy can really make a difference.

And, remember to say Hi before you leave the web by jumping onto our Facebook page and touching base with your fellow quilting buddies. Pam Tucker recently posted her ‘Cow’ quilt at just the right moment. Ginny Buckles Hardy commented right back that the cows gave her a great idea … she had to make a barn quilt with doors that open, for the local Peds unit. She thinks she will now put little cows behind the doors! Thanks Pam for the inspiration!!


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Patching Warmth with Research

Quilts have been bringing comfort to people for centuries; now they are also providing support to patients with a devastating illness that affects 5.1 million Americans 65 and older.  Thousands of individuals from across the country have volunteered to be part of a groundbreaking Alzheimer’s disease (AD) study that will help researchers find better treatments for AD.  And there are hundreds of untraditional volunteers standing beside them: quilters.

Through a unique donation program organized by the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), hundreds of quilters from Hawaii to Alaska to Maine have donated their time and creative expertise to the Alzheimer’s Study Quilt Project.  This meaningful project was started over a year ago as a way to provide warmth to study participants during hospital stays and procedures .  Today, the project has collected over 760 quilts from donors showing support for participants involved in ADCS research. 

“Anyone who has been touched by Alzheimer’s disease knows the pain, sadness and frustration it causes,” said Jeffree Itrich, a quilter and the communications specialist at the ADCS, a collaboration between the University of California at San Diego and the National Institute on Aging. “For many quilters who have lost a family member or friend to AD making a quilt is a form of catharsis. It’s a way of helping.”

Since there is no cure for AD, participation in a clinical trial is crucial to helping researchers find new treatments and increase the chances for important breakthroughs in the fight against AD. Quilting, like enrolling in studies, gives individuals an opportunity to support medical research.

Among those supported by these quilters are the men and women involved in the third phase of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).  Over the next several years, trial volunteers will continue to undergo examinations and testing as participants in this groundbreaking study.  And for many of them, a handmade quilt from a stranger will provide them with warmth and comfort during these visits.

To find out more or if you would like to donate a quilt to the Alzheimer’s Study Quilt Project, visit:; email or call (858) 677-1565. To volunteer in an Alzheimer’s disease study, please visit or call (800) 438-4380.

Sew & Tell

Armed with paint chips and tile scraps
submitted by Anna Huffman, Santa Ana, CA

I wanted to share two of my recent projects I made from your patterns I needed an end-of-the-year gift for my secret prayer sister in our quilt group. She loves batiks, so I adapted the Kaleidoscope (March/April 2008) by reducing both the number and size of the blocks to make this wallhanging. Bambi Piatnik (pictured on the left) was delighted!

I was inspired to put the sunflowers from  Sunny Trio (July/August 2010) into the master bathroom of my new house addition. The shape and colors weren’t quite right, so armed with paint chips and tile scraps, I just had to go to the fabric store! I added a block, altered the arrangement, and tried my hand at a curved binding. The result is perfect for our new space. Keep the great ideas coming!




Hungry Caterpillar thwarts mighty tornado
submitted by Debby Kratovil, Fairfax, VA
Note: this photo was taken before the tornado…

I thought I'd tell you a great story my friend, a sometimes quilter, just shared with me. Jeannine makes an occasional quilt, usually for a special baby born to a friend. She is always very careful to select just the right fabrics and for one of her recent quilts, she and I went to a local quilt shop a few months ago and she picked up some of the Hungry Caterpillar fabrics - Andover (because Emily, the mother of the new baby was a fan of the book when she was little). Jeannine designed her own quilt using the panel and the supporting fabrics in the collection. She put a lot of heart into that quilt and quilted it herself on her trusty Bernina 1130.

Anyway, when the tornado came through,  Emily ran with 4-month-old John, to the basement. She finally convinced her husband Neale to join them down there (with a lot of choice words screamed at him). At the last moment, Neale threw himself on top of mother and child and they huddled as their entire house was destroyed. Nothing was left. Except, what they found in the back yard! The Hungry Caterpillar quilt! That was the only thing left of the baby's that had survived. It was embedded with clay, and needed a few washings, but they have it, and it’s as good as new. I have to say, I am so touched. It's a small miracle that something hand made with a lot of love poured into it had survived. This is a story that I will share many times with my quilting buddies.

I make quilts for a BUSINESS, and when there's a special occasion, I just pull a suitable quilt from my closet. Even for my two married daughters, they never got a special occasion quilt made just for their weddings! I just pulled them from my closet! But Jeannine made an INTENTIONAL quilt and the love and care poured into that quilt is what gave it the heart to survive (that’s just my take on it).

I hope this puts a smile on everyone’s face! Quilts touch people!!!

Quilters Club of America Community Update

Do you have some baby quilts to make? You’ll find lots of ideas and inspiration in the Show & Tell Gallery!

If you ever get tangled up in your binding, here’s a great tip from Linny t.

Who knew Painters Tape was such a great quilting tool?

If you’ve always wanted a customized Sew Steady table for your sewing machine, here’s your chance to win!

With some hot days coming, why not try Betsy’s recipe for Iced Coffee?

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