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July 1, 2011
Fall Is Right Around the Corner

Really - it’s just on the other side of these high 90s, and just yonder of our newest released issue of Easy Quilts. This exciting fall issue is full of a huge variety of quick, easy, and fun projects - several colored in fall’s welcoming and vibrant colors.  And, we’ve even thrown in a couple bonus quilts, one sparkles in your choice of stash-ready country colors and one enhances intelligence – it’s fair to say - there’s a little something for everyone in this issue. Gets a New Look

Have you visited us lately at We’ve had a makeover and a new do!  Stop by and let us know what you think!

While you’re there, join in on the fun, and check out the contests at Online Extras

We just received thank you’s and greetings from Valerie, one of our recent contest winners.  Valerie lives in Honolulu and won a host of prizes including a new Baby Lock Espire; Imagine Serger and even new Koala cabinets of her choice.

Click here to see Valerie's message and a picture.


Are You A Baby Lock Facebook Fan?
Baby Lock’s Facebook page is full of reasons to “like” them … so, what are you waiting for? They love updating you on the latest promotions, machines and upcoming events. You’ll also find fun videos from their friends Nancy Zieman and Eleanor Burns, discover their favorite sewing tips and more. And, be a part of the Baby Lock community by sharing your latest projects with quilters just like you!

The best part? They love sharing free projects with their Facebook friends! They post new projects constantly featuring a variety of techniques. Looking for home décor? Fun gifts for every occasion? Looking for projects designed just for your new machine? You’re sure to find it on Facebook. Like them today!
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Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Receives $25,000 from Island Batik, Inc.

(Burton, MI) June 23, 2011:  The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) has received the largest donation in the nonprofit's history, a check for $25,386.00 from Island Batik, Inc.
"We are very happy to give this money to the AAQI. We think they are doing fantastic work,” said Adam Dewar, CEO of Island Batik, Inc.

"We are ecstatic! said Ami Simms, AAQI founder and executive director, "Most of our contributions come in quilt form, with each quilt bringing in an average of about $64. It's a very labor-intensive process for the quilter and for us. Island Batik's check leapfrogged us right to the research. We've already picked out the study we want to fund next."

For more information on the AAQI or to make a donation go to or

Join Marianne in New York City for a Quilting Party!

Join Me for a New York City Quilting Party!
by Marianne Fons
If you've never been to the Big Apple with your quilting friends, this summer is the absolute perfect time! Hurry and make your travel plans so you can hang out with me, Jay McCarroll, Mary Fons, and other quilting enthusiasts in one of the best tourist cities in the whole wide world! There's simply no place like New York in the summer time.

The event is from 1 to 6 on Saturday, August 6, and a $45 ticket buys you three outstanding presentations plus a shot at some amazing door prizes, including three ACCUQUILT GO Babies! Not to mention refreshments, goody bags and some surprises. It all takes place at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in the Garment District.

My presentation, "Why We Quilt," examines the motivations of American quilters from 1776 to the current day. Fashion star Jay McCarroll, premier season winner of the hit TV show Project Runway, will be interviewed by the Alliance for American Quilts, and he'll take questions from those of you in the audience. I can't wait to meet him myself and ask him to tell us what Tim Gunn is really like.

Another treat is a presentation by my daughter Mary Fons, co-host with me on "Love of Quilting" nationwide on public television and host of her own online how-to show, "Quilty," aimed at new quilters. 

After the afternoon event, Marianne & Jay on the Runway, there's going to be a cocktail party at the fabulous City Quilter quilt shop, near F.I.T. Come to both events or either one. Buy tickets and get more information (including nearby hotels) at Mary and I are excited to be working with this amazing nonprofit that preserves and shares the stories of quilts and their makes. Come meet us in the Big Apple!

Sew & Tell

Grandma Puts the Pedal to the Metal
submitted by Judi Loer of East Grand Forks, MN

I made this quilt for my 6-year-old grandson Brady, and it really turned out cute.  This quilt was available as a kit in the January/February 2008 issue of Love of Quilting.  Last winter, Brady began to very diplomatically tell me that I'd made quilts for his two older brothers and his two older cousins and his question was, "When are you going to make my quilt, Grandma?"  Two weeks later, his question was, "Just how long does it take to make a quilt, Grandma?"  Needless to say, I got started on his quilt very quickly after that.  The center panel made for a fast start.  We are both very proud of the finished project. 

Modified Midnight
submitted by Julie Duguid of Pleasant Lake, IN

I loved the quilt, Midnight Sun, from your Nov/Dec 2008 issue and decided I would try to make it for my niece’s wedding. This was the first quilt I have ever made using a printed pattern, and I was amazed at how well written and easy to follow it was. I used their wedding colors and put both sets together to make a queen size quilt. It is quite beautiful. Thank you for your magazine, it made me believe that I could make a quilt from a pattern! By the smiles, it looks like Erica and Andy think that it’s beautiful, too!

On the Road With a Serial Quilter
submitted by Cherrie Scharf of Cotopaxi, CO

When I saw this pattern, Jasmine Breeze, in your May/June 2011 Love of Quilting issue, I knew the Dr. Seuss fabric I already had would be perfect.  Then, when I read your article written about the organization Quilts for Kids in your Summer 2011 issue of the Quilts for Kids magazine, I knew I needed to write you!

I have been sewing for Quilts for Kids for almost four years, more than 130 quilts so far.  I had not quilted before then, but now I must confess that I am a “serial quilter."  I say that because during our long days of traveling in the car and being away from my machine, I often dismayed at the thought of going on the road again and not being able to sew.  But those days of anxiety are past.  I purchased a small machine that could be powered by the car and as you can see from the picture I sew when we take a trip.  Many of the quilts I send to Quilts for Kids have been pieced together while traveling.

Quilters Club of America Community Update
  • Do you have questions about quilting and copyrights? Read this article for lots of great information on the topic.
  • Thanks to several QCA members, we've collected a list of top quilting websites. Let us know if we've missed any of your favorites!
  • Do you ever have trouble keeping your sashing aligned? Here are some great tips.
  • And watch this easy how-to on making quick triangle-squares (without cutting triangles!)
  • Going small is one way to finish more quilts. Just look at the prolific array of quilts that Sam has completed. From wall hangings, and table runners, to Amish quilts and watercolor quilts, she has them all!
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