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July 14, 2011

We are all enjoying the summer here at the Fons & Porter office in Winterset with many visitors dropping by to see what’s going on!

We had one special visitor in particular who came all the way from Texas! Liz surprised us and stopped in with quilts for upcoming issues of Love of Quilting and brought a current project to show us.  Check out the Editor’s Blog for more on this!'s New Look

Have you visited us lately at It’s new and improved and we think it’s easier to get around!  Stop by and let us know what you think! Make sure you register to receive all the great benefits the site has to offer.

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

Looking to attend a quilt show? Check out the Calendar of Events on our Web site!

Patriotic Quilts

Would you like to make a great patriotic quilt? We’ve got 5 great patterns and detailed instructions in a new e-book, Patriotic Quilts, available at the Shop! This new E-book features 24 pages of instructions for Valiant Eagle, July Fourth Table Runner, Stars and Stripes, American Eagle Penny Rug, and Vincent's Quilt.

With every Patriotic Quilts E-book purchase, a portion of proceeds will be donated to Quilts of Valor.

Looking For A Quilt Shop?

Check out the new Quilt Shop App! You can download this FREE app to your Apple or Droid smartphone, or or click here to view the app on your computer.

Tips Galore!

If you like our Tip section in the magazine, wait until you see our tip selection and archive. The tips are simply awesome and fun to read, like this one from Joan Boruff of Bradenton, Florida!

Tool Hanger
I use a shower curtain hook to hang my templates and rulers. I place several on one hook, and then hang the hook in the closet in my sewing room.

Would you like to submit a tip?  It’s easy! Just go to:


Don't forget to go for the gold!
Baby Lock's Golden Opportunity to Sew with the Stars Sweepstakes is in full force, but you still have plenty of time to join the fun. Sign up today and you will be entered to win the sewing retreat of your dreams with Nancy Zieman, Eleanor Burns, or Martha Pullen. Plus, once you enter the sweepstakes, you will begin receive exclusive news about the features of Baby Lock's newest machine. Register each week and you'll have a chance to win weekly prizes too! It's a win-win situation.

To enter visit Sweepstakes ends July 25, so don't miss out!
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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.

Click here for more information!

Sew & Tell

Dot to Dot Mystery!
submitted by Kathy Riedy of Sandusky, OH

The Sandusky Bay Quilt Guild is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year! Your “Dot to Dot” pattern from the January/February 2007 issue was used for our mystery quilt pattern this year.

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Lucky grandchildren!
Submitted by Patricia Shiflett Meridian, ID

Your Lucky at Checkers quilt in the September/October 2007 issue was the perfect graduation gift.

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How about another cup of tea?
Submitted by Debbie Leeman, Guttenberg, IA

My mom, Darlene, is famous for “tea parties” with her grandchildren and now great-grandchildren! When I saw the pattern for “Tea Time” in the May/June 2006 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, I fell in love with it.

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Win a cameo appearance on Quilt Out Loud!

Marianne Fons, Mary Fons, and Jay McCarroll

To be entered in this special drawing, all you have to do is buy a ticket this month to the August 6 fundraiser in Manhattan, "Marianne & Jay on the Runway." For a $45 ticket, you will have a full afternoon of fun, including talks by Marianne Fons and her daughter Mary, plus Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll.

There will be food, goody bags, door prizes and more. Get details and buy tickets at when you register and are asked for "any special promotional codes," write Quilt Out Loud promotion. Three winners will be notified by July 31, and be filmed during the August 6 event in New York City.

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