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December 13, 2011

The garland is strung, the air is brisk, and the Christmas music is blaring from the rooftops. That can only mean one thing…it is December in Winterset, IA. I have heard people refer to Winterset as the “Modern Mayberry”, and I have to admit, they are right on the money.  There is nothing better than walking down the sidewalks and looking into the inviting store windows as Christmas carols are being played and people are nodding hello. If you can’t make it to the Fons & Porter Quilt Shop in Winterset, click on the picture of our shop window and visit us at the Fons & Porter Shop web site.  I hope you will have a chance to take some time in the coming weeks to enjoy the Holiday Season.

Happy Holidays and Happy Quilting!

The January/February 2012 issue of Love of Quilting is On Sale Now!

The Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Love of Quilting features 11 quilts that will warm your heart. Love of Quilting is also bringing you Quilt with the Stars, Project: Pincushion, and a patriotic pattern that can be made as a Quilt of Valor. Click here to begin a new subscription to Love of Quilting, which will also include a free digital edition. If you are not a subscriber you can purchase a single magazine issue or a digital issue. If you would like to see the quilts before you purchase your magazine you can look at our Jan/Feb 2012 Love of Quilting photo album on our Facebook page.



You still have time to finish your holiday projects!
With the Baby Lock Endurance stitching at 1000 spm, you can finish this cute Gingerbread House in no time! Looking for something else? Baby Lock has tons of inspirational projects perfect for your last minute holiday gifts!

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Tips Galore!

Needle Keeper

Here is a way to keep your sewing machine needles organized!

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Quilt with the Stars

Love of Quilting is excited to bring you a new feature called, Quilt with the Stars. Each issue of Love of Quilting will feature a quilting celebrity, her sewing space, and a trunk show of her work.

Our first spotlight is on Kelly Mueller. Her whimsical characters and popular designs delight quilters of all ages, and her projects are quick and easy to make. Click here to watch Kelly’s interview with Mary Fons and to see a slide show of her studio and quilts.

Non-Profit Spotlight

Project Linus benefits from the Mary-thon

Many of you will make a New Year’s Resolution to get in shape. Well this year you can get in shape and donate to Project Linus at the same time. More…

What’s Happening on Quilty?

Tune into Quilty this Wednesday for the new Blocks-A-Go-Go: Free Trade episode…more

NEW: Sew Easy Videos!

Tilted Block Video Lesson
Sometimes you don’t want your blocks to stand straight. Learn how to tilt them in this video.

Fons & Porter Contests

Fons & Porter is running contests for our readers all the time. Don’t miss your chance to enter our current Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts Contests.

Love of Quilting Correction

January/February 2012 issue of Love of Quilting

On page 60, we incorrectly stated the name of Jennifer Chiaverini's newest novel as The Wedding Day. The actual title is The Wedding Quilt. We apologize to Jennifer and to anyone who has been mislead by our error.

Sew & Tell

Christmas Joy
Submitted by Pat Khoury from Georgetown, TX

This is a row quilt made from the pattern "Christmas Joy Sampler" from Love of Quilting Jan/Feb 1999.

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Twirling Triangles
Submitted by Sammie Engelke from Kennewick, WA

I really enjoy the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine! In the July/August 2010 copy I was really intrigued by Liz Porter's Twirling Triangles quilt.

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The Perfect Fit
Submitted by Bonnie Wakefield from Columbia, MO

I am making a quilt for reach of my siblings (10 in all). I make a quilt and know right away which sibling it will fit, but I was stumped for a design and color combination for one sister.

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If you’ve made a project from Love of Quilting magazine or one of our books, we’d love to see it and hear your story. Please note that due to the large volume of photos we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt. Send a color photo and brief description of your project to

Quilters Club of America – Community Update

Social Membership at QCA is FREE! Become a Social Member today or if you are looking to increase your QCA perks, become a Charter Member. Click here to discover the QCA Premium Perks and to register!

December is the month for giving so we are excited to give you two opportunities to win in the Sponsor Spotlight.

Enter the December Member’s Survey Contest: What is the best quilting gift you have ever given or received?

Do you love appliqué? Visit the Appliqué Group to see what they are working on and to get involved in this great QCA group!

Our Sew Easy Videos are now listed in one spot on the QCA website. Click here to visit the Sew Easy Video Lessons page.

The December Poll is up and running on the QCA Home Page. We want to know, “What is your favorite quilting project to give for the holidays?”

Our sponsors and friends in the Facebook community have been generous as they continue to offer weekly giveaways. Be sure to “Like” the QCA Facebook page so you will be notified when a new giveaway is posted.

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