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April 10, 2012

We cannot believe how green everything is becoming. It is only the first of April, and the grass is being mowed and the flowers are in full bloom. During this time of the year the Midwest is usually in the dead-brown stage of nature, thawing out from a harsh winter. We thought you would like to see how things are shaping up outside of our shop here in Winterset, IA. Across the street we caught a glimpse of Mini Irises blooming in full beauty.  Let nature inspire you as the earth begins to live and bloom in your area. We would love to see your inspiration so send us pictures at We look forward to hearing from you.


Happy Quilting!



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Spring Bonus Quilt

A Sprinkle of Spring

sprinkle of spring

This quilt is featured in the May/June issue of Love of Quilting. We thought you might like to see it before the issue goes on sale April 17th. It is fun to make with a combination of piecing and machine appliqué. Click here to get the FREE pattern, enjoy!

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Tips Galore!

Quilting from the Back

To create a fun, all-over machine quilting design, choose a very large-scale print for your quilt back. Motifs like flowers, fish, and animals work well. Machine quilt from the back, around the fabric motifs. This is a great solution if fabrics on the quilt top are difficult to mark. Visit the tips page on the Fons & Porter Web site for more great ideas.

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Sew Easy Video Lesson

Learn a quick easy faux piecing method that looks pieced.  

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo News

We know something…exciting! Sherri Bain Driver, associate editor of McCall’s Quilting, will share a trunk full of exceptional quilts (national award-winners among them) in her presentation A Quarter Century of Obsessive Quiltmaking at Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Raleigh, NC this June 22nd! Surrounded by booths filled with quilt fabrics, patterns and notions, Sherri’s take on scrap quilts, group quilts and more will carry you away…and right back to your sewing machine to MAKE MORE QUILTS! Get the complete 2012 calendar and all the details when you visit   

What’s Happening on Quilty?

Blocks-A-Go-Go: A Fabulous Fan Block

A fan block, you say? This Blocks-A-Go-Go episode will show you how to use a handy dandy fan template to make a stunner of a block. Slightly more advanced, but hey! You’re learning so much! Check it out today on Quilty.

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Sew & Tell

Christmas at the Lake
Submitted via email by Laurie Bischoff

My daughter and I started this quilt entitled Christmas at the Lake that was featured in the Nov/Dec 2003 issue of Love of Quilting about 5 years ago.

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A Quilt for Hunters
Submitted via email by Sharon Taylor

I saw a quilt in one of your books that I really liked & decided to make my husband one similar to it because I love the window look.

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Rosie’s Charm
Submitted via email by Becky Rodgers from Williamstown, MO

Jenny picked this quilt out as soon as the magazine came out.  I think it was Easy Quilts fall 2009, Rosie's Charm.

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