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April 24, 2012

Things have been buzzing right along this spring. We just finished taping the Series 2000 of"Love of Quilting" which will start airing around the country in June 2012. We are excited Liz Porter will be making a guest appearance during this series. We also welcome Scrabble, Marianne’s dog, to the show for her guest appearance. Our special guests and new quilting ideas will inspire you as you continue to make beautiful quilts.

We look forward to seeing your quilting talent so send your pictures to

Happy Quilting!



Compose Every Quilt with Ease
Beginner and experienced quilters alike will understand why Mary sings the praises of her Baby Lock Melody. With user-friendly, push button features the Baby Lock Melody helps you quilt with confidence. Plus, with 189 built-in stitches and 14 accessory feet, it’s easy to explore your creative side. Visit your Baby Lock Retailer to try the Baby Lock Melody today!

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A Dragonfly Takes Flight

Would you believe this amazing quilt was made out of labels from your clothing? See how you can help the creator of this amazing quilt creation.

Quilt with the Stars

Our celebrity spotlight shines on Lori Smith, a traditional designer and quilter. Lori is known for her beautiful handwork, which combines patchwork and appliqué. Watch Part 1 of our interview with Lori Smith and see a slideshow of her studio and quilts.

Color Theory Class is in Session

We know many of you have problems choosing just the right fabrics for your quilts. Learn color theory from Mary Fons at

Tips Galore!

Digital Storage

Judy Groom writes, “Whenever I find an article or pattern in a magazine, I scan it onto a dedicated USB thumb drive. I can always find the special pattern or article and then make a hard copy to use. Saves paper and space.” Visit the tips page on the Fons & Porter Web site for more great ideas.

Do you have an excellent tip you would like to share with other quilters? Click here to send us your tip.

Pin It Button

We are excited to tell you that the Pinterest Pin It button is available on all of our product pages! Start pinning your favorites today. 

Sew Easy Video Lesson

Needle-Turn Appliqué

Jodie explains how to do needle-turn appliqué. You'll discover that this technique for hand-stitching the edges of appliqués isn't as hard as you might think. But be warned: Jodie says that once you learn the technique, you might become addicted!

Bonus Quilt Design

Eccentric Star

This modern-looking quilt is actually an antique from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Imagine this quilt in your favorite color combination -- wouldn't it look great in red, white, and blue?

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo News

Mark your calendars for June 21, 22 & 23. It's all happening in Raleigh, NC at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. See more than 400 quilts on display, stage presentations, fashion shows and more.  Learn a few new quilt and sewing tricks in workshops and classes going on all weekend long. Join in on Friday evening’s revolution, when Quilters Take Raleigh, a benefit for the Quilt Alliance. Spend your days shopping. Don't miss a moment!  

What’s Happening on Quilty?

Hold a Strip Swap-Cutting Bee-Fabric Exchange-Whatchamacallit
If you have scraps, friends who want to make a quilt, and oh, maybe a glass of wine or good coffee to share, you gotta hold a cutting bee. Learn how on this fabulous episode of Quilty (with a little help from Love of Quilting.)

The newest Quilty episode is being uploaded weekly at

Fons & Porter on Facebook

The Facebook Business pages look different but Fons & Porter is still bringing you quilting creativity on a daily basis. “Like” Fons & Porter on Facebook and receive the 10 Quick Gift Ideas eBook Free! 

Sew & Tell

Pheasants for Zebra Pattern
Submitted in person by Shelia Alexander from Miles City, MT

Shelia A. from Miles City, Montana came by the quilt shop and brought in her beautiful quilt.

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Inspired by Other Quilters
Submitted via email by Beverly Amin from Henderson, NV

I saw Bernardien Johnson’s fairy quilt from the Sew & Tell Slide Show, and I fell in love with it. 

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My Own Cosmos
Submitted via email by Lisa Wagner from Greensboro, NC

I picked up the Winter 2008 copy of Easy Quilts at a local show here in town recently and just had to make my own Cosmos.

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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

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