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August 14, 2012

State Fair Quilting Fun
August is the month for many state fairs around the country. The Iowa State Fair is famous for over 50 foods available on-a-stick. People can get anything from fruit to fried butter on a stick. While looking at other festivities going on at the fair, we came across a fun activity called Quilt Block on a Stick. What a fun way to incorporate quilting into the fair. This would even be a fun project to do with your quilt guild. We don’t know about all the details of the activity, but please let us know if you participate. We look forward to hearing about your state fair experiences and we would also love to see the quilts featured at your state fair quilt show.

Happy Quilting!



Baby Lock Contest Ends Soon!
Baby Lock needs your help finding Eleanor Burns’ biggest fan! The entries are in and now’s the time to vote. Eleanor’s biggest fan will attend a special quilting retreat hosted by Baby Lock and Eleanor Burns! If you think you see a winner, ask your friends and family to vote, too!  Voting ends August 26.

Baby Lock  is an official sponsor of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. Visit them at

September/October Love of Quilting 2012 is On Sale Today!

The September/October 2012 issue of Love of Quilting is on newsstands today. In this issue, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is our Quilt with the Stars guest. You will also find Mark Lipinski’s Quilt of Valor pattern, which was featured on the public television documentary about the Quilts of Valor Foundation. There are many ways to get Love of Quilting; subscription, print order online, digital issue or pick it up at your favorite quilt store.

Free Bonus Quilt Pattern

Tree Farm

If you want to make a quilt for the man in your life, this pattern may be perfect. The Courthouse Steps blocks have optional three-dimensional folded fabric points.

Quilt with the Stars

Watch Part 1 of Mary’s interview with Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings.


Ozark Star

Make this easy table topper in an afternoon. But plan to make more than one—your friends and family will surely want one too!  Included with this class are complete instructions for the Ozark Star Table Runner, as well as instructions on how to use the Fons & Porter 60° Diamonds Ruler, 60° Pyramids Ruler, and Hexagon Ruler to make easy work of cutting pieces.

Enter Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts Contest!

We want to see your original scrap quilts. If you've designed and made a scrap quilt you'd like to have considered, enter our Scrap Quilts Contest for a chance to win $500 and have your quilt published.

Watch your favorite episodes of Sew Many Quilts, Quilting with Fons & Porter and Love of Quilting any time of the day or night.

Tips Galore!

Medical Card Info
Submitted by Mary Sue Davis from Dayton, OH

While at a quilt retreat, a new quilter to our group went into a diabetic coma. We didn't know her medical history, and the friend she came with wasn't there at the time. We wasted a lot of time trying to find the friend to get information. Now everyone who comes to our retreats fills out an index card listing an emergency contact person, medical issues, medicine they are taking, and any allergies. Each attendee puts the card under their sewing machine. No privacy is violated because no one looks at the cards unless there's an emergency. 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.

Celebrate our 100th Issue Contest

This is your last chance to enter the Celebrate our 100th Issue contest. Entries must be received before August 15th. Click here to fill out the entry survey for a chance to win.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo News

The Expo in Chantilly, VA at the Dulles Expo Center October 4, 5 & 6  is now online. Classes feature the best techniques for hand-quilting, machine quilting and long-arm quilting taught by renown quilting faculty. Hundreds of quilts spanning the quilting spectrum – art quilts, traditional quilts, modern quilts, surface design—will be on display, along with stage presentations and special events each day. And lots of shopping, shopping, shopping!

What’s Happening on Quilty?

Blocks-A-Go-Go: Hot Chip Nine Patch Block

Okay, so it’s the simplest of blocks to make, but cut those squares little and it’s a chippy-chop block. Choose some snappy fabrics and what do you have? Little nine patch blocks I affectionately call Hot Chip! See how to make ‘em scrappy on Quilty! Check it out!

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Follow Fons & Porter on Pinterest

The Fons & Porter Pinterest page will satisfy your need for quilting inspiration. Follow us today!

Sew Easy Video Lesson

Rapid Fire LeMoyne Stars

This Sew Easy Lesson will teach you how to use Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire LeMoyne Star Template to make stars. This Sew Easy Lesson can be used for Links in the September/October issue of Love of Quilting.

Win a Lenni from APQS

Have you dreamed of owning an APQS longarm quilting machine? Here’s your chance! APQS is giving away a Lenni longarm quilting system valued at $10,900 to one lucky quilter. Click here to go to the APQS website to enter the contest.

Sew & Tell

Stars & Stripes
Submitted by Candace Meares from Bakersfield, CA

I made this quilt from the pattern, Stars & Stripes, by Andria Grant which was featured in the July/August 2001 issue of Love of Quilting.

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Key Lime Quilt of Valor
Submitted via email by Julia Comingore from Paris, IL

I fell in love with Sarah Hahn's Key Lime Pie pattern in the summer 2012 Easy Quilts magazine.

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Cuddles in Camouflage
Submitted via email by Jill Seaworth from Huntley, IL

Using the Cuddles in Camouflage pattern from Baby Quilts Winter 2008 as inspiration, I made this memory quilt for Daisy.

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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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