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  January 25, 2012
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Welcome Message
Lily's Valentine's Day pillow by Patrick Lose

Patrick Lose’s granddaughter, Lily, loves Valentine's Day and he's designed a great gift for her, a “girly” pillow that says L-O-V-E in appliqued letters. Learn how to make one for someone you love on Quilting Celebrations this month.

Dear Quilters,

I started laughing as soon as I read Mary Fons’ description of this week’s episode of Quilty. We’ve all heard the story of the woman who owned her machine for years and literally wore out her needle, taking it to the shop to ask why her machine wasn’t stitching properly.

True or not, it does bring up the point (convenient pun) that keeping our tools in shape ensures that our sewing goes more smoothly, not to mention making it more enjoyable. Any time your machine isn’t sewing properly, unthread it, remove the bobbin, give it a little cleaning, and if you haven’t changed the needle recently, do so. It’s like rebooting a computer. Which come to think of it, our sewing machines are these days!

Happy quilting,

Quilting Celebrations
Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show!
Quilt Out Loud!

Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show

Episode 210 - January 2012
It’s All About the Tools

Debby Brown proves that great quilting is all about the tools. Starting by chalk marking quilting areas, Debby uses tools to then fill in those areas with quilting. First she shows how a ruler helps her make a beautiful clamshell design with no marking.

Longarm quilters probably already own a set of circle templates, but what do you do with them? Debby uses the markings on her circle templates to create a spiral design that can stand alone or be embellished with feather designs.

Next Debby demonstrates curved cross hatching using circle templates from Handi Quilter. This has more visual interest than straight cross hatching and can be done in any size with professional results.

In Short Takes on Longarm Quilting Vicki Hoth shows the contents of her basic tool kit for the longarm quilter, shows quilt examples, and demonstrates how the Handi Quilter right angle ruler easily creates chevron designs.

Watch here!


Have you considered adding embroidery to your repertoire? With the Baby Lock Enterprise, your creativity will soar. This 10-needle embroidery machine works at 1,000 stitches per minute, and is perfect for adding gorgeous embellishments to any project.

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

Quilt Out Loud!

Episode 307 - January 2012
UFO’s Old and New

Jodie and Mark enjoy a crackling fire in New Hampshire as they share what they’ve been up to; Swedish weaving and punch needle embroidery. Jodie shows her two new books, Pocket Posh Tips for Quilters and Pocket Posh Tips for Knitters, which brings up the question about how products make it into the Keepsake Quilting quarterly catalog.

Mark raps at Janet Lee Santeusanio’s door in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire for his surprise door knock. A professional longarm quilter and half owner of the Machine Quilters Exposition, Janet Lee founded MQX in the living room of her timber framed home.

Mark shares some of his UFOs to answer the question: Do we need to feel guilty about them? Jodie and Mark finish the episode with their monthly book reviews and a mini quilt show of quilts from the books.

Premiering January 26th


Episode 202
We See Your Point: Needle Questions Answered

What needle does your sewing machine need? How often should you change it? Wait… You’re supposed to change the needle??? Learn a little something about needles on today’s show.

Watch here!

Quilting Celebrations

Episode 111
Lily’s Valentine’s Day Gift

Patrick’s granddaughter, Lily, loves Valentine’s Day and he’s designed a great gift for her that you can easily make for someone you love. Using his Kona Colorworks yarn-dyed fabrics in Lily’s favorite shades of pink, he’s made her a very “girly” pillow that says L-O-V-E in appliquéd letters. In the first segment of the episode, Patrick and friends discuss the project and how you can make it even more easily if you’re a machine embroiderer. He also tells us about fabric grain and shows us some tips for working with plaid yarn-dyed fabrics.

In segment two, Kay Capps Cross joins Patrick at the Koala Sewing Studio to learn how to make the front of the pillow’s quilted covering including the appliqué letters and quilting details. Patrick shows a neat trick for preparing the pillow’s corners for adding purchased trim and removing bulk. To finish the segment, learn how easy it is to add a whimsical pom pom fringe to this, or any of your sewing projects.

To finish the Valentine’s Day pillow, in the third segment, Patrick shows us how to make the back of the quilted pillow covering in such a way that it can be easily removed for cleaning. All that’s left is to sew the front to the back, using some tips for working with the pom pom fringe trim. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Win a Dream Trip! Catch the American Spirit

To promote their American Spirit Batting, Fairfield is running a fabulous contest. Your quilt can be one of twelve that appear in the 2013 “Catch the American Spirit” Calendar. The Grand Prize winner will win a trip to Houston for International Quilt Festival in 2012 and will have their quilt shown on the calendar cover. What a batting! What a contest!

Watch the video to learn more!

Free "Beautiful Batik Quilts" eBook

Download Your Free "Beautiful Batik Quilts" eBook from Fons & Porter Today!

For quilters, using beautiful batik fabrics can make any quilt pattern pop right off of the quilt. Stunning batik fabrics like multicolors or even semisolids are perfect for numerous different quilting patterns – from Civil War quilt patterns to floral quilts.

This free eBook from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting includes the information needed to create the four different batik fabric quilts, including:

  • The "Blue Lagoon" batik quilting pattern, featuring easy-to-make quilt diamonds and pyramids.
  • The "Piña Colada" batik quilting pattern, featuring big blocks and tropical colors.
  • The "Spinning Rails" batik quilting pattern, highlighting a variation of the traditional rail fence pattern quilt.
  • The "Painted Desert" batik quilting pattern, combining accurate cutting and piecing to produce a stunning miniature quilt.

Click here to get started!

Quilters Club of America - Community Update

Was your New Year’s Resolution quilting related? If so, you are in the right place. Become a Social Member of the largest quilting community on the Internet and maximize your quilting experience. If you would like additional quilting perks, you can become a Charter Member. Welcome to the Quilters Club of America Community!

The January Sponsor Spotlight features Blue Hill Fabrics. Win 1 of 3 different prizes from Blue Hill Fabrics.

The Crazy Quilt Group just started a new project and it is not too late for you to join them. Find out what “Once Upon a Time” is all about.

Enter the January Member’s Survey Contest: What is one quilting goal you would like to achieve in 2012?

What do you use to baste your quilt? Our newest video tip shows how you can use straight pins for basting your quilt sandwich.

Useful links:
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Quilt Out Loud!
Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose
Quilters Club of America


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