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  February 22, 2012
In This Issue:
Welcome Message
Rocking Alphabet by Patrick  Lose

Quilting Celebration’s Patrick Lose is well known for his bright and colorful designs. Rocking Alphabet is just one example of his cheerful quilts for children.

Dear Quilters,

Selecting fabrics vexes so many quilters. How many times have I heard a quilter say, “I have no color sense.” They play it safe by choosing safe but un-inspired combinations or use a line from a fabric designer. There's nothing wrong with that, but let'spush the envelope!

Consider another approach for your next quilt: Take cues from the things you love.

When we shot the pilot for Quilt Out Loud Mark and I ventured to my favorite nursery, Blossom & Bloom. There Mark selected some plants (so lovely shot in HD in the greenhouses!) and showed how simple variegated leaf color combined with a blossom gives you a palette to take to the fabric store.

Similarly, Mary Fons turns her sister’s outfit – obviously colors and designs she already likes since she wears them – into an array of fabrics which then then start sewing into a Snail’s Trail.

See, choosing fabrics you love isn’t brain surgery, clues are all around you, giving you an excuse to go fabric shopping. Let me go grab my purse!

Happy quilting,

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

Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show

Episode 211 - Debbi Trevino
All About Batting

When it’s time to quilt your quilt do you find yourself always reaching for the same batting? Do you know that that particular batt is the best choice for that particular quilt? An expert on this all-important element of each quilt, Debbi Trevino has conducted extensive hands-on research to see how each batting on the market will react when used by the consumer. The result of the research is the Ultimate Batting Chart. The results may surprise you! Debbi uses samples to illustrate how bearding and loft and scrim, etc. affect our finished quilts, and she addresses fiber content as well, including the new fibers on the market. You will find out why it’s so important to choose the right batting for the project and gain the ability to do so!

In Short Takes on Longarm Quilting Vicki Hoth shows us how to use up all those leftover pieces of batting that are too big to toss.

Watch it here!


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February 23-27 when you purchase a select Baby Lock machine, you can receive 0% financing for up to 48 months! It's the perfect opportunity to get that new machine you've been wanting.

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

Quilt Out Loud!

Episode 308 - February 2012
Crazy for Crazy Quilts

It may be dreary and cold outside, but Quilt Out Loud! found the top get crafty shop in the City of Brotherly Love to open the show. Surrounded by bright, modern cotton fabrics for quilting, garment and home dec sewing, Jodie and Mark play catch-up showing what they’ve been up to. Jodie visits with Pam Mahshie of Baby Lock demonstrating the amazing drawing tablet attached to their sewing machine. Just draw on the tablet and it will come right up on the screen and stitch for you.

Mark meets up with Allie Aller, a renowned crazy quilter, in the weaving room at the Newark Museum. A traditional quilter before being bitten by the crazy quilting bug in 2001, Allie’s Amazon top-selling definitive book is Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting – Modern Piecing and Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching.

Overwhelmed by the craziness of crazy quilting? Allie Aller boils it down for Jodie into a simple block, which she repeats to make a quilt. Allie shows Jodie how she chooses fabrics, prepares for sewing, and sews - even curved seams- while making a block. Then, Jodie and Mark meet back up at Spool in the shop’s workroom for their book review and quilt show of sample quilts featured in the books.

Watch it here!


Episode 206
If This Outfit Were a Quilt

Mary was reading a fashion magazine that showed how to translate an outfit into a manicure. (Like, a pink dress with white ruffles = pink nails with white flower decals. Get it? Yeah, it’s weird.) On this episode, we translate Rebecca’s outfit into a gorgeous quilt block. Viva la fashion!

Watch here!

Quilting Celebrations

Episode 112
The "Crowning" Details

In the final show of our first season we spend some time on the process of creating a quilt’s “crowning” details. What determines how a quilt will be quilted? What is the separate design process that happens after a quilt top is finished? Patrick welcomes long arm quilter, Jessica Jones, back to the show to answer these and more questions about quilting to help take the mystique out of technique. Join Jessica and Patrick in the first segment as they share a show-and-tell of Patrick’s quilts beautifully quilted by Jessica for his new book, Special Delivery Quilts #2. Jessica is a true artist and has lots to share for beginning and experienced quilters, alike.

In segment three, Patrick asks Jessica to “play” at the machine and show us some of the fun and funky designs she uses to artfully decorate the quilts he’s designed. You won’t want to miss this episode of Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose, especially if you’re looking to build your repertoire of fun and festive quilting techniques!

Watch Now!

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Free "Beautiful Batik Quilts" eBook

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

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  • The "Spinning Rails" batik quilting pattern, highlighting a variation of the traditional rail fence pattern quilt.
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Quilters Club of America - Community Update

We are offering two chances to win in the February Sponsor Spotlight. Enter to win a Mark Lipinski Basics Collection Kit from Aurifil or one of three Quilt Kit Prizes from Hoffman Fabrics. Thank you to our sponsors!

Watch our newest Video Tip: Iron On Reminder.

Enter the February Member’s Survey Contest: If you could quilt with anyone for one day, who would it be?

The newest QCA poll is available on the QCA homepage through the month of February. We want to know, based on your quilting style, What Valentine’s Day Gift Would You Be?

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