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  May 16, 2012
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Welcome Message

On this month’s Quilting Celebrations Patrick Lose’ guest Patti Connor shares a simple mini quilt project to make for a graduate.

Dear Quilters,

Have you dreamt of starting your own quilting business? Have you considered doing so with your spouse? Before you think such a thing impossible, watch the week’s segment of Quilt Out Loud!

I sat down with two couples who are in business together, and in both cases its working just fine. Granted, neither couple intended to work together. Jim Salonia retired and started working the business end of his wife Lisa’s quilt shop. (Though it’s not just business—the quilters love him!) And when Jim Cogliantry was down-sized from his job he learned a new skill, joining his wife Wilma in her thriving longarm business by taking on the simpler quilting.

Meet our quilting couples on this month’s Quilt Out Loud!

Happy quilting,

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

Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show

Episode 214
For the Love of Feathers: Designs and Quilt with Longarm Quilter Judy Allen

Having created stacks and stacks of feather designs Judy decided she wanted to learn to digitize her patterns for safe keeping. She discovered the Art and Stitch software program which allows her to draw from scratch or take a photograph and turn that into a design. Jodie joins Judy at the computer to see just how easy it is to draw a pattern, make corrections, and play with the design.

Watch it here!

Quilt Out Loud!

Episode 311
Couples Working Together: Making Quilting a Family Business

Lisa and Jim Salonia own Lisa’s Clover Hill Quilts and Wilma and Jim Cogliantry own Christian Lane Quilters, both located in Berlin, Connecticut discuss with Jodie how and why their togetherness works. Then, Jodie and Mark are back at the quilt shop for the book reviews and the show and tell quilt show from the books.

Watch it here!


Episode #219
BLOCKS-A-GO-GO: "Shoo Fly”

This block has no curves, but you wouldn’t know it. Mary takes on a Depression-era block called “Shoo Fly” and talks a little about seam allowances and how you mustn't fear them. Matt The Intern made the demo block -- it was his first quilt block ever!

Watch here!

Quilting Celebrations

Episode 203 - Emebllish Your Quilts with Patti Connor

In the third segment, Patti shows us another great little gift for a graduate (or for yourself!). Use iron-on vinyl to create a protective and attractive case for a tablet. Patrick also has a new pattern for the "Bubbly Butterflies" quilt you've been requesting.

Watch Now! Teaching people to quilt is our passion. is a place where you learn to quilt, or expand your skills with expert instruction. Learn a new technique or a timesaving tip from passionate expert quilters such as Liz Porter!

Watch designer Pat Sloan as she shares machine appliqué tips and techniques that will have you stitching like a pro! Class includes a downloadable pattern for her Life is Short wallhanging, using fusible web and machine stitching. Pat also suggests other favorite quotes that you might like to stitch.

Party with Patrick at Sea!

Patrick Lose is taking his wildly successful "Party With Patrick" club to the high seas. Join Patrick and fellow quilters on a fun-filled 12 night Southern Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas in April of 2013. Six exotic ports, exclusive projects and hands-on workshops by Patrick, group activities and all the fun of a "Party With Patrick" combine to make this a vacation to remember. For more information or to register, visit or call Patrick's Quilt & Create Studio at 623-414-9464.

Watch Quilt Out Loud! at
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

Win a Shades Apart fat-quarter bundle and a Holly Lane block-of-the-month pattern from RJR Fabrics in the May Sponsor Spotlight.

Useful links:
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Quilt Out Loud!
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Quilters Club of America


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