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  July 25, 2012
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Welcome Message
Quilting with Fat Quarters, 17 New Patterns

This is one of the lovely quilts featured in That Patchwork Place’s new book Quilting with Fat Quarters, 17 New Patterns from the Staff at That Patchwork Place.

Dear Quilters,

Catch even a quick glimpse of one of Ellen Anne Eddy’s quilts and you will see that Ellen does in fact create a “magical world” with fabric and thread. Having seen her quilts before she joined me in Salt Lake City to tape Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show, I was anxious to find out how she made those fabulous creatures and fairy tale scenes come to life in her quilts.

It all starts with Ellen’s hand dyed fabrics. Not only do they provide her palette, but often the pattern within the fabric evokes an element in the quilt.

Then there’s the thread. Lots of thread! My big “aha” moment was when I saw how she made some of the frogs and butterflies separately from the quilt top and then attached them. That’s how she gets those thread-heavy creatures onto her quilts!

As wonderful as her quilts are, the same is true of Ellen herself. She could easily be a character who just stepped out of one of her magical quilts. Meet Ellen Anne Eddy this month on Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show and be charmed!

Happy quilting,

Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show!
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Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show

Episode 216
The Magical World of Longarm Quilting Artist Ellen Anne Eddy

The longarm machine was invented for quilting quilts, or so we thought. Leave it to the imagination of gifted artists like Ellen Anne Eddy to take the longarm to places that astound us. The longarm machine and threads become her pen and ink and her hand painted fabrics are the paper as she quilts, bringing her magical world of colorful creatures to life before our eyes.

Ellen Anne Eddy works her quilt magic with hand dyed fabrics and lots and lots of thread. Many of her exquisite creatures and flora are stitched separately using bobbin work and then later attached to the quilt.

Short Takes on Longarm Quilting with Vicki Hoth
Vicki shows us some gadgets sit-down longarm quilters should have in their bag to simplify their quilting time.

Jodie and Ellen Anne Eddy have a blast going through a trunk show of Ellen’s quilts. She points out special techniques used on different quilts. Her hand dyed threads and fabrics and lots and lots of shiny threads are the special ingredients used to create her fantasy world.

Watch it here!


Baby Lock Presents: The First Lady of Quilting Sweepstakes
Do you want to quilt on the same machine and studio as Eleanor Burns? Enter Baby Lock’s First Lady of Quilting Sweepstakes and you may win just that! The grand prize winner will receive a Baby Lock Symphony signed by Eleanor Burns and a new Koala Studio! Plus, enter every week for a chance at prizes from AccuQuilt and Quilt in a Day!

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

Quilt Out Loud!

Episode 401
The World of Marie Bostwick, Quilting Storyteller

Jodie and Mark open the show from the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, Connecticut, showing what they’ve been up to recently with thread. Then they head to Litchfield to scope out the town that inspired the novels of Mark’s doorknock “victim” Marie Bostwick. Guess who they run into?

Author of ten novels including the Cobble Court series, quilt author and maker Marie Bostwick shows Mark her quilts, including one she made for charity and bought back at auction because her husband loved it. Last stop on the tour is Marie’s laptop where the books are written, including her latest, Ties That Bind.

Marie shows Jodie Path to Cobble Court, the quilt Marie designed for the May/June issue of Quiltmaker magazine and then demonstrates how to make this very simple block that just looks complicated once joined. Marie chooses red, white and blue blocks in honor of the 4th. Oliver, Marie’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, joins Jodie and Mark in the living room for their monthly book review and quilt show.

Watch it here!


Episode #229
When A Block Just Isn't Working

When do you abandon a project? On this action-packed episode of Quilty, Mary begrudgingly admits that the block she spent time working on…just wasn't working. Learn a great tip for avoiding this in your own sewing studio!

Watch here!

The Quilters Community

Episode 4
Fun with Robert Kaufman Fabric

Do you like solid fabrics? Check out We Love Color, a Stash book that features quilts made with Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman. And meet one of the designers – Elizabeth Hartman. Also meet Darlene Zimmerman, a Robert Kaufman fabric designer and learn about the Salt lake Modern Quilt Guild’s Dresden Quilting Challenge.

Watch here!

Make Any Ruler Magically Non-Slip with Guidelines 4 Quilting’s Newest Product!

Inventor John Brady has been at it again! Now you can enjoy that slip-free quality you have come to count on with your Guidelines 4 Quilting ruler on any ruler! Yes, simply adhere these strips to the bottom of any ruler and you will enjoy safe, accurate cutting. They work for rulers of any size and shape!

Watch here! 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!

Quick Wedge Template Class - EASY!!
Make this easy quilt using the wedge template.  Tony and Cindy show you how to make Rosie’s Charm, a very special quilt made for Tony’s mother-in-law.  Instructions for this class include optional color ways and size charts for making this special quilt in all sizes from crib to queen.  Included in this class is an additional quilt pattern, Split Rail Fence.  Tony Jacobson designed this totally modern quilt using his endless stash of batiks. Use your favorite batiks and the versatile Fons & Porter Large Wedge Template to make your own version of this traditionally inspired Split Rail Fence pattern.  

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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 2 Fat Quarter Bundles from Windham Fabrics in the July Sponsor Spotlight.

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