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  September 26, 2012
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Welcome Message
Twirly Whirly Feathers by Kimmy Brunner

This charming quilt using both patchwork and simple appliqué techniques is from Barbara J. Jones’ book Batch of QuiltSoup from That Patchwork Place.

Dear Quilters,

Meet quilting stars up close in our series Quilt with the Stars. Each star is portrayed in three videos, so you get a chance to see their work, where they work, learn what inspires them, and watch them teach you to make a project. How’s that for an in-depth get-to-know-you?

Past stars have included Sandy Gervais, Nancy Mahoney, and Lori Smith. You can watch them all right here on Start with our current star Lisa Bongean and get inspired to make some winter wool projects!

Happy quilting,

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

Episode #306
Third Time’s a Charm - Kimmy Brunner

Entire Episode
For her third appearance on Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show Kimmy Brunner shows us that for precision work that mimics the perfection of computerized quilting, templates and rulers are your new best friend. Kimmy uses templates either to create intricate and precise designs or to create the bones or skeleton of the design that she will later fill in with freehand work. She explains the techniques and gives us tips, then Kimmy stitches out samples to show just how fast and easy it is.

In Short Takes on Longarm Quilting Vicki Hoth shows a variety of marking tools and the finer 50-60 weight threads Kimmy uses when stabilizing her designs along with more of her great tips.

Watch it here!


Meet the Newest Member of the Baby Lock Royal Longarm Family
Are you considering your first longarm purchase? Baby Lock’s new longarm machine, the 16-inch Tiara, is perfect for beginner longarmers or quilters with less space in their sewing rooms. This compact, sit-down machine comes with its own table so you’ll be ready to quilt right away.

Watch the video to see the Tiara in action, then visit your Local Authorized Retailer to try it out for yourself! 

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

Quilt Out Loud!

Episode #403
Quilting and Rug Hooking in a Civil War Home

Entire Episode
It’s all about using color on this month’s show. Jodie and Mark open the episode from the Finishing Stitch, a shop located in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. They spotlight a new notion by Clover and Jodie visits with Merrily Parker of Merrily We Quilt Along for what to look for in a longarm machine.

Mark’s surprise door knock star this month is Ellie Bennett, a prolific rug hooker and quilter. She lives in a lovingly restored 1850’s Civil War era house in Littlestown, Pennsylvania which is decorated in period style with the beautiful rugs and quilts she makes.

How about a Batch of QuiltSoup? Jodie and Mark review the book by Barbara J. Jones of the QuiltSoup Pattern Company. Nine quilts feature fun patchwork and charming applique with relatively large, easy-to-use applique shapes. Barbara adds tips for beautifully stitched needle-turn applique. Absolutely yummy quilts!

Watch it here!


Episode #238
On Point: Special Tool for Setting Pieces w/special guest Marianne Fons

The second show in a two-part series, Mary's mom Marianne shows you how head-slappingly easy it can be to set your blocks "on point" with a special ruler. If you've used the "half and quarter” ruler for flying geese, you can use this ruler to set your blocks diagonally. A must-see episode.

Watch here!

Watch Quilt Out Loud! at
Quilt With the Stars with Lisa Bongean

The star of this three-part series, Lisa Bongean, is known for her work with wool fabrics. In this series she shows us her work, her studio, and explains when and why she uses wool and even flannel fabrics. Then Lisa Bongean shows us how to do wool applique. In the tutorial she explains step by step from gathering the materials to finishing the project. 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.  

Warehouse Sale

Wednesday October 3rd through Saturday October 6. Sale is located at Landauer's Warehouse — just 20 minutes from downtown Des Moines.

3100 101 Street, Suite A
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

All fabric $6 a yard from top quality brands like Moda, Benartex, Fabri-Quilt, Timeless Treasures, Avlyn, Maywood Studios, Nortcott and more! Plus books at insanely low prices!

Email any questions to

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 Sensor Velocity V200 from Reliable.


Win 1 of 3 Fabric Bundles from Northcott.

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