Monthly Archives: December 2010

Are you making a New Years resolution?

We have great intentions, but how many do we really keep? I think I’ll go for the small things like trying to organize closets and my sewing room a bit more and finish a few UFOs finished- well maybe! It just wouldn’t be the same for some of us to finish everything- now would it?…

Helena Quilters Guild Presents: REFLECTIONS

Location: Helena Montana Civic Center – Corner of Benton and Neil Ave. Date: Saturday, May 21 10:00- 5:00 Sunday, May 22 10:00 – 4:00 Admission: $4.00 (under 12 free). Show includes: More than 300 quilts displayed, Guild Raffle, Quilt Boutique, Merchant Mall/Vendors, Demonstrations, Featured Quilter, Quilts for Comfort Display. For more information call: Nancy Alley,…

Do you see what I see?

Do you tend to notice, as I do, all of the quilty designs in Christmas? This is one of my favorite decorations.  Two of my favorite things in one-Santa and quilts! One of the customers in the store the other day mentioned that fabric is like Christmas lights to her. They make her eyes sparkle!…

Quilts in Afghanistan!

Our quilts made it safe and sound and here are a few of  Task Force Red Bulls with their quilts! We hope these keep you all warm and safe and thank you for serving to protect our freedom that we are so thankful for! The Fons & Porter staff

Needle Size

If you are unsure of the size of a sewing machine needle, use a magnifier to read the number on the shaft. The number is so small, you need to magnify it to see it.

Appliqué Overlay

To create an overlay when working on an appliqué block, photocopy the block pattern onto a transparency sheet on an inkjet printer. This saves the time of tracing on vinyl as well as ensuring accuracy of the overlay.

Needle Keeper

I love the Fons & Porter Dresden Plate pincushion for keeping my sewing machine needles organized. Using a fine point marker, I wrote a size and type of needle on each section. When I change a needle but want to keep it for another use, I can store it in the pincushion.

Non-skid Foot Pedal

I attach a couple adhesive-backed floor protectors to the bottom of my foot pedal to keep it from sliding. They’re made to keep furniture from scratching floors, and you can find them in home improvement or dollar stores.

Sew Easy Bias Strip Piecing Quilting Video

Bias Strip Piecing Quilting Video

Bias strip piecing might sound difficult and intimidating to some quilters. But thanks to the help of our Sew Easy videos, this will be a favorite quilting technique for you. Make multiple 1¼”-finished quilt triangle-squares using this easy method. This fast quilting technique is perfect for rapidly finishing your quilt piecing. Use Marsha McCloskey’s Feathered…

Set Sail Quilt

Featured in the January/February 2011 Issue of Love of Quilting, this free baby quilt pattern is perfect for anyone looking for a sweet nautical looking quilt! For instructions on how to create Set Sail, please click on the link below.