Monthly Archives: August 2011

Quilts Kalamazoo

Name of show: Quilts Kalamazoo!Sponsor: Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters Website: Show dates: Saturday, October 15, 2011 10am-5pm Sunday, October 16, 2011 11am-4pm Location: Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds & Expo Center 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo, MI 49048 I-94 to Exit 80, north on Sprinkle to Lake St. west to Fairgrounds. Admission: Adults $7.00 Children $2.00 Contact…


Get em while they’re hot!

Check out the Fons & Porter website for the new Hoffman Fat Quarter Packs in 16 color combinations. Here in the office, we’re all fantasizing about the quilts we can make with these great little gems. Betcha can’t buy just one!



I was joining rows on the very large quilt I’m working on right now and was reminded how much we use our bodies when we make quilts — anything with our hands, really. My rows were 5 blocks across. No big deal, except that each block is 12″ x 12″. So I’m flipping one side…


Quilting makes a big showing at the Iowa State Fair

Nothing Compares is the theme of this year’s Iowa State Fair. How appropriate—especially if you know how unique our fair is, and especially if you are a quilter! The 4-H and open class areas were full of great quilts.  It amazes me every year how many different and unique quilts are created.      …

Pictured: Jean Nolte, Catherine Roberts, and Marianne Fons

Weekend of Valor Roadtrip

Marianne and Catherine Roberts visted the store before they set out to Huntley, Illinois for the Weekend of Valor, presented by Gazebo Quilters’ Guild.  The dates for the weekend are August 19th and 20th. Catherine is the founder of Quilts of Valor, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to, “cover ALL those service…

Celebration of Quilts

Celebration of Quilts November 11 – 12Allendale, New Jersey The Brownstone Quilters Guild welcomes visitors to our biennial judged show of over 200 Quilts crafted by northern New Jersey area quilters. The show features two auctions of mini quilts each day, our new “scrap pool,” a raffle of unique gift baskets assembled by our members…


State-Fair-Themed Potluck

Today we had a state-fair-themed potluck at the office. The Iowa State Fair is famous for having foods on a stick, so many of us brought our own versions of “on-a-stick” foods such as butter, fruit, twinkies, peanut butter and jelly, smores, trifle, and the ever popular corndog.  We also had some tasty jambalaya, homemade…


The AIDS Quilt.

I was thinking about the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the NAMES Project and wondered what the status of the project was/is, if people were still actively adding panels, and if the quilt was to be going on tour anytime soon. Below, a detail: When I visited the project’s website, however, I didn’t see much in…


Yes- you can take it with you!

With all of the fun techy devices that we carry with us, how would you like access to favorite quilting magazine any time, any place? Now, when you take your computer, tablet, or smart phone with you to visit your quilting friends, on vacation, or to the quilt shop, you can access Love of Quilting…

Up close image of one of the dresses by Jay McCarroll

Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts

New Track Media, our parent company, along with Creative Crafts Group, Keepsake Quilting, Benartex, Aurifil Threads, AccuQuilt, The City Quilter, and Bumble Beans all sponsored “Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts” in New York City this weekend.  It was a wonderful event to promote the Alliance for American Quilts and…

Salsa is ready!

Canning and Quilting

As a new gardener, I found that laboring in the garden brings forth a bountiful harvest of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and weeds!  I am a big tomato lover, however, after eating and sharing tomatoes, my tomato creativity began to wane and I was at a loss of what to do with all my tomatoes. A…


American Flag Quilt

Show your (stars and) stripes with this collection of stylized American flags displayed on this striking quilt. Size: 57″ x 77″ ***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access Fons & Porter web extras, bonus patterns, tips, techniques, and more—all absolutely FREE—please register or sign in here. ***

Love of Quilting September/October 2011

Buy this issue Techniques Quilting the Quilt – Allover design success Sew Easy – Strip sets Sew Easy – Cutting setting triangles Features From Liz & Marianne – Our newest quilts Sew Many Tips – Clever ideas from quilters Shop Hop – Products to look for at your local shop This Old Quilt – Quilts…



My “Diana Vreeland” quilt is back from the longarmer! I don’t have it yet, since it’s in Iowa and I’m in Maine for one more day and then in New York for the weekend, but it’s done and waiting for me. I got a couple pictures from my longarmer. The gold thread is “stunning,” she…