Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Baked Potato Bag Class

Sometimes the Fons & Porter employees and their family members get together to make small projects. It is great to get together with the people we work with and learn all about their creative talents. We had so much fun making our baked potato bags.   Cindy H. taught us how to make these great…

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More of the Road to California!

Here are some more pictures from the Road to California Show as promised. We were impressed by the creativity and inspirations! This is Baltimore in the Provence was designed and quilted by Ellen Heck.  The Applique is stunning and inspired from a French Toile fabric. This quilt was inspired by a vintage quilt. The detila…

Hands All Around Quilt Guild of Central Illinois Quilt Spectrum 2012

Hands All Around Quilt Guild of Central Illinois Quilt Spectrum 2012 Saturday, April 14 from 9-5 Sunday, April 15 from 10-4 All aboard for Quilt Spectrum 2012! Hands All Around Quilt Guild of Central Illinois will present “Sentimental Journey” at IWU Shirk Activity Center, 302 East Emerson St. Bloomington, IL, 61701. Over 200 quilts on…

Quilts All Around the Town 2012

Date:  Aug 4-5, 2012 Name:  Quilts All Around the Town 2012 Location:  Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave, New London, Connecticut (MAP) Contact:  Nickie Johnson Email clamshell@att.net Web clamshellquiltguild.org Details: $8 for one day, $12 for both days, Guest Speaker Lanette Edens, the Gypsy Quilter, workshops available, silent auction, boutique,raffle quilt, basket drawings, demos, food, free…

Maine Quilts 2012

Date and location: July 27-29, 2012 at Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine (MAP). Event description: 35th annual quilt conference, sponsored by Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Friday 9 am–6 pm, Saturday 9 am–5 pm, Sunday 10 am–4 pm Daily admission $8; multi-day $15; children 12 & under free with paid adult. Workshops with 9 national…

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The Road to California !

We’re just bursting with ideas and inspiration from everything we’re seeing on this trip to California. Here’s a preview of  Robyn Pandolph’s new line coming out, for RJR Fabrics, called True Vintage. Doesn’t it just give you so many ideas? Demi Hayward, VP of merchandising for RJR and Editor Jean Nolte check out this fun…

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We found more than just sunshine in California!

We are in California visiting enjoying the sunshine, escaping the cold in the midwest for a few days and visiting with key fabric manufacturers to bring  you the latest and greatest and we just can’t wait to show you a preview of  new fabrics shipping out later this spring from Hoffman Fabrics. Aren’t these the cutest…

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Antique Baskets

Basket designs have long been popular in quilts. This quilt from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska was made sometime in the early 1900s. The quiltmaker used solid fabrics in black, cheddar, and red- a popular color combination used during that time period. Size: 71½” × 85¾”Blocks: 20 (10″) Basket Blocks…

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Trellis of Mums

Patti Carey’s quilt is a bit complicated, but it’s worth the extra effort! The beautiful teal and purple color scheme will bring a breath of spring to your home. Size: 87″ × 104″Blocks: 32 (12″) blocks For more information about Patti Carey, visit our Designer’s page.

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Neutral Chic

Pair this traditional design of both pieced and appliquéd blocks with contemporary prints to make an elegant statement. The harmonious color combination of neutrals and black is compatible with any home décor color scheme. Size: 63″ × 75¾”Blocks: 20 (9″) pieced blocks, 12 (9″) appliqué blocks Click here to download free Quilt Top Assembly Diagrams…

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Three Tours

Tony Jacobson created this quilt in honor of his nephew Eric who has served three tours of duty-two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan as a member of the Iowa National Guard. Tony said, “Our family is very proud of his service, and this quilt is just a small token to show our appreciation.” Size:…

Fan Dance Quilt

Fan Dance Quilt

Quilt designer Nancy Mahoney made this quilt without curved seam piecing. You can see how to make the Fan quilt blocks in this quilting tutorial, How to make Fan Quilt Blocks, with host Mary Fons and guest Nancy Mahoney. Fan Dance is made using easy machine appliqué. Use the free template download in the links below to make this quilt with…

Quilt with the Stars – Nancy Mahoney

In this issue, the spotlight is on Nancy Mahoney, a multi-talented quilting celebrity. Her quilt designs include patchwork as well as appliqué. When Nancy isn’t stitching, she keeps busy designing fabric and writing books.