Celebrate The Quilts of Valor Foundation

As many of you are aware, the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is dedicated to touching armed forces members and veterans with the healing power of quilts. This volunteer-based initiative is a personal mission to much of the quilting community, including the staff at Fons & Porter.

To celebrate QOVF, Fons & Porter is participating in a “Shop ’til you Drop” sale. From May 9th until May 16th, 10% of all sale revenues from our online shop will be donated to Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Think you already have enough quilting supplies? Think again! To help you with your shopping needs, here is a list of our favorite things on shopfonsandporter.com:

Seam Ripper- Because nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes!

Fons & Porter Half & Quarter- The name rhymes and it takes the math out of triangles.

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Love of Quilting May/June Issue- If you haven’t already picked up your copy, simply download the digital issue to your computer.

 

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Zoe’s Play Day- This may be the most adorable quilt  we’ve seen for a little girl.

 

 

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Americana Stars- What better way to celebrate America’s armed forces than to make an American-themed quilt?

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My Medal- Or get a Quilt of Valor digital pattern! 10% of your purchase will go to the foundation and you can donate your quilt!

 

Make sure to check out other participating shops:

Stay tuned for more information, and remember, shop our store May 9-16 to benefit Quilts of Valor Foundation!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Sew & Tell Guidelines

We love seeing your work and what quilt patterns you have made. Pictures are worth a thousand words, or in this case, a thousand stitches!

We want to make sure photos submitted for our Sew & Tell feature present your hard work in the best light possible.

Here are 5 suggestions to make your quilt pictures perfect:

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  • Lighting: Take a picture of your quilt outdoors to get the best natural lighting. Indoor lighting can leave a yellow hue in the picture. It could be fun to create a scene in your backyard, but…
  • Check your Surroundings: Avoid clutter or unnecessary items in the picture. We want the main item to be the quilt so the detail can be shown.
  • Focus: Before you click your camera, make sure the photo is in focus. Blurry or fuzzy photos take away from the beautiful details of your quilt.
  • Angle: If you can, hang your quilt. This helps the quilt be square to the camera. Avoid having hands in the photo.
  • Attire: If you want to proudly stand next to your quilt, go ahead! However, avoid flashy or large pattern or advertisements on your clothing. We’d love to see your smiling face, but your quilt is the focus.

Keep sending in your photos, quilters! Just keep in mind these guidelines and check out some examples from your fellow quilters:

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The Irish Chain by Sally Werling      Imperial Diamonds by Mary Cattani

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Brand New Sew Easy Lessons!

SewEasy_LogoJean Nolte, editor at Fons & Porter, and Colleen Tauke, our talented sewing specialist, have been hard at work creating new Sew Easy lessons!

How do you find  Sew Easy videos?

9 reasons why you should watch Sew Easy lessons:

  1. They are free!
  2. Brush up on your quilting skills or…
  3. Learn new skills for beginning quilters
  4. Become a more proficient quilter
  5. Learn about tools from Fons & Porter
  6. The Fons & Porter staff are passionate about quilting. It’s contagious!
  7. Have a question about binding, English paper piecing, or scalloped edges? We’ve got the answer for you!
  8. Colleen and Jean are quite the quilting duo
  9. Free things are rare. Take advantage!

Need more reasons to watch Sew Easy lessons? Start watching! We guarantee you will find your own reasons.

Happy Quilting!
Fons & Porter Rachel

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Sneak Peek at Love of Quilting May/June!

We love the new issue of Love of Quilting on sale April 15th. We’re so excited, we wanted to give you a sneak peek! This issue is filled with quilts that have a pop of color, a scrappy quilt to clear out your stash, and an adorable quilt any little girl or boy would love to call their own.

Look for these quilts in the new issue:

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Illusions includes graphic black and white prints with a fun hint of teal squares to complete the block. Mix and match different colors or feature novelty prints in this quilt. You can find the quilt kit and backing at the shopFons & Porter! Illusions is a bonus quilt in May/June and is available now!

 

 

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We cannot get over how cute the Baby Owls quilt is. The quilt includes an oversized four patch block and owl embellishments for the border. The quilt kit and digital pattern are available online! This is the perfect gift the little one in your life. After all, it is stitched with love!

 

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We have found the solution to your spring cleaning woes: make a scrappy quilt! Neapolitan is made from small blocks, so even the smallest of scraps can be used. Or go to your local quilt shop and find delightful fat quarters to make this project from the digital pattern from shopFonsandPorter or the quilt kit!

 

 

 

 

Remember, the Love of Quilting May/June edition will be hot off the presses April 15th. Happy Quilting!

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Win a Baby Lock Ovation

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Screen shot 2014-04-02 at 2.20.21 PMDid you know April is national Serger month? In honor of this special month, Baby Lock is giving away one Baby Lock Ovation. You could be the lucky winner!

To enter:

1. Follow this link.

2. Once a week in April, re-enter into the competition to increase your chances of winning.

3. Research new projects you can create on your new Baby Lock!

If you’re a new quilter or need to brush up on your vocabulary, this is what a serger does:

  • Stitch a seam
  • Trim the seam allowance
  • Overcast the edge of the seam allowance

Talk about a time saver!

You may ask, what’s the difference between a serger and a sewing machine? We’re happy you asked!

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Good luck and Happy Quilting!

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AccuQuilt Block Design Contest

Hi Quilters!

Enter AccuQuilt‘s block design contest to win extraordinary prizes!

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This contest is as easy as 1,2,3. First, design a quilt block. Not an entire quilt, just one block! Second, upload an image of your block to AccuQuilt by May 27th. Last, tell your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to vote daily for your design from May 1st to May 27th.

AccuQuilt is providing awesome prizes to the winner. The Grand Prize is worth $22,000! Your design will be featured in an issue of Quiltmaker – you could see your creativity in print. The grand prize package also includes:

  • A trip to Omaha, NE to see your design unveiled
  • A Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen® sit-down longarm machine and table
  • A Baby Lock Aria Sewing Machine
  • One year’s worth of Moda fabrics and goodies

This is the ultimate prize package for any quilter. All of these things could be yours:

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The second and third place prizes aren’t too shabby either. AccuQuilt will also be giving out daily prizes to participants who submit designs.

What’s even better? You can enter as many times as you’d like!

Make sure to check out the requirements for this contest and see the blocks other quilters have entered.

Quilters, put on your thinking caps, get in touch with your creative side, and get to quilting! Remember, submit a block to AccuQuilt (or 20 blocks), tell your friends and family to vote every day, and you could win every quilter’s dream in prizes.

Good luck and Happy Quilting!

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Sneak Peek into Easy Quilts Summer ’14!

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We’re excited to present our Summer issue of Easy Quilts magazine, on sale April 1.

We think you’ll love what we have to offer in this issue of Easy Quilts. A stunning two-toned quilt called Blue on White, a Quilt of Valor, and a series of six triangle quilts that are as Easy as 1-2-3 to make. This issue offers colors, patterns and ideas that will spark inspiration for quilters of every skill level. Our goal is for you to enjoy making quilts as much as we do.

 

 

Here’s a little sneak peek into Easy Quilts Summer 2014:

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Blue on White is a two-color quilt that features blue and white blocks and sashing made with strip sets. This twin-size quilt project is great practice for using the blue Fons & Porter Triangle Trimmer.

 

 

 

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Criss Cross Tiles features fussy cut squares and rectangles in crisp, contemporary colors. This quilt project is great for practice using Fons & Porter’s Fussy Cut Template.

 

 

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Old & New is a fat quarter-friendly quilt project that features brightly colored triangle-squares on a white background. Check out our free Sew Easy video tip on making quick triangle-squares.

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Quilt a Cozy Scarf

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Learn how to create a warm and cozy winter scarf! Erin Gilday will provide you with tips and tricks to make the perfect quilt patchwork.

In this Daily Craft TV webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Improvise a fabric’s grain by creating your own
  • Line a scarf with fleece to keep warm
  • Quilt a garment without the commitment of a large project

Create a scarf using quilting techniques! Experiment with different colors and patterns to suit your personal style.

 A free instructional download will be available after purchase.

An example of the patchwork scarf is shown below. Click the photo to see an enlarged version.

How to make scarves with pattern.

 

Watch a preview of this DCTV class here!

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Learn To Make a Strata Quilt!

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Join Marianne Fons as she welcomes fabric designer, Gail Kessler. Gail will share two of her projects with you that are new takes on an old technique. The main attractions are two beautiful strata quilts that spotlight all of the colors of the rainbow, as well as shades of black and white.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Organize your colors and fabric strips for strata piecing
  • Cut strip sets
  • Arrange the blocks to create a dynamic quilt

Put a spin on an old favorite with these fun and exciting quilt designs!

A link to download the pattern “Strata Quilt” ($6.99 value) will be available for free after your class purchase.

An example of this strata quilt is shown below. Click the photo to be taken to the video tutorial at Daily Craft TV.

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Watch a preview of this class!

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How to Make Sashiko Pot Holders

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Learn to make stunning Sashiko-inspired pot holders with fiber artist and sewing educator Ellen Osten with Daily Craft TV.

In this DCTV webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Translate the Sashiko pattern from a square to a pot holder
  • Construct a grid for the Sashiko pattern
  • Choose fabrics that are appropriate for a Sashiko-inspired pot holder

Take an old favorite and make it new again! Making potholders with unique designs are fun for personal use and gift-giving. 

A link to download the stitching, circle, and folding patterns ($6.99 value each) will be available for free after your class purchase.

An example of these pot holders are shown below. 

How to make pot holders with an included pattern.

Watch the preview of this class below!

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