We Love the Reliable Iron!

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting wants to give a big welcome to nav-logoReliable as our iron sponsor for the upcoming PBS Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting TV 2300 series! We’re so excited to be working with this great company. We know we can count on Reliable products for innovative, high-quality irons with user-friendly technology and features. We are thrilled to partner with them!

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Visit Reliable today and stay tuned for our 2300 TV series!

 

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Up-cycle a Sweater Into a Cardigan!

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Learn how to combine a knit sweater and a plaid skirt to create a couture cardigan. Add some oomph to your closet with this fun and easy Daily Craft TV project!

In this DCTV class, you will learn:

• Measuring and cutting tricks when working with plaid
• How to embellish a plain sweater with an exciting plaid design
• How to add a sleeve detail to a sweater from a skirt

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Check out Sonya Nimri’s great innovative design that is simple and inexpensive to create!

Click the picture below to watch this video!

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Quilting with Paper Foundation Piecing by Nancy Mahoney

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Daily Craft TV‘s Nancy Mahoney shows how to create sharp points and unusual angles the easy way by quilting with foundation piecing.

In this Daily Craft TV class, you will learn:

  • Nancy’s fool proof techniques for basic paper piecing
  • How to pre-cut your patches to eliminate fabric waste
  • How to trim as you go for accuracy

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Nancy shares valuable tips and technique for creating a stunning paper pieced quilt and takes the mystery out of it!

Click the photo below to watch this video. Pattern included with the video!

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Master 8 Miter & Hem Sewing Techniques!

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Master eight different miter types to use on quilts, home-decor projects and more. Pam Damour, the Decorating Diva, and Nicki LaFoille of Daily Craft TV take the mystery out of miters with easy tips for sewing perfect miters every time!

In this Daily Craft TV video, you’ll learn the following sewing techniques:

  • Miter
  • Asymmetrical miter
  • Reverse miter
  • Lined mitered hem
  • Mitered banding
  • Mitered flange
  • Mitered borders
  • Mitered binding
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A mitered corner on a dinner napkin

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A perfect mitered corner 

Take a class today to start perfecting your miter and hem every time!

Click the link below to watch this video now!

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Cosmetic Pouch Using Faux Piecing & Couching

DCtv_logo5As the holidays approach, we’re surely on the lookout for creative and thoughtful gifts for the people we hold most dear. This DIY cosmetic pouch is a gift any special girl in your life will absolutely love!

Use faux piecing and couching to embellish and create a cute zippered pouch. Tara Rex and Nicki LaFoille walk you through the steps to fuse and stitch fabric scraps using a faux piecing technique.

In this Daily Craft TV class, you’ll also learn:

  • How to use fusible web
  • Easy couching shortcuts
  • How to install a zipper into a lined pouch

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Come take a class with an expert and learn fun new techniques! Tara has been published in Sew It All and Sew News magazine.  She has also been on Sew It All TV.  Tara owns a blog Taradara Made It where she shares sewing tutorials and more.  

It’s worth taking a look at as there is a wealth of information and she’s ALWAYS up to something!  She covers everything from how to get your products into celebrities’ hands to getting exposure on Etsy and everything in between.  She also has an impressive ‘In the Press’ page where she has been covered internationally.

Click on the photo below to view this video now!

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Original Sewing & Quilt Expo: Kansas City

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Fons & Porter Communications Specialist, Sheyenne Manning, trying out the longarm for the first time.

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The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Kansas City was held Thursday, November 21 – Saturday, November 23. Each day of the expo featured a variety of sewing and quilting classesfeatures and events.

The expo is a great place for any sewer or quilter as there is shopping for all of the newest supplies on the market. Each booth offered everything from fat quarter packs to garment patterns. Several stations sold sewing equipment such as sewing machines and allowed visitors to see demonstrations of the machines at work.

The expo featured many different kinds of quilts such as art quilts:

  

And vintage quilt tops from that have been finished. Most were from the 1930′s and 1940′s. Cool, huh?! This exhibit was curated by Mary Kerr:

  

The Doorway Series by Marlene Glickman was nothing short of fascinating! Marlene explains the display saying, “A doorway was created for the Roots of Racism: Ignorance and Fear show. I loved making a fabric artwork that people could take part in while it hung.” Some of the Fons & Porter staff took photos with the display:

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There were quilts of all designs a person could imagine. This expo is an excellent place to find inspiration!

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My Scrappy Love by Sharon Moran

This sewing and quilt show was a smashing success. It is a fantastic source of inspiration and it’s just fun to be around other people who love the same things you love! Sewing and quilting for all!

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Quick & Easy Holiday Cards

The holiday season is upon us and nothing shows loved ones how much we appreciate them like personalized Christmas cards. Learn how to create five unique cards using coordinated product from American Crafts. These cards come together quickly as you learn shortcuts from Daily Craft TV’s Susan Opel.

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In this class, you will learn:

  • How to accurately cut your products
  • How to properly layer your products
  • How to maximize your products to get the most out of them

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Not only will you gain a great foundation for creating one-of-a-kind cards, you’ll be sure to enjoy general card making tips and tricks!

Click the photo below to watch this seasonal tutorial now!

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Tried and True Scrapbooking Techniques Made New!

If you’re like anything like us, you have an overload of scrapbooking tools you don’t even use anymore. But you still have them, so why not use them! Classic tools like punches, decorative-edge scissors, and paper crimpers have been around for years, but they’re not outdated.

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Megan Hoeppner of Daily Craft TV will show you to see these tried and true tools in a whole new light by trying unique techniques in this fun class.

Create this darling two-page, multi-photo 12″” x 12″” layout in class and then take home the supplies to complete an additional layout of the same size later on. 

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What you’ll make: 2 two-page layouts
What you should have handy: Basic supplies, corner rounder, 1/8”hole punch
What techniques you’ll try: Crimped accents, inking, layering, and more
What scrapping skill level is best: All Levels

Click the link to watch this innovative scrapbooking video: Tried and True Scrapbooking Techniques Made New

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Create a Quilt With No Seam Allowances or Piecing Using Minky Fabric!

Join Jennifer Parks as she shares her technique for making a wonderful lap quilt with no seam allowances and no piecing using minky fabric!

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In this Daily Craft TV class you will learn:

  • How to work with minky
  • How to reduce the mess caused by cutting
  • How to applique with minky to make a beatiful quilt anyone would love to receive

Jennifer mentions that it’s important to control the direction of the minky when making cuts. Minky can be difficult to work with, but with the tips Jennifer offers, you, too, can make the softest blanket of your quilting career! This easy-to-make project can be completed in a day, so what are you waiting for?!

Make this fun quilt today! Click on the photo below to watch this video: Create a Quilt With No Seam Allowances or Piecing Using Minky Fabric

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Turn Your T-Shirt Collection Into a Cozy Quilt!

Turn that collection of t-shirts hidden away in a drawer into a snuggly quilt in this easy class! Learn how to make the best use of the motifs on the shirts, and which motifs won’t work.

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The secret is stabilizing the knit fabric with a fusible product. Two quilts are shown providing two layout options. You can sew the t-shirt blocks in strips or add sashing. 

In this Daily Craft TV class, you will learn:

  • To turn the t-shirts into fabric suitable as a quilt patch using a stabilizer
  • How to cut out your t-shirts to make use of the motif
  • How to piece them together, and add sashings and border

Create an everlasting archive of your favorite t-shirts. With this quilt, you’ll have memories to last and a wonderful gift for anyone in your life.

Click the image below to view this video: Turn Your T-shirts Into a Cozy Quilt!

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