Love of Quilting is back! The 2900 series recently began airing on PBS stations nationwide, and viewers are loving these fun new episodes. With experienced quilters Marianne Fons, Angela Huffman, Lindsay Conner, Sara Gallegos, Karen McTavish, Emily Bailey, Nancy Mahoney, Colleen Tauke, Barb Eikmeier, Toby Lischko, Melanie Greseth, and Joanie Holton, we’re teaching a ton of new techniques and showing off lots of exciting quilts. We think you’ll agree that these 13 episodes are among our best ever!
We start the season with one of Marianne’s quilts, From Sea to Shining Sea. This blue and white beauty makes an ideal Quilt of Valor for a sailor, and also has plenty of charm for home decor. Marianne explains her inspiration for the quilt and discusses how to get from that point to an actual quilt pattern – great insider tips! This quilt is easy enough even for beginning quilters and best of all, it’s fat-quarter-friendly. You may have everything you need for this quilt already stored in your fabric stash!
From there, we move on to:
- Home State Home (episode 2902), a scrappy rendition of your very own state
- Choosing Threads for Quilting (episode 2903), a freemotion quilting romp that will build your machine quilting skills and confidence
- Cactus Blooms (episode 2904), a bright fat quarter quilt with fun patchwork techniques and an opportunity to play with endless fabric combinations
Episode 2905 features Nancy Mahoney’s quilt West Point, a red, white, and blue timeless quilt pattern great for a Quilt of Valor. Super-fast piecing tricks are demonstrated for both flying geese and half-square triangles, so this quilt can be sewn in a jiffy!
The Kitchen Windows quilt featured in episode 2906 is a modern update to the classic Cathedral Windows design, this time made all by machine. The project starts with precut 10″ squares, so you know it will go quickly.
Episodes 2907 and 2908 present another of Marianne’s quilts, Red Between the Lines. There’s so much to learn from this spectacular medallion style bed quilt that we decided to break it up into two shows! From creating the center medallion to working with multiple pieced borders, this design will challenge you and inspire you like few other quilting patterns.
The new season continues with:
- Rainbow Mosaic (episode 2909), an unusual take on charm quilts designed by Nancy Mahoney
- Farmer’s Wife Table Runner (episode 2910), a table quilt inspired by The Farmer’s Wife quilts by Laurie Aaron Hird
- Cross Road to Grandma’s House (episode 2911), a nostalgic quilt that combines two simple block designs in an on-point setting
- A Formal Affair (episode 2912), an elegant, sophisticated answer to the homey Log Cabin quilt style, and
- Twilight in the Garden (episode 2913), a lattice quilt with a fun pieced border and basic but effective piecing techniques
We are so excited to share these quilts and techniques with you. You can download a free supplies list which includes information about each project, so you’re ready to follow along as you watch. An eBook with all 11 quilt patterns in the series is also available, 119 pages of instructions, photos, and templates. We like to make it as easy as possible for you to make these quilts!
Of course, we could not bring you quality TV like this without generous sponsors supporting the filming and more. The 2900 series is brought to you with the help of Baby Lock, Koala Studios, APQS, and FabriQuilt. Please keep these companies in mind when you need quilting equipment and supplies!
Do you want to watch Love of Quilting but aren’t sure when or how to find it? There are lots of options. Check with your local PBS station for dates and times, purchase the full-season DVD, or stream individual episodes of Love of Quilting on QNNtv.com. No matter how you watch, we hope you enjoy every minute as much as we enjoyed filming these shows for you.
Now, we’re off to work on Series 3000…
See you on TV and…
The Fons & Porter Team