We’re Getting Ready for TV!

Taping for the 2500 Series of “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” started this week! We have thirteen episodes all ready to go, the set is assembled and decorated, and the lighting is just perfect. We use four cameras when we tape our TV shows, so viewers get several different angles on the action.

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Marianne and Mary go over every episode with the crew before taping begins.

This series has lots of great quilts, techniques, and, of course, tips. We’ll be making Log Cabin blocks, a Storm at Sea quilt, a tote bag that features leather accents, some mug mats, and more! Our special guests for this series are Jodie Davis, Patrick Lose, Sara Gallegos, Maria Pate, Amy Ellis, and Angela Huffman.

These episodes will air in January 2015 and beyond. Check with your local PBS station to see what time they are on in your area.

Happy Quilting!
Fons & Porter Jean

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Watch Quilting Videos for Free This Weekend

“The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.” ― Jules Renard

I agree with that, but we’re not talking about a free man here, we’re talking about a free weekend. A free weekend of quilting videos!

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 11.50.44 AMStarting today, Thursday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 7, Craft Daily is offering you a completely free weekend of the most informative craft videos you can imagine. What crafts interest you most? Craft Daily has over 350 videos on everything from jewelry making to quilting and weaving to spinning. Each video offers a one-minute preview so you’ll never have to buy blind or waste your time on a video that doesn’t interest you.

And here’s the deal. You get 4 free days of all Craft Daily content. All you have to do is click the Subscribe button on the homepage and type in coupon code CDPREVIEW before checking out.

One of my absolute favorite videos on here is about adding interesting edges to your quilts. I love host Darlene Zimmerman’s soft voice and learned many different options for finishing my quilts– some I had never ventured to try. Other things included in the video:

  • how to make a bias binding
  • mark and bind scalloped, wavy, and notched edges
  • learn how to mark and bind various corner treatments
  • learn how to make prairie points and ice cream cone borders
  • bind the edge on a grandmother’s flower garden quilt

If you preview this video, you’ll want to click on the “Subscribe to all videos” button and enter the code to get your free weekend on Craft Daily.

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Please note, you can cancel your subscription any time, and be sure to cancel your subscription before the free preview weekend ends if you do not want to be subscribed for the $19.99 membership.

Happy Quilting!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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Win Tickets to Quilting LIVE! (Part 2 of 2)

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Win one of five pairs of General Admission tickets Value: $30/pair

Here’s how to do it: all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog. That’s right, just one comment, and it can be about anything. Tell me what you want to see most at Quilting LIVE! What would it mean to you to have tickets? Have you been to a quilt show before? Are you an avid quilt show visitor? Tell me about it and in doing so, enter to win one of five pairs of tickets.

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Winners will be chosen and random and posted no later than September 9, 2014 at 4p.m. CST.

Already have general admission tickets? Kick it up a notch and enter to win a pair of tickets to a luncheon with Marianne Fons & Liz Porter or a ticket to Disney’s Frozen Quilt workshop.

Good luck and Happy Quilting!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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Win Tickets to Quilting LIVE! (Part 1 of 2)

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Experience quilting like never before — LIVE! The quilting event of the year will take place September 11-13th in Atlanta, GA. This event will transport you into a world of quilt supply shopping, quilting experts and celebrities, special events and quilting workshops, among other live events. And best yet, you have a chance to WIN tickets to the event!

Win a pair of tickets to a luncheon with Marianne Fons & Liz Porter

Friday, September 12th, at 11 a.m. This is an intimate luncheon event, hosted by Mary Fons with both Liz and Marianne taking questions and telling stories. They have not appeared together for some years, so this is a rare treat. For 90 minutes, you’ll hear the stories and adventures of these two mavens of quilting as they recount their years together growing their quilting empire. (Value:  $100) Learn how to enter this contest.

Win a ticket to Disney’s Frozen Quilt workshop

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m or Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. You’ll be among the very first to see, touch and make this unique, memorable and delight-inducing quilt, working with pre-fused snowflakes and the guidance of the quilt’s designer, Love of Quilting editor Jean Nolte. Practice machine applique techniques and discuss quilting options before you leave class, with plenty of time to complete your quilt in time for the holidays. (Value: $200) Learn how to enter this contest.

Come back to Fons & Porter’s Editors’ Blog soon for a chance to win one of five pairs of General Admission tickets to Quilting LIVE!

Happy Quilting!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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Love of Quilting Sept/Oct ’14 is On Newsstands!

LOQSO_COVER_500pxNew issue alert! Love of Quilting September/October ’14 just hit newsstands and we want you to have the first look at the exclusive quilt projects included.

Every quilt project is available at Fons & Porter online, where you can find the digital pattern and quilt kit that go along with every project.

It’s hard to believe summer will soon be coming to a close. As fall approaches, we find ourselves thinking about getting back to stitching and planning our next projects. For us, it’s time to start spending more time our sewing studios!
We’re very excited to share an exclusive quilt featuring the characters from Disney’s FrozenThe images of the Anna and Elsa and their friends are sure to be a hit with fans of this oh-so-popular movie.

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Not sure you have enough time to put together a whole quilt in time? No worries! Our no-sew fleece blankets come together in no time at all– just tie the front and backing together. Olaf, Elsa and Anna or the whole Frozen crew. No need to choose just one.

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Happy Quilting!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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Exclusive Disney’s® Frozen Quilt Kits

Sunday, August 3rd is national Sisters Day!  How are you celebrating? Sisters Day is the time to show your appreciation for that special family relationship. All siblings have the occasional argument, and after all, everyone is a bit of a Fixer Upper, but regardless of what you’ve been through with your sister, Sisters Day is the day to Let It Go.

Celebrate your sister by surprising her with one of these incredible new quilt kits inspired by the Academy Award winning movie, Disney’s Frozen

This quilt, Sisterly Love, will be featured in Love of Quilting Sept/Oct ’14. These quilt kits are in high demand, so we’re giving you the first chance to pre-order your quilt kit today, which will be available to ship Aug 25th.

We asked Frozen characters what they’re doing to celebrate Sisters Day:

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Elsa and Anna are building a snowman (obviously).

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Olaf’s doing whatever it is snow does in the summer (probably getting gorgeously tanned).

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And when Elsa and Anna come in from the snow, they’re making a no-sew fleece blanket together. There’s no better way to bond with your sister, daughter or best friend than to create something together.

Whatever you’re planning on doing, always keep in mind some people are just worth melting for.

Happy Sisters Day,
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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Cuddle Kit Giveaway Winner Announced!

Aaaand we have a winner! Fons & Porter hosted a giveaway last week for a Cuddle kit: Crazy 8 Black, White & Radiant quilt kit! (59x68in) to one new follower of Fons & Porter’s Instagram.

This Shannon Fabrics Cuddle kit includes 8 pre-cut 10″ strips, binding, and free pattern. Choose from a variety of finished looks and options using the 10″ strips and use the sew and flip method after cutting all your strips. This easy quilt project makes a great gift!

And the winner is:

Instagram user: Sara Henderson (@dhhend)

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Make sure to follow Fons & Porter on Instagram as we’ll be posting Fons & Porter behind-the-scenes photos and sneak peeks of the quilts.

Congratulations, Sara!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

 

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Become a Sulky Certified Teacher

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Have you ever thought about teaching a sewing or quilting course? Wouldn’t that be an excellent way to have some extra jingle in your pocket — teaching eager learners about something you are passionate about?

Fons & Porter is pleased to announce a training course to be a Sulky Certified instructor. You know that awesome company that makes stabilizers and threads? They’ve created a 3-month long ONLINE course to make you a certified sewing teacher.

Being a Sulky certified teacher is no small thing. It’s the equivalent of saying, “I’m Dr. Rachel Peterson,” versus, “I’m a pre-med student.” (Please note, I am in no way a doctor. I faint at the sight of blood.)

So what are these great benefits? It’s list time:

1. The three-month course is online. You’ll log on to your computer and complete the certification. There is no traveling, hotels, or continental breakfasts…wait, I love continental breakfasts!

2. Even though the courses are online, you’ll still get unlimited personal time with National Sulky Instructors. The classes are live, not recorded. You can ask all the questions you want of each instructor.

3. It’s just not about the sewing. You will learn the in’s and out’s of the business. Learn how to market your skills and products to get the best bang for your buck when you are a Sulky Certified Teacher!

4. Ten projects are included in the course. By making these, you’ll learn over 65 machine art techniques.

5. You will receive guidance on how to teach others to sew and quilt. This includes a teacher’s manual and prep book.

6. I saved the best for last: There is a $100 off discount code for early registrants. Use coupon code SN100 at checkout to receive $100 off the course fee. Coupon code expires August 5th – UPDATE: Discount extended until August 15th!

Hurry quilters, there is a 45 seat maximum and these seats are filling up fast!

In a nut shell: this class will give you knowledge about the industry and how best to market yourself, teach you machine art techniques that only Sulky can deliver, grant you access to exclusive projects from Sulky, and show you how to be the best instructor with the Sulky name attached!

Ready to sign up? Here’s what to do:

1. Follow this link to go to Craft Online University.

2. Read over the specifics of the course, including the 10 projects you will be completing.

3. Register! Don’t forget your discount!

Happy Quilting

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Cuddle Kit Giveaway

Fons & Porter is giving one lucky winner a Cuddle kit: Crazy 8 Black, White & Radiant quilt kit! (59x68in)

This Shannon Fabrics Cuddle kit includes 8 pre-cut 10″ strips, binding, and free pattern. Choose from a variety of finished looks and options using the 10″ strips and use the sew and flip method after cutting all your strips. This easy quilt project makes a great gift!

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How do you enter this giveaway? It’s so easy! All you have to do is follow Fons & Porter on Instagram. One winner will be chosen at random Monday, July 28 at 4pm CT.

Why should you follow Fons & Porter on Instagram?

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This Cuddle kit could be delivered to your doorstep next week!

Good luck and Happy Quilting!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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Going to Quilting College

Online Quilting Courses at Fons & Porter

That could be YOUR name there.

I like to think of education as an ongoing process. We learn new things all the time– we learn new skills at our jobs, we learn more about our family and friends during social interactions and sometimes we turn to the Internet to pick up new recipes on Pinterest. While the Internet is a great resource, sometimes it just doesn’t do the job, especially when it comes to special interest areas like, say, quilting. 

Fons & Porter knows that so we’re bringing a brand new idea to the table – online quilting courses! It’s like quilting college.

I know what you’re thinking– “take a quilting class online?!” Maybe you’re not sure what to expect or maybe it just sounds scary. (It’s not, trust me. I took a day-trading class online. I know scary!) In fact, taking a quilting class online might easily be your favorite decision yet.

Think about it– it’s basically the best of all your favorite things. You get in-depth and ongoing lessons in everything quilting, on your own time and in the comfort of your own home.

Are you free September 29th? Take a Course in Quilty: Let’s Make Patchwork with Mary Fons. It’s a three-week class that includes six lessons: ImageHandler.ashx

  • Lesson One: Patchwork Basics
  • Lesson Two: Straight-of-Grain vs. Bias Help
  • Lesson Three: Make a Log Cabin Block
  • Lesson Four: Make an Economy Block (Paper-Piecing)
  • Lesson Five: Make a String Block
  • Lesson Six: All About Triangles

Still unsure whether you’d be interested in a quilting class? Just go check it out, and think on it a little. You’ve got until September 29th to decide.

This is the first, but won’t be the last Fons & Porter online quilting course. What quilting topics would you be interested in learning more about? We want to give the people what they want!

Happy Quilting and I hope to see you there!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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