International Quilt Market

This past week, staff from Fons & Porter traveled to Pittsburgh for the International Quilt Market.

Fabric companies and designers showed off new products and quilts fresh out for spring.

Fons & Porter shared a booth with our new family at F+W Media.

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Diane Tomlinson, our associate editor, said Edyta Sitar wowed everyone with her fabrics and quilts. Amy Ellis, who will be featured in Quilty and Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, showed off her new fabric line for Moda.

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April Rosenthal showed off her skills with some beautiful quilts. Her work will also be featured in Quilty and Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting0516141225

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can’t wait until the next quilt show to see what new trends are happening and  discover new talent.

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Quilters Need-to-Know Webinar

We are known for our accurate and detailed instructions to help our readers become skilled quilters. We also know our readers are busy people. Join our quilting expert, Diane Tomlinson, on May 29th as she walks you through an hour of timesaving tips and techniques during our Quilters Need-To-Know Webinarunnamed

What’s a Webinar?

A webinar is a class that is streamed to your computer via the internet. It is like transporting the classroom to your home.

The Details:

  • When: May 29th, 2014
  • Time: 1-2 PM (ET)
  • Cost: $19.99

What you will learn:

  • How to figure the finished size of the quilt you want to make.
  • How to calculate yardage for your quilt.
  • How to figure the diagonal measurements of standard blocks.
  • How to figure and cut diagonal setting pieces for diagonal-set quilts.
  • Ruler to decimal conversions
  • The math of an eight-pointed star and how to size it.
  • Quick cutting guidelines for patchwork pieces
  • How to make bias binding from a square of fabric.
  • Tips and techniques to refine your skills

What you need to do:

1. Go to shopfonsandporter.com

2. Click on New! and search for Quilters Need To Know

3. Purchase the webinar

4. Confirm your registration

5. Log on to your computer on May 29th for one enjoyable hour OR watch it later with your archive access

Reasons to purchase the webinar:

1. You don’t have to watch it live. When you purchase the webinar, you have access to it for one full year.

2. The one hour will save you countless hours with quilting. This class is focused on being an efficient and accurate quilter.

3. Diane knows her stuff. Diane is the Associate Editor at Fons & Porter and a fourth generation quilter. Quilting must run in her genes.

4. You can sit in your PJ’s while you watch it. The beauty of a webinar is you can take a class in the comfort of your own home. All you need is your computer.

5. You can sit in your PJ’s and eat chocolate chip cookies while you watch it.

6. It’s from your trusted source for quilting: Fons & Porter.

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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We are on Instagram!

Love of Quilting has joined Instagram! Follow us at fonsandporter.

What goes together better than photography and quilting? Ok, maybe coffee and quilting.

We love to connect with our readers and see what you have been creating. Instagram is a great way to share photos, ideas, and inspiration with one another!

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Instagram is an application that can be downloaded on an iPhone, Android, or Windows phone. Users can take photos and video and add filters to make photos look as good as a professional photo. You can also log on to Instagram on your computer to view photos.

Each day, we will be sharing behind the scenes photos, sneak peeks of quilts, and other inspirational ideas for quilting.

We want to see what you have been working on, too. Make sure to use our hashtags with your Instagram photos! We may even share your photo for others to see.

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Our hashtags:

#loveofquilting

#fonsandporter

#quilting

#quilts

#quiltpros

Check out what we posted today! (We know, we are so #artistic!)

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Remember, quilters, follow us on Instagram at fonsandporter.

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Help Heal with Enchanted Makeovers & Baby Lock

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Enchanted Makeovers is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women and children living in shelters. The organization to teaming up with Baby Lock to add sewing rooms to five shelters during the 2014 Sewing Room Tour. The tour starts in June and lasts until October.

Locations of Sewing Room Tour

Terry Grahl, founder and CEO of Enchanted Makeovers said The Sacred Sewing Room program was inspired by her mother’s battle with depression.

“I really understood the power of creativity and sewing when my mother said to me, ‘A sewing machine saved my life.’ I knew I had to share the power of sewing with women living in the shelters we are transforming,” she said.

Enchanted Makeovers has successfully added sewing rooms to two women’s shelters and is excited to team up with Baby Lock to add more.

The Sewing Room Tour is supported by many companies including Meredith Corporation, McCall’s Patterns, and F+W Media. However, Grahl says, “It takes a village.” Enchanted Makeovers is looking for more sponsors and monetary donations. Because they are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, all monetary donations are tax deductible.

To find out more information, visit the Sacred Sewing Room website.

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

 

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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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