February 7, 2008 NEWSLETTER
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Whether you are caught in torrential downpours, or battling blizzards, you are likely stuck inside and more than ready for some fresh new project ideas and inspiration. Fortunately, if you subscribe to Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, some really exciting things are coming your way soon. If you are not a subscriber, you’ll have to wait a few more weeks before you can pick up the new March/April issue at your local newsstand, but trust me, this one is worth the wait. Whether you are looking for traditional, simple, charming, challenging, or knock-your-socks-off stunning, it’s all coming soon in shades of shamrock greens and in-your-face sharp contrasts of ruby reds and white. For a sneak-peek of some of the upcoming projects go to our “Upcoming Issue” page at FonsandPorter.com.
Or, for some quick and easy ideas to start on right away, you can always pick up our latest spring issue of Easy Quilts. The Cottage Charm Placemats, Sassy Blooms, or the Trendy Penny Rug are all colorful and versatile projects that can instantly rid your home of the winter doldrums. Or better yet, start a family project and let the kids pick a fresh new theme for their room: Winnie the Pooh comes in soothing, soft pastels, and the Star Roundup quilt should please any little ‘buckaroo’ with its bold and bright bursts of kid-pleasing colors. Not enough hours in the day? … then order one of our timesaving kits and let us do some of the work for you … take a look at the beautiful batiks in Tropical Twist. If that doesn’t chase away the winter blues, nothing will.
And speaking of chasing away the winter weather blues, what a great time to sit back and watch the wide variety of informative videos of the Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting television show—there are over 180 episodes from which to choose from; in a matter of seconds you can begin watching them on your computer They offer quality learning time you can get only by watching the pros. You can even download supply lists for many of the series.
If you’re already a member, be sure to check out this newsletter’s featured video, Love of Quilting episode 912, Invisible Machine Appliqué. In this episode, national sewing educator Faith Reynolds joins Marianne and Liz to demonstrate how to prepare pieces for invisible machine appliqué stitching, how to do invisible stitching, and how to add free motion quilting with a stitch regulator. (If you’re not yet a member of the video membership at our website (or a member of the Quilters Club of America), a simple signup for this service is available on our website.)
Also be sure to check out a free bonus feature from our newest television series. In episode 1109, “Mother May I?” Marianne and her daughter, Mary, have fun shopping for fabric in Chicago quilt store Quiltology. The two had so much fun shopping that we’ve posted a bonus video online for you to enjoy (you can find a link under the “Mother May I?” description at the 1100 series information page or watch it now by clicking here). This free bonus video is an online treat that offers you a chance to listen in as Marianne and Mary interact in a fun-filled fabric shopping spree.
If you are in the mood for a little bargain shopping, be sure to swing in to our on-line store ShopFonsandPorter.com for some special newsletter-only bargains. For the next two weeks you can pick up the beautiful flannel Star Shadow kit for $84 (regular price: $105.00). This kit includes Maywood’s beautiful Romance Flannel fabric in rich burgundy’s and greens and also the binding to complete a stunning 67” x 67” top (the pattern for this quilt is available for free at www.maywoodstudio.com). Or, if you’re looking for a fun little notion bargain, just in time for Valentine’s Day, our heart-shaped wrist pincushion is also 25% off. With a regular price of $7.99, your sale price is just $5.99. For either (or both) of these products, just enter your sale code FPNEWS at checkout. Hurry! These offers expire February 22!
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And lastly, congratulations to Elaine Mast of Sugarcreek, Ohio, the winner of the 2007 Fun Quilts/Easy Quilts Contest announced in our Fun Quilts for Kids of All Ages issue. Her prize package was an assortment of fabric and notions valued at over $500. Prizes were donated by Avlyn, Windham and Quilting Treasures, and Fons & Porter.
“How exciting it was to receive notice that I was your contest winner. What a bright spot on such a cold and snowy winter day! Love of Quilting is my favorite quilting magazine and I’m checking the newsstand weekly for the next issue of Easy Quilts. I also catch the TV show as often as I can. I am the assistant manager of a quilt shop and we often talk about projects and techniques that we see featured in your magazine, we also find it a valuable resource for new trends.”
Elaine is a wife and mother of three, currently living in the heart of Ohio Amish country. She enjoys the creative process of both sewing and quilting. She enjoys working on smaller projects like wall hangings or baby quilts, purses, totes, and accessories. She also works on full-size quilts when she has the time. Her favorite part of quilting has always been in the design work and in the selection of fabric.
Congratulations, Elaine, and Happy Quilting!
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