Just take a look at all the new quilting designs out there and it’s quite obvious that both traditional and contemporary designers are having a great time. And personally, I think we should consider ourselves quite lucky to be invited to join in all of their fun.
Our new Spring issue of Easy Quilts is out now, and is filled with great examples of projects designed ‘just for fun’. And as always, most of the designs can take on a whole new life depending on your own personal style. Even simple color choices can result in a dramatic visual overhaul of the original design. A good example would be Gudren Erla’s Rectangle Quilt. Step up this design with your favorite student’s school colors and you have a bold stadium blanket that’s sure to be a touchdown. Or, soften the tones, and tweak the overall design a bit by replacing the central blocks with fabric photos (photo transfer paper is fun, easy, and addicting). Now, all of those favorite photos of your smiling grand-babies, (or perhaps those faithful friends, Spot and Fluffy), can become focal points in some great, new pop-art wallhangings—how fun is that!
And, be sure to check out the creative baby quilts featured in this issue. The designers have really stepped outside the box on some of these. Traditional soft pastels have been replaced with fun, trendy and bold fabrics – even geometric designs have found a place amongst all the puppy-dog tails and sugar and spice.
But, before you start any of these fun new projects, be sure to take full advantage of your newsletter subscriber status, and visit www.shopfonsandporter.com for some great bargain shopping. In fact, if you don’t already have a project picked out, there is a great kit on sale for the next two weeks:
“Cross Currents”, from Fabri-Quilt’s ‘Wave’ Collection.
We will be offering this kit to our newsletter subscribers only at a reduced price of $92.00 (regular price is $115.00). The quilt, by Dolores Roseveare, is approximately 56” x 66”. The kit includes 13 yards of the ‘Wave’ Collection fabric, and full instructions. Save $23! Use the coupon code FPNEWS42
If you really would like to try your hand at photo transfer, there is no better time then when transfer sheets are on sale! Check out our great sale price for Printed Treasures Printable Fabric Sheets. Normally they are priced at $17.99, but for a two-week period, you can pick up a supply for only $14.39. Enter the coupon FPNEWS42 at checkout.
As any quilter knows, making a well-loved quilt is what it is all about! Here are a couple of quilts that readers Pamela Stuck and Barbara Goetz wanted to share with us. Great work!
“I wanted to share my project with you. I made the ‘Turnstile’ quilt (May/June 2004) for my niece. It was my very first quilt, and though it took me almost two full years to complete, I’m quite proud of it! I subscribed to your magazine after receiving a mailer, and I look forward now to every issue. I had just begun to learn to quilt when I started reading your magazine, and it inspires me to continue learning. Thank you for all the wonderful project ideas.”
Pamela Stuck, Independence, MO
“This quilt is the ‘Circle of Life’ pattern found in the March/April 2006 issue. You can see my great niece, Amalie, is really getting a kick out of having her picture taken with her gift! Thanks for the terrific idea—I was thrilled with the result. Keep those patterns and easy lessons coming!”
Barbara Goetz, San Jose, CA
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