Get ready, get set . . .
School's out, and deadlines for summertime commitments are probably coming at you at lightning speed. This may not be the most opportune time to start a new quilting project.
However, if life sometimes gets in the way, it doesn't mean you have to completely give up your passion for quilting, you just need to get a little creative. Maybe you could keep your favorite issues of Love of Quilting in the car, and while you are waiting to pick up the kids at camp or dancing lessons or ball practice, etc., you could revisit all those 'dog-eared' pages (everyone knows that finding that 'just-right' pattern is half the battle). And even more of the battle can be fought on the road to all those family reunions (there are a lot of great quilt shops along the way just waiting for you to discover them). And before you know it, the summertime flurry will die down and you will be well on your way to starting a fantastic new project.
With the pattern picked and the fabric selections already done, it could turn out to be a very productive summer after all.
Watch for the July/August issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting to come out on stands in a couple of weeks. Many of the new projects would fit perfectly into a summer-long fabric spree, especially 'Granny's Star' or the 'Magic Isosceles Triangles' (your fabric choices are limitless). In fact, just to be sure you have enough fabric, you may want to get busy and schedule a few more out-of-the-way summer family reunions.
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From our readers
submitted by Lynn Burdett, Lacombe, AB Canada
The little man who I made this for just turned 2 and needed a full sized quilt for his Big Boy bed. Axel is a real train nut and when I saw the photo on the cover of this edition, I new that I could really work with this pattern. I didn't add the "faces" to the train cars as I wanted to give him something that would take him into his early teen years. My version ended up being large enough to drape a full, twin sized bed. I used flannel for the back for extra softness and warmth. As you can tell from the photos, the recipient really liked his new quilt. "Train, train," he yelled as he danced on it!
I can't tell you exactly how many hours went into my project, but I worked on it pretty much steady for the better part of a full week. Each of the train cars was finished in a machine satin stitch in black to give it a "coloring book" outline look. The over all quilting was also done by myself, by machine on my Janome 6600, in the ditch except for the borders.
I had a great time designing and completing this birthday quilt for a very special little man.
Thank you so much for the inspiration! Have a wonderful day!
Super Grandma to the rescue
submitted by Lee DePuy of Cape Coral, Florida
My grandson called & asked if I would make a quilt for his "expecting" teacher. I said, "Sure, when do you need it?" He said, "tomorrow". I hastily sewed an assortment of 10-inch squares together (I have a big stash) - making a baby-sized quilt top. Then I put on plain muslin backing, machine-stitching it in large squares to hold it together. I sent it with him the next day - along with pigma permanent markers. All of the children and the staff signed the back of the quilt, and it was presented to her that afternoon. She loved it!
submitted by Laurie McCracken, Bella Vista, AR
I ordered the Paper Dolls quilt kit from you on 12/27 and received it this week. I am 54 years old, just started quilting last August and only have one grandson (born 1/2/09) and no daughters, but I just had to have this kit! I finished the quilt today (started on Wednesday) and have the clothes all ready to make. I changed the pattern a little so I thought I'd send a few pictures of how mine came out. I am so glad that I was able to get the kit and I'll enjoy it even if I don't ever have a little girl to play with it!
I really like your magazine and look forward to many more ideas to come from it.
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