Love of Quilting – January/February 2012

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In this Issue:

  • From Liz & Marianne: A new quilt for the new year
  • Sew Many Tips: Clever ideas from quilters
  • Shop Hop: Products to look for at your local shop
  • This Old Quilt: The Importance of Cloth in the World Economy
  • Quilt Chat: 2012 Quilting Goals by Marianne Fons and Mary Fons
  • Quilter’s Bookshelf: Notes on new books
  • Sew & Tell: Readers and viewers share their creativity
  • Behind the Seams: TV News: Series 1900 now available


The Designers


Project: Pincushions

This is a web extra for images and detailed instructions about the decorative stitches used on the pincushions. The full pincushion patterns can be found in Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Love of Quilting. Sizes: 3½” to 6″ Bonus: Download free instructions for the decorative stitches used in these projects.  


Toomuchery – Free Quilt Pattern

This innovative free quilt design by Elizabeth Allocco makes great use of preprinted squares and coordinating stripe and print quilt fabrics.   ***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access Fons & Porter web extras, bonus patterns, tips, techniques, and more—all absolutely FREE—please register or sign in here. ***


Pansy Patch

Use our Sew Easy Lesson to learn how to make the shallow scallops in the blocks and borders of this quilt. Size: 50″ × 66″Blocks: 12 (10″) blocks  


Philadelphia Pavement – Free Quilt Pattern

This postage-stamp style quilt is also sometimes called Trip Around the World. It was made by an unknown quilter in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. To see this and other great antique quilts, visit the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska or go to Size: 82½” × 82½” ***The free download link is below for…


The Grouchy Ladybug

Children around the world delight in Eric Carle’s book, The Grouchy Ladybug. Youngsters will love to snuggle under this quilt while learning about the ladybug who learns manners. Size: 65½” × 79½”Blocks: 6 (12″) blocks For more information about Gail Kessler, go to


Caroline’s Chain – Free Pillow Sham Pattern

This download is for the assembly instructions and the diagram to make the matching pillow shams for Caroline’s Chain quilt pattern. The Caroline’s Chain Quilt pattern can be found as a digital pattern or in the Love of Quilting January/February 2012 issue. ***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access Fons &…


Quilt with the Stars: Feeling Frosty

  If you love winter, this adorable snowman triptych by Kelly Mueller is sure brighten your day. Embellish panels with stitching and buttons, and display them on a special stand. Size: 3 (6¼” × 11¼”) panels Click here to download free patterns for this project. For more information about Kelly Mueller, go to


Flying Dutchman Quilt

Use the Fons & Porter Flying Geese ruler to cut both triangles in the Flying Geese Unit from the same width strips. Sew Easy instructions available here will guide you through the process with step-by-step photos. Download the free Sew Easy instructions for creating Flying Geese units. Finished Size: 82″ × 95″  |  Finished Blocks: 30 (12″) Dutchman’s…



“I made this quilt after a block swap with a few friends. We used reproductions fabrics for our quilts because they’re our favorites, and limited our color scheme to red, blue, black, and gray for the dark fabrics and shirting prints for the light fabrics.The use of many different prints makes it look like a vintage quilt.” -Liz Size: 83″…


Woodland Warmth

  This flannel quilt has some challenging piecing and narrow borders, but when it’s finished, you’ll think it was worth the effort. Size: 65″ × 80″Blocks: 13 (9″ × 12″) Star blocks, 32 (6″ × 8″) Tree blocks For more information about Patti Carey, go to  


American Valor

Catherine Roberts, founder of Quilts of Valor, and Marianne Fons worked with several fabric companies to create special American Valor patriotic fabric collections. Nancy Mahoney designed this quilt to use one of those collections. Read more about the foundation at Size: 61″ × 73″Blocks: 20 (12″) blocks For more information about Nancy Mahoney, go to Click here…

Flying Geese Quilt Units Quilting Video

The Fons & Porter Flying Geese Ruler takes the guesswork out of cutting the quilt triangles for Flying Geese Units in finished sizes from 1″ x 2″ to 4″ x 8″. Both the large “goose” triangle and the smaller “sky” triangles are cut. Photo A Photo B Photo C 1. To cut the large “goose”…