Love of Quilting – March/April 2014

In Every Issue

  • From Marianne & Liz: Build your skills
  • Sew Many Tips: Clever ideas from quilters
  • Shop Hop: Products to look for at your local shop
  • This Old Quilt: The Color White
  • Quilt with the Stars: Patrick Lose
  • Sew & Tell: Readers share their creativity
  • Quilter’s Bookshelf: Notes on new books
  • Behind the Seams: See you at the Expo!


  • Sew Easy: Quick Triangle Squares
  • Sew Easy: Quick Hourglass Units
  • Sew Easy: Cutting 60˚ Diamonds
  • Sew Easy: Piecing Glorified Nine Patch
  • Sew Easy: Invisible Machine Appliqué
  • Quilting the Quilt: Sticks & Stones

Bonus Quilts – click the links below to download free patterns and instructions


Butterfly Centerpiece

Set your summer table with this quick and easy centerpiece, the perfect beginner project. It features appliquéd butterflies and French knots at the end of the antennae. This project is fat quarter friendly. Finished Size: approximately 12″ diameter Rating: Easy To learn more about Patrick Lose, visit our Designers page.  


Connected Places

Designer Diane Nagle was inspired by the panel prints which reminded her of abstract sculptures. She constructed paths to connect each one. This quilt features fussy cut bordered squares and path blocks and finishes with a straight-grain French fold border. Finished Size: 52″ × 52″Finished Blocks: 14 (8″) Framed blocks, 20 (8″) Path blocks Rating:…


Sleepover Backpack

Big enough to hold essentials, this small project is easy to wear at any age, with its adjustable drawstrings. It features stitched rickrack across rectangle floral and polka-dotted panels. Great for toting your quilting supplies around town or to use as a book bag for school. Finished Size: 15″ × 14″  |  Rating: Intermediate  |  Designed by…


Star Squared Quilt

Want a surefire way to freshen up a room for spring? How about spring quilts? Try making a new quilt in a pastel palette. The large blocks assure this project won’t drag into summer! Finished Size: 70″ × 88″  |  Finished Blocks: 12 (12″) Star blocks  |  Rating: Intermediate  |  Designed by Corey Yoder Quilt…


Blue Willow

Janice Averill wanted to create the impression of a tiled surface and used the Delft tile print in a panel as her jumping off point. This block and quilt design are the result of some successful playtime. Finished Size: 62″ × 86″ Finished Blocks: 8 (16″) blocks Rating: Intermediate ***The free download link is below…


Glorified Medallion

Glorified Medallion features a glorified nine patch block and a straight-grain French-fold binding. Watch Fons & Porter’s Piecing Glorified Nine Patch Sew Easy for help making Glorified Medallion’s quilt blocks. Whether you make templates to cut the pieces for this quilt the traditional way, or speed up the process by using the Glorified Nine Patch…


Star Flowers

This full-size contemporary quilt features set-in seams and star point units created from 60º diamonds. Watch Fons & Porter’s Cutting 60-degree Diamonds Sew Easy lesson for help making Star Flowers’ quilt blocks. Finished Size: 72″ × 83″ Rating: Challenging Note: Click here to go to a correction to the instructions for this quilt published in…


Go Big

This twin-size quilt by Marianne Fons is the perfect beginner quilt. Go Big meets the guidelines for the Quilts of Valor Foundation and features star point units on red, gold and blue fabric. This quilt is beautiful in its simplicity. Marianne made it to thank a veteran service member. Finished Size: 64″ × 88″ Rating:…


All Hands Around

All Hands Around is a two-color antique quilt from International Quilt Study Center & Museum. This quilt exemplifies a popular style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Finished Size: 80½” × 80½” Rating: Challenging Bonus: Download free patterns and instructions for this quilt.    


Squash Blossoms

Squash Blossoms is a twin-size quilt that has a modern, country fashionista style and features hourglass units. Watch Fons & Porter’s Quick Hourglass Units Sew Easy lesson for help making Squash Blossoms’ quilt blocks. This quilt is great for picnics, outdoor concerts, or relaxing by the campfire! Finished Size: 59″ × 77″ Finished Blocks: 20…


Butterscotch Pudding

This fat quarter friendly scrap quilt called Butterscotch Pudding features bordered nine patch units. Butterscotch Pudding can be sized to twin-size, queen-size or table runner size. Finished Size: 64″ × 80″ Finished Blocks: 12 (12″) blocks Rating: Intermediate Bonus: Download free size charts for Table Runner and Queen sizes.    


Fruit Bowl Bullseye

Mix a log cabin block and a snowball block, and you get a bullseye block. Sew the seams on a slight angle for a wonderful wonky effect. Easy strip set segments bisect the alternate block and connect the bullseyes. Finished Size: 56½” × 68½”Finished Blocks: 31 (6″) Bullseye blocks; 32 (6″) Stripe blocks Rating: Intermediate Correction:…


Modern Tote

This fat quarter friendly quilted tote features solid fabrics and rectangles for an quick and easy project. Modern Tote is featured in Fons & Porter’s 2300 TV series. Finished Size: 14″ × 14″ × 3″ Rating: Easy To learn more about Nicole Maroon, visit our Designers page.  


Garden Charm

This traditional queen-size quilt features pinwheel units and modern fabric prints. Watch Fons & Porter’s Quick Triangle-Squares Sew Easy lesson for help making Garden Charm’s quilt blocks. Finished Size: 81″ × 103½” Finished Blocks: 18 (16″) blocks Rating: Intermediate Bonus: Download a free size chart for Throw and Queen sizes. To learn more about Susan Emory…