Love of Quilting – January/February 2013

In Every Issue

  • From Liz & Marianne: Happy New Year!
  • Sew Many Tips: Clever ideas from quilters
  • Shop Hop: Products to look for at your local shop
  • This Old Quilt: Modern Quilts and the Modern Quilt Guild
  • Quilt Chat: What are your quilting plans for 2013? by Marianne Fons and Mary Fons
  • Quilter’s Bookshelf: Notes on new books
  • Sew & Tell: Readers and viewers share their creativity
  • Behind the Seams: New TV series on our new set


  • Quilting the Quilt: Finding Your Feather Style
  • Sew Easy: Trimming Album Cross Blocks
  • Sew Easy: Mitered Borders
  • Sew Easy: Pieced Diamonds
  • Sew Easy: Interfacing Appliqué
  • Sew Easy: Quick Triangle-Squares


Bonus Quilts: Click links below to download free instructions

Cayuga Starbound Stained Glass Stars


Stained Glass Stars

Put your piecing skills to the test when you combine bordered diamonds into a star. Setting your blocks on point makes the challenge all the more delicious! Size: 67½” × 67½” Blocks: 9 (12″) Stained Glass Star blocks, 4 (12″) Setting blocks Rating: Challenging ***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access…



Designer Christine Stainbrook took advantage of a large floral print by making it the center of attraction in the Octagon Star block. Partial seams ingeniously whip the star points around the center. Size: 109″ × 109″ Blocks: 13 (15″) Octagon Star blocks,12 (15″) Compass Star blocks ***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access…



Connect heaven and earth when you create sixteen eight-pointed star quilt blocks with fabrics in rich, earthy colors. Can you find two larger eight-pointed stars in the quilt? Size: 80″ × 80″ Blocks: 16 (10″) Star blocks Rating: intermediate ***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access Fons & Porter web extras,…


Gilded Butterflies

Rich gold metallic detail in the fabric creates a sophisticated statement while strip piecing makes quick work of the butterfly blocks. Size: 55½” × 73½”Blocks: 35 (9″) blocks Rating: intermediate Guilded Butterflies Digital Pattern Purchase the Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Marker To learn more about the designers,visit our Designers Page.


Monkey Madness

Three little monkeys, jumping on the bed … Along with pinwheel blocks and a striped border, the monkeys complete this adorable quilt-sized perfectly for a toddler. This project is fat quarter friendly. Size: 37″ × 40″Blocks: 3 (9″ × 12″) Monkey blocks 24 (4½”) Pinwheel blocks Rating: Intermediate Monkey Madness Digital Pattern To learn more about the designer,…


Chasing Chevrons

By slightly elongating the hexagon pattern, designer Kim Cairns achieved a strong vertical direction in her quilt. Using cozy flannels softens the overall effect. This quilt is fat quarter friendly. Size: 62″ × 80″ Rating: Intermediate To learn more about the designer, visit our Designers Page. Down a free size chart and cutting instructions for…


In Honor Of…

Diane Tomlinson designed an easy-to-make quilt pattern “so that as many people as possible can make a Quilt of Valor to honor and comfort a relative, friend, or even a stranger touched by war, and to let them know their service is appreciated.” Learn more about the Quilts of Valor program. Size: 64″ × 77″Blocks: 50 (9″)…


Circles for Paige

Designer Marianne Haak made this quilt for her first grandchild, Paige. Her daughter asked for a graphic, yet simple crib quilt so they dove into Marianne’s stash of fabric and this is what they came up with. Size: 40″ × 50″ Rating: Easy Circles for Paige Digital Pattern Purchase the Easy Circle Cut Template To…


Idol Results

Placing blocks on point gives this quilt, comprised only of shades of dark blue and neutrals, a winner’s attitude. This project is fat quarter friendly. Size: 76½” × 89″ Blocks: 72 (9″) blocks Rating: Intermediate Idol Results Digital Pattern To learn more about the designer, visit our Designers Page.


Wild Goose Chase

Instructions for the more than six hundred Flying Geese that form the gridwork for this issue’s antique quilt call for traditional construction of the geese—joining one large triangle and two small ones. Use the Fons & Porter Half & Quarter Ruler to cut all the triangles from the same size strips. Size: 92″ × 92″ Blocks: 64…


Whimsical Spring

Grow a tiny fabric flower garden to prepare yourself for spring planting. If you are new to appliqué, this wallhanging is the perfect size for a first project. Size: 10″ × 24″ Rating: Intermediate Whimsical Spring Digital Pattern To learn more about the designer, visit our Designers Page.


Fractured Star

Use monochromatic print fabrics and one matching solid and be amazed at the effect you can create. Choose Jinny Beyer’s Monochrome fabric line, or substitute your own choices. Size: 73½” × 73½” Blocks: 9 (18″) blocks Rating: Challenging Fractured Star Digital Pattern Purchase the Fons & Porter 12.5″ x 12.5″ Ruler To learn more about…


Winter Frost

A flurry of triangle-squares and nine-patch blocks resembles water crystal formations on a window pane after a hard frost. Fabrics in beautiful bluescontribute to the frosty effect. Size: 91″ × 91″Blocks: 25 (15″) blocks Rating: Intermediate Winter Frost Digital Pattern Purchase the Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Marker To learn more about the designer, visit…

Mitered Quilt Borders Quilting Video

Follow these instructions for perfect mitered quilt borders. Getting Started The subtle seam of a mitered quilt corner creates the illusion of a continuous line around the quilt. Mitered corners are ideal for striped borders, pieced borders, or multiple plain borders. 1. Referring to Measuring Quilt Center Diagram, measure your quilt length through the middle…