Love of Quilting – November/December 2012

In Every Issue
From Liz & Marianne – Happy Holidays
Sew Many Tips – Clever ideas from quilters
Shop Hop – Products to look for at your local shop
This Old Quilt: Silk Quilts
Quilt Chat – Has the modern quilt movement influenced you? By Marianne Fons and Mary Fons
Quilter’s Bookshelf – Notes on new books
Sew & Tell – Readers and viewers share their creativity
Trends – Videos for Quilters

Techniques
Quilting the Quilt: Fabulous Feather Formation
Sew Easy: Needle-Turn Appliqué
Sew Easy: Making Tilted Blocks
Sew Easy: String Blocks from Ties

Edyta Sitar – Learn more about this month’s featured designer in our Quilt with the Stars section.

Bonus Quilts – Click on the links below to download free quilt patterns and instructions

Stars of Hope Autumn Glow Balance Art
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Lunch Bag

Use this quilted lunch bag to pretty-up your healthy take-along meals. Size: 9″ × 9″ × 4″ Rating: Intermediate Purchase the Lunch Bag digital pattern at ShopFonsandPorter.com.  For more information about Carol Dockery, go to our Designers Page.

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Lone Star Tablet Keeper

Store your e-Pad in style with this pretty and protective computer tablet cover. Size: 8″ × 10″ (closed)Block: 1 (10″) Star block Rating: Intermediate Purchase the Lone Star Tablet Keeper digital pattern at ShopFonsandPorter.com. For more information about Nancy Zieman, go to our Designers Page.

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Balance Art Quilt

Create harmonious balance when quilt blocks of artfully selected fabrics are set in kaleidoscope fashion. Size: 44″ × 44″Blocks: 16 (9″) quilt blocks Rating: Challenging ***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. ***

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Autumn Glow – Free Quilt Pattern

Designer Terry Albers created a brilliant kaleidoscope effect in her quilt by using gradations of yellow, orange, and red, with defining corners in green. Size: 50″ × 50″ Rating: Intermediate ***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…

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Stars of Hope Quilt

Clever positioning and festive holiday fabrics turn the standard Maple Leaf quilt pattern into a radiant star. Size: 38¼” × 38¼” Blocks: 16 (6″) quilt blocks Rating: Intermediate ***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…

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Star-Spangled Beauty – Easy Patriotic Quilt of Valor

Patriotic stars and stripes are combined into a generously sized Quilt of Valor. To learn more about this charitable program, click here. Size: 72″ × 86″Blocks: 50 (6″) Star blocks Rating: Easy Purchase the Star-Spangled Beauty digital quilt pattern at ShopFonsandPorter.com.  For more information about Deb Finan, go to our Designers Page. 

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Blossom Wreath

You’ll win the lifetime achievement award when you complete this exquisite red-and-green appliqué quilt, based on a precious antique museum quilt. Size: 84″ × 84″Blocks: 9 (22″) blocks Bonus: Click here to download free materials list, assembly instructions and diagrams for this quilt.  

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Tie the Knot

A sentimental collection of her father’s neckties provided Colette with the inspiration, as well as the fabrics, to make this quilt as a wedding gift for her sister. This quilt pattern is the perfect way to create a sentimental quilt with neckties. Size: 55″ × 77″Blocks: 56 (5½”) blocks Rating: Easy Sew Easy Lesson: String…

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Puppy Pals

Delight a little one with an adorable puppy quilt. Marianne keeps this quilt simple with fusible web and machine appliqué. Make the tilted blocks following our free Sew Easy Lesson. Size: 37″ × 48½”Blocks: 12 (9″) blocks Sew Easy Lesson: Tilted Blocks Sew Easy Lesson: Fusible Web Appliqué Rating: Intermediate Purchase the Puppy Pals digital quilt pattern at…

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Tranquil Stars

The beauty of this dynamic star quilt is in the fabrics’ value placement. Designer Nancy Mahoney used taupe fabrics with subtle contrast to make the stars sparkle. Size: 57″ × 72½”Blocks: 12 (14½”) blocks Rating: Challenging Sew Easy Lesson: Set-in Seams Purchase the Tranquil Stars digital pattern at ShopFonsandPorter.com. For more information about Nancy Mahoney ,…

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Sunset Runner

This quilted table runner, complete wtih appliqué flowers, will feel at home in any style decor.  Size: 16″ × 40″ Rating: Easy Learn more about Edyta Sitar in Quilt with the Stars. Purchase the Sunset Runner digital quilt pattern at ShopFonsandPorter.com.  For more information about Edyta Sitar, check out our Quilt with the Stars section…

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Christmas Reel – Elegant Holiday Quilt

A classic Oak Leaf and Reel quilt pattern inspired Lisa to design a quilt with the pattern in seasonal fabrics. A talented group appliquéd eight of the blocks, Lisa supplying the ninth. Size: 86″ × 86″Blocks: 9 (20″) Oak Leaf and Reel blocks Rating: Challenging Sew Easy Lesson: Needle-Turn Appliqué Purhcase the Christmas Reel digital pattern…