Love of Quilting – May/June 2012

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  • From Liz & Marianne: Fun summer quilts
  • Sew Many Tips: Clever ideas from quilters
  • Shop Hop: Products to look for at your local shop
  • This Old Quilt: A Quilt Homecoming
  • Quilt Chat: What’s on your bucket list? By Marianne Fons and Mary Fons
  • Quilter’s Bookshelf: Notes on new books
  • Sew & Tell: Readers and viewers share their creativity
  • Behind the Seams: Staff Quilts on TourTechniques


Cottage Garden

Geese Around the

Sprinkle of Spring

Eccentric Star

Vase of Flowers

Lori Smith lives in Minnesota and is an artist, designer, author and quilting instructor. She combines hand appliqué with machine piecing to create her stunning designs. Size: 12½” square (includes binding) Skill level: Intermediate To view a slideshow of Lori Smith, and to view her video interview with Mary Fons, visit our Quilt with the…


A Sprinkle of Spring Quilt – Wall Hanging

Make this cheery wall hanging quilt pattern for your favorite gardener. It’s fun to make with a combination of piecing and machine appliqué. Finished Size: 47″ × 47″ Blocks: 13 (8″) pieced quilt blocks 8 (8″) Pennsylvania Tulip quilt blocks 4 (8″) Watering Can quilt blocks From our Quilt Shop: Get the Quilt Classroom DVD…


Geese Around the Square Quilt

The fabrics used in Monique Dillard’s quilt depict the distinctive countryside charm found in the south of France. Make this stunning free flying geese quilt pattern like Monique’s or in a colorway of your choice. Flying geese quilts are popular with many quilters and we know that when looking at this sweet quilt, you will…


Eccentric Star Quilt

This modern-looking quilt is actually an antique from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. It’s easy to assemble using paper foundation piecing. Imagine this quilt in your favorite color combination — wouldn’t it look great in red, white, and blue? Size: 73″ × 82″Blocks: 56 (9″) blocks Skill level: Intermediate. ***The…


Cottage Garden Quilt

The fabrics in this free floral quilt are perfect for spring or summer. The simple appliqué blocks are easy to make using fusible web and machine appliqué. Made of five simple quilt blocks, you are going to love making this beautiful pattern for any room in your home. Don’t you just love spring quilts? Finished…



Nancy Mahoney has created a time-worn look with a simple basket block. She used low contrast fabrics for the background to make her blue baskets stand out. Size: 56″ × 56″Blocks: 9 (12″) blocks Skill level: Intermediate To learn more about the designer of this quilt, visit our Designers Page.


Spring Garden Delight

We fell in love with this quilt the minute we saw it. A medallion effect is created by the interesting setting of pieced blocks, Hourglass Units, and center appliqué block. Size: 393⁄8″ × 393⁄8″Blocks: 8 (7½”) pieced blocks1 (7½”) appliqué block Skill level: Intermediate To learn more about the designer of this quilt, visit our…


Stars on the Prairie

Diane Tomlinson loves to design quilts! She used quick piecing methods to speed up the assembly process for her Trip Around the World and Star blocks. If dark prints aren’t “your thing,” try this design in different colors and shades that suit your style. Size: 88½” × 88½”Blocks: 13 (13½”) Star blocks 12 (13½”) Trip…


Pinwheels Plus

Marianne used fabrics from her stash to make this great quilt for an injured soldier through the Quilts of Valor Foundation. She’s passionate about this organization which is committed to presenting all combat service members and veterans with a patriotic quilt. Visit the Quilts of Valor website to learn more about this foundation and how you can help…


Milky Way

Milky Way is a tessellating pattern, which means it is tiled or interlocking. Although you can clearly see stars, there is no actual star block in this quilt. The stars appear only after you join the units together. Trade 2½”-wide and 4½”-wide strips with your friends for more fabric variety. This quilt is Fat Quarter…


Ko Ko

This quilt is called Ko Ko because it is made of chocolate Shweshwe prints and the name sounds like cocoa. You could also make it using a selection of your favorite reproduction prints. This quilt is Fat Quarter Friendly. Size: 45½” × 57″Blocks: 32 (8″) blocks Skill level: Intermediate Download free information about Shweshwe. To…


Candy Store

Gray serves as neutral combined with bright prints to give this scrappy throw a modern look. For even more variety, trade 1½”-wide bright strips with friends. This quilt is Fat Quarter Friendly. Size: 52″ × 69″Blocks: 12 (16″) blocks Skill level: Intermediate To learn more about the designer of this quilt, visit our Designers Page.

Four Bag Projects

Handmade bags are all the rage right now. Whether it’s called a laptop bag, cross-body bag, beach bag, or tote, you might find other uses for these stylish carryalls. One can never have too many bags! The Anna Bag Skill level: Intermediate Size: 16″ × 13″ Bag designed by Blend Studio. Made by TailorMade by…