Our newest series includes two inspired from antique quilts, quilts created from group block exchanges, quick and easy baby quilts, machine quilting designs, special tools, and projects made with a serger, as well as lots of great techniques to add to your piecing skills.
Credits for this series: Sewing machine for the series is the Baby Lock Crescendo. The sewing center is provided by Koala Cabinets, and the thread cabinets are from Madeira Thread. For piecing, we use the ¼” quilting presser foot or the monogramming presser foot. We use basic sewing supplies such as fabric, rotary cutters, cutting mats, and scissors, plus specific items listed below. We wear a Klutz cut-resistant safety glove when rotary cutting, press with a Reliable iron, and measure using Omnigrid and Fons & Porter rulers. Patterns and instructions for quilts featured are in Love of Quilting or Easy Quilts magazine or as listed. We now have DVDs available for our TV shows beginning with the 400 series.
2301 – Flower Bed Quilt – Watch now on QNNTV.com
Construction of a “circular” design is created from the simple “building blocks” of 9-patch units and rectangles. Marianne and Mary stress cutting accuracy and a consistent quarter inch seam for the success of creating this pattern. They also show how partial seams are used to quickly construct the body of this quilt. The quilt was designed and constructed by Marianne Fons and quilted by LuAnn Downs. Flower Bed Quilt is featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.
2302 – Baby Owls at Play – Watch now on QNNTV.com
Baby Owls at Play is a bar quilt that features 4-patches set on point in a classic blue and yellow combination with a pop of orange. Judy Hansen and Mary Fons demonstrate how slightly over-sizing your blocks can create more accurate trimmed blocks when piecing. They also share tips for using a walking foot while piecing and a binding technique. This quilt will be featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.
For a free pattern for the alternate version of the quilt, click here.
2303 – Stitch and Slice Quilt – Watch now on QNNTV.com
Jenny Doan shares how to use one 40 strip Jelly Roll pack to create an innovative and dynamic quilt. Strips linked with white squares and a quick cut across the entire top creates a focal point of interest. Fusible appliqué and machine blanket stitch complete the raw edge. This is a new twist on the Jelly Roll Race pattern. This quilt will be featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.
2304 – Modern Tote – Watch now on QNNTV.com
This episode covers the basics of bag construction to create a colorful, color block style tote. Learn the technique to stitch boxed corners, create a bag lining and how to stitch sturdy handles. Tips for machine quilting this modern styled tote will expand your quilting skills. Also learn about the “leveling button” available on the Baby Lock machine to aid you in working with thick and uneven seams. The design for this tote was created by Nicole Maroon. This tote is featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.
2305 – North Carolina Lily – Watch now on QNNTV.com
The quilt in this episode features quick-pieced flying geese blocks and custom-made fusible bias tape for flower stems. Mary Fons and Liz Porter will step you through the steps and techniques. This episode includes a treat – quilts Liz and friends each created from a block exchange. You will see a variety of setting ideas using the same basic lily design. The North Carolina Quilt was designed and made by Liz Porter and hand quilted by the Troyer Family. This quilt is featured in the November/December 2013 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.
Quilters are often puzzled when trying to decide what quilting designs to use on the sashing of a quilt. Mary’s guest Angela Huffman shares ten possible designs that you can consider for your next quilt. She demonstrates these simple freehand designs for the sashing space of your quilt. Angela takes the basics of cursive writing and demonstrates some simple combinations of “letters” that can create endless design possibilities..
In this episode you will be introduced to diagonal seams to create simple star blocks and how to trim an over-sized block to the correct dimension. Marianne and Mary will also guide you thru the recording process for registering a Quilt of Valor. The quilt in this episode was designed and made by Marianne Fons and quilted by Sharon Sweetland. Thank You Stars is featured in the January/February 2014 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.
2308 – Speaking of Thread – Watch now on QNNTV.com
Patrick Lose our guest discusses the variety of threads that are available and how to select the right thread for your project. Mary and Patrick will also address the use of tear-away stabilizers in your appliqué projects. They will demonstrate how to create flawless inside and outside corners and points when using the satin stitch. Click here for tips on working with flannel.
2309 – Easy Baby Quilts – Watch now on QNNTV.com
Mary Fons is joined by Marianne, who will demonstrate techniques of creating triangles, cutting only squares. Baby quilt tops will be presented that can easy be constructed in just a day. Using the new Fons & Porter Triangle Square and Hourglass Template Set you will find a variety of block sizes available for easy reference printed on the templates. The Easy Baby Quilts were designed and quilted by Jean Nolte. They are featured in the January/February 2014 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.
2310 – Wheels of Chance – Watch now on QNNTV.com
Quilters love quilts inspired by the past. This quilt was created after seeing an antique quilt made in a similar manner. Mary Fons and Liz Porter demonstrate how to use a template set to create the 9-blade fan unit and present tips for piecing curves. They will also discuss making a border using your remaining fabrics to enhance your quilt top. Wheels of Chance was designed and made by Liz Porter, and machine quilted by Barb Mapes. It is featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.
2311 – Serger Techniques – Ruffles and More – Watch now on QNNTV.com
The return of the apron has inspired this episode. Mary Fons and guest Jenny Doan demonstrate how to use a tea towel to make an apron and then embellish it using the Baby Lock Ovation serger to create ruffles. Jenny will also share techniques for using the serger to finish edges, seams, and attach ruffles.
2312 – Lovebirds Placemat – Watch now on QNNTV.com
Many quilters love small projects. Mary Fons and her guest Patrick Lose will share will you techniques for fusible appliqué. You will also get tips on finishing your stitching with perfection. The Lovebirds Placemat is featured in the January/February 2014 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.
2313 – On the Square – Watch now on QNNTV.com
Marianne Fons was inspired by an antique quilt for this project. The rich reds and browns lead her to a kit she had purchased for another project. On the Square was the basis for her color selection, adding yardage to complete the blocks in the same theme of plaid. You will learn techniques of working with flannel, using the triangle trimmer for accurate piecing, and how your remaining fabrics can become your border. The quilt in this episode was designed and made by Marianne Fons and machine quilted by LuAnn Downs. On the Square is featured in the November/December 2013 issue of Love of Quilting. A digital pattern is available for this project! Click here to learn more.