Our newest series includes three inspired from vintage quilts, quilts created from group block exchanges, details on how to organize a block exchange program, quilts that use “blocks within blocks,” tips on machine quilting tools and techniques for unique quilting patterns, 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 Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold 2and the Baby Lock Evolution Serger. 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.
2402 – Random Acts of Happy – Springs
This modern version of an antique “crazy quilt” is sure to inspire. Update the color palette and fall in love with the simplicity and freedom of crazy quilting. This quilt project will be featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.
Grandmother’s Flower Garden is a very traditional pattern that many of us dream about tackling someday. Mary will be joined by Eleanor Burns in this episode to present her approach to hexagons and triangles to make the fabulous Flower Power Table Runner. This simplified project with no set-in seams and just two templates may just tempt you to move this idea to the top of your project list. The table runner was designed and made by Eleanor Burns.
Repetition creates a secondary design when two sizes of the same quilt block are combined to create the Double Stars quilt. An interesting concept of putting a star within a star and the use of a solid with a print furthers the double effect. Mary Fons is joined by Jodie Davis to show you the basics of creating the 8-pointed star block. The quilt was designed, constructed and quilted by Nancy Mahoney. This quilt is featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.
Block Exchanges– what are they? How do you organize one? What kinds of things should you consider? This is the topic Mary Fons and Liz Porter discuss in this episode. They guide you through all the considerations and details required to set up a successful block exchange program.
The simple Churn Dash block was Liz’s selection for a block exchange with quilt friends. Once you have completed your program, Liz will present a quick strip style setting you might consider for your quilt top. This episode includes quilts made by friends of Liz using the same blocks with creative and unique settings. The Neapolitan quilt was designed by Liz Porter and quilted by Barb Mapes. This quilt is featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.
Bonus: Download a free checklist for organizing a block exchange and a guide to the Churn Dash exchange.
2406 – Machine Quilting – APQS
If you want to quickly transform your machine quilting skills, consider using specialty rulers and templates to bring your quilting to the next level. Mary’s guest Angela Huffman will show you how a simple piece of plastic has magic built in that will take your quilts from plain to Blue ribbon ready. They will discuss straight line channel quilting, the selection and use of rulers and templates, and how to create spaces on your quilt top for fabulous motifs. See Supplies List for more details.
2407 – Ralli Pop
This quilt features small appliqué blocks that were inspired by a quilt Marianne saw that was created by women in Pakistan. Mary and Marianne will present techniques for needle-turn appliqué. They will also cover the steps of raw-edge machine appliqué. The Ralli Pop quilt was designed and constructed by Marianne Fons and quilted by LuAnn Downs. This quilt is featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.
In this episode, you will learn about the use of embroidery thread and how it looks in the finished project. It will be contrasted with serger thread and its use in the “looper” to create an edge finish. Lastly, we will provide great information about cotton threads for quilting on the longarm quilting machine and the domestic sewing machine.
Ideas for quilts come from many places and we can honor vintage quilters by creating contemporary versions of their design. Mary Fons and Jodie Davis will show you how a paper foundation-pieced block is constructed, with great tips to create fabulous and precise angles. An alternating block setting makes this an enticing and whimsical quilt design. The quilt Endless Chain was designed, constructed and quilted by Jean Nolte. Endless Chain is featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.
This zigzag set quilt features Ohio Star blocks created as part of a block exchange. This is a great way to make a scrappy style quilt and have fun sharing your stash with quilt friends. Mary Fons and Liz Porter will show you how to over-size the hourglass unit in this quilt block design to increase the accuracy of your piecing. They will also discuss this concept as it relates to a block exchange. The zigzag design is popular, and this setting is a more updated look that still works well with the traditional Ohio Star block. This quilt, Ohio Star, was designed and constructed by Liz Porter and hand quilted by the Troyer family. Ohio Star is featured in the January/February 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.
Zip up this artistic quilt using pre-cut 2 1/2″ strips or cut your own 2 1/2″ strips of fabric. With fast strip sewing, you can easily create this strong, geometric pattern that dances across your quilt.
Tackle cutting like a pro when you learn to cut 60 degree diamonds from simple strips. Learn tips for joining rows and adding borders with ease to create this stunning quilt. Print the document on adding borders to your quilt. The quilt was designed and constructed by Tammy Silvers and quilted by Pat Yearwood. This quilt is featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.
Vintage quilts can be a great source of inspiration for a quilter. Marianne took on the challenge to re-create this 1940’s Victory Quilt design using more modern methods of cutting and piecing. You will learn how the Fons & Porter triangle trimmer can assist in the correct placement of triangle squares and how to cut setting triangles from simple strips. This quilt was designed by Marianne Fons and Jean Nolte. The quilt was constructed by Marianne Fons and quilted by LuAnn Downs. Anchors Aweigh is featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Love of Quilting.