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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

3 New Best of Fons & Porter Quilt Pattern Books

I could just sit for hours looking at pictures in Fons & Porter quilt pattern books, and with a total of over 124 designs to be found between the three newest additions to the Leisure Arts Best of Fons & Porter seriesBaby & Kids Quilts, Patriotic Quilts, and Quilt Lover’s Gifts, I’ve certainly gotten my quilt picture fix in. Take a look at some of my favorites—

Best of Fons & Porter Baby & Kids Quilts
Wanting to make a gift of love for a special baby or youngster is often the reason many people get started in quilt making. The small sizes are fairly quick to finish, and the cute designs are just plain fun! This charming collection for toddlers to ’tweens compiles 39 of the best quilts from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine and its special issues. Each quilt is shown in full color, accompanied by an assembly diagram, a complete materials list, and step-by-step instructions. There are projects for all skill levels, as well as styles from soft and sweet to bold and bright. Designs include Little Lambs Eat Ivy, Circle of Life, Stars for My Little One, Daisy Dreams, Baby Rose Crib Set, Quillows for Kids, Training Wheels, and more.

Dots for Tiny Tots—Encourages quilters to gather a variety of dotted fabrics & have fun arranging them to make a playful baby quilt.

Daisy Dreams—Fanciful tossed daisies & happy colors are joined in a bright mix in this darling crib quilt.

Little Lambs Eat Ivy—These adorable lambs are sure to delight a little one. Soft colors and sweet lamb prints add to the charm of this baby quilt.

Teague’s Turtles—Pieced on paper foundations, these turtles would be fun on a boy’s quilt.

T-shirt Quilts—Making T-shirt quilts is a great way to preserve memories of special places and events!

Best of Fons & Porter Patriotic Quilts
Patchwork is patriotic in its own right, and it’s absolutely glorious when it’s overflowing with stars and stripes and fabrics in red, white, and blue! This big collection of the 30 best patriotic quilts from Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine is filled with symbols of American pride. Quilts, throws, wall hangings, and table runners feature challenging as well as easy patchwork and applique patterns. Whether made in traditional or contemporary fabrics, these projects are perfect for showing love of country and support for American troops around the world. Standouts in the book include Fringed Stars, Flag Day, Flying Eagles, Heart of America, Liberty Hall, and the impressive Stars and Stripes Sampler.

Texas Log Cabin—Marianne Fons combined 1890s reproduction prints for this classic Log Cabin quilt. She arranged the blocks in a Sunshine and Shadow setting and appliqued stars where the light shirting prints come together.

Flag Day—This is the perfect classic red, white, & blue summer quilt combination!

Blackbird Crossing—This traditional quilt features crows, stars, pinwheels, and shirting prints.

Banner Day—What a fun way to decorate the picnic table on the 4th of July. (The center square only looks appliqued—a pre-printed panel saves sewing time!

America—Patriotic prints featuring the Statue of Liberty just seem to say patriotic to me.

Best of Fons & Porter Quilter Lover’s Gifts
Quilters love to use their skills and their fabric stashes to make gifts for friends or family members, and this book supplies more than 55 versatile gift projects. There are mini quilts and wall quilts to showcase the quilter’s skills or to celebrate the love of quilts. Additional projects include sewing notions, home accessories, and miscellaneous gifts. The projects use a variety of quilting skills but also general sewing, embroidery, punch needle, etc. Sewing aids and organizers include pincushions, ruler holders, and wool sewing wallet. Minis and wall quilts reflect traditional and whimsical styles. Other items include a quillow, pillows, purse set, backpack, lap throws, table runners, fabric bowls, and more.

Rabbit Pinkeeper—So cute to make and keep for yourself or to give as a gift!

Prairie Cabin Mini—Love this colorful Log Cabin design.

Go Fish—Surprise the fisherman in our life with this wall quilt to hang in his office or den. Perfect for Father’s Day!

Springy Flowers—Simple flower shapes are fused to the background and embellished with textured threads and yarns in this pretty, pretty design!

Tulip Mini—The bright tulips in this springy wallhanging seem to pop off the fabric!

Quillow—A quillow is a quilted throw that folds up into a pillow. How cool is that? And gorgeous, too!

Flannel Brick Road—Make this cozy, masculine quilt for the special guy in your life!

Meet the Designers!
Marianne Fons and Liz Porter have been working together for more than 30 years. From teaching quilting classes in the 1970s and 80s, they went on to host the No. 1 quilting show on public television and establish the popular magazine, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. They also operate a quilt shop in Winterset, Iowa, and a web site, www.fonsandporter.com.

Get these Best of Fons & Porter pattern books for your quilt library, so you can look at all the pretty pictures and make some of these pretty projects for yourself!

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