Wow! I am excited to announce a special giveaway of three Best of Fons & Porter books!
Each of these compilations is a treasure trove of quilting inspiration! All three books share common features from the popular Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine. They each include several well-written and well-illustrated quilt patterns from various quilt designers. Many patterns offer a “Tried & True” section showing the quilt block in alternate fabrics for further inspiration. Quilting design suggestions are illustrated; some designs can even be downloaded from the Fons & Porter website. Each book has several Sew Easy™ technique tutorials! The step-by-step instructions and photos teach how to conquer piecing challenges, cut and piece a variety of geometric shapes, use specialty rulers, and more. Each of these Best of Fons & Porter books offers choices for different skill levels and design tastes.
Best of Fons & Porter: Tips & Techniques
Over 200 favorite tips sent in by readers of Love of Quilting, on topics such as organizing fabric, safety, and clever ways to utilize everyday items, fill one-third of the book. Fourteen Sew Easy™ technique tutorials cover piecing of triangles, windowed fusible appliqué, machine trapunto, paper foundation piecing, sewing curved seams, strip sets, piped binding and other topics. I found the section on machine quilting helpful, especially the instructions for quilting pieced borders.
The thirteen quilts are quite varied. I want to make the Blue Lagoon by Liz Porter because of the 3-D effect and the combination of strip-piecing with the diamonds.
Best of Fons & Porter: Star Quilts
The twenty-seven stunning star quilts in this book are each created by a different quilt designer, including Judy Martin, Nancy Martin, Sally Collins, Marsha McCloskey, Marti Mitchell, and many others. Quilt sizes include miniatures to large bed quilts. The fifteen Sew Easy™ tutorials focus on cutting and piecing challenges common to star quilts: triangles, diamonds, hexagons, mitered corners, and inset seams.
I put the Mariner’s in a Pickle quilt by Heather Kempel Costen, which combines interlocking Mariner’s Compass and Pickle Dish blocks, on my wish list of quilts to make.
Best of Fons & Porter: Fun Quilts for Kids
The twenty-one quilt designs in this book are bright, fun and sized for kids. Even with the juvenile theme, the quilts are varied in style and techniques. The ten Sew Easy™ tutorials focus on pattern-specific techniques such as working with parallelograms, interfacing appliqué, blanket stitch appliqué, curved seams, Hourglass blocks, Kaleidoscope pieces, and Nine-Blade Fan units. I love the Summer Flip-Flops quilt on the cover!
The quilt I just have to make for Halloween is the Black Cats Prowling quilt by Virginia Anderson!
(Photo courtesy of Leisurearts.com)
I would highly recommend any of these books as a valuable addition to any quilt library. The collection of quilt designs and techniques in each book is diverse; any quilter will learn something new and find inspiration for further projects. I am sure you’ll find a quilt (or many) that speaks to you as well!
Now, for the book giveaway! Connecting Threads has three copies of eac
h book to give to three different winners. That’s right…three lucky winners will win all three of these fantastic books. To enter, simply leave a comment below before 11:59pm PST on October 7th. We will select our winners on October 8th and announce them shortly thereafter.
Rules: One entry per person, please. No purchase necessary. To enter, you must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win. This giveaway is only available to residents of the United States and Canada. All comments must be submitted by 11:59pm on Sunday October 7th. Good luck!