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Love of Quilting TV Series 3700

Join Sara Gallegos and Angela Huffman in the quilting studio for the 3700 series of “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” to discover all kinds of fun new techniques and delightful projects. From a spectacular Quilt of Valor and a journal cover with circular stitching, to a scrap challenge with Churn Dash blocks and a bee-inspired quilt, Sara and Angela have kept busy inventing all kinds of quilt fun! We’re joined by guests Debi Kuennen-Baker and Kate Colleran to learn how to adapt patterns to your style, and unleash your creativity!

The 3700 series of “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” is available for purchase as a video download, streaming as part of the Quilting Daily TV subscription, and as a broadcast show through various public television affiliates (check local listings).

The show is brought to you in part by:

Love of Quilting 3700 Sponsor: Pfaff Love of Quilting 3700 Sponsor: APQS Love of Quilting 3700 Sponsor: The Warm Company Love of Quilting 3700 Sponsor: Reliable Love of Quilting 3700 Sponsor: Cutterpillar Love of Quilting 3700 Sponsor: Interweave

What tool is that?

The sewing machine used on this series is the performance icon from PFAFF. Batting and fusibles supplied by The Warm Company. The longarm featured is the Millennium from APQS. The iron used is the Reliable Velocity 260IR. The rotary cutting tools and light box are produced by Cutterpillar.

For specialized tools, scroll down to the episode descriptions. Standard supplies used on the series include:

Olfa 24″ x 36″ Rotary Cutting Mat in Navy
Olfa 6″ x 24″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler
Olfa 6″ x 12″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler
Olfa 6½” Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler
Havel’s 6″ Larger Finger Loop Fabric Scissors
Havel’s 8″ Serrated Fabric Sheers
Fons & Porter’s Ultimate Stiletto
Cricut Seam Ripper
Mechanical Pencil
Aurifil 40-Weight Cotton Thread
Mini Stash ‘n Store from It’s Sew Emma
Dritz Glass Head Pins
Magnetic Pin-Cushion from Cutterpillar
20mm, 28mm, and 45mm rotary cutters from Cutterpillar

Patterns for quilts are featured in Love of Quilting magazine, or can be found in a special eBooklet companion.

Subscribe to Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine now and get the 3700 series digital video as a free gift. Click here to order!

Preview the series

The Episodes

3701 – Peony Patchwork
There’s nothing as cheerful as a bright pink peony on a gray spring day. With the right color values and some forgiving flippy corners, this quilt block just blooms. The sashing introduces the simplest of partial seams, easing you into a useful technique. Let Peony Patchwork inspire some sweet, spring stitching!

Tools Used:
6-½” square ruler from Olfa (frosted)
Frixion heat-away marking pen
Clover fabric folding pen
Creative Grids seam marker
Red plastic film or Ruby Beholder
Havel’s Sewing 8” Quilting/Sewing Fabric Scissors

Fabrics Used: Cottons Shots by Amanda Murphy from Benartex

Batting Used: 80/20 blend from The Warm Company

Published In: March/April 2021 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3702 – All the Buzz
Get busy as a bee with patchwork techniques that make the focal fabric the queen. Instead of constructing this block in quadrants, learn to build it like a hive! Non-mirrored combo units and the right pressing strategy help the quilt go together as smooth as honey. It’s a one-block quilt that’s abuzz with inspiration!

Tools Used:
Creative Grids Half Square 4-in-1 Triangle Ruler
Creative Grids Square on Square 8″ Trim tool
Clover fabric folding pen
Glow Ultra light box with self-healing mat from Cutterpillar
¼ presser foot from PFAFF

Fabrics Used: Bee Grateful by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics

Batting Used: Warm 100 from The Warm Company

Published In: July/August 2021 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3703 – Firework Flowers
Veteran quilt instructor Kate Colleran shows you how to unleash your creative potential. For this episode, she takes Firework Flowers by Reed Johnson, and transforms the pattern into something completely different by altering value choices, playing with color and placement, and re-sizing paper-pieced blocks. Learn how to hone YOUR quilt style on this episode of “Love of Quilting.”

Tools Used:
Glow Ultra light box with self-healing mat from Cutterpillar
Electric Quilt software
Add-a-Quarter ruler or index card
Lightweight paper for paper piecing, such as newsprint
Elmer’s glue stick
Flat head pins

Fabrics Used: Northcott Toscana and Canvas

Published In: May/June 2020 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3704 – Around We Go
Every quilter has a notebook where they capture their creative ideas, so why not create a lovely patchwork cover? On this episode of “Love of Quilting,” Sara Gallegos shares a linen-style journal cover, embellished with couched yarns and circular stitches. Treat yourself or a loved one to some pretty stitches!

Tools Used:
Madeira Moliné and Decora threads for cording
Glide thread for decorative stitching
3-Hole Cording foot from PFAFF
Monogramming foot (or similarly wide foot for decorative stitching) from PFAFF
Circular attachment with pin from PFAFF
Wonder clips from Clover
Extension table from Sew Steady/Westalee
Heat-away pen from Frixion
Appliqué pressing sheet

Fabrics Used: Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Venice Lawn collection by Christiane Marques for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Batting Used: Single-sided Fusible Fleece or Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite with a lighter batting

Published In: Available in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3705 – The Clamshell Motif
Whether you’re finishing your quilt on a domestic machine or a longarm, you can optimize your skills with classic, versatile quilting motifs. On this episode, we’ll explore the ever-useful clamshell motif, which works in blocks, borders, and sashing. If you’re looking for a little finishing finesse, make sure you tune in to this must-see episode of “Love of Quilting.”

Tools Used:
APQS Millennium
APQS Quilt Path
Pro-Circle 4” from Quilter’s Groove or 4” circle ruler from APQS
Lavender Lines 1 from White Arbor Quilting

Batting Used: 80/20 blend from The Warm Company

3706 – English Wreaths
Guest Debi Keunnen-Baker knows her way around a sewing machine. In this episode, she takes inspiration from an elegant tablerunner (English Wreaths, by Kristen Clay), creating a dazzlingly different project! Find out how bold colors and flat seams/quilt as you go, radiant stitches, and floating stitches can take something lovely, and turn it into something exquisite!

Tools Used:
Washaway pen
Robinson Anton 40-weight rayon embroidery thread
Tear-away stabilizer
Nylon monofilament or 100-weight thread for tacking down Dresden plates
Open toe foot from PFAFF
Narrow-edge foot from PFAFF
Sewing Star foot from PFAFF
Quilt bar /guide from PFAFF
Color Street nail stickers (optional, but we knew you’d be curious!)

Fabrics Used: Selected from designer’s personal collection of assorted fabrics

Batting Used: Single-side fusible The Warm Company

Published In: September/October 2020 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

Stitch Alternatives
Debi used floating stitches and radiant stitches on the performance icon by PFAFF.

If your machine doesn’t have a floating stitch, you can imitate the look by marking your fabric where you’d like to place a stitch, and then satin stitching for a short way at the placement marks.

If your machine doesn’t have radiant stitches, you can achieve a similar affect with a circular attachment (available from most machine manufacturers). Using the attachment, stitch your circle with the decorative stitch of your choice, and then go back to add the finials or rays.


Floating Stitches and Radiant Stitches

3707 – Summer Saturday
There’s more than one way to fly a goose! On this episode, Angela Huffman shares two ways to make the main quilt block, both with different effects. The patchwork border blooms with summer flowers that are constructed with flippy corners, and includes one extended block for some fun asymmetry. Join us for a quilt that’s as sweet and bright as a Summer Saturday.

Tools Used:
6” x 12” frosted ruler from Olfa
Wind Clipper ruler from Studio 180
Heat-away pen from Frixion
Creative Grids Half Square 4-in-1 Triangle Ruler

Fabrics Used: Blooming Bunch by Maureen McCormick for Moda Fabrics

Batting Used: Warm and Natural 80/20 The Warm Company

Published In: July/August 2021 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3708 – A Quilt for Chris
Sara Gallegos presents a quick-piecing quilt that’s easy to adapt to different color palettes—which is spectacular when you need a fast quilt to give as a gift. Techniques featured on this episode include no-waste flying geese, quick-cut strip sets, and self-sashed blocks.

Tools Used:
Creative Grids seam marker
Frixion Heat-away pen

Fabrics Used: Cider by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics, and backing is Solid Cuddle 3 in Pumpkin from Shannon Fabrics

Batting Used: Warm & Natural from The Warm Company

Published In: July/August 2021 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3709 – Snowy Stars
Snowy Stars, designed by Jo Moury, is a spectacular quilt with some challenging techniques. Veteran instructor Kate Colleran joins us in this episode to walk you through some of these techniques, including 45-degree diamonds and a fabulous ribbon border, as well as showing an alternate color palette.

Tools Used:
Spinning mat from Olfa
6” x 12” frosted ruler from Olfa, with 45-degree diagonal marking
Pressing stick from Babb Enterprises (a seam roll or tailor’s ham also works)
Sewline marking utensil
Gray wool pressing pad

Fabrics Used: Braveheart by Edyta Sitar Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics in original; assorted batiks from Island Batiks in Kate’s step-outs

Batting Used: 80/20 blend from The Warm Company

Published In: September/October 2020 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3710 – Windy Blooms
Windy Blooms is a summery throw quilt, the perfect project if you’re wanting something quick and fun! The colorful quilt blocks are set in motion with partial seams. The unique border design, which looks complex, is actually a breeze! Angela and Sara also explore freemotion echo quilting on your domestic machine.

Tools Used:
Painter’s Tape
Clover Fabric folding pen
Stiletto
Liquid starch for dunking
Double-sided fusible fleece from The Warm Company
Appliqué pressing sheet
Freemotion echo foot from PFAFF
Extended table from Sew Steady
Glide 40-weight thread (orange)

Fabrics Used: Morrison Park from Benartex

Batting Used: Soft and Bright from The Warm Company

Published In: May/June 2021 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3711 – A Mark of Honor
As our Quilt of Valor for the series, A Mark of Honor is a special quilt. The two blocks, which use batik fabrics, create a circular design when they come together. This episode features paper piecing, and creating a flange in the binding for a pop of color.

Tools Used:
Paper piecing paper
Heat-away pen from Frixion
6-½” square ruler
Glow Ultra light box with self-healing mat from Cutterpillar
Glue stick or pins
Shout Color Catcher sheets

Fabrics Used: Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures

Batting Used: 80/20 blend from The Warm Company

Published In: May/June 2021 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

3712 – Hula
Guest Debi Kuennen-Baker has a knack for taking attractive patchwork to whole new dimension! On this episode, she took a Hawaiian-inspired quilt made by Natalie Crabtree, and went wild! Translating the design to a pillow, she broke some wonderful machine stitches to embellish, couch, and quilt. It’s those custom embellishments that take your quilting to the next level!

Tools Used:
Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite from The Warm Company
Pearl Crown Rayon thread
Madeira 8-weight thread
1/8” satin ribbon (can use up to quarter inch)
Yarn
7-hole cording foot from PFAFF
3-hole cording foot from PFAFF
Heavy tear-away stabilizer
Alcohol-based inks, rubbing alcohol
Color Street nail stickers (optional, but we knew you’d be curious!)

Fabrics Used: Selected from designer’s personal collection of assorted fabrics

Published In: September/October 2020 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

Stitch Alternatives
Debi used floating stitches, ribbon stitches, and hand-look serpentine stitches on the performance icon by PFAFF .

If your machine doesn’t have a floating stitch, you can imitate the look by marking your fabric where you’d like to place a stitch, and then satin stitching for a short way at the placement marks.


Single Ribbon Stitch

A simple ribbon stitch can actually be achieved with a straight stitch, a lot of patience, and a little ingenuity.

First, determine where your ribbon will go. Using your favorite, erasable marking tool, mark the center line your ribbon “wind” around. Determine how wide you want the ribbon’s path to be, and mark the “turnings” where you will secure it. (The width of your path and the width of the ribbon will affect the end look, so experiment first before committing! These two elements may also affect how secure the ribbon stitch is; a wider path with a thinner ribbon will be quite loose.)

Cover your first “turning” mark with the ribbon, placing it so that the ribbon crosses your center line at a 45-degree angle. Pin the ribbon in place. At the first “turning” mark, tack the ribbon fully in place, keeping your stitches parallel to the center line, and making sure your stitches go from one edge of the ribbon to the other. Break thread. Fold your ribbon over these “turning” stitches, making sure it is snug. Cross over the center line, pin in place, and stitch the next “turning” stitches.

This method takes a lot more time, and it means you are responsible for the ribbon’s path—and it’s actually kinda’ fun!


Floating and Hand-Look Serpentine Stitches

If your machine doesn’t have a “hand-look” serpentine stitch, you can achieve a similar affect with bobbin work! The hand-look stitches are designed to imitate a thicker thread that can’t fit through a machine needle. But thicker threads CAN fit on the bobbin. Wind your bobbin with the thicker thread of your choosing. Use a monofilament or a thinner, less visible thread in the needle. Select a standard serpentine stitch and, working with the WRONG side up, stitch. But be warned! Because it’s wound with thicker thread, your bobbin will empty pretty quickly.

3713 – Dash for Scraps
On this episode, we get to see what Angela Huffman did with a scrappy challenge! A friend sent her an assortment of scraps, and it was her job to come up with a design. Dash for Scraps features two sizes of Churn Dash blocks cut from one fat eighth, as well as a tiny paper-pieced alternate block. If you’re intimidated by scraps, check out this episode to ease into a whole new world of patchwork!

Tools Used:
Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite from The Warm Company
20mm rotary cutter from Cutterpillar
Half-Square 4-in-1 Triangle Quilt Ruler from Creative Grids
Terial Magic fabric stabilizer spray from Cutterpillar
Glow Ultra light box with self-healing mat from Cutterpillar
Appliqué pressing sheet
80-weight thread
Open toe foot from PFAFF
Paper piecing paper

Fabrics Used: Singing in the Rain from Riley Blake and scraps provided by Lori Baker

Batting Used: 80/20 blend from The Warm Company

Published In: March/April 2021 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, as well as in the 3700 series eBooklet.

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