“Love of Quilting” TV series 3200: New Quilt Patterns, Easy Quilting Techniques, and Old Friends!

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It’s official. The 3200 series of “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” really re-set the bar.

Every season of “Love of Quilting” is so exciting, because there are new quilt patterns, patchwork techniques, smart tips, and—of course—old friends.

Visits With Old Friends

Marianne Fons, along with her daughter Mary, visited again for a few episodes. And though Liz Porter didn’t join us on set, her quilts certainly did!

Marianne Fons and Mary Fons visit the set of Love of Quilting. A quilt pattern from Liz Porter, called Liz’s Patchwork, hangs in the background.

Marianne Fons and Mary Fons visit the set of Love of Quilting. A quilt pattern from Liz Porter, called Liz’s Patchwork, hangs in the background.

On episode 3203, Marianne shares Patchworthy, made using scrappy nine-patch blocks that were part of a block exchange. As a special extra, we get to see how Liz Porter used her blocks in a different layout, which we’ve called Liz’s Patchwork.

And Mary’s quilt Starry Surprise, on episode 3209, is a different take on a classic Liz Porter pattern, Pinwheel Stars. Liz’ version featured 1930s reproduction fabrics and had sashing to frame the quilt blocks. Mary’s quilt is definitely a scrap quilt (“If it’s scrappy, I’m happy,” she said of her quilting style), with novelty prints fussy-cut and framed in the red pinwheel star quilt blocks.

“If it’s scrappy, I’m happy!” says Mary Fons (left) of her quilt style. Marianne Fons (right) and her daughter teach the updated, fussy-cut version of a Liz Porter quilt pattern.

“If it’s scrappy, I’m happy!” says Mary Fons (left) of her quilt style. Marianne Fons (right) and her daughter teach the updated, fussy-cut version of a Liz Porter quilt pattern.

It’s a great quilt design for a kid quilt—who’s up for a game of I-Spy?

Get Gussied Up!

Speaking of scrap-busting and fussy-cutting, Angela Huffman’s quilt All Gussied Up, featured on episode 3202, is spectacular. The technique she teaches—fabric collage—is a marvelous way to unleash your creativity…and use up lots of scraps!

These ladies unleash some scrap-busting creativity! Angela Huffman and Sara Gallegos teach patchwork fabric collage!

These ladies unleash some scrap-busting creativity! Angela Huffman and Sara Gallegos teach patchwork fabric collage!

Angela brought examples of her students’ work, most made from patterns by independent designer Laura Heine of Fiberworks, so you can see the range of this technique.

(The bonus technique for this episode? Angela’s trick for matching motifs in border prints means less yardage and more wow!)

New Methods for Bargello

Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar joined Sara Gallegos on set to teach a unique approach to a Bargello quilt.

Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar teach you how to make a Bargello quilt using strip sets!

Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar teach you how to make a Bargello quilt using strip sets!

One of the most popular and distinct styles of patchwork, Bargello quilts have a cascading, almost swirling pattern that emerges through planned-out sequences of patches. These ladies shared a different method, involving strip sets, and the resulting throw-sized, purple quilt is enough to stop anyone in their tracks.

Behind the scenes at Iowa Public Television, you can see Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar’s alternate, queen-sized Bargello quilt pattern on the monitors.

Behind the scenes at Iowa Public Television, you can see Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar’s alternate, queen-sized Bargello quilt pattern on the monitors.

They also shared a larger, even more intricate version, that’s just as stunning—if you want to try your hand at the queen-sized quilt pattern, check out their website to get the pattern!

Snip-Away to Dazzle

Another stunning technique was shared by our guest Karla Herrin on episode 3201—reverse appliqué! Using layers of jewel-toned batiks and the embroidery function on her sewing machine, she created a wall hanging that is a work of art—and easy! Using scissors with a curved tip, she was able to cut away layers, revealing the fabrics underneath. Best of all, with this quilt pattern, you can make these quilt blocks entirely in the hoop! You’ve really GOT to see how easy it is!

The jewel-toned beauty of batiks shine through using embroidery designs and reverse appliqué.

The jewel-toned beauty of batiks shine through using embroidery designs and reverse appliqué.

If you missed any of these episodes, don’t worry—the complete 3200 Series is available on DVD. And all the patterns will be appearing in the pages of Love of Quilting Magazine.

A free guide to the episodes, including the complete supplies list, is available to download instantly.

Looking for a favorite episode from an earlier season? Explore the entire series on our website.

Thanks for watching!

Vanessa

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