The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo (OSQE) is getting ready for its 2017 edition, and Fons & Porter associate editor Diane Tomlinson will be on site for the first two shows, all set to quilt with you! Many of you know Diane’s fabulous quilt designs and techniques from our magazines – Country Garden, Crossing Paths, and Moonlight Bay are some of her most recent magazine quilts – but those of you who have attended OSQE in the past may also recall her lectures, classes, and demos. Diane’s encyclopedic knowledge of quilt making, along with her welcoming personality, make her a primo quilting teacher and a favorite with OSQE students.
So, what will Diane be offering at the 2017 OSQE shows? Let’s take a peek:
Atlanta, Georgia – March 9, 10, and 11
Possibilities: Diamonds and Triangles Made Easy (Thursday, March 9, 1-4 PM)
Discover the tricks for piecing beautiful diamond and triangle unit patchwork! Work with rulers from Fons and Porter® (the Diamond and 60 degree triangle) with Diane’s guidance, and you’ll pick up dozens of tips and tricks for making your own creations. Diane will share many ideas for creating your own quilts, and expand your patchwork horizons. You’ll see how versatile diamonds and triangles are. You’ll never be afraid of triangles again!
(Thursday, March 9, 6-9 PM)
Seen in the Fall 2014 issue of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly, this impressive quilt is constructed using 72 – 10 inch squares. Imagine making it in your favorite color palette – the choice is entirely yours! You can use batiks, as pictured, or your favorite pre-cut 10-inch square packs. The perfect project for adventurous intermediate and advanced quilt makers who enjoy big results. Finishes at 58 1/2” x 72”.
Pickle Dish – Folk Dance (Friday, March 10, 8:30-11:30 AM)
Explore how to create the classic Pickle Dish quilt design in a larger scale for ease of learning, and put a modern twist on a traditional beauty. Cutting is easy with the Fons & Porter Pickle Dish templates you’ll receive in class. Master curved piecing and straight of grain while working on techniques to make your piecing experience more fun — with great results!
Tools We Can’t Quilt Without – Lecture (Friday, March 10, 2:30-3:30 PM and Saturday, March 11, 10:30-11:30 AM)
Inside the Fons & Porter office exists a quilt maker’s paradise – new tools, tried-and-true tools, notions, templates, rulers and more … and everyone has a chance to use them. Learn about Diane’s (and other staff members’) favorites – the ‘must haves’ for creative quilt making – in this trunk show how-to class. See how just one template set or ruler spawns a variety of quilts; how the simplest notions make otherwise time-consuming tasks fast and, more importantly, how to make them all work for you. Find lots of new ideas and inspiration as you absorb what the staff at Fons & Porter, with their years of experience and active practice making quilts, have put on the list. Diane generously shares it all in class, along with construction tips and lots of quilts!
Diane will also be hosting a stage show/trunk show of scrap quilts from her own and the Fons & Porter collections. In addition, you can find her in the Fons & Porter booth, demonstrating fun techniques and just chilling with fellow quilters!
Lakeland, Florida – March 16, 17, and 18
The weekend following the Atlanta OSQE show, Diane will be doing it all again, this time at the Lakeland show. Get dates and times of her presentations and classes right here!
We hope you’ll start making plans to meet Diane in Atlanta or Lakeland. These are the first big quilt shows of the season, and what better way to shake off the winter blues and get focused for spring and summer quilting? Treat yourself, take a friend, and get inspired. Diane will see you there!
The Fons & Porter Team