Quilting Quickly March/April 2018


Quilting Quickly March/April 2018Spring is in the air! We know you’ll soon be torn between time in the garden and time in your sewing studio. The good news is—you can do both!

In this issue of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly, you’ll find 15 fresh projects that use those timesaving pre-cuts you’ve been admiring from afar. Got colorful 2½” strips? We’ve got you covered with Whisp, Takes Two to Tango, Chloe’s Closet and 4 more eye-catching quilts. Make Bev Getschel’s adorable Naptime quilt for a new baby. Turn 10” squares into fun throws for Pinwheel Party and Greek Wedding. And so much more!

Plus, our efficient Sew Easy Lessons—including how-to’s for Quick Triangle-Squares and Quick Flying Geese—provide tips and guidance to make these projects a breeze.

Take a peek through all the pages, pick a pattern or two, and grab some pre-cuts—it’s definitely time for some spring stitching!


Table of Contents



  • Sweet & Blue: Sue Pfau has designed a quilt to make perfect use of some beautiful print 10″ squares.
  • Takes Two to Tango: You need two collections of strips to make this sassy design—because it takes two to tango!
  • Table Talk: Fons & Porter editor Diane Tomlinson uses one of her favorite blocks to make this table runner. Cutting the blocks to size is a snap using the Album Cross Tool.
  • Chloe’s Closet: Put colorful pre-cut strips to use in this quick-to-piece, charming throw.
  • Whisp: Pinwheels are fun in any print and in any colors! This easy design, using vivid prints that contrast with bold solids, is innovative and classic at the same time.
  • Nursery Rhymes: This trendy design is based on rectangular blocks. Varying the background fabric in each block visually separates the blocks and gives each a contrasting background.
  • Pinwheel Party: These blocks are all the same—they just look different because of value placement. The secret is making some Flying Geese Units with bright geese and some with bright skies.
  • Secrets of Machu Picchu: Krystal Jakelwicz’s quilt has the look of on-point blocks and lots of triangles, but the quilt is actually made up of simple square blocks. (Whew!) This unique fabric line features Inca-inspired prints with a modern twist.
  • Cherry Street: Are these cherry blossoms? Do they remind you of springtime on the street where you grew up? With quick techniques, these blossoms are so easy, you can make a quilt bloom with any spring memory you please!
  • Take a Spin: Deb Finan designed this lively quilt using 2½” strips. While it’s a simple block, it’s still an interesting one.
  • Greek Wedding: Clever cutting is the secret behind Colleen Tauke’s batik beauty.
  • Naptime: You’ll flip over this fast-to-make nap quilt. Simple flip-and-sew techniques make easy work of this complicated-looking pattern.
  • Farm Table: Set a pretty table with this adorable runner in prints featuring barnyard animals. Our instructions make assembling the stars simple.
  • Smoke & Fire: Jayne Vaughan combined shades of gray and black with bright red in this dynamic throw. Strip piecing using pre-cut strips makes construction go quickly.
  • Tabletop Charm: Get a jump on spring with pretty prints in fresh clear colors. You’ll use this table runner straight through to fall.

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