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The 12 quilts include traditional patterns such as Flying Geese, Half Square Triangles, Thousand Pyramids (equilateral triangles), Bow Tie, Rocky Road to Kansas, Nine-patches, Churn Dash and Snowballs. There is also a lot of information about design fundamentals and quilt construction basics. Highly recommended.
In an interview, Mary explained her idea to me: 'My mom always taught me that bed-sized quilts are the best. I know that wall hangings and table runners are popular, but the quilts that warm our lives and the quilts we would run into a burning house to save are big quilts. It will take you days to make one, but at the end of it you truly have something that is worth every second of the time you spent.'
As many of you know, Mary Fons is the daughter of Marianne Fons, the co-creator of the uber quilting brand Fons & Porter. With a background in improv acting and slam poetry in Chicago, Mary got pulled into the quilt media world when Liz Porter stopped taping new TV shows and Mary started filling in. Next, came her sassy online TV show for beginners, Quilty, and then her magazine of the same name. The TV show has entered its fourth year (200-plus episodes, 6 to 10 minutes each), and the magazine its third. So Mary's got streetcred, so to speak, of her own, and continues to carve out her own niche. The book is brimming with Mary's attitude, style and sense of humor. Her personality comes roaring through in this book, as in this excerpt from the Introduction: 'For those who want a quick quilt fix, this book will make an excellent coaster.'
The 12 projects are generally well known traditional blocks like churn dash and bow tie, which mix Mary's reverence for old-fashioned patterns with the streamlined boldness and palette of the moderns. She calls them "21st-century scrap quilts" because they benefit from the vast choices of available fabric. So, for a simple but striking repeating triangle motif, she provides a beautiful example "using 20 different shapes of light green."
The book is very beginner friendly partly because it is unusually generous with excellent tutorials on all the basic steps in quilt-making.
My favourite quilt is in the book — the one that is on all the ads — My Dear, the nine patch with the wonderful row of rolling stone blocks. Oh and I want to make the 25 square block, Hello, There, and the flying geese quilt, Northbound, that is on the cover. And because I was reading and savouring every word I am not even through the book yet. Oh, I can go home and look at more!!!!
Okay, the nitty gritty. I am following the pattern for My Dear. I am making a quilt for my cousin with leftover fabrics from her mom. Her mom was a quilter; she made a quilt for my daughter when she was born. Our grandmother also quilted. See? Mary and I have a lot in common; we come from a family of quilters. I am hopeful this pattern will work with various sized scraps. Not too much commitment from any piece of fabric. Just need a minimum of 4 squares.
I read all Mary’s suggestions for choosing fabrics and pared down my original selection. I kept with the blue and red material. I may branch out if I run short. Not sure what colours I will make the rolling stone blocks.
Here are my sample blocks. I am in love with this quilt. The instructions are clear, if Mary has suggested a way to do something she always references back to the instruction and page number, and the numbers are correct; love that. I am enthused! Cut all the fabric!
I am paring down the size of the quilt for my cousin. Most of the quilts in this book are queen or king size. As Mary says these quilts are a commitment and you will not be able to finish them in a weekend. That is okay! I am savouring the journey. Each step of the process is to be celebrated and enjoyed. “Quilters are impatient people” but we do love each part of the quilt making process.
As I sew up this quilt I remember the strong wonderful women in my family, the pioneer women who created quilts that were utilitarian and beautiful, and the new generation of quilters starting out. My cousin will be able to wrap herself in this quilt and feel all the love I have for her. Mary Katherine Fons Make + Love Quilts — yes it is in every stitch, a complete gift, and a beautiful and thought provoking book.
Mode + Fabric
Examining the 21st Century Scrap Quilt
Contrast, Hue, and Value
Tools and Supplies, Patchwork Notes, Quilting, and Binding .
1 - Northbound
2 - Forest Preserve
3 - Whisper
4 - The Royal We
5 - Formal Affair
6 - Hello, There
7 - Rum Raisin
8 - Herzog
9 - My Dear
10 - Devotee
11 - Night Sky
12 - Embers
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