Now I know my ABC’s in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (March/April 2013)

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Hello Friends, it’s good to have you visit again.  Some of you had written to ask where you could access the pattern of this quilt when I had posted the following preview a few months ago.

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I am happy I can finally show you the quilt in its entirety, and tell you where to get the pattern instructions.  “Now I know my ABC’s” is officially featured in Fons and Porter’s latest Love of Quilting issue (March/April 2013).  Electronic download is available here.  Kits are also available here.

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This lighthearted child’s quilt finishes at 64″ x 74″ and should sufficiently fit a toddler’s bed.  The fabrics are from Benartex’s Googlies collection.  Click here to view the full range of fabrics.  If you are thinking of making this for a girly girl, be sure to check out the pastel and pink colorway.  But then again, would a girly girl like a Googlies-themed quilt?

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This quilt came back to me at the right time because Miss Baby’s is into monsters right now.  She was besides herself when she saw the myriad Googlies characters when I showed her the quilt.

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Let’s take a closer look… shall we?

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Quilting is done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting.  You will see I outlined quilted the Googlies, and added accents here and there to add a bit something to the overall look.  This quilt is not heavily quilted because I intend this quilt to be used, and not just for the eyes.

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I quilted fun swirls on the quilt border.  I hope you can see the yellow thread I used against the printed white fabric.  I shared about how to do these swirls here on my Thread Talk post, and here in my online class.

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I don’t really say this often, but I think this quilt is an instance where the backing makes the quilt!  Patch-print fabrics are quite popular these days, and I often use them for backing when they are available in a collection.

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I hope you enjoyed my Googlies quilt.  If you remember, I had shared with you here a free quilt pattern I designed, also using the Googlies, but in the pink girly girl colorway.

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Thanks for visiting!  I hope you have a fun-filled day!

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My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Now I know my ABC’s” – click on links for more information:

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  2 Wishes, to be posted

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches, to be posted

Quilter’s World (April 2013):  Monkey Around, to be posted

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow, to be posted

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

18 thoughts on “Now I know my ABC’s in Fons and Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING (March/April 2013)

  1. Wendy, I just got my Fons and Porter magazine on Saturday and just loved this quilt! How fun!!

    As a sidebar, could you share what you do with the threads when moving from one area to another in machine quilting. I find myself having “tails” and using a needle to pop them into the batting, but this can be tedious.

    Thanks!

  2. Such a cute quilt. Love the bright colors too. Wish that my Grandkids were a bit younger. I like friendly monsters……so maybe….. As always, your quilting is creative and fun!!

  3. Hello again! I love this quilt and went looking for the Googlies alphabet fabric with NO success! Seems everyone is out of it! Darned shame it’s in a new magazine and can’t be found!! Do you by any chance know where one can find it?

    • I finally found the alphabet panel! Every place I tried was out of it but found it at a quilt shop in Bayfield WI!! I’m in central Ohio and it came today and is BEAUTIFUL!!! (the shop is Orchard’s Edge) I have the F&P issue that it’s in but don’t know if I’ll be able to do that exact quilt but so glad I found the panel. Now the challenge is……will I be able to cut it up!!! And if I do get a quilt done from it…..will I be able to give it away!!! The panel for the back is still available so may get that later. Just love the quilt!!

      • Hi Polly,

        So glad you were able to locate the panel. I was told by Fons and Porter that the kits at their end are totally sold out! So, if you want that patch print fabric for backing – you might want to get it SOON!

        Happy Quilting, WS

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