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Learn and perfect your piecing and pressing skills while making Jodie Davis’ sampler quilt. With simple brick walk rectangle blocks, friendship star blocks, pinwheel blocks, hourglass blocks, and nine patch blocks, this is a great opportunity to increase your know-how and cultivate new skills.

The fun begins on the first day of the class — we’ll cut and organize our fabrics into bags and get started on the center of the quilt. The second and third days we’ll work through our bags of quilt pieces to create blocks and grow our quilt tops, ending up with pieced borders. You may even finish the top! Jodie’s Sampler is easy enough for a new quilter who has a few projects under her belt and useful for anyone looking to pick up quilting secrets and finesse.

pic of Love of Quilting Cruise Project 1From nine patch to flying geese, learn to cut, piece, and press the basic building blocks of quilts. (Finished size is 96″ x 108″.)

Choose a kit from two color choices: batiks or 30’s prints and rev up your quilt craft:

  • Quick cutting and sewing
  • Pressing savvy
  • Half-square and quarter-square triangles
  • Flying geese expertise
  • Getting the knack of nine patch

Start a family tradition by making the Christmas Joy quilt to display during the holidays. Row by row, you’ll add new techniques and polish up existing skills while making this row quilt designed by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter.

Variety is the spice of quilting life. Join Editor Jean Nolte in a techniques-oriented workshop designed to help you wield the tools of the trade more proficiently; challenge you to stretch your comfort zone; and get you to feel at ease with more complex but vital methods of translating your creative vision into your quilt.

pic of Love of Quilting Cruise Project 2(Finished size is 81″ x 95″.) Relax and let Jean share her experience with you and come away with a sense of accomplishment. Through the Christmas Joy quilt, pick up time-honored techniques, plus tips and tricks on:

  • The hows and whys of diagonal seams
  • Squaring up blocks: doing it right the first time, step by step
  • The ups and downs of setting blocks on point
  • Easy foundation piecing: materials, permanent vs. temporary, templates and tips
  • Making Flying Geese units
  • Simple appliqué to add design elements where piecing won’t work
  • Making pieced letters
  • Using strip sets for borders and binding, with tips to make it a breeze
  • Making a label for your quilt: the how, what, why, and when


Have Fun with Kindred Spirits, Recharge Your Batteries, & Enjoy Balmy Quilting Weather

Imagine a place designed to satisfy your craving for quilting—the artistry, the fabrics, the stitching, the legacy. Now you can experience that place on Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Cruise, an event where the soothing rhythms of the Caribbean meet the passionate expression of the quilter’s arts. Join Love of Quilting editor Jean Nolte, Chief Quilting Enabler and Quilt Out Loud! co-host Jodie Davis, and Love of Quilting co-founding editor-in-chief Marianne Fons in a program of classes, projects, and social events (oh, and just a little bit of pampering, if you go for that sort of thing) on a mellow cruise seminar.

We’ve kept things simple so you can relax and focus on quilting. You have a conference fee, and a cruise fee. No surprises. No need to carry cash for classes and kits. No need to load your luggage with notions. No collection of small UFOs at the end of the seminar. We provide use of a sewing machine and iron. Exhale slowly, and nibble a welcome message from Love of Quilting. Meet new friends at our socials. Refine and advance your quilting skills in a seminar that sends you home well on your way with a new quilt enhancement to your household. Stitch! Indulge a bit with a complimentary spa treatment. Savor Holland America Line’s gracious service, elegant surroundings, folk and fine art collection, and warm hospitality.

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FT. LAUDERDALE — Monday, December 13, 2010

There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or venture to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA — Monday, December 6, 2010

A Dutch jewel with a tropical touch. In Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, explore the colorful floating market and Nassaustraat, brimming with quaint shops. Head for the beach where water sports abound: snorkeling, rides on glass bottom boats and submarines. Or venture into the countryside to see the haunts of the huge green parakeet, the unique rock gardens of Casi Bari, the curious divi divi tree, forever bending in the tradewind breezes.

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WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO — Tuesday, December 7, 2010

An isle of Dutch treats with the climate of coastal Venezuela? It’s none other than Curacao, with Amsterdam-style gabled storybook houses in the Punda section, duty-free Delftware always on sale, and the famous Curacao orange-flavored liqueur that now also comes in blue (surely a sign of the times!).

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HALF MOON CAY, BAHAMAS — Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holland America Line’s pristine private island offers everything you need for a day of play in paradise: a two-mile crescent of perfect beach; an interior lagoon; private beachside cabanas with showers, misters, and butlers; watersports and activities, including a children’s aqua park, nature hikes, and a personal watercraft course. In spite of HAL’s use of 2% of this 1,700-acre island, it is so pristine and unspoiled that it has been designated a Wild Bird Reserve by the Bahamian National Trust.

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Jodie Davis
Marianne Fons
Jean Nolte


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Cruise prices vary from $799 for an Interior Stateroom to $2,599 for a Deluxe Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change.) For those attending our PROGRAM, there is an $895 fee. Government taxes, port fees, and InSight Cruises’ service charge are $104.21 per person. Gratuities are $11 per person per day. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.

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The program fee is $895 and includes all fabric and necessary quilting notions; three days of classes to create one of the kits from the two project options (see column 1); all four lectures below; three one-hour, open-bar cocktail parties; a complimentary spa treatment; and after-class access to a sewing room. Our organized events only take place when we’re at sea, between 8:30am and 7:30pm.

The notions provided by Love of Quilting will be yours to keep, and will be tailored to the quilt project you choose. They will include things like a rotary cutter; scissors; ruler(s); cutting mats, pins and a pin cushion, a Klutz Glove, and more!


Why We Quilt

In this entertaining and informative visual presentation, Marianne Fons examines the motivations of American quilters from 1776 to the present day. Her lecture is illustrated with scores of quilts from museums and institutions around the U.S., as well as quilts from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting.

My Favorite “Quilty” Things

In this informal session, Marianne Fons provides the inside story on the creation of the successful Fons & Porter collection of special, better tools for quilters. You’ll learn what it takes to build a better mousetrap, find out which are her “faves” and enjoy mini-demos of several of the most popular items.

Top TV Tips

“Love of Quilting” co-host Marianne Fons shares favorite viewer tips from over a decade at the Tip Table on Fons & Porter’s popular show “Love of Quilting.” Learn how TV viewers handle binding control, tool storage, and stash management. Bring your own favorite tip to share!

Sew Much Fun with Marianne & Mary

For this informal session, seasoned quilter Marianne Fons and her daughter, budding quilter Mary Fons, share the perspectives of two distinctly different generations of quilters. TV viewers have enjoyed the mother-daughter dynamic of Marianne and Mary on their public television episodes. Here’s an opportunity to share the fun in person.

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