Comments and posts and fanmail, oh my!

Hey, y’all:

Mary, here. Something’s been on my mind and it’s been bugging me. There are a lot of amazing comments and emails and FB posts from folks and try as I might, it’s kind of a Sisyphean task to keep up! I get some help, sure, but it’s so hard to make sure every question is answered/acknowledged.

This is not me admitting defeat! No, no!

It’s just me letting you all know that I read everything, I try to comment on as much as I can, and I *very much* appreciate every last shred of dialogue. If it takes me/us a minute to get back at you, please have mercy. It’s kinda growing like a weed around here and it’s great. Don’t stop.

In conclusion, this kitteh on a quilt, from a wonderful series on CyBerGaTa, a great blog from Nancy Lucia Lopez in New Mexico:

For more cats on quilts, you gotta click on that link above. Kitteh!


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1 Christine Horne { 07.25.12 at 1:16 pm }

Mary, Just hope you’re feeling ok. Think of you often Keep up the good work!

2 SANDY { 07.28.12 at 5:29 pm }

I am looking for a site that can help me with a problem …. any suggestions
I took a quilted Xmast tree skirt to the dry cleaners and it came back with a purplish stain and what looks like scorch marks in another area. Any direction to help salvage this would be greatly appreciated … Thanks

3 Carmen { 08.01.12 at 9:55 pm }

Hey Mary,
I want to buy that big book of quilt blocks that you mentioned in one of your Quilty episodes. You qualified its promotion by saying that you don’t normally show preference for one item over the other on your show, but you love that big book. Alas! I cannot find the Quilty episode where you mentioned said BIG BOOK. If you, or one of your assistants, can send me the name of the book, or the Quilty episode number, I’d be so grateful! Also, are episodes 153-200 missing from QNNTV, or is that the way the numbering goes? Thanks for your show, the information, and your forthcoming response!

4 Donna Reasons { 08.01.12 at 11:55 pm }

Dear Mary,
This note is not pointed directly at you. It was the only spot I could find to comment. I first want to let to know, when I first started viewing their programs, (About 2-3 years ago), I was very excited. I could hardly wait for each knew program. Always something knew to learn. Now it seems it’s all about advertizing, and what they do show is all about Quilting with a quilting machine.
I don’t mind an occasional or one episode on machine quilting each week, but I would bet most of your viewers, can’t afford or have room for a quilting machine. (Not that I would mind having a Sweet-Sixteen.)
I do understand, it’s the advetisers that pay for these shows, but we who watch also pay to watch. The programs are like skeletons, compared with what they use to be…What Happened? Please bring back the teaching eposodes. Everyone wins that way.
We as the consumer buy more, materials, thread and tools. The advertisers sale more books, patterns, thread and tools. Obviously, the more we learn, the more products we buy.
I very much like the trips around the states to all the fabric stores, but without instruction, I doubt I will sew very much. (Ex. Nancy Ziegman shared instructions for a quilt, so I bought her book on line and the material I needed from a quilting shop. I also bought a ruler set from hearing it being advertised on Quilt Out Loud. and more.)
Which brings me to another question. Many times I’ve wanted to buy tools, books, thread or material, but could never figure out how to get it on line. They say just go to qnntv to find what you need. I don’t understand, because I’m already at qnntv. There’s many times I just became frustrated and gave up. Please help me here.
I would really appreciate your responce. My email is, my address is P.O. Box 735 San Miguel, CA 93451
Thank You
Donna Reasons
P.S. What happened to Patrick Lose? Is he coming back?

P.S. What happened to Patrick Lose?

5 Kimberly Perry { 08.03.12 at 11:11 pm }

I am not usually one to write “fan mail”. Please know that I really appreciate the Fons and Porter Love of Quilting show. It plays on my PBS station on Saturday mornings. I have now been watching it for 10 years now. And even tho I miss Liz being there, I truly love to watch the interaction between you Mary and your mother. It is a delight to watch and learn from you both. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Kim Perry

6 linda bailey { 08.04.12 at 11:04 pm }

your tv show and books also web site are just the greatest thank you linda for giving us agreat quilting…

7 jeanquilts { 08.06.12 at 6:04 pm }

I am an ole quilter, and am learning to read blogs about quilting. I love, love watching you and your Mom on Fons and Porter on Sat NPT. I actually took an applique class from your Mom 18-20 years ago in Tennessee. (where I live).
Anyway, I really enjoy your enthusiasm and bubbly quilt instructions. Can hardly wait for the next show!

8 Marilyn Gauntt { 08.06.12 at 8:18 pm }

When will we be able to register for the Fall issue of Quilty magazine. I loved it and don’t want to miss it. I am an oldie coming back to quilting and love all your comments and suggestions.

Where are you on TV? I used to watch Fons & Porter on public TV, but can’t find that anymore.

Best of luck to you and your staff. Marilyn Gauntt-New Hampshire

9 mfons { 08.07.12 at 8:04 pm }

Thanks, Marilyn!

First off, the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of Quilty will be on sale in October and you will LOVE the issue. It’s even better than that first, I promise. And as for TV, contact your local PBS affiliate to see when the show airs in your state/area. We’re on the Create Network, too, if you have cable. Thank you, Marilyn!

:) Mary

10 mfons { 08.07.12 at 8:04 pm }

Jean! What a wonderful comment. “Ole quilter” made me laugh. We really, really appreciate the kind words. Keep churning out those quilts, lady! :) Mary

11 mfons { 08.07.12 at 8:05 pm }

Our pleasure, Linda. :) Mary

12 Linda Edwards { 08.07.12 at 11:50 pm }

Was watching my weekly PBS Fons & Porter (which I love) on July 28; and you were making a quilt for Quilts of Valor. My friends and I want to do; but, of course, I forgot to write the episode # or where I can get the pattern. It was a simple quilt block with a small square of two triangles in the upper right and lower left corner. Thanks

13 Jo Ann { 08.11.12 at 7:14 pm }

Just saw the episode about the Milky Way quilt. It was just great to see Liz on the show. I have missed her so much. She looks great and seems so happy in retirement. Please try to get her to agree to at least one episode each series. She added a lot to my Saturday. THANKS!

14 Sue Horvath { 08.12.12 at 11:47 am }

Hi Mary!

Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your show! I have been sewing since I was 8 (I’m way older now – somewhere around after 40 and before 50) and have a 12 y/0 daughter who sews. It’s time we spend together, having a few laughs, grumbling when we have to rip something out, but sharing our artwork – because it is an art. I think of quilts as my medium, but still love to sew garments. One thing about quilters, when you walk into a shop and someone is trying to put fabrics together, they often ask for your opinion or ideas. You have found an instant friend. Quilters, I have found, are great people – they love to share what they are doing, are interested in what you are doing, share tips and ideas and want to find out what your tricks of the trade are. we have a guild where I live (northern Ontario) and the talent is truly humbling. Thank you, again, for all your hard work – you are trulyl appreciated!

15 Mike { 08.14.12 at 9:23 am }

A few weeks ago I saw an episode on Create channel where you were making blocks with black and white fabric then added three bright colors, red, green and yellow I believe, that looked like ribbon woven thru the quilt. anybody know the episode # or if a pattern is available. pretty sure it featured Mary and her mom.

16 Jquilt { 08.14.12 at 6:43 pm }

Evidently someone has chosen to rename the Folded Pineapple block and renamed it Courthouse steps. The block in the new Love of Quilting magazine is not correctly named. These blocks have had the same names for many, many years and it is not right to rename them at this point in time.

17 mfons { 08.16.12 at 1:56 pm }

Hi, JQuilt. I’m not sure which quilt you’re referring to, but I’ll take a look in my copy of LOQ. I do know that “Courthouse Steps” is a term for the *setting* of a block like Log Cabin. Perhaps that’s what they mean… I’ll check it out, but remember: quilt blocks have changed names over the centuries of quilt-making and many have multiple names.

18 sb { 08.22.12 at 3:03 am }

I love the quilt on the cover of the Sept. Oct. Love of Quilting. Why no kit on this one?

19 Chris { 08.24.12 at 5:31 pm }

When can we subscribe to Quilty Magazine so I don’t have to go to the store to buy it?

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