It’s Here! At Last!

Ever since taping Marianne Fons’ Quilts of Valor special for Iowa Public TelevisionI have been inundated  with requests on where to buy my Stars and Stripes quilts pattern. I couldn’t tell you because knew the pattern was being given away as an exclusive in this issue.   I am both very happy and very proud to say that the pattern for my patriotic Quilts of Valor Foundation quilt has been published by Fons & Porter’s LOVE OF QUILTING magazine in their September/October 2012 issue that is just hitting the newsstands now!   Here’s what the issue cover looks like:

This is a pretty easy quilt to cut and to piece and the results are well worth the effort!  

Here are a few pictures from behind the scenes of the Iowa Public Television special . . . 

I ADORED my Rookie Mary Lou Metzger of Lawrence Welk fame! 

Mary Lou, Yours Truly, Alex AndersonMarianne Fons and Eleanor Burns

Love of Quilting’s Cindy Wade Hathaway, Mary Lou Metzger and me clowning around (of course)


Our Fabulous Rookies and their Divas! 


See the Quilts of Valor Special on Your PBS Station

If you would like to see the Quilts of Valor special on your local PBS station (and it’s guaranteed to make you sob — I’ve seen strong men cry while watching it) simply WRITE and TELEPHONE the Programming Executive at your local PBS stations.  Tell them that you want to see the Quilts of Valor special from Iowa Public Television televised on your PBS station!   To find out where you local station is just log onto

In the meantime, jump in the car and pick up your copy of LOVE OF QUILTING today!  They sell out quickly!  xoxom

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16 Comments on “It’s Here! At Last!”

  1. Kornelia Massner
    August 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM #

    I recieved the magazine for my birthday and immediately went into my stash for the fabrics. I have been waiting for this pattern and am over the moon that it’s finally out so I can get started! Thanks Cupcake for a fabulous pattern!!!!!!!


    August 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM #

    I just saw our local San Antonio (KLRN) PBS Presentation and Fund Raising on the Quilts of Valor (made a couple donations – one for the Quilts of Valor Pattern Book and DVD and one for the official Quilts of Valor Labels. I saw several of the beautiful quilts pictured above. Hope I receive my items soon and get started. I have a quilter friend in Lititz, PA that does numerous “Quilts of Valors” and she has been a great inspiration to me. I plan to make my first one for my brother a former Marine who served in Vietnam and was in all of the big battles such as Khe Sanh, Hill881, The Rock Pile and up in the DMZ. While he was reported missing numerous times, he did come home safe and in one piece; still has psychological effects and some effects from Agent Orange. What really stands out in my mind is when we picked him up at the Detroit Airport that people spit on him and us, shoved him and call him every vile name. That is something I will never forget; since there was the draft at that time, he didn’t have a choice unless he went to Canada. So I really appreciate the effort the Quilts of Valor organization is making.


  3. August 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM #

    My quilt is going to a Vietnam vet, too. I wore his POW/MIA bracelet in the 1970’s. Not that wars are good at anytime, but Vietnam was a particularly rough war for everyone involved. I missed the draft by millimeters. xoxom


  4. August 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM #

    as soon as i read this i went to the quilt shop and bought a copy. my quilt will go to a vietnam vet, my husband. thanks,ll mark


  5. Shannon Haas
    August 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM #

    I just received my copy of the magazine yesterday. I love your quilt! I’m going to make one for my Dad who is a Vietnam vet and one for my husband who is retired Army. Hoping to get them done for Christmas. Love ya!


    • August 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM #

      Cut out all of the pieces on one day first. Then you can easily get this quilt pieced in an easy day.


  6. August 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM #

    Joy oh joy! Ever since you first posted a pic of your wonderful quilt, I’ve been patiently waiting for this issue of F&P. Now I can make this for my ‘sailor boy’ – plan to make it part “memory quilt” too…with some fabrics from my dear Dad’s shirts, he was a very proud WWll veteran – I think he’d approve!


  7. Melanie Collins
    August 12, 2012 at 7:13 AM #

    Oh Mark – this pattern is FABULOUS!! Our motorcycle club ladies are wanting to make one to raffle off to send money to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Of course I also want to make one for myself too. We miss you here in Lincoln – come visit us soon!


  8. August 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM #

    I bought the DVD from Iowa Public TV ever since you first talked about it on your radio show. The pattern was included with the DVD. I love it and can’t wait to make it!


  9. hippievwchica
    August 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM #

    I love this pattern…..not your normal patriotic quilt (I wouldn’t expect any less). Gonna go buy the mag and then save it for my TODO list……xxoo


  10. August 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM #

    I let my subscription lapse during our move. Gonna have to run out and get me a copy fast.
    Love Love the quilt.


  11. Barb
    August 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM #

    Only saw bits of the show because grand kiddos were here. Can’t wait to get the video. What a neat concept! Would love to see the rookie/diva concept repeated with other rookies. Keep the same Divas. Inspiring entertainment!!!


  12. Enjay
    August 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM #

    Our local PBS Think TV aired it last Saturday and it was inspirational. Bought my fabric and beginning a Quilt of Valor this week.


  13. Jackie Gahlinger
    September 6, 2012 at 9:29 AM #

    Loved the quilt when I saw it on the PBS show and finally got the magazine. Over Labor Day weekend, I cut it out and sewed the star blocks. Finished the top yesterday and my quilt friends all love it and want to make one too! Amazingly, my quilt shop had the navy fabrics which I bought, not even realizing they were the ones you used. My first quilt will go to my husband, retired Air Force meterologist, and then I will make one for my son who retires from the Navy next May. Thanks for a fast & easy pattern!


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