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Mary Fons of PaperGirl is a writer and quilter. She combines both of these talents beautifully in Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts + Great Quilting Advice (Fons & Porter/F+W).

From the publisher:

Geared toward beginner quilters, this exceptional 12-quilt collection incorporates stories, letters, advice, and tips to help each and every quilter develop technique that they can be passionate about!

Dear Quilty pulls from the best of four years of Quilty magazine. Mary was the longtime editor of the magazine and also host of the Quilty show. You can read a little about Mary’s love of the magazine and the Team Quilty mission here.

We have a free excerpt from Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts + Great Quilting Advice for you to download. The Geese Migration Quilt was designed by Cynthia Brunz of Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, and features scrappy flying geese and patches. It’s an easy quilt to make, and it’s visually striking; it’s the cover quilt! The design is a great option for both beginners and experienced quilters. Download your Geese Migration Quilt PDF Tutorial and start stitching!

If you are a beginner or if you’d like to share your love of quilting with someone new to the art and skill of quilting, take a closer look at in Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts + Great Quilting Advice! You can also comment for a chance to win a copy of the book. (Winner must have a U.S. street addresses for shipping.) Tell us who you’d share the book with if you win, or tell us if you are a beginning quilter (in which case we hope you’ll keep and love the book)…

Take a little time at PaperGirl, where you can read about Mary’s exciting life adventures (lots of cliffhangers lately!) and all things quilty.