PBS quilter to hold workshops, lectures | News

MATTOON (JG-TC) — PBS “Love of Quilting” co-host Mary Fons is set to hold workshops, lectures and book signings on Friday and Saturday in Mattoon.

This master quilter’s biography reported that she created “Quilty,” a weekly online how-to program for beginner quilters, in 2010 and that she served four years as editor of “Quilty” magazine.

Fons is a bi-monthly columnist, known as The Quilt Scout, at Quilts.com and writes daily posts on her PaperGirl blog at www.maryfons.com. She co-hosts “Love of Quilting” on PBS alongside her mother, Marianne Fons.

Her first book, “Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century,” was released in 2014. “Dear Quilty,” a retrospective and pattern book from the pages of Quilty magazine, was released in 2015.

Fons has launched a Small Wonders fabric line in partnership with Springs Creative and a Small Wonders pattern line in association with McCall’s. She is an amateur quilt historian and serves on the board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

The Mattoon Arts Council plans to host the special events featuring Fons in the Lone Elm Room at the Mattoon train depot, 1718 Broadway Ave.

Fons is set to hold two workshops on Friday — “1,000 Pyramids + Mary’s Color Clinic,” 9 a.m.-noon; and “Paper Pieced Log Cabins,” 1-4 p.m. This will be followed by a book signing, 6-6:30 p.m.; trunk show, 6:30-7:15 p.m.; and “Ten Things I Know About Quilting and Life” lecture, 7:15-8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule features a “Giant: No-Fear Partial Seams” workshop, 9 a.m.-noon; “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of the American Quilt” lecture, 2 p.m.; “A Thirty Something Quilter Tells All” lecture, 5 p.m.; and book singing, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are sold out for the “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” lecture and are now only available on a wait…

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