Monthly Archives: December 2010


Are you making a New Years resolution?

We have great intentions, but how many do we really keep? I think I’ll go for the small things like trying to organize closets and my sewing room a bit more and finish a few UFOs finished- well maybe! It just wouldn’t be the same for some of us to finish everything- now would it?…

Helena Quilters Guild Presents: REFLECTIONS

Location: Helena Montana Civic Center – Corner of Benton and Neil Ave. Date: Saturday, May 21 10:00- 5:00 Sunday, May 22 10:00 – 4:00 Admission: $4.00 (under 12 free). Show includes: More than 300 quilts displayed, Guild Raffle, Quilt Boutique, Merchant Mall/Vendors, Demonstrations, Featured Quilter, Quilts for Comfort Display. For more information call: Nancy Alley,…


Do you see what I see?

Do you tend to notice, as I do, all of the quilty designs in Christmas? This is one of my favorite decorations.  Two of my favorite things in one-Santa and quilts! One of the customers in the store the other day mentioned that fabric is like Christmas lights to her. They make her eyes sparkle!…


Quilts in Afghanistan!

Our quilts made it safe and sound and here are a few of  Task Force Red Bulls with their quilts! We hope these keep you all warm and safe and thank you for serving to protect our freedom that we are so thankful for! The Fons & Porter staff


Needle Size

If you are unsure of the size of a sewing machine needle, use a magnifier to read the number on the shaft. The number is so small, you need to magnify it to see it.


Appliqué Overlay

To create an overlay when working on an appliqué block, photocopy the block pattern onto a transparency sheet on an inkjet printer. This saves the time of tracing on vinyl as well as ensuring accuracy of the overlay.


Needle Keeper

I love the Fons & Porter Dresden Plate pincushion for keeping my sewing machine needles organized. Using a fine point marker, I wrote a size and type of needle on each section. When I change a needle but want to keep it for another use, I can store it in the pincushion.


Quilt Shop Punch Cards

To keep punch cards organized and save time spent searching through my wallet, I use a giftcard holder. I decorated the holder with quilt design card stock, and put my punch cards inside.


Non-skid Foot Pedal

I attach a couple adhesive-backed floor protectors to the bottom of my foot pedal to keep it from sliding. They’re made to keep furniture from scratching floors, and you can find them in home improvement or dollar stores.