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Carrie Sisk

About Carrie Sisk

Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

Scrappy Triangles Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Top 10 Most Popular!

We love a good BLOCK Friday and we know you do, too! Well, we know that you love the BLOCK Fridays listed below, anyway. Today, we’re sharing the 10 most popular write-ups in this series featuring quilt and quilt block history, quilt patterns and techniques, tutorials and tools for easier and accurate construction. So, let’s start the…

Marianne & Rebecca Fons Save a Small Town Theater

We all know Marianne Fons. She’s the Fons in Fons & Porter. She’s an expert quilter, TV show personality, author and lecturer. And, now? She’s added movie theater owner to the list. Marianne announced the purchase of the theater on her Facebook page in August 2015: We figure it will take us a couple of…

Patriotic Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Patriotic Quilts

4th of July, Veteran’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day… the list goes on! Patriotic holidays in the U.S. are plentiful and many of us like to decorate our homes in solidarity with, and in honor of, these holidays. Think American flag quilts, patriotic table runners, and the like. As quilters, we have the means…

Aviary - Block of the Month Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Block of the Month Quilts

Receiving a box each month with new materials for a single quilting project is pretty exhilarating. There’s something about block of the month quilts that’s just so appealing. Is it the anticipation of the next package arriving with quilting goodies? Fresh fabric certainly is addicting. It could also be the shorter stints at the sewing machine, keeping…

In The Blue of the Evening Quilt

Traditional Quilters Can Appreciate Modern Touches

When it comes to traditional quilting, it’s hard to imagine where modern quilts play a part. The two are mutually exclusive, aren’t they? Well, not necessarily. You can make a quilt that features a traditional quilt pattern, but uses modern techniques. How about a quilt with a modern layout using traditional fabrics? There are plenty of ways to…

Bed-Size Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Kaleidoscope Quilt Blocks

Kaleidoscope (as defined by Merriam-Webster): An instrument containing loose bits of colored material (such as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed that changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns. Kaleidoscope quilt blocks are aptly named, aren’t they? An integral part…

Batik Fabrics and Batik Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Batik Quilt Patterns

Using beautiful batik fabrics can make any quilt pattern pop right off of the quilt. Stunning batik fabrics are perfect for many different quilting patterns—from Civil War quilt patterns to floral quilts. Batik quilt patterns not only make a stunning statement, they are also a lot of fun to work with. A wide variety of choices—multicolored, semi-colored,…

Throw Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Woven Quilts & Quilt Blocks

Woven quilt blocks, or quilts that appear to be woven, are a delightful optical illusion. They can appear complicated, but depending on the quilt and design layout, they might be quite simple to create. Using graphic prints, sashing tricks and pre-cuts, quilters have the tools to make a woven quilt appear challenging, even if the process was quite simple.…

Patriotic Patchwork - Patriotic Quilts

Donate Time, Talent & Quilts: Quilts for Kids & Quilts of Valor®

Donating time, money, talent and quilts is such a gift to the recipients, whoever they may be. In the case of the two organizations we’re highlighting here, they are servicemen, servicewomen and children. Very deserving people, indeed. We’re dedicated to supporting these organizations and hope that you’ll join us. Here’s how you can help. The…

Off My Back by Tony Jacobson

BLOCK Friday: Disappearing Nine Patch

Quilting is an integral part of American history, especially during the time of the pioneers and their move west. Women sewed, as was tradition, and children began their sewing education with simpler projects, like Nine Patch quilt patterns. The Nine Patch quilt block has been around for hundreds of years. As the years have passed, the Nine Patch has,…

Luck of the Irish Quilted Tablerunner Project

BLOCK Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Quilts

The holidays are extra special for quilters because it gives us an excuse to take on new and exciting projects (and we get to decorate — very important). This month, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and the name of the game is Irish Chain and/or green quilts. Are these on your quilting bucket list? Yes…

Move Over Brown, Pink’s in Town!

Do you know about the color of the year? Robert Kaufman Fabrics announces a new color annually that is expected to trend across quilting, sewing and crafting communities. Sure, brown quilts are lovely, but for 2017, flamingo pink quilts are what’s hot. Last year, highlight yellow was the color of the year and it was…

Quell those Quilt Binding Queasies

Binding a quilt can be anxiety inducing for quilters — it ends up being stressful when we’d like it to be fun. Well, it’s time. It’s time to make binding a quilt something to look forward to! Since Fons & Porter loves all things quilting, we have a ton of resources for you, including quilt binding…

Cross Road to Grandma's House Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Album Cross Quilt Block

Happy BLOCK Friday! We have a tried-and-true quilt block for you today — the Album Cross block. It has withstood the test of time, having been a popular block for quilts made in the 1800s, like the quilt featured here from 1844. For you traditional quilters, you’ll likely recognize the Album Cross, either by name or…