All posts by Carrie Sisk

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.

BLOCK Friday: Spiderweb Quilts

Spiderweb quilts are aptly named — you can see the spiderweb shape in each quilt block whether you’re a quilter or not! Many spiderweb quilts double as string quilts, although not all. Some Spiderweb quilt patterns have specific cutting instructions and even offer quilt kits including specific fabrics. You’ll find, with Spiderweb string quilt patterns, utilizing…

Margie Ullery’s Off-Camera Interview — Facebook Live Replayed

On September 1, 2016, we had the pleasure of taping a Facebook live event with Margie Ullery. Margie’s Craft Online University course, Creative Quilting & Sewing with Fabric Panels, inspired the Fons & Porter team to share some of her projects while onset for this course and have Margie walk us through a quick project. We learned…

Before You Buy Holiday Quilt Kits Online, Read This!

You’ve found a quilt you LOVE — the arrangement and fabrics combine to make the perfect project. It was destined to be yours! It really doesn’t get any better than this; a situation like this is truly a quilters’ paradise. But then, you learn the fabrics aren’t available as a quilt kit online and it’s crushing. How could…

BLOCK Friday: Log Cabin Quilt Layouts – Pineapple Variation

Log Cabin quilts come in hundreds of variations. You might recognize the name of these Log Cabin quilt layouts showcasing different quilt block settings and quilt arrangements: Courthouse Steps, Pineapple, Barn Raising, Sunshine and Shadows, Chevron and White House Steps. As with most quilt blocks, you’ll find different names used for the same variation or quilt block.…

Sew Easy: Windowing Fusible Appliqué

New Quilt Patterns for the Seasons & Great Techniques!

Seasons change with the scenery… and the quilts keep coming! There are some amazing projects available now for upcoming seasons and holidays. Quilters like to get started on seasonal projects early so they are finished when the time comes to enjoy them. We’re lucky to have such talented quilters and artists designing quilt patterns and…

Caroline's Chair Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Irish Chain Quilts

For those quilters who like knowing the history of the quilts they make, or learning something new about the craft, you’ll enjoy this week’s BLOCK Friday. Irish quilts are steeped in American history and they continue to thrive as some of quilting’s most popular designs. Plus, they’re pretty to look at and bring a sense of nostalgia with them for…

A Quick Wall Hanging Quilt by Lynette Jensen

The beginning of every month brings with it a giddy anticipation for me. I know that Lynette Jensen is going to share her creative thoughts and inspiration for that month’s project from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! It’s really exciting to hear from the designer herself, especially someone as well-versed and well-known in…

Get the Most out of Your Longarm Quilting Machine!

Longarm quilting isn’t as easy as some people make it look. I know firsthand! Although I don’t own a longarm quilting machine (it’ll happen one day!), I’ve practiced a bit on other quilters’ machines, and I can certainly attest to the “practice makes perfect” adage. Owning one is a huge commitment! Once I get my hands on…

BLOCK Friday: Cathedral Window Quilt Block

Think lofty vaulted ceilings made of handcrafted wood beams in a grand and spacious cathedral with floor to ceiling stained glass windows. It’s no wonder the Cathedral Window quilt block is so popular – its inspiration is so lovely! These quilt blocks are so much fun because they make such a different statement depending on the colors and…

Fabric for Life 2016

Win Fabric for Life from Keepsake Quilting!

It’s here again! A chance to win Fabric for Life! Someone WILL be the grand prize winner and win a 20 year supply of fabric delivered straight to their doorstep. Why not you? Enter every day from now until December 31, 2016 for your chance to be the grand prize winner. PRIZE DETAILS: Grand Prize: 20 year supply…

Scarlet Swirl Quilt

Fons & Porter’s Latest & Greatest Quilts

We have so many quilt patterns and so many quilt kits to choose from, where to start? That’s why I’m here! I’ll show you around so you can peruse the wonderful world of Fons & Porter quilts with ease. This is pretty exciting stuff — our newest quilts — so feel free to ooohh and aaahh from…

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

Quilting Video Tutorials Made Just for YOU!

Many people are visual and auditory learners, so quilting videos tend to be really helpful when trying to master a technique or make a specific quilt or project. Quilters’ preferences vary widely, so we like to offer guidance in a variety of areas. Here are some of our tutorials that are quite helpful.   Absolute Beginner Machine…

How to Finish a Quilt

Save $$ – Learn how to Finish a Quilt like the Pros!

Do you know how to bind a quilt? Do you know how to quilt your own quilts? There are several steps to finishing a quilt and we’d like to pass on our quilting knowledge, tips and tricks to you! We have plenty of resources for you to take advantage, including tips from the Fons & Porter staff,…

Spice Market Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Rainbow Quilts

An exciting way to explore variety in quilts is through color. Quilts using color to create visual appeal is not a new concept, but unique and enticing color arrangements can be what makes a quilt an original. Think of your favorite quilts and how they use color. Some may focus on a single tone — purple…