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7 Quilt Room Organization Tips

As most quilters will testify, without a little planning the sewing room can all too easily become an unrecognizable space, with fabrics, rulers, templates, threads, and cutting supplies sprawled across the room. If this describes your sewing room, know that you’re not alone! Here are 7 quick and easy tips for quilt room organization. For many…

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A Haven In Houston

There’s something both heart-wrenching and beautiful about watching a location that has meant so much to our quilting industry turned into refuge for more than 9,000 people waiting out Hurricane Harvey. The George R. Brown Convention Center, home to Quilt Market and Quilt Festival every fall is a quilt haven for many of us. It’s…

Throw Quilt Patterns

Buying Fabric: How Much Should You Buy?

Round about 4:45 pm on a Thursday, we at Fons & Porter were discussing the popularity of Kris Peterson’s Eagle Scout (left), and how the unavailability of the khaki Boy Scout print has frustrated a number of our readers while buying fabric. Eagle Scout is a wonderful example of a how quilt design (a variation…

Dreaming of Spring Appliqué Quilt Kit

Back to School: Appliqué Brush Up

It’s almost hard to believe, but summer break is drawing to a close and kids are preparing for their return to the classroom. Backpacks filled with binders, markers, and new pencils stand by along new shoes and clothes to be called in to action on that exciting first day. Expectant students wonder who their classmates…

Sunshine & Shadows

Free Pattern Friday, Eclipse Edition: Sunshine and Shadows

In honor of the total solar eclipse on Monday—the first to be visible from the mainland US since March of 1979—let’s celebrate Free Pattern Friday with Sunshine and Shadows! The Sunshine and Shadows pattern is a classic, built using a Log Cabin quilt block. The play of values—the lights and darks—give this traditional quilt pattern…

Renewal Quilt

Renewal Quilt

This is, hands down, one of our favorite quilt blocks to make. The slick method involves making oversized four-patch units, cutting and reassembling. About This Quilt Finished Size: 88″ x 106″ Finished Blocks: 20 (18″) blocks Rating: Intermediate Designed by: Colleen Tauke Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Rotary Cutter, Olfa 12″ Spinning Cutting Mat, and…

Pencil Me In Quilt

Pencil Me In Quilt

Make your mark. Piece an array of vibrant fabrics that recall the joyful jumble in a box of colored pencils. Sharpen piecing and layout skills as you combine colorful print rectangles and Flying Geese to complete rows of pencils. Cutting time is shortened with pre-cut 2 1/2″-wide strips. About This Quilt Finished Size: 48″ x…

Summer Sorbet Quilt

Summer Sorbet Quilt

Scoop up a heaping helping of fabrics in luscious colors and playful prints to make a quilt that’ll forever put you in a vacation state of mind. About This Quilt Finished Size: 60″ x 72″ Finished Blocks: 30 (12″) blocks Rating: Intermediate Designed by: Ann Lauer Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Rotary Cutter, Olfa 12″…

Second Words Quilt

Second Words Quilt

You will have an almost instant doll quilt by using the leftover half-square triangles from the First Words quilt. That’s almost as sweet at these baby fabrics. About This Quilt Finished Size: 22¾” x 29¼” Finished Blocks: 63 (3¼”) blocks Rating: Intermediate Designed by: Colleen Tauke Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Square Up Ruler, Fons…

First Words Quilt

First Words Quilt

Working with sweet little prints is always a pleasure. The fun doesn’t stop there — the ingenious block construction is an added delight. About This Quilt Finished Size: 39½” x 39½” Finished Blocks: 16 (9⅛”) blocks Rating: Intermediate Designed by: Colleen Tauke Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Rotary Cutter, Olfa 12″ Spinning Cutting Mat, and…

Two Way Quilt

Two Way Quilt

This quick-to-sew throw made from 10″ squares is ingeniously pieced to create nice contrast and no fabric waste. About This Quilt Finished Size: 48″ x 64″ Finished Blocks: 48 (8″) blocks Rating: Intermediate Designed by: Sue Pfau Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Square Up Ruler, Fons & Porter Quarter-Inch Seam Marker, Fons & Porter Rotary…

Free Flight Quilt

Free Flight Quilt

Use leftover scraps from Target Practice to make this cute small quilt. It’s airy, and shows a lot of movement. About This Quilt Finished Size: 42″ x 56″ Finished Blocks: 48 (7″) blocks Rating: Easy Designed by: Dodi Lee Poulsen Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Square Up Ruler, Fons & Porter Rotary Cutter, Olfa 12″…

Target Practice Quilt

Target Practice Quilt

Raid your stash for bright 2 1/2″-wide strips. This easier-than-it-looks throw starts with Log Cabin-style units. Just add flip-and-sew squares at opposite corners of each unit to make the colorful arrow blocks. About This Quilt Finished Size: 70″ x 70″ Finished Blocks: 36 (10″) blocks Rating: Easy Designed by: Dodi Lee Poulsen Recommended Tools: Fons…