All posts by Mary Fons

Mary Fons

About Mary Fons

Mary Fons hails from a prominent quilt mafia family. A professional writer and performer, Mary co-hosted the nationally-airing PBS program "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting" along with her mom, famed quilter and educator Marianne Fons. In 2010, Mary began hosting Quilty, an online show offered weekly on QNNtv.com. In 2012, Mary became editor of Quilty magazine. She holds a Theater Arts BA from the University of Iowa.

Quilt Market Comes To You…

Greetings from Houston Quilt Market! You know, I was putting a picture up on Facebook and something hit me: are people who don’t go to Quilt Market super annoyed when everyone who goes to Quilt Market talks incessantly about it? Seriously. In the weeks before the show, it’s all we industry peeps talk about. The…

This Summer… The Scrap Quilt Reigns! (Calling All Submissions)

Quilty editorial meetings are always a lot of fun, but last week, we discussed something EXTRA neat: next summer (that’s 2014), we’re going to do a Special Totally Scrap Quilt Issue! Yeah! A whole issue of Quilty, devoted to the “scrap frenzy” that overtakes us all eventually. And yes, magazines work this far in advance:…

Fons and Porter, The Early Years

I was looking for a pattern the other day and I found this in my magazine stacks: That’s my mom, on the left there. And on the right, it’s Liz Porter. Above their heads, we see the magazine title, “Sew Many Quilts” — which, if you’ve been around for a minute, switched to “Love of…

Georgia Quilt Show — wow.

I’m here at the Georgia Quilt Show and yesterday, I was able to view about 20% of the quilts before I did a demo. The quilts are so great, I could’ve stopped there and gone home happy. Lucky for me, there were even more quilts to see. There’s a whole exhibit of Quilty magazine quilts,…

Time To Tape: Love of Quilting is NOW!

Pop quiz! I am in Iowa right now because: a) there are still fried Snicker Bar crumbs to be found at the Iowa State Fairgrounds b) it’s time to tape Love of Quilting c) my stepdad needed me to help him weed the garden d) Chicago kicked me out If you answered “b,” you are…

What Quilts Do.

Here’s what quilts do. Quilts… – keep us warm – make us smile – help us remember – keep us busy – drive us crazy – make our day – make someone else’s day – heal our wounds – comfort others – provide snuggle cover – provide emergency aid – help us feel better when…

Quilts As Protection!? A Call To Sew.

I’m reading a deliciously good book by Thomas Mallon called,  “A Book of One’s Own: People And Their Diaries.” I’m embarking on research for my dissertation, which will be years in the making. I’m pursuing an Master’s of Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago and it’s a good thing most of my classes are…

Windham, Well-Played

I was going through a stack of fabric cards this morning and saw this totally great print from Windham. It’s coming out in August and was designed by Whistler Studios. While I’m not typically a novelty-prints fan, I gotta say: “Quilt Girl” is really neat and I’m going to have to nab a bit of…

Wow, Norma. Wow.

You guys know I love it when fashion and patchwork meet up. I was just in Iowa and Mom told me about a huge, massive fracas back in the ’80s with Ralph Lauren. Apparently, the company bought up a huge number of old, used quilts and cut them all up to use in their clothes.…

I Left My Money In San Francisco. XOXO, Britex!

Guess where I was? San Francisco. For just two days. And it was really, really awesome, fabric adventure-wise. Food-wise, too. Man, did I eat some good food. Hill-wise, it was also great. Lots of good food, lots of hills, and the best part of all, a trip to Britex Fabrics. If you can — as…

The 8-Minute Challenge.

In early 2010, the idea for Quilty was born. I was at spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis and I looked around and thought, “There’s gotta be a show online that gives quilting instruction to beginners in little, friendly pieces. It’s got to look good, be entertaining, and teach basics and have guests… I think I…

Spring Market, Portland, OR

Well, it’s all over. Mostly. I still need to pack and get to the airport, but for the most part, Spring Market is wrapped up and boy, was it awesome. The fabric, the trends, and the best part, which never changes: the people. The donuts were good, too. And the crepe paper. And the enormous…

New Issue! Yesssssss!!!! :: fist pump ::

It’s here, it’s here! We got’cher Rookie Speaks, we got’cher Longarm Love, we got’cher 14 PROJECTS!!!, we got’cher Inspiration, LOOT, M.A.M.Q., juicy articles and tips — we gotch’er Spooly, too! It’s the May/Jun 2013 issue of Quilty magazine, folks, and it’s yours for a song. We love being your favorite quilting magazine and hope to…

The Beautiful Garbage.

Okay, it happened. I have falling in love with paper-piecing. I swore I never would! I said it was too finicky, took too long! I said it was a waste of paper, that I didn’t need all those teeny tiny points! I said it was for the birds! Or the paper-piecers! And that it was…