Fons & Porter Blog

From the expert quilting staff at Fons & Porter, we welcome you to our quilting blog filled with rich content, perfect for quilters of every level – whether you just picked up the bug or have been quilting for years.

Here, you’ll find quilting techniques, tips and tricks from quilting experts aimed at helping you improve your skills one step at a time. You’ll also find information about quilt styles and blocks, like our popular BLOCK Friday series where we profile different quilt blocks and give you suggestions on using them in your quilts. We also talk about some of the important questions in quilting like how to bind your quilt and whether or not you should prewash your quilt fabrics, along with some surprises.

Strippy Pyramids Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Triangle Quilts

Triangle quilts are often simple to make, but can produce a powerful reaction once finished. There are a large variety of triangles to choose from when arranging your quilts and triangle quilts make great projects for quilters. Geometric quilts create symmetry, and are pleasing to the eye, so quilts featuring the same unit repeatedly have…

SAR Acid Free Storage Box

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…

Military Quilts in New York City: Hexagon Soldier

Military Quilts: Destination New York City

One of the best ways to get some inspiration for your next quilt project is to see vintage or antique quilts in person. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “repro” quilter, the designs and craftsmanship on display in these works of art are not to be missed. If you find yourself near…

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…

Candy Corn

Tricks and Treats: Have FUN with Halloween Quilts!

The first frost may be weeks off, but when the Halloween prints are hitting fabric shops, we quilters know the harvest season is approaching! Halloween quilts are just plain fun to make. It’s not a traditional, heirloom category, so we quilters can really let go and get crazy—now’s the time for novelty prints or neon…

Rainbow Quilt: One

Kelly Biscopink: Sew the Rainbow – Rainbow Quilts

Rainbow quilts are a great way to brighten any day! This post is from guest blogger Kelly Biscopink. Thanks, Kelly, for sharing some of your favorite rainbow themed quilts with us! Unicorns love ‘em, little kids love ‘em, I love ‘em—I mean, who doesn’t love a rainbow? I have been quilting with ROYGBIV in mind…

Oh, Look! Oh, Look!

BLOCK Friday: String Quilt Scrapbuster!

The string quilt is a scrapbuster, no doubt, and it can also be incredibly liberating. Constructed from a series of thin strips (the strings), string-pieced blocks come in a wider variety of shapes and designs than you might expect. Kris Peterson, staff technical writer at Fons & Porter, talks about the series of string quilts…

what a clean and tidy workspace

More sewing room organization tips!

Sewing room organization benefits everyone! This post is from Quilting Arts Assistant Editor Katie Chicarello. Thanks, Katie, for sharing these great tips from your recent reorganization project! Like so many quilters and crafters out there, my workspace is infinite in my mind, but very finite in reality. I am a beginner in all senses—my stash…

Kelly Biscopink: What’s on your Design Wall?

This post is from guest blogger Kelly Biscopink. Thanks, Kelly, for sharing what you’re working on with us! Hi quilty pals! I hope that, like me, you’re getting some stitching time in today! Today in my little sewing haven, I’m working on a haunted village of improv-pieced houses. What makes ‘em haunted? For the primary…

Sweethearts Baby Quilt

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Sweethearts*

Something sweet for your week—today’s Free Quilt Pattern Friday quilt is Sweethearts, an excellent quilt for a new baby. Show your love, handmade style! This pattern uses 10″ squares (often called Layer Cakes), sliced and sewn and set on point to create super-easy heart quilt blocks. In addition to a free video for just for…