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 a different quilt block each week 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.

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Tip Tuesday: 10 Quilting Notions Hacks – Templates

Today’s Tip Tuesday is all about quilt supplies, specifically quilting templates! Quilting notions are a huge part of quiltmaking, so 10 quilting hacks come in handy. You know what else is fun about today’s Tip Tuesday? You get to vote on which tips you like the most! It’s a Tip Tuesday quilting notions quiz. Check it out! There are 4 free easy quilt patterns waiting for you just for taking a look.

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We want YOUR Opinion! What do you think??

We’re proud of our magazines, but we want to know what you think! After all, we’re thinking of you when we put them together. We love quilting and we want our quilters to be happy! So readers, what do you think of this issue? Tell us and get easy FREE quilting patterns!

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Mitered Quilt Borders

Some quilters add mitered quilt borders to all of their quilts. I only add them when I’m using a gorgeous border stripe – they are the perfect choice and nicely frame a quilt. There are several ways to sew the corners on mitered borders, but I’ve found a particular method that gives me the best results. I’ll give you step-by-step directions in today’s blog!

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Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club

The Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club is similar to block of the month quilts, but instead of quilt blocks, you get an entire project! This exclusive club features projects designed by world-famous quilter Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries! Find out what’s waiting for you in the mail!

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Easy Quilts Spring 2016 Contest! Enter to Win!

Do you like to appliqué with wool felt? Tell us for a chance to win! The Lumenaris Ladybug Collection consists of pre-cut wool felt kits to make items for your sewing basket, home décor, and something just for you! These kits include all of the wool felt parts, wooden bobbins with floss, stuffing, instructions, and even a needle. Entering is easy! See how!

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BLOCK Friday: Nine Patch Quilt Patterns

The Nine Patch quilt block has been around for hundreds of years – it’s part of American history! In the 1800s, children began their sewing education with simpler projects, like Nine Patch quilt patterns. Today, Nine Patch quilt patterns are used traditionally and have also been modified to accommodate contemporary quilt patterns. Let’s take a look at how the Nine Patch influences today’s quilts.

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Tip Tuesday: Quick & Unique Quilt Patterns

Calling all quick quilt lovers! Unique quilt patterns that double as quilt-in-a-day patterns, jelly roll quilt patterns and layer cake quilt patterns? Can’t get much better than that. Here are some of my favorite quilts that work up quickly, are a lot of fun and make an impact.

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Homemade Quilts – a Holiday Miracle

I’ve been working in the quilting industry for 16 years and I truly appreciate homemade quilts. My mother-in-law had a crazy idea: she would make five homemade quilts for her five children in just three months. Is that possible? I wasn’t so sure, but she was convinced that she could manage it and manage it well. The holidays have come and gone, and I am astounded at my mother-in-law’s quilting skills. Did she finish what she set out to do? Come see!

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Nice to Meet You!

I’m Nancy Mahoney and I’m super excited to be a regular guest blogger for Fons & Porter! For my first post, I want to tell you a little about my quilts and fill you in on some upcoming discussions about quilting techniques and general quiltmaking that I’ll be sharing with you in the near future. And, of course, I have to invite you into my sewing studio! Welcome to my quilting classroom – it’s nice to meet you!

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BLOCK Friday: House Quilt Blocks

House quilt blocks have a way of bringing American history into modern homes. They’ve have seen a metamorphosis of sorts since the the quilt block’s conception in the latter part of the 1800s with pioneers and the movement west. The quilt community’s efforts to keep this great story alive means that quilters are actually quilting the history of America! See how House quilt blocks have changed over the years and how the quilt block first looked when it began to appear in quilts.