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.

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Fusible Appliqué

Some quilters love patchwork and think appliqué is the “A” word. Other quilters choose appliqué over patchwork. For me, a bit of patchwork combined with a sprinkle of appliqué is the best of both worlds. My favorite appliqué method is fusible appliqué, which is fast and easy. There are many brands of fusible web on the market. Some brands have…

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Quilters

Did you know that today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day? In many parts of the world, today is set aside to celebrate the man behind the legend, the prototypical Christmas gift giver, the precursor to our very own Santa Claus. So what better day to think about decorating our homes, quilter style? You may…

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Strip Quilt Ideas: Stripology With Gudrun Erla

By Abigail Dolinger Hello Quilters! Have you been itching to take a Craft University online class? I recently completed the “Stripology” class by Gudrun Erla, and I’d like to tell you about it. If you’re intrigued with strip-piecing and quick piecing techniques, you are going to love this class! Gudrun bases the seven video lessons…

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BLOCK Friday: Basket Quilts

Quilts depicting basket shapes have been part of the American quilting lexicon for nearly two centuries. Whether represented as a quilting motif, a trapunto design, a realistic appliqué pattern, or as stylized patchwork, the basket designs found on quilts are old favorites and serve as welcoming symbols of hearth and home. Basket quilt patterns vary…

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Batik Quilt Patterns For All Skill Levels!

In the world of fabric, there is a special category that inspires love, awe, and stash lust like no other. Yes, we’re talking about batik designs! Batik fabrics add such richness and depth of color and texture to quilts. But not just any quilt pattern looks its best made in batiks. Quilt designers working with…

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Quilt Pattern Books: Little House of Quilts

Did you know that Fons & Porter publishes not only magazines, but books as well? We are very proud of our quilt pattern books, and are always looking for new authors and concepts to bring to our readers. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce to you Little House of Quilts by Laura Stone Roberts:…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Using EQ7 to Design Quilt Patterns

When I began designing quilts in the mid-1980s, I used graph paper and colored pencils to create designs. Not only was it a time consuming process, but I had to visualize how the quilt design would look in actual fabric instead of colored pencils. In 1991, Electric Quilt (EQ) introduced their first software program for designing quilts. I was smitten…

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Fast Fall Quilt Patterns To Inspire

With Thanksgiving just three days away, you may be shaking your head and thinking, “No way is there time to make anything quilted before turkey day.” And you’d be right if you were thinking only of large quilts or items with difficult construction. But we’re here to tell you that with just a few hours…

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BLOCK Friday: Apple Core Quilts

Apple Core quilts get their name from the one and only patch shape that goes into their construction, which resembles the side view of an apple core. The top and bottom edges of each patch have convex (“outie”) curves, while the side curves are concave (“innie”). The length of the outer and inner curves are…

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Easy Quilts Winter 2016 – SEW Much To Love!

The Winter 2016 issue of Easy Quilts magazine just went on sale and we thought we’d share photos of some of the quilts inside with you today. This issue is so fun, packed with loads of fresh and fast quilt patterns. Do you know anyone who likes their music old-school style, on vinyl records? Emily…

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There’s Nothing Like A Handmade Gift!

‘Tis the season for quilters to be stitching away on thoughtful handmade gifts for the holidays. Whether you’re making a large quilt for someone special, or creating dozens of smaller items assembly-line style, chances are you are swiftly sewing and starting to count down to your deadline. Holiday gift making can become frantic if you…

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Patriotic Quilts – A Salute To Our Veterans

November 11 is a day set aside to honor our veterans and express our gratitude for their service and sacrifices. The Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOV) is one of the largest groups in the nation dedicated to making patriotic quilts and presenting them in thanks to veterans and members of the armed forces. Fons & Porter…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Using Quilting Templates and Rulers

Are you ready to take your quilts to another level? Then it’s time to start making quilts with templates and specialty rulers. When I started quilting in the mid-1970s, I made my own templates from cardboard. I’d trace around the cardboard template and cut out the pieces using scissors. After tracing a few times, the template was no longer…