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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BLOCK Friday: Sister Quilt Blocks

Are you familiar with sister quilt blocks? They’re a visually stimulating way of using the same block twice in your quilt pattern. Sister quilt blocks are a fun way to see how the same quilt block can change the look of a quilt by using different colorways or by turning the second block at a…

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Kaleidoscope Burst Table Quilt Pattern by Lynette Jensen

Lynette Jensen is back with another lovely quilt pattern from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! You might be surprised to learn that this isn’t a scrap quilt pattern, although it certainly could become one! This table runner is called Kaleidoscope Burst and it’s an easy project that looks great with any décor! Here’s what…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Seasonal Quilt Patterns

Fall doesn’t officially begin for another week or so, but Labor Day weekend and kids returning to school always seems to signal that fall has arrived. A lot of us take a break from quilting during the summer, but now is the perfect time to jump back into sewing. Especially, if you’re planning on making quilt patterns — scrap quilt…

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Free Fabric! Online Contests with Big Payoffs

There are some great opportunities currently in the quilting world for entering to win outstanding prizes, including fabric for days (and even a lifetime). The Fabric for Life and Quilters Quilt the Blues Challenge are exciting giveaways with simple requirements. Everyone loves free quilt patterns (of which we have many), but these prizes give you the fabric to use with…

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BLOCK Friday: Spiderweb Quilts

Spiderweb quilts are aptly named — you can see the spiderweb shape in each quilt block whether you’re a quilter or not! Many spiderweb quilts double as string quilts, although not all. Some Spiderweb quilt patterns have specific cutting instructions and even offer quilt kits including specific fabrics. You’ll find, with Spiderweb string quilt patterns, utilizing…

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Margie Ullery’s Off-Camera Interview — Facebook Live Replayed

On September 1, 2016, we had the pleasure of taping a Facebook live event with Margie Ullery. Margie’s Craft Online University course, Creative Quilting & Sewing with Fabric Panels, inspired the Fons & Porter team to share some of her projects while onset for this course and have Margie walk us through a quick project. We learned…

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Quilting the Quilt: An Introduction to Curved Crosshatching

Contrast (noun). “The state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.” The word contrast is a key word in a quiltmaker’s vocabulary. We look for contrast in fabric shades, print scales, patch sizes, thread choice, and even quilting texture to make our projects more appealing. When it comes…

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Before You Buy Holiday Quilt Kits Online, Read This!

You’ve found a quilt you LOVE — the arrangement and fabrics combine to make the perfect project. It was destined to be yours! It really doesn’t get any better than this; a situation like this is truly a quilters’ paradise. But then, you learn the fabrics aren’t available as a quilt kit online and it’s crushing. How could…

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BLOCK Friday: Log Cabin Quilt Layouts – Pineapple Variation

Log Cabin quilts come in hundreds of variations. You might recognize the name of these Log Cabin quilt layouts showcasing different quilt block settings and quilt arrangements: Courthouse Steps, Pineapple, Barn Raising, Sunshine and Shadows, Chevron and White House Steps. As with most quilt blocks, you’ll find different names used for the same variation or quilt block.…

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New Quilt Patterns for the Seasons & Great Techniques!

Seasons change with the scenery… and the quilts keep coming! There are some amazing projects available now for upcoming seasons and holidays. Quilters like to get started on seasonal projects early so they are finished when the time comes to enjoy them. We’re lucky to have such talented quilters and artists designing quilt patterns and…

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BLOCK Friday: Irish Chain Quilts

For those quilters who like knowing the history of the quilts they make, or learning something new about the craft, you’ll enjoy this week’s BLOCK Friday. Irish quilts are steeped in American history and they continue to thrive as some of quilting’s most popular designs. Plus, they’re pretty to look at and bring a sense of nostalgia with them for…

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A Quick Wall Hanging Quilt by Lynette Jensen

The beginning of every month brings with it a giddy anticipation for me. I know that Lynette Jensen is going to share her creative thoughts and inspiration for that month’s project from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! It’s really exciting to hear from the designer herself, especially someone as well-versed and well-known in…