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.

Free Quilt Pattern

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Whoo’s Ready for Summer?*

Summer’s approaching and owls are a popular design, so this whimsical quilt makes for the perfect addition to any kid’s room. It also makes an adorable gift. And… it’s a FREE quilt pattern! The simple shapes in Whoo’s Ready for Summer?—featured on episode 2508 of the Love of Quilting 2500 series —are fused and machine appliquéd…

Aviary - Block of the Month Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Block of the Month Quilts

Receiving a box each month with new materials for a single quilting project is pretty exhilarating. There’s something about block of the month quilts that’s just so appealing. Is it the anticipation of the next package arriving with quilting goodies? Fresh fabric certainly is addicting. It could also be the shorter stints at the sewing machine, keeping…

FREE Quilt Patterns

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Basket Quilts*

Basket quilts, like today’s FREE quilt pattern, make wonderful one-of-a-kind gifts and keepsakes that are sure to be treasured and admired, especially as the seasons change. For many quilters, basket quilt patterns create a warm, springtime feeling. This style of quilt dates back to the 18th century and is still among some of the best-loved quilt designs today, showcasing a…

In The Blue of the Evening Quilt

Traditional Quilters Can Appreciate Modern Touches

When it comes to traditional quilting, it’s hard to imagine where modern quilts play a part. The two are mutually exclusive, aren’t they? Well, not necessarily. You can make a quilt that features a traditional quilt pattern, but uses modern techniques. How about a quilt with a modern layout using traditional fabrics? There are plenty of ways to…

Bed-Size Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Kaleidoscope Quilt Blocks

Kaleidoscope (as defined by Merriam-Webster): An instrument containing loose bits of colored material (such as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed that changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns. Kaleidoscope quilt blocks are aptly named, aren’t they? An integral part…

Throw Quilt Patterns

12 Modern Quilt Patterns For Beginners & Beyond From Quilty!

Hi Quilty pals! Like always, the Quilty May/June 2017 issue comes to you full of beginner-friendly, modern patterns that are easy to adapt for any quilt-lover in your life. As someone who is frequently asked to help someone take their first baby steps in quiltmaking, I love turning to Quilty as the ideal quilting reference…

Bed-Size Quilt Patterns

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Josie Quilt*

A very clever piecing technique gives the illusion of Prairie Points in this twin, bed-size free quilt pattern. Kaleidoscope quilt blocks are set on point and framed by little triangle units for a unique setting. To make the quiltmaking process even easier, take a peek at the Kaleido Ruler and the free video quilting tutorial,…

Batik Fabrics and Batik Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Batik Quilt Patterns

Using beautiful batik fabrics can make any quilt pattern pop right off of the quilt. Stunning batik fabrics are perfect for many different quilting patterns—from Civil War quilt patterns to floral quilts. Batik quilt patterns not only make a stunning statement, they are also a lot of fun to work with. A wide variety of choices—multicolored, semi-colored,…

Drunkard's Path Free Quilt Pattern

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Drunkard’s Path*

Welcome to FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! Today’s free quilt pattern is a scrappy quilt from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although this design is commonly known as Drunkard’s Path, it originally had several other names. Here’s more on that from the curator: Very little is known of the origins of…

Throw Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Woven Quilts & Quilt Blocks

Woven quilt blocks, or quilts that appear to be woven, are a delightful optical illusion. They can appear complicated, but depending on the quilt and design layout, they might be quite simple to create. Using graphic prints, sashing tricks and pre-cuts, quilters have the tools to make a woven quilt appear challenging, even if the process was quite simple.…

3 Stories About What It’s Really Like At OSQE

Diane Tomlinson, Assistant Editor at Fons & Porter, recently went to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, or OSQE, as we lovingly call it. She is a regular teacher of workshops at these events, so has experienced a lot of quilting and met a lot of quilters. This is what quilting is built on: a…

Patriotic Patchwork - Patriotic Quilts

Donate Time, Talent & Quilts: Quilts for Kids & Quilts of Valor®

Donating time, money, talent and quilts is such a gift to the recipients, whoever they may be. In the case of the two organizations we’re highlighting here, they are servicemen, servicewomen and children. Very deserving people, indeed. We’re dedicated to supporting these organizations and hope that you’ll join us. Here’s how you can help. The…

Off My Back by Tony Jacobson

BLOCK Friday: Disappearing Nine Patch

Quilting is an integral part of American history, especially during the time of the pioneers and their move west. Women sewed, as was tradition, and children began their sewing education with simpler projects, like Nine Patch quilt patterns. The Nine Patch quilt block has been around for hundreds of years. As the years have passed, the Nine Patch has,…

Template of the Month Club

My Experience: Making an Apple Core Quilt

We want quilters to be inspired and quiltmaking to be the best it can be. So, when we had the opportunity to hear from Catherine Redford about her experience when working with one of the Fons & Porter exclusive quilting templates, we jumped on it. We knew Catherine would give it to us straight. We sent…