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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Tip Top Table Quilt Patterns

With the “big” holidays over, getting family and friends to gather around the table for food, talk, and laughter can become much more of a challenge. This time of year, it’s more important than ever to set a tempting tablescape, and a custom-made table quilt can be just the thing to make your kitchen or…

Country Garden Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Pieced Flower Quilts

Flower quilts there are aplenty, but due to the nature of the subject matter (think soft, curved petals), many are created using applique techniques. So what’s a piecer who loves flowers to do? Try some of the many pieced flower quilt block patterns in the quilting universe, of course! The Fons & Porter archives are…

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And The Fabric For Life 2016 Winners Are…

The Keepsake Quilting Fabric for Life 2016 contest ended on December 31, and it was awesome! The prizes from our generous sponsors were out of this world: So here’s the announcement everyone has been awaiting. The winners are: Grand Prize (Fabric for Life): Terri Weeks, Belmont, NH First Prize (Bernina Machine): Cynthia Daniel, Tracyton, WA…

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Easy Quilt Patterns With Fabulous Style

It’s easy to design easy quilt patterns. A few squares here, a few strips there, and you have a fast, simple quilt that is perfectly serviceable and probably nice-looking as well. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with today’s lovely fabrics! But an easy quilt pattern with fabulous style – that’s quite another matter.…

Here's My Heart Quilt

Welcome to Prime Quilting Season!

As much as we love the holidays, the weeks following are a different kind of celebration that we treasure just as much. It’s the best quilting time of year! The kids are back in school…it’s far too soon to think about gardening…and nights are long and chilly, perfect for working on quilts. All you need…

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Colors of the Year 2017

Have you been excitedly waiting to see the color trends predicted for 2017? It’s arguably one of the best things about the change of the year – a brand new color palette to freshen up our entire approach to the world. The fashion, home dec, and beauty industries are wonderful indicators of color trends in…

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BLOCK Friday: Album Quilt Blocks

Nearly any quilt block can become an album block, simply by being used in a signature quilt. But some types of quilt blocks are more commonly used for this purpose than others, earning their place in quilting history as perhaps the most sentimental of all blocks. Signature quilts have historically been made to celebrate personal,…

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Quilting Quickly January/February 2017 Is Here!

The January/February 2017 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine has arrived, and we’re so excited to tell you about it! Pull out your packs of precut fabrics and let’s get started: The breezy blue and white cover quilt is Indigo Spin by Jean Nolte, and it starts out with 10″ precut fabric squares. Don’t let the…

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How To Wrap A Gift Quilt

You did it! All those hours of sewing paid off and the gift quilt for someone special is ready in time for the festivities. You’re SO happy, but there’s something still nagging at your brain… Wrapping. You have to figure out how to wrap that quilt. And if it’s lap size or larger, that can…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Paper Piecing

Have you ever wondered about the difference between English Paper Piecing and Paper Foundation Piecing? Although both techniques involve paper, and result in accurate piecing, the methods couldn’t be more different. English Paper Piecing is a hand sewing technique. Paper templates are cut from cardstock in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as hexagons, diamonds,…

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BLOCK Friday: Tree Quilt Blocks

As is true with so many quilt motifs, tree quilt blocks draw their inspiration from nature. And as is true in nature, there are seemingly infinite varieties of trees to see and stitch. Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (American Quilter’s Society, 1993) has over 60 “species” alone! From completely representational to wildly abstract versions,…

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10 Spectacular New Quilt Patterns to Explore

Is your New Year’s resolution to become a better quilter in 2017? We’re right on the same page! And every page inside the new January/February 2017 issue of Love of Quilting magazine can get you closer to that goal, as you learn new techniques, find new products, and best of all, make fresh new quilt patterns.…

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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…