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.


Happy Thanksgiving! See what we’ve Cooked up for YOU!

We have so much to be thankful for! We love our quilts and would like to express our gratitude for your continued loyalty to Fons & Porter. We thought we’d share a few very cool things with you on this very special day, including freebies and great deals. Come see what we’re so excited about!


5 Reasons to Consider Using Decorative Quilting Stitches

Decorative stitches can take your quilt from, “That’s very nice,” to “Wow! You made that?” We have 5 reasons why decorative stitches might just be the ticket to the quilter’s fountain of youth. And, if you leave a comment with your favorite decorative stitch, you could WIN TWO Easy Quilts DVDs with all of your favorite patterns from 2013 and 2014!


BLOCK Friday: Flying Geese Units

The Flying Geese quilt unit is one of the most well-known units used in different quilt blocks with different quilt block names in the quilting world. (That was a mouth full, wasn’t it?) In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a quilter worth their salt that wasn’t familiar with the Flying Geese unit. Quilters, we can’t go…


Welcome to the NEW Fons & Porter Website

WELCOME! Even though it’s barely winter, we’ve decided to do a bit of spring cleaning, starting with our website. Isn’t it pretty? We’re really excited about it! Take a look around. Kick off your shoes and get comfortable! And, as always, make yourself at home. But, before you get started on this new and exciting adventure, here…

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BLOCK Friday: Square-in-a-Square

Do you think the Square-in-a-Square quilt block is boring? I’m here to champion it’s potential to make some striking designs and unique quilts. Think of the common misconception that Einstein failed math, when really, he didn’t. He actually “mastered differential and integral calculus” before he was fifteen. The same misdirected information can apply to quilts, as well. So, what…


BLOCK Friday: Twisted Triangle Quilt Block

You may not have heard of the Twisted Triangle block just yet – it’s a newer block that packs a ton of interest. You’ll find, those who love this block really love it! This week’s BLOCK Friday blog was inspired by a quilt that goes by the same name, Twisted Triangles. I think it’s time for the big…


Washing Quilts and Fabrics: How do we do it?

You’ve spent hours, days, weeks, months or even years making a quilt. It could be a baby quilt, quilted wall hanging or a keepsake quilt. It could be a Quilt of Valor or a cherished quilt to give as a gift. This quilt could be made from expensive quilting fabric, flannel quilting fabric or cheap fabric. It could…


Quilt Binding Tips Straight from the Quilt Experts

You probably already know how to bind a quilt, but quilting from start to finish is a personal process and means that binding a quilt varies from quilter to quilter. Even the experts differ on how they choose to finish a quilt. Adding quilt binding to your quilt can be tricky business for some quilters, but it…


BLOCK Friday: Courthouse Steps Quilt Block

The Courthouse Steps quilt block is a fun block that is a great starting point for beginner quilters and a timeless block that seasoned quilters use time and again in their projects. And, of course, it’s eye-catching! Just look at this beautiful free quilt pattern called Tree Farm, featuring a Courthouse Steps block. What a show-stopper!  …