Going to Quilting College

Online Quilting Courses at Fons & Porter

That could be YOUR name there.

I like to think of education as an ongoing process. We learn new things all the time– we learn new skills at our jobs, we learn more about our family and friends during social interactions and sometimes we turn to the Internet to pick up new recipes on Pinterest. While the Internet is a great resource, sometimes it just doesn’t do the job, especially when it comes to special interest areas like, say, quilting. 

Fons & Porter knows that so we’re bringing a brand new idea to the table – online quilting courses! It’s like quilting college.

I know what you’re thinking– “take a quilting class online?!” Maybe you’re not sure what to expect or maybe it just sounds scary. (It’s not, trust me. I took a day-trading class online. I know scary!) In fact, taking a quilting class online might easily be your favorite decision yet.

Think about it– it’s basically the best of all your favorite things. You get in-depth and ongoing lessons in everything quilting, on your own time and in the comfort of your own home.

Are you free September 29th? Take a Course in Quilty: Let’s Make Patchwork with Mary Fons. It’s a three-week class that includes six lessons: ImageHandler.ashx

  • Lesson One: Patchwork Basics
  • Lesson Two: Straight-of-Grain vs. Bias Help
  • Lesson Three: Make a Log Cabin Block
  • Lesson Four: Make an Economy Block (Paper-Piecing)
  • Lesson Five: Make a String Block
  • Lesson Six: All About Triangles

Still unsure whether you’d be interested in a quilting class? Just go check it out, and think on it a little. You’ve got until September 29th to decide.

This is the first, but won’t be the last Fons & Porter online quilting course. What quilting topics would you be interested in learning more about? We want to give the people what they want!

Happy Quilting and I hope to see you there!
Fons & Porter Sheyenne

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OLFA Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the Rotary Cutter

Can you imagine what quilting was like without a rotary cutter? We can’t either.


In 1979, the first rotary cutter was created by Mr. Yoshio Okada. He would later found the company you know today, OLFA. They are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the innovation by collaborating with well-known designers and quilting bloggers to create a 35th Anniversary commemorative quilt.

Each quilt pro has been tasked with creating one block that will go into the commemorative quilt. The completed quilt will be on display at the OLFA brand’s booth at the International Quilt Market at Houston in October.

You can follow along with the fun and innovation of this celebration. Follow OFLA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OlfaCutters or follow the hashtag #Olfa35 on Twitter.

OLFA is known for its precision cutting equipment. They also offer other great notions for quilters, such as their spinning cutting matLQNRM12S

Fons & Porter congratulates Olfa on their success and for creating innovations that have helped quilters world wide!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Back by Popular Demand: Mark Lipinski’s Slow Stitching Movement

Mark Lipinski’s webinar, The Slow Stitching Movement: Creating, Promoting, and Sustaining a New Vision in Quiltmaking, was quite a hit. Due to its popularity and great information from Mark, we are presenting the webinar again!


The webinar will be live, not a recording, and Mark will  present information about:

  • Approach your quilt making in a totally different way.
  • Recharge your passion for patchwork.
  • Engage the connection between your body, your quilts, and your legacy.        .
  • Expand your creativity, self-esteem and even your spiritual journey.
  • Tap your right brain, to train and develop your imagination.
  • Find the creative genius in you.
  • Implement your creative thought in today’s too-fast world.
  • Heal your life, emotions and boost your physical health.
  • Create groups and habits to support your creative vision.

Remember, the awesome thing about a webinar is you can watch it in the comforts of your own home. No fuss, no muss. What more could a quilter want?

The details:

  • July 10th
  • 1-2 PM ET
  • 19.99 for a full hour of interacting, learning, and recharging your quilting

Want to know why Mark Lipinski is awesome? A few looks at his work with Fons & Porter will make you a Lipinski believer.

1. He creates beautiful Quilts of Valor.


2.He can create curves like it’s his job (Well, it is…)


3. He is a healthy eater. (The quilt is called Orange Peel)


4. He makes flying geese into superstars.


Now that we have you impressed by his quilting, go register for his webinar!

Happy Quilting

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Quilty Webinar: Color Me Quilter

When you go to the fabric store, do you steer away from certain colors because you don’t know how to use them? Do you find yourself making quilts from the same color palette repeatedly? Then stop what you are doing and read closely.

The beloved Mary Fons, from Quilty and Fons & Porter, is hosting a series of webinars on using colors in your quilts. In the first webinar, Mary will be focusing on the color RED. Bold and vibrant, but also scary and intimidating.


In the Color Me Quilter: RED webinar, you will learn:

  • How red fabric is made and why it bleeds
  • Red’s position on the color wheel
  • What colors pair successfully and unsuccessfully with red

As a bonus, Mary will be giving a lesson on cleaning your sewing machine.


Let’s get to the details:

When: Monday, June 30th

Time: 1-2 PM (EST)

Cost: $19.99

Where: In your home, with your PJ’s on, and your favorite ice cream by your side.

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Don’t worry, RED is not the only color webinar Mary is hosting. Do you find yourself in a pickle with PINK? Or do you have a bone to pick with BLUE? Mary will be talking about these colors on July 24th and August 27th, respectively.

Do not fear color anymore, quilters! Mary Fons is here to help!

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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International Quilt Market

This past week, staff from Fons & Porter traveled to Pittsburgh for the International Quilt Market.

Fabric companies and designers showed off new products and quilts fresh out for spring.

Fons & Porter shared a booth with our new family at F+W Media.












Diane Tomlinson, our associate editor, said Edyta Sitar wowed everyone with her fabrics and quilts. Amy Ellis, who will be featured in Quilty and Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, showed off her new fabric line for Moda.









April Rosenthal showed off her skills with some beautiful quilts. Her work will also be featured in Quilty and Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting0516141225







We can’t wait until the next quilt show to see what new trends are happening and  discover new talent.

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Quilters Need-to-Know Webinar

We are known for our accurate and detailed instructions to help our readers become skilled quilters. We also know our readers are busy people. Join our quilting expert, Diane Tomlinson, on May 29th as she walks you through an hour of timesaving tips and techniques during our Quilters Need-To-Know Webinarunnamed

What’s a Webinar?

A webinar is a class that is streamed to your computer via the internet. It is like transporting the classroom to your home.

The Details:

  • When: May 29th, 2014
  • Time: 1-2 PM (ET)
  • Cost: $19.99

What you will learn:

  • How to figure the finished size of the quilt you want to make.
  • How to calculate yardage for your quilt.
  • How to figure the diagonal measurements of standard blocks.
  • How to figure and cut diagonal setting pieces for diagonal-set quilts.
  • Ruler to decimal conversions
  • The math of an eight-pointed star and how to size it.
  • Quick cutting guidelines for patchwork pieces
  • How to make bias binding from a square of fabric.
  • Tips and techniques to refine your skills

What you need to do:

1. Go to shopfonsandporter.com

2. Click on New! and search for Quilters Need To Know

3. Purchase the webinar

4. Confirm your registration

5. Log on to your computer on May 29th for one enjoyable hour OR watch it later with your archive access

Reasons to purchase the webinar:

1. You don’t have to watch it live. When you purchase the webinar, you have access to it for one full year.

2. The one hour will save you countless hours with quilting. This class is focused on being an efficient and accurate quilter.

3. Diane knows her stuff. Diane is the Associate Editor at Fons & Porter and a fourth generation quilter. Quilting must run in her genes.

4. You can sit in your PJ’s while you watch it. The beauty of a webinar is you can take a class in the comfort of your own home. All you need is your computer.

5. You can sit in your PJ’s and eat chocolate chip cookies while you watch it.

6. It’s from your trusted source for quilting: Fons & Porter.

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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We are on Instagram!

Love of Quilting has joined Instagram! Follow us at fonsandporter.

What goes together better than photography and quilting? Ok, maybe coffee and quilting.

We love to connect with our readers and see what you have been creating. Instagram is a great way to share photos, ideas, and inspiration with one another!

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Instagram is an application that can be downloaded on an iPhone, Android, or Windows phone. Users can take photos and video and add filters to make photos look as good as a professional photo. You can also log on to Instagram on your computer to view photos.

Each day, we will be sharing behind the scenes photos, sneak peeks of quilts, and other inspirational ideas for quilting.

We want to see what you have been working on, too. Make sure to use our hashtags with your Instagram photos! We may even share your photo for others to see.

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Our hashtags:






Check out what we posted today! (We know, we are so #artistic!)

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Remember, quilters, follow us on Instagram at fonsandporter.

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Help Heal with Enchanted Makeovers & Baby Lock

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Enchanted Makeovers is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women and children living in shelters. The organization to teaming up with Baby Lock to add sewing rooms to five shelters during the 2014 Sewing Room Tour. The tour starts in June and lasts until October.

Locations of Sewing Room Tour

Terry Grahl, founder and CEO of Enchanted Makeovers said The Sacred Sewing Room program was inspired by her mother’s battle with depression.

“I really understood the power of creativity and sewing when my mother said to me, ‘A sewing machine saved my life.’ I knew I had to share the power of sewing with women living in the shelters we are transforming,” she said.

Enchanted Makeovers has successfully added sewing rooms to two women’s shelters and is excited to team up with Baby Lock to add more.

The Sewing Room Tour is supported by many companies including Meredith Corporation, McCall’s Patterns, and F+W Media. However, Grahl says, “It takes a village.” Enchanted Makeovers is looking for more sponsors and monetary donations. Because they are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, all monetary donations are tax deductible.

To find out more information, visit the Sacred Sewing Room website.

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel


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Celebrate The Quilts of Valor Foundation

As many of you are aware, the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is dedicated to touching armed forces members and veterans with the healing power of quilts. This volunteer-based initiative is a personal mission to much of the quilting community, including the staff at Fons & Porter.

To celebrate QOVF, Fons & Porter is participating in a “Shop ’til you Drop” sale. From May 9th until May 16th, 10% of all sale revenues from our online shop will be donated to Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Think you already have enough quilting supplies? Think again! To help you with your shopping needs, here is a list of our favorite things on shopfonsandporter.com:

Seam Ripper- Because nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes!

Fons & Porter Half & Quarter- The name rhymes and it takes the math out of triangles.


Love of Quilting May/June Issue- If you haven’t already picked up your copy, simply download the digital issue to your computer.




Zoe’s Play Day- This may be the most adorable quilt  we’ve seen for a little girl.




Americana Stars- What better way to celebrate America’s armed forces than to make an American-themed quilt?






My Medal- Or get a Quilt of Valor digital pattern! 10% of your purchase will go to the foundation and you can donate your quilt!


Make sure to check out other participating shops:

Stay tuned for more information, and remember, shop our store May 9-16 to benefit Quilts of Valor Foundation!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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Sew & Tell Guidelines

We love seeing your work and what quilt patterns you have made. Pictures are worth a thousand words, or in this case, a thousand stitches!

We want to make sure photos submitted for our Sew & Tell feature present your hard work in the best light possible.

Here are 5 suggestions to make your quilt pictures perfect:

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  • Lighting: Take a picture of your quilt outdoors to get the best natural lighting. Indoor lighting can leave a yellow hue in the picture. It could be fun to create a scene in your backyard, but…
  • Check your Surroundings: Avoid clutter or unnecessary items in the picture. We want the main item to be the quilt so the detail can be shown.
  • Focus: Before you click your camera, make sure the photo is in focus. Blurry or fuzzy photos take away from the beautiful details of your quilt.
  • Angle: If you can, hang your quilt. This helps the quilt be square to the camera. Avoid having hands in the photo.
  • Attire: If you want to proudly stand next to your quilt, go ahead! However, avoid flashy or large pattern or advertisements on your clothing. We’d love to see your smiling face, but your quilt is the focus.

Keep sending in your photos, quilters! Just keep in mind these guidelines and check out some examples from your fellow quilters:

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The Irish Chain by Sally Werling      Imperial Diamonds by Mary Cattani

Happy Quilting!

Fons & Porter Rachel

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