A Family Affair.

Have I mentioned how much I love my sisters?

There are two of them. Hannah lives in NYC and works as an editor of a real estate magazine. She’s pretty cool. And my younger sister, Rebecca, has been working on Quilty with me since it started. It was never our plan to have the quilt business be a family affair, but when I decided that I wanted to make a quilt show for rookies online, it was clear that I needed Bix’s help.

That’s Rebecca’s nickname. “Bix.”

And because Quilty is in the growth stage right now, I’ve had to rely more on Bix as we’ve gone along. When you film a show — quilting or otherwise — there’s a lot to do. More than you would ever maybe even think… And because my sisters and I have essentially the same brain, I have the luxury of having two brains. If you’ve ever had a very, very busy day/week/month or said the words, “I wish there were two of me!” then you’ll know how great it is to have Bix on the Quilty team.

My sister has a job she loves. She’s a multi-talented girl. But when I’m working with her on set (like we were working on Sunday — see picture below and look for us on the monitor!) I feel so happy right down to my toes. It’s not just that my mom quilts and I quilt. My sister does, too. Well, a little. She made a quilt for her boyfriend for Christmas, but I’m poised and ready to attack her when she decides she wants to do one for herself. I’m pretty sure she’ll ask me for advice…

And as for the other sister, we’ll see. She’s made quilts, too. But I’m wondering if she might just be part of my entourage. I kid, I kid! Being a quilter is very exciting and fun but there aren’t many with entourages. Yet. 🙂

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About Mary Fons

Mary Fons hails from a prominent quilt mafia family. A professional writer and performer, Mary co-hosted the nationally-airing PBS program "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting" along with her mom, famed quilter and educator Marianne Fons. In 2010, Mary began hosting Quilty, an online show offered weekly on QNNtv.com. In 2012, Mary became editor of Quilty magazine. She holds a Theater Arts BA from the University of Iowa.

5 thoughts on “A Family Affair.

  1. Mary,
    You’re very lucky to be able to work with your sister and have something so fun to work at. I’m still trying to get my sisters ‘on board” with the quilty stuff. Doesn’t matter too much, they’re great sisters:)

  2. What a great idea for beginners. It has been several years )30 of so) since I did any quilting. The last few years I have started again and wow have things changed. I am a regular of Fons & Porter and now I will be of yours also. You never get to old to learn something new or an easier way of doing something. Keep up the good work – I enjoy it very much. Would be great if you had a program on TV like you mom so that those who don’t have a computer could enjoy learning to quilt. Keep that idea in mind. There is a whole new generation out there just like you.

  3. I will *totally* be in your entourage – somebody has to *carry* all the quilts, right?! And I could appear with you at public engagements to keep the quiltyrazzi away. 🙂

  4. I have always enjoyed watching you and your mom on the show because or your enthusiam and love for quilts. I love how your hair has grown out and how you ditched the bangs, it really shows off your pretty face and eyes. You bring a breath of fresh air in the education of quilting and I’m sure more young beginners will tune in. You are on the right path and I am so happy to join you on this fun and exciting ride. Thanks!

  5. For my 50th bday a couple years ago my two sisters said they would fly out to visit me and do whatever I wanted for my birthday. I sent fabric hints to both of them and asked them to pick a focus fabric of their choice and bring it when they came. I had the prep work done with the fabric hints that I had sent and my own focus fabric. We cut their focus fabric out and each of us made a quilt that weekend. half the fabric matched and half was own individual taste. I had a very simple pattern. It was a first quilt for both of them. I sent them all off to be professionally quilted as a thank you to them for their time doing what I love. It was the best birthday ever.