Behind The Scenes…

Do you have your copy of Quilty magazine handy? ‘Cause this is pretty cool, if you like process photos, if you’re a quilter, or if you just like to see how stuff gets made! (I sure do.)

When I was picking quilts for the debut issue of Quilty, I found a quilt in an old issue of Love of Quilting that Liz Porter had originally made — and I felt it was perfect. It was a bit more challenging than some of the other quilts Quilty would feature, but that was a good thing. It would showcase a certain technique (windowing), and that’s important, too — variety is the spice of magazines. I decided that the quilt would need to be re-made to really “work” in Quilty, though: I wanted “Wild Rose” to be updated and warmed up — it’s a very traditional pattern but I was sure it would be fresh as a daisy in an updated colorway.

This is the sketch I made of what originally was “Wild Rose.” Ladies and gentelmen… “Firefly!”

If you have that magazine handy, Firefly is featured on page 62 and it really turned out gorgeous, if you ask me. Thank you to:

– Liz Porter, for making such a great quilt to begin with
– the lady or ladies who originated the technique of windowing back in the day
– the Associate Editors of Quilty who helped facilitate the re-make (it killed me that I didn’t have the time to make it myself with all the magazine duties I had before me, but it’s on my shortlist)
– Moda fabrics
– whomever invented colored pencils, scanners, and the postal system (it takes a lot to design a quilt, send the plans long distance via digital means, and then ship quilts around the country for photography, etc.

See? Quilting is still a community event. 🙂

– Mar

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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 In 2012, Mary became editor of Quilty magazine. She holds a Theater Arts BA from the University of Iowa.

13 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes…

  1. Mary, I love your new magazine. Have been a subscriber to your mom’s mag since the beginning, am probably not in your target demographic. Loving the fresh look and attitude of your work-bring some more young quilters into the cult!

  2. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and the incredible support, Mary Ellen. You are never too young or old for Quilty 🙂
    -Mary and the Quilty team

  3. I have been looking all over for your new magazine. Quilt shops and grocery and big box stores. Haven’t checked out Barnes and Noble yet–I hope for you its all sold out.

  4. OMG!!!!! Fantastic mag!!!!! Finally something for us beginners so we don’t feel overwhelmed looking at wedding ring quilts and hundreds of tiny pieces of fabric for some quilts….who has the time???? LOVE IT! Love Spooly, love the layout the comments, your infectious way of communicating…..feels like I’m back in Australia – been here 18 months and made 23 quilts….just addicted! Thankyou….how can I subcribe?

    Love JillyQuilts xxx

  5. Wow Jilly! 23 quilts in 18 months, that is impressive!! Thanks for all of your support, Its great to hear that you throughly enjoy the magazine. Welcome to the U.S.A. We don’t have plans for subscription yet but keep watching, reading and quilting 🙂
    -Mary and the Quilty team

  6. I just found the magazine at JoAnns and picked it up and have read it cover to cover and love it. My favorite is the wave quilt. Can’t wait to give it a try:)

  7. Haven’t seen the new magazine yet but plan on going to Joann’s asap to get it! Love you Mary! Love that you co host F&P with your mom now! Firefly looks very similiar to a pattern called Peekaboon that Liz made with novelty fabrics and it was later turned into F&P templates! Am I right about this? Bought the templates and always wanted to make one! Like the color choice! 🙂

  8. Dear Mary and Friends:

    This is *the* quilt I love from this issue. One of many. (Or is that all?) Wish, wish, wish you’d have a tutorial. Some of us can’t quite figure out how the pieces work together. We need words and pictures.

    Also, there’s a very similar quilt that has apparently been published in the blogosphere that is causing some buzz. Orange is the featured color, but it is a neon.

    The Firefly colors are to die for!

    — ldp

  9. Thank you, Idp!!

    A tutorial is a fine, fine idea. It’s on the list — and look for more show tie-ins in the next issue of the magazine!! We like content with video help, too. Thanks for reading and writing in, gal. – Mar

  10. The best thing about quilting is that it is for ALL ages. I am 69 and a fairly new quilt maker. I learn old tips from my age and older people and new and refreshing tips from the young people. It is still all
    about sharing time, stories, friendships, and ideas. Marianne, Liz, and Mary, I love you all. Keep up the fun.