Cindy Lou’s Wall

There is a woman in my life. It’s time to tell the world!

Her name is Cindy and she is the Sewing Specialist for LOQ and Floor Director on set when we film Love of Quilting. Cindy — or “Cindy Lou” as I like to call her — is part lifesaver, part saint, part taskmaster, and definitely someone I consider a friend. She’s also a very, very good quilter.

She has a wall of patchwork in her studio and I absolutely adore looking at it whenever I’m here in Iowa. It’s inspirational. On the lefthand side, Cindy tacks up blocks and pieces and parts that were made with new techniques or were otherwise patchwork bits she hadn’t tried out before. (Yes, they’re all 100% “perfect.”) The righthand side is the section for the “Tried and True” blocks she’s working on for whatever issue of LOQ magazine is in production.

Thanks, Cindy, for your wall of color and and your generous smile. This stuff makes the world go ’round!

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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.

8 thoughts on “Cindy Lou’s Wall

  1. I am in the middle of a “Block of the Month” project and I am having a great deal of trouble figuring out how many inches the squares made from two half-squares should be and how big the blocks should be. There is no mention of these sizes in the pattern. My block are coming out all different sizes and I do not know where the problem is. How can I create blocks of the same size when the pattern does not tell me what size each section should be?

  2. I particularly like the little blue tree that is on the left. Also, the bright one on the right with the orange and green polka dot fabrics. Very nice.

  3. ok that’s it—–I’m convinced——I NEED DESIGN WALL!!!! no it’s not a want—–I NEED A DESIGN WALL. I’m presently working on art/landscape quilting projects and I’m having so much trouble with perspective—-landscapes are not viewed lying on a table—I NEED A DESIGN WALL—to view my scenes as nature intended. Reading this blog made the lightbulb go off and made me realize how to solve my issues (Have lots of issues but don’t think a design wall can solve all of em !!!!)
    Thanks cindy lou—and mary—as usual I think you are the greatest-funniest–and coolest quilter out there!!! Did you ever get to go to city quilter when you were in nyc???

  4. I am in love, what a dream to have such a big space to quilt and create. My husband built me a quilting table that is small enough to fit in the corner of our room and i have scratched out a little quilting space there. It is absolutely perfect for me but i do dream of having a large space like that some day 🙂
    I love her patchwork, so colorful and precise!

  5. Oh my goodness!! I NEED a wall too! We live in an old turn-of-the-century Victorian fixer-up house that I dearly love. I enjoy going to auctions and come home with all kinds of wonderful “stuff” to put up on these high-ceilinged walls. But where to put a quilt wall?? I really need to figure this problem out! I loved looking at Cindy Lou’s wall. (My name’s Connie Lou, by the way!) :o)

  6. I am planning my design wall. I have decided to go with grey background because it is more neutral than white. Now I need to decide on a fabric. Do I use grey acrylic felt, flannel, or a different fabric. I’d really like input from Mary, Cindy, and everyone else. Thanks, Emma