Dear Abbie

Hi, Abbie:

This blog post is a surprise. Surprise!

Folks, Abbie H. is a friend of mine who I met when she took a class I was teaching. It wasn’t a quilting class, but a performance class that I co-taught here in Chicago a few years ago. Abbie was just becoming interested in quiltmaking and we talked about the project she had started long ago, a quilt about her favorite video game character.

She finished that quilt and we featured it in the second issue ever of Quilty magazine and on the show, too (Episode #149). From there, Abbie’s been on a roll. Here’s her latest and greatest:

I’m so proud of her and so not surprised. Abbie’s been wooed by the power of quiltmaking like every one of us reading this. Creative souls, compassionate people — we’re quilters.

Abbie, I’m over the moon that you’re making quilts, growing in your design skills and color aesthetic; I’m so happy that you’re trying new things, learning new skills, continuing to say, “Hey, can you show me this?” and “Hey, I want to know how to do this better.” I hope that I never stop growing in my own skills, either, and I hope I never stop saying, “I wanna do this better. Can you help me?”

Maybe quilting is like being a doctor. Doctor’s don’t “do medicine.” They “practice medicine.” Maybe none of us just “quilt.” Maybe we all “practice quilting.”



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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.

11 thoughts on “Dear Abbie

  1. I definitely have a lot of practicing to do! So far I excel in the buying of the fabrics, just, haven’t done the assembly yet… Well, ok I decided to sharpen my skills on some baby receiving blankets and burp cloths before I go for the first “real” quilt.

  2. Love your vids and your passion for quilting! Thanks for sharing your life… glad I finally found your blog! I knew you had to have one cuz you are cool like that! lol Kathi

  3. Oh My, I do love your quilt, the colors, the design, the quilting. The Quilting is so uncomplicated, yet very effective. It brings out and add to the design perfectly. Keep it up.