Fons & Porter, Circa 1980.

I love my mom.

We’ve always gotten along really well and now that we work together, there’s a whole new aspect of our relationship to enjoy. I can honestly say that we’ve annoyed each other a total of about 3 times since we began doing the show together in an official way. I’m headed to Iowa next weekend to prepare for the next taping of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting on PBS and I’m super excited. I’ve been incredibly busy with various projects for several months now and I need some “Mom time.”

This morning I felt like sharing this “Love ya, Ma!” sentiment, and I thought it would be cool to find a picture of my mom from the early days of the show or one of her and Liz from a 1980s book jacket. When I typed “Fons and Porter, 1980,” into the Google image search field, however, this is what came up:

I have no idea who these people are. I have no idea where they are. I’m pretty sure neither my mom or Liz is present, but I really, really love the fashion. The fondue looks amazing, too.

See you soon, Mom.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Fons & Porter, Circa 1980.

  1. I love seeing you and your mom working together on Love of Quilting. Mary, you add a breath of fresh air to this show! The quilt that you made that was featured on the 1700 series was beautiful. I loved hearing the story of how you “lost” 3 quilt blocks. Please keep making new shows. P.S. my husband watches the show with me. We plan on quilting together when we retire.

  2. I am so happy you will be returning for the new season — I can hardly wait. Already ordered the DVD of the 1700 Series with my subscription. You bring new life t quilting, thank you.