“I’m a Quilt Lover”

Hi, all!

A QuiltCon report is on the way in a bit, but for those at the lecture — and anyone else who likes old pictures! — here’s the photo from my talk. There’s Mom, holding me as a baby in 1980. I’m wearing the “I’m a Quilt Lover” pin…the same one I had on yesterday!

Thank you all for coming to my lecture. I love talking about quilts and I very, very much enjoyed meeting all of you.

A Quilt Lover


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Mary Fons

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.

14 thoughts on ““I’m a Quilt Lover”

  1. Wonderful picture! It’s great growing up and appreciating what your Mom is so passionate about. Spoken by a mother with grown children as well, LOL. I bet she’s really proud of you!

  2. Oh my goodness, you look so much like your mother! I think her pinning you as a quilt lover, and then you growing up to BE one, is the cutest thing in the world!

  3. That pin must has as much sentimental value as the quilts we make for our families. I would venture to guess – even more! Wonderful picture of the both of you!

  4. Hi Mary, I just saw your lecture in Craftsy and I just had to send you this note. I’m a new quilter, I’m also a Fashion Designer and I have know my way around needle, thread and fabric since I was very young. My grand mother has sewn everything in her house from underwear to blankets, my mom has made her own clothes most of her life so that was been our passion. A few years ago I got into quilting (I help my mom finish my first born quilt) and saw a great way to create. I have slowly been getting my self into it and last year we had a great idea, to create a quilting family group, we all did it in our own homes, but we never got together for quilting, so I send the invite thru facebook, and to my surprise, not only did the veterans quilt makers showed up, but all my cousins and sister, who have never held a needle before. So I’m glad to say that we are teaching them the basics and hopefully we will stick together for a long time, doing a small effort to help quilting endure ;).

  5. I loved your lecture! So inspiring and so true. My daughter is a new quilter and along with teaching her I learn a lot! I totally agree we need to help and encourage this new generation of quilters. They will in turn teach us. Keep up the great work!

  6. Hi, I saw your MQG presentation online and really enjoyed it. I’m in my 40s but learnt very little practical stuff at my secondary school in the 70s/80s – I too made a drawstring bag, actually I don’t think I ever finished it! I have done a little sewing in the past (turning up curtains etc) but for the past year have made some clothes and very recently started patchwork/quilting. I love it, I can totally relate to the meditative, calming aspect you spoke of. There are less resources in the UK than in the US and I am delighted to know about Quilty. Thank you 🙂

  7. Hi Mary
    I wish I could have attended QuiltCon,but I am thrilled that craftsy provided the opportunity for so many wonderful lectures to be seen by a larger audience. Your lecture was wonderful,inspirational,funny,heartwarming, and so darn cute —- like you. You are a natural,your passion is infectious, and you the perfect person to promote quilting to another generation. Although I am not new to sewing or quilting—-love watching quilty on Qnntv. I often walk away with learning a new technique, or learning a new way to tackle a project. Your bright, and sunny personality, really radiates joy!
    Thanks for the inspiration in all areas of quilting,and thanks for your efforts in helping to nurture a whole new group in this endearing obsession to snip little scraps of fabric and turn them into respected works of art!

  8. Absolutely loved your Quilt Con Lecture that I watched via Craftsy. I was absolutely buzzing after listening to you. I am now thoroughly enjoying browsing through your site.
    Wonderful. thank you.
    Loopy Red Hen

  9. Just watched your lecture on Craftsy . I loved it! I love quilting & have been sewing or crafting since I was little . I love to create. You go, girl!

  10. Oh my goodness. Love the picture. I have thought for awhile how much you favor your mom on the Fons and Porter show (my foavorite) but this picture is like looking at you with your moms hair. Love it. Also love this site. Just found it and am enjoying every moment.