Superbowl? What Superbowl?

Me, I ain’t watching a football game.

Me, I’m figuring out a puzzle. It’s a quilt. And it’s melting my brain. But I love it. Figuring out the way “in” on this Snail Trail/Milky Way variation is making me buzz with excitement and designer jumping jacks. My dear friend Ebony helped me cut out a lot of this quilt last weekend, but I’ve had a change of heart on a couple pieces. Even though I sewed strip sets, I think I have to scrap them. (Literally, into the scrap bag they will go.)

What I’ve learned in my years making quilts is that you have to work on that which you love. You have to find that way “in.” Otherwise, it’s work you don’t have time for.

Make the quilts you love. It’s better than…well, it’s really good.




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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.

5 thoughts on “Superbowl? What Superbowl?

  1. You are so right about working on that which you love. I spent lots of time on a quilt top in which the background neutral just did not work with the rest of the top. It stopped me from quilting for a long time. Not good for a beginner like me!

  2. Hey I could really use those scraps! LOL! I’m a newbie and was very intrigued by your scrappy quilts but alas!, I have not the scraps with which to make one! I’ll get there someday!