Thank You, Scrap Bag.

What would I do without my quilting mentors?

Not only do they share their expertise, their ideas, and their shortcuts, they share their scraps. Without my mom and my good friend Colette, I would never have been able to get all these glorious pinky fabrics in my Diana Vreeland quilt. It’s not a complex quilt. In fact, it’s all just half-square triangles. But I love it, and I love the way the blues and pinks are directional — all the blue on the bottom, all the pink on top.

I laid out a few of my pieces on the coffee table to show off before they start being piece together. Oh, all that glorious pink…






And there’s a nice picture of my living room, too. That’s the morning tea from the day I took this picture. It was really excellent. I’m a little embarrassed about the yoga towel hanging on the screen in the background, but I’m pleased with how you can’t see any threads on the carpet…

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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.