Fons & Porter Blog

From the expert quilting staff at Fons & Porter, we welcome you to our quilting blog filled with rich content, perfect for quilters of every level – whether you just picked up the bug or have been quilting for years.

Here, you’ll find quilting techniques, tips and tricks from quilting experts aimed at helping you improve your skills one step at a time. You’ll also find information about quilt styles and blocks, like our popular Block Friday series where we profile a different quilt block each week and give you suggestions on using them in your quilts. We also talk about some of the important questions in quilting like how to bind your quilt and whether or not you should prewash your quilt fabrics, along with some surprises.


BLOCK Friday: Courthouse Steps Quilt Block

The Courthouse Steps quilt block is a fun block that is a great starting point for beginner quilters and a timeless block that seasoned quilters use time and again in their projects. And, of course, it’s eye-catching! Just look at this beautiful free quilt pattern called Tree Farm, featuring a Courthouse Steps block. What a show-stopper!  …


9 Quilt Label Tips Straight from the Quilt Experts

Have you ever wondered if your quilt labels are living up to their highest potential? There are so many different ways to label a quilt! Expert tips or advice help us to feel as though we have the information we need to make an informed decision. Today, that information is at your fingertips! Below, you’ll find…


BLOCK Friday: LeMoyne Star Quilt Block

It’s Block Friday and that means that we get to take a closer look at how quilts become… well… quilts! It’s a challenge to pick one block to discuss since there are so many interesting blocks out there. I’ve been talking a lot about LeMoyne Star quilt blocks recently and thought I’d pass the information along.…


Quilting with Tula Pink – the Start of Something Beautiful

Have you heard of Tula Pink? She’s what Keepsake Quilting calls, “an original…illustrator, quilter, author and patron saint of DIYers.” Those are some serious accolades! Keepsake Quilting was so taken with Tula, they decided to strike up a partnership with this multi-talented entrepreneur. Very impressive! But, what exactly does she do?     Her name…


Animal Quilts for Animal Lovers

Who doesn’t love a quilt? I suppose they exist, but they don’t know what they’re missing! Quiltmaking is an art that brings people together and is often more than a fulfilling hobby, but a passion that forms communities and follows families through the generations. Quiltmakers are enthusiastic about quilts and quiltmaking, but they have other affections, as…


Fall is Here Along with the Quilts – Time to get Organized

The fall season is officially among us and the quilting opportunities are plentiful! Fall quilting projects mean autumn leaves motifs and appliqué, Halloween quilt patterns and Thanksgiving quilted wall hangings. Quilts add that special touch to our homes, especially during the changing seasons and holidays, and it goes without saying that it’s just plain fun! There are tons of adorable patterns…


Win Thread and Fabric by Counting Your Sewing Machines!

It’s a question that packs a punch: how many sewing machines do you have? Each sewing machine we accumulate throughout our lives has a story, especially our first one. It symbolizes our humble sewing beginnings and our roots in quilting. Our first sewing machine is accompanied by memories and, often times, is a family heirloom that…