Color Influencing Quilt Design + Sale!

Do colors decide the way you design?Sea Glass Image

Have you ever seen something and the color palette sticks in your mind and pretty soon, you’re buying fabric in those colors?

For me, it was the sea colors of turquoise blues and clear sea greens.  When on a family vacation in California, we picked up sea glass and took pictures of the ocean in these colors.

It became my excuse for checking out the batik fabric in my favorite quilt stores, buying a little hFlatSeaGlassere and there.

I pinned my fabric choices on my Design Wall, admiring my choices. Mmm- add a dark, a light- yea- I like the shades developing.

I was also wanting to put some of our Fons and Porter rulers to work.  Thus, my quilt Sea Glass was born!

I played with diamonds and triangles, separating the colors I liked in shades, assembled in triangles and then in rows.  My design wall got a real workout, but really let me see what was coming together.

Color decided this quilt…. but maybe the quilting rulers will decide the way I design my next one so I can play more!

Mmmm- what designs can I make? And what for color?SeaGlass


Stay tuned and happy quilting!

Diane Tomlinson

Associate Editor

Fons & Porter magazines


P.S. The pattern, kit, design wall and rulers are all on sale 15% off this weekend Thru July 6th using code JULY15 at checkout, as well as any other purchases you might make at!


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Last Chance! Shop Our Customer Appreciation Sale and Save!

Yesterday, we posted about our customer appreciation sale. Today, we’ve asked our editorial team to bring you some of their favorite quilt patterns, kits and products that they love – just in case your need some quilting inspiration!

Remember through June 23rd, use coupon code CUSTLOVE25 for 25% off at!

From Editor-In-Chief, Jean Nolte

Patriotic Quilt Kit

Album and Stars Quilt Kit – also available as a digital quilt pattern

Someone recently asked me what type of quilts I like to make. As I thought about it, I decided that I have multiple quilting personalities. I usually start with a fabric line that I’m drawn to. Then I design a quilt that is appropriate for the group. I don’t always choose the same style of fabric. Sometimes I pick a very traditional grouping, but other times I gravitate toward contemporary or modern fabrics. The only constant in my choices is that the fabrics almost always include at least one shade of blue.

Recently, I’ve been involved in making Quilts of Valor for my local quilt guild. Album & Stars was inspired by an antique quilt, and is very traditional. If you like this pattern, you can buy a quilt kit or the digital quilt pattern.
Triangle Party Digital Quilt Pattern

Purchase the digital quilt pattern for 25% at our Customer Appreciation Sale!

I’ve also made lots of triangle quilts. My most recent is Triangle Party. I started with the group of bright floral prints and planned a white background. As I started putting pieces up on my design wall, I realized that I wasn’t going to like that combination. I played around with several other color options and ended up using a dark blue semi-solid print. It reminded me of denim – it goes with everything. If you want to try this quilt, you can purchase a digital pattern.

Most recently, I made an easy baby quilt featuring paper dolls with a bakery theme. The baby quilt pattern, called Bake Shop, is perfect any new additions in your life – and it’s quick!  The center is just a single piece of yardage, but it looks like it was pieced. You can purchase a kit for this quilt or just the digital pattern.
kit for this quilt or just the digital pattern.

Purchase the baby quilt kit shown here or get the digital quilt pattern


What could be better than purchasing a quilt kit that has everything you need to get started on your next quilt? Purchasing that quilt kit at 25% off!

From Associate Editor, Diane Tomlinson

I don’t know about you, but it’s always a fun adventure when I want to learn a new technique or tool. I just can’t wait to see what I can create and will it be my next best quilt?

That’s now I came up with Sea Glass from our Spring 2015 Scrap Quilts issue. This project uses the Pyramid and Diamond quilting rulers together, that were designed by Liz and Marianne.

Purchase the quilt kit for this pattern or purchase the quilt pattern. You can also purchase the  diamond or pyramid quilt rulers used in the pattern.

Purchase the quilt kit for this pattern or purchase the quilt pattern. You can also purchase the diamond or pyramid quilt rulers used in the pattern.

I’ve been teaching this at our Original Sewing and Quilt Expo and having as much fun as the students when they see how well these quilting rulers work together.  It’s no fail when they see how easy it is to use them and cut accurately and with straight of grain in the right places for easy piecing. If you look at this shot, you can imagine the different designs you could come up with rearranging color and blocks. Can you see the stars where the blocks come together? You can see they are triangle blocks, by the coloration of the triangles also.

Also, look for the vertical rows.  Yes, this is assembled in rows!

The magazine and digital pattern are available at! Check them out!

From Managing Editor, Deb Finan 

Following up on yesterday’s Quilt of Valor theme, here are two of my favorite Quilt of Valor digital quilt patterns. The best part about digital quilt patterns is that you get them to download right after purchase. Not only do you save on shipping and handling costs but you they are perfect for those who can’t wait to get started!

Star Surround Patriotic Quilt Pattern

The Star Surround patriotic quilt pattern

The Star Surround patriotic quilt pattern features beautiful pinwheels and beautiful star quilt blocks. Designed by Gerri Robinson, this would make a lovely charity quilt or beautiful DIY decor in your home for the holidays. The white background on the quilt top pops and really showcases those stunning stars! Purchase the digital quilt pattern now!

Patriotic Quilt Pattern

Purchase the digital quilt pattern now!

The Of Thee I Sing quilt is designed by Kathy Munkelwitz, a veteran quilt designer. This patriotic quilt uses two simple quilt blocks and can be made with stash busting fat quarter packs in red, white/tan and blue colors. The tan used here instead of white provides a traditional quilt aesthetic while still ringing true to the spirit of a Quilt of Valor!

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Our Customer Appreciation Sale – 25% Off! Ends Soon!

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and it’s a good time to make a Quilt of Valor for a special someone. I’m making a new one for Love of Quilting’s Jan/Feb 2016 issue—watch for it! And the best part is that our Customer Appreciation Sale is still going on!

To show how much we appreciate you, use coupon code CUSTLOVE25 now through June 23, 2015 to get 25% off! This is the perfect time to stock up on patriotic quilt kits or back issues of Love of Quilting and more!

Can’t decide what to buy? We’ve asked our editorial team to hand pick some of their favorites for you!

Two of our most popular Quilts of Valor, the In Honor quilt and Three Tours quilt. Both use red, white and blue quilting fabrics to inspire your love of quilting…and country!

Quilt kit and pattern available at our Customer Appreciation sale!

Quilt kit and pattern available at our Customer Appreciation sale!

Three Tours, one of our most popular patriotic quilts, is available as a quilt kit or as a pattern as well!

Three Tours, one of our most popular patriotic quilts, is available as a quilt kit or as a pattern as well!

You can also get DVDs, digital patterns, and paper patterns for these and other quilts at

We even have a whole selection of red, white and blue projects perfect for last-minute quilting projects for decorating for Fourth of July or for Labor Day!

What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments. Happy shopping!

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Stand Up Quilters, Learn the Longarm Fundamentals

A quilt without quilting is just a blanket. Not only does quilting add another level of texture and personality to your quilt, but quilting a quilt on the longarm, midarm or shortarm is just plain fun! Usually when we start quilting ourselves, we begin tentatively, with questions and feeling unsure we’re doing it all right.

In this class for beginner to intermediate standup quilters, you’ll get expert tips from blue ribbon-winning longarm quilter, Angela Huffman, on how to get started on your quilting adventure, and even how to move past quilting loops and swirls. This is the class that should come with every new machine. Our past students agree. Here’s what they say about this class:

I just wanted to say THANK YOU!, THANK YOU!, THANK YOU! for offering this class. I have learned so much, and realize just how much more I have to learn. — Gloria N

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I will follow with all the courses you teach. I have enjoyed getting so, so much information. People always assume you know the information already. Please let all of the students know when you will be teaching other courses. This is the first online course I have enrolled in. I will enroll in other courses to further my education in longarm quilting. Thank You! — Judy W

Angela, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your knowledge with all of us. You are inspiring and so talented. I would recommend this course to any quilter out there. Your tips are true, (worth the) time and money. — Debra K

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This class has inspired me to new levels on my longarm. I thank you for teaching this awesome class. I have learned so much from the videos and downloads and will review them often. I created a binder with the printouts and saved all the videos and files to two places to make sure I don’t lose them. This has been a wonderful experience. – Jeanne K

You are a gifted teacher. While my head is spinning with all the info, you have taken away a lot of the fear of being able to justify such a huge financial (and space) investment. – Beth S

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Words can’t describe how thankful I am for this course! I have learned so much, and so many tricks! Your quilting talents have truely brought JOY into my quilting world. — Vickie W.

You’ll be another happy student after taking this class. This is your opportunity to stretch your quilting skills and take your quilts to the next level. You’ll be amazed what you’re capable of doing if you just have the right foundation. Angela knows what she’s doing when it comes to longarm quilting and she wants to teach you in this Longarm Fundamentals course. Learn more and register at Craft University.

Happy Quilting!

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What Kind of Quilter are You?

I know lots of different kinds of quilters. One type works on one project at a time. She—I’ll use “she” for simplicity, though there are lots of male quilters nowadays—makes a plan, buys the fabric, cuts the fabric, pieces the quilt and sends it out to be quilted or quilts it herself. Then she sews on the binding and she’s done. That’s not me!

Another type of quilter has several projects going at once and finishes as many as she DP140288starts. She thinks starting a project is the “funnest” part (I know, funnest isn’t a real word, but I think it should be). She keeps them neatly organized and always knows where everything is so that when she wants to work on the quilt, she doesn’t waste any time getting everything together. That’s sorta me. Sorta.

Then there’s the quilter who has lots of projects started and so many in her head that she doesn’t know what to do first. As soon a she gets over the initial excitement of a new project, another one comes along to take its place. So much cool fabric! So many designs! Piles of fabric, files of drawings and photos, dreams of quilts. Now that’s me!

My oldest unfinished quilt is 30 years old. It’s a lovely appliqué quilt top that I plan to hand quilt, and that’s the holdup. Then on the other hand, I made a twin-size quilt from start to finish in just three days last week.

I’m having fun designing quilts that use pre-cuts. When I want to make a quilt just for fun, and get it done without spending a month (or 30 years) making it, I go for pre-cuts to save time. Twinkling Stars (above) and Franklin Street (below) are a couple that I enjoyed making for Quilting Quickly. Digital patterns are available to download so you can start sewing right away!


Show us what you’re making. Remember, we are always on the lookout for great quilts that use pre-cuts for Quilting Quickly, or simple quilts for Easy Quilts, and traditional quilts for Love of Quilting. If you think you’ve got just the design, submit your idea and we’ll check it out.


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Do you love to travel? Do you love food and wine?

If so, I have a great opportunity for you! Earlier this week, I was visiting with Jim West, the tour coordinator for our Fons & Porter Treasures of Tuscany Tour. We’re planning some amazing events for the group, and I’m getting really excited about the trip. There are still a few spots open, and you could join us!


Here are just a few of the highlights we’ll experience on this trip:

  • Travel for nine wonderful days from September 22–29 (with an optional three-day add-on package for Rome)
  • Attend an authentic Tuscan cooking class
  • Visit family-owned wineries
  • Explore historic cities filled with art
  • Take a train ride through the Italian Riviera, better known as Cinque Terre
  • Visit Florence and shop in an elegant fabric store

What could be more fun than touring with like-minded travelers who are all quilters? The scenery will be absolutely beautiful and the food and wine are beyond fabulous.
I’ve had many people tell me that this region is the best place they’ve ever visited.

Jim and I are also working on a sewing/quilting project that will be exclusive to this group. I can’t tell you what that will be because we want it to be a surprise.

If you’re interested in this trip, go to for more information and to sign up.

I hope to see you in September!

Jean Nolte

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Got Scraps?

Scrap quilt patterns are some of the most requested projects from our Fons & Porter readers. And it goes without saying, some of our favorites also!

This is a photo of one I made for Fall Scrap Quilts 2014 that could have been made as early as 1930, but made of reproductions of today. The name of it is Courthouse Stars.


The variety of colorful quilts of patchwork we can create with our stashes and collections is endless! History tells us that scrap quilts were frugal leftovers from garment sewing, out of necessity, but we also see rich fabrics usEQ150043ed in crazy quilts filled with beautiful stitches and rich velvets and satins from the same time periods.

In any case, you can’t help but know that they were probably as proudly displayed and gifted, and as warmly given and used, as the quilts we make today.

Check out our Summer Scrap Quilt ’15 issue on newsstands now and create a little history of your own. Visualize it in your stash fabrics, and it may be a good occasion to visit your local quilt shop for more!

A scrap quilt is a great way to practice and define your skills using some fabric you already have. And if you’d like to try a new tool, there are quilts in this issue that feature the Fons & Porter Hexagon Ruler, Quarter Inch Seam Marker, Tri-Rec, and Tucker Trimmer 1 and V Block tools. There are also Sew Easy videos on QNNtv that show you how to use each tool.

Diane Tomlinson
Associate Editor

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Quilts of Valor Awarded Memorial Day Weekend

Winterset, Iowa, home of Fons & Porter, the bridges of Madison County, and the birthplace of John Wayne, was a busy place during Memorial Day weekend. The main event was the ribbon cutting for the brand new John Wayne Birthplace Museum, but my favorite event was a concert played by the Iowa Military Veterans Band.

This group of men and women, all veterans and all from Iowa, is the only group of its kind in the country. They were in Winterset last Saturday to play prior to the ribbon cutting at the museum.

Near the end of the band concert, the announcer turned the program over to the Covered Bridge Quilters, our local quilt guild, fQOV 5-23or the presentation of a Quit of Valor. My friend Judy Trask made a few brief remarks about how important the Quilts of Valor program is to our group, and then Jane Reed and I showed a quilt that we had made for the band director, James Goodwin.

After an enthusiastic response from the crowd and band members, Judy announced that we also had a Quilt of Valor for every member of the band present that day. They were all quite surprised—and VERY appreciative. Thirty-five quilts were given away that day.

Our quilt guild has spent the past nine months making quilts to be presented at this event. About 400 yards of fabric were donated to our group by Springs Creative fabric company.

The balance of the fabric was donated by guild members. Many of the quilts were quilted by guild member Riina Thompson, others were sent to Quilts of Valor volunteer longarm quilters, and some were quilted by the members who made them.

It was such a great day for all involved. If you haven’t made a Quilt of Valor, I hope you’ll think about doing that. I’ve made several, and plan to make more. If you need some inspiration, here are a few Fons & Porter patterns and quilt kits to get you started.

in honor of

sweet land of liberty

flag of freedom

Happy quilting,

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Star Quilts and Memorial Day Sewing

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

I hope you have a safe and relaxing long weekend. The weather is lookin’ good for the next few days in my area so I plan to garden by day and sew by night.

Right now is a good time to stock up on quilt patterns and notions for your summer sewing because we’re offering a storewide Memorial Day sale at!

If you’re planning to make a patriotic quilt or Quilts of Valor quilt, check out our kits. Digital patterns are also available to download now. Here are a few of my favorites:



Three Tours


Of Thee I Sing


Star Spangled Beauty (made by me!)


You might want to have Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star template to make LeMoyne Stars without set-in seams. This template is hot, hot, hot! Here are two star quilts, Liz’s LeMoyne Star and Links, made with the template, and the patterns are available by magazine back issue or digital pattern.




Enjoy your weekend, and send us photos of your projects. We love to see what you create.


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What’s Your Favorite Star Quilt Pattern?

I just got back from Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis and was thinking about how many different types of star quilts I saw there. Stars are so versatile and are great designs for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced quilters.

I remembered a post on our blog last month that showed several different types of star quilts. That post featured some great quilts, and I thought I’d share a few more with all of you. And if you’re really inspired to make one of these quilts, kits are available. What could be easier than that?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy star quilt pattern, try Falling Stars. It’s a simple star block and great for beginners.


Another quilt I like is Wishing Star. It’s a little more detailed than Falling Stars, but still quite easy.


I love quilts designed by Nancy Mahoney, and Double Stars is one of my favorites.
It’s a little different than many of the star quilts you see, and is a stunning quilt that is not hard to make.


Splendid Stars by Amy Ellis is another one of my favorite star quilts. It features easy string piecing in the blocks. It was featured on our PBS show, ”Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting.”


If you have a stash of fabric (and what quilter doesn’t?) digital patterns are available for all of these quilts.

I’m going to be working on a star quilt over the Memorial Day weekend. So stay tuned—it will be appearing in an issue of Love of Quilting magazine in 2016.

I hope you’ll find some time to make a star quilt too!

~ Jean Nolte

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