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 different quilt blocks 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.

Kelly Biscopink: What’s on your Design Wall?

This post is from guest blogger Kelly Biscopink. Thanks, Kelly, for sharing what you’re working on with us! Hi quilty pals! I hope that, like me, you’re getting some stitching time in today! Today in my little sewing haven, I’m working on a haunted village of improv-pieced houses. What makes ‘em haunted? For the primary…

Sweethearts Baby Quilt

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Sweethearts*

Something sweet for your week—today’s Free Quilt Pattern Friday quilt is Sweethearts, an excellent quilt for a new baby. Show your love, handmade style! This pattern uses 10″ squares (often called Layer Cakes), sliced and sewn and set on point to create super-easy heart quilt blocks. In addition to a free video for just for…

Iowa Quilt Museum

Destination: Quilt Inspiration!

Every once in a while, treating yourself to a little quilt-spiration is in order. With that in mind—and my sewing machine in the shop—I set out for a mini-quilt excursion, traveling to Winterset, Iowa, on a sunny July weekend. My plan included seeing the “Innovation meets Tradition: Judy Martin Quilts” exhibit at the Iowa Quilt…

Susan-Claire Mayfield's That Town and Country quilt

That Town & Country quilt, a block-of-the-day quilt

Susan-Claire Mayfield of the Gourmet Quilter takes a break from prepping for the Festival of Quilts to tell us about That Town & Country quilt, her block-of-the-day quilt. (Offered by Fons & Porter as a Block of the Month!) It’s about an hour drive to the city, from Susan-Claire Mayfield’s website home in the country.…

BLOCK Friday: Tilted Blocks

The Tilted Block–it’s a fun way to get wonky! Whether you construct it by trimming down or prefer to sew wedges around the center (both methods work!), this is an unbeatable block for fussy-cutting. Making a tilted block might look difficult, but it can be easy and fun. A good way to cut loose and…

Setup-Thread-photo-web

Kelly Biscopink’s Sewing Room Tips

This post is from guest blogger Kelly Biscopink. Thanks, Kelly, for these great sewing room tips! Whether you have a big or a small space, getting yourself organized is the first step to being a happy stitcher! There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to sew, and feeling too discombobulated in your space to get to…

Christmas is coming!

Countdown to Christmas

It’s time, it’s time! Christmas fabrics are starting to appear in your local shops—the countdown to Christmas begins! This weekend, I treated myself to a mini-quilt road trip to Winterset, Iowa, birthplace of Fons & Porter. In addition to visiting the Iowa Quilt Museum (more on that next week!), I popped into Pieceworks Quilt Shop…

Lattice Be Scrappy Quilt

Lattice Be Scrappy from Quilting Quickly March/April 2017

This pattern charmed me—even though it uses 2-1/2” strips, not charms! The prints are 1930s reproduction, which is a glorious way to get something bright and cheerful, while keeping it traditional. (This pattern, though, could work really well with just about any strip collection.) When this scrap quilt arrived at Fons & Porter, with those…

Flock of Seagulls Quilt

Flock of Seagulls Quilt

Fall into formation with this clean, modern Flying Geese quilt. Featuring modern batiks and a simple white background, this design exudes cool, crisp comfort. About This Quilt Finished Size: 64″ x 80″ Finished Blocks: 20 (16″) blocks Rating: Beginner – Level 2 Designed by: Brenda Ratliff Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Marker,…

Stashbusting the Blues

As is the case with most stashbusting projects, I’m inspired to bust through some fabrics because, well, I bought more, and really need the room. In my case, I have this lovely stack of luscious blues I’ve been “curating” since, oh, about 2005. I think these fabrics are ready to find a home in a…

Where was that needle?? and more Quilting Tips

One of our favorite things to do for the Love of Quilting television show is to share reader-submitted tips – our editors review every tip submitted and share the most creative and unique on the air (if you have a tip you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s our quilting tips…

Feathered Star: Star of Chamblie

BLOCK Friday: Feathered Star—A Feather in Your Quilting Cap

What defines a Feathered Star quilt block? Is it simply adding an outline of small triangles to a star block? Marsha McCloskey, the foremost expert on the Feathered Star, laughs and says, “That’s pretty much it.” She adds, “You can really feather almost anything.” Many of her own quilt patterns feature feathered borders, for example.…

stork scissors

Chain-Pieced Traditions — Stork Scissors

The stork is a very traditional design for snips. If that seems incredibly random (why not an otter? Or an Irish setter?), maybe it’ll help to know that the decorative design originated with midwife’s scissors hundreds of years ago. (Stork—ah, right! Delivering babies…) They were shaped differently back then—with the beak slightly off-set and tips…

Windham Fabrics

This is what goose feathers SHOULD look like

Our cover quilt for the July/August 2017 issue of Quilty magazine, called Some Say She’s a Dreamer, was also our Giving Quilt featured on Easy Quilts Fall 2017. The fabric—the Dreamer Collection by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics—has a charitable donation tied to it, with a portion of the proceeds from the bee print going…