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.

String of Pearls - Piecing Curves

Tip Tuesday: How to Piece a Quilt with Curves

Most of us have struggled with sewing curves and rightfully so. It’s so much easier to sew straight seams! But, piecing curves opens up a world of quilting opportunities that, as quilters, we should take advantage of. Piecing curves can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Not when there are so many great…

Yipee Daisies Quilt

5 Ways to Create your Best Quilts with Perfect Piecing!

Piecing quilts is an art form! It takes practice to nest or line up seams accurately, which determines if your quilt will be “square.” Without accurate piecing, aligning rows, joining blocks, adding borders, binding, and quilting can be difficult. Fons & Porter is always looking for ways to increase accuracy in quiltmaking and to provide you…

Ohio Star Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Ohio Star Quilt Block

What Star quilt do you gravitate toward? There are plenty to choose from: Star of Bethlehem quilts, Lone Star quilts, Feathered Star quilts, Friendship Star quilts… the list goes on. You’ll find that a typical Star quilt block is composed of six to eight points made of diamonds or triangles radiating from the center. Today,…

Quilting with Pre-cuts

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Quilting with Pre-Cuts

Quilting with pre-cuts is one of my favorite ways to make quilts. Here’s why: pre-cut fabrics come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making the prep work quick and easy and fabric selection a no-brainer. The most common pre-cut bundles contain 2½”-wide strips, 10″ squares, and 5″ squares. When I first saw a pre-cut bundle, I thought, “What a…

Charlotte BOM - QNNtv Free Quilting Video Tutorials

Watch Quilting Video Tutorials for the Best Quilting Information!

Accurate, Expert-Based, Quality, Up-to-Date Quilting Information! There are so many ways for quilters to get information on quilting these days: quilt binding, quilt designs, quilt patterns, the list goes on! You can find answers to your quilting questions in just about every corner of the internet. With anything gathered from the web, you want to make…

Quilting Basics- Half-Square Triangle Blocks, Pillows & Quilts

Half-Square Triangles Make Beautiful Easy Quilts!

Spring time is in the air! It’s a great time to get energized in our quilting with new and easy designs found in spring quilts and summer quilts. Even with easy quilt patterns, knowing about certain techniques is a must. Half-square triangles have been known to contribute to some easy quilting projects and who doesn’t love quilting…

Tumbling Tumblers - Basic Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Tumbler Quilts

Tumbler quilts have made a reputation for themselves in the quilting world. Historically, quilts featuring Tumbler units were made with donated or shared fabrics, earning them the name “beggar quilts.” More commonly, however, Tumbler quilts have been referred to as “charm quilts” throughout history. These old-fashioned quilts were made regularly in the 1870s and became popular again in the 1930s and 40s.…

Nancy's Quilting Classroom - Fat Quarter Quilt Frenzy

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Fat Quarter Quilt Frenzy!

I love fat quarters! The pretty bits of fabric are so tempting when beautifully displayed on shop shelves or in bins. I simply can’t resist them. The 18″ x 21″ pieces of fabric are often easier to work with than full-length quarter-yard cuts since you can cut wider pieces or large appliqué shapes. Given their…

My First Quilt Logo - Quilting Video Tutorials

My First Quilt – Quilting Video Tutorials

Those of us who have made quilts before remember the feeling of anticipation when planning our first quilt – “I hope I do this right!” You may have had a family member or friend helping you along, but some quilters (like me) make their first quilt relying on the knowledge they’ve accumulated from fellow quilters.…

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Tip Tuesday: Machine and Hand Quilting Basics

When quilting our quilts, a little friendly advice can go a long way. Machine quilting and hand quilting are acquired skills that take time. Sometimes, ideas on quilting designs – free motion quilting designs and hand quilting designs – are a hot commodity. Here are some quilting basics from fellow quilters that are meant to inspire you with your…

Lines By Design - Quilt Pattern Books

Lines by Design: Bed-Size Quilts & FREE Patterns!

What’s in a line? For a quilter, that question has many answers. For Debbie Grifka, author of Lines by Design Quilts, she doesn’t just answer the question, she quilts it. Including straight lines, curves and pictorial shapes, Lines by Design Quilts demonstrates a clean, modern approach to quilt design, using the endless creativity of lines…

Patchwork Designs

BLOCK Friday: Patchwork Designs and Quilt Blocks

Patchwork quilts are, to put it simply, pieced quilts. As with many of the quilt blocks that we see today, patchwork designs, like the patchwork quilt blocks in Checkerboard Shuffle, originated during the pioneer days, when people migrated and settled in the American west. Block-style patchwork can be divided into 2 categories, explains Quilting in America,…