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.

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BLOCK Friday: Album Quilt Blocks

Nearly any quilt block can become an album block, simply by being used in a signature quilt. But some types of quilt blocks are more commonly used for this purpose than others, earning their place in quilting history as perhaps the most sentimental of all blocks. Signature quilts have historically been made to celebrate personal,…

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Quilting Quickly January/February 2017 Is Here!

The January/February 2017 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine has arrived, and we’re so excited to tell you about it! Pull out your packs of precut fabrics and let’s get started: The breezy blue and white cover quilt is Indigo Spin by Jean Nolte, and it starts out with 10″ precut fabric squares. Don’t let the…

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How To Wrap A Gift Quilt

You did it! All those hours of sewing paid off and the gift quilt for someone special is ready in time for the festivities. You’re SO happy, but there’s something still nagging at your brain… Wrapping. You have to figure out how to wrap that quilt. And if it’s lap size or larger, that can…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Paper Piecing

Have you ever wondered about the difference between English Paper Piecing and Paper Foundation Piecing? Although both techniques involve paper, and result in accurate piecing, the methods couldn’t be more different. English Paper Piecing is a hand sewing technique. Paper templates are cut from cardstock in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as hexagons, diamonds,…

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BLOCK Friday: Tree Quilt Blocks

As is true with so many quilt motifs, tree quilt blocks draw their inspiration from nature. And as is true in nature, there are seemingly infinite varieties of trees to see and stitch. Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (American Quilter’s Society, 1993) has over 60 “species” alone! From completely representational to wildly abstract versions,…

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10 Spectacular New Quilt Patterns to Explore

Is your New Year’s resolution to become a better quilter in 2017? We’re right on the same page! And every page inside the new January/February 2017 issue of Love of Quilting magazine can get you closer to that goal, as you learn new techniques, find new products, and best of all, make fresh new quilt patterns.…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Fusible Appliqué

Some quilters love patchwork and think appliqué is the “A” word. Other quilters choose appliqué over patchwork. For me, a bit of patchwork combined with a sprinkle of appliqué is the best of both worlds. My favorite appliqué method is fusible appliqué, which is fast and easy. There are many brands of fusible web on the market. Some brands have…

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Quilters

Did you know that today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day? In many parts of the world, today is set aside to celebrate the man behind the legend, the prototypical Christmas gift giver, the precursor to our very own Santa Claus. So what better day to think about decorating our homes, quilter style? You may…

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Strip Quilt Ideas: Stripology With Gudrun Erla

By Abigail Dolinger Hello Quilters! Have you been itching to take a Craft University online class? I recently completed the “Stripology” class by Gudrun Erla, and I’d like to tell you about it. If you’re intrigued with strip-piecing and quick piecing techniques, you are going to love this class! Gudrun bases the seven video lessons…

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BLOCK Friday: Basket Quilts

Quilts depicting basket shapes have been part of the American quilting lexicon for nearly two centuries. Whether represented as a quilting motif, a trapunto design, a realistic appliqué pattern, or as stylized patchwork, the basket designs found on quilts are old favorites and serve as welcoming symbols of hearth and home. Basket quilt patterns vary…

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Batik Quilt Patterns For All Skill Levels!

In the world of fabric, there is a special category that inspires love, awe, and stash lust like no other. Yes, we’re talking about batik designs! Batik fabrics add such richness and depth of color and texture to quilts. But not just any quilt pattern looks its best made in batiks. Quilt designers working with…

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Quilt Pattern Books: Little House of Quilts

Did you know that Fons & Porter publishes not only magazines, but books as well? We are very proud of our quilt pattern books, and are always looking for new authors and concepts to bring to our readers. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce to you Little House of Quilts by Laura Stone Roberts:…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Using EQ7 to Design Quilt Patterns

When I began designing quilts in the mid-1980s, I used graph paper and colored pencils to create designs. Not only was it a time consuming process, but I had to visualize how the quilt design would look in actual fabric instead of colored pencils. In 1991, Electric Quilt (EQ) introduced their first software program for designing quilts. I was smitten…