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.

APQS Longarm Certification 324x380

Get the Most out of Your Longarm Quilting Machine!

Longarm quilting isn’t as easy as some people make it look. I know firsthand! Although I don’t own a longarm quilting machine (it’ll happen one day!), I’ve practiced a bit on other quilters’ machines, and I can certainly attest to the “practice makes perfect” adage. Owning one is a huge commitment! Once I get my hands on…

ForeverInBlueJeans

BLOCK Friday: Cathedral Window Quilt Block

Think lofty vaulted ceilings made of handcrafted wood beams in a grand and spacious cathedral with floor to ceiling stained glass windows. It’s no wonder the Cathedral Window quilt block is so popular – its inspiration is so lovely! These quilt blocks are so much fun because they make such a different statement depending on the colors and…

Fabric for Life 2016

Win Fabric for Life from Keepsake Quilting!

It’s here again! A chance to win Fabric for Life! Someone WILL be the grand prize winner and win a 20 year supply of fabric delivered straight to their doorstep. Why not you? Enter every day from now until December 31, 2016 for your chance to be the grand prize winner. PRIZE DETAILS: Grand Prize: 20 year supply…

Scarlet Swirl Quilt

Fons & Porter’s Latest & Greatest Quilts

We have so many quilt patterns and so many quilt kits to choose from, where to start? That’s why I’m here! I’ll show you around so you can peruse the wonderful world of Fons & Porter quilts with ease. This is pretty exciting stuff — our newest quilts — so feel free to ooohh and aaahh from…

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

Quilting Video Tutorials Made Just for YOU!

Many people are visual and auditory learners, so quilting videos tend to be really helpful when trying to master a technique or make a specific quilt or project. Quilters’ preferences vary widely, so we like to offer guidance in a variety of areas. Here are some of our tutorials that are quite helpful.   Absolute Beginner Machine…

How to Finish a Quilt

Save $$ – Learn how to Finish a Quilt like the Pros!

Do you know how to bind a quilt? Do you know how to quilt your own quilts? There are several steps to finishing a quilt and we’d like to pass on our quilting knowledge, tips and tricks to you! We have plenty of resources for you to take advantage, including tips from the Fons & Porter staff,…

Spice Market Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Rainbow Quilts

An exciting way to explore variety in quilts is through color. Quilts using color to create visual appeal is not a new concept, but unique and enticing color arrangements can be what makes a quilt an original. Think of your favorite quilts and how they use color. Some may focus on a single tone — purple…

Watermelon Table Runner

Lynette Jensen’s Own Table Quilt Pattern!

It’s so exciting to have Lynette Jensen’s projects available to us every month, like the table quilt pattern below — the perfect summer quilt. It’s also exciting to have her tell us about them in her own words. Here is what Lynette has to say about the July Thimbleberries Project of the Month! We are…

Square Peg Round Hole Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Snowball Quilt Patterns & Quilt Blocks

Whether you’re basking in the summer sun and heat or enjoying the brisk winter air, the Snowball quilt block is a welcome addition to any quilter’s home, year-round. This quilt block is one of the most well-known Amish quilt blocks, seen in many Amish quilt patterns, and is actually an optical illusion! Can you see these…

Line Dance - Throw Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: EVEN MORE Nine Patch Quilt Patterns!

You’ve asked for more things Nine Patch and we’re delivering! The original Nine Patch BLOCK Friday was such a hit, we couldn’t ignore its popularity. Here’s a little peek at BLOCK Friday: Nine Patch Quilt Patterns to refresh your memory: The Nine Patch quilt block has been around for hundreds of years. Put in those terms, it’s…

Americana Quilt

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Patriotic Quilts

Are you ready to celebrate with red, white and blue quilts? Rich in history, patriotic quilt patterns are perfect for decorating your home for the 4th of July, Labor Day, or Memorial Day. Whatever your summer plans, these quilt designs will help you get into the holiday spirit! I created “Shining Star” from Love of Quilting…