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 a different quilt block each week 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.

Nancy Mahoney, Fons & Porter Guest Blogger

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Nice to Meet You!

I’m Nancy Mahoney and I’m super excited to be a regular guest blogger for Fons & Porter! For my first post, I want to tell you a little about my quilts and fill you in on some upcoming discussions about quilting techniques and general quiltmaking that I’ll be sharing with you in the near future. And, of course, I have to invite you into my sewing studio! Welcome to my quilting classroom – it’s nice to meet you!


BLOCK Friday: House Quilt Blocks

House quilt blocks have a way of bringing American history into modern homes. They’ve have seen a metamorphosis of sorts since the the quilt block’s conception in the latter part of the 1800s with pioneers and the movement west. The quilt community’s efforts to keep this great story alive means that quilters are actually quilting the history of America! See how House quilt blocks have changed over the years and how the quilt block first looked when it began to appear in quilts.


TOP 20: Best Quilts & Projects for Valentine’s Day

We’re counting down 20 of our best quilts and projects for Valentine’s Day! It’s time to saddle up to that sewing station to get started on that perfect project for yourself, your sweetheart, a family member or friend. Take a look! We have a surprise for you in our countdown – you can’t do all the gift-giving!


Tip Tuesday: 9 Unique Quilt Binding Tips & Tricks

Almost every quilter is going to create binding for quilt projects, unless they pay someone else to do it. The thought may have crossed your mind at some point! But, as always, Fons & Porter is here to help and so are our loyal quilter friends. Learn 9 ways to enhance your quilt binding experience!

Below are 9 great quilt binding tips submitted to Fons & Porter by quilters like you! See if there’s anything here that makes you go, “Well, that makes sense! Why didn’t I think of that?”


BLOCK Friday: Churn Dash Quilt Block, Pt. 2

The Churn Dash quilt block works for quilters of all skill levels – those new to the craft and seasoned quilters alike. Beyond skill level, this quilt block’s design lends itself to scrappy quilts, traditional quilts, and quilts of all shapes and sizes. Find out what this quilt block can do for your quilts and why it can go from simple to complex depending on the quilter.

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Tip Tuesday: Want King-Size Quilts? Resize your Quilt Patterns!

Looking to resize that quilt pattern that has the pretty design, but the wrong quilt size? Size charts are always a hot ticket item when it comes to quilt patterns. It makes sense! Why spend time on throw-size quilts when what you really want are a king-size quilts? We offer some suggestions on making your quilts to your own specifications!


BLOCK Friday: Appliqué Quilts

The history behind appliqué quilts is extremely interesting and the technique itself is beautiful and versatile. Wherever you are on your appliqué journey, there’s bound to be a new method or technique for you to try. Come see why the world of appliqué is limitless and so much fun!


Tip Tuesday: 7 Time-Saving Quilting Tips

Get 7 helpful time-saving tips that are sure to make your quiltmaking experiences even better than they already are! A little reorganization and quick preparation makes an efficient quilter a happy quilter. You’ll see what I mean! By the way – Tip #5 is my favorite.


BLOCK Friday: Drunkard’s Path Quilt Block

Quilt block names can be pretty funny, don’t you think? The Drunkard’s Path quilt block looks like a staggering drunk due to the arrangement of the curved pieces. Curved piecing?! Yes, I know – the very idea of curved piecing makes some quilters’ hair stand on end. Don’t limit your skills, experiences or your quilts! If you need help getting your curves just right, we can help.


Tip Tuesday: Sticky things to the Quilter’s Rescue!

Learn how other quilters use sticky notes and tape to their benefit in all manner of ways during their quilting endeavors. From organizing fabric to basting to keeping track of the screws from your sewing machine, we’ll give you some great tips! Get a few ideas from Fons & Porter, as well.