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.

Luck of the Irish Quilted Tablerunner Project

BLOCK Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Quilts

The holidays are extra special for quilters because it gives us an excuse to take on new and exciting projects (and we get to decorate — very important). This month, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and the name of the game is Irish Chain and/or green quilts. Are these on your quilting bucket list? Yes…

Move Over Brown, Pink’s in Town!

Do you know about the color of the year? Robert Kaufman Fabrics announces a new color annually that is expected to trend across quilting, sewing and crafting communities. Sure, brown quilts are lovely, but for 2017, flamingo pink quilts are what’s hot. Last year, highlight yellow was the color of the year and it was…

Quilts For Kids

About Quilts for Kids Quilts for Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of children who suffer from abuse or life-threatening illnesses. With the help of respected fabric manufacturers, generous volunteers, and donors, Quilts for Kids transforms high quality fabrics into patchwork quilts that offer comfort to children in need. They offer lots of fun…

Quell those Quilt Binding Queasies

Binding a quilt can be anxiety inducing for quilters — it ends up being stressful when we’d like it to be fun. Well, it’s time. It’s time to make binding a quilt something to look forward to! Since Fons & Porter loves all things quilting, we have a ton of resources for you, including quilt binding…

Cross Road to Grandma's House Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Album Cross Quilt Block

Happy BLOCK Friday! We have a tried-and-true quilt block for you today — the Album Cross block. It has withstood the test of time, having been a popular block for quilts made in the 1800s, like the quilt featured here from 1844. For you traditional quilters, you’ll likely recognize the Album Cross, either by name or…

Strippy Diamonds Quilt

Make The Most Of Pre-cut Fabric Packs!

Pre-cut fabrics, or tempting bits of “quilters’ candy” as we like to think of them, are such a convenient way to enjoy all the fabrics in a particular collection. Plus, they reduce patch cutting time incredibly and who doesn’t appreciate that? Yummy 2½”-wide strips and 5″ or 10″ squares are the usual pre-cuts that we…

BLOCK Friday: Amish Quilts

Amish quilts are famous for their awesome color schemes, outstanding workmanship, and minimalist aesthetic. Although the Amish have been making quilts for uncounted generations, there’s something very modern about the look of many of them. These distinctive designs are at home anywhere, from a country cabin to a sleek condo. Genuine Amish quilts can be…

Love of Quilting Mar/April 2017 Cover

The New March/April Love of Quilting Magazine Is Here!

Has spring been sprung where you live? We hope that, whatever place you call home, the new season brings bountiful quilting inspiration, and that you are sewing as often as you can. In this issue, we offer up some fresh and springy quilting ideas, such as Sarah’s Colorwave, Jean Nolte’s pattern that uses our Twisted…

Quilting the Quilt: Positive Outcomes with Negative Space

A quilt top carries charm and personality and can make us “ooh and ah” over everything from color placement to piecing accuracy, technical difficulty, and overall design. Yet even the most astonishing quilt top can seem lack-luster without the element of quilting, which adds texture, depth and detail. Seeing an unquilted top is like watching…

Odds & Ends II - Two-Color Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Red and White Quilts

Two-color quilts, especially red and white quilts, are classic Americana! The geometry of these quilts stands out clearly, giving them appealing strength and substance. With Valentine’s Day approaching, we thought now would be the perfect time to talk about red and white quilt designs! Although these quilts have always enjoyed immense popularity with quilters, there…

Ribbon Floral -- Block of the Month

Block of the Month Quilts You’ll Love

Here at Fons & Porter, we love Block of the Month quilts (BOMs). These carefully planned and paced quilt-making adventures seem to make it to the finish line much more often than their freestyle counterparts: regular quilt kits. The way a BOM project is broken up into segments, the extra hand-holding in the instructions, and the…

Love of Quilting TV Show - 2900 Series DVD Cover

Welcome to the Love of Quilting 2900 TV Series!

Love of Quilting is back! The 2900 series recently began airing on PBS stations nationwide, and viewers are loving these fun new episodes. With experienced quilters Marianne Fons, Angela Huffman, Lindsay Conner, Sara Gallegos, Karen McTavish, Emily Bailey, Nancy Mahoney, Colleen Tauke, Barb Eikmeier, Toby Lischko, Melanie Greseth, and Joanie Holton, we’re teaching a ton…