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.

Sweet & Breezy Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Windblown Quilt Blocks

Think of quilt block names that are associated with the wind. What do you come up with? Two that come to mind immediately are Pinwheel quilt blocks and Weathervane quilt blocks. They may not be 10 minutes quilt blocks, but they’re well worth the effort. Both are traditional quilt block patterns that have held a…

Thimbleberries Project of the Month -- Table Runner Quilt Patterns

7 Ways to Display Small Quilts with Lynette Jensen

Looking for innovative ideas for decorating with your small quilts? Lynette Jensen has 7 tips for you that are sure to strike a chord. With small quilt patterns, like table runner quilt patterns and table toppers, we can get carried away and make more than we have room for. With these tips, you can break out…

Circle Skirt - Table Runner Quilt Patterns

Table Toppers Worth Your Time!

Table runner quilt patterns, table toppers and anything quilted that decorates our tables is often the center of attention. Why not make them exactly how we want them? And, making more than one to suit your décor, times of year and your quilting personality is part of what makes quilting for a table so much fun. Table…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Colors for Quilt Patterns

Take the guesswork out of choosing colors for quilt patterns! Choosing fabric colors doesn’t have to be intuitive or instinctive, there are a practical ways to choose colors for quilt patterns. To gain confidence when choosing fabrics, for colorful quilts or even two-color quilts, it’s important to understand how colors go together and how color schemes…

Romantic Trails Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Virginia Reel Quilt Block

Have you ever made a Virginia Reel quilt block? If you have, you’ve probably used those blocks in a quilt, like Romantic Trails by Tammy Vanderschmitt. They have such a unique look to them, it’s impossible to mistake them for anything else. You may have heard of a Snail’s Trail quilt block, which makes up…

Blooming Feathered Star Quilt

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Star Quilts

Do you have a favorite quilt block? Mine is a star block and I love star quilts. My first finished quilt was made from quilt blocks that created a Variable Star block when set side-by-side. So, perhaps, that’s why star quilts are a go-to design for me. I love any star block! But, my absolute favorite is a Feathered…

Delightful Spooks Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Halloween Quilts for Every Age!

We’re sneaking up on it… Halloween is right around the corner! We have so many Halloween quilts and projects to choose from, you’re destined to find the one (or two, or three, or four) that speaks to you. Choose from easy quilts to make to those that are a bit more challenging. Not sure you…

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Scrap Quilt Patterns Inspired & Designed by Bonnie Hunter

We’re often inspired by the very designers who feature their quilts in our magazines and our affiliate’s magazines — traditional, easy, scrap quilt patterns… we love them all! Makes sense, right? We invite them to debut their quilts with us because they’re amazing at what they do! We find their creativity and expertise with quilts,…

Pumpkin Blossom -- Table Quilt Patterns

Pumpkin Blossom Holiday Table or Wall Quilt by Lynette Jensen

The holidays are such a fun time for quilters! So many opportunities to quilt for our homes, quilt for gifts and quilt for ourselves! Lynette Jensen was thinking of this when she designed Pumpkin Blossom, a lovely wall quilt or table topper offered with the Thimbleberries Project of the Month. She’s so excited about it…

Hocus Pocus Quilt

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Table Toppers for Every Holiday

If you’re looking for a quick and easy weekend project, or even projects you can quilt in a day, why not work on table runner quilt patterns or table toppers? A topper is a beautiful way to decorate your table for any season. These small projects are prefect for practicing machine quilting or trying new techniques, such as fusible…

Ruby's Garden -- Block of the Month Quilt

String Piecing Techniques & Quilt Patterns that WOW!

Today, it’s all about string piecing. You could even call it a string piecing bonanza! Why do we love string piecing? These projects are often stash-busters, they allow quilters to to express their creativity in a personal way, and they have a unique look to them that is unmatched by any other quilt design. Marianne…

Sister Sampler Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Sister Quilt Blocks

Are you familiar with sister quilt blocks? They’re a visually stimulating way of using the same block twice in your quilt pattern. Sister quilt blocks are a fun way to see how the same quilt block can change the look of a quilt by using different colorways or by turning the second block at a…

Kaleidoscope Table Quilt Pattern

Kaleidoscope Burst Table Quilt Pattern by Lynette Jensen

Lynette Jensen is back with another lovely quilt pattern from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! You might be surprised to learn that this isn’t a scrap quilt pattern, although it certainly could become one! This table runner is called Kaleidoscope Burst and it’s an easy project that looks great with any décor! Here’s what…

Golden Harvest Quilt

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Seasonal Quilt Patterns

Fall doesn’t officially begin for another week or so, but Labor Day weekend and kids returning to school always seems to signal that fall has arrived. A lot of us take a break from quilting during the summer, but now is the perfect time to jump back into sewing. Especially, if you’re planning on making quilt patterns — scrap quilt…