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: Tumbler Quilts

Tumbler quilts have made a reputation for themselves in the quilting world. Historically, quilts featuring Tumbler units were made with donated or shared fabrics, earning them the name “beggar quilts.” More commonly, however, Tumbler quilts have been referred to as “charm quilts” throughout history. These old-fashioned quilts were made regularly in the 1870s and became popular again in the 1930s and 40s.…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Fat Quarter Quilt Frenzy!

I love fat quarters! The pretty bits of fabric are so tempting when beautifully displayed on shop shelves or in bins. I simply can’t resist them. The 18″ x 21″ pieces of fabric are often easier to work with than full-length quarter-yard cuts since you can cut wider pieces or large appliqué shapes. Given their…

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My First Quilt – Quilting Video Tutorials

Those of us who have made quilts before remember the feeling of anticipation when planning our first quilt – “I hope I do this right!” You may have had a family member or friend helping you along, but some quilters (like me) make their first quilt relying on the knowledge they’ve accumulated from fellow quilters.…

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Tip Tuesday: Machine and Hand Quilting Basics

When quilting our quilts, a little friendly advice can go a long way. Machine quilting and hand quilting are acquired skills that take time. Sometimes, ideas on quilting designs – free motion quilting designs and hand quilting designs – are a hot commodity. Here are some quilting basics from fellow quilters that are meant to inspire you with your…

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Lines by Design: Bed-Size Quilts & FREE Patterns!

What’s in a line? For a quilter, that question has many answers. For Debbie Grifka, author of Lines by Design Quilts, she doesn’t just answer the question, she quilts it. Including straight lines, curves and pictorial shapes, Lines by Design Quilts demonstrates a clean, modern approach to quilt design, using the endless creativity of lines…

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BLOCK Friday: Patchwork Designs and Quilt Blocks

Patchwork quilts are, to put it simply, pieced quilts. As with many of the quilt blocks that we see today, patchwork designs, like the patchwork quilt blocks in Checkerboard Shuffle, originated during the pioneer days, when people migrated and settled in the American west. Block-style patchwork can be divided into 2 categories, explains Quilting in America,…

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Tip Tuesday: Paper Piecing Quilts & Projects

Paper piecing quilts, or foundation piecing, is a skill that quilters work hard at! Quilting paper for foundation piecing is essential to completing this technique, but what of all the other tricks of the trade? We asked quilters like yourself to pass along their paper piecing quilting tips. Here’s what they had to say: My old…

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Crafters’ Blog Hop: Snowbirds Quilt & Great Prizes!

This month we’re celebrating all things crafting – it’s National Craft Month! Of course, those of us at Fons & Porter have a special place in our hearts for National Quilting Day this coming Saturday – always fun to celebrate what you love! Quilting is our #1 passion, but it’s exciting to branch out a bit and revisit or…

Crafters Blog Hop

Crafters’ Blog Hop: Fun Project Ideas & lots of Give-a-ways!

March is National Craft Month and March 19th is National Quilting Day! Since Fons & Porter has a love of quilting and all things crafting, we got together with a few of our closest crafting friends and set up a blog hop – a round of blogging about the same topic, in this case, a love of crafts. We have some great project ideas for you and some really neat prize give-aways. This is the perfect time to get oodles of expert knowledge for crafts and crafters of all levels and to take advantage of free stuff!