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.

Flock of Seagulls Quilt

Flock of Seagulls Quilt

Fall into formation with this clean, modern Flying Geese quilt. Featuring modern batiks and a simple white background, this design exudes cool, crisp comfort. About This Quilt Finished Size: 64″ x 80″ Finished Blocks: 20 (16″) blocks Rating: Beginner – Level 2 Designed by: Brenda Ratliff Recommended Tools: Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Marker,…

Stashbusting the Blues

As is the case with most stashbusting projects, I’m inspired to bust through some fabrics because, well, I bought more, and really need the room. In my case, I have this lovely stack of luscious blues I’ve been “curating” since, oh, about 2005. I think these fabrics are ready to find a home in a…

Where was that needle?? and more Quilting Tips

One of our favorite things to do for the Love of Quilting television show is to share reader-submitted tips – our editors review every tip submitted and share the most creative and unique on the air (if you have a tip you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s our quilting tips…

Feathered Star: Star of Chamblie

BLOCK Friday: Feathered Star—A Feather in Your Quilting Cap

What defines a Feathered Star quilt block? Is it simply adding an outline of small triangles to a star block? Marsha McCloskey, the foremost expert on the Feathered Star, laughs and says, “That’s pretty much it.” She adds, “You can really feather almost anything.” Many of her own quilt patterns feature feathered borders, for example.…

stork scissors

Chain-Pieced Traditions — Stork Scissors

The stork is a very traditional design for snips. If that seems incredibly random (why not an otter? Or an Irish setter?), maybe it’ll help to know that the decorative design originated with midwife’s scissors hundreds of years ago. (Stork—ah, right! Delivering babies…) They were shaped differently back then—with the beak slightly off-set and tips…

Windham Fabrics

This is what goose feathers SHOULD look like

Our cover quilt for the July/August 2017 issue of Quilty magazine, called Some Say She’s a Dreamer, was also our Giving Quilt featured on Easy Quilts Fall 2017. The fabric—the Dreamer Collection by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics—has a charitable donation tied to it, with a portion of the proceeds from the bee print going…

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Not Quite Squared*

Quilt in a day! Quilt in a day! This free kid’s quilt, or free baby quilt pattern, is so quick to make—pre-cut 10″ squares are a great way to make this one come together quickly. Stitch Not Quite Squared up in an afternoon or a weekend for a bit of instant gratification. This really is one…

BLOCK Friday: Wheel Quilts

Not all curves are created equal! Quilters know that, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded. We have all kinds of tricks (and techniques) up our sleeves, which come in handy when we’re discussing quilt blocks that can be a bit of a challenge. We’ll get to those soon, but let’s look at the quilts…

Aunt Gracie's Garden - Free Quilt Patterns

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Aunt Gracie’s Garden*

An interlocking circle pattern emerges when combining 54-40 or Fight quilt blocks and Shoo Fly quilt blocks in Aunt Gracie’s Garden. The beautiful borders are adorned with appliqué and give this quilt an elegant touch. Another beautiful quilt that follows this layout but uses different borders (no appliqué), is Liz Porter’s Emily’s Wedding quilt. Pieced from as…

Scrappy Triangles Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Top 10 Most Popular!

We love a good BLOCK Friday and we know you do, too! Well, we know that you love the BLOCK Fridays listed below, anyway. Today, we’re sharing the 10 most popular write-ups in this series featuring quilt and quilt block history, quilt patterns and techniques, tutorials and tools for easier and accurate construction. So, let’s start the…

Wall Hanging Quilt Patterns

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Life’s Better At The Beach*

Create eight different “beachy” quilt blocks using your favorite summer fat quarters or scraps from your fabric stash! This is a wall quilt sampler that all beach lovers will want to make. Who doesn’t love wall hanging quilt patterns? Especially when they make you feel like you’re on vacation! Use traditional paper foundation piecing for accurate…

Marianne & Rebecca Fons Save a Small Town Theater

We all know Marianne Fons. She’s the Fons in Fons & Porter. She’s an expert quilter, TV show personality, author and lecturer. And, now? She’s added movie theater owner to the list. Marianne announced the purchase of the theater on her Facebook page in August 2015: We figure it will take us a couple of…

Patriotic Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Patriotic Quilts

4th of July, Veteran’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day… the list goes on! Patriotic holidays in the U.S. are plentiful and many of us like to decorate our homes in solidarity with, and in honor of, these holidays. Think American flag quilts, patriotic table runners, and the like. As quilters, we have the means…