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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Quilt Patterns: Fat Quarter, Scrap, and Easy… OH MY!

Fat quarter quilts, scrap quilts and easy quilts are some of my favorite quilts! I love perusing these quilt patterns and then taking advantage of precuts, using scraps from my stash and putting a pattern together quickly (because sometimes, you just want a quick and easy project). I’ve assembled some of my favorite quilts that…

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Love of Quilting & Free Quilt Patterns

When we put Love of Quilting magazine issues together, our goal is always to bring you the best designs from our editors and contributors. Sometimes, we end up with more quilts than we have space for. What to do when we run out of pages in our issues? We offer the remaining quilts as free…

Strippy Pyramids Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Triangle Quilts

Triangle quilts are often simple to make, but can produce a powerful reaction once finished. There are a large variety of triangles to choose from when arranging your quilts and triangle quilts make great projects for quilters. Geometric quilts create symmetry, and are pleasing to the eye, so quilts featuring the same unit repeatedly have…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 2

In Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 1, I talked about allover quilting designs. Sometimes an allover design is the perfect choice. However, most of the time I want the quilting to add another design element to the quilt. Today, we’ll talk about how to incorporate different quilting designs into your quilts and I’ll give you several tips on…

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Mary Fons: On The Other Side of The Camera

Every year, in the spring and in the fall, I have the pleasure of going back to my home state of Iowa to tape Love of Quilting. This has been true for a number of years – I can never remember how many – and I look forward to it. This last trip, I went…

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Top 8 Quilting Lessons from Nancy Mahoney

Nancy Mahoney is one of Fons & Porter’s guest bloggers who posts a blog every other Wednesday called Nancy’s Quilting Classroom. Nancy is revered in the quilting community – she’s been quilting for over 30 years and is one of the best quilters around! Here are some of her most recent quilting lessons that have great…

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Free Quilt Patterns & Cash Prizes

Freebies are fun! Who doesn’t like free quilt patterns and a some nice spending cash? I thought I’d bring the latest and greatest freebies from Fons & Porter and affiliates to your attention, so you can take advantage of these exciting extras that are a download or entry away. FREEBIE #1: Four free wedding quilt…

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BLOCK Friday: Primitive Quilts

As you may have noticed, BLOCK Friday isn’t just about quilt blocks, but also focuses on types of quilts. Primitive quilts have created quite a buzz within the quilting community as of late, although the primitive style has been around since the founding of the country. I happen to be a fan of the style – a…

Four X Square quilting

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 1

The quilt top is finished—now what? Occasionally, I take a quilt top and backing to a professional longarm quilter. But, most of the time, I like to quilt my own quilts because I can add one more design element. In this 3-part series, I’ll share my insights for choosing quilting designs. I quilt on a sit-down sewing machine, where I’m moving the quilt,…

Charlotte Block of the Month

Liven up your Mailbox with a Stunning Quilt!

When I was little, I was always so excited to get something in the mail. It meant that someone was thinking of me with a greeting card or sending a gift. Now that I’m older, I tend to get plenty of bills, which is not very fun. That’s why I love block of the month…

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Meet Our Designers!

Welcome to the Fons & Porter Designer page! We are proud to introduce you to the talented and valued designers who have contributed to our magazines. They have shared gorgeous and impressive quilts, quilt patterns and quilt arrangements, as well as a wide variety of quilted projects. Take your time and look through the designer…

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BLOCK Friday: Civil War Quilts

This BLOCK Friday would be about the Civil War quilt block, if such a thing existed. Because of an eventual shortage of fabric and the overwhelming demand for warm blankets and quilts for soldiers, the quiltmaking movement for Union and Confederate women during the Civil War was more about necessity and less about the art of…