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 a different quilt block each week 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.


Are you making a New Years resolution?

We have great intentions, but how many do we really keep? I think I’ll go for the small things like trying to organize closets and my sewing room a bit more and finish a few UFOs finished- well maybe! It just wouldn’t be the same for some of us to finish everything- now would it?…


Do you see what I see?

Do you tend to notice, as I do, all of the quilty designs in Christmas? This is one of my favorite decorations.  Two of my favorite things in one-Santa and quilts! One of the customers in the store the other day mentioned that fabric is like Christmas lights to her. They make her eyes sparkle!…


Hand or machine quilting?

      I grew up learning to sew and quilt from my mom and grandmother. My grandmother actually went to sewing school in northeast Iowa, before getting married to my grandfather. Her handwork was amazing, as was what I saw of my great grandmother’s work. Last Spring, we worked with Marianne on a quilted…


Christmas stockings

Since the first stocking worked, I went home last night, eager to get started again. I went straight to my sewing room and got a few stocking fronts pieced as you can see above!  Thanks goodness for an understanding husband and leftovers! The fabrics I am using, have been collected the last couple years.  Most…