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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Fons & Porter’s Thanksgiving Potluck

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at Fons & Porter without a potluck. You know how much quilters love to eat! Today our staff went above and beyond and brought in some great food.         We even had a special guest for lunch. Marianne Fons came by to celebrate the holiday with us. I…

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Thursday Holiday Trivia Contest – Week 1

    We know many of you love trivia so we are excited to bring you the Fons & Porter Holiday Trivia contest. Each Thursday between November 3rd and December 29th, we will ask you a trivia question. If you answer correctly, you will be entered into a random drawing for a quilting notion. Enter your…

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Halloween Visitors

          It’s a tradition in Winterset to have the children of the town dress-up and come trick-or-treating around the town square. Businesses take a break from the daily routine and greet the kids as they make their way around the square. Some businesses really get into the halloween spirit as they…

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Look Who Came to our Autumn Harvest Potluck

        What a great day to have a potluck at work! The temperatures have stared to drop considerably and we were able to warm our bellies with some fantastic recipes today. We enjoyed homemade potato soup, chicken enchiladas, pizza pasta, brown bread, and bbq pulled pork.            …

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Covered Bridge Quilt Show

Well it is official…I attended my first quilt show ever! A person has to start somewhere, right? I went to the Covered Bridge Quilt Show in Winterset during the Covered Bridge Festival and it was terrific. The highlight of my quilt show experience was meeting Rod Beem. Rod is a Vietnam Veteran and a Purple…

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Fons & Porter’s Massive Warehouse Sale!

Fons & Porter is partnering with Landauer Publishing to bring you a MASSIVE Warehouse, Book & Fabric Sale! Where: Landauer Warehouse, 3100 101 Street, Ste. A, Urbandale, IA 50322 When: September 28th – October 1st Just a few miles from the AQS Show in Des Moines. All fabric is just $6 per yard and books by…

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QCA Retreat Group Comes to Visit

We were thrilled to have a Quilter’s Club of America (QCA) group come to visit the shop today. They are a group of quilters who organized a retreat amongst themselves via the QCA website. Many of the quilters had been looking forward to this trip for years. They will be staying in Des Moines over…

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Yes- you can take it with you!

With all of the fun techy devices that we carry with us, how would you like access to favorite quilting magazine any time, any place? Now, when you take your computer, tablet, or smart phone with you to visit your quilting friends, on vacation, or to the quilt shop, you can access Love of Quilting…

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Don’t you just want to go sew something?

A friend brought her quilt in the shop to show us her 4th  of July quilt top.  It’s made from some of the patriotic and Quilts of Valor fabric we have in the shop. As we were admiring her quilt,  we were talking about how the weather just makes us want to smile and sew! Do…

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What are the Tried & True quilt blocks all about?

Have you noticed the Tried & True quilt blocks we feature with projects in both Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts? These little gems are useful in so many ways. We create these blocks to give you optional fabric suggestions for the quilt featured.  But their main purpose is to test the written instructions. Our Sewing…

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So–what’s going on this morning?

Here are a few pictures snapped this morning, here in Winterset.  Some of us are at IPTV taping our next PBS series this week or scheduled to go later today to help out, but here’s a quick trip around to see what’s happening! Laura, our Website Assistant comes in early every day and brings her…

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Best of Scrap Quilts and Table Toppers is here!

Everyone has their favorites! You’ve spoken and we’re delivering! We are so excited to tell you that Best of Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts and Best of Fons & Porter Tabletop Quilts are now available at Shop Fons & Porter! You’ll find skill levels from easy to challenging, and quilts and table toppers for every season…