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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Warm Quilt filled wishes!

  Lots of quilts will be given and used during the holidays with hugs and love sewn in. Several of us here have made Quilts of Valor and given them and hope the recipients cherish them as much as we honor them and cherish their service. This photo is one such recipient at a Christmas…

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Watch Out for a Magazine Subscription Scam

We have heard from many of our Love of Quilting subscribers that they are receiving renewal notices in the mail that have outrageous prices. If you receive an invoice in the mail that looks like this, it is a scam. Our rates are $20.97 for 1 year or $32.97 for 2 years. With the holidays…

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Harvesting color

Have you ever seen something and the color palette sticks in your mind and pretty soon, you’re buying fabric in those colors? I was sitting on our front porch last evening admiring the colors in this planter, thinking like a quilter, of course, what a great palette of color it could be for a quilt.…

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Quilt Shop Summer Hours

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Quilt Shop is operating under summer hours now through late October. We are open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Our address is 54 Court in Winterset, IA, which is located on the downtown square. We know quilters love to take road trips in the summer, so come by and see us!…

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Magazine Correction

We would like to let you know of a correction in the March/April 2012 issue of Love of Quilting. The name of the quilter of Neutral Chic on page 73 should be Cindy Montgomery. We apologize for the error, Cindy. Best of luck with your home-based quilting business!

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Free weekend for QNNtv.com March 23-25!

This weekend, enjoy a  free weekend at QNNtv.com !  March 23-25, you have 3 days to watch over 1,000 quilting videos completely free.   So sign up and start viewing, Visit http://www.qnntv.com/freemarch/. No coupon code required but must use the specific URL. _ This is a great chance to check out shows!_   Quilt Out Loud, Quilt…

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The Heart of Quilts of Valor

We are pleased to bring you a special blog post from Heather Stephenson. Heather was asked to be a rookie for the Quilts of Valor Iowa Public Television special. She would like to share her thoughts and feelings with you in this special letter… A few months ago, I received a phone call from a…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we would like to introduce you to Lucy! She lives with, and is pampered by our Managing Editor, Deb Finan.  She is shown here modeling Deb’s latest quilt that will appear in our next issue of Scrap Quilts coming out 5/29. I ask you—who needs Glamour Shots? Deb says: She always wants…

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Meet Scrabble

Marianne was in the shop today, taping a helpful tip for an upcoming Quilty episode. We know that if Marianne is in the building, then so is Scrabble. Scrabble is Marianne’s dog and she always greets us with warm hugs and swift tricks. She will be joining the cast in an episode of Fons &…