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 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 &…

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We found more than just sunshine in California!

We are in California visiting enjoying the sunshine, escaping the cold in the midwest for a few days and visiting with key fabric manufacturers to bring  you the latest and greatest and we just can’t wait to show you a preview of  new fabrics shipping out later this spring from Hoffman Fabrics. Aren’t these the cutest…

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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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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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Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts

New Track Media, our parent company, along with Creative Crafts Group, Keepsake Quilting, Benartex, Aurifil Threads, AccuQuilt, The City Quilter, and Bumble Beans all sponsored “Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts” in New York City this weekend.  It was a wonderful event to promote the Alliance for American Quilts and…

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It’s fair time in Madison County!

I bet it’s fair time where you are too! A few of us here in the office were 4-H er’s or leaders and had to go check out the projects today at noon. It brought back memories of my kids working on projects and how proud they were when they were finally done and judged.…

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Take a peek at Liz’ newest quilt!

Marianne Liz may have retired, but she’s been busy designing quilts! We have several here in our office for upcoming issues of Love of Quilting. Liz stopped in today and was showing Jean, our Editor, the quilt she is currently working on. You can now find Liz spending more time with her family or out golfing,…