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.

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Fons & Porter Holiday Trivia Contest – Week 6

    Thank you to all who are entering our Holiday Trivia Contest. We hope you are having as much fun as we are! Week 5 Answer: Marianne’s favorite Christmas gift was seeing her mom’s happiness as she hugged the Corn and Beans scrap quilt Marianne gave to her as a gift. Congratulations to Dorothy…

Liz and Diane

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.            …

Warehouse Sale

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…

Darlene from Canada

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…


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.…