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.


Love of Quilting Christmas Potluck

          Today was our Love of Quilting Christmas Potluck. We had a lot of fun taking time to celebrate the holiday together. Our advertising manager was able to come into town to celebrate with us. It was great having Cristy here with us this year.         Instead of…

omnigrid 12

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…


Fons & Porter Holiday Trivia Contest – Week 5

Wow, thanks to all who are entering and enjoying our Holiday Trivia Contest. Let’s get right to our winners and our new trivia question. Week 3 Answer: Liz and Marianne both majored in English. Congratulations to Kim Mabry who won 4″ Thread Snipping Scissors and an Omnigrid 9.5″ x 9.5″ ruler. Week 4 Answer: Liz…


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…

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.            …

My Favorite

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…

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…


Quilting makes a big showing at the Iowa State Fair

Nothing Compares is the theme of this year’s Iowa State Fair. How appropriate—especially if you know how unique our fair is, and especially if you are a quilter! The 4-H and open class areas were full of great quilts.  It amazes me every year how many different and unique quilts are created.      …

Salsa is ready!

Canning and Quilting

As a new gardener, I found that laboring in the garden brings forth a bountiful harvest of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and weeds!  I am a big tomato lover, however, after eating and sharing tomatoes, my tomato creativity began to wane and I was at a loss of what to do with all my tomatoes. A…