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.

Pictured: Jean Nolte, Catherine Roberts, and Marianne Fons

Weekend of Valor Roadtrip

Marianne and Catherine Roberts visted the store before they set out to Huntley, Illinois for the Weekend of Valor, presented by Gazebo Quilters’ Guild.  The dates for the weekend are August 19th and 20th. Catherine is the founder of Quilts of Valor, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to, “cover ALL those service…


Have you been to International Quilt Festival?

I hope you all get the opportunity to attend one some day if you haven’t already. It’s a total sensory overload of what this industry has to offer! If you can imagine, there were over 220 vendor booths at the Cincinnati Quilt Festival this last weekend—many more in some other locations. Festival is a great place…


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…


Color surprises!

I’ve finally decided what I’m doing for my Crayon challenge and to my surprise, my color choices are quite a bit different than what I started with! I’ve arranged and rearranged blocks and pieces of blocks, auditioning colors and arrangement. I’ve even worked in the colors orange and pink, which I  didn’t even consider when…


Do you belong to a small group? Check out some of our special interest groups here at QCA! The Civil War Ladies group is now forming!

Small groups are a great way to share a common interest ! We have a very large group in Des Moines that has numerous small groups. It helps members with common interests focus and share their ideas and knowledge with like members. Topics can range from applique, Feedsack quilts, Baltimore Quilts, reproduction fabrics, even a specific…


Our Afghan Quilt Project

What started in the beginning of November as a phone call between our publisher, Kristi, and her deployed husband Jason, turned into a month-long project in our office. Our goal was to create 29 quilts to ship to Jason’s unit! These soldiers were cold!  Government issued sleeping bags are short.  Especially for these six-foot-plus soldiers who are…


Do you see what I see?

Do you tend to notice, as I do, all of the quilty designs in Christmas? This is one of my favorite decorations.  Two of my favorite things in one-Santa and quilts! One of the customers in the store the other day mentioned that fabric is like Christmas lights to her. They make her eyes sparkle!…