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.


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!…


Quilts in Afghanistan!

Our quilts made it safe and sound and here are a few of  Task Force Red Bulls with their quilts! We hope these keep you all warm and safe and thank you for serving to protect our freedom that we are so thankful for! The Fons & Porter staff


Making the best of a snowstorm……………….

As you may know, the Midwest got hit with some snow and a lots of wind this weekend.  I kind of appreciated the unexpected time to work on my Christmas stockings and catch up with decorating the house for Christmas! Here are the remaining 5 of the 8 stocking fronts I now have pieced-Yea!!  Since I’m…


29 on their way to Afghanistan

Pictured above is Dave Brown with ‘Millie’ The last quilt has come off the longarm! The ’29 Quilts to Go’ project has been a great success thanks to everyone who helped, including those that stood on standby, just in case.  What started as a phone call between Kristi (the Publisher of Fons and Porter’s Love…


Soldier Quilt Progress

We have all of the tops pieced and a good share quilted and out to be quilted – Yea! Here’s a few we caught on their noon break. Tiffiny, our Customer Service Manager and a beginning quilter, has quickly blossomed into a full fledged quilter – we’re so proud! And hey! Who let Kristi loose…