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.

Spinning Pinwheels - EQ design

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Using EQ7 to Design Quilt Patterns

When I began designing quilts in the mid-1980s, I used graph paper and colored pencils to create designs. Not only was it a time consuming process, but I had to visualize how the quilt design would look in actual fabric instead of colored pencils. In 1991, Electric Quilt (EQ) introduced their first software program for designing quilts. I was smitten…

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Fast Fall Quilt Patterns To Inspire

With Thanksgiving just three days away, you may be shaking your head and thinking, “No way is there time to make anything quilted before turkey day.” And you’d be right if you were thinking only of large quilts or items with difficult construction. But we’re here to tell you that with just a few hours…

Core Connection Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Apple Core Quilts

Apple Core quilts get their name from the one and only patch shape that goes into their construction, which resembles the side view of an apple core. The top and bottom edges of each patch have convex (“outie”) curves, while the side curves are concave (“innie”). The length of the outer and inner curves are…

Easy Quilts Winter 2016

Easy Quilts Winter 2016 – SEW Much To Love!

The Winter 2016 issue of Easy Quilts magazine just went on sale and we thought we’d share photos of some of the quilts inside with you today. This issue is so fun, packed with loads of fresh and fast quilt patterns. Do you know anyone who likes their music old-school style, on vinyl records? Emily…

Quilted Memories -- T-Shirt Quilts DIY

There’s Nothing Like A Handmade Gift!

‘Tis the season for quilters to be stitching away on thoughtful handmade gifts for the holidays. Whether you’re making a large quilt for someone special, or creating dozens of smaller items assembly-line style, chances are you are swiftly sewing and starting to count down to your deadline. Holiday gift making can become frantic if you…

Stars and Checks Quilt

Patriotic Quilts – A Salute To Our Veterans

November 11 is a day set aside to honor our veterans and express our gratitude for their service and sacrifices. The Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOV) is one of the largest groups in the nation dedicated to making patriotic quilts and presenting them in thanks to veterans and members of the armed forces. Fons & Porter…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Using Quilting Templates and Rulers

Are you ready to take your quilts to another level? Then it’s time to start making quilts with templates and specialty rulers. When I started quilting in the mid-1970s, I made my own templates from cardboard. I’d trace around the cardboard template and cut out the pieces using scissors. After tracing a few times, the template was no longer…

Quilted Memories -- T-Shirt Quilts DIY

T-Shirt Quilts — DIY with a Little Help!

So many of us have T-shirts that mean something to us and we hold on to them, storing them away in boxes or in the back of our closets. A great way to assemble all of your beloved T-shirts in one place, and proudly show them off, is by creating a T-shirt quilt! These types of quilts…

Sweet & Breezy Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Windblown Quilt Blocks

Think of quilt block names that are associated with the wind. What do you come up with? Two that come to mind immediately are Pinwheel quilt blocks and Weathervane quilt blocks. They may not be 10 minutes quilt blocks, but they’re well worth the effort. Both are traditional quilt block patterns that have held a…

Thimbleberries Project of the Month -- Table Runner Quilt Patterns

7 Ways to Display Small Quilts with Lynette Jensen

Looking for innovative ideas for decorating with your small quilts? Lynette Jensen has 7 tips for you that are sure to strike a chord. With small quilt patterns, like table runner quilt patterns and table toppers, we can get carried away and make more than we have room for. With these tips, you can break out…

Circle Skirt - Table Runner Quilt Patterns

Table Toppers Worth Your Time!

Table runner quilt patterns, table toppers and anything quilted that decorates our tables is often the center of attention. Why not make them exactly how we want them? And, making more than one to suit your décor, times of year and your quilting personality is part of what makes quilting for a table so much fun. Table…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Colors for Quilt Patterns

Take the guesswork out of choosing colors for quilt patterns! Choosing fabric colors doesn’t have to be intuitive or instinctive, there are a practical ways to choose colors for quilt patterns. To gain confidence when choosing fabrics, for colorful quilts or even two-color quilts, it’s important to understand how colors go together and how color schemes…

Romantic Trails Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Virginia Reel Quilt Block

Have you ever made a Virginia Reel quilt block? If you have, you’ve probably used those blocks in a quilt, like Romantic Trails by Tammy Vanderschmitt. They have such a unique look to them, it’s impossible to mistake them for anything else. You may have heard of a Snail’s Trail quilt block, which makes up…

Blooming Feathered Star Quilt

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Star Quilts

Do you have a favorite quilt block? Mine is a star block and I love star quilts. My first finished quilt was made from quilt blocks that created a Variable Star block when set side-by-side. So, perhaps, that’s why star quilts are a go-to design for me. I love any star block! But, my absolute favorite is a Feathered…