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 Mar/April 2017 Cover

The New March/April Love of Quilting Magazine Is Here!

Has spring been sprung where you live? We hope that, whatever place you call home, the new season brings bountiful quilting inspiration, and that you are sewing as often as you can. In this issue, we offer up some fresh and springy quilting ideas, such as Sarah’s Colorwave, Jean Nolte’s pattern that uses our Twisted…

Quilting the Quilt: Positive Outcomes with Negative Space

A quilt top carries charm and personality and can make us “ooh and ah” over everything from color placement to piecing accuracy, technical difficulty, and overall design. Yet even the most astonishing quilt top can seem lack-luster without the element of quilting, which adds texture, depth and detail. Seeing an unquilted top is like watching…

Odds & Ends II - Two-Color Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Red and White Quilts

Two-color quilts, especially red and white quilts, are classic Americana! The geometry of these quilts stands out clearly, giving them appealing strength and substance. With Valentine’s Day approaching, we thought now would be the perfect time to talk about red and white quilt designs! Although these quilts have always enjoyed immense popularity with quilters, there…

Ribbon Floral -- Block of the Month

Block of the Month Quilts You’ll Love

Here at Fons & Porter, we love Block of the Month quilts (BOMs). These carefully planned and paced quilt-making adventures seem to make it to the finish line much more often than their freestyle counterparts: regular quilt kits. The way a BOM project is broken up into segments, the extra hand-holding in the instructions, and the…

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Welcome to the Love of Quilting 2900 TV Series!

Love of Quilting is back! The 2900 series recently began airing on PBS stations nationwide, and viewers are loving these fun new episodes. With experienced quilters Marianne Fons, Angela Huffman, Lindsay Conner, Sara Gallegos, Karen McTavish, Emily Bailey, Nancy Mahoney, Colleen Tauke, Barb Eikmeier, Toby Lischko, Melanie Greseth, and Joanie Holton, we’re teaching a ton…

My Patriotic Table Runner

Tip Top Table Quilt Patterns

With the “big” holidays over, getting family and friends to gather around the table for food, talk, and laughter can become much more of a challenge. This time of year, it’s more important than ever to set a tempting tablescape, and a custom-made table quilt can be just the thing to make your kitchen or…

Country Garden Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Pieced Flower Quilts

Flower quilts there are aplenty, but due to the nature of the subject matter (think soft, curved petals), many are created using applique techniques. So what’s a piecer who loves flowers to do? Try some of the many pieced flower quilt block patterns in the quilting universe, of course! The Fons & Porter archives are…

And The Fabric For Life 2016 Winners Are…

The Keepsake Quilting Fabric for Life 2016 contest ended on December 31, and it was awesome! The prizes from our generous sponsors were out of this world: So here’s the announcement everyone has been awaiting. The winners are: Grand Prize (Fabric for Life): Terri Weeks, Belmont, NH First Prize (Bernina Machine): Cynthia Daniel, Tracyton, WA…

Easy Quilts Spring 2017 Cover

Easy Quilt Patterns With Fabulous Style

It’s easy to design easy quilt patterns. A few squares here, a few strips there, and you have a fast, simple quilt that is perfectly serviceable and probably nice-looking as well. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with today’s lovely fabrics! But an easy quilt pattern with fabulous style – that’s quite another matter.…

Here's My Heart Quilt

Welcome to Prime Quilting Season!

As much as we love the holidays, the weeks following are a different kind of celebration that we treasure just as much. It’s the best quilting time of year! The kids are back in school…it’s far too soon to think about gardening…and nights are long and chilly, perfect for working on quilts. All you need…

Colors of the Year 2017

Have you been excitedly waiting to see the color trends predicted for 2017? It’s arguably one of the best things about the change of the year – a brand new color palette to freshen up our entire approach to the world. The fashion, home dec, and beauty industries are wonderful indicators of color trends in…

BLOCK Friday: Album Quilt Blocks

Nearly any quilt block can become an album block, simply by being used in a signature quilt. But some types of quilt blocks are more commonly used for this purpose than others, earning their place in quilting history as perhaps the most sentimental of all blocks. Signature quilts have historically been made to celebrate personal,…

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Quilting Quickly January/February 2017 Is Here!

The January/February 2017 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine has arrived, and we’re so excited to tell you about it! Pull out your packs of precut fabrics and let’s get started: The breezy blue and white cover quilt is Indigo Spin by Jean Nolte, and it starts out with 10″ precut fabric squares. Don’t let the…