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.

Crafters Blog Hop

Crafters’ Blog Hop: Fun Project Ideas & lots of Give-a-ways!

March is National Craft Month and March 19th is National Quilting Day! Since Fons & Porter has a love of quilting and all things crafting, we got together with a few of our closest crafting friends and set up a blog hop – a round of blogging about the same topic, in this case, a love of crafts. We have some great project ideas for you and some really neat prize give-aways. This is the perfect time to get oodles of expert knowledge for crafts and crafters of all levels and to take advantage of free stuff!

Fat Quarter Quilts 2016 SIP

Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns & Techniques!

What quilter doesn’t love a fat quarter quilt? There are more quilt patterns using fat quarters than we can count and there are just as many quilting techniques to go along with them. We’ve put together 15 of our top quilt patterns using fat quarters in a special publication called Fat Quarter Quilts. Find out more about these fat quarter quilts and their accompanying Sew Easy lessons here!


BLOCK Friday: Quilt Blocks Galore

We’ve brought many interesting and informative BLOCK Fridays to you for some time now and it’s time to revisit some of our best. Take a look and see what moves you – there’s plenty more where that came from. Today’s BLOCK Friday has quilt blocks galore, so come and explore!

Electric Blue - Two Color Quilts

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Two-Color Quilts and More

Two-color quilts are all the rage! Blue and white quilts, read and white quilts, yellow and gray quilts – two-color quilts are timeless and traditional. I definitely recommend giving them a try. Whether you’re using a scrap quilt pattern or arranging your own quilt design, these quilts make unique designs and lasting impressions. I’ll tell you all about it in Nancy’s Quilting Classroom.


Tip Tuesday: Storing & Organizing Sewing Supplies

I’m always on the lookout for more efficient ways to store my quilting notions and sewing supplies and I thought you might be, too! I’ve gathered 12 of the best tips from Love of Quilting watchers and readers for you. They’re all about storing and organizing sewing machine needles, hand quilting needles, quilting rulers, sewing supplies, and more.


Scrap Quilt Patterns: Free Quilt Patterns & Scrappy Tips!

Do you love scrap quilt patterns? I don’t think I even need to tell you that we do. We love them so much, we have a magazine titled after them – Scrap Quilts! We have a lot of scrappy free quilt patterns to share with you and some wonderful tips that will set you up for scrap quilt success!


BLOCK Friday – Pinwheel Quilt Block

Every quilter knows the Pinwheel quilt block. We love this quilt pattern – block designs that are tried and true! It makes really neat quilts, too. And, what a history! Quilting has evolved quite a bit over the centuries and quilters have seen a multitude of quilt designs and arrangements pass through over the years. The Pinwheel quilt block is here to stay and it’s better than ever.


Easy Quilt Patterns – Easy to Make, Easy to Love

In the quilting world, easy quilt patterns are like a breath of fresh air. Between those difficult quilt projects and block of the month quilts, easy quilts are quick and, well, easy! They’re like taking a quilting vacation full of rest, relaxation and fun while reaping the benefits of a lovely finished quilt. Learn about 13 unique and exciting quilt patterns – easy, sophisticated and definitely worth quilting.

CreateTV's Quilt-a-thon!

Quilt-a-thon & Giveaway – This Weekend!

Love to learn new quilting techniques? You’re in luck! Create TV® is airing a 6-hour quilt-a-thon this weekend featuring 12 hand-picked episodes of the shows you love, including Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting.” Get a sneak-peek at some of the things you’ll learn in 6 exciting “Love of Quilting” episodes, plus a couple of instant downloads… free quilt patterns!

Sangria Quilt - Big Block Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Big Block Quilts

Big quilt blocks mean maximum impact in a minimum amount of time – quick quilts that make a statement! These quilts won’t top off your UFO (unfinished objects) pile – check these quilts off as complete! We love big block quilts and quilt blocks by many other names. This BLOCK Friday is extra special, with a free quilt pattern and a quick single free download of quilt blocks galore, 100 free quilt blocks in fact!

Nancy Mahoney - Quilt Binding

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: My Favorite Quilt Binding Technique

Finishing your quilts can be a process, but you can do it with confidence! I think of quilt binding as the last chance to add to the overall look of the quilt – it should complement the quilt top. So, get those unfinished projects out of the closet and turn them into finished quilts. Follow along and learn about my favorite quilt binding technique.


BLOCK Friday: Star Quilt Block, Pt. 2

Do you like Star quilt patterns? We looked at a variety of projects featuring an array of colors, designs and variations on Star quilts in part 1 of this BLOCK Friday series. There is so much more to talk about – there’s an abundance of arrangements and Star quilt blocks available in the quilting world. Star quilt patterns are popular because they make gorgeous quilts! Come take a look…