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.

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Not Quite Squared*

Quilt in a day! Quilt in a day! This free kid’s quilt, or free baby quilt pattern, is so quick to make—pre-cut 10″ squares are a great way to make this one come together quickly. Stitch Not Quite Squared up in an afternoon or a weekend for a bit of instant gratification. This really is one…

BLOCK Friday: Wheel Quilts

Not all curves are created equal! Quilters know that, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded. We have all kinds of tricks (and techniques) up our sleeves, which come in handy when we’re discussing quilt blocks that can be a bit of a challenge. We’ll get to those soon, but let’s look at the quilts…

Aunt Gracie's Garden - Free Quilt Patterns

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Aunt Gracie’s Garden*

An interlocking circle pattern emerges when combining 54-40 or Fight quilt blocks and Shoo Fly quilt blocks in Aunt Gracie’s Garden. The beautiful borders are adorned with appliqué and give this quilt an elegant touch. Another beautiful quilt that follows this layout but uses different borders (no appliqué), is Liz Porter’s Emily’s Wedding quilt. Pieced from as…

Scrappy Triangles Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Top 10 Most Popular!

We love a good BLOCK Friday and we know you do, too! Well, we know that you love the BLOCK Fridays listed below, anyway. Today, we’re sharing the 10 most popular write-ups in this series featuring quilt and quilt block history, quilt patterns and techniques, tutorials and tools for easier and accurate construction. So, let’s start the…

Wall Hanging Quilt Patterns

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Life’s Better At The Beach*

Create eight different “beachy” quilt blocks using your favorite summer fat quarters or scraps from your fabric stash! This is a wall quilt sampler that all beach lovers will want to make. Who doesn’t love wall hanging quilt patterns? Especially when they make you feel like you’re on vacation! Use traditional paper foundation piecing for accurate…

Marianne & Rebecca Fons Save a Small Town Theater

We all know Marianne Fons. She’s the Fons in Fons & Porter. She’s an expert quilter, TV show personality, author and lecturer. And, now? She’s added movie theater owner to the list. Marianne announced the purchase of the theater on her Facebook page in August 2015: We figure it will take us a couple of…

Patriotic Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Patriotic Quilts

4th of July, Veteran’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day… the list goes on! Patriotic holidays in the U.S. are plentiful and many of us like to decorate our homes in solidarity with, and in honor of, these holidays. Think American flag quilts, patriotic table runners, and the like. As quilters, we have the means…

Free Quilt Pattern

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Whoo’s Ready for Summer?*

Summer’s approaching and owls are a popular design, so this whimsical quilt makes for the perfect addition to any kid’s room. It also makes an adorable gift. And… it’s a FREE quilt pattern! The simple shapes in Whoo’s Ready for Summer?—featured on episode 2508 of the Love of Quilting 2500 series —are fused and machine appliquéd…

Block of the Month Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Block of the Month Quilts

Receiving a box each month with new materials for a single quilting project is pretty exhilarating. There’s something about block of the month quilts that’s just so appealing. Is it the anticipation of the next package arriving with quilting goodies? Fresh fabric certainly is addicting. It could also be the shorter stints at the sewing machine, keeping…

FREE Quilt Patterns

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Basket Quilts*

Basket quilts, like today’s FREE quilt pattern, make wonderful one-of-a-kind gifts and keepsakes that are sure to be treasured and admired, especially as the seasons change. For many quilters, basket quilt patterns create a warm, springtime feeling. This style of quilt dates back to the 18th century and is still among some of the best-loved quilt designs today, showcasing a…

In The Blue of the Evening Quilt

Traditional Quilters Can Appreciate Modern Touches

When it comes to traditional quilting, it’s hard to imagine where modern quilts play a part. The two are mutually exclusive, aren’t they? Well, not necessarily. You can make a quilt that features a traditional quilt pattern, but uses modern techniques. How about a quilt with a modern layout using traditional fabrics? There are plenty of ways to…

Rescue Me Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Kaleidoscope Quilt Blocks

Kaleidoscope (as defined by Merriam-Webster): An instrument containing loose bits of colored material (such as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed that changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns. Kaleidoscope quilt blocks are aptly named, aren’t they? An integral part…

Kelly Biscopink - Quilty Contributing Editor

12 Modern Quilt Patterns For Beginners & Beyond From Quilty!

Hi Quilty pals! Like always, the Quilty May/June 2017 issue comes to you full of beginner-friendly, modern patterns that are easy to adapt for any quilt-lover in your life. As someone who is frequently asked to help someone take their first baby steps in quiltmaking, I love turning to Quilty as the ideal quilting reference…