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.

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Quilting the Quilt: An Introduction to Curved Crosshatching

Contrast (noun). “The state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.” The word contrast is a key word in a quiltmaker’s vocabulary. We look for contrast in fabric shades, print scales, patch sizes, thread choice, and even quilting texture to make our projects more appealing. When it comes…

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Before You Buy Holiday Quilt Kits Online, Read This!

You’ve found a quilt you LOVE — the arrangement and fabrics combine to make the perfect project. It was destined to be yours! It really doesn’t get any better than this; a situation like this is truly a quilters’ paradise. But then, you learn the fabrics aren’t available as a quilt kit online and it’s crushing. How could…

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BLOCK Friday: Log Cabin Quilt Layouts – Pineapple Variation

Log Cabin quilts come in hundreds of variations. You might recognize the name of these Log Cabin quilt layouts showcasing different quilt block settings and quilt arrangements: Courthouse Steps, Pineapple, Barn Raising, Sunshine and Shadows, Chevron and White House Steps. As with most quilt blocks, you’ll find different names used for the same variation or quilt block.…

Sew Easy: Windowing Fusible Appliqué

New Quilt Patterns for the Seasons & Great Techniques!

Seasons change with the scenery… and the quilts keep coming! There are some amazing projects available now for upcoming seasons and holidays. Quilters like to get started on seasonal projects early so they are finished when the time comes to enjoy them. We’re lucky to have such talented quilters and artists designing quilt patterns and…

Caroline's Chair Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Irish Chain Quilts

For those quilters who like knowing the history of the quilts they make, or learning something new about the craft, you’ll enjoy this week’s BLOCK Friday. Irish quilts are steeped in American history and they continue to thrive as some of quilting’s most popular designs. Plus, they’re pretty to look at and bring a sense of nostalgia with them for…

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A Quick Wall Hanging Quilt by Lynette Jensen

The beginning of every month brings with it a giddy anticipation for me. I know that Lynette Jensen is going to share her creative thoughts and inspiration for that month’s project from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! It’s really exciting to hear from the designer herself, especially someone as well-versed and well-known in…

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Get the Most out of Your Longarm Quilting Machine!

Longarm quilting isn’t as easy as some people make it look. I know firsthand! Although I don’t own a longarm quilting machine (it’ll happen one day!), I’ve practiced a bit on other quilters’ machines, and I can certainly attest to the “practice makes perfect” adage. Owning one is a huge commitment! Once I get my hands on…

ForeverInBlueJeans

BLOCK Friday: Cathedral Window Quilt Block

Think lofty vaulted ceilings made of handcrafted wood beams in a grand and spacious cathedral with floor to ceiling stained glass windows. It’s no wonder the Cathedral Window quilt block is so popular – its inspiration is so lovely! These quilt blocks are so much fun because they make such a different statement depending on the colors and…

Fabric for Life 2016

Win Fabric for Life from Keepsake Quilting!

It’s here again! A chance to win Fabric for Life! Someone WILL be the grand prize winner and win a 20 year supply of fabric delivered straight to their doorstep. Why not you? Enter every day from now until December 31, 2016 for your chance to be the grand prize winner. PRIZE DETAILS: Grand Prize: 20 year supply…

Scarlet Swirl Quilt

Fons & Porter’s Latest & Greatest Quilts

We have so many quilt patterns and so many quilt kits to choose from, where to start? That’s why I’m here! I’ll show you around so you can peruse the wonderful world of Fons & Porter quilts with ease. This is pretty exciting stuff — our newest quilts — so feel free to ooohh and aaahh from…

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

Quilting Video Tutorials Made Just for YOU!

Many people are visual and auditory learners, so quilting videos tend to be really helpful when trying to master a technique or make a specific quilt or project. Quilters’ preferences vary widely, so we like to offer guidance in a variety of areas. Here are some of our tutorials that are quite helpful.   Absolute Beginner Machine…