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 a different quilt block each week 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.


BLOCK Friday: Bear’s Paw Quilt Block, Pt. 2

The Bear’s Paw quilt block is a multi-faceted block, both in its history and in its application. Is there bias surrounding the name of this quilt block? You bet. This quilt block is known by various names. We call it the Bear’s Paw quilt block, but according to what I’ve read, how you refer to this block might…


The Christmas Spirit is more than Christmas Quilts

What is the Christmas spirit? It’s not just Christmas quilts and it doesn’t require that you celebrate any particular holiday. it’s a mindset, not a time of year, so let’s focus on the reason for the season! Fons & Porter is full of the Christmas spirit and we’re sharing with you, loyal quilters. Happy holidays and happy quilting, everyone!


Tip Tuesday: How to Free Motion Quilt with Angela Huffman

Don’t panic! We’ve all been there. Free motion quilting is a skill – you aren’t going to “get it” right away. Guess what? Your 4th grade teacher prepared you for quilting without even knowing it! Find your free motion happy place by discovering quilting motifs that work for you and help you to branch out into other designs. Expert quilter, Angela Huffman, is our guest blogger and gives you the information you need to start on your own successful free motion quilting adventure, whether at a domestic sewing machine or longarm quilting machine.


Free Log Cabin Quilt Patterns – Seriously!

Each of these free Log Cabin quilt patterns from Fons & Porter tells a story about the Log Cabin design, its history, and they help to carry on a tradition that quilters have participated in since the mid-1800s. We show our passion for quilting through the quilts we make! These delightful quilts are perfect for home décor or as gifts for others.


Tip Tuesday – Fabric Scraps and your Scrap Quilt Patterns

What is your plan for your leftover fabric scraps? Here are some tips on how to wrangle those pesky scraps while preparing to use them in future scrap quilt patterns. Sometimes we just have to buy that fabric! Find out how to organize your scraps, what to do with them in addition to using them in your quilts and how it can save you money and time. It’s Tip Tuesday!


BLOCK Friday: Broken Dishes Quilt Block

The Broken Dishes quilt block makes for an eye-catching quilt. Get the skinny on how to use color in your Broken Dishes quilts, arranging your quilt blocks to suit your preferences and setting the scene using your Broken Dishes quilts. This quilt block is where it’s at!


BLOCK Friday: Dresden Plate Quilt Block

This week’s quilt block is reminiscent of a flower or even spokes on a wheel. The Dresden Plate quilt block has a unique quality about it. It lends itself to so many different interpretations, making it versatile in many ways and open for interpretation. What do you think this block looks like? Look at the quilt…


Happy Thanksgiving! See what we’ve Cooked up for YOU!

We have so much to be thankful for! We love our quilts and would like to express our gratitude for your continued loyalty to Fons & Porter. We thought we’d share a few very cool things with you on this very special day, including freebies and great deals. Come see what we’re so excited about!