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.

Sew Easy: Tumbler Template

Top 10 Quilting Rulers & Templates – Increase Quilting Accuracy!

Quilters have come a long way since the dawn of quilting. We are advanced in quilting techniques, quilting rulers, notions and tools, and have great quilting video tutorials, quilting courses and classes to share our skills with one another. One of the greatest quilting inventions to date is quilting supplies, namely quilting templates. Quilting accessories are…

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Sharing the Love of Quilting and Sewing

I feel so lucky! I got to spend three wonderful days last week at Common Threads in St. Louis, Mo. The event sponsored by Tacony/Baby Lock, brought together some of the most talented people in the sewing and quilting community to share their projects, ideas, and the love of sewing.  We also got to sew…

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How Do You Get Your Quilting Fix? Find it Here!

There are plenty of ways to get your quilting information, projects and entertainment. We have free quilt patterns, great quilting video tutorials, blogs to help you become more accurate and efficient in your quiltmaking, and access to all of our magazine issues with previews of featured patterns and projects. These are just some of the ways to…

BLOCK Friday- Top 5

BLOCK Friday: Top 5 Countdown!

BLOCK Fridays are always fun to write – I get to learn a little bit about the history of each quilt block and maybe something about what goes into making a quilt block that I haven’t constructed just yet. Today, I thought I’d put together five of our most popular BLOCK Fridays. Enjoy! #5: BLOCK Friday: Shoo…

Electric Blue quilting detail

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 3

When I’m quilting an allover design, I might stitch an edge-to-edge design, disregarding the border lines; or, I might stitch the allover design in the center of the quilt and stitch a different design in the borders (see Part 1 for examples of both options). My decision of whether or not to quilt the borders separately depends on the quilt design, the width of the border, and how many borders I added to the quilt. Before choosing a design, I ask myself the following questions…

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Lynette Jensen’s Quilt Binding Tips, Giveaway & Summer Quilt Table Runner

I’m so excited about the Summer Pinwheels table runner from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club that is shipping this month! Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries sent over her thoughts on this month’s project, and she included some great tips on binding this summer quilt. Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful project and comment to win the RJR Fabrics fat…

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Quilt Patterns: Fat Quarter, Scrap, and Easy… OH MY!

Fat quarter quilts, scrap quilts and easy quilts are some of my favorite quilts! I love perusing these quilt patterns and then taking advantage of precuts, using scraps from my stash and putting a pattern together quickly (because sometimes, you just want a quick and easy project). I’ve assembled some of my favorite quilts that…

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Love of Quilting & Free Quilt Patterns

When we put Love of Quilting magazine issues together, our goal is always to bring you the best designs from our editors and contributors. Sometimes, we end up with more quilts than we have space for. What to do when we run out of pages in our issues? We offer the remaining quilts as free…

Strippy Pyramids Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Triangle Quilts

Triangle quilts are often simple to make, but can produce a powerful reaction once finished. There are a large variety of triangles to choose from when arranging your quilts and triangle quilts make great projects for quilters. Geometric quilts create symmetry, and are pleasing to the eye, so quilts featuring the same unit repeatedly have…

Cross Wires quilting detail

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 2

In Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 1, I talked about allover quilting designs. Sometimes an allover design is the perfect choice. However, most of the time I want the quilting to add another design element to the quilt. Today, we’ll talk about how to incorporate different quilting designs into your quilts and I’ll give you several tips on…

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Mary Fons: On The Other Side of The Camera

Every year, in the spring and in the fall, I have the pleasure of going back to my home state of Iowa to tape Love of Quilting. This has been true for a number of years – I can never remember how many – and I look forward to it. This last trip, I went…

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Top 8 Quilting Lessons from Nancy Mahoney

Nancy Mahoney is one of Fons & Porter’s guest bloggers who posts a blog every other Wednesday called Nancy’s Quilting Classroom. Nancy is revered in the quilting community – she’s been quilting for over 30 years and is one of the best quilters around! Here are some of her most recent quilting lessons that have great…

Free Quilt Patterns

Free Quilt Patterns & Cash Prizes

Freebies are fun! Who doesn’t like free quilt patterns and a some nice spending cash? I thought I’d bring the latest and greatest freebies from Fons & Porter and affiliates to your attention, so you can take advantage of these exciting extras that are a download or entry away. FREEBIE #1: Four free wedding quilt…

Summer Sampler - Primitive Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Primitive Quilts

As you may have noticed, BLOCK Friday isn’t just about quilt blocks, but also focuses on types of quilts. Primitive quilts have created quite a buzz within the quilting community as of late, although the primitive style has been around since the founding of the country. I happen to be a fan of the style – a…