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.


Meet Scrabble

Marianne was in the shop today, taping a helpful tip for an upcoming Quilty episode. We know that if Marianne is in the building, then so is Scrabble. Scrabble is Marianne’s dog and she always greets us with warm hugs and swift tricks. She will be joining the cast in an episode of Fons &…


We found more than just sunshine in California!

We are in California visiting enjoying the sunshine, escaping the cold in the midwest for a few days and visiting with key fabric manufacturers to bring  you the latest and greatest and we just can’t wait to show you a preview of  new fabrics shipping out later this spring from Hoffman Fabrics. Aren’t these the cutest…

Liz and Diane

Look Who Came to our Autumn Harvest Potluck

        What a great day to have a potluck at work! The temperatures have stared to drop considerably and we were able to warm our bellies with some fantastic recipes today. We enjoyed homemade potato soup, chicken enchiladas, pizza pasta, brown bread, and bbq pulled pork.            …


Yes- you can take it with you!

With all of the fun techy devices that we carry with us, how would you like access to favorite quilting magazine any time, any place? Now, when you take your computer, tablet, or smart phone with you to visit your quilting friends, on vacation, or to the quilt shop, you can access Love of Quilting…

Up close image of one of the dresses by Jay McCarroll

Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts

New Track Media, our parent company, along with Creative Crafts Group, Keepsake Quilting, Benartex, Aurifil Threads, AccuQuilt, The City Quilter, and Bumble Beans all sponsored “Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts” in New York City this weekend.  It was a wonderful event to promote the Alliance for American Quilts and…


It’s fair time in Madison County!

I bet it’s fair time where you are too! A few of us here in the office were 4-H er’s or leaders and had to go check out the projects today at noon. It brought back memories of my kids working on projects and how proud they were when they were finally done and judged.…

Liz 1

Take a peek at Liz’ newest quilt!

Marianne Liz may have retired, but she’s been busy designing quilts! We have several here in our office for upcoming issues of Love of Quilting. Liz stopped in today and was showing Jean, our Editor, the quilt she is currently working on. You can now find Liz spending more time with her family or out golfing,…


What are the Tried & True quilt blocks all about?

Have you noticed the Tried & True quilt blocks we feature with projects in both Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts? These little gems are useful in so many ways. We create these blocks to give you optional fabric suggestions for the quilt featured.  But their main purpose is to test the written instructions. Our Sewing…