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.


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…


So–what’s going on this morning?

Here are a few pictures snapped this morning, here in Winterset.  Some of us are at IPTV taping our next PBS series this week or scheduled to go later today to help out, but here’s a quick trip around to see what’s happening! Laura, our Website Assistant comes in early every day and brings her…


What?— me English paper piece?

Our sewing specialist Cindy said she would never English paper piece. She tried it and why frustrate herself again when she can piece other shapes on a machine? Mind you, she’s tried about every tip and technique there is to piece blocks for magazine test blocks in Tried & True and Sew Easy steps, and…


Did you ever wonder how to put those neutral batiks to work for you?

Since a trip to New York, our Editor, Jean Nolte has had her eye on Timeless Treasure’s Tonga Sugarplum collection of strips and squares.  She also likes the shy tones of their neutral batiks and wanted to use both together with her favorite accent color— a beautiful royal purple. As soon as Jean got back to her room, she…


Have you heard of Shweshwe fabrics?

Our March/April Love of Quilting issue features a quilt made by Evelyn Young called Monkey Business. It is made from a fabric called Schweschwe, that has an interesting and amazing history. You have probably seen this fabric in historic and contemporary quilts and not been aware that it is still dyed in much the same way…


Color surprises!

I’ve finally decided what I’m doing for my Crayon challenge and to my surprise, my color choices are quite a bit different than what I started with! I’ve arranged and rearranged blocks and pieces of blocks, auditioning colors and arrangement. I’ve even worked in the colors orange and pink, which I  didn’t even consider when…


Sneak Peek at one of the quilt projects for the Alaskan Cruise!

We are really excited about our next cruise—to Alaska May 21–28—especially our Editor, Jean Nolte, who has been working on a great quilt for the occasion! On a trip to New York City last spring,  Emily Cohen, at Timeless Treasures teased us with their new Tonga Treats strips and squares. When Jean started designing a…


A good feeling!

What a good feeling to hear that most of the quilts have already made it to Afghanistan! We were wondering how long it might take them to get there. They were not only surprised that they were actual sizeable quilts, but that we had personalized each one with a name tag,  thanking them for their service.…


29 on their way to Afghanistan

Pictured above is Dave Brown with ‘Millie’ The last quilt has come off the longarm! The ’29 Quilts to Go’ project has been a great success thanks to everyone who helped, including those that stood on standby, just in case.  What started as a phone call between Kristi (the Publisher of Fons and Porter’s Love…