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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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…

Four X Square quilting

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Choosing Quilting Designs, Part 1

The quilt top is finished—now what? Occasionally, I take a quilt top and backing to a professional longarm quilter. But, most of the time, I like to quilt my own quilts because I can add one more design element. In this 3-part series, I’ll share my insights for choosing quilting designs. I quilt on a sit-down sewing machine, where I’m moving the quilt,…

Charlotte Block of the Month

Liven up your Mailbox with a Stunning Quilt!

When I was little, I was always so excited to get something in the mail. It meant that someone was thinking of me with a greeting card or sending a gift. Now that I’m older, I tend to get plenty of bills, which is not very fun. That’s why I love block of the month…

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Meet Our Designers!

Welcome to the Fons & Porter Designer page! We are proud to introduce you to the talented and valued designers who have contributed to our magazines. They have shared gorgeous and impressive quilts, quilt patterns and quilt arrangements, as well as a wide variety of quilted projects. Take your time and look through the designer…

Civil War Sampler - Civil War Quilts

BLOCK Friday: Civil War Quilts

This BLOCK Friday would be about the Civil War quilt block, if such a thing existed. Because of an eventual shortage of fabric and the overwhelming demand for warm blankets and quilts for soldiers, the quiltmaking movement for Union and Confederate women during the Civil War was more about necessity and less about the art of…

Foxglove Manor - Appliqué Quilt Patterns

Appliqué for Mother’s Day – Project Ideas from Marianne Fons and Fons & Porter

Mother’s Day is a big day for quilts, and giving quilts as gifts is always such a joy. Try appliqué quilt patterns this holiday, like the bright and cheery, 1930s-style Foxglove Manor with its appliquéd vines and flowers. Appliqué quilt patterns offer unique quilt designs and plenty of personality! Featured in the Love of Quilting May/June 2016 issue, this bed-size quilt…

String of Pearls - Piecing Curves

Tip Tuesday: How to Piece a Quilt with Curves

Most of us have struggled with sewing curves and rightfully so. It’s so much easier to sew straight seams! But, piecing curves opens up a world of quilting opportunities that, as quilters, we should take advantage of. Piecing curves can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Not when there are so many great…

Yipee Daisies Quilt

5 Ways to Create your Best Quilts with Perfect Piecing!

Piecing quilts is an art form! It takes practice to nest or line up seams accurately, which determines if your quilt will be “square.” Without accurate piecing, aligning rows, joining blocks, adding borders, binding, and quilting can be difficult. Fons & Porter is always looking for ways to increase accuracy in quiltmaking and to provide you…

Ohio Star Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Ohio Star Quilt Block

What Star quilt do you gravitate toward? There are plenty to choose from: Star of Bethlehem quilts, Lone Star quilts, Feathered Star quilts, Friendship Star quilts… the list goes on. You’ll find that a typical Star quilt block is composed of six to eight points made of diamonds or triangles radiating from the center. Today,…

Quilting with Pre-cuts

Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Quilting with Pre-Cuts

Quilting with pre-cuts is one of my favorite ways to make quilts. Here’s why: pre-cut fabrics come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making the prep work quick and easy and fabric selection a no-brainer. The most common pre-cut bundles contain 2½”-wide strips, 10″ squares, and 5″ squares. When I first saw a pre-cut bundle, I thought, “What a…