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.

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Welcome to the NEW Fons & Porter Website

WELCOME! Even though it’s barely winter, we’ve decided to do a bit of spring cleaning, starting with our website. Isn’t it pretty? We’re really excited about it! Take a look around. Kick off your shoes and get comfortable! And, as always, make yourself at home. But, before you get started on this new and exciting adventure, here…

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BLOCK Friday: Square-in-a-Square

Do you think the Square-in-a-Square quilt block is boring? I’m here to champion it’s potential to make some striking designs and unique quilts. Think of the common misconception that Einstein failed math, when really, he didn’t. He actually “mastered differential and integral calculus” before he was fifteen. The same misdirected information can apply to quilts, as well. So, what…

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BLOCK Friday: Twisted Triangle Quilt Block

You may not have heard of the Twisted Triangle block just yet – it’s a newer block that packs a ton of interest. You’ll find, those who love this block really love it! This week’s BLOCK Friday blog was inspired by a quilt that goes by the same name, Twisted Triangles. I think it’s time for the big…

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Tip Tuesday: Washing Quilts & Fabrics – how do we do it?

You’ve spent hours, days, weeks, months or even years making a quilt. It could be a baby quilt, quilted wall hanging or a keepsake quilt. It could be a Quilt of Valor or a cherished quilt to give as a gift. This quilt could be made from expensive quilting fabric, flannel quilting fabric or cheap fabric. It could…

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Tip Tuesday: Quilt Binding Tips from Quilt Experts

You probably already know how to bind a quilt, but quilting from start to finish is a personal process and means that binding a quilt varies from quilter to quilter. Even the experts differ on how they choose to finish a quilt. Adding quilt binding to your quilt can be tricky business for some quilters, but it…

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BLOCK Friday: Courthouse Steps Quilt Block

The Courthouse Steps quilt block is a fun block that is a great starting point for beginner quilters and a timeless block that seasoned quilters use time and again in their projects. And, of course, it’s eye-catching! Just look at this beautiful free quilt pattern called Tree Farm, featuring a Courthouse Steps block. What a show-stopper!  …

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BLOCK Friday: LeMoyne Star Quilt Block

It’s Block Friday and that means that we get to take a closer look at how quilts become… well… quilts! It’s a challenge to pick one block to discuss since there are so many interesting blocks out there. I’ve been talking a lot about LeMoyne Star quilt blocks recently and thought I’d pass the information along.…

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Quilting with Tula Pink – the Start of Something Beautiful

Have you heard of Tula Pink? She’s what Keepsake Quilting calls, “an original…illustrator, quilter, author and patron saint of DIYers.” Those are some serious accolades! Keepsake Quilting was so taken with Tula, they decided to strike up a partnership with this multi-talented entrepreneur. Very impressive! But, what exactly does she do?     Her name…

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Animal Quilts for Animal Lovers

Who doesn’t love a quilt? I suppose they exist, but they don’t know what they’re missing! Quiltmaking is an art that brings people together and is often more than a fulfilling hobby, but a passion that forms communities and follows families through the generations. Quiltmakers are enthusiastic about quilts and quiltmaking, but they have other affections, as…