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.

Drunkard's Path Free Quilt Pattern

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Drunkard’s Path*

Welcome to FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! Today’s free quilt pattern is a scrappy quilt from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although this design is commonly known as Drunkard’s Path, it originally had several other names. Here’s more on that from the curator: Very little is known of the origins of…

BLOCK Friday: Woven Quilts & Quilt Blocks

Woven quilt blocks, or quilts that appear to be woven, are a delightful optical illusion. They can appear complicated, but depending on the quilt and design layout, they might be quite simple to create. Using graphic prints, sashing tricks and pre-cuts, quilters have the tools to make a woven quilt appear challenging, even if the process was quite simple.…

Pam -- Pickle Dish Quilt Blocks

3 Stories About What It’s Really Like At OSQE

Diane Tomlinson, Assistant Editor at Fons & Porter, recently went to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, or OSQE, as we lovingly call it. She is a regular teacher of workshops at these events, so has experienced a lot of quilting and met a lot of quilters. This is what quilting is built on: a…

Donate Time, Talent & Quilts: Quilts for Kids & Quilts of Valor®

Donating time, money, talent and quilts is such a gift to the recipients, whoever they may be. In the case of the two organizations we’re highlighting here, they are servicemen, servicewomen and children. Very deserving people, indeed. We’re dedicated to supporting these organizations and hope that you’ll join us. Here’s how you can help. The…

Disappearing Four Patch by Jenny Doan

BLOCK Friday: Disappearing Nine Patch

Quilting is an integral part of American history, especially during the time of the pioneers and their move west. Women sewed, as was tradition, and children began their sewing education with simpler projects, like Nine Patch quilt patterns. The Nine Patch quilt block has been around for hundreds of years. As the years have passed, the Nine Patch has,…

My Experience: Making an Apple Core Quilt

We want quilters to be inspired and quiltmaking to be the best it can be. So, when we had the opportunity to hear from Catherine Redford about her experience when working with one of the Fons & Porter exclusive quilting templates, we jumped on it. We knew Catherine would give it to us straight. We sent…

Pond Patch Baby Quilt Pattern Kit

BLOCK Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Quilts

The holidays are extra special for quilters because it gives us an excuse to take on new and exciting projects (and we get to decorate — very important). This month, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and the name of the game is Irish Chain and/or green quilts. Are these on your quilting bucket list? Yes…

Move Over Brown, Pink’s in Town!

Do you know about the color of the year? Robert Kaufman Fabrics announces a new color annually that is expected to trend across quilting, sewing and crafting communities. Sure, brown quilts are lovely, but for 2017, flamingo pink quilts are what’s hot. Last year, highlight yellow was the color of the year and it was…

Quilts For Kids

About Quilts for Kids Quilts for Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of children who suffer from abuse or life-threatening illnesses. With the help of respected fabric manufacturers, generous volunteers, and donors, Quilts for Kids transforms high quality fabrics into patchwork quilts that offer comfort to children in need. They offer lots of fun…

Quell those Quilt Binding Queasies

Binding a quilt can be anxiety inducing for quilters — it ends up being stressful when we’d like it to be fun. Well, it’s time. It’s time to make binding a quilt something to look forward to! Since Fons & Porter loves all things quilting, we have a ton of resources for you, including quilt binding…

Album Cross Quilt -- 1844

BLOCK Friday: Album Cross Quilt Block

Happy BLOCK Friday! We have a tried-and-true quilt block for you today — the Album Cross block. It has withstood the test of time, having been a popular block for quilts made in the 1800s, like the quilt featured here from 1844. For you traditional quilters, you’ll likely recognize the Album Cross, either by name or…

Strippy Diamonds Quilt

Make The Most Of Pre-cut Fabric Packs!

Pre-cut fabrics, or tempting bits of “quilters’ candy” as we like to think of them, are such a convenient way to enjoy all the fabrics in a particular collection. Plus, they reduce patch cutting time incredibly and who doesn’t appreciate that? Yummy 2½”-wide strips and 5″ or 10″ squares are the usual pre-cuts that we…