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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BLOCK Friday: Halloween Quilts for Every Age!

We’re sneaking up on it… Halloween is right around the corner! We have so many Halloween quilts and projects to choose from, you’re destined to find the one (or two, or three, or four) that speaks to you. Choose from easy quilts to make to those that are a bit more challenging. Not sure you…

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Scrap Quilt Patterns Inspired & Designed by Bonnie Hunter

We’re often inspired by the very designers who feature their quilts in our magazines and our affiliate’s magazines — traditional, easy, scrap quilt patterns… we love them all! Makes sense, right? We invite them to debut their quilts with us because they’re amazing at what they do! We find their creativity and expertise with quilts,…

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Pumpkin Blossom Holiday Table or Wall Quilt by Lynette Jensen

The holidays are such a fun time for quilters! So many opportunities to quilt for our homes, quilt for gifts and quilt for ourselves! Lynette Jensen was thinking of this when she designed Pumpkin Blossom, a lovely wall quilt or table topper offered with the Thimbleberries Project of the Month. She’s so excited about it…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Table Toppers for Every Holiday

If you’re looking for a quick and easy weekend project, or even projects you can quilt in a day, why not work on table runner quilt patterns or table toppers? A topper is a beautiful way to decorate your table for any season. These small projects are prefect for practicing machine quilting or trying new techniques, such as fusible…

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String Piecing Techniques & Quilt Patterns that WOW!

Today, it’s all about string piecing. You could even call it a string piecing bonanza! Why do we love string piecing? These projects are often stash-busters, they allow quilters to to express their creativity in a personal way, and they have a unique look to them that is unmatched by any other quilt design. Marianne…

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BLOCK Friday: Sister Quilt Blocks

Are you familiar with sister quilt blocks? They’re a visually stimulating way of using the same block twice in your quilt pattern. Sister quilt blocks are a fun way to see how the same quilt block can change the look of a quilt by using different colorways or by turning the second block at a…

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Kaleidoscope Burst Table Quilt Pattern by Lynette Jensen

Lynette Jensen is back with another lovely quilt pattern from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! You might be surprised to learn that this isn’t a scrap quilt pattern, although it certainly could become one! This table runner is called Kaleidoscope Burst and it’s an easy project that looks great with any décor! Here’s what…

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Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Seasonal Quilt Patterns

Fall doesn’t officially begin for another week or so, but Labor Day weekend and kids returning to school always seems to signal that fall has arrived. A lot of us take a break from quilting during the summer, but now is the perfect time to jump back into sewing. Especially, if you’re planning on making quilt patterns — scrap quilt…

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Free Fabric! Online Contests with Big Payoffs

There are some great opportunities currently in the quilting world for entering to win outstanding prizes, including fabric for days (and even a lifetime). The Fabric for Life and Quilters Quilt the Blues Challenge are exciting giveaways with simple requirements. Everyone loves free quilt patterns (of which we have many), but these prizes give you the fabric to use with…

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BLOCK Friday: Spiderweb Quilts

Spiderweb quilts are aptly named — you can see the spiderweb shape in each quilt block whether you’re a quilter or not! Many spiderweb quilts double as string quilts, although not all. Some Spiderweb quilt patterns have specific cutting instructions and even offer quilt kits including specific fabrics. You’ll find, with Spiderweb string quilt patterns, utilizing…

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Margie Ullery’s Off-Camera Interview — Facebook Live Replayed

On September 1, 2016, we had the pleasure of taping a Facebook live event with Margie Ullery. Margie’s Craft Online University course, Creative Quilting & Sewing with Fabric Panels, inspired the Fons & Porter team to share some of her projects while onset for this course and have Margie walk us through a quick project. We learned…

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Quilting the Quilt: An Introduction to Curved Crosshatching

Contrast (noun). “The state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.” The word contrast is a key word in a quiltmaker’s vocabulary. We look for contrast in fabric shades, print scales, patch sizes, thread choice, and even quilting texture to make our projects more appealing. When it comes…

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Before You Buy Holiday Quilt Kits Online, Read This!

You’ve found a quilt you LOVE — the arrangement and fabrics combine to make the perfect project. It was destined to be yours! It really doesn’t get any better than this; a situation like this is truly a quilters’ paradise. But then, you learn the fabrics aren’t available as a quilt kit online and it’s crushing. How could…