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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Quilting, 4-H, and Family

A few months ago, the subject of 4-H and the county fair came up. My girls started talking about what they were going to enter into the fair this year and my oldest daughter, Lené, said, “I’d like to make a quilt, Mom.” Thoughts flooded my mind like, A quilt? Really? I made a quilt…

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My First Quilt Market

  I am so excited to be reporting back to you after my very first trip to the International Quilt Market in Kansas City. What a magnificent experience…fabric, quilts, notions, magazines and people…as far as the eye could see. I worked in the booth passing out magazines to all the people walking by. It was…

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Quilt Shop Summer Hours

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Quilt Shop is operating under summer hours now through late October. We are open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Our address is 54 Court in Winterset, IA, which is located on the downtown square. We know quilters love to take road trips in the summer, so come by and see us!…

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Spring is in the Air

My favorite flower is the lilac, and as I walked to lunch today the distinct fragrance of lilacs filled the air. In Winterset, our courthouse grounds have a lilac hedge that is in full bloom. I took the time to stand and inhale…exhale…inhale…exhale…it was invigorating!   In the last Fons & Porter newsletter, I talked…

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Free weekend for March 23-25!

This weekend, enjoy a  free weekend at !  March 23-25, you have 3 days to watch over 1,000 quilting videos completely free.   So sign up and start viewing, Visit No coupon code required but must use the specific URL. _ This is a great chance to check out shows!_   Quilt Out Loud, Quilt…


Happy National Quilting Month!

    Each week, during the month of March, Fons & Porter will be giving away a Hoffman California Fabrics Spearmint Bali Handprints fat-quarter bundle. You will have 5 chances to win! Please enter by filling out the comment section below. Let us know what you will make with your new Hoffman California Fabrics fat-quarter…


Meet Charlie and Sam

I will round off the Fons & Porter Staff Quilts and Pets Week by introducing you to a couple of my pets. I am a new quilter and have just started using my new sewing room. Our cat, Charles Whiskers, or Charlie for short, has started poking around the room while I’m sewing. Last night…


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we would like to introduce you to Lucy! She lives with, and is pampered by our Managing Editor, Deb Finan.  She is shown here modeling Deb’s latest quilt that will appear in our next issue of Scrap Quilts coming out 5/29. I ask you—who needs Glamour Shots? Deb says: She always wants…