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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More of the Road to California!

Here are some more pictures from the Road to California Show as promised. We were impressed by the creativity and inspirations! This is Baltimore in the Provence was designed and quilted by Ellen Heck.  The Applique is stunning and inspired from a French Toile fabric. This quilt was inspired by a vintage quilt. The detila…

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The Road to California !

We’re just bursting with ideas and inspiration from everything we’re seeing on this trip to California. Here’s a preview of  Robyn Pandolph’s new line coming out, for RJR Fabrics, called True Vintage. Doesn’t it just give you so many ideas? Demi Hayward, VP of merchandising for RJR and Editor Jean Nolte check out this fun…

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We found more than just sunshine in California!

We are in California visiting enjoying the sunshine, escaping the cold in the midwest for a few days and visiting with key fabric manufacturers to bring  you the latest and greatest and we just can’t wait to show you a preview of  new fabrics shipping out later this spring from Hoffman Fabrics. Aren’t these the cutest…

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Happy Cuddle Up Day!

Happy Cuddle Up Day! Megan, one of our art directors, celebrates Cuddle-Up Day everyday here in the office, where it tends to be chilly especially in the morning. According to Megan, there is no better way start the day than to settle-in, get comfy, and down to work cuddled in a quilt. Everyone needs a…

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Right before your eyes—

Usually the seasons skate in without much notice, but on Friday… Fall just seemed to appear on cue here in central Iowa. Garage and yard sale signs were everywhere.  People doing their fall cleaning or making room in their garage for their cars for the winter. The mornings certainly have been cooler lately. Homecoming signs…

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Ever want to try a Sampler?

You can now AND learn how to design your own! It’s all in a great resource coming to a newsstand near you October 15th from the Editors of Fons & Porter, called  Sampler Quilts & Blocks.         There are 6 sampler designs. All 6 are unique in fabric and layout to give you…

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Get em while they’re hot!

Check out the Fons & Porter website for the new Hoffman Fat Quarter Packs in 16 color combinations. Here in the office, we’re all fantasizing about the quilts we can make with these great little gems. Betcha can’t buy just one!

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Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts

New Track Media, our parent company, along with Creative Crafts Group, Keepsake Quilting, Benartex, Aurifil Threads, AccuQuilt, The City Quilter, and Bumble Beans all sponsored “Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts” in New York City this weekend.  It was a wonderful event to promote the Alliance for American Quilts and…

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Rolling along through Iowa—

This week the bikes have been rolling through Iowa on an annual event called RAGBRAI. It started in 1973 by 2 guys who invited friends to ride along for 6 days across Iowa from west to east. It is now 7 days of riding, averaging 472 miles and attracts participants from all 50 states and…

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The sky is the limit!

When you start choosing the fabrics for a  project, how do you choose the background fabric? Traditional quilts prominently used cream or white, mainly because that is what was available. I always smile when I see a bold and vibrant background on an antique quilt. I think- wow! I’d like to have met the person…

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What are the Tried & True quilt blocks all about?

Have you noticed the Tried & True quilt blocks we feature with projects in both Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts? These little gems are useful in so many ways. We create these blocks to give you optional fabric suggestions for the quilt featured.  But their main purpose is to test the written instructions. Our Sewing…

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So–what’s going on this morning?

Here are a few pictures snapped this morning, here in Winterset.  Some of us are at IPTV taping our next PBS series this week or scheduled to go later today to help out, but here’s a quick trip around to see what’s happening! Laura, our Website Assistant comes in early every day and brings her…