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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Harvesting color

Have you ever seen something and the color palette sticks in your mind and pretty soon, you’re buying fabric in those colors? I was sitting on our front porch last evening admiring the colors in this planter, thinking like a quilter, of course, what a great palette of color it could be for a quilt.…


What about the frosting?

Quilting can be like frosting on a cake!  Like Chef Duff on the Ace of Cakes, I want to rise to meet the challenge! I am working on finishing my Crayon challenge quilt and Jean, our Editor is working on finishing her cruise to Alaska quilt! We have some great  Sulky and Florianni  threads we’ve…


Color surprises!

I’ve finally decided what I’m doing for my Crayon challenge and to my surprise, my color choices are quite a bit different than what I started with! I’ve arranged and rearranged blocks and pieces of blocks, auditioning colors and arrangement. I’ve even worked in the colors orange and pink, which I  didn’t even consider when…


How do you work out a quilt design?

A design wall is a great tool. I know I’ve talked about it before, but it bears repeating, especially in this stage of the quiltmaking process. I’m more visual, so seeing the colors together, rearranging them, switching out colors, and staring them down really tells me how they will look together. For my turquoise crayon…