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.


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…


Are you color challenged?

I’ve been working on the guild color challenge that I blogged about last week, and auditioning my turquoise crayon with some of my fabrics. I am also remembering the best workshop I’ve  gone to on color—by Karen K. Stone. She asked us to take a range of fabrics we might use for one of her…


Challenge yourself in 2011!

What is your comfy color? Do you gravitate towards any certain color or colors when choosing fabric? My favorite batik color is Hoffman 128 Midnight.  It makes other batiks sparkle and I have still, to find a color it doesn’t set off. I belong to a quilting group that has challenges for members for their  bi-annual quilt…