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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Win Thread and Fabric by Counting Your Sewing Machines!

It’s a question that packs a punch: how many sewing machines do you have? Each sewing machine we accumulate throughout our lives has a story, especially our first one. It symbolizes our humble sewing beginnings and our roots in quilting. Our first sewing machine is accompanied by memories and, often times, is a family heirloom that…

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Win Fabric for Life!

How large is your quilting stash of fabrics? Do you ever wish it was bigger? As quilters, many of us have had that dream. You know the one. You walk into a room in your house and look at all of the gorgeous quilting fabrics (neatly arranged) surrounding you. You begin to touch them as…

Kaffe Fassett–A Life in Color

Watch the BBC News interview of Kaffe Fassett in regards to his new exhibit at The Fashion and Texile Museum in London going on now. Kaffe Fassett–A Life in Color The Fashion and Textile Museum, London March 22 – June 29, 2013 Kaffe Fassett is widely acknowledged as a visionary textile designer in his explosive…

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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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Fons & Porter’s Massive Warehouse Sale!

Fons & Porter is partnering with Landauer Publishing to bring you a MASSIVE Warehouse, Book & Fabric Sale! Where: Landauer Warehouse, 3100 101 Street, Ste. A, Urbandale, IA 50322 When: September 28th – October 1st Just a few miles from the AQS Show in Des Moines. All fabric is just $6 per yard and books by…

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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…

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Have you heard of Shweshwe fabrics?

Our March/April Love of Quilting issue features a quilt made by Evelyn Young called Monkey Business. It is made from a fabric called Schweschwe, that has an interesting and amazing history. You have probably seen this fabric in historic and contemporary quilts and not been aware that it is still dyed in much the same way…

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Sneak Peek at one of the quilt projects for the Alaskan Cruise!

We are really excited about our next cruise—to Alaska May 21–28—especially our Editor, Jean Nolte, who has been working on a great quilt for the occasion! On a trip to New York City last spring,  Emily Cohen, at Timeless Treasures teased us with their new Tonga Treats strips and squares. When Jean started designing a…

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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…