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.


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…


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…


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…


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…