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.

Quilted Throw 380 600

BLOCK Friday: Square-in-a-Square

Do you think the Square-in-a-Square quilt block is boring? I’m here to champion it’s potential to make some striking designs and unique quilts. Think of the common misconception that Einstein failed math, when really, he didn’t. He actually “mastered differential and integral calculus” before he was fifteen. The same misdirected information can apply to quilts, as well. So, what…

How do you say ‘I love you’?

You, the mother. You, the wife. You, the grandmother. You, the quilter. The month of February is always a countdown to the most delicate and romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day. Whether you love it or would rather skip it, Valentine’s Day exists to remind us to do one thing: L-O-V-E. But what does that…

Come to Fons & Porter’s Warehouse Sale!

It’s that time of year again and we want you to dig into our fabric inventory. Fons & Porter’s home base in Winterset is hosting a HUGE warehouse sale Wednesday, October 1st through Saturday, October 4th from 9am to 5pm each day. That means you have every excuse to shop, gather, forage and fall in love…

Exclusive Disney’s® Frozen Quilt Kits

Sunday, August 3rd is national Sisters Day!  How are you celebrating? Sisters Day is the time to show your appreciation for that special family relationship. All siblings have the occasional argument, and after all, everyone is a bit of a Fixer Upper, but regardless of what you’ve been through with your sister, Sisters Day is the day to…

Cuddle Kit Giveaway

Fons & Porter is giving one lucky winner a Cuddle kit: Crazy 8 Black, White & Radiant quilt kit! (59x68in) This Shannon Fabrics Cuddle kit includes 8 pre-cut 10″ strips, binding, and free pattern. Choose from a variety of finished looks and options using the 10″ strips and use the sew and flip method after cutting…

Going to Quilting College

I like to think of education as an ongoing process. We learn new things all the time– we learn new skills at our jobs, we learn more about our family and friends during social interactions and sometimes we turn to the Internet to pick up new recipes on Pinterest. While the Internet is a great…

OLFA Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the Rotary Cutter

Can you imagine what quilting was like without a rotary cutter? We can’t either. In 1979, the first rotary cutter was created by Mr. Yoshio Okada. He would later found the company you know today, OLFA. They are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the innovation by collaborating with well-known designers and quilting bloggers to create a 35th Anniversary…

Back by Popular Demand: Mark Lipinski’s Slow Stitching Movement

Mark Lipinski’s webinar, The Slow Stitching Movement: Creating, Promoting, and Sustaining a New Vision in Quiltmaking, was quite a hit. Due to its popularity and great information from Mark, we are presenting the webinar again! In this webinar, Mark will  present information about: Approach your quilt making in a totally different way. Recharge your passion for patchwork. Engage…

Quilty Webinar: Color Me Quilter

When you go to the fabric store, do you steer away from certain colors because you don’t know how to use them? Do you find yourself making quilts from the same color palette repeatedly? Then stop what you are doing and read closely. The beloved Mary Fons, from Quilty and Fons & Porter, is hosting…