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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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…

We are on Instagram!

Love of Quilting has joined Instagram! Follow us at fonsandporter. What goes together better than photography and quilting? Ok, maybe coffee and quilting. We love to connect with our readers and see what you have been creating. Instagram is a great way to share photos, ideas, and inspiration with one another! A short Instagram explanation: …

Celebrate The Quilts of Valor Foundation

As many of you are aware, the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is dedicated to touching armed forces members and veterans with the healing power of quilts. This volunteer-based initiative is a personal mission to much of the quilting community, including the staff at Fons & Porter. To celebrate QOVF, Fons & Porter is participating in…

Brand New Sew Easy Lessons!

Jean Nolte, editor at Fons & Porter, and Colleen Tauke, our talented sewing specialist, have been hard at work creating new Sew Easy lessons! How do you find  Sew Easy videos? Suscribe to our YouTube channel Go to video.fonsandporter.com 9 reasons why you should watch Sew Easy lessons: They are free! Brush up on your…

Sneak Peek into Easy Quilts Summer ’14!

We’re excited to present our Summer issue of Easy Quilts magazine, on sale April 1. We think you’ll love what we have to offer in this issue of Easy Quilts. A stunning two-toned quilt called Blue on White, a Quilt of Valor, and a series of six triangle quilts that are as Easy as 1-2-3…