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.

Not Quite Squared Quilt

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Not Quite Squared*

Quilt in a day! Quilt in a day! This free kid’s quilt, or free baby quilt pattern, is so quick to make—pre-cut 10″ squares are a great way to make this one come together quickly. Stitch Not Quite Squared up in an afternoon or a weekend for a bit of instant gratification. This really is one…

Aunt Gracie's Garden - Free Quilt Patterns

FREE Quilt Pattern Friday! *Aunt Gracie’s Garden*

An interlocking circle pattern emerges when combining 54-40 or Fight quilt blocks and Shoo Fly quilt blocks in Aunt Gracie’s Garden. The beautiful borders are adorned with appliqué and give this quilt an elegant touch. Another beautiful quilt that follows this layout but uses different borders (no appliqué), is Liz Porter’s Emily’s Wedding quilt. Pieced from as…

Ruby's Garden -- Block of the Month Quilt

String Piecing Techniques & Quilt Patterns that WOW!

Today, it’s all about string piecing. You could even call it a string piecing bonanza! Why do we love string piecing? These projects are often stash-busters, they allow quilters to to express their creativity in a personal way, and they have a unique look to them that is unmatched by any other quilt design. Marianne…

Colorplay Rainbow Quilt Diagram

Love of Quilting & Free Quilt Patterns

When we put Love of Quilting magazine issues together, our goal is always to bring you the best designs from our editors and contributors. Sometimes, we end up with more quilts than we have space for. What to do when we run out of pages in our issues? We offer the remaining quilts as free…

Free Quilt Patterns

Free Quilt Patterns & Cash Prizes

Freebies are fun! Who doesn’t like free quilt patterns and a some nice spending cash? I thought I’d bring the latest and greatest freebies from Fons & Porter and affiliates to your attention, so you can take advantage of these exciting extras that are a download or entry away. FREEBIE #1: Four free wedding quilt…

The Christmas Spirit is more than Christmas Quilts

What is the Christmas spirit? It’s not just Christmas quilts and it doesn’t require that you celebrate any particular holiday. it’s a mindset, not a time of year, so let’s focus on the reason for the season! Fons & Porter is full of the Christmas spirit and we’re sharing with you, loyal quilters. Happy holidays and happy quilting, everyone!

Welcome to the NEW Fons & Porter Website

WELCOME! Even though it’s barely winter, we’ve decided to do a bit of spring cleaning, starting with our website. Isn’t it pretty? We’re really excited about it! Take a look around. Kick off your shoes and get comfortable! And, as always, make yourself at home. But, before you get started on this new and exciting adventure, here…

Learn How To String Piece 7 Ways!

A simple technique enjoyed for generations, string piecing is traditionally a foundation piecing technique that makes use of scraps. Fast and beginner-easy, string piecing is extremely versatile and the possibilities are endless! In this Craft Daily class, Jodie Davis and Ashley Briggs display inspiring quilts and then go through each step of constructing seven different blocks.…