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.

Learn Beginning Quilting Techniques for Free!

Have you ever picked out your pattern, purchased your fabric, and then looked down at your quilt table and thought, “I don’t have a clue where to start?” If so, you’re not alone! With so many measurements to do, templates to learn and steps to remember, beginning quilting can be a daunting or intimidating thing for new quilters.…

Watch Quilting Videos for Free This Weekend

“The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.” ? Jules Renard I agree with that, but we’re not talking about a free man here, we’re talking about a free weekend. A free weekend of quilting videos! Starting today, Thursday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 7, Craft…

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…

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Learn to Make a New York Beauty Quilt with Pattern

Quilters don’t always sit at home piecing patchwork; a lot of us, including Marianne Fons and Mary Fons, love to get out and see the world. This quilt was inspired by a fabulous trip to New York City. Jodie Davis and Diane Tomlinson walk you through the construction of this quilt in this quilting tutorial.…

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Easy Quilts Summer Fat Quarter Giveaway!

The pages of Easy Quilts Summer are filled with terrific patchwork projects that you can make in a weekend or less. Easy Quilts Summer is on sale now, so pick up your issue at your favorite quilt shop, online as a paper or digital magazine, or have it delivered right to your door as a Quilters…

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Quilty March/April is On Sale!

Quilty March/April is on newsstands today. This issue features 13 easy modern quilting projects for the beginner quilter. Click on the project links below to find out more about each project in the magazine. Kid Potential Xs & +s Hush Little Baby August Intensity (The Easiest Quilt Ever) Crown of Thorns Très Chic Bounce Orange…

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Quilting, 4-H, and Family

A few months ago, the subject of 4-H and the county fair came up. My girls started talking about what they were going to enter into the fair this year and my oldest daughter, Lené, said, “I’d like to make a quilt, Mom.” Thoughts flooded my mind like, A quilt? Really? I made a quilt…

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My First Quilt Market

  I am so excited to be reporting back to you after my very first trip to the International Quilt Market in Kansas City. What a magnificent experience…fabric, quilts, notions, magazines and people…as far as the eye could see. I worked in the booth passing out magazines to all the people walking by. It was…