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.

BOM ’15: Christmas Joy

Have you ever done a Block of the Month? I bet you remember how rewarding it was to get to the end of it knowing you had put time and patience into each one of those quilt blocks. A Block of the Month is one of my favorite programs because whether you’re a beginner or…

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Free weekend for QNNtv.com March 23-25!

This weekend, enjoy a  free weekend at QNNtv.com !  March 23-25, you have 3 days to watch over 1,000 quilting videos completely free.   So sign up and start viewing, Visit http://www.qnntv.com/freemarch/. No coupon code required but must use the specific URL. _ This is a great chance to check out shows!_   Quilt Out Loud, Quilt…

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Meet Scrabble

Marianne was in the shop today, taping a helpful tip for an upcoming Quilty episode. We know that if Marianne is in the building, then so is Scrabble. Scrabble is Marianne’s dog and she always greets us with warm hugs and swift tricks. She will be joining the cast in an episode of Fons &…

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Fons & Porter’s Thanksgiving Potluck

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at Fons & Porter without a potluck. You know how much quilters love to eat! Today our staff went above and beyond and brought in some great food.         We even had a special guest for lunch. Marianne Fons came by to celebrate the holiday with us. I…

Pictured: Jean Nolte, Catherine Roberts, and Marianne Fons

Weekend of Valor Roadtrip

Marianne and Catherine Roberts visted the store before they set out to Huntley, Illinois for the Weekend of Valor, presented by Gazebo Quilters’ Guild.  The dates for the weekend are August 19th and 20th. Catherine is the founder of Quilts of Valor, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to, “cover ALL those service…

Up close image of one of the dresses by Jay McCarroll

Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts

New Track Media, our parent company, along with Creative Crafts Group, Keepsake Quilting, Benartex, Aurifil Threads, AccuQuilt, The City Quilter, and Bumble Beans all sponsored “Quilters Take Manhattan: A Benefit for the Alliance for American Quilts” in New York City this weekend.  It was a wonderful event to promote the Alliance for American Quilts and…

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Take a peek at Liz’ newest quilt!

Marianne Liz may have retired, but she’s been busy designing quilts! We have several here in our office for upcoming issues of Love of Quilting. Liz stopped in today and was showing Jean, our Editor, the quilt she is currently working on. You can now find Liz spending more time with her family or out golfing,…

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Hand or machine quilting?

      I grew up learning to sew and quilt from my mom and grandmother. My grandmother actually went to sewing school in northeast Iowa, before getting married to my grandfather. Her handwork was amazing, as was what I saw of my great grandmother’s work. Last Spring, we worked with Marianne on a quilted…