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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Guest Love!

One of the most fun things about taping Quilty are all the wonderful guests we have on the show. From the folks who bring quilts for the “This Is My Quilt” shows to the professionals from BabyLock who come and help us learn about the Tiara, the Sashiko Machine, and all kinds of awesome feet…

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Heather Wears Her Tiara Well (Interview)

I recently interviewed friend and colleague Heather Kinion about her experience with a mid-arm quilting machine. We’re fond of BabyLock over here at Quilty; I talked to Heather about the Tiara and she dished on her experience. M: Hi, Heather. H: Hi! M: You’re a big fan of the Tiara. In fact, the first one…

Color Me IMPRESSED

As quilters and sewists, we have the accolade of bragging about our exceptional color pairing skills, and we have lots of projects to prove it. We know mossy browns, taupes and cremes are reminiscent of a springtime forest retreat. We know that sprinkle of red in a black and white quilt gives it just the right splash of personality. We know you…

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What Are Your New Year’s Quilt Goals?

Did you notice it’s a new year? Sure is. I know. It happens so fast and now we have to change the date on our checks and letters nine times before we get it right, usually somewhere around the end of February. And of course, this time of year is one of resolutions and goals…

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Point + Shoot: Quilty Tapes This Week!

It’s almost time! It’s almost time! It’s almost time…for Thanksgiving. But it’s also time for the next Quilty shoot! This is equally exciting to some people (me) even though there is zero turkey involved. There could be, I suppose, if we get turkey wraps or something for lunch. Starting next week, we’re firing up the…

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Make It Work! (A Baby Quilt By Accident.)

You know how it is when you fall in love with a quilt pattern and you HAVE TO MAKE IT RIGHT NOW? That happens to me all the time. I recently came across this pattern in an old Love of Quilting magazine. It’s an antique kaleidoscope pattern created from a quilt at the International Quilt…

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Tisha Nagel: Quilty Supastahhhhh!

    We get to have so many wonderful people step into the Quilty set. As my sister and Quilty producer Rebecca Fons will tell you, it’s not always easy managing all the people who we invite onto the show. It’s a lot of logistics for a flurry of activity just two weekends a year.…

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Me + Ellis + BabyLock + Love of Quilting = GREAT

We look like we’re getting engaged or something! That’s me (Mary) and the lovely and talented Amy Ellis on the set of Love of Quilting, having just taped a fabulous, info-packed, energetic episode on Amy’s gorgeous star quilt. Amy sewed at the Babylock, I helped cut pieces, we did improv piecing, set-in seams, AND found…

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Our Friend, Our Tiara.

  I’m working on planning the first half of Season 5 for Quilty. It’s takes a tremendous amount of brainpower to coordinate the show and the magazine — and believe me, I have made mistakes. But we’ve all done this Quilty “thing” long enough to know a little about how to do it. And as…

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…

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…

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Quilty, Ireland.

Okay, get ready for this. I found my escape, my runaway hiding place. There is a Quilty, Ireland. It’s a real town. It’s in Ireland. And there’s a cottage for rent. Goodbye, cruel world. By the way, it’s rented pretty much through the end of forever, according to the online calendar thingy. But you can…

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Marianne Fons, J.Crew, and patchwork everywhere!

Yesterday, my mom and I were in a J.Crew in Chicago. We were there because my younger sister (and Mom’s youngest daughter and Quilty producer) Rebecca Fons was looking at…wedding dresses! She did find a dress yesterday, but not at “the Crew.” The trip was hardly a waste. I mean, look at this: Those are…