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.

Tip Tuesday: 7 Paper Piecing Tips

Whether you’re making a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt or you’re making a New York Beauty quilt, you’re going to be using paper piecing techniques. Paper piecing quilts is a difficult technique to pick up initially and certainly can be time-consuming. This week, we have a few helpful tips for making paper piecing an enjoyable pastime. Tip #1:…

National Craft Month Dedication – Margo

“This was my first paper-pieced project. Once I got 10 blocks done, I was exhausted already, but it wasn’t necessarily the technique of building this block. The blocks and remaining pieces were put away in a box to be hauled around from one place to the next. It took 12 years before it saw the day of…

The Paper-Pieced Home Blog Hop – Review

Work your way into the paper-piecing whimsy of a totally handmade home in the most enjoyable way possible. I’m talking about The Paper-Pieced Home by Penny Lyman. This book is written from one sewist to another. It’s easy to read, which means it’ll make learning or perfecting your paper-piecing skills enjoyable and unforgettable. In her…

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You Can Piece Curves!

Is there a quilt pattern you’d love to make, but you shy away because it involves curved piecing?  Take heart, curves are not scary at all when you know how!   In this Craft Daily class, Jodie Davis teaches you two ways to sew perfect curves; one the traditional pieced route and the other paper piecing.…

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Color surprises!

I’ve finally decided what I’m doing for my Crayon challenge and to my surprise, my color choices are quite a bit different than what I started with! I’ve arranged and rearranged blocks and pieces of blocks, auditioning colors and arrangement. I’ve even worked in the colors orange and pink, which I  didn’t even consider when…