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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BLOCK Friday: Square-in-a-Square

Do you think the Square-in-a-Square quilt block is boring? I’m here to champion it’s potential to make some striking designs and unique quilts. Think of the common misconception that Einstein failed math, when really, he didn’t. He actually “mastered differential and integral calculus” before he was fifteen. The same misdirected information can apply to quilts, as well. So, what…

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Make Appliqué Portraits from your Pet Photos!

Craft Daily is a community showing new craft ideas & projects. Tune in to learn fun projects, such as, how to make an appliqué from a portrait of your pet! Starting with a photo as a template, “paint” a portrait of your pet in fabric with this easier-then-it-looks technique. Jodie Davis walks you through tracing shapes from…

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Quilty July/August Sneak Peek and Giveaway!

The July/August 2013 issue of Quilty magazine comes out July 9! This issue features 19 easy projects, lessons, and special features. We know you’ll love these fresh summer projects! Quilty is available in print or as a digital issue. All Tied Up digital pattern       Arbor Walk digital pattern       Boo’s Nursery digital pattern…

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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…

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Quilt Shop Summer Hours

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Quilt Shop is operating under summer hours now through late October. We are open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Our address is 54 Court in Winterset, IA, which is located on the downtown square. We know quilters love to take road trips in the summer, so come by and see us!…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we would like to introduce you to Lucy! She lives with, and is pampered by our Managing Editor, Deb Finan.  She is shown here modeling Deb’s latest quilt that will appear in our next issue of Scrap Quilts coming out 5/29. I ask you—who needs Glamour Shots? Deb says: She always wants…

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Happy Cuddle Up Day!

Happy Cuddle Up Day! Megan, one of our art directors, celebrates Cuddle-Up Day everyday here in the office, where it tends to be chilly especially in the morning. According to Megan, there is no better way start the day than to settle-in, get comfy, and down to work cuddled in a quilt. Everyone needs a…

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Trivia Contest Winners Revealed

Thanks to all who played our trivia contest with us over the Holidays! We would like to announce the winners of the past 2 trivia contests. Week 8 Trivia Answer: Liz’s first Christmas Quilt was Sugar Loaf Christmas Tree a.k.a. Sugar Plum Christmas Quilt. Congratulations to Charlotte Henley who won the Best of Fons &…

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Fons & Porter Holiday Trivia Contest – Week 6

    Thank you to all who are entering our Holiday Trivia Contest. We hope you are having as much fun as we are! Week 5 Answer: Marianne’s favorite Christmas gift was seeing her mom’s happiness as she hugged the Corn and Beans scrap quilt Marianne gave to her as a gift. Congratulations to Dorothy…

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Look Who Came to our Autumn Harvest Potluck

        What a great day to have a potluck at work! The temperatures have stared to drop considerably and we were able to warm our bellies with some fantastic recipes today. We enjoyed homemade potato soup, chicken enchiladas, pizza pasta, brown bread, and bbq pulled pork.            …

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Fons & Porter’s Massive Warehouse Sale!

Fons & Porter is partnering with Landauer Publishing to bring you a MASSIVE Warehouse, Book & Fabric Sale! Where: Landauer Warehouse, 3100 101 Street, Ste. A, Urbandale, IA 50322 When: September 28th – October 1st Just a few miles from the AQS Show in Des Moines. All fabric is just $6 per yard and books by…