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 a different quilt block each week 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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BLOCK Friday: Twisted Triangle Quilt Block

You may not have heard of the Twisted Triangle block just yet – it’s a newer block that packs a ton of interest. You’ll find, those who love this block really love it! This week’s BLOCK Friday blog was inspired by a quilt that goes by the same name, Twisted Triangles. I think it’s time for the big…

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BLOCK Friday: Courthouse Steps Quilt Block

The Courthouse Steps quilt block is a fun block that is a great starting point for beginner quilters and a timeless block that seasoned quilters use time and again in their projects. And, of course, it’s eye-catching! Just look at this beautiful free quilt pattern called Tree Farm, featuring a Courthouse Steps block. What a show-stopper!  …

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BLOCK Friday: LeMoyne Star Quilt Block

It’s Block Friday and that means that we get to take a closer look at how quilts become… well… quilts! It’s a challenge to pick one block to discuss since there are so many interesting blocks out there. I’ve been talking a lot about LeMoyne Star quilt blocks recently and thought I’d pass the information along.…

BLOCK Friday: Jacob’s Ladder quilt block

Do you remember the String Game that was popular in the early 2000s? It basically consisted of creating various shapes out of a looped string. Well, I happen to know there was a particularly difficult string shape that only the most elite middle schoolers could create: the Jacob’s Ladder. This is what a successful Jacob’s Ladder looked…

BLOCK Friday: Log Cabin quilt block – Barn Raising setting

The Log Cabin quilt block is perhaps the most iconic block, and its endless piecing options and contrast play makes for a creative challenge any quilter is happy to take on. There are a variety of Log Cabin variations, some of which include: standard Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, and Pineapple. Because there are so many…

BLOCK Friday: Ribbon Star quilt block

Today’s quilt block is versatile and delicate– an unlikely combination and the description I’d like to use to describe myself. It’s the Ribbon Star quilt block. The name of this simple block comes from the four V-shapes (the ribbons) at each corner. Truthfully, it was a little tough for me to find the name of this block. Why?…

Block Friday: Rock The Old Sawmill Block

In the quilt world, it’s not about Black Friday. It’s about Block Friday. We’re putting the spotlight on our favorite blocks. My favorite is found in Old Sawmill, a quilt by Tony Jacobson from Quilting Quickly.     The only problem? The block doesn’t have a name! Tony self-titled the block “Buzz Saw,” but I…

AccuQuilt Block Design Contest

Hi Quilters! Enter AccuQuilt‘s block design contest to win extraordinary prizes! This contest is as easy as 1,2,3. First, design a quilt block. Not an entire quilt, just one block! Second, upload an image of your block to AccuQuilt by May 27th. Last, tell your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to vote daily for your design…