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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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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Quilting with Tula Pink – the Start of Something Beautiful

Have you heard of Tula Pink? She’s what Keepsake Quilting calls, “an original…illustrator, quilter, author and patron saint of DIYers.” Those are some serious accolades! Keepsake Quilting was so taken with Tula, they decided to strike up a partnership with this multi-talented entrepreneur. Very impressive! But, what exactly does she do?     Her name…

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Animal Quilts for Animal Lovers

Who doesn’t love a quilt? I suppose they exist, but they don’t know what they’re missing! Quiltmaking is an art that brings people together and is often more than a fulfilling hobby, but a passion that forms communities and follows families through the generations. Quiltmakers are enthusiastic about quilts and quiltmaking, but they have other affections, as…

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Fons & Porter Editors’ Favorite Quilt Patterns

Yesterday, we posted about our customer appreciation sale. Today, we’ve asked our editorial team to bring you some of their favorite quilt patterns and products that they love – just in case your need some quilting inspiration! From Editor-In-Chief, Jean Nolte Someone recently asked me what type of quilts I like to make. As I thought…

Sew & Tell Guidelines

We love seeing your work and what quilt patterns you have made. Pictures are worth a thousand words, or in this case, a thousand stitches! We want to make sure photos submitted for our Sew & Tell feature present your hard work in the best light possible. Here are 5 suggestions to make your quilt pictures perfect:…

Quilty September/October 2013 Sneak Peek!

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the new issue of Quilty! The September/October 2013 issue of Quilty will be on newsstands next Tuesday, September 10th. If you can’t wait that long, browse through our pages now in a sneak peek! Let us know which quilt project is your favorite and why, and…

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Patriotic Quilts is on Sale Now

The pages of Patriotic Quilts are filled with quick and easy patriotic quilts and quilt projects. Several of our patterns meet the guidelines established by the Quilts of Valor Foundation, so this is your opportunity to make a quilt for a veteran. Browse through the quilts in Patriotic Quilts and tell us which one is…

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Scrap Quilts Fabric Giveaway: Closed

We are excited to show you the quilts in the Scrap Quilts magazine from the editors at Fons & Porter. Many of the scrap quilts featured in this magazine have alternate size charts for your quilting convenience. Click the magazine cover to browse through the quilts before the magazine is on sale. You will also…