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.

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?…

Quilters Need-to-Know Webinar

We are known for our accurate and detailed instructions to help our readers become skilled quilters. We also know our readers are busy people. Join our quilting expert, Diane Tomlinson, on May 29th as she walks you through an hour of timesaving tips and techniques during our Quilters Need-To-Know Webinar. What’s a Webinar? A webinar…

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Learn to Make a New York Beauty Quilt with Pattern

Quilters don’t always sit at home piecing patchwork; a lot of us, including Marianne Fons and Mary Fons, love to get out and see the world. This quilt was inspired by a fabulous trip to New York City. Jodie Davis and Diane Tomlinson walk you through the construction of this quilt in this quilting tutorial.…

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Make a Baby Blanket with a Serger Machine

Experiment with an embroidery machine and a serger to create a keepsake baby blanket. Learn how to make a baby blanket with one of the best instructors, Rebecca Kemp Brent! In this tutorial, you will learn how: Style and function come together during the sewing process To cut and create ruffles as edging using your…