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…

Start “Connecting Threads” Today!

  Are you in a fabric slump? Have you been visiting the same fabric store for years and think you’ve seen it all? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time to try Connecting Threads! You’ll find exclusive fabric collections, quilt kits, samplers, and more at Bulk up your thread stash with the…

Mandy, Claudia, LaRita

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…


Magazine Correction

We would like to let you know of a correction in the March/April 2012 issue of Love of Quilting. The name of the quilter of Neutral Chic on page 73 should be Cindy Montgomery. We apologize for the error, Cindy. Best of luck with your home-based quilting business!


Meet Charlie and Sam

I will round off the Fons & Porter Staff Quilts and Pets Week by introducing you to a couple of my pets. I am a new quilter and have just started using my new sewing room. Our cat, Charles Whiskers, or Charlie for short, has started poking around the room while I’m sewing. Last night…

Barnaby being a big helper

Fons & Porter Staff Pets and Quilts

Happy Valentine’s Week from Fons & Porter. We know many quilters are also pet lovers. During this Valentine’s week we will highlight some of the members of the Fons & Porter staff and show how their pets help them make quilts.   Today we would like to introduce you to Tony Jacobson and his 3…


The Road to California !

We’re just bursting with ideas and inspiration from everything we’re seeing on this trip to California. Here’s a preview of  Robyn Pandolph’s new line coming out, for RJR Fabrics, called True Vintage. Doesn’t it just give you so many ideas? Demi Hayward, VP of merchandising for RJR and Editor Jean Nolte check out this fun…


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 &…

My Favorite

Covered Bridge Quilt Show

Well it is official…I attended my first quilt show ever! A person has to start somewhere, right? I went to the Covered Bridge Quilt Show in Winterset during the Covered Bridge Festival and it was terrific. The highlight of my quilt show experience was meeting Rod Beem. Rod is a Vietnam Veteran and a Purple…

Pictured: Jean Nolte, Catherine Roberts, and Marianne Fons

Weekend of Valor Roadtrip

Marianne and Catherine Roberts visted the store before they set out to Huntley, Illinois for the Weekend of Valor, presented by Gazebo Quilters’ Guild.  The dates for the weekend are August 19th and 20th. Catherine is the founder of Quilts of Valor, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to, “cover ALL those service…


Have you been to International Quilt Festival?

I hope you all get the opportunity to attend one some day if you haven’t already. It’s a total sensory overload of what this industry has to offer! If you can imagine, there were over 220 vendor booths at the Cincinnati Quilt Festival this last weekend—many more in some other locations. Festival is a great place…