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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Quilts of Valor & Patriotic Holidays

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and it’s a good time to make a Quilt of Valor for a special someone. I’m making a new one for Love of Quilting’s Jan/Feb 2016 issue—watch for it! This is the perfect time to stock up on patriotic quilt kits or back issues of Love of Quilting and…

Quilts of Valor Awarded Memorial Day Weekend

Winterset, Iowa, home of Fons & Porter, the bridges of Madison County, and the birthplace of John Wayne, was a busy place during Memorial Day weekend. The main event was the ribbon cutting for the brand new John Wayne Birthplace Museum, but my favorite event was a concert played by the Iowa Military Veterans Band. This…

National Craft Month Dedication – Elaine

“I am proud to submit my version of a starburst quilt, made by me for the family of a U.S. soldier lost in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 6, 2007.  In this rendition of the starburst, the large center star represents Matthew. The medium-sized stars represent his surviving parents, grandparents and siblings, and the smallest stars…

Celebrate The Quilts of Valor Foundation

As many of you are aware, the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is dedicated to touching armed forces members and veterans with the healing power of quilts. This volunteer-based initiative is a personal mission to much of the quilting community, including the staff at Fons & Porter. To celebrate QOVF, Fons & Porter is participating in…

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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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Quilts of Valor Going Strong!

Fons & Porter recently had the privilege of teaching at The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Kansas City. In between classes, the Kansas City area Quilts of Valor presented a Q&A on how to participate and how to get groups started in your area… Kansas has several bases around the area with military personnel coming and…

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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…

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Don’t you just want to go sew something?

A friend brought her quilt in the shop to show us her 4th  of July quilt top.  It’s made from some of the patriotic and Quilts of Valor fabric we have in the shop. As we were admiring her quilt,  we were talking about how the weather just makes us want to smile and sew! Do…