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.


Win Thread and Fabric by Counting Your Sewing Machines!

It’s a question that packs a punch: how many sewing machines do you have? Each sewing machine we accumulate throughout our lives has a story, especially our first one. It symbolizes our humble sewing beginnings and our roots in quilting. Our first sewing machine is accompanied by memories and, often times, is a family heirloom that…


Baked Potato Bag Class

Sometimes the Fons & Porter employees and their family members get together to make small projects. It is great to get together with the people we work with and learn all about their creative talents. We had so much fun making our baked potato bags.   Cindy H. taught us how to make these great…

Darlene from Canada

QCA Retreat Group Comes to Visit

We were thrilled to have a Quilter’s Club of America (QCA) group come to visit the shop today. They are a group of quilters who organized a retreat amongst themselves via the QCA website. Many of the quilters had been looking forward to this trip for years. They will be staying in Des Moines over…