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.

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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Best of Scrap Quilts and Table Toppers is here!

Everyone has their favorites! You’ve spoken and we’re delivering! We are so excited to tell you that Best of Fons & Porter Scrap Quilts and Best of Fons & Porter Tabletop Quilts are now available at Shop Fons & Porter! You’ll find skill levels from easy to challenging, and quilts and table toppers for every season…

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Have you heard of Shweshwe fabrics?

Our March/April Love of Quilting issue features a quilt made by Evelyn Young called Monkey Business. It is made from a fabric called Schweschwe, that has an interesting and amazing history. You have probably seen this fabric in historic and contemporary quilts and not been aware that it is still dyed in much the same way…

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Sneak Peek at one of the quilt projects for the Alaskan Cruise!

We are really excited about our next cruise—to Alaska May 21–28—especially our Editor, Jean Nolte, who has been working on a great quilt for the occasion! On a trip to New York City last spring,  Emily Cohen, at Timeless Treasures teased us with their new Tonga Treats strips and squares. When Jean started designing a…

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Are you making a New Years resolution?

We have great intentions, but how many do we really keep? I think I’ll go for the small things like trying to organize closets and my sewing room a bit more and finish a few UFOs finished- well maybe! It just wouldn’t be the same for some of us to finish everything- now would it?…

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Do you see what I see?

Do you tend to notice, as I do, all of the quilty designs in Christmas? This is one of my favorite decorations.  Two of my favorite things in one-Santa and quilts! One of the customers in the store the other day mentioned that fabric is like Christmas lights to her. They make her eyes sparkle!…

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A good feeling!

What a good feeling to hear that most of the quilts have already made it to Afghanistan! We were wondering how long it might take them to get there. They were not only surprised that they were actual sizeable quilts, but that we had personalized each one with a name tag,  thanking them for their service.…