Fons & Porter Quilt with the Stars

Quilt with the Stars

In each issue, Love of Quilting will feature a quilting celebrity, her sewing space, and a trunk show of her work.

Join host Mary Fons as she interviews quilting celebrities, shows their works of art and shares projects with us. Step-by-step instructions will be found in the corresponding issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.

You’ll find links to all of Mary’s interviews on our Quilt with the Stars video homepage.

Go to the main Fons & Porter TV page here.

You’ll find links to all of Mary’s interviews on our Quilt with the Stars video homepage.Go to the main Fons & Porter TV page here.

  EleanorBurns_140 Eleanor Burns
Since 1978 with the publication of her first quilt book, Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin Pattern, Eleanor has written more than 100 quilt books and quilt patterns. Her publications and classes teach a wide variety of quilt techniques: strip piecing, appliqué, scrap quilting, crazy quilts, paper piecing, piecing stars, triangles, and squares.
  NinaMcVeigh_140 Nina McVeigh
Nina is a National Educator for Bernina of America. She has a lifelong love of sewing and enthusiastically passes that on to others through online webinars, classes, and
guest spots.
VanessaChristenson-1cu_150 Vanessa ChristensonVanessa — mother of four, business owner, fabric designer and quilter extraordinaire — enjoys a cadre of fans who appreciate her clean style and elegant eye.
  0-QWTS_Jenny2 Jenny Doan
With millions of video views under her belt, Jenny can rightly claim to have taught hundreds of thousands of visitors to her YouTube channel. Additionally, her shop supplies quilt fabrics and tools to quilters around the nation.
  PatrickLose_07232015a Patrick Lose
Patrick Lose is a professional designer, well-known for his successful collections of fabrics from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Timeless Treasures and Moda, which include his trademark marbleized solids. Patrick’s quilts, clothing, home dec accessories and crafts have appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, Country Crafts, and American Patchwork and Quilting. In 2010, Patrick launched Quilting Celebrations magazine.
  SullivanBonnie_140a Bonnie Sullivan
Quilting is in Bonnie Sullivan’s genes. As a fifth-generation quilter, she learned to sew as a child, and is now a popular designer known for her wool and flannel quilts.

  Deb_Tucker_140 Deb Tucker
Designer Deb Tucker has been an avid quiltmaker since 1981, and describes herself as a “Machine Piecing Efficiency Expert.” (We agree!) She has developed numerous streamlined construction techniques and tools to ensure high quality success for quilters of all skill levels. Deb and her husband, Jeff, reside in north central Pennsylvania.

  AmandaMurphy_150 Amanda Murphy
Amanda Murphy juxtaposes the modern with the traditional in her quilts and her fabric lines for Blend Fabrics. Her first book, Modern Holiday, with C&T Publishing, came out this year.

  TailorMadebyDesign_200 TailorMade by Design
Sisters Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth design projects to highlight new fabrics. Their business, TailorMade by Design, provides them the opportunity to do what they love every day. Don’t miss Mary Fons’ interview with Joanie and Melanie:

  Hagmeier_Lynne_150x200 Lynne Hagmeier
Lynne Hagmeier helped found Kansas Troubles Quilters in 1984 with two friends. Today, her “empire” embraces fabric lines, books, workshops and even cruises for quilters. Don’t miss Mary Fons’ interview with Lynne:

  Kim_Diehl_140 Kim Diehl
After winning a national challenge with her third quilt, Kim’s new-found hobby quickly blossomed into a full-time career. In addition to designing quilts and authoring her “Simple” series of books for Martingale & Co., she has designed several fabric collections. Kim travels nationally, sharing her quilts and teaching her easy techniques. Don’t miss Mary Fons’ interview with Kim:

  NancyHalvorson_150 Nancy Halvorson
Creative chaos reigns when Nancy Halvorsen pulls out all the stops—fabrics, threads, patterns—to work on yet another design project. Loving every minute of having her own business since starting it in 1992, Nancy designs, creates, and writes from home while orders are shipped from the warehouse in town. Don’t miss Mary Fons’ interview with Nancy:

  EdytaSitar_150 Edyta Sitar
Edyta credits her family for her love of quilting and constant inspiration. As a designer for Moda, she shares her fabrics, quilts, and experiences with enthusiastic audiences worldwide. See more of Edyta’s wonderful quilts in her book Friendship Triangles, published by Landauer Publishing. Learn more at

  LisaBongean_150 Lisa Bongean
Lisa is the brain behind Primitive Gatherings-a juggernaut of an operation, specializing in hand-dyed wool goods. She is a popular fabric and pattern designer who loves to share her ideas with other quilters. If you love a traditional or primitive look, Lisa’s designs are sure to be some of your favorites. You can check out on of her designs, primitive-style wool table topper, here.

  1-Sandy_150 Sandy Gervais
Sandy has always been an artist. When met with little encouragement from a high school counselor, she was challenged to prove him wrong. Sandy started her own greeting card company, which allowed her to express her love of art and design. In 1992, she launched her pattern company, Pieces From My Heart, and in 1994, she was discovered by Moda. Sandy says, “I like people to look at my designs and see a little piece of me. I love what I do and I want to convey that to my customers.”

  lori-smith_150 Lori Smith
This time, our celebrity spotlight shines on Lori Smith, a traditional designer and quilter. Lori is known for her beautiful handwork, which combines patchwork and appliqué.

  NancyMahoney_150 Nancy Mahoney
Author, teacher, fabric designer, and award-winning quiltmaker Nancy Mahoney has been making quilts for more than twenty years. She enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. Nancy has authored twelve books, all published by Martingale & Company. Her latest book is Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing. Contact Nancy at

Kelly MuellerOur first spotlight fell on Kelly Mueller. Her whimsical characters and popular designs delight quilters of all ages, and her projects are quick and easy to make.