• What are the Tried & True quilt blocks all about?

    Have you noticed the Tried & True quilt blocks we feature with projects in both Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts ? These little gems are useful in so many ways. We create these blocks to give you optional fabric suggestions for the quilt featured. But their main purpose is to test the written instructions. Our Sewing Specialist makes the blocks
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Tue, Apr 19 2011
  • 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 to try out a sewing machine
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Tue, Apr 12 2011
  • So--what's going on this morning?

    Here are a few pictures snapped this morning, here in Winterset. Some of us are at IPTV taping our next PBS series this week or scheduled to go later today to help out, but here's a quick trip around to see what's happening! Laura, our Website Assistant comes in early every day and brings her smile with her! Would you believe she gave up caffeine
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Thu, Apr 7 2011
  • When you quilt, do you like to stitch in the ditch or free motion?

    For me, I like the free motion because I don't have to follow a specific pattern. Partially patience and partially, the artsy side of me. For my Time Square, which is scheduled for the Sept/Oct issue of Love of Quilting, , I think the design, itself, and the use of color gives it motion, which fit with the free motion movement instead of the starts
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Wed, Mar 30 2011
  • What about the frosting?

    Quilting can be like frosting on a cake! Like Chef Duff on the Ace of Cakes , I want to rise to meet the challenge! I am working on finishing my Crayon challenge quilt and Jean, our Editor is working on finishing her cruise to Alaska quilt! We have some great Sulky and Floriann i threads we've been wanting to try. Both of us used batiks, and both
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Tue, Mar 22 2011
  • GO! Baby

    Just in! The Shop Fons and Porter store has the Go! Baby by AccuQuilt . It's a great tool to make repetitive cutting a breeze! It's not only accurate every time, but speedy and very portable! What a fun toy to take to a quilt retreat! I love that you can cut multiple layers at a time. I'm thinking I can precut shapes for a future quilt,
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Thu, Mar 17 2011
  • 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 and decor.
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Tue, Mar 15 2011
  • Is it in the paper or someone to help you tear it away?

    As you may have read, my color challenge is also to use paper piecing. It's by far the most labor intensive quilt I've ever made, but as it goes together, the most rewarding! I've learned a lot about paper piecing. All the papers I tried copied well. I did find out that when using my printer at home, using the best quality print setting
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Mon, Mar 7 2011
  • What?— me English paper piece?

    Our sewing specialist Cindy said she would never English paper piece. She tried it and why frustrate herself again when she can piece other shapes on a machine? Mind you, she's tried about every tip and technique there is to piece blocks for magazine test blocks in Tried & True and Sew Easy steps, and is responsible for setting up almost every
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Thu, Mar 3 2011
  • Did you ever wonder how to put those neutral batiks to work for you?

    Since a trip to New York, our Editor, Jean Nolte has had her eye on Timeless Treasure's Tonga Sugarplum collection of strips and squares. She also likes the shy tones of their neutral batiks and wanted to use both together with her favorite accent color— a beautiful royal purple. As soon as Jean got back to her room, she was busy designing
    Posted to . (Weblog) by Fons and Porter on Sun, Feb 27 2011
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