Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting 1900 Series


This complete series of 13 episodes, based on America's favorite quilting magazine featuring Marianne Fons and Liz Porter, delivers 6 hours of expert quilting tips and techniques for all skill levels.    

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Episode 1902: Times Square

 Quilters don’t always sit at home piecing patchwork, a lot of us love to get out and see the world. This quilt was inspired by a fabulous trip to New York City. Marianne and Mary demonstrate paper piecing sections for a New York Beauty style quilt, how to join curved piece sections and how to piece a double square in a square block

Episode 1902: Blue Bird of Happiness 

For most quilters the language we speak is 100% cotton but a lot of us also have a collection of beautiful wool for Folk Art Appliqué projects. Marianne and Mary will share will you how to make a large circle pattern, how to mark and cut out wool appliqués, and also how to layer and hand stitch wool appliqué pieces. 

Episode 1903: Conquer Curved Seams with Your Serger

Quilters, have you ever considered using your serger to piece your patchwork? This program will show you how to do just that. National Sewing Educator Pam Mahshie demonstrates to Mary how to successfully serge a curved seam with a serger, how to set the proper stitch width for an accurate seam, and also how to hold fabric when piecing with a serger.

Episode 1904: Feedsack Flowers

Most quilt blocks we make are square but sometimes it is fun to mix it up just a little bit. The quilt in this episode features a snazzy hexagon block. Mary is joined by Sandy Gervais in this episode and they will share with you how to cut hexagons using a special ruler, how to piece a hexagon block –log cabin styled, and how to join hexagon blocks without set-ins.

Episode 1905: Machine Quilting Basics

We have had so many requests from viewers for more information about machine quilting that we decided to devote this episode to just that subject. Longarm Quilter and Quilting Educator, Dawn Cavanaugh and Marianne share with you how to choose the right thread, batting, and backing for a quilt, how to prepare a quilt for machine quilting, and how to develop your skills through practice techniques..

Episode 1906: By the Big Lake

When Marianne and Mary go to quilt shows they see all kinds of antique quilts that knock their socks off. We have one of those quilts on the set for this episode. It’s an antique quilt top that was quilted recently and was the inspiration for Marianne’s quilt on this program. Marianne and Mary share with you how to take inspiration from an antique quilt, how to make 2” and 4” half square triangles with a special ruler, and how to change a block by using different centers. 

Episode 1907: Bringing Life and Dimension to Your Projects

If you’ve been to a quilt show lately you may have seen some fantastic quilts whose motifs have been embellished by ink. On this episode Eric Drexler will show you how fun and easy this is to do. Eric will demonstrate to Marianne how to create original designs on plain fabric, how to embellish designs with fabric pens and inks, and also how to add depth to painted fabric using color changing threads..

Episode 1908: Indigo Star

If you need to make a quilt in a hurry there is no reason to sacrifice beauty or interest. With a simple pattern and streamlined methods you can make a gorgeous quilt quickly. Mary and her quest Jenny Doan will demonstrate how to make quick 4 patch units from strip sets, how to use special rulers to make units for a simple star block and how to use high contrast and low contrast fabric combinations to control the appearance of a patchwork block

Episode 1909: Scrappy Triangles

A half square triangle is one of patchwork’s most basic units. Quilts that require lots of half square triangles are perfect for using up your scraps. Marianne and Mary will demonstrate three ways to make half square triangles, how to create star blocks using quadrants, and how to press patchwork rows so that your seams will lock. 

Episode 1910: Piping Adds Punch to Your Quilt

Sometimes a quilt just calls out for a special edge finish. National Sewing Educator Pam Mahshie shares her favorite edge finishes with Marianne. Pam shows Marianne how to make covered piping fast and easy, how to add rick-rack for a fun accent, and how to make unique wave edge piping with a serger..

Episode 1911: Quilters Tool Bag

Quilters love to take classes but often getting your supplies to class can be a challenge. The project on this episode is a beautiful and clever way to do just that. Marianne and Mary share with you how to create a two toned zipper, how to make tote bag handles extra sturdy, and how to add pockets to a reversible bag

Episode 1912: Scrappy Stars

If you are looking for a fabulous scrappy quilt project, have we got a show for you. Not every quilt lends itself to using up scads of fabric but today’s quilt really does. Mary is joined by her special guest Kari Carr and they will demonstrate how to perfectly piece a simple scrappy unit using a special tool, how to make center stars using a special quick pieced sashing, and how to create not one but two center star options. 

Episode 1913: Basic Binding Boot Camp

So many of you have written to us asking for help on your binding. This episode is for you. Binding the quilt is one of Marianne’s favorite parts of the whole quilting process. Marianne and Mary share with you how to make French Fold straight grain binding, How to mitered corners of your binding, and how to join binding ends with no lumps