Category: Fons and Porter

Let’s Celebrate International Craft Month – by sharing tips, tutorials, inspirational projects with a fun Blog Hop and Giveaways

One of my favorite months of the year is March, as it is International Craft Month.   For me, this is a great time to be creative, as well as learn new crafty skills. It is also a great time to encourage others to be creative.bee creative kick off badge

I’m thrilled to be Celebrating International Crafting Month, with many blogging friends who volunteered to share tips, tutorials, inspirational projects and simply help encourage everyone to be crafty.

I want to recognize and thank Timeless TreasuresAurifil, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, Dragon Threads, ASF Lighting/Beam N Read and The Wooden Bear for sponsoring this event.  They have generously donated many amazing prizes.


We have 20 prizes to giveaway and everyone can enter by simply visiting one or all of the blogs.  


While I’ll confess the project I worked on and wanted to share with you today, has photos captive on my camera that didn’t have an SD Card inserted when I took the photos. So, that project will have to wait to another day to be shared.  Still, I have a fun crafty product to share with you that I think is also extremely versatile and economical.


Inktense watercolor pencils are vibrant colored pencils that are fun to doodle, sketch and create with. You can lightly touch with a water brush, after you have sketched, to create a result of watercoloring.  These pens work great on paper, as well as fabric (just heatset).  Colors are amazing.


It is also fun to use stencils with your Inktense watercolor pencils.  For those that enjoy free-motion quilting, or wanting to learn, consider using a FMQ stencil, coloring in areas with Inktense pencils, setting them with a little water on a brush, heat set, then sandwich and free-motion quilt for an amazing look.

Don’t overlook how much fun it would be to use Inktense watercolor pencils with the Mandala designs, on fabric or paper.  Definitely check back this coming Saturday, when the Charity Fundraiser to benefit Cystic Fibrosis kicks off.  And, hopefully you’ll want to enter to win prizes in our virtual fundraiser, #StitchAlong, #DoodleAlong, #FMQAlong.   Of course, I’m hoping to see some cheerfully colored Mandalas, on fabric or paper, that could be colored with these pencils, or any marker (depending on what media you transfer the 12 Mandala designs to).  So many ways to be creative and have fun!

update:  Many are asking where they can find the Inktense water color pencils?  They are often available in various craft and art supply stores.  And, as an Affiliate thru Amazon, I also want to share that you can find a variety of Inktense water color pencil collections on Amazon.


I’m honored to have a variety of blogging friends that volunteered to help kick off the Celebration of International Craft Month today.  They will each be sharing a variety of tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on their blogs today. To clarify, this is not a traditional blog hop as they are all sharing insights on March lst.  And, you can claim an extra entry to win prizes by visiting one, or all, of these blogs.  Here is the list of blogs that are helping with this celebration:


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Sponsor Prize Winners

A bundle of Flora and Fauwn

TT Fabric bundle

This prize will be shipped by the sponsor to a US only winner.

 Prize #1  winner – Connie R
Dragon Threads Color My Garden: An Adult Coloring Book,  by Jane Sassaman


Small Summer Birds Scarf, designed by Julie Paschlis

signed summer bird scarf

This sponsor will ship these prizes to the respective lucky winners in the US/Canada

 Prize #2

winner – Vicki S


Prize #3

winner – Pauline Ann P.



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A bundle of Fons & Porter’s notions and book, with a estimated value of $75.  

This sponsor will ship the prize bundle to one lucky winner in US/Canada.



 Prize #4

winner -Linda H



ASF Lightware Solutions / Beam N Read Beam N Read personal lights are great tools for crafters.  One lucky winner will receive a BNR LED 6-3F 

6 LED beam n read

 Prize #5

winner:  Bea L.



The Wooden Bear


Five lucky winners will receive an A la Carte Pattern of their choice.


Five lucky winners will get to select a pattenlet of their choice.patternlet

US winners can select if they prefer a printed or electronic pattern.  International winners will receive electronic patterns.

 Prize #6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (Patterns a la Carte)


Collette, Donnalee, Peggy G., Gene B., Mary E

Prize #11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Pattenlet of their choice)


Heather, Marian P, Carol, Donna L.,Trudy, San, Nancy





One lucky winner will receive a Mary Fons – Small Wonder thread with 10 small spools collections.

Aurifil will kindly ship this prize WW


 Prize #16

winner – MaryEllen



Martingale Striking Strip Quilts, by Kate Henderson

Snow Happy, by Robin Kinglsey

Here Comes Spring, by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

Jo’s Little Favorites, by Jo Morton

These books will be shipped by QuiltShopGal.  As I do not have any funds available to ship internationally, nor Postage Angels supporters at this time, these prizes will be limited to US Only winners.

 Prize #17

winner – PK Solberg

Prize #18

winner – Rosemary B

Prize #19

winner – Chris S.

Prize #20

winner – Carol S.



To enter to win a prize, simply visit one or all of the blogs participating in this kick off.  For each blog that you visit and leave a comment on their post for this event, you can claim an entry.  While it really only takes one entry to enter and win, many like to increase their odds of winning prizes.  I also like to think that the more blogs you visit, the more inspiration and fun you’ll find. And, I want to clarify that the bloggers that have helped to kick off this event are also eligible to enter the giveaway and win prizes in this event.  The only thing they can not do is claim an entry for visiting their own blog.

You have until March 13th to visit all of the participating blogs, just remember to claim all the entries you qualify for via the rafflecopter form below:

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Don’t forget to visit all the blogs that are helping to Celebrate International Craft Month by sharing tips, tutorials and inspiration on their blogs the lst of March.  You can also follow these blogs from My Creative Blog List.

Table Toppers: Quilted Projects from Fons & Porter (And A Giveaway)

Table Toppers are fun way to decorate your home, make a gift, as well as learn a new technique or play with new fabrics and colors.  You don’t have the commitment, nor the expense which you might endure with a large project.  Thus, I’m always on the look out for new designs, tips and techniques that I can learn while making a table topper.

Table Toppers: Quilted Projects from Fons and Porter, was published by Martingale and you should now find available in your favorite quilt shops.  And, I’m excited to share insights with you about this book today:

Publisher Insights:

Play with color and perk up your decor or bestow a treasure on a dear friend with this amazingly varied assortment of table accents from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine.

  • Discover patterns from Terry Albers, Debbie Beaves, Jodie Davis, Marianne Fons, Sandy Gervais, Sue Marsh, Kelly Mueller, Debbie Mumm, Wendy Sheppard, Edyta Sitar, Betsy Smith, and Karen Witt
  • New to foundation piecing, machine appliqué, or wool appliqué? Try a new technique on a small scale!
  • Create sensational table toppers for every season

Here is a Slideshow of some of the projects included in this book:

My Review:

This book is packed with #CreativeGoodness which includes 12 projects to make to decorate your tables, but would also make for excellent gifts!   Each come with well written instructions that are easy to follow and include great visuals.

Techniques vary, based on the project, from traditional piecing, machine applique, and foundation piecing, making this a great project book to learn new techniques, as well as fun designs.  And, it is perfect for quilters of all levels.

If you enjoy making table toppers, or are interested in learning how to make such projects, this book is a great resource that makes for an excellent value when you consider all the projects you get vs a single pattern.

Did I Mention A Giveway?

Martingale kindly gave me a copy of this book to review, of which I’ve shared my honest opinion of this book, which I truly do recommend.  And, I’m going to pay postage to ship this book to one lucky follower, but due to my limited budget at this time, this giveaway will be limited to US Only followers.   As I’ve also recently moved from SewCalGal to QuiltShopGal I want to clarify that this giveaway is only for followers of QuiltShopGal (the blog) and I’d like to know how you are now following me (e.g. RSS/email feeds), Blogluvin, Feedly, etc..  Of course, those that follow QuiltShopGal via Facebook or Twitter, as well as those that follow Martingale on such tools, can claim an extra entry.  If you are interested in winning a copy of this book, please complete the rafflecopter form below:

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I will use the rafflecopter random number generator to select and announce a winner on Thursday, January 29th. I will also notify the winner via email.

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Precision Piecing: Fons and Porter – Row Alignment

Today I want to talk about Precision Piecing, but focus on tips for sewing blocks together with sashing.  It is all too easy to get our blocks misaligned in this process, but there are some great tips for precision piecing blocks with sashing.  

SewCalGal originally released this post sharing a link to a video where Tony Jacobson, from Fons and Porter, shares insights on how to achieve perfect row alignment when the blocks in your rows may be of different size.  That particular video has be re-created under the Sew Easy lessons, with Jean and Colleen, from Fons and Porter, and this post has been updated accordingly.

This SewEasy  video for Sashing Alignment provides excellent tips for precision piecing rows of blocks with sashing:

If you are using a MAC or having problems watching this embedded video, click this link to watch it directly in youtube:

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