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mary fons, quilting lessons, bookings, book signings

I travel far and wide to lecture about quilting in America and to teach patchwork techniques.

My lectures are so entertaining and pretty to look at, you won't realize how much you're learning. Workshops go about three hours and focus on block-making with heavy emphasis on fabric selection and contrast. I have a trunk show and two books on offer: Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century, and Dear Quilty. I'm always happy to sell and sign these books and pose for all the selfies you want.


A typical day with your group might look like this:

  • Lecture 1 in the morning + 3-hour afternoon workshop
  • Lunch break 
  • Lecture 2 in the evening (for full guild or larger shop audience)
  • Trunk show, Q&A, demos, etc.
Let's talk about your event. I consider it an honor and a privilege to visit quilters and I thank you in advance for your query. Please send an email to Mary @


mary fons, quilting, lectures

Lectures run approx. 60 minutes apiece.


A ThirtySomething Quilter Tells All: Notes on the Industry from a Quilt Mafia Daughter
A personal lecture, where I share the history of Fons & Porter, my own quilting journey, and how to ensure the next generation of American quiltmakers are taken care of. Laughs -- and a few tears -- promised.

"You Call That a Quilt?" Quilt Styles in America: Traditional, Contemporary, Studio/Art, and Modern 
You'll never look at quilts the same way again. We examine the four different styles of quilts in America in all their fascinating glory. A "show-stopper" in terms of information given and "ooh-ahh" quilts to admire.

The Great American Quilt Revival: The Reason You're Quilting Right Now
If it weren't for the tidal wave of interest in the 1970s (think Bicentennial), it's safe to say quilting in America would look very, very different right about now. This lecture is a must-see for any quilter who got started around that time -- and every quilter who is quilting today. Great pictures, "I-didn't-know-that!" moments guaranteed.

Standing On the Shoulders of Giants: A Brief History of the American Quilt
The more you know about the legacy of quilts in America, the more you fall in love with this magnificent obsession. Far from a dry history lesson, blogger, teacher, and amateur quilt historian Mary Fons (board member of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum) takes you on a 60 minute ride through the history of the American quilt from colonists to moderns. We're standing on the shoulders of giants: know your roots and grow from there.

10 Things I Know About Quilting (and Life) NEW!
Mary's all grown-up. For the past eight years, Mary's been learning, teaching, failing/succeeding, creating video, designing fabric, recording TV shows, creating podcasts, lecturing, traveling, and of course, making quilts. She's learned a few things about making patchwork and teaching it -- and she's learned about life, too. Full of quiltmaking tips and inspiration, this funny/touching lecture is a favorite.

The AIDS Quilt: Comfort, Compassion, & Change (Coming Summer 2016)
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is a 54 ton, 48,000 paneled quilt made as an act of love and activism that began in 1988 to honor victims of the AIDS epidemic and to affect change in Washington. The largest quilt ever made, the story of the AIDS quilt is the story of people forced together by pain and grown together in love. The AIDS Quilt is part of our quilting history. This is an inspiring, emotional lecture you won't forget.


mary fons, quilting, classes

All classes are workshop or "make-a-block" classes
that focus on technique, not finished projects.


No-Fear Partial Seams: The Sweetpea Star Block NEW!
If you've ever shied away from partial seams, it's time to face the music and enjoy shapes in your patchwork you can't get any other way. The Sweetpea Star Block is adorable and, depending on your fabric selection, offers almost endless opportunities for settings and patterns. Intermediate.


The Itsy-Scrappy Spider NEW!
The Spiderweb block is roughly 150 years old and is as gorgeous as ever. This paper-piecing class uses scraps and strips to make triangle wedges that require no Y-seams or partial seams -- but you don't have to tell your friends that. Beginners welcome, paper-piecing fiends welcome, and those on the fence especially welcome. (I'll convert you.)


Your New Obsession: The Paper-Pieced Log Cabin Block
Back in the day, beginner patchworkers often learned paper-piecing before they learned other ways to piece patchwork. Why? Because paper/foundation piecing gives you unbeatable precision, helps you avoid straight-of-grain issues and is fun. Harness the power of paper-piecing with a gorgeous Log Cabin block. You will come to the winning team of paper-piecing fanatics and you’ll be on your way to a gorgeous Log Cabin.

A Quilt Called Whisper
The Thousand Pyramid quilt is both modern and traditional. We'll learn to use the Fons & Porter 60-Degree Pyramid Ruler to cut our triangles; we'll also discuss how contrast still matters in monochrome quilts like "Whisper." Intermediate.

Mary's Chubby Churn Dash Block
The "chubby" Churn Dash has the perfect ratio of triangles and squares. In this class, you'll use the Fons & Porter Half-and-Quarter ruler to get half-square triangles from strips, solving any straight-of-grain vs. bias problems. A great beginner class, but enjoyable for all levels.






Mary Fons



Lecture + Panel Speaker, QuiltCon
February 18-22nd, PASADENA, CA 


Keynote Address, Sewing & Stitchery Expo
February 27th, PUYALLUP, WA


OSQE Atlanta
March 10th, 11th, 12th, ATLANTA, GA


"A Day With Mary Fons" @ Goshen Tech
March 17th, 18th, GOSHEN, IN


"Love of Quilting" 2800 Series Taping
April 10-13th, DES MOINES, IA


Aurora Sewing Center
April 30th & May 1st, Williamsville, NY


 Nancy's Notions Sewing Weekend
May 5th, 6th, 7th, BEAVER DAM, WI


Quilts of Valor Event
May 26th, 27th, 28th, DES MOINES, IA


June 4th & 5th, LOCKPORT, IL


Minnesota Annual Quilt Show & Conference
June 10th & 11th, ST. CLOUD, MN


"Love of Quilting" 2900 Series Taping

EE Shenck Event
September 16th & 17th


Lakeside Quilters
September 21st & 22nd, OSHKOSH, WI 


Bloomington Quilters Guild
October 4th, BLOOMINGTON, IL


Missouri State Quilt Guild Annual Retreat


Sewing Magarbo
October 15th, ASHBURN, VA


Fall International Quilt Market
October 28th - 31st, HOUSTON, TX


Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild
November 10th, KANSAS CITY, MO