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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 about an hour apiece and 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



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
Together, we look at the roots of the Great American Quilt Revival: the Whitney exhibit in '71, the Bicentennial in '76, and the quilt industry boom of the '80s and '90s. Funny and fascinating for people who were there firsthand and newbies who never knew it happened!

There's Never Been a Better Time to Make a Quilt
In this "I didn't know that!" talk, we go through tools quilters use today and compare them to the tools women in the 1850s (and beyond) had to manage. Inspiring and fun, this lecture will make us all grateful to be quilting today.


mary fons, quilting, classes



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.  

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.

The Royal We -- Master the Ohio Star
The Ohio Star is a fantastic block to teach and learn from. Quarter-square triangles, half-square triangles, contrast lessons, and straight patches are yours to master. I teach with the F&P Half-and-Quarter ruler. All levels welcome.


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 REALLY FUN. In this class, 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. 






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


 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