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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.



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. 


To inquire, please send an email to Mary @





Mary Fons


Love of Quilting Fall Taping, 2700 Series
April 8-16 - DES MOINES, IA

Workshops + Lectures, The Quilted Steeple (Retreat)
September 18th & 19th - LONE ROCK, IA

Lecture + Store Appearance, Meissner Sewing
September 24-26, SACRAMENTO, CA
*Mom, too! 


Northern Lake Co. Quilt Guild
October 4th and 7th, CHICAGOLAND, IL

Lecture + Store Appearance, The Quilter's Trunk
October 10th, CHICAGO, IL 


Lectures + Workshop, Portland Modern Quilt Guild
October 15th, PORTLAND, OR


Store Appearance + Events, Fabric Depot
October 17th, PORTLAND, OR


Fall International Quilt Market
October 23-26, HOUSTON, TX


Lecture + Workshop, Colonial Piecemakers Guild
November 6th & 7th, WILLIAMSBURG, VA


Lecture + Store Appearance, Decorative Stitch
November 13th & 14th, Shelby Township, MI 


Lectures + Workshop, Blaine's Sewing Machine Center
November 21st, CRANSTON, RI


Lectures + Workshops, Fabric World
December 4th & 5th, PHOENIX, AZ


Lectures + Workshop, The Sewing Studio
December 11th & 12th, MAITLAND, FL 


Lectures + Workshop, Quilt Guild of the Villages
December 13th & 14th, THE VILLAGES, FL


Lecture, Sewcial Stitch
February 8th, ARLINGTON, VA


Lecture, QuiltCon
February 18-22nd, PASADENA, CA 


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


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