Mary Fons is a writer, editor, and public speaker living in Chicago.

Mary Fons is a writer and editor who specializes in the history of the American quilt and the life of quilts in popular culture. She is currently in pre-production for a 10-part docuseries exploring the untold story of American quilts.

Now in her second year as editor in chief of Quiltfolk magazine, Mary previously served as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine (2011-2015). She has hosted nearly 250 episodes of quilting how-to programming on television (PBS) and YouTube. Mary has written the bimonthly Quilt Scout column for Quilts, Inc. since 2015 and her articles on quilt history and culture have appeared in Curated Quilts, Modern Patchwork, and Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, among others.  

Mary serves on the board of the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska and lectures across the country at universities and major quilt shows. She holds a B.A in Theater from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Visit MaryFons.com to read Mary’s blog, PaperGirl.

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