Another Fons and Porter Review and a Freebie

Uh-oh, I’ve been asked for my opinion yet again.  It’s either rainbows and unicorns or the seventh circle of hell.  Brace yourselves!  After the last time Eric of Fons and Porter fame asked for my opinion, I figured I’d never be asked again.  I raise a glass to you, Eric, for your intestinal fortitude.  Here goes nothing…


I was asked to review a quilting tutorial of my choice on daily craft tv, the online tutorial mecca for crafters of the quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking and papercrafting persuasion.  Here’s the link to the site.  Knock yourself out.

You’re treated to about a 60 second snippet to whet your appetite, pique your interest, float your boat, or melt your butter.  You can access the full version after joining the site.  Prices range from $4.99 on up per tutorial.  Once you pay the fee, you get to view the tutorial repeatedly and at your leisure which is good for slow learners or the slightly forgetful.  Not that I know anyone like this.  Ahem.

In the interest of full disclosure, I got my tutorial gratis; they’re getting my review.  Which is not to say I’m getting paid to say what someone wants to hear.  Ha-ha.  As if.  

For one brief moment in time, I almost succumbed to the siren call of the Hawaiian Quilting tutorial, but instead chose Strip Piecing 7 Ways with Jodie Davis and Ashley Briggs.  Running at roughly 51 minutes, I was treated to various ways to use up those pesky strip scraps instead of just pitching ’em in the trash (which is what I usually do…someone grab the smelling salts).

Jodie discussed various foundations (newsprint, muslin…I usually use copy paper), techniques and patterns.  She even used the ‘A’ word.  Yep, applique.  I had to lay down for a moment after that one.  When I first started quilting, it was the muslin foundation I learned on.  Since then, I’ve discovered paper-piecing which is, in my humble opinion, God’s gift to perfectionist quilters everywhere.  I really like the idea of using Jelly Rolls for this, but it was also suggested to cut a couple of strips from yardage when you’re working up an in-progress pattern.  I think new quilters and those who learn better visually with step-by-step instructions would really enjoy this site.  Experienced/expert/out-of-my-league quilters may not.  That’s just something you’d have to decide for yourself.  Me, I like lots of instructions and then leave me alone.  I found the tutorial to be entertaining, informative and worth the time.


Now, on to the free part.  Eric has graciously offered a free tutorial of your choice to ONE of my viewers.  Everyone say ‘Thank you, Eric!’

This is the point at which I have to come up with some clever something or other so everyone leaves a comment and gets a chance to win.  Geez, you people make this sooo hard!  Here’s the question….


Using your quilting skills, what other job, vocation or mayhem could you engage in?


Me, I’d be a pizza cutter or serial killer.

Okay, now it’s your turn!  One comment per person please.  Because he gave me a deadline (what nerve!), I’ll leave the giveaway open until Friday, August 23rd at 2pm my time.  No late entries, no duplicate entries.  Just sayin’!



  1. I’ve been wanting to try one of these classes but haven’t had a chance to go and check them out. I’m a definite visual person so I think these classes would be more handy for someone like myself than to purchase a pattern (hence the reason I just sketch up my own projects). I think a brick or paver layer would use many of the quilting skills–color, pattern, designing, etc. I also like Sue’s idea of drafting–I often think of our Industrial Tech classes we had in middle school when I’m sketching out a pattern. Thanks!!

  2. Thank you, Eric. Landscape artist. I still want to get to the Quilt Gardens in northern Indiana. Every year I think what I COULD do with flowers and then I just throw them in the ground some where.

  3. Well, I taught my husband to hand-sew when he was in medical school and practicing his skin-stiching talents on pigs’ feet, so I could be a tutor at a med school . And right now I’m designing our house, making sure every little piece is the right size and shape (and eventually color,) with no unnecessary walls (seams.)

    • LOL…I taught my DIL while she was in med school so that she could relax. When she was interviewing for residencies apparently some of the more advanced residents laughed when they saw quilting listed as her hobby. One of them later told her, “I will never laugh again when someone lists sewing/quilting as their hobby.” She, apparently, has a fine hand at stitching and they are envious.

  4. Professional thread picker-upper. Whether on the floor or on the table, or on me, I’m forever picking up threads.

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