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Mary Fons        

Quilting Expert, Freelance Author and Popular Blogger

Mary Fons has served as editor in chief of Quiltfolk magazine since 2017. Previously, Fons was editor and creative director of Quilty magazine. She has hosted nearly 250 episodes of instructional programming on public television (Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting) and the internet (Quilty). She is the author of Make & Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century (C&T/StashBooks, 2014) and Dear Quilty (F&W Media, 2015). Since 2015, Mary has written the Quilt Scout bi-monthly column for Quilts, Inc. Her articles on quilt history and culture have appeared in Curated Quilts, Modern Patchwork, and Love of Quilting, among others. Her popular blog, PaperGirl, has been faithfully maintained for over 14 years.

Fons serves on the board of the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and lectures across the country at universities and major quilt events such as QuiltCon. She holds a BA in Theater from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She is currently in pre-production for America’s Quilt, a 10-part docuseries on America’s untold quilt histories. Mary was born in a small town in Iowa but she lives in Chicago (and sometimes in London), with her husband, Eric.


New Friday Tutorial: The Andes Quilt Featuring Guest Quilter and Fabric Designer Mary Fons
This quilt features the brand new fabric line created by Mary herself, called Small Wonders for Springs Creative and it is filled with what Mary calls “irresistible small scale prints” perfect for patchwork. If you love a print, you don’t have to worry about cutting your favorite design in half or not seeing the complete print when you cut your fabric to piece together into a quilt! It has a beautifully vintage flare and it’s just so cute!
Introducing Small Wonders by Mary Fons
At this year’s edition of the Fall Quilt Market, we were introduced to a brand new fabric line that stole our hearts: Small Wonders. This exclusively for independent retailers line features small-scale prints inspired by vintage fabrics and was designed by Mary Fons in collaboration with Springs Creative. For those of you who might recognize her name, Mary is the daughter of Marianne Fons, of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine and show fame!

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