Quilting Artists

Marianne Fons


Marianne Fons is well known to quilters everywhere who watch "Love of Quilting” nationwide on public television. After hosting hundreds of episodes with Liz Porter, since 2008 she has appeared alongside her daughter, new quilter Mary Fons.

As a founding editor of the popular magazine Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, Marianne has written and edited thousands of pages of quilt instructions. With Liz Porter, she authored Quilter’s Complete Guide, one of the best selling quilting books of all time.

Though she’s been making quilts since the mid-1970s, she enjoys the process just as much now as she did as a beginner decades ago.

"I love planning a quilt, pulling fabrics from my stash, and seeing the pattern and texture emerge on my design wall as I sew,” she reports. "Whether I longarm my quilt myself or whether it's done by a much more skilled artist such as Dawn Cavanaugh, I am grateful my lifetime as a quilter has included the emergence and fantastic development of longarm machine quilting. What a fantastic to make a quilt everything a quilt should be, including finished!"

Currently, Marianne serves on the advisory board of the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is an executive board member of Quilts of Valor Foundation, serving as liaison between QOVF and the quilting industry. In 2012, she co-produced with Iowa Public Television a special documentary titled "Quilts of Valor” that will air on stations nationwide for three years.

Marianne lives in Winterset, Iowa, in Madison County, home of the famous covered bridges.