This interview with Charity Nebbe first aired on March 22nd on Talk of Iowa.
Marianne Fons is well known to quilters everywhere as longtime host of “Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting” nationwide on public television. Marianne has written many bestselling quilting books, including the seminal Quilter’s Complete Guide, published in 1992.
For over twenty years, Marianne traveled the country, teaching quilting classes and lecturing for quilt guilds and shops and at regional and national conferences. She was co-owner of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine from 2001 to 2006.
Currently, Marianne devotes time to practicing yoga and writing a novel about Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. She recently acquired The Iowa Theater, a vintage movie house in her hometown of Winterset, Iowa, renovations to be complete in 2017. She is also helping establish the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset and serves on the board of directors of Quilts of Valor Foundation.
Mary Fons is a writer, quilter, and designer living in Chicago. In 2010, Mary created Quilty, a weekly online how-to program for beginner quilters (F+W Media) and served four years as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine.
Mary is a bi-monthly columnist for Quilts, Inc., (The Quilt Scout) at Quilts.com. She is co-host of Love of Quilting on public television alongside her mother, Marianne Fons. Mary’s first book, Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century, was released in June of 2014 (C&T/StashBooks), and Dear Quilty, a retrospective and pattern book from the pages of Quilty magazine, was released in 2015 (F+W Media). Mary lectures and teaches widely and is an enthusiastic spokesperson for Baby Lock sewing and quilting machines.
Small Wonders, Mary’s debut fabric line in partnership with Springs Creative, launched at International Fall Quilt Market along with a Small Wonders pattern line in association with McCall’s, exclusively for independent quilt retailers. Mary is an amateur quilt historian and enjoys learning about the history of American quilts as much as she likes designing and making them. She currently serves on the board of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Mary is a nationally-ranked slam poet and proud Chicago Neo-Futurist. To read daily posts on her popular blog, PaperGirl, visit MaryFons.com.
Heather Kinion is a quilter, designer, and blogger residing in Chicago, Illinois. Though she has a long history performing in and co-producing plays in Chicago and in her hometown in Washington state, this is her first foray into producing a podcast.
She was part of the team behind the online how-to show Quilty, serving as technical quilting advisor and sewing specialist, preparing many of the lessons that were featured on the show. Many episodes featured Heather as a special guest teacher. Her quilts have been featured in Quilty magazine, Simply Moderne (upcoming), and she is acknowledged in the book Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century, by Mary Fons, for piecing help behind the scenes. Heather is an active member of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild; she blogs at heatherkinion.com and is a prolific Instagrammer: look for her at @fire4hairlady for lots of pictures of quilts, blocks, events, and her adorable cat.
Since it comes up from time to time on Quilt Your Heart Out, she thought you may want to know she’s pregnant with her first child, a girl due in early July 2016.