International Advisory Board


Mary Fons

Mary Fons

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., writing The Quilt Scout at Quilts.com. Mary 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 BabyLock sewing and quilting machines. Her debut fabric line for independent quilt shops, Small Wonders launched at International Fall Quilt Market along with a Small Wonders pattern line with McCall’s for independent quilt retailers. Mary is an amateur quilt historian and enjoys learning about the history of the American quilt as much as she likes designing and making them. To read daily posts on her popular blog, PaperGirl, visit MaryFons.com.

Mary is also a nationally-ranked slam poet, Neo-Futurist, and may bag the whole quilting racket and do the writing program at the SAIC next fall. We’ll see.