“The Quilt Scout” will offer a fresh, fun look at the art form today
Quilts, Inc. launches exclusive new
Mary Fons column on website
HOUSTON – August 10, 2015 – Quilts, Inc.
announced today that Mary Fons will contribute an
exclusive column called “The Quilt Scout” twice a month for its Quilts.com website.
“The Quilt Scout” will chronicle, in Fons’ unique voice, her personal journey and experiences in
contemporary quilting, along with interviews and humorous observations written in
her signature style.
“I am an insatiable quilt history geek, and am
fascinated by the industry and the people who work within it,” Fons explains.
“And a scout is a person who
goes out and gets information. As a ‘quilt scout,’ I am afforded the
opportunity to explore and research my favorite topic to my heart's content
without feeling guilty I should be doing something else!”
A writer, lecturer, and quilter, Fons is currently the co-host of the public television series “Love of Quilting”
alongside her mother, well-known quilter/author/teacher Marianne Fons. She was the former editor/creative director of the
magazine Quilty, and also created an online component
geared toward beginning quilters. Her first book, Make + Love: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century (C&T/Stash
Books) was published last year.
“We are very happy to add Mary’s voice to our website,
joining Suzanne Labry’s column, ‘Suzy’s Fancy,’ on
traditional quilting and quilters,” says Quilts, Inc. founder and president Karey Bresenhan. “And we know
that Mary will always find something interesting and fun to write about!”
Fons adds that – by virtue of being born in the early ‘80s – she feels
she can connect with women and men who have just discovered the art form, as
well as new names and faces on the business side. And she has a foot in both
“worlds” of quilting.
“The biggest trend of late
is seeing the modern and traditional worlds blending, maybe in the nick of
time,” she offers.
“For some years, we had a
bit of a standoff between the two groups, which was a shame, but probably only
natural. It was like the Protestant Reformation!” she continues. “But
traditional quilters can't help but love beautiful quilts of any kind, and a
lot of modern quilters are obsessed with quilt blocks now. If people are making
quilts, that's good. Period. We
forgot that for a minute.”
“The Quilt Scout’s” blend of
stories, news, and commentary will represent the style and tone that Fons’ current internet and
television audience enjoy and have come to expect from her.
“The story of the American
quilt has it all: beauty, pain, secrets, love, community, grief, cooperation, and
innovation,” Fons sums up. “I could go on and will,
as your devoted Quilt Scout. Connecting with the stories around the quilts we create
makes every quilt more beautiful than it was to begin with. And that's pretty
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