Marianne Fons, our TQS Quilting Legend for 2018, welcomes Alex and Ricky to the turn-of-the-century house she has called home since she was 39 years old. This home in Iowa was originally owned by her grandparents. She loves living only two blocks from the town square and being able to walk everywhere. A model of beauty and utility, the house is filled with books, works by her father (a commercial exhibit designer), and other items of personal importance. In the home we enjoy a bed turning of some of her more remarkable/interesting works.
Marianne discusses Quilts of Valor, an organization that Marianne has supported for many years, including as a board member. The Non-profit was established by Catherine Roberts in 2003 as a way to honor and recognize the sacrifice service men and women have given while serving the US military. Marianne says ‘nothing says love like a quilt’. She’s currently working on a quilt with pinwheel star blocks which she shares with TQS.
Marianne also talks about the beginnings of her career and meeting Liz Porter at the local quilting class. This unexpected meeting of two young women led to a long partnership (Fons & Porter) that has included numerous books, a magazine, and television shows.
Marianne is a voracious reader and loves a good story. A desire to become a fiction writer has now become a reality. She has completed one novel and is currently working on a second. This next chapter in her life, which includes being on the board of the Iowa Quilt Museum and Winterset Theater (which she helped to save and restore) have brought her full circle…she has fallen in love with her home town and is one of its biggest cheerleaders.
Alex and Ricky visit Marianne Fons in her turn-of-the-century home in Winterset, Iowa. They tour the home and enjoy an old-fashioned bed turning of some of her remarkable quilts.
Marianne discusses working with the Quilts of Valor program. She’s currently working on a quilt with pinwheel star blocks which she shares with TQS.
A retrospective of Marianne's life which includes how she met Liz Porter at a local quilt class, her work with the Iowa Quilt Museum, and her work involved in saving the Winterset Theater.
Marianne talks about writing her first novel and gives Alex and Ricky a tour of the Winterset Theater.