Mary Katherine Fons

Mary Fons

Mary Fons is a writer and performer who currently works in the quilt industry. Prior to entering the family business, she was a full-time freelance writer (How Stuff Works, Jellyvision, Publications International, Soft Skull Press, and others) and stage performer (Neo- Futurist ensemble 2006–2012, Gift Theater Co. founding member) in Chicago. Her work as a poet can be read in Learn Then Burn: A Poetry Anthology for the Classroom (Write Bloody) and Slam Poetry for Dummies (Alpha Books), and many of her poems can be found on YouTube. Mary continues to perform original work at live-lit events across Chicago, the best city on the planet. She was born in Iowa.

In 2010, she created Quilty (New Track Media), a weekly online program she hosts for beginner quilters. She now serves as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine, available bimonthly on fine newsstands nationwide and via digital subscription. Since 2011, Mary has served as co-host of Love of Quilting on PBS/Create Network alongside her mother, quilter and educator Marianne Fons.

Mary’s quilts are frequently featured in Love of Quilting and Quilty magazines. She lectures widely and her popular blog, PaperGirl, can be found at For more about Mary, Quilt Charms, or to inquire about workshops and lectures, visit

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