Celebrating Quilting Excellence with Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting 2022 Readers’ Choice Award Recipients

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Readers’ Choice Awards 2022 Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the first annual Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Readers’ Choice survey, where nearly 2,000 dedicated members of the quilting community cast their votes for their favorite quilting products and brands. As you can imagine, the competition was fierce! The results are now in and we are excited to reveal the top contenders in each category.

For a full listing of winners and to learn more about the survey*, don’t miss the printed insert in the January/February 2023 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine.

Congratulations to all of the winners listed below!

Sincerely,

Farrell McMannus
Chief Sales Officer
Golden Peak Media

Quilters are loyal fans of their machine brands! Whether you are a beginning quilter or a seasoned pro, you are lucky to have so many wonderful sewing and quilting machine brands to choose from.

Best Domestic Sewing Machine for Beginners

Janome

Baby Lock

Brother

Best Domestic Sewing Machine for Quiltmaking

Bernina

Baby Lock

Janome

Best Midarm or Longarm Machine for Finishing

Handi Quilter

APQS

Gammill

Quilters are obsessed with the tools of their trade – fabric, thread, and notions – and for good reason! The products we use are essential to creating beautiful quilts and handmade heirlooms. Whether you are just beginning to build your stash or have enough to last a lifetime, you’re sure to find a favorite brand among those listed below.

Best Brand of Solid Fabrics

Kona® Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics

Riley Blake Designs™

Best Brand of Print Fabrics

Moda Fabrics

Riley Blake Designs™

Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Best Brand of Pre-cut Fabrics

Moda Fabrics

Riley Blake Designs™

Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Best for On-Demand Custom Fabric Printing

Spoonflower

JOANN MyFabric (Customizer)

ArtFabrics

Best Thread for Piecing

Aurifil

Gutermann

Coats & Clark

Best thread for Quilting

Aurifil

Superior

Guterman

Best Quilting Needles

Schmetz

Groz-Beckert

Classe®

From the simplest pair of scissors to the most complex cutting system, a quilter’s toolbox is likely to contain many options for cutting quilt fabrics with accuracy and ease. Read on for our readers’ preferred brands of cutting tools.

Best Die-Cutting System

AccuQuilt® Go!

Brother ScanNCut

Cricut® Cuttlebug

Best Scissors

Ginger®

Fiskars®

Karen Kay Buckley

Best Rotary Cutter

OLFA®

Martelli®

Quilters Select®

Best Cutting Mat

OLFA®

Omnigrid®

Martelli®

Accuracy in measuring and marking fabric is a key to creating perfect patchwork. Our readers chose their favorite rulers and templates from a comprehensive list.

Best Rulers

Creative Grids®

Omnigrid®

Quilter’s Select® Non-Slip Quilting Ruler

Best Templates

Creative Grids

Bloc Loc

Marti Michell

Quilters not only love fabric; they also love to shop for their favorite brands from well-stocked retailers. Where do they shop? Read on for their favorite online and brick-and-mortar stores!

Best Online Store for Fabric

Missouri Star Quilt Co

Fat Quarter Shop

Hancock’s of Paducah

Best Online Store for Selection of Precuts

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Fat Quarter Shop

Keepsake Quilting

Best online Store for Quilt Supplies

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Fat Quarter Shop

Keepsake Quilting

Best Chain Store for Quilting Supplies

JOANN Fabrics

Hobby Lobby

Michael’s

Best Chain Store for Quilting Supplies

JOANN Fabrics

Hobby Lobby

Michael’s

Best Chain Store for Fabric

JOANN Fabrics

Hobby Lobby

Walmart

Best Independent Quilt Shop

Quilted by Joy

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Jordan Fabrics

Best Kits

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Shabby Fabrics

Keepsake Quilting

Quilters are dedicated designers with a working knowledge of how to use software to its best advantage. Read on for a list of winners in this category.

Best Quilt Design Software

Electric Quilt EQ8

Baby Lock Pro-Stitcher

Brother’s Advanced Quilt Design

Best Longarm Software

Baby Lock Pro-Stitcher Premium

APQS Quilt Path

Gammill CreativeStudio

Best Digitized Quilt Designs

Handi Quilter

Urban Elementz/Patricia E. Ritter

My Creative Stitches

Ask any quilter: an iron is an essential tool, and a great iron makes all the difference! Ironing surfaces and accessories are also important tools for the dedicated quilt enthusiast.

Best Multi-Purpose Iron

Rowenta

Oliso® TG160 ProPlus

Black & Decker

Best Mini Iron

Oliso® M2PRO Mini Project Iron

Clover

Rowenta

Best Ironing Board

Rowenta

Reliable

Sullivan’s

Best Ironing Surface

Sonoma Wool Company 100% Wool All Natural Pressing Pad

June Tailor®

The Gypsy Quilter

Best Pressing Spray

Mary Ellen’s

Faultless®

Niagara®

Often what you can’t see – the batting and stabilizers – can make all the differences. Readers know that quality stabilizers and batting can make all the difference.

Best Cotton Batting

The Warm® Company

Quilter’s Dream® Cotton Batting

Hobbs Heirloom® Premium Cotton Batting

Best Wool Batting

Quilters Dream® Batting

Hobbs Heirloom® Wool Batting

Hobbs Tuscany Wool Batting

Top Polyester/Blend Batting

Hobbs Heirloom® Premium 80/20 Batting

Quilters Dream®

The Warm® Company

Best Fusible Web

Pellon®

Steam-a-Seam 2® by Warm® Company

HeatnBond® by Thermoweb

Best Stabilizer Product

Pellon®

OESD Stabilizer

Sulky

Looking for the best quilt show, exhibit, retreat, or vacation in the near future? Read on for reader recommendations.

Best Quilting Cruise or Tour Company

Country Heritage Tours

Quilt & Cruise

Quilt Seminar at Sea

Best Quilting Retreat/Workshop

Missouri Star Quilt Co. Retreats

Stichn’ Heaven

Handi Quilter Retreats

Best National Quilt Show

American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Quilt Week

International Quilt Festival, Houston

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo

Best Regional Quilt Show

Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show

Smokey Mountain Quilt Fest

Best Quilt Museum/Exhibit

The National Quilt Museum

International Quilt Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Missouri Quilt Museum

Readers love designing their sewing spaces with fine sewing furniture and top-of-the-line accessories. Read on for their recommendations.

Best Sewing Table/Cabinet

Koala Studios Sewing Cabinets

Horn of America

Bernina Sewing Studio

Best Quilt Frame for Mid- or Longarm Machine

APQS Standard or Deluxe Table

Handi Quilter Studio 2

The Grace Company Continuum

Best Sewing Chair

Koala Sewcomfort

Arrow Hydraulic

Janome Sewing Chair

Best Light Table

Daylight Wafer

Riley Blake®

Cutterpillar

Best Thread Rack

June Tailor®

Dritz®

Martelli® RNK Easy Access Thread Rack

Best Light or Lamp

OttLite®

Daylight Company

Bendable Bright Light™

Top Five Quilt Pattern Designers

Angela Huffman

Bonnie Hunter

Tula Pink

McKenna Ryan

Kim Diehl

Best Quilty Gifts

Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Riley Blake Designs™

mod

Best Book Publisher

Martingale®

C&T Publishing

Electric Quilt Company

*The Readers’ Choice is not a scientific survey or an editorial analysis but democracy-in-action. This program is run by the Golden Peak Media sales and marketing. The voting was conducted via online ballot. Readers were notified of the ballot through direct emails and online advertisements linking to the ballot across Golden Peak Media’s network of websites. The ballot consisted of 50+ categories encompassing machines, tools, fabric, thread, retailers, patterns, educational resources, objectives, and personalities. In total, dozens of firms were listed on the official online ballot and voters were also given the option of writing in any firms not seen listed; a number of companies received votes via the write-in option. Ultimately, the goal was to make the voting as inclusive as possible.

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