Summer is coming to a close for us in America, and for Marianne Fons that means an annual retreat to her home on Washington Island in beautiful northern Door County, Wisconsin. StoryBee host Frances O'Roark Dowell joined Marianne there recently via web conference for an interview and tour.
Marianne Fons is well known to quilters nationwide as a longtime public television host of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and as an author and lecturer. With Liz Porter, Marianne authored Quilter’s Complete Guide, one of the best selling quilting books of all time, published in 1993 and being reprinted in 2019 by Dover Publications. Marianne Fons and Liz Porter were the 2019 inductees into the Quilters Hall of Fame.
Marianne served on the board of directors of Quilts of Valor Foundation for many years. She helped establish the Iowa Quilt Museum in 2016, and in 2017 reopened the Iowa Theater, both in her hometown of Winterset, Iowa.
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