Mary Fons is a writer, editor, and public speaker specializing in the history of American quilts and the life of quilts in popular culture.


Editor in chief of Quiltfolk magazine, Mary previously served as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine. She has hosted nearly 250 episodes of instructional programming on public television (Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting) and the internet (Quilty). She is the author of Make & Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century (C&T/StashBooks, 2014) and Dear Quilty (F&W Media, 2015). Since 2015, Mary has written the Quilt Scout bi-monthly column for Quilts, Inc. Her articles on quilt history and culture have appeared in Curated Quilts, Modern Patchwork, and Love of Quilting, among others. Her popular blog, PaperGirl, has been faithfully maintained for over a decade.

Mary serves on the board of the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and lectures across the country at universities and major quilt shows. She holds a B.A in Theater from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mary is currently in pre-production for America’s Quilt, a 10-part docuseries on American quilt history to be released on a major online streaming network in 2020.

She lives in the heart of Chicago and is never leaving.