Button Lovers’ Club: Buttons in My Garden

Button Lovers' Club 2

Another month means another brand new box of BUTTONS! Members of our Button Lovers’ 2 Club will soon be receiving their March button sets, Buttons in My Garden. If you haven’t heard the buzz about our button club yet, but NEED this set, there is still time to join before this set ships!

These spring-is-near themed buttons will get you ready for the warmer weather and greenery that we all have been wishing for! And as always there is a huge variety of sizes and shapes.

And of course, this cute art card by Tammy Tutterow is included as well!

Check out the mini quilt Pat Sloan designed with the Buttons in My Garden and fabric from Tuppence by Shannon Gillman Orr for Moda Fabrics and 80 wt Aurifil Thread! Once you receive your March buttons, be sure to head over to Pat’s blog to get the free instructions and templates!

Pat Sloan’s March 2018 Button Lovers’ Club project

 

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Cake Mix Quilt Along: Week 13

Welcome to the world of Cakes Mixes with the Cake Mix Quilt Along featuring The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma! We are very excited to continue with week 13 of this very sweet quilt along!

The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma features 16 gorgeous quilts using 8 Cake Mixes! Use recipe cards, layer cakes, and the Cake Mix patterns featured in the book to build gorgeous, dessert inspired quilts!

This Quilt Along will feature all 16 quilts in The Cake Mix Quilt Book! Over 16 weeks, we will be featuring one quilt from the book each week. We are going into the 13th week of the Quilt Along with the Buttercream Quilt!

The Buttercream Quilt by Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts

Sondra made her Buttercream Quilt by using Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

 

We have a great group of 14 quilting bloggers joining us for this quilt along! Each week, one of the bloggers will be sharing their assigned Cake Mix Quilt with you! Be sure to visit their blogs and #CakeMixMonday on Instagram to see what they had to say about their Cake Mix Quilt!

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 26 for Week 14 of the Cake Mix Quilt Along!

 

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Spelling Bee Sew Along: Week 20

 

Get back to school with our Spelling Bee Sew Along featuring the Spelling Bee Book! We are beyond excited to start week 20 of the Sew Along!

The Spelling Bee Book is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet and features complete instructions for 100 letter, number, punctuation and picture blocks in two sizes plus 18 quilt projects!

This Sew Along will feature 88 of the blocks from the Spelling Bee Book! Lasting 44 weeks, our Sew Along will feature 2 blocks from the book each week. We are featuring the Dog and Flower blocks in the 20th week of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

Dog block by Kerry of Very Kerry Berry

Kerry made her Dog block by using Eastham by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics for the dog body, Lighthearted by Ayumi Takahashi for the ears and tail, vintage scrap for the bandanna and Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman for the background.

Flower block by Taunja of Carried Away Quilting

Taunja made her Flower block using Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

We have a great group of 40 quilting bloggers joining us for each event. Each week, 2 of the 40 bloggers will be sharing their Spelling Bee blocks with you! Be sure to visit our bloggers for details on what they did with their Spelling Bee blocks! And check out #SpellingBeeSaturday on Instagram to keep up with the fun!

Here is a list of the quilters joining us for the Spelling Bee Sew Along – thanks for joining in on the fun, Quilters!

Spelling Bee Sew Along

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 24 for Week 21 of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

 

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Classic & Vintage: Hunter Star

Happy Friday Quilters! We are back with another pattern in our Classic & Vintage series: Hunter’s Star! For those who are unfamiliar with our Classic & Vintage series, we focus on traditional quilt blocks and add a modern twist!

The Hunter’s Star Quilt is a classic pattern that is traditionally made with paper piecing. However we created a whole new method to make this block with ease! Kimberly made her Hunter’s Star quilt using Ombre Confetti Metallic by V & Co. for Moda Fabric. The traditional piecing of the quilt makes for gorgeous blocks and quilts of all sizes!

The complete Hunter’s Star pattern  with four different size options is available for purchase at fatquartershop.com. To make a quilt just like ours, we have a Hunter’s Star quilt kit and separate backing set available!

If you’re ready to sew along with us, grab  your supplies, download your FREE block pattern and watch Kimberly’s video tutorial for a step-by-step guide on making your block!

 

We are very fortunate to have 21 amazing bloggers quilting along with us! Check out their takes on the Hunter’s Star blocks:

Afton of Quilting Mod
(@quiltingmod)

Anna of My Wandering Path
(@mywanderingpath)

April of JANDA Bend Quilts
(@jandabendquilts)

Carla of Creatin in the Sticks
(@creatininthesticks)

Elise of Elise and Emelie
(@eliseandemelie)

Heather of A Creative Pursuit
(@acreativemama)

Jen of The Smitten Chicken
(@thesmittenchicken)

Joanne of Quilts by Joanne
(@turtlequilterjo)

Kristen D. of 3 in the Nest
(@threeinthenestraleigh)

Kristen K. of Meadowbrook
(@kkmeadowbrook)

Kristie of Teadoddles
(@teadoddles)

Leah of Ponderings From My Heart
(@ponderingsfrommyheart) 

Louise of My Quilting Blog
(@louisecharlton) 

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff
(@mellierc) 

Melissa of Oh How Sweet
(@ohhowsweetco)

Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
(@busyhandsquilts)

Pat of Life in the Scrapatch
(@scrapatches)

Rebecca of One Wee Bird
(@oneweebird)

Tracie of Riceford Streams
(@joyfully_tracie)

Vickie of Crocheting Vixen
(@crochetingvixen)

Wendy of Sugarlane Designs
(@homeplacequilts)

We hope you enjoy quilting your own Hunter Star quilt. Happy Quilting!

 

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Happy Farm Girl Cross-Stitch

We love working on new products with our quilty friends! Our It’s Sew Emma team has partnered with our good friend Lori Holt to bring you Lori’s newest cross-stitch pattern, Happy Farm Girl. The pattern is printed on sturdy cardstock and  in full color. This is Lori’s debut into the cross-stitch world and we cannot be happier to be a part of this journey!

If you think that this pattern seems familiar, you are not wrong! Based on the very popular downloadable pattern, the Happy Farm Girl Quilt Pattern, Lori brought this adorable design to cross-stitch. As a standalone piece or an accessory to the quilt, this cross stitch piece definitely stands out wherever you put it!

We know that all of you are definitely ready to try your hand at this amazing cross stitch pattern! Here’s what you’ll need:

Once you have your materials, you are all set to make the cross stitch pattern! One thing that we’ve had success with in storing our work in progress and materials is the Bohin Small Clear Sewing Box that makes it easy to store and see all of your materials.

Lori has also featured this cross-stitch pattern on her blog so be sure to check that out here!

We are super happy to have partnered with Lori to make this cross stitch pattern and cannot wait to see all the creativity all of you bring to this project! If you decide to make the Happy Farm Girl Cross Stitch, be sure to share it on Instagram and hashtag #happyfarmgirl and tag @fatquartershop and @beelori1 so we can see and share your work.

Happy Cross Stitching!

 

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All About 108″ Wide Fabrics

We wanted to call your attention to some BIG fabrics here at Fat Quarter Shop (and we mean BIG) – we are talking about 108” wide fabrics today! These are the humongously fat bolts you see at your quilt shops, that are double folded and rolled.  Some of you may be familiar with this width of fabric, but for those who aren’t, today’s post is for you?  Now the big question is: what are 108″ wide fabrics? We’ve got you covered. The 108’s have a total width of 108″(compared to the 44″/45″ widths normal fabric bolts have). The fabric is folded four times over!

And, although thought to be exclusive to traditional fabrics, the 108” love is spreading all over different fabric styles! Designers like Kaffe Fassett, Carolyn Friendlander, and Tula Pink have come out with 108″s  that are perfect for the modern quilter to put a twist on their quilts. And companies like Moda Fabrics and Riley Blake Designs are also expanding their wide offerings to include modern flavors, like Zen Chic, Grunge, and Lori Holt wide backings. Check out one of the awesome projects that Sarah from Sew Sweetness made from the Tula Pink Free Fall 108″ wide fabric:

From Sew Sweetness Blog

On top of that, extra wide fabric definitely means extra wide fun! Here are some uses for the 108″ wides:

Backing for Quilts

This is the most common use for the 108″ wide fabrics. Using a wider fabric for the backings means no more piecing backings! This is perfect for beginner quilters who are intimidated by having to piece backings for bigger quilts. And not having to piece backings saves you time, you get a cleaner finish, and is overall much easier. Definitely a win for everyone!

The sizes that 108″ wide pieces work for as backing go anywhere from lap size quilts to bed size quilts. As long as your quilt is 100″ in length, using a 108″ piece for backing should work for you! (Of course, when in doubt, talk to your longarm quilter!)

It can also be way more cost effective than piecing backings when your quilt is large enough.  For instance, a 60” x 70” quilt needs about 4 yards to piece a backing from 44” wide fabric.  At $10.75 per yard, that come to $43.  Now use 2 yards of a 108” backing (which you don’t have to piece together, hurrah), and at $16.98 a yard, that is $10 less than the pieced option.  And you will even have leftover to add to your stash. Win win!

The Front of a Quilt

Yes you heard right. You can use a 108″ wide fabric for the front of a quilt. This is called making a whole cloth quilt and works for quilters who want to experiment with a new style of quilting. You can have your hand at trying a new style of hand quilting or even long arm quilting and not have the pressure of trying something new on a quilt you spent hours piecing. And you still get a completed quilt at the end!

Making Curtains

The 108’s are perfect for making custom curtains for gorgeously tall windows in your house or even your shower! Just measure your window width and height, add 15” to 30” to the width for the amount of drapiness you like, and add 5” to 10” to the height to create pockets for your curtain or shower rods.  Add a few extra inches to the height if you want the floor-sweeping effect.  Cut your 108” piece to size, sew down some simple rod pockets, and in no time you have custom curtains to decorate any room in your house!

What to do with the Extras

Now that we have a couple of ways to use these enormous quilt pieces, the question arises as to what to do with the extras. Keep the scraps from the 108″ pieces and use them to make regular sizes quilt pieces. Or you can cut strips to make binding that matches the back of your quilt.

These are just a few ideas to get you started with 108″s, and now it’s time to have your hand at them! Find the wide range of 108″ wide fabrics we have available at Fat Quarter Shop and get ready to have an amazing finished product. Be sure to share your projects on Instagram and tag us on @fatquartershop so we can see and share your projects! Also, comment down below with any questions or other ideas you have for using wide fabrics!

Happy quilting!

 

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2018 Valentine’s Day Projects

Love is definitely in the air! Valentine’s Day is definitely one of our favorite holidays and we are celebrating it this year with quilting projects. We have gathered some amazing projects made by our awesome quilters to give you some inspiration for a Valentines Day gift.  Grab a fabric you love and get ready to make one of these awesome projects for the special someone in your life!

Tablerunner of Hearts

First up is this beautiful Tablerunner of Hearts made by Nova. She used fabrics from Wilmington’s Berried Treasure collection and Moss Lane Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics and, for the heart pattern, she used both the 6″ and 12″ heart blocks from Lori Holt’s Spelling Bee Book. This is great for sprucing up any dining or coffee table and the gorgeous purples from this collection really make it pop!

Lovely Tablerunner

Next, we have the Lovely Tablerunner made by Elva. She used fabrics from The Little Things collection by Robin Kingsley and the Lovely Tablerunner Pattern from Tablerunner Bliss by Sherri Falls. The hearts on the tablerunner along with the reds and pinks from the fabric collection really embody the feel of Valentine’s Day.

Can You Feel the LOVE Tablerunner

Next we have the Can You Feel the LOVE Tablerunner by Sarah. She used the Ombre Confetti Metallics collection by V & Co. for Moda Fabrics and, for the letters, she used the L, heart, V, and E patterns from the Spelling Bee Book. The grays used to make this tablerunner provide a beautiful contrast to the whites and pinks and make for a great tablerunner on any day!

XOXO, Zipper Pouches

We are now on the XOXO, Zipper Pouches made by Krystal. She used Gleaned by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and the Quilty Fun Book by Lori Holt for the X and O patterns on her zipper pouches. These pouches are great for storing notions and Valentines!

Valentine’s Day Bag

Finally, we have the Valentine’s Day Bag made by Deborah. She used Delilah by Doodlebug Design for Riley Blake Designs and, for the pattern, she used Kimberly’s Sac Bag Sewing Pattern. We even have a YouTube Video Tutorial to show you how you can make a bag of your own, perfect for storing everyday sewing essentials!

So when your’re ready, grab your pattern(s) and get quilting! If you decide to make any of these projects, be sure to share them on Instagram with #FQSvalentine so we can see and share your work. Happy quilting!

 

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Santa Fe Pillow Sewing Tutorial

We’ve been doing a lot of quilting lately on the blog, from quilt tutorials to quilt alongs to quilted projects. We wanted to step away from that and get back to the basics with a fun sewing tutorial! Today, we will be showing you how to make this gorgeous Santa Fe Pillow. The vibrant turquiose and geometric patterns definitely take us back to New Mexico and is a great embellishment for your home. Our tutorial will take you step by step with pictures to help you create this version of the Santa Fe Pillow and is great for sewers of all levels! So if you’re ready, let’s get onto the tutorial:

Fabric Requirements

For the pillow, you will need the following:

Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut the cream fabric into: 3 – 3 1/8” squares and 2 – 2 3/4” squares
  • Cut the gold fabric into: 3 – 3 1/8” squares
  • Cut the pink fabric into: 4 – 5” x 10” rectangles, 7 – 3 1/8” squares and 3 – 2 3/4” squares
  • Cut the aqua fabric into: 2 – 4 1/2” x 19 3/4” rectangles and 2 – 4 1/2” x 11 3/4” rectangles
  • Cut the navy fabric into: 2 – 19” x width of fabric strips (backing), 3 – 2 1/2” x width of fabric strips (binding) and 7 – 3 1/8” squares

Piecing Instructions:

1) Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the cream 3 1/8” squares. With right sides facing, layer a cream 3 1/8” square with a gold 3 1/8” square. Stitch 1/4” from each side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the center diagonal line. Press open. Gold half square triangle unit should measure 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”. Make six.

2) Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the pink 3 1/8” squares. With right sides facing, layer a pink 3 1/8” square with a navy 3 1/8” square. Stitch 1/4” from each side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the center diagonal line line. Press open. Navy half square triangle unit should measure 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”. Make fourteen.

3) Assemble the center of the pillow using the pink 2 3/4” squares, navy half square triangle units, cream 2 3/4” squares and gold half square triangle units. Press rows in opposite directions. Pillow center should measure 11 3/4” x 11 3/4”. Make one.

4) Attach the aqua 4 1/2” x 11 3/4” rectangles to the sides of the pillow center. Attach the aqua 4 1/2” x 19 3/4” rectangles to the top and bottom of the pillow center. Press away from the pillow center. Bordered pillow unit should measure 19 3/4” x 19 3/4”. Make one.

5) Fold the bordered pillow unit in quarters to create center creases and fold the pink 5”x 10” rectangles in half to create a center crease.

6) Attach the pink 5”x 10” rectangles to the bordered pillow unit, matching creases.

7) Using an 18 1/2” square ruler, trim the pillow top to measure 18 1/2” x 18 1/2”.

8) Layer the pillow top, batting and muslin, and quilt as desired. Trim excess batting and muslin.

9) We used a combination of Aurifil 50wt thread and Aurifil 12wt thread and increased the stitch length to 4, to give the pillow a hand quilted look. Check out our YouTube tutorial for more information on this technique!!

10) Fold the navy 19” x width of fabric strips in half with wrong sides together for the pillow backing. Layer the two folded rectangles with a 4” overlap with folds in the center and raw edges on the outside.

11) Place the pillow top right side up on the pillow backing, matching centers. Pin together and trim excess pillow backing.

12) Piece the navy 2 1/2” x width of fabric strips end to end for binding. Bind as desired.

 

And here’s the finished piece! We love how it looks on our couch and hope you like it just as much as we do.

As always, if you decide to make this pillow, be sure to share your photos of it on Instagram with the hashtag #FQSSantaFePillow so we can see and share your work! Good luck and happy quilting!

 

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Cake Mix Quilt Along: Week 12

Welcome to the world of Cakes Mixes with the Cake Mix Quilt Along featuring The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma! We are very excited to continue with week 12 of this very sweet quilt along!

The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma features 16 gorgeous quilts using 8 Cake Mixes! Use recipe cards, layer cakes, and the Cake Mix patterns featured in the book to build gorgeous, dessert inspired quilts!

This Quilt Along will feature all 16 quilts in The Cake Mix Quilt Book! Over 16 weeks, we will be featuring one quilt from the book each week. We are going into the 12th week of the Quilt Along with the Meringue Quilt!

The Meringue Quilt by Erin of Why Not Sew?

Erin made her Meringue Quilt by using Flower Mill by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics.

 

We have a great group of 14 quilting bloggers joining us for this quilt along! Each week, one of the bloggers will be sharing their assigned Cake Mix Quilt with you! Be sure to visit their blogs and #CakeMixMonday on Instagram to see what they had to say about their Cake Mix Quilt!

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 19 for Week 13 of the Cake Mix Quilt Along!

 

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Spelling Bee Sew Along: Week 19

 

Get back to school with our Spelling Bee Sew Along featuring the Spelling Bee Book! We are beyond excited to start week 19 of the Sew Along!

The Spelling Bee Book is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet and features complete instructions for 100 letter, number, punctuation and picture blocks in two sizes plus 18 quilt projects!

This Sew Along will feature 88 of the blocks from the Spelling Bee Book! Lasting 44 weeks, our Sew Along will feature 2 blocks from the book each week. We are featuring the Capital O and lowercase o blocks in the 19th week of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

Capital O block by Megan of Quilt Story

Lowercase o block by Jina of Jina Barney Designs

Pam made her lowercase n block using Yes, Please by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs.

We have a great group of 40 quilting bloggers joining us for each event. Each week, 2 of the 40 bloggers will be sharing their Spelling Bee blocks with you! Be sure to visit our bloggers for details on what they did with their Spelling Bee blocks! And check out #SpellingBeeSaturday on Instagram to keep up with the fun!

Here is a list of the quilters joining us for the Spelling Bee Sew Along – thanks for joining in on the fun, Quilters!

Spelling Bee Sew Along

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 17 for Week 20 of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

 

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