Solid Jolly Bars: White Bella Solids Jolly Bar

We are continuing #JollyBarJune with our third post about our Bella Solid Jolly Bars!  As a quick recap, we are showing you all three of our first set of Bella Solid Jolly Bars, which are colors White (9900-98), Bleached White (9900-97) and Porcelain (9900-182).  Today’s hue is the brightest white of the Bella bunch, the White Bella Solids Jolly Bar, color 9900-98.

The first ever set of Bella Solid Jolly Bars in White, Bleached PFD and Porcelain

After Bella Bleached White 9900-97, White 9900-98 is our main go-to shade of Bella Solids.  We like to pair this crisp, paper white with bright collections and modern collections with lots of contrast, like Rainy Day, Red Dot Green Dash, Manderley, Merry Merry, Voyage and True Blue, and it is just as universally complementary as 9900-97.

White 9900-98 Bella Solid Jolly Bar
White 9900-98 Bella Solid Jolly Bar

We included a free pattern called Do the Twist with this solid Jolly Bar, and it is my favorite of the bunch.  We used a True Blue Jolly Bar and White Bella Solids Jolly Bar, and these braided blocks are so simple!  It finishes at 52.5″ square, and can easily be a quilt for a cool boy-man or a couch quilt for a sophisticated living room.

Do the Twist Jolly Bar Quilt
Do the Twist Jolly Bar Quilt

That’s it for this Solid Jolly Bar installment, but of course there is still more to come!  Check back next Wednesday – we can’t wait to show you what we’ve done with these Solid Jolly Bars, and you will be totally addicted, “bar” none.  Any guesses as to what we’ll be talking about next time?  Until then, Happy Quilting!

I Love House Blocks Book

Hi, Quilters!  It’s Wednesday, but we’ve got a first look at some very inviting quilts to get you through Hump Day.  Inviting as in “come on over to my house!” because they are all from the new I Love House Blocks compilation book from That Patchwork Place!  Several amazing designers, including our own Kimberly Jolly and Sarah Price, have put together 14 quilts with unique takes on the beloved house block.  We DO love house blocks, and looking at all these bright abodes makes us love them even more!

I Love House Blocks book
I Love House Blocks book from That Patchwork Place

Here is Kimberly and Sarah’s collaboration, called Welcome Home!  Cute windows peek out from subtle four-patches, and that multicolor stripe is adorable, like the house eaves.

Welcome Home by Kimberly Jolly & Sarah Price
Welcome Home by Kimberly Jolly & Sarah Price

But we can’t just toot our own horns here; all 14 of these quilts are wonderful and different.  The negative space in Village on a Hill is soothing, like living in the country with acres and acres of Mother Nature as your neighbor.

Village on a Hill by Jackie White
Village on a Hill by Jackie White

On the other end of the color spectrum, Tiny Town is a scrappy interpretation of neatly fitting row houses, where everyone knows everyone, and that’s a good thing!

Tiny Town by Carrie Nelson
Tiny Town by Carrie Nelson

Sugar Shack feels like pop art to us, and we love the color reversals for each block.

Sugar Shack by Tonya Alexander
Sugar Shack by Tonya Alexander

And we can’t resist these darling dwellings.  It feels like a village of happy gnomes!

My Hometown by Christa Watson
My Hometown by Christa Watson

Sherri Fall’s neighborhood doesn’t feel complete without little trees and pinwheels for company!

Block Party by Sherri Falls
Block Party by Sherri Falls

But most importantly, Melissa Corry reminds us the most important part of a house — the heart!

Home is Where the Heart Is by Melissa Corry
Home is Where the Heart Is by Melissa Corry

Thanks to That Patchwork Place for letting us be part of this book!  Now for a funnest part – they are giving away one e-copy of the I Love House Blocks book!  Just comment and tell us what color scheme you would decorate your dream house with and you’ll be entered to win!  This giveaway ends Monday, 6/26/17, and we’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, 6/27/17.  Good luck!

Button Lovers’ Club 2: Red, White and Blue-tiful

Button Lovers' Club 2
Button Lovers’ Club 2

It’s almost time for our second go-round of our club that is completely and wholly dedicated to buttons!  Do you appreciate the fine, smooth finish of a well-crafted button?  Do you crave the clink of buttons as you sort through them?  Or maybe you just love the inspiration of fresh color themes being delivered to you each month?  Then don’t miss Button Lovers’ Club 2 at the Fat Quarter Shop!

This series of buttons includes a mix of over 65 hand-dyed or handmade buttons from Just Another Button Company in a variety of colors, sizes and styles each month, and runs from July 2017 – June 2018.  We have listed all the themes for each month, and they sound as cute as a button — or as cute as many, many buttons, delivered to your door each month!

Red, White and Blue-tiful buttons
Red, White and Blue-tiful buttons
Button Lovers' Club July 2017 box
Button Lovers’ Club July 2017 box

As a bonus, the Button Lovers’ Club 2 boxes will include art cards by artist Tammy Tutterow!  Her cards are a worthy canvas for your buttons.

art card by Tammy Tutterow
art card by Tammy Tutterow

But of course you don’t have to stop there!  Add some needle and thread and a good sprinkling of Pat Sloan’s creativity.  Check out what she made with July’s “Red, White and Blue-tiful” buttons!  Want to make a little wallhanging like hers?  Sail on over to her blog for her templates and more information, but first be sure you’re all signed up for the Button Lovers’ Club 2 and enjoy!

Pat Sloan's July 2017 Button Lovers' Club project
Pat Sloan’s July 2017 Button Lovers’ Club project

And a very important P.S., our Birthday Deal sales are halfway through!  Keep checking our Flash Sale page each day for another tasty treat, all the way up to June 27, 2017.  We love our Fat Quarter Shoppers and this is our way of thanking you for your loyalty through 14 great years!

the Tablerunner Bliss book photoshoot is complete!

Last week, we spent another beautiful day finishing up photos of the 20 tablerunners in Sherri Fall’s upcoming Tablerunner Bliss book.  If you want to see the first set, you can find the post here.  Now, let’s get into this final installment – here’s the last little peek at what you’ll find in the book!  If you start to feel an onset of table envy after seeing these tablerunners, head it off quickly by pre-ordering Sherri’s book now for 10% off, doctor’s orders!  Once the book lands in our hot little hands in August, that special price will disappear, so don’t delay.  If you want to make the tablerunners exactly as pictured, we have a Tablerunner Bliss Club for you too!

Now onto the eye candy – let us know what tablerunner you want to make, and for what occasion!

Zephry Tablerunner
Zephry Tablerunner
Crossroads Tablerunnner
Crossroads Tablerunnner
Delightful Tablerunner
Delightful Tablerunner
Gaze Tablerunner
Gaze Tablerunner

Harmony Tablerunner
Harmony Tablerunner
Liberty Tablerunner
Liberty Tablerunner

Want to see these beauties in action?  Then check out Tablerunner Bliss trailer… hope it gets you as excited as we feel for this book to finally arrive in August!

2017 Patchwork Quilt Along: Block 6

It’s already time for Block #6 in our Patchwork Quilt Along!  Hopefully you are all caught up with the first five blocks.  If you are just now joining us, welcome!  Our quilt is made in Bonnie & Camille Basics in the Patchwork Quilt Along Quilt Kit, and there are still kits available.

Most importantly, we are benefiting Make-A-Wish with this year’s quilt along.  We are asking for a small donation each month in exchange for the monthly patterns, and Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000 of donations raised.  We are close to our $10,000 goal, thanks to your amazing support!

Patchwork Quilt Block 6
Ready to get to stitching? Download your free block 6 pattern today in exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish!
Almost to our $10,000 goal to grant the game-changing wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Patchwork Quilt Block 6
Patchwork Quilt Block 6

We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!
*Psst! The designers of the quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along too!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Solid Jolly Bars: Bella Bleached White

Welcome to our second post about our new Bella Solid Jolly Bars.  (There are still so many cool Jolly Bar things ahead, I think we should just call this month #JollyBarJune. LOL.)  As a quick recap, we are showing you all three of our first set of Bella Solid Jolly Bars, which are colors White (9900-98), Bleached White (9900-97) and Porcelain (9900-182).

The first ever set of Bella Solid Jolly Bars in White, Bleached PFD and Porcelain

Last week, we introduced the Porcelain set.  Today, it is all about the infamous 9900-97, or Bleached White PFD.  I say “infamous” because people can be misled by the term “Bleached White PFD”.  It is bright enough to go with practically anything, but it isn’t blinding.  It has a soft, milk quality, and it’s the one we reach for the most.  Don’t be turned off by the “PFD” either – that just means “preferred for dyeing”, if you are so inclined.

We have use Bleached White with pretty much every look, like Modern Backgrounds, Bonnie & Camille Basics, Sugar Plum Christmas, and Desert Bloom.  It’s actually more challenging to find a collection you CAN’T pair it with.

Now onto the free pattern for the Bleached White Jolly Bar!  This one is called Metronome, and we combined the Bleached White Jolly Bar with the Sweet Marion Jolly Bar for our quilt sample.  It measures 56.5″ square, which is an ideal lap size IMHO, and the white background is a perfect canvas for those little bits of colorful pinwheels that pop out in each block.  Très sweet!

Next week, we’ll showcase the final solid Jolly Bar and free pattern quilt…but that’s not the end of #JollyBarJune, so stay tuned!  Is 9900-97 a staple in your sewing room?  What fabric collections have you used it with?  Comment and let us know!

Fat Quarter Shop Birthday Bash Sale

Happy birthday to Fat Quarter Shop!
Happy birthday to us!

Guess what, guys?  Today we’re throwing out a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY… to us!  And just like we do every year, we’re throwing a big birthday bash, but you’ll be getting the gifts!

Fat Quarter Shop turns 14, so for the next 14 days, we’ll have a different treat for you each day.

It might be a sweet discount, a certain precut on sale, or a shipping special, or a fabulous bonus item, so you will have to visit the Fat Quarter Shop Flash Sale page every day to find out!

We're turning 14!
We’re turning 14!

The celebration starts today, June 14, and ends Tuesday, June 27, so bookmark our Flash Sale page or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss any of it!  This is just one way we want to THANK YOU for being there for us!  Without quilters like you, there would be no Fat Quarter Shop, so you inspire us every day too.

Thank you to all our loyal quilters out there!

Ready to find out what today’s birthday treat is?  Head over to our Flash Sale page to find out… ready, set, go!

CELEBRATE your Sewing Machine!

Happy National Sewing Machine Day!  Today is the day that we celebrate this newfangled contraption that helps us channel our passion into fabric to create totally amazing quilts.  (Of course, really every day is Sewing Machine Day, but someone somewhere made it official!).

At Fat Quarter Shop, we are celebrating with a lot of loot.  Complete our survey below via Rafflecopter and be entered to win this sweet prize pack of notions and more!  It contains 10 notions, one from each category of our Notions page, plus a $25 Gift Certificate so you can stock up on that beautiful fabric you’ve been ogling.

fat quarter shop national sewing machine day giveaway prize pack
Buddy up and share the quilty love!  See below for details…

This prize pack contains these sew-wonderful items we love:

  1. June Bug Aurifil Color Pack – rich neutral colors that easily blend with anything
  2. Creative Grids Fat Quarter Shop 2.5″ x 6.5″ Ruler – small but steady with Creative Grid’s built-in grippiness
  3. Olfa 45mm Splash Rotary Cutter – one of our favorite cute cutting tools
  4. Blue Alphabitties – the newest color of our Alphabitties marking letters
  5. Create Zipper Bag – a handy canvas zipper pouch to store all this amazing loot
  6. Smartneedle 6 Piece Spool Huggers – an adorable way to keep your spools tidy
  7. Fat Quarter Shop Grabbit Pincushion – a magnetic pincushion that saves our fingers from pricks and pokes
  8. Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. Cake Mix Recipe #1 – the Cake Mix recipe that started it all.  Recipe #4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are here now too!  See why these Cake Mix pads are so awesome.
  9. Lori Holt 5″ x 8″ Reversible Cutting Mat – fabric edges show up clearly on these bright happy colors
  10. Doodlebug Design Boutique Button Assortment – useful for bag closures and block embellishments, but really we like collecting them!
  11. And of course a $25 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop for any other fabric goodies you have been eye-ing!

That’s over $120 worth of sewing stuff to keep your quilty habit satisfied!!

BUT WAIT, there’s more!  We’re DOUBLING UP the celebration – we will be awarding this prize pack to 5 sets of 2 winners!  That’s 10 winners total!!  Share this giveaway AND tag your Best Quilty Friend to enter BOTH of you!  So double up, dare to share, and good luck!

This giveaway will end at midnight, July 2, 2017, and is open to US and international residents.  Winners will be notified the following day.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sew Sampler Box June 2017 Sneak Peek!

It’s time for a quick look inside what will be included in your June Sew Sampler box! If you are not yet subscribed, be sure to do so quickly because boxes ship out on June 20th!
This item will be included in your box this month, do you think you might know what it is? Comment and give us your best guess. We are super excited about this box, it’s going to be a SWEET month!
Sew Sampler is now on Instagram so be sure to follow us for inspiration, box reveals, and sew much more!
Need more information about this subscription? Check out our website for more details. Happy Quilting!

Dovetail Jolly Bar Quilt by Doug Leko – let’s dive in!

Doug Leko designed a fabulous quilt for us when he visited in April, and we super love it because it uses Jolly Bars!  It’s called Dovetail in deference to the lovely 45-degree seams that join the prints, and you can find the free Dovetail quilt pattern here.  In our Dovetail tutorial video, Doug shows how to use his Simple Folded Corners Ruler to create these perfect units.  You do not have to use this ruler for this step, but we love the crisp, accurate, perfectly precise finish it helps us achieve.  Plus, we just think Doug is pretty darn genius for coming up with this ruler!

 

 

Dovetail looks striking in Berry Merry by BasicGrey

We made our version in Berry Merry by BasicGrey, and those deep, saturated colors blend so well into this design!  You can find the quilt kit and backing for this version at Fat Quarter Shop.

The Dovetail quilt also has partial seams, and if you are new to this technique, this is a great quilt to start with.  Working with these big, chunky rectangles is very forgiving, and you will love how it looks in the end!  Don’t stop reading here, though – we have a video tutorial and bloggy friends joining us to show you how it looks in all sorts of fabrics!

Partial seams are so not a problem in this quilt

Check out our Dovetail video tutorial to see how Doug pieces this quilt, step by step, with his helpful tips and tricks.  Then visit our blogger friends below to see their own Dovetail creations!

See more Dovetail quilts made by these wonderful folks!  You won’t be able to resist making one for yourself, so please share them with us on social media with #dovetailquilt!