2017 Patchwork Quilt Along: Block 8 – Rolling Nine Patch

It’s already time for Block #8 – Rolling Nine Patch in our Patchwork Quilt Along!  Hopefully you are all caught up with the first seven blocks.  If you are just now joining us, welcome!  Our quilt is made in Bonnie & Camille Basics in the Patchwork Quilt Along Quilt Kit.

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 have reached our goal, well before the end of the year, thanks to our generous community of quilters, so all the matches will be maxed out!  Woohoo!!  Please do continue donating – every dollar makes a difference!

Ready to get to stitching? Download your free block 8 pattern today in exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish!
Make-A-Wish grants game-changing wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.


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)
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.

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In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: First Love Pillow

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome back to our next pillow in the In Stitches series!  This one is First Love pillow, and you bet you will fall head over heels for the simple piecing technique we’ve come up with to easily create this beautiful diamond pattern.

first love pillow

Fabric Requirements & Tools

For the pillow, you will need these fabric requirements.

  • Two 1/8 yards of light print fabric for pillow front
  • Two 1/4 yards of dark print fabric for pillow front
  • 1/4 yard fabric for binding
  • 3/4 yard fabric for backing
  • 20” square of batting
  • 20” square of muslin
  • Coordinating thread of your choice to piece and quilt (we used Aurifil Blush 50wt)
  • One pillow form (we prefer the 18″ square for extra fullness)

We selected our four prints from the Yes, Please collection from Riley Blake Fabrics for the striking combo of black, white and rose gold metallic!  It’s our favorite color lately.

step 1

Cutting Instructions:

For cutting, we subcut our strips into lots of triangles, and the Creative Grids Half-Square 4-in-1 Triangle Ruler ruler came in very handy, though you can certainly use a small square ruler as well.

step 2

From each light print fabric cut:
1 – 3 1/2” x WOF strip, subcut into 9 triangles (18 total)

step 3

step 4

From each dark print fabric cut:
2 – 3 1/2” x WOF strips, subcut into 12 triangles (24 total)

step 5

step 6

From the binding fabric cut:
2 – 2 1/2” x WOF strips

From the backing fabric cut:
2 – 20” x 24” rectangles


Assembly Instructions:

With right sides facing, place a light print triangle on a coordinating dark print triangle. Offset a 1/4” on the two joining corners, as shown, and press open.

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Repeat with the same fabrics, continuing to offset a 1/4″ on the two joining corners and pressing open.

step 8

Assemble four matching dark print triangles and three matching light print triangles. Make three Row One Units.

step 9

Repeat the steps above with four matching dark print triangles and three matching light print triangles. Make three Row Two Units.

step 10

Assemble one Row One Unit and one Row Two Unit as shown, paying close attention to the row placement.  Press open and make three Complete Row Units.

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Our sewing machine settings for piecing on the Bernina 770 QE

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Assemble the Complete Row Units paying close attention to row placement. Press open.  It should look like this!

step 15

Square up the Pillow Top to 17 1/2″ square, trimming the excess fabric.

step 16

Quilt, Trim, Bind and Dazzle!

Layer the pillow top, batting and muslin, and quilt as desired. To let the rose gold shine, we quilted it minimally with straight lines. We selected a matching thread color and used our #37 patchwork foot as a guide along our seams.  Simple as that!  Trim the excess batting and muslin.

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Our sewing machine settings for quilting the pillow top on the Bernina 770 QE

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step 20

Fold the Fabric F rectangles in half along the 24″ side with wrong sides together for the Pillow Backing. Folded in half, they should measure 12″ x 20″.  Layer the two folded Fabric F rectangles with a 4” overlap with folds in the center and raw edges on the outside.

step 21

Place the Pillow Top right side up on the Pillow Backing, matching centers. Pin and baste 1/8” away from the edge. Trim excess Pillow Backing.

step 22

Piece the Fabric E strips end to end for binding. Bind as desired.

step 23

Et voila!  Your First Love pillow is done and ready to dazzle!

pillow close up

We hope you LOVE this pillow as much as we loved making it, and please comment with more ideas on what other tutorials you’d like to see us do!  If you make the First Love pillow, please share it with us, we are looking forward to seeing your unique versions.  Thanks for stopping by!


Sew Sampler Box August 2017 Sneak Peek!

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Goodbye July and HELLO August! We are here to give you a glimpse into your August Sew Sampler box that will be filled with many treasures you won’t want to miss.
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You better get your spyglass out and give us your best guess. If you are not yet subscribed, be sure to do so quickly because boxes ship out on August 20th!
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Sew Sampler is now on Instagram so be sure to follow us for inspiration, box reveals, and sew much more!

Howdy! Drawstring Bag by Stacy Iest Hsu

Quilts will always be our favorite thing to make, but this adorable drawstring bag designed by Stacy Iest Hsu might sway us just a little.  We are a sucker for cute things, and this little guy certainly is that.  It is great for keeping your WIPs together when you’re traveling, and makes a pretty re-useable gift bag!  Stuff it with some of Stacy’s cowboy panel buddies  and a few baby items for an unforgettable baby shower gift.

Check out all of these fun drawstring bags that our quilty staff made!  Because it is a basic bag, everyone has put their own spin on it as well, changing up the lining, pockets, and even the size to make a matching wine tote!  This is a basic recipe – choose fabrics that mix or pop, add buttons for accent, embroider initials on the pocket – put your own twist on it and have fun!

What you’ll need:

2 – 4” x 15” rectangles (lining)

2 – 3” x 15” rectangles (top)

2 – 1 ½” x 15” rectangles (drawstring channel)

2 – 7” x 15” rectangles (body)

2 – 5” x 15” rectangles (bottom)

1 – 5” x 5 ½” rectangle (optional front pocket)

44” piece of 1” bias tape, folded in half and topstitched down.  Use your preferred method or see how Stacy does it here:

Once you’ve got that all cut and ready to go, press play and sew along with Stacy!

Take on 2018 with the Quilter’s Planner 2018

Quilter’s Planner 2018 by Stephanie Palmer

We are READY to tackle 2018!  Why?  Because we have The Quilter’s Planner 2018 to help us dominate our hectic schedules, crush our quilting goals, keep us on track with our to-do lists, and even carve out some time out to simply be creative.  YES!

Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter has been producing awesome yearly planners since 2016, and with this 2018 edition, we are blown away with the many amazing updates she has included.  This year’s planner will have 12 monthly blocks, sticker pages, coloring pages, yearly goals planning pages, and a separate full-color companion magazine with 13 quilting & sewing patterns.

Besides all these excellent extras that come with the Quilter’s Planner alone, you can also opt to upgrade to the Quilter’s Planner Bundle, which comes with a Mini Planner!  This 5” x 7” 80-page Mini Planner is light enough to tote around every day and comes with daily planning pages, meal planning and grocery lists, as well as project planning pages.

Quilter’s Planner 2018 Mini by Stephanie Palmer

As a side note, a few of us at Fat Quarter Shop personally do use the Quilter’s Planner and LOVE it.  Do you use the 2017 Quilter’s Planner too?  Give us a shout out and tell us what features you find most useful!


Pre-order your Quilter’s Planner OR Quilter’s Planner Bundle today!

Sew Sampler Reveal July 2017

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: July 2017 - Vintage Chic

Classic and elegant paisleys enhance this month’s Sew Sampler box. There is nothing more traditional than a blue and white quilt so this was the inspiration behind this box. We hand-selected each print in your Jelly Roll to make a brand new, custom precut just for you! This month’s retail value is over $53! Scroll on down and check out what we included in your box this month.

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Snowberry Junior Jelly Roll by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics

A bright winter day re-imagined in classic 3 Sisters’ floral prints to create a sophisticated collection that will work in any season.

View the entire collection here.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: July 2017 - Snowberry Junior Jelly Roll

3.5″ Aqua Dots on White Embroidery Scissors for Allary
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

Embroidery Scissors with tempered stainless steel blades. These cute scissors are designed with sharp pointed tips for thread snipping and cutting lightweight fabrics.

View our wide assortment of Allary scissors here.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: July 2017 - Aqua Dot Scissors

Clover 20 Piece Mini Wonder Clips by Clover Notions

These little clips open wide to hold layers of fabrics. A great alternative to pins especially when working with quilts, handbags and heavyweight fabrics. The Wonder Clip base is flat for easy feeding to the presser foot.

Each clip includes seam allowance markings of 1/4″ and 1/2″.

Package contains 20 Mini Wonder Clips in blue and red.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: July 2017 - Clover Wonder Clips

Rip it Away Seam Ripper by The Gypsy Quilter

Quickly rip seams with this brand new Gypsy Quilter Seam Ripper. It is both a seam ripper and a thread remover in one convenient tool. It also features a specially formulated plastic tip that grabs and removes thread without sticking to itself. It has a safety blade that only cuts threads, not fabric.

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Pink Daisy Scissor Sheath for Fat Quarter Shop

Stylish and adorable Scissor Sheath is perfect for storing your scissors safely. Colorful daisy design will stand out in your sewing space. Made from synthetic leather and will fit scissors with blades from 2″ to 3″ in length.

Available in cherry red, blue, teal and as a set!

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: July 2017 - Pink Daisy Scissor Sheath

Waterford Tablerunner Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop
Sew Sampler Exclusive

Dress up your table with our Waterford Tablerunner pattern. The light and dark hues of the Snowberry collection make this pattern pop! The elegant placement of fabrics create a luminous runner perfect for any home.

Finished size: 22 1/2″ x 54 1/2″

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Basket Block #4 Recipe Card Designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Sew along with us each month as we create these charming basket blocks featuring Confetti Cotton Solids by Riley Blake Designs! This pattern contains instructions to make 5 1/2″, 10 1/2″ and 15 1/2″ unfinished square blocks!

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: July 2017 - Quilt Block

We’re sew excited for the 2017 Basket Sew Sampler Quilt, and we can’t wait to show you all of the fun block designs that Lori Holt has come up with! We’ve even put together a 2017 Basket Blocks Sew Sampler Bundle for you to purchase so that you have everything ready to go when you get your Sew Sampler box and recipe card each month!

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Basket Block Fat Quarter BundleWe’ve got more fun in store for you next month, so be sure you’re subscribed to the Sew Sampler to get in on all of the treats!

Watch our Sew Sampler reveal video for the July box to see all these goodies in action!

Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Month 7

And it’s officially August! We’re on Month 7 of Bella Skill Builder and hope you’re having fun learning with this piece!

We have loved seeing all of your progress so far, and we have a Facebook Group for you to share photos of your blocks with other quilters.  Now who’s ready to take on Block 7, Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles?

Bella Skillbuilder Month 7 – Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles

Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles uses your Fabric A, B, C, D, E, F and G, and we made ours with the Creative Grids Half Square 4-in-1 Triangle Ruler and the Creative Grids 4 1/2″ Quilting Square Ruler.  You do not need this ruler to complete August’s block, but it is that extra step we love for perfect results!

Time to grab our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Kits and press play with our friend and the Bella Skillbuilder quilt designer  Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life! Download the free August 2017 pattern and let’s get going!

If you’re just joining us now, you can find all the information and patterns from previous months at our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Along page!

Some of our quilty friends have hopped on the Bella board to learn some new quilty tips and tricks! Be sure to check out their blogs throughout the next 9 months for more Skillbuilder fun!

Sign up to Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop!

You know when you work so far in advance, you forget what month and year it is?  That’s usually us.  In our quilty minds, it is almost 2018.  We are planning new quilt-alongs and blog hops, and we have plenty of invitations to go around!  If you have a quilting or sewing-related blog and Instagram/Facebook, we would love to have you join us for our online events all through the year.  Simply fill out our quick and easy form below, and we will be in touch!


Even if you have been sewing along with us for years, please fill out this form as well.  It is good to make sure we have your most up-to-date information!

Thanks, and we are excited to quilt along with you!

The 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt

3-Hour Baby Gingham QuiltHappy Friday, quilters!  A while back, we got a request from one of our YouTube subscribers for an easy gingham quilt.  Yes, gingham quilts are made up of rows of straight squares, but could we make it even easier?  We took on the challenge and did it!  Today, we are presenting the 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt.  Three hours is long enough for you to make this quilt from first cut to finished quilt top.  Intrigued?  Grab the free 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt pattern and press play below to see how we did it!

We used the Essentially Yours basics line from Moda Fabrics to create our 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt.  This collection of mini dots, checks and strips has an awesome array of light and dark values that mix so well.  The most important part of this quilt is choosing the right tones to make it monochromatic, like a true gingham fabric, so in the free pattern, we have listed six color combos from Essentially Yours to make red, blue, yellow, lime, aqua and gray versions.

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There is nothing that feels as fresh as a simple gingham quilt!

This quilt is so quick to whip up as a baby shower gift, but I have a hankering to use it for picnics this season!  We hope you enjoy this sweet, simple beauty (and especially how fast it comes together).  And of course, share them with us on social media!  Comment and let us know what you think, and if you have any other ideas for our next video project!

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Button Lovers’ Club: Summer Lovin’

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Button Lovers’ Club 2

We are more than halfway through July, but Summer is still in full swing!  Soon we will be sending out the August button sets, “Summer Lovin'” to our Button Lovers’ Club 2 members.  There is still time to get in on the action if you are swooning over these citrus-y buttons!

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Sweet & juicy Summer Lovin’ buttons

Summer Lovin' buttons packaged


The Button Lovers’ Club 2 boxes include art cards by artist Tammy Tutterow!  Here is the card for August.Tammy Tutterow art card for August

Pat Sloan made a beachy beauty with the Summer Lovin’ buttons and a Bread ‘n Butter Jolly Bar.  Grab the templates on her blog, but first be sure you’re all signed up for the Button Lovers’ Club 2 and enjoy!

Pat Sloan's August Button Lovers' CLub project
Pat Sloan’s August 2017 Button Lovers’ 2 project

Pat Sloan Sand Pail