18 Candles for 18 Years - Happy Birthday Fat Quarter Shop! - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

18 Candles for 18 Years – Happy Birthday Fat Quarter Shop!

In 2003, I started Fat Quarter Shop, and 18 years later it has grown into something greater than I could ever imagine.

Driven by my own needs as a quilter, I began my shop as a side business, cutting, packing, and shipping Fat Quarter Bundles right out of my house on evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, I’ve been committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As Fat Quarter Shop grew, I decided to make it a full-time operation. My husband Kevin joined me, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow.

Kevin and I selecting fabric oh, so many years ago! We still do this together.

Over the years, one thing has never changed for Fat Quarter Shop. We will always be driven by the passion to give you the best products and service! I, together with the FQS family, want to make creating and quilting accessible and easy for all who pursue it.

Each and every year we are reminded at Fat Quarter Shop of how thankful we are to be a part of your lives. Thank you for including us in your daily sewing and crafting adventures! I am sew excited to continue this amazing journey with you in the many years to come.

Fat Quarter Shop is turning 18 this year, so let’s get this party started! And of course… it’s not a real Fat Quarter Shop celebration without a free quilt pattern.

We can’t wait to see you blow out the candles on this quilt! The 18 Candles Quilt design is inspired by shimmering sparklers and birthday candles. We also designed a coordinating 18 Candles Quilt Kit and a Pieced Backing Set for this special occasion!

The 18 Candles Quilt Kit includes the FREE 18 Candles Quilt Pattern and One Fine Day from Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics. 18 Candles is a Queen sized quilt, finishing at 76″ x 76″ with the quilt top and binding.

One Fine Day is a beautiful floral-themed fabric collection that pops with the happy colors of spring and summer!

The 18 Candles Pieced Backing Set has a striking center design with five birthday stars shining bright. To make it with your own fabrics, pick up a copy of the FREE 18 Candles Pieced Backing Pattern.

Would it be a true FQS birthday quilt if the pattern wasn’t fat-quarter-friendly? We didn’t think so! That’s why we designed this pattern with Fat Quarters in mind. You’ll need a total of 18 Fat Quarters to make this birthday quilt.

Have your cake and eat it too! Download the FREE 18 Candles Quilt Pattern and Pieced Backing Pattern and make a wish for us!

Birthday Bash Livestream Demo

Oh, the birthday fun has just begun- Kimberly is starting off our birthday with a LIVE 18 Candles quilt block tutorial, so be sure to tune in at 9 AM CST on Friday, December 17! You can watch it on our YouTube Channel.


The only gift that we want is to see what you create! Share your 18 Candles blocks and projects with us! Get inspired and share with #FQS18CandlesQuilt and #FQSHappy18th on Instagram. Be sure to tag us at @fatquartershop on Facebook and Instagram, so we can see and share your work!

Happy Quilting!


    1. Happy 18 Birthday Fat Quarter shop! Thank you for all you do. Best customer service ever! Love all the tutorials! ❤

    2. Happy 18th Birthday!!! Love to shop on your site. Great service, tutorials, and of course supplies.

  1. Happy Birthday Fat Quarter Shop! Iam so glad you came along. You are my favorite Quilt store to shop at and to learn from. Thanks so much! Have a great Birthday

  2. Happy Birthday Fat Quarter Shop. Kimberly you are doing a fantastic job and its also great that Kevin is along for the ride. Since finding you, you have made my life more stress free, getting lost in projects and knowing that I can get all if not most of my supplies from you. May God continue to richly bless you with long life, good health and blessed passion for what you do.

    1. Congratulations. I found you during the early days of Covid. Your on line store provided me with lots of inspiration. Thank you!

    1. Happy, happy birthday FQS! The staff is always helpful and kind, service is great and you are my favorite retailer!!

  3. Happiest of birthdays 🥳 So happy you took a chance and started the Fat Quarter Shop. It’s one of the first shops I came across on YouTube and loved your take on quilting and how helpful and easy your tutorials were to understand. You’re probably the number one reason I stick it out and kept going on this quilty journey. And now you have me hooked on cross stitch as well! Thank you for everything you do and offer this fun, lovely, quilty community. 💕

  4. Congrats Fat Quarter Shop! Your customer service is #1! I love how you are always paying it forward and keeping us busy with all the free patterns. The products you sell are top notch like you are also!

  5. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!! You have an amazing shop and what would we do without you. Thank you for the 2 beautiful patterns too! Merry Christmas! Hugs,

  6. Congratulations – Thank you for the amazing service to your customers! FQS has become my favorite.

  7. I try to also support local shops, but they don’t carry the fabrics I love.My taste in fabrics also change as you introduce new designers which I try at your suggestion. Jolly Bars are a great way to try new types of fabrics without spending a fortune. Especially in the last 2 years when stores were closed and quilting groups no longer met, you became our best quilting friend. When you gave an honest assessment of a new tool, I knew I could trust you and promptly ordered. You have opened up a quilting world we didn’t know. My life is planned around Friday morning(and glad to be able to watch later if necessary). Your instructions are so helpful. I love that you end most saying this is the way I do it. I am sitting beneath a Christmas quilt I made from a BOM from FQS many years ago. In closing, your service department is the best.

  8. Happy birthday Fat Quarter Shop! I’m so thankful to FQS because without you, I would not be the quilter I am today. I have learned so much from your YouTube channel and the products you offer from your shop are first rate.

  9. Congratulations and Happy Birthday! You have been a great inspiration for me in my quilting journey. Thank you and here’s to many more years!

  10. Happy 18th birthday!! I remember watching your very first videos on YouTube. I’m not exactly sure how I found you, but I’ve been a customer for many many years.
    Congratulations on your many successes!

  11. Happy Birthday Fat Quarter Shop. You are top-notch from your Customer Service department right down to your products as well as your videos. I love my monthly Sew Sampler and the limited Holiday boxes. You inspire each and everyone of us from a beginner to the advanced. Keep up the good work. May you and yours have a very blessed holiday season.

  12. CONGRATULATIONS! What would we do without you, Kimberly? Wishing you many more years of success!

  13. Congrats on your birthday. I don’t know exactly when I first discovered your web site and I have not regretted it. I love your fabrics which are second to none. I don’t even go into a fabric store anymore unless it is for thread or dacron batting. Many people complement me on my fabrics and I always give you the credit. God continue to rain His blessings on you in the future.

  14. Congratulations on your birthday. Love all you do and your dedication to your customers. You continue to inspire all us quilters. Thanks.

  15. Happy Birthday Mr and Mrs Jolly. You all are the best, have the best fabric and notions and Fantastic Customer Service. You are the only place I purchase from. I no longer go to brick and mortar shops as long as you both are here for us quilters. You My Friends have Faithful purchaser and follower. 🎂✂️🧵😅🥰

  16. Happy Birthday, Fat Quarter Shop!!! Thank you for giving us such a lovely gift! Many Happy Returns!!!

  17. Happy Birthday and many more to come. Thank you for everything you do for us, customer service is great, all the free patterns, introducing us to new tools and techniques. So many things to mention and how lucky you are that your husband has joined you in your endeavor.

  18. Wow can’t believe FQS is 18 years old. Happy Birthday and huge Congratulations on all you Kevin and FQS team have achieved. I am not a quilter at the moment just cross stitcher but I do hope to quilt in near future. From cross stitch you inspire me every day Kimberly and so grateful for all you do. I live in U.K but if I ever move to US I would be ordering more instead of just pdf patterns, ha,ha. Love to you all xx

  19. Happy, Happy 18th Birthday! FQS is the shop which always has what I need, and the best fabric selection at the best prices. Looking forward to 18 more 🙂

  20. Happiest of birthdays to Kimberly Jolly and the entire staff of FQS! I’m afraid to even try and count how many times I’ve ordered from y’all – I even thought at one time, y’all might be saying, “Well, here’s Barbara’s order for the week!”.

    Thanks for everything you do for us!

  21. Happy birthday to you all! I have been shopping with you almost as long as you have been open. I started 21 years ago then began an online shopping spree. You created an obsession for many of us and that is amazing! Congratulations!

  22. Happy birthday to everyone at FQS!!!What an amazing and wonderful experience! Your commitment to excellence and customer service is remarkable and so much appreciated. I have so much fun checking the online shop everyday, SAL’s, free patterns, quality products and of course, Kimberly’s fun and informative videos!!Have fun and enjoy your birthday!

  23. Happy birthday to the Fat Quarter Shop, and Congratulations Kimberley and Kevin and all who work at FQS. Regards, Marian

  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May your business continue to thrive.
    Congratulations Kimberly, Kevin and all the team at FQS.
    So, you were 10 years in business when I started teaching myself to quilt and I was glad to find your online shop
    . Customer service is tops.

  25. Happy Birthday Fat Quarter Shop! You should be proud, the business you gave birth to is now an adult. I really appreciate the way you support and nurture the quilting (and cross stitching) community, it is obviously more than a business to you.

  26. Happy 18th Birthday FQS! I have so enjoyed getting to know FQS through shopping and YouTube! Thank you for the free pattern and for all if your inspiration! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Happy 18th Birthday!!

  27. Congratulations, and Happy 18th Birthday Fat Quarter Shop! Many thanks for all you do for the quilting community. Merry Christmas and Happy 2022! Looking forward to sewing along with you! And thanks for the birthday quilt pattern.

  28. Congratulations on your 18th birthday. FQS is my favorite online. Store. Service and professionalism is excellent. Thank you for everything over the years. Many, many more wonderful years!!

  29. Happy 18 Birthday Fat Quarter Shop from a girl who is going broke from buying everything I see you do and more. Thank you for all the wonderful years you have given and a special staff that helped you on the Journey.

  30. Wow!!! How exciting! Am so happy I stubbled across your blog a few years ago. Love FQS. Thank you. You are constantly inspiring me to do more quilting and got me back into cross stitching.

  31. Kimberly, I am so happy for you. You certainly live up to your words about customer service and commitment. You are my number one quilt shop that I go to, knowing that I can learn through your friendly tutorials along with finding what I need and more! yay…

    Congrats on 18 years, that is one to be so proud of. What you, your husband and staff have contributed to the quilting world cannot be measured. Your shop inspires me every single day. Thank you for your hard work and your determination in keeping it all top notch.

  32. Thank you to the Jolly’s and FQS staff for providing exceptional customer service. CONGRATULATIONS on your 18th fabulous year. You are most definitely a pillar of the Quilting community. And thank you for the gorgeous birthday inspired quilt and backing.

  33. Happy 18th birthday, Kimberly and Kevin! What a wonderful adventure. I thank you both for not only your dedication and hard work, but for always being aware of and thinking about your customers. I have come over the years to think of you as a friend!

    1. Wishing you a Happy 18th Birthday. You have created the number one quilt shop for honesty and integrity with all you do. When I order from your shop I am at peace knowing I am getting the best of the best. I wish you many more years of quilting goodness to come. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your whole family. See you online!

  34. You have the best customer service and the best selection around. I’ve always loved your shop. Congratulations and I hope you have a bright future.

  35. Congratulations on 18 years and many more. Thank you for all you do for the sewing and cross stitch community.

  36. 18 Years of Helping Quilters get their FIX! Thanks for all you do for us.
    Love the Candles Quilt.

  37. Congratulations and Happy Birthday. What a creative way to celebrate. Thank you for all the wonderful free quilt and “how to” videos. It is so wonderful to see a husband and wife team make a success of a business. Your commitement to you children is a blessing. Thank you!

  38. Wow, 18 years, how wonderful! I still remember the first time I saw Kimberly on video; she was making a travel pillow with Cindy from Riley Blake! Happy Birthday and congratulations on reaching this milestone!

  39. Congratulations to FQS! So glad I “found” you during the pandemic! My favorite birthday was my 50th. Our 2 girls had a surprise party for me with a flamingo theme and invited lots of relatives. I figured it out before the party but then had to play dumb until the day of the party. It was great that they did it and had a great time!

  40. Happy birthday!!!! I am so glad that I found you and that you are in business! I love your shop!

  41. Happy Birthday! You’ve grown into a wonderful company. Thank you and your Team for all the great inspiration!

  42. Happy Birthday. Time flies when you are having fun! Than k you for your wonderful patterns and videos

  43. Happy Birthday Kimberly and all. I enjoy the blog and shop immensely, it is one of my go-to sites to relax and shop. Thanks for the birthday pattern!

  44. Congratulations on 18 years!! What an accomplishment! I always enjoy your videos and thank you so much for the the 18 candles quilt!!

  45. Congrats to you and your beautiful family in celebrating your company’s 18th anniversary! Your FQS staff, too. I am very happy for you and your success! You deserve it as you are an amazing person and work so hard to help us all. You and Kevin are so giving, as well, to your community. I wish you a lifetime of blessings.
    Lucky me to have found you eight years ago when I contacted your shop by phone in search for the Celebrations Fabric by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda. Love ALL from FQS!