Get Mad about Mesh with ByAnnie!

Annie Unrein never ceases to amaze us with all the notions she has come up with.  While we never thought of sewing with mesh and elastic – because let’s be honest, we’re quilters and straight up cotton is our fave – she has us all signed up to make a bunch of these fun, quick and easy Mad about Mesh mesh zipper bags!  These bags have endless uses, especially with Summer coming up.  They can store beach toys, swimwear, flip flops, e-readers, small EPP projects (quilters at the beach, am I right?).

Start with a Mad about Mesh pattern, a pack of the ByAnnie lightweight mesh and fold over elastic, plus an easy-to-sew ByAnnie zipper, and just press play.  You will end up with a fantastically useful little mesh bag that can hold anything AND a compulsive need to make 30 more for all of your friends!

Here’s the bag she is demonstrating…

Mad about Mesh bag pattern by ByAnnie

It is just so darn simple…

Loving this rainbow of mesh-iness!

Go monochrome or wild with your mesh, zipper and elastic color combo. You can’t go wrong!

Have you tried these ByAnnie zippers? Cuz you really need to try these zippers.

Once the zipper is sewn on and your corners are rounded, it’s time to finish it off with the fold over elastic, which works just like bias tape, but it’s shiny and stretchy and super fun!

Fold over elastic is an easy way to give your project a professional finish!

And that’s all it takes!  Make and share your mesh bags with us on Instagram and Facebook, and enjoy them all Summer long!

Sew Sampler Reveal May 2017

Spring is here, and we can’t be more excited about it. We just adore the bright, fun colors that pop up this time of year, and that was the inspiration behind our May 2017 Sew Sampler box. This box also packs some serious value, adding up to over $66, can you believe that? Without further ado, let’s take a peek inside this little, blue box!

Blueberry Park Fat Eighth Bundle by Karen Lewis Textiles for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Quilter and textile designer Karen Lewis knocks it out of the park with her first collection with Robert Kaufman. Blueberry Park boasts a whopping 100 fabrics in crisp, bold prints. The line is made up of a vibrant range of Kona Cotton Solids overprinted with white pigment prints in Karen’s signature style.

View full collection here.

Small Flying Geese Ruler by Quilt in a Day

Make flying geese units quickly and accurately every time with no measuring necessary! Just line up the triangle lines on the ruler with the 45 degree sewn lines and trim the unit to the size of the ruler. Makes 1 1/2″ x 3″ & 3″ x 6″ flying geese units.

Large Flying Geese Ruler also available here.

Clover Roll and Press by Joan Hawley for Clover

Save yourself a trip to the ironing board! The Roll and Press is a convenient and quick way to press seams at your sewing machine. Comfortable, ergonomic handle won’t distort fabric!

Pink Snap ‘n Store Personal Carry Case by Allary

Keep your items safe and organized in this colorful case. It’s made of sturdy plastic and built to hold items like pens, pencils, scissors, rotary cutters, glasses, glue sticks, thread and more!

4 colors available including; pink, green, blue and black.
Accessories not included.

Straight Line Stitching 9 Lines Per 1″ Tiger Tape by Old Made Quilts

Adhesive backed tape is perfect for marking stitches for quilting because it is marked evenly at nine lines per inch. It can also be used for blanket stitching, hemming, embroidery stitches, top stitching or any craft that  needs a guide line. It will give you purrr-fect stitches every time!

1/4″ tape – 30 yards per roll.
Available in more sizes online here.

Exclusive Pacific Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop
Sew Sampler Exclusive

Flock to the West Coast for some serious Summer sun, sand and color. Bright flying geese drift across the ‘Pacific’ pattern, which is ideal for your Blueberry Park Fat Eighth bundle and select low volume backgrounds. Try out the Small Flying Geese Ruler by Quilt in a Day to make all your flying geese units picture perfect!

We decided to take the extra blocks and turn it into a fun pieced backing, isn’t that a fun idea?!?  And yes, those instructions are in the pattern too.


Basket Block #2 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!

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!

We’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 May box to see all these goodies in action!

FQS goes to Quilt Market: Favorite Collections

Tada, we are back at FQS headquarters and ready to report back on our Favorite Collections and Kimberly’s Favorite Finds!

First up, what fabric collections caught the discerning eye of our FQS Market-goers?

Kimberly could not resist the sweetness of Hazel & Plum by Fig Tree Quilts!

Codi went head over heels for Reef by Elizabeth Hartman.

Whitney loved the bright and deep hues and swooping florals of Bloomsbury by Franny & Jane.

Jocelyn basked in the contrast of sweet, light colors against a soothing black in Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique.

Nova felt a strong affinity with the soothing tones of Ahoy Me Hearties by Janet Clare.

And Kevin was drawn to the uplifting calm of InBlue by Katarina Roccella!

And now, it’s time to see what goodies made Kimberly’s Top 10 list for Favorite Finds at Spring International Quilt Market 2017!  Some of them may surprise you, so let us know your thoughts!

Kimberly was smitten with this awesome camera pattern, Focus Freeway, from Sassafras Lane.  It’ll be at FQS very soon, so check back often!

Shannon Cuddle fabric is Kimberly’s new favorite texture for soft pillows, quilts… maybe even a pair of slippers!

Moda’s Cake Mixes have a new little sister in the house – introducing Cupcake Mixes for 5″ Charm Packs!  As much as we love the original Layer Cake Cake Mixes – JUST THINK OF ALL THE POSSIBILITIES!

Annie Brady’s debut collection for Moda, Big Sky, is a nature-inspired group in punchy colors.  Just try to resist that cloud pillow, I dare you!

These new Moda Matchbox Quilt Boxes may be small, but they’re packed with wonderful things!  They hold a printed panel so you can either piece or cheatercloth a quilt block, as well as a spool of Aurifloss to try your hand at some hand quilting.

She continues to be a huge fan of the Simple Folded Corners Ruler by Doug Leko!  See an instructional how-to on our YouTube channel.

Quilt Dots are so clever, and we have a fabulous Lori-Holt flavored assortment arriving soon.  Whether it’s a needle minder, a piece of jewelry, or a magnet for holding notes, all depends on how you happen to be using it that day!

No surprise here – the Spelling Bee book by Lori Holt is going to be one of our favorites forever!

We’d like to sojourn to Amy Sinibaldi’s sweet Little Town, it looks like a charming place to spend the Winter!

Last but not least is The Good Life by Bonnie & Camille, which is so appropriate for a Market weekend.  When you’re in the magical quilty land of Quilt Market, how can it be anything but “the good life”?

Thanks for joining us on our Quilt Market travels.  Now it’s back to working out all the wonderful things we have planned for the things we saw, at least until the next one, so check back to see all the good things we have in store!

FQS goes to Quilt Market: Saturday

With so much quilty goodness around us, we had to take another day to take it all in! We got to chat with some of our favorite designers and catch up on all-things quilty!

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life with her daughter Chelsi Stratton for Moda Fabrics!

Kim takes a quick break to pose with Jill Finley in her booth at Penny Rose Fabrics!

Jaybird Quilts races Jelly Rolls at Moda’s “This Is How We Roll” themed booth!

Riley Blake’s display of the new Just Add Sugar collection was TOO SWEET! We couldn’t get enough of it!

We’re excited about these darling new Matchbox Quilts coming soon from Moda!

How darling is the In Blue collection by Katarina Roccella?! We love this display too!

We’re so excited for the release of our new set of It’s Sew Emma patterns! Like this one: Lovey Dovey!

Bountiful – a new collection from Art Gallery Fabrics – is so beautiful! We know that you will love it! Coming soon!

We spotted Doug Leko’s new book, Winterlude! (PS – We have a fun video tutorial on this coming soon!)
Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook, to be entered to win one of these stunning new fat quarter bundles!

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FQS goes to Quilt Market: Friday

We hit the ground running today! We couldn’t wait to get to Market and see everything new from our favorite designers, meet some new designers, find the newest notions, and pick out some new collections for you to love!
We stopped by Minick & Simpson’s both at Moda to see some fabulous quilt designs!
We loved this darling display of one of Moda’s newest designers – Kristyne Czepuryk! What do you think of this new collection, First Romance?
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts showcased some lovely quilt designs featuring her new line, Blue Sky!
We found Lori Holt’s new Bee Happy quilt in the Riley Blake Designs booth!
Cotton + Steel had this adorable boom-box sewing machine cover from their new Snap to Grid collection!
Lagoon, Rashida Coleman-Hale’s new collection, looks so great in so many different types of projects!
We spotted Rifle Paper Co.’s new collection for Cotton + Steel!
Elizabeth Hartman’s booth showcasing Reef made us feel like we were under the sea!
If you’re a fan of English Paper Piecing you would have been swooning over Sue Daley Designs’ booth! It was perfection!
Stacy Iest-Hsu showed off her puuuuurfect upcoming collection, Woof Woof Meow!
Check out this display of some brand new It’s Sew Emma Quilt Patterns!
We found these adorable new thread boxes at Aurifil! We loved them so much; they’ll be available for purchase soon!
We’re so excited for this Sulky thread from Cotton + Steel!
We’re heading back tomorrow to catch some more great stuff for you, so be sure to follow us on social media to get the first look at Spring Quilt Market 2017!
It was our first look at these GORGEOUS bundles from Moda! Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique and At Home by Blackbird Designs are SO truly unique and stunning!
Would you like to win one of these bundles?! Comment on this post with your favorite thing that we’ve found at market so far!

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FQS goes to Quilt Market: Thursday

We’ve grabbed our pencils, notebooks, and of course our cameras to head to Schoolhouse today here at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis!

It’s so much fun to hear from so many designers about their upcoming books, collections and notions! We simply can’t choose a favorite!

At Moda, we saw some beautiful Jelly Roll quilts and learned that there is now a “National Sew A Jelly Roll Day,” which is the third Saturday in September!

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique shows off her fun new book, Charm School!

Annie Unrein of Patterns by Annie shows us the functional inside of MJ’s Messenger Bag! These bags are so fun to make with the variety of Annie’s zippers and mesh that we have in stock at FQS!

Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic discusses her new book, Zen Chic Inspired, and the color theory and pattern inspiration behind each quilt!

How fun are these new embroidered patch templates called Scout from Cotton + Steel!? So many possibilities!

Tula Pink‘s gorgeous new collection, Spirit Animal, includes Tula’s signature colors and some fun little critters – like this otter!

Jaybird Quilts’ new book, Alphabet Soup, has endless possibilities for spelling out some of your favorite words or names! Such a great idea for a personalized baby blanket!

This stunning quilt is just one of the beautiful designs from Carrie Nelson’s new book, Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites!

Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson stand in front of one of the stunning quilt patterns in their new book,
The Splendid Sampler!

Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman shows off some fun new sea creatures featuring her new collection, Reef and some fun new patterns!

Jen Kingwell surprised us at Schoolhouse with some awesome new patterns that you will love!

Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs showed us some awesome quilt patterns using their Double Wide Dresden Ruler! We especially loved this ladybug quilt!

Amy Smart of Riley Blake Designs shows a fun bag in her new Gingham Girls fabric collection.

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts shows off her gorgeous new quilt design in her new collection, Blue Sky!

Zen Chic’s new collection, Fragile! We’re loving this color scheme!

Kim Diehl and Jo Morton discuss their new quilt book, Simple Friendships!

We ended the night with some crazy fun crowds at the Sample Spree! We got so many goodies that you all will just love!

If you’re missing out on Quilt Market this year, don’t fret! We have so many photos and awesome video coverage for you, including Facebook live! Be sure to follow along with us on social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) as we pop in and out of Schoolhouse sessions and share some of our newest inspirations with you!

Who would you love to hear speak Schoolhouse? Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win one of these fabulous bundles: Ahoy, Me Hearties by Janet Clare or First Romance by Kristyne Czepuryk!

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FQS goes to Quilt Market: Wednesday

Up up and away! Our bags are packed and we’ve bundled up a few of our favorite new quilts! We’re heading to St. Louis, MO for Spring Quilt Market 2017!

Do we have any St. Louis readers today? What are some of your favorite things to do and see in town?! We’re so excited for this new adventure!

We can’t wait to get settled in and see what is in store for this quilt market! What designers or collections are you just dying to see?! We can’t wait to see some of the new Moda designers, check out what’s new from Riley Blake, see what Kaffe Fasset has in store, and spy on what Cotton + Steel has up their sleeve!

We have so many quilty friends that we can’t wait to catch up with! Don’t forget to come say hello if you spot us out and about!

Meriweather Quilt Along with Amy Gibson!

Happy Tuesday, friends!  My name is Amy Gibson and I’m so excited to be a guest designer on the blog today, inviting you to join me in a fresh, new quilt along- it’s the Meriwether Quilt Along!

This month at Fat Quarter Shop we’re celebrating the arrival of my brand new line from Windham Fabrics.  It’s called Meriwether and it’s a sweet, vintage-y collection of happy flowers, farmy plaids, and even my favorite uplifting scripture verses in old fashioned cursive.

The quilt we’re making is based on a layout from my recent book, The Quilt Block Cookbook.  The layout, called Point Taken, is shown as a sampler quilt in the book, but I’ve been dying to show it made up as a non-sampler in some simple, sparkly floating stars.  I just love how it turned out!

So in this post, we’re going to go through the steps for making up these happy little star blocks, including a simple, straightforward paper piecing tutorial, and then to finish the quilt, just grab a copy of the book and use the Point Taken layout pattern on page 142 to frame out your blocks.  The pieces are nice and big so it comes together really quickly, and is perfect for showing off your favorite prints!

Let’s get stitching!

Fabric Requirements:

For the Quilt Top:

  • White:  2 7/8 yards
  • Variety of Low Volume Fabrics:  2 3/8 yards total (3/8 or ½ yard cuts, or fat quarters)
  • 9 Colored Fabrics:  ¼ yard each

For the Quilt Back:

  • 4 ½ yards

For the Binding:

  • 5/8 yard

Making the Blocks:

These simple 12’’ floating stars are super duper easy 9-patch blocks made from the quickest little foundation pieced triangles.  They’re the perfect unit if you’re brand new to FPP (or even if you’re not!).  Here’s what you’ll need to cut for the 9 star blocks-

For the Star Blocks:

  • From the White:
    • Cut (4) strips 4 ½’’ x WOF, then subcut into (36) 4 ½’’ squares
    • Cut (6) strips 5 ½’’ x WOF, then subcut into (72) 5 ½’’ x 3’’ rectangles
  • From each of 9 Colored Fabrics:
    • Cut (4) 5’’ squares
    • Cut (1) 4 ½’’ square

Before we start piecing the blocks, I want to share a little tip that will help make your foundation piecing life so much simpler- If you can, temporarily arrange your workspace so that you can trim, stitch, and press without getting out of your chair.  I know it sounds crazy!  You might need to get creative, like moving in a little side table, lowering your ironing board.  You also won’t need a huge cutting mat- just a little one, with a small ruler, will be perfect for the quick little trims you’ll be doing.

I can’t tell you how much of a time saver this is!  Instead of standing up and sitting down 999 times as you go through the steps for each unit, you’ll be sitting the whole time, getting a nice rhythm down, and speeding through the process.

Now on to the stitching!

  1. Print 18 copies of the template page here.
  2. Cut out templates outside trim lines, and perforate the interior stitch lines with a tracing wheel or unthreaded machine stitch (I prefer the tracing wheel because it’s portable and so quick!).
  3. Reduce stitch length on your machine to 1 or 1.5 so that it’s easier to remove the paper in the last step.
  4. Align one of the colored fabric 5’’ squares behind Patch 1, with the printed part of the paper facing you and the right side of the fabric facing away from you.  The fabric should extend at least 1/4’’ outside all points of the patch.  Hold your paper up to a light source to make sure that the fabric is centered underneath Patch 1, then secure it to the paper with a pin or dab of fabric glue.

  1. Lay the piece on a cutting mat, and fold the paper on the perforated line between Patches 1 and 2.  Align a ruler 1/4’’ past the fold line and trim.

  1. With the paper still folded, align one of the 5 1/2’’ x 3’’ white rectangles under Patch 2, right sides of the fabric together, so that the top raw edges meet.  Patch 2 is folded down toward you at this point and showing through to the wrong side of the paper.  Just as before, make sure the fabric extends at least 1/4’’ past the edges of the patch on all sides.

(The photo below shows the back side of the piece in this step.)

  1. With the printed side of the paper facing you, carefully hold these pieces in place as you unfold the paper, and add a pin.  Now, stitch directly on the line between Patches 1 and 2, from beginning to end, removing the pin as you stitch. Flip piece over and press the white patch open.

Flip piece over and press the white patch open.  Here’s what the piece looks like from the fabric side.

  1. Now flip back so the paper side is up, and begin this same process again for Patch 3, folding on the line between Patches 3 and 1, then trimming the seam allowance to 1/4’’.

Now line up a second white rectangle for Patch 3 (in the exact same way you did with Patch 2 in Step 6), then open the folded paper, pin, and stitch on the line.

  1. Press your piece.  Often times I like to use a little spray starch when I press these, to give the unit more stability since the edges are on the bias and are prone to stretch.  Then with the paper side up, trim on the trim line around the entire perimeter of the square.  If you have a 4 1/2’’ square ruler you can use for this, that’s perfect, though any ruler will do.

  1. And that it’s!  Now just carefully remove the paper, one patch at a time. And your triangle unit is done!!!

Feeling overwhelmed?  Maybe a little visual reminder of the steps to keep with you at your machine would come in handy?  Feel free to download and print my foundation paper piecing cheat sheet to help out in case you get stuck and can’t remember what comes next.

Use all of your 5’’ colored squares and white rectangles to piece 36 of these triangle units.  From there, piecing the star blocks is super simple.  Just lay out 4 same-print triangles with a same-print 4 1/2’’ square, along with (4) 4 1/2 ‘’ white squares, and stitch them into 3 rows of 3 units each.  Press seams toward the unpieced squares.  Then stitch the rows together, pinning at seam intersections.

Stitch up 9 of these blocks, then hop on over to page 142 of The Quilt Block Cookbook to frame up your blocks and stitch them into the final layout.

We’d love to see your finished quilt!!!  Post photos of your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #TheMeriwetherQuiltAlong so we can all see what you’re up to!  Pop on over to my blog and say hi sometime – or tag me on IG (@StitcheryDickory).  I’ll be getting my top quilted here this month and will definitely be keeping you all updated!

Happy sewing, friends!



2017 Patchwork Quilt Along: Block 5

It’s time to stitch up Block #5 in our Patchwork Quilt Along! How are your first four blocks coming together with the beautiful Bonnie & Camille Basics in the Patchwork Quilt Along Quilt Kit?!

Ready to get to stitching? Download your free block 5 pattern today in exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish to help us reach our $10,000 goal!
Remember, that Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000 of the donations raised! We’ve almost hit our goal and we are SO thankful to everyone who is participating!

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! How fun!
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 (@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.