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!
Happy 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.
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!
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!
How many times have you been told (or told someone) “it’s what’s inside that counts”? When it comes to quilts, you just can’t have a quilt without batting, and we are thrilled to announce that Fat Quarter Shop now has that covered for you! Our brand new EXCLUSIVE line of batting is Happy Cloud, and that’s exactly what it feels like! Treat your quilt sandwiches right, without breaking the bank, with Happy Cloud batting.
Introducing Happy Cloud Batting!
The first thing you might notice is that each Happy Cloud package has a different color. This cute color code denotes our different types of batting material. We have five types of batting, including: 80/20 Silky Blend; Cotton Simply Natural; 50/50 Cotton Blend; Wool Warm & Plush and 50/50 Bamboo Blend. That was a huge mouthful, so let’s break them down!
Happy Cloud Batting Types
The 80/20 Silky Blend is 80% Natural Cotton and 20% Superior Polyester. This is one of my favorite batting types because it’s super soft and very comfortable.
It comes in these seven size options: a 12-pack of 14″ squares, Craft, Crib, Twin, Throw, Queen and King. The 14″ squares are great for practicing longarm quilting on your sewing machine, but most of all we love them for mini quilts!
The Wool Warm & Plush is 100% Premium Wool and comes in these six size options: Craft, Crib, Twin, Throw, Queen and King.
Like the name suggests, warmth is the main feature of this wool batting. One thing to note is that wool is a natural material, and it will come with some of the natural inconsistencies and coloring you can expect from a natural fiber.
The 50/50 Bamboo Blend is a sweet combination of 50% Select Bamboo and 50% Natural Cotton. Bamboo is a very breathable, lightweight fiber and a great choice for summertime quilts and throws.
This type of batting is available in these six size options: Craft, Crib, Twin, Throw, Queen and King.
50/50 Cotton Blend is of 50% Natural Cotton and 50% Superior Polyester. This batting is very quilter-friendly because it’s strong and can withstand a lot of handling, yet soft to the touch.
It is also available in these six size options: Craft, Crib, Twin, Throw, Queen and King.
Cotton Simply Natural is 100% Natural Cotton batting. This is a terrific choice for bed quilts, and once washed it will shrink slightly to give your quilt a vintage-worn look and feel. If you love the crinkly texture of a washed quilt, this is for you!
This type is offered in these six size options: Craft, Crib, Twin, Throw, Queen and King.
Be one of the first to try out Happy Cloud! We can’t wait to see your happy little quilt sandwiches! Share your Happy Cloud projects with us online with #HAPPYCLOUDBATTING. Head over to Fat Quarter Shop to choose the Happy Cloud Batting that floats your boat. What type do you prefer, and why?
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!
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!
We’ve released a brand new episode of AGF Stitched, and it really strikes a chord while hitting all the right notes! It’s named Symphony, and our Symphony Quilt Kit features the earthy harmony of Maureen Cracknell’s Soulful collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love the bold mixture of plums, grays, creams and coral, and that pop of turquoise!
We love “plus sign” quilts, but this design is more like “plus x 2”. The secondary cross blocks give it an extra layer of interest. We also love how BIG these blocks become. Once you start sewing your rows together, it’s a fast and quick finish! The Symphony quilt finishes at 72.5″ square!
As always, we have invited some bloggy friends to sew along! They all chose different Art Gallery collections, and we always love seeing how diverse a single quilt can become! Peep their versions of Symphony and share the love with them.
Be sure to share your projects with Fat Quarter Shop on social media with the hashtags #agfstitched and #symphonyquilt! We also want to know what Art Gallery Fabrics collection you want to see in our next episode, so check out our Coming Soon section of Fat Quarter Shop and let us know in the comments.
This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winner, Sandy E. O.! She has been contacted and notified. Thank you so much for joining us, and we hope to have more amazing giveaways like this one in the future!
Hey quilters! We are having a huge “The Price is Right” moment right now. You are totally going to love it. Please visualize Bob Barker saying this next part. “We are entering the hottest time of the summer, and there’s no better way to beat the heat than to stay inside and sew… on your brand new BERNINA SEWING MACHIIIIINE!”
But this one, you guys, is not just a B350, this is a B350SE, designed by the remarkable women of Cotton + Steel. They have created two Special Edition faceplate designs, and the one we are giving away is “Hello Lovely”. It is embossed with two lovebirds in a garden of flowers, brightly colored in blues, yellows and pinks. This machine has a MSRP of $1,899!! We are very much tempted to keep this for ourselves, but it just wouldn’t be right! (And it would be hard to justify that to Bernina…)
Watch our video to see a little bit more about this wonderful machine that we are GIVING AWAY.
So… is this your Bernina???
This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winner, Sandy E. O.! She has been contacted and notified.
No purchase necessary to enter. Commenting on this blog post does not count as an entry. Fat Quarter Shop employees, Bernina employees and bloggers paid or compensated by Fat Quarter Shop are not eligible to enter this giveaway. If you do not have or do not wish to use your social media accounts to enter, you may email one entry to giveaway ::at:: fatquartershop ::dot:: com with e-mail subject title “Bernina Giveaway”.
It’s Friday, and we’re going to send you off on a Wild Goose Chase… but you’ll wind up with a beautiful quilt! The next Classic & Vintage block in our YouTube series is the Wild Goose Chase quilt block. This vintage block is one of our absolute favorites, but those flying geese units can be tricky to line up for even blocks. Our main tip here is to use the flying geese paper by Triangles on a Roll — it’s so easy to use, and all the units wind up sewn in perfect rows that you don’t need to worry about! PLUS, we have all Triangles on a Roll notions on sale 15% this week only with promo code Triangle15, so there is no better time to snatch one up to try for yourself!