Sew Sampler Reveal February 2018

Join us as we create the perfect setting for a picnic at Mama’s Cottage. Today we reveal to you the contents of our February Sew Sampler Box. If you are not yet subscribed, be sure you do soon to receive our March box!

Mama’s Cottage Charm Packs by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics

Inspired by her mother’s dream abode, a white cottage trimmed in blue and filled with family, Moda Fabrics designer April Rosenthal poured the same love and labor into her new fabric line, Mama’s Cottage. Clean and bright, perfumed with sweet geraniums and daisies, classic prints like gingham’s and paisleys are spruced up with fresh coats of summer colors.

View the entire collection here.

Mini Simple Folded Corners Ruler by Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design

Create perfect folded corners with the BRAND NEW Mini Simple Folded Corners ruler from Antler Quilt Design. This ruler offers seven different finished unit sizes.

Useful for any unit with 1/2″ to 3 1/2″ folded corners, like snowballs, flying geese and diamonds.

View the original Simple Folded Corners Ruler here.

50wt Aurifil Sea Biscuit Thread by Aurifil

This beautiful and creamy thread will simply melt into your Mama’s Cottage fabrics. We have hand-selected Aurifil thread for its superior quality that is idea for piecing, quilting and more!

Love this color and want more? Order the full sized version here.

Check out our wide assortment of Aurifil colors and weights here.

Mini 2″ Half Square Triangle Paper by Triangles on a Roll
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

Triangle paper for making 2″ finished half-square triangles. All you need to do is sew and cut using the pattern on the paper. Instructions are provided.

Each roll makes 200 half square triangles. Want more? Check out the full-sized 2″ triangle paper here.

View all Triangles on a Roll products here.

Life’s a Picnic Table Runner Pattern designed by Lissa Alexander for Sew Sampler
BONUS pattern from the Oh, Scrap! Quilt Book

Who says picnics are only for outdoors? Why not have one everyday with this scrappy table runner that’s as fresh as a cool breeze? Turn two cheerful charm packs into the center of attention on your table. You’ll scoop up compliments from family and friends all year-round.

Finished size 22 1/2″ x 40 1/2″

Life’s a Picnic Finishing Kit

Want to make a quilt like ours? We are offering a Finishing Kit that includes border, binding and backing.

Basket Block #11 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!

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 Box to get in on all of the goodies!

Cake Mix Quilt Along: Week 14

Welcome to the world of Cakes Mixes with the Cake Mix Quilt Along featuring The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma! We are very excited to continue with week 14 of this very sweet quilt along!

The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma features 16 gorgeous quilts using 8 Cake Mixes! Use recipe cards, layer cakes, and the Cake Mix patterns featured in the book to build gorgeous, dessert inspired quilts!

This Quilt Along will feature all 16 quilts in The Cake Mix Quilt Book! Over 16 weeks, we will be featuring one quilt from the book each week. We are going into the 14th week of the Quilt Along with the Tiramisu Quilt!

The Tiramisu Quilt by Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts

Jennie mad her Tiramisu Quilt by using white, red and navy Bella Cotton Solids Layer Cakes by Moda Fabrics.

 

We have a great group of 14 quilting bloggers joining us for this quilt along! Each week, one of the bloggers will be sharing their assigned Cake Mix Quilt with you! Be sure to visit their blogs and #CakeMixMonday on Instagram to see what they had to say about their Cake Mix Quilt!

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on March 5 for Week 15 of the Cake Mix Quilt Along!

 

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Clementine Quilt Along: Month 2 – Broken Berries

Welcome to the Clementine Quilt Along! We are continuing this Quilt Along with Month 2, Broken Berries! Our quilt is made with Mama’s Cottage by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics and we have quilt kits and the matching backing sets available. If you are just joining us, you can find the full fabric requirements and all the patterns and videos posted so far on our Clementine Quilt Along page.

Most importantly, we are benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with this year’s quilt along. We are asking for a small donation in exchange for downloading each month’s pattern, and together, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda will match up to $20,000 of your donation. We are almost at $5,000, a quarter of the way to our goal! Thank you to everyone who donated and keep the donations coming so we can reach our goal!

Ready to get quilting? Click here to download the Month 2 – Broken Berries Pattern in exchange for a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

Month 2: Broken Berries

Broken Berries Video Tutorial

 

We’re very excited that some of our favorite designers and quilting bloggers will be sewing along with us for our fundraiser for a great cause. Check out their blogs and Instagrams every month from January 2018 to check out the fabrics they’re using and see their progress!

*Psst! The fabric designer-April Rosenthal-is also sewing along with us! So fun!

 

*April of April Rosenthal
(@amrosenthal)

Cara of That Crafty Cara
(@thatcraftycara)

Carrie of Moda Cutting Table
(@modafabrics)

Denise of Pieced Brain
(@piecedbrain)

Elise of Elise and Emelie
(@eliseandemelie)

Gina of Carpe Quiltin
(@gina_tell_carpequiltin)

Heather of A Creative Pursuit
(@acreativemama)

Hilary of By Hilary Jordan
(@byhilaryjordan)

Jan of Cocoa Quilts
(@cocoaquilts)

 

Jen of Heritage Threads
(@heritage.threads)

Joanne of Quilts by Joanne
(@turtlequilterjo)

Kairle of Kairle Oaks
(@kairleoaks)

Kendra of Good Starter
(@good_starter)

Kristen of 3 in the Nest
(@threeinthenestraleigh)

Kristina of Center Street Quilts
(@centerstreetquilts)

Leah of Ponderings from My Heart
(@ponderingsfrommyheart)

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff
(@mellierc)

Melissa of Happy Quilting
(@happyquiltingmc)

Pat of Pat Sloan
(@quilterpatsloan)

Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch
(@scrapatches)

Patty of Elm Street Quilts
(@elmstreetquilts)

Rebecca of One Wee Bird
(@oneweebird)

Sarah of 123 Quilt
(@123quilt)

Sherri of A Quilting Life
(@aquiltinglife)

Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts
(@sondradavison)

Stephanie of Quilt ‘n Party
(@quiltnparty)

Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO
(@tanyaquiltsinco)

Teresa of Aurea’s Kitchen
(@aureaskitchen)

Vickie of Crocheting Vixen
(@crochetingvixen)

Please share your progress and creations with us on the 2018 Clementine Quilt Along Facebook Group! And post your blocks using #clementinequiltalong on Instgram and Twitter!

 

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Spelling Bee Sew Along: Week 21

 

Get back to school with our Spelling Bee Sew Along featuring the Spelling Bee Book! We are beyond excited to start week 21 of the Sew Along!

The Spelling Bee Book is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet and features complete instructions for 100 letter, number, punctuation and picture blocks in two sizes plus 18 quilt projects!

This Sew Along will feature 88 of the blocks from the Spelling Bee Book! Lasting 44 weeks, our Sew Along will feature 2 blocks from the book each week. We are featuring the Capital P and lowercase p blocks in the 21st week of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

Capital P block by Cassie of @sewstitchinghappy on Instagram

Cassie made her Capital P block using Bunnies & Cream by Lauren Nash for Penny Rose Fabrics.

Lowercase p block by Cassie of @sewstitchinghappy on Instagram

Cassie made her lowercase p block using Retro 30’s Child Smile by Lecien Fabrics.

We have a great group of 40 quilting bloggers joining us for each event. Each week, 2 of the 40 bloggers will be sharing their Spelling Bee blocks with you! Be sure to visit our bloggers for details on what they did with their Spelling Bee blocks! And check out #SpellingBeeSaturday on Instagram to keep up with the fun!

Here is a list of the quilters joining us for the Spelling Bee Sew Along – thanks for joining in on the fun, Quilters!

Spelling Bee Sew Along

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on March 3 for Week 22 of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

 

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Button Lovers’ Club: Buttons in My Garden

Button Lovers' Club 2

Another month means another brand new box of BUTTONS! Members of our Button Lovers’ 2 Club will soon be receiving their March button sets, Buttons in My Garden. If you haven’t heard the buzz about our button club yet, but NEED this set, there is still time to join before this set ships!

These spring-is-near themed buttons will get you ready for the warmer weather and greenery that we all have been wishing for! And as always there is a huge variety of sizes and shapes.

And of course, this cute art card by Tammy Tutterow is included as well!

Check out the mini quilt Pat Sloan designed with the Buttons in My Garden and fabric from Tuppence by Shannon Gillman Orr for Moda Fabrics and 80 wt Aurifil Thread! Once you receive your March buttons, be sure to head over to Pat’s blog to get the free instructions and templates!

Pat Sloan’s March 2018 Button Lovers’ Club project

 

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Cake Mix Quilt Along: Week 13

Welcome to the world of Cakes Mixes with the Cake Mix Quilt Along featuring The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma! We are very excited to continue with week 13 of this very sweet quilt along!

The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma features 16 gorgeous quilts using 8 Cake Mixes! Use recipe cards, layer cakes, and the Cake Mix patterns featured in the book to build gorgeous, dessert inspired quilts!

This Quilt Along will feature all 16 quilts in The Cake Mix Quilt Book! Over 16 weeks, we will be featuring one quilt from the book each week. We are going into the 13th week of the Quilt Along with the Buttercream Quilt!

The Buttercream Quilt by Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts

Sondra made her Buttercream Quilt by using Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.

 

We have a great group of 14 quilting bloggers joining us for this quilt along! Each week, one of the bloggers will be sharing their assigned Cake Mix Quilt with you! Be sure to visit their blogs and #CakeMixMonday on Instagram to see what they had to say about their Cake Mix Quilt!

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 26 for Week 14 of the Cake Mix Quilt Along!

 

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Spelling Bee Sew Along: Week 20

 

Get back to school with our Spelling Bee Sew Along featuring the Spelling Bee Book! We are beyond excited to start week 20 of the Sew Along!

The Spelling Bee Book is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet and features complete instructions for 100 letter, number, punctuation and picture blocks in two sizes plus 18 quilt projects!

This Sew Along will feature 88 of the blocks from the Spelling Bee Book! Lasting 44 weeks, our Sew Along will feature 2 blocks from the book each week. We are featuring the Dog and Flower blocks in the 20th week of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

Dog block by Kerry of Very Kerry Berry

Kerry made her Dog block by using Eastham by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics for the dog body, Lighthearted by Ayumi Takahashi for the ears and tail, vintage scrap for the bandanna and Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman for the background.

Flower block by Taunja of Carried Away Quilting

Taunja made her Flower block using Farmer’s Daughter by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

We have a great group of 40 quilting bloggers joining us for each event. Each week, 2 of the 40 bloggers will be sharing their Spelling Bee blocks with you! Be sure to visit our bloggers for details on what they did with their Spelling Bee blocks! And check out #SpellingBeeSaturday on Instagram to keep up with the fun!

Here is a list of the quilters joining us for the Spelling Bee Sew Along – thanks for joining in on the fun, Quilters!

Spelling Bee Sew Along

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 24 for Week 21 of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

 

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Classic & Vintage: Hunter Star

Happy Friday Quilters! We are back with another pattern in our Classic & Vintage series: Hunter’s Star! For those who are unfamiliar with our Classic & Vintage series, we focus on traditional quilt blocks and add a modern twist!

The Hunter’s Star Quilt is a classic pattern that is traditionally made with paper piecing. However we created a whole new method to make this block with ease! Kimberly made her Hunter’s Star quilt using Ombre Confetti Metallic by V & Co. for Moda Fabric. The traditional piecing of the quilt makes for gorgeous blocks and quilts of all sizes!

The complete Hunter’s Star pattern  with four different size options is available for purchase at fatquartershop.com. To make a quilt just like ours, we have a Hunter’s Star quilt kit and separate backing set available!

If you’re ready to sew along with us, grab  your supplies, download your FREE block pattern and watch Kimberly’s video tutorial for a step-by-step guide on making your block!

 

We are very fortunate to have 21 amazing bloggers quilting along with us! Check out their takes on the Hunter’s Star blocks:

Afton of Quilting Mod
(@quiltingmod)

Anna of My Wandering Path
(@mywanderingpath)

April of JANDA Bend Quilts
(@jandabendquilts)

Carla of Creatin in the Sticks
(@creatininthesticks)

Elise of Elise and Emelie
(@eliseandemelie)

Heather of A Creative Pursuit
(@acreativemama)

Jen of The Smitten Chicken
(@thesmittenchicken)

Joanne of Quilts by Joanne
(@turtlequilterjo)

Kristen D. of 3 in the Nest
(@threeinthenestraleigh)

Kristen K. of Meadowbrook
(@kkmeadowbrook)

Kristie of Teadoddles
(@teadoddles)

Leah of Ponderings From My Heart
(@ponderingsfrommyheart) 

Louise of My Quilting Blog
(@louisecharlton) 

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff
(@mellierc) 

Melissa of Oh How Sweet
(@ohhowsweetco)

Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
(@busyhandsquilts)

Pat of Life in the Scrapatch
(@scrapatches)

Rebecca of One Wee Bird
(@oneweebird)

Tracie of Riceford Streams
(@joyfully_tracie)

Vickie of Crocheting Vixen
(@crochetingvixen)

Wendy of Sugarlane Designs
(@homeplacequilts)

We hope you enjoy quilting your own Hunter Star quilt. Happy Quilting!

 

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Happy Farm Girl Cross-Stitch

We love working on new products with our quilty friends! Our It’s Sew Emma team has partnered with our good friend Lori Holt to bring you Lori’s newest cross-stitch pattern, Happy Farm Girl. The pattern is printed on sturdy cardstock and  in full color. This is Lori’s debut into the cross-stitch world and we cannot be happier to be a part of this journey!

If you think that this pattern seems familiar, you are not wrong! Based on the very popular downloadable pattern, the Happy Farm Girl Quilt Pattern, Lori brought this adorable design to cross-stitch. As a standalone piece or an accessory to the quilt, this cross stitch piece definitely stands out wherever you put it!

We know that all of you are definitely ready to try your hand at this amazing cross stitch pattern! Here’s what you’ll need:

Once you have your materials, you are all set to make the cross stitch pattern! One thing that we’ve had success with in storing our work in progress and materials is the Bohin Small Clear Sewing Box that makes it easy to store and see all of your materials.

Lori has also featured this cross-stitch pattern on her blog so be sure to check that out here!

We are super happy to have partnered with Lori to make this cross stitch pattern and cannot wait to see all the creativity all of you bring to this project! If you decide to make the Happy Farm Girl Cross Stitch, be sure to share it on Instagram and hashtag #happyfarmgirl and tag @fatquartershop and @beelori1 so we can see and share your work.

Happy Cross Stitching!

 

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All About 108″ Wide Fabrics

We wanted to call your attention to some BIG fabrics here at Fat Quarter Shop (and we mean BIG) – we are talking about 108” wide fabrics today! These are the humongously fat bolts you see at your quilt shops, that are double folded and rolled.  Some of you may be familiar with this width of fabric, but for those who aren’t, today’s post is for you?  Now the big question is: what are 108″ wide fabrics? We’ve got you covered. The 108’s have a total width of 108″(compared to the 44″/45″ widths normal fabric bolts have). The fabric is folded four times over!

And, although thought to be exclusive to traditional fabrics, the 108” love is spreading all over different fabric styles! Designers like Kaffe Fassett, Carolyn Friendlander, and Tula Pink have come out with 108″s  that are perfect for the modern quilter to put a twist on their quilts. And companies like Moda Fabrics and Riley Blake Designs are also expanding their wide offerings to include modern flavors, like Zen Chic, Grunge, and Lori Holt wide backings. Check out one of the awesome projects that Sarah from Sew Sweetness made from the Tula Pink Free Fall 108″ wide fabric:

From Sew Sweetness Blog

On top of that, extra wide fabric definitely means extra wide fun! Here are some uses for the 108″ wides:

Backing for Quilts

This is the most common use for the 108″ wide fabrics. Using a wider fabric for the backings means no more piecing backings! This is perfect for beginner quilters who are intimidated by having to piece backings for bigger quilts. And not having to piece backings saves you time, you get a cleaner finish, and is overall much easier. Definitely a win for everyone!

The sizes that 108″ wide pieces work for as backing go anywhere from lap size quilts to bed size quilts. As long as your quilt is 100″ in length, using a 108″ piece for backing should work for you! (Of course, when in doubt, talk to your longarm quilter!)

It can also be way more cost effective than piecing backings when your quilt is large enough.  For instance, a 60” x 70” quilt needs about 4 yards to piece a backing from 44” wide fabric.  At $10.75 per yard, that come to $43.  Now use 2 yards of a 108” backing (which you don’t have to piece together, hurrah), and at $16.98 a yard, that is $10 less than the pieced option.  And you will even have leftover to add to your stash. Win win!

The Front of a Quilt

Yes you heard right. You can use a 108″ wide fabric for the front of a quilt. This is called making a whole cloth quilt and works for quilters who want to experiment with a new style of quilting. You can have your hand at trying a new style of hand quilting or even long arm quilting and not have the pressure of trying something new on a quilt you spent hours piecing. And you still get a completed quilt at the end!

Making Curtains

The 108’s are perfect for making custom curtains for gorgeously tall windows in your house or even your shower! Just measure your window width and height, add 15” to 30” to the width for the amount of drapiness you like, and add 5” to 10” to the height to create pockets for your curtain or shower rods.  Add a few extra inches to the height if you want the floor-sweeping effect.  Cut your 108” piece to size, sew down some simple rod pockets, and in no time you have custom curtains to decorate any room in your house!

What to do with the Extras

Now that we have a couple of ways to use these enormous quilt pieces, the question arises as to what to do with the extras. Keep the scraps from the 108″ pieces and use them to make regular sizes quilt pieces. Or you can cut strips to make binding that matches the back of your quilt.

These are just a few ideas to get you started with 108″s, and now it’s time to have your hand at them! Find the wide range of 108″ wide fabrics we have available at Fat Quarter Shop and get ready to have an amazing finished product. Be sure to share your projects on Instagram and tag us on @fatquartershop so we can see and share your projects! Also, comment down below with any questions or other ideas you have for using wide fabrics!

Happy quilting!

 

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