Sew Sampler Reveal September 2018

The ‘Sweet as Cherry Pie’ Sew Sampler box is sure bring a smile to your face this month. We partnered up with our all-time favorite dynamic duo, Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs to offer you a box filled with new and exclusive items that are sure to take your quilting skills up a notch! Fear Dresdens no longer when you see how fast, fun and easy their new Double Wide 4 Patch Template is. What a fun twist!

If you’re not already signed up for this fun membership, do so by visiting our website!

Badda Bing! Charm Pack by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics

Me and My Sister Designs are bringing the cheer with their new cherry-themed fabric collection, Badda Bing! Enjoy the colorful zing of this bright feedsack-inspired Charm Pack, which includes 42 – 5″ squares of this sweet line, more than enough to sink your teeth into!

Check out the full collection here.

Cherry Pickin’ Finishing Kit by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics
Sew Sampler Exclusive

The Cherry Pickin’ Finishing Kit includes 1 yard Bella Solids #9900-98 and 1/2 yard red gingham #22345-11 for binding. Get a jump start on this project and use it to complete your Cherry Pickin’ quilt!

Double Wide 4 Patch Dresden Template by Me and My Sister Designs
Sew Sampler members received this item FIRST!

The Double Wide 4 Patch Dresden Template is your Charm Pack’s new BFF! Based on the Me and My Sister Designs’ original Double Wide Dresden Ruler, this simplified version is intended to be used with 5″ squares and delivers a beautifully original Dresden plate design!

Check out their Double Wide Dresden book for more inspiration.

28mm Stick Rotary Cutter by Fiskars

A 28mm Rotary Cutter that has a hassle-free blade change which cuts multiple layers of fabric at a time. Ideal for cutting intricate curves, patterns and applique. Cut around your Double Wide 4 Patch Dresden Template carefully and accurately.

Cherry Pickin’ Quilt Pattern by Me and My Sister Designs
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

This mouthwatering tablerunner pattern was designed by Me and My Sister Designs exclusively for Fat Quarter Shop! Try your hand at their Double Wide 4 Patch Dresden Template and see how fast, fun and cute this 14 1/2″ x 42 1/2″ tablerunner turns out.

If you missed out on this box, don’t worry, we are offering a PDF downloadable version here.

Barn Block Recipe #6 by Sew Sampler

Join us as we travel the countryside and make twelve unique and inspiring Barn Blocks! If you are sewing along with us, be sure to share your quilt with us on social media using the following hashtag:  #BARNBLOCKQUILT

Don’t wait to pick up a Barn Block Quilt Kit as well as a coordinating Aurifil Barn Block Thread Pack to get started!

Longarm Quilter of the Month: Teresa Silva

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Longarm Quilting. This has been one of our most requested topic to talk about on our social media channels and we are finally doing it! We recently stocked a lot of new longarm quilting supplies and who better to give you a bit of insight than some of our longarm quilty friends!

Get Longarm Quilting Supplies HERE!

We are starting a blog series where we will be featuring one of our longarm quilter friends every month. They will be giving all of you their tips and tricks for longarm quilting, what materials they use, advice if you need to get a longarm quilter, and much more! We are kicking off this spotlight series feature with our first longarm quilty friend, Teresa Silva of Quilting is my Bliss!

Teresa Silva, Longarm Quilter

Here is the interview we did with her about longarm quilting:

1. How long have you been longarm quilting?

8 years

2. What made you get into longarm quilting?

I had so many quilt tops that needed quilting. Decided one day I needed a longarm to finish them. Asked my husband what he thought and he said go for it. Next thing I knew, I was teaching myself to longarm quilt and taking customer quilts in 6 months later to help pay for my machine.

Snowflake Sampler by Threaded Quilting (Made and Quilted by Teresa)

Quilt: Snowflake Sampler by Threaded Quilting (Made and Quilted by Teresa)

3. What is your favorite technique to use when longarm quilting?

Love to create designs on quilts with rulers mainly straight and curved rulers. It’s easy to create secondary designs and shapes with the use of rulers.

Russell Quilt by Carolyn Freidlander (Quilted by Teresa)

Quilt: Russell Quilt by Carolyn Freidlander (Quilted by Teresa)

4. Any tips for people who would like to start longarm quilting?

Doodle! Doodling helps give you the muscle memory you need to navigate designs without thinking about what you are doing. So you are able to move freely without actually having to stop and think where should I go next.

5. What are your go-to longarm materials?

Thread and batting are probably the most important things to me. You don’t want to use cheap materials to finish a quilt that already has a ton of money in it with gorgeous fabrics. You get such a great result just by using the right supplies.

6. What is the scariest/most exciting part of the process?

Sometimes just starting on a quilt is the scariest. Once I figure out the design I can quilt freely but taking that first stitch on a customer quilt is probably them scariest moment for me. I love when I take the quilt off the frame and lay it out on the floor to see how it looks. Best thing ever. I have a photo shoot for every quilt I finish.

Summerville Quilt by Thimble Blossoms (Quilted by Teresa)

Quilt: Summerville Quilt by Thimble Blossoms (Quilted by Teresa)

7. How would you describe your style of longarm quilting?

My longarm quilting style is definitely modern. I love the modern fabrics and the creativity that comes with modern quitling.

8. What is your favorite motif to quilt?

Swirls and ribbon candy!

Designed and Quilted by Teresa

Quilt: Designed and Quilted by Teresa

9. How do you select your thread?

I like a thread that blends. I usually match the thread to the fabric and I switch out threads as I go. I generally use a 50 weight poly/cotton thread. It’s strong and it sinks into the quilt and makes awesome texture. I always like the texture to be the focus on the quilt not the thread color. If you use a colored thread I think it takes away from the piecing of the quilt. Quilting should accent the quilt not be the showcase.

10. What advice would you give someone who is using a professional longarm quilter for the first time?

Always ask how they like you to prepare the quilt for quilting. I like to have 3-4 inches larger all the way around a quilt for the backing and batting. I also love when my customers send me a nice pressed top and backing free of wrinkles.

Big thanks to Teresa for taking time out to do this interview and sending all the photos of her work! To see more of Teresa’s work, be sure to check out her Instagram (@quiltingismybliss) and Facebook page!

Happy Quilting!

 

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Button Lovers Club 3:Dream Buttons

Get ready to lose your buttons with Just Another Button Company’s newest Button Lover’s Club, Words with Buttons! Each monthly box includes a word pack with button letters to spell the word of the month, plus an assortment of handmade clay buttons. All of the buttons are chosen to coordinate with a popular new fabric collection. This month, the featured collection is Twilight by One Canoe Two!

In their third year of the Button Lover’s Club, JABC changed things up by giving you 2 Mini Party Packs and 1 pack of handmade, hand dyed buttons in every box that coordinate with a fabric collection.

Our quilty friend Pat Sloan has joined us this year to make her version of the project using the buttons and her Splendid Sampler blocks. For her project, she used fabrics from Ombre Confetti, Les Petites Midnight, Love you by Sandy Gervais, and an Ackfeld holder to frame her project. Check out her blog post to see all the details of her project.

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BLOG REMIX – Kimberly Sac

We’re shaking things up on the Jolly Jabber! We are bringing life back to our old projects with Blog Remixes! Every other Thursday from today until November 15, we will be throwing it back to one of our tutorials with new fabrics, notions, tips and tricks to inspire you to make your next project. Whether you’ve seen this project before or it’s your first time, there’s a remix project for everyone. This week’s remix is the Kimberly’s Sac Project by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts! Joanna designed this bag so that it’s very beginner friendly and easy to make! The pattern for this bag is very Layer Cake friendly and you can make up to 4 bags with one Layer Cake.

Fabric Requirements

Here is what you’ll need to make this project:

Video Tutorial

Joanna did a video tutorial on the Kimberly’s Sac Bag with Kimberly when she came to visit us in 2016! Grab your materials and follow along with us as we make this fun and handy project:

Quilt Along

We even had some awesome quilty friends make their version of the Kimberly’s Sac Bag:

Quilty Staffer Elva made her Kimberly’s Sac Bag using Dear Mum by Robin Pickens for Moda Fabrics. She says “I like to use a thick satin stitch to sew the side tabs on. I think it looks really good and it definitely reinforces the seams!”

She also made a second bag using Panda Love by Kelly Panacci for Riley Blake Designs. For this bag, she decided to switch it up and use a magnet to close the bag rather than button and loop. Now it doesn’t matter which way you put the bag on, it’s always right!

Quilty Staffer Lilly made her Kimberly’s Sac Bag using Dot Dot Boo! by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics. She says “I used two layers of batting instead of one because I wanted it to be more sturdy. I also put the button a little higher than the pattern says so I could fit my books in there. #bookworm”

Quilty Staffer Nancy made her Kimberly’s Sac Bag using Floral Splendor by Cathy Nordstrom for Andover Fabrics. She used  a 1″ Polypro Strapping instead of batting to give more stability and durability to the strap.

Quilty Staffer Deborah made her Kimberly’s Sac Bag using Autumn Vibes by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics. To make her bag, she used canvas for the outside and did not use batting.

Ange of A Little Patchwork (@alittlepatchwork) made her Kimberly’s Sac Bag using a selection of denims and linens from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. She says “I practiced my hand stitching using Aurifil floss, especially because the patchwork panels are perfect for adding stitches to.”

Jessica of Skein and Hook (@skeinandhook) made her Kimberly’s Sac Bag using Flower Sugar by Lecien Fabrics and Moda Denim & Chambray by Moda Fabrics. She says “I decided to skip the outer assembly using the layer cakes and I chose one solid print for the front and the back. I think this pattern is pretty versatile!”

Ann of My Wanderign Path (@mywanderingpath) made her Kimberly’s Sac Bag using Urban Cottage by Urban Chiks for Moda Fabrics. She says “In addition to the Urban Cottage quilting cotton prints that I used for the patchwork, I used a cotton slub (for the bottom) and a woven (for the lining) from the collection as well. I love all the different textures!”

Kairle of Kairle Oaks (@kairleoaks) made her Kimberly’s Sac Bag using

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This project is easy to make, scrap friendly and perfect for your own home or as a gift! Be sure to share your projects using #Kimberlyssac and tag us (@fatquarterhsop) so we can see and share your work!

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Swoon Sixteen Quilt Along & Contest

pile of Swoon Sixteen quilts
a big pile to Swoon (Sixteen) over

We’re absolutely Swooning over Camille’s Patterns! The Swoon Design is a signature pattern of Camille Roskelley and truly made the quilting world take notice of her pattern company Thimble Blossoms! The Swoon Sixteen Quilt, a sibling of her original Swoon pattern, packs in sixteen 16-inch Swoon blocks made from 16 Fat Quarters!  (I wonder how she came up with that name LOL!)  She was nice enough to film a Swoon Sixteen tutorial with us, and it launched another quilt along/contest, the Swoon Along! We would like you to make the Swoon Sixteen Block from the Swoon Sixteen Quilt into a project; keep it as a block, a mini quilt, a pillow, or any creation of your own!

Camille made her Swoon Sixteen Block into a mini quilt using Smitten by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics, and this little guy is also one of the prizes for the Swoon Sixteen contest (see details below!)

Camille's Swoon Sixteen Mini
Camille’s Swoon Sixteen Mini
Camille Roskelly's Swoon Sixteen Mini Quilt in Smitten
Camille Roskelly’s Swoon Sixteen Mini Quilt in Smitten

Kimberly also made her Swoon Sixteen Block into a mini quilt with Smitten, focusing on her favorite color combo, aqua and pink.

Kimberly's Swoon Mini Quilt
Kimberly’s Swoon Mini, also from Smitten fabrics

Swoon Sixteen Quilt Along

To get those creative juices flowing, our wonderful quilty staffers swooped to sprinkle us with Swoon-worthy inspiration for other looks in the Swoon Sixteen Quilt!

Nancy made her Swoon Sixteen Quilt Block into a lovely wall hanging using Aubergine by Debbie Beaves for Maywood Studio Fabric. She used a complementary Grunge Basics by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics to bind it, which is an creative pairing that works so well.

Nancy's Swoon Wall Hanging
Nancy made her Swoon block into an elegant wall hanging in her favorite color.

Terri whipped up several Swoon Sixteen blocks into a small lap quilt using Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics.  We love the scrappy border, just one fun way to add her personal flair!

Terri's Swoon Sixteen Lap Quilt
Terri made an adorable lap quilt, embellished with a scrappy border!

Susan fashioned her Swoon Sixteen Quilt Block into an elegant tablerunner using The Front Porch by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabric.

Susan's Swoon Sixteen Tablerunner
Susan fashioned her Swoon Sixteen blocks into a bright tablerunner.

Swoon Sixteen Contest

This contest will run from September 18 to October 18, 2018. To enter, all you have to do is get the Swoon Sixteen Pattern (available in paper and PDF) if you don’t already have it, make a Swoon Block from the Swoon Sixteen Quilt (video tutorial HERE), and upload it to Instagram. Hashtag #FQSswoonalong when you post and you’ll be entered to win. Camille will be helping us choose a winner, and the winner will get a Swoon Sixteen Mini Quilt autographed by Camille and a matching Swoon Enamel Pin!

Camille with the autographed Swoon Sixteen Mini Quilt
Camille with the autographed Swoon Sixteen Mini Quilt

Good luck and happy quilting!

 

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Happy National Sew A Jelly Roll Day 2018!

We are [jelly] rolling with happiness because it’s National Sew A Jelly Roll DayModa dedicated this day, the third Saturday of September, to this little precut and encourages you to embark on Project Jelly Roll! All you have to do is tear open a Jelly Roll and make something with it!

Here at Fat Quarter Shop, we have lots of patterns and videos tutorials for you to make with a Jelly Roll. And we have a Jelly Roll Day Sale: get up to 40% OFF select Jelly Rolls and 25% OFF Jelly Roll Patterns! And check out our #FQScantcutthis Jelly Roll Day Giveaway HERE! Both sale and giveaway ends Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.

Here are what some of our quilty friends have made with theirs:

Alison of Little Bunny Quilts (@littlebunnyalison)
Project: Jingle Bell Rock Quilt

Carol of From My Carolina Home
Project: Jelly Roll Market Bag

Gretchen of 120 Blocks (@mafiretones)
Project: Jelly Roll Ripples (FREE Pattern)

Kristin of Kristin Esser (@kristin_esser)
Project: Dot ‘n Dash Quilt

Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)
Project: Jelly Roll Railway FREE Pattern

Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)
Project: Jelly Roll Ripples (FREE Pattern)

Kristin of Kristin Esser (@kristin_esser)
Project: Jelly Roll Tablerunner

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)
Project: Trifles Quilt

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc) Project: Spellbound Quilt

Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)
Project: From Teach Me to Machine Quilt Book

Tuanja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Project: Sweetly Scalloped Quilt

Tracie Henkel of Riceford Dreams (@tracie_henkel)
Project: Jelly Roll Twist FREE Pattern

Pat of Scrapatches (@scrapatches)
Project: Ruffed Feather Pillow

Happy National Sew A Jelly Roll Day and Happy Quilting!

 

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New Videos with Shannon Fabrics!

Hey everyone!

We are SEW excited to be presenting all the videos we did with our good friends at Shannon Fabrics! Here is the schedule for the 10 videos we did with Shannon Fabrics, which we will be updating with links as they become available, on how to use and make projects with the Cuddle and Embrace Double Gauze fabric lines.

Little Pilot Wee Ones Cuddle Kit

In addition, we will be having giveaways in partnership with Shannon Fabrics with each video! All you need to do is:

(*Giveaway ends October 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. Winners will be chosen at random. If you are already subscribed to the FQS mailing list, you can still sign up using the provided link and still be entered to win)

September 2018

Each giveaway will start when the video goes up and will end October 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. We will then be publishing the next 5 videos we did with Shannon Fabrics and their coordinating giveaways.

We can’t wait for all of you to see the videos we did on the versatility of the Cuddle and Embrace Double Gauze fabric lines!

Happy Quilting!

 

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Fat Quarter Baby – Recent Projects

It’s been 3 years since we introduced the new addition to the Fat Quarter Shop book family, the Fat Quarter Baby Book by It’s Sew Emma! We recently posted Sadia’s (@yasahandmade) Fat Quarter Baby project and the response we got was amazing!

Sadia’s Christopher Quilt and pillow made from the quilt block are just too cute! Here are some of the other projects quilters have shared with us through Facebook and Instagram:

Kimberly Quilt by Melanie (@hellomellydesigns)

Hunter Quilt by Kimmie (@kimmie_in_stitches)

Andrew Quilt by Donna S.

Kevin Quilt by Cari H.

Make your own version of quilts like these and many more by getting the Fat Quarter Baby Book!

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National Sew a Jelly Roll Day 2018 Contest

Project Jelly Roll with Fat Quarter Shop

Hey Quilters! Its the almost the third Saturday of September and do you know what that means?? It’s NSAJRD! Premiering last year by Moda Fabrics, National Sew A Jelly Roll Day (or NSAJRD) encourages quilters of all levels to dig into that fabric stash and get to making, starting with those little round 2 1/2″ strip delicacies better known as a Jelly Roll! This year, NSAJRD will be on Saturday September 15, 2018 and we have already started to begin the celebrations! If you are curious about making a project but need some inspiration, check out our blog post last year on NSAJRD for full patterns, video tutorials and projects our quilty friends made.

 

We are celebrating National Sew A Jelly Roll Day is with a Jelly Roll Sale! Grab some Jelly Rolls to start a project (or to even keep on a pedestal) today! We are giving you up to 40% OFF select Jelly Rolls until September 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.

We are also doing a giveaway to commemorate the day of this awesome precut! We would like you to showcase a Jelly Roll you love so much, you just can’t seem to cut into. We are calling the FQS Can’t Cut This Jelly Roll Day Giveaway! Kimberly’s favorite Jelly Roll that she can’t get herself to cut into is the Smitten Jelly Roll by Bonnie & Camille!

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

  1. Take a photo of a Jelly Roll you can’t seem to make yourself cut into (or even your favorite jelly roll you’ve done projects with will do!)
  2. Post that photo on Instagram with two hashtags: #FQScantcutthis and #projectjellyroll

And that’s it! You will automatically be entered to win! This giveaway will run from today, September 13, 2018, to Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. We will then randomly select a winner to get a $100 Fat Quarter Shop Giftcard! [*You must do both hashtags to enter and have your Instagram on public otherwise we will not be able to see your photo/enter you in the contest]

Happy Jelly Roll Quilting!

 

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Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag Sewing Tutorial

The season of all things spooky and trick or treating is almost upon us! We are back with another sewing tutorial and this time we are making the Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag! Great for storing candy, goodies and much more, this little bag is sure to be a hit this Halloween. We used the Dot Dot Boo! collection by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics for our bag and we even have a complete Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag Kit with all the materials to make the bag!

Fabric Requirements

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

And that’s it! Be sure to grab your FREE Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag Pattern to get sewing. If you would like to make a bag just like ours, get the complete Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag Kit HERE!

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We hope you decide to make your own Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag and if you do, be sure to hastag #TrickorTreatCarryAlongBag and tag us (@fatquartershop) so we can see and share your work.

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