Applique All Day Series: Block #3 – Woodland

It’s time for part three in our Applique All Day series! Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs designed an Christmas-themed block that is sure to show your holiday spirit. This Woodland block and the rest of the blocks in this six-part series are exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop and are free to download!

This block uses the raw edge applique style! We used fusible appliques with top stitch, to give the block a casual and quick look!

The Fern Hill collection by Jan Patek for Moda Fabrics is the perfect collection for the Woodland block! The neutral, warm and earthy tones really bring the tree to life! Fern Hill pairs perfectly with the Nostalgia Aurifil 80 wt applique thread set.

Ready to start appliqueing? If you haven’t, download the free pattern here! Don’t forget to check out the new Applique Basics Kit! Anne Sutton has picked her must-haves, and we have put them all together in this FQS exclusive kit!

What winter-themed fabric will you use for your Christmas Tree block? Share your photos with us on social media, using the hashtag #appliqueallday.

Did you miss blocks 1 and 2? Check them out now!


Applique All Day Series: Block 1 – Hearts & Flowers

We are loving the new Aurifil 80wt. thread, and we hope you are too! With this product now available, we thought it was the perfect time for a little applique fun!

We teamed up with Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs, who designed a series of six unique applique blocks using different applique methods! The block patterns are free and will help you practice some new applique tricks!

Today’s block is called Hearts & Flowers, and you can download it here

This sweet block features the Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle for Moda. We chose the soft, beautiful hues of the Whisper 80wt. Thread Pack – a Fat Quarter Shop exclusive – to applique this block since it matches the delicate sweetness of the Hearts & Flowers.

If you’re taking on these six fun blocks as your first applique project, or if you’re in need of some new tools we have you covered! The new Applique Basics Kit has everything you need to get started (plus a sweet little coupon)!

Here are Anne’s thoughts for why each item in the Applique Basics Kit is a must-have item:

Applique is so fun and versatile, we can’t wait to see what it brings to your quilting projects! Part two in our Applique All Day series will be on December 1st – you won’t want to miss out for a new technique and a new free block pattern! Happy crafting!

New Fat Quarter Shop Tutorials, Featuring Jillily Studios

In March, Jill Finley of Jillily Studio dropped by for a few days of filming with Kimberly. We were so happy she could come, because she tackled one of our biggest quilting fears: “appliqué”. *dun dun DUUUUUNNNN!*

During this appliqué crash course, we filmed a total of 12 videos with her and she held our hand through the whole ordeal. Appliqué is no longer the “A” word for us! Jill did a wonderful job of breaking the process down for us.

First, you’ll need to know how to use your pattern to create appliqué templates.

Once the appliqué templates are ready, she dove into getting the fabric appliqué pieces cut, placed and ready to baste.

Then she went over the two ways you can attach appliqué —

By machine (our preference!) using Aurifil monofilament thread

And (for gutsier quilters with more patience than we have) how to finish appliqué by hand!

Of course, we had her present her Jillilly Studio Appli-Glue and why it’s so perfect for appliqué. It is really a fabulous product because it’s archival quality, so you don’t have to worry about it harming your fabrics over time, you can apply it as precisely as you need, and it washes right out!

We also asked her to pretty please show us her Aurifil Everyday Colors Thread Boxes, and she just dropped a delicious bomb of thread information on us. If you ever wondered what the thread weight on a package means, or what the benefits of 2-ply thread are, watch!

Plus, she had a plethora of other helpful tips to share. Some of my favorites were how to protect your ironing board, how to use her cute Poke-A-Dots sticky thimbles, and how to sew ric rac. But this one was like a magic trick — how to make amazing shapes with bias tape for appliqué!

Let us know what you think of our videos with Jill Finley — do you find them helpful? Anything we could have covered more? And how cute is Jill from a scale of cute to REALLY cute?

April 2014 Notion of the Month: Jillily Studio Appliglue

It’s time again for a brand new Notion of the Month! This month we have selected Appli-Glue by Jillily Studio as our April 2014 Notion of the Month! Jill Finley of Jilliy Studio is here to tell you a bit more about Appli-Glue, and don’t forget, the Notion of the Month is 20% off all month long!

Hi! I’m Jill Finley of Jillily Studio. I want to tell you a little bit about one of my quilting notions, APPLI-GLUE. A few years ago I was working away at some applique, and decided that it sure would be nice if I could baste my pieces onto my background with a glue that would be safe for the fabrics. So I developed my basting glue.

I had some pretty strict requirements for this new glue. Most importantly, I wanted it to be ARCHIVAL, meaning that it is safe to leave in my quilts because it is acid free (pH neutral). I wanted it to be water soluble, just in case I need to wash it out! I need a teeny, tiny, dropper tip so that I can be very precise with my application of glue. It should not dry stiff and hard. I needed the tip to NOT CLOG!! (this had been a problem for me before) I wanted an easy way to clean out the tip when I am done using it. And for sure, it should be very sticky—to hold all those applique pieces in place until I finally get around to stitching!

It is especially nice when you are working on a complicated design to hold all the pieces down at once—no more adding just one piece at a time. This is really handy when you are going to stitch by machine. Your pieces will stay firmly in place when you are turning and twisting your project under the needle.

When you prep all your pieces, and glue them down with Jillily Studio APPLI-GLUE, you can see the whole design at once, and your project becomes portable! Even if you are going to a ball game — all you need is your needle and thread, and you are set to stitch. (Between innings, of course—you don’t want to miss any of the action!)

I’m sure you will think of many uses for my Appli-Glue! Just think about all the basting you can do with a safe, archival product, and all the time you will save—making your applique beautiful and simple. I hope you give it a try!

Remember, Appli-Glue is 20% off all month long at Fat Quarter Shop! Happy quilting!

Simple Whatnots Mini Quilts Club

Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilts Club We are excited to announce the new Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilts Club featuring Vintage Farmhouse fabric by Kim Diehl beginning in July! Miniature quilts are everywhere these days and this program gives you a great excuse to sew one up each month to round out 2014. Kim Diehl, the designer extroudinare behind the Simple Whatnots Club is here to tell you about all six quilts in the program, so keep reading for a closer look at these miniature quilt patterns!

Hopscotch Quilt in the Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilt Club

This colorful little patchwork quilt is simple to stitch, and I really love the sense of movement that the rows of triangles bring. Because I’m one if those quilters who think everything is better with a little dollop of appliqué, I decided to offer this design in both a patchwork and appliqué medallion version. So, the only question is…to appliqué, or not to appliqué?

Hopscotch Quilt in the Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilt Club

“Laundry Day” 

This little quilt features traditional patchwork in a rainbow of colors, and the scaled-down block size really adds a lot of charm to the finished look. Nothing fancy, nothing formal, but I think there’s a little bit of magic happening here.

Hopscotch Quilt in the Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilt Club

“Sunday Supper” 

 This sweet little quilt shows off six patchwork blocks in a simple setting, with endless possibilities for mixing and matching your prints. The red sashing strips are stitched from one of my favorite Vintage Farmhouse red prints, and I love how the black corner posts make them look almost transparent. Best of all, the small size of this quilt means it can be pieced in a snap!

Hopscotch Quilt in the Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilt Club

“Idaho Lily” 

 This small quilt combines traditional patchwork with a classic color scheme, and the finished look is truly timeless. If piecing is normally your technique of choice, this project, with just the tiniest bit of appliqué, may be the perfect way to dabble in something new…and you may discover a new favorite past time!

Hopscotch Quilt in the Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilt Club


 This little patchwork quilt shows off one of my very favorite things…checkerboard squares. To me, there are few things more homey and inviting than small-scale squares stitched from a rainbow of colors, and I love how they look like quilted confetti!

Hopscotch Quilt in the Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilt Club


 This pint-sized quilt combines easy-to-appliqué leaves with a sprinkling of tiny yo-yos, and it’s a cinch to stitch with the help of Clover’s extra-small yo-yo maker. The petite size of this quilt also let me indulge myself in some big-stitch hand quilting, which is a rare treat, and it’s the icing on the cake!

What do you think about these sweet mini quilts? If you like them, reserve your spot in the Simple Whatnots Miniature Quilts Club today!

Designer Tidbits: Sandy Gervias

Love is in the air! Sandy Gervais of Pieces From my Heart is here to tell us about her new love-inspired collection, Table for Two. Get inspired to sew a little something to celebrate all of the LOVE in your life!

Q: Tell us a little about the Table for Two collection. What were you inspired by?
A:Bruce and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. We may no longer look like this young couple, nor did I ever look like this girl. However, we are still as in love as the young couple pictured on the panel.

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A:Most of the time I start with the color palette. In this case, it being a Valentine’s line, the colors were pretty much predetermined. Of course Valentines usually has red. My red will always be a warm red – never a cool red. I like to use a warm black in a Valentine’s line. Warm reds and pinks always pop on a black background.

Q: What projects do you hope to see made using Table for Two?
A:I think the panel with its many parts and motifs opens up an array of possibilities. You could appliqué the motifs on various projects – aprons, potholder or tea towels. You could also piece the motif blocks into various traditional or not so traditional blocks. I think some of the prints would work up very nicely into little girl’s clothing. So many cute and girly possibilities!

Hearts Intertwined Table Runner Kit
Sweetness Quilt Pattern

Q:What projects have you made using Table for Two?
A:I have only had time to make the projects featured on my patterns – table mats, runners, tea towel and wall quilts. I do hope I have time to make a red and white quilt using this line…someday.

Q:How do you describe your style?
A:Not really traditional – not really modern – something in-between??

Bertie’s Year Quilt of the Month

Looking to start the new year on a crafty foot? Bonnie Sullivan’s new Bertie’s Year Quilt of the Month program is perfect for quilters who want to tackle one small project each month! From snowy trees to Halloween pumpkins, each month’s adventure will leave you wanting more. Bonnie shows off her special bird in this exclusive video from Market. Watch and meet Bertie for yourself!

Bertie, the charming little bird featured in each project, is inspired by Bonnie’s grandfather and has a very adventurous spirit. His monthly adventures are full of fun! He celebrates his love in February, tastes a watermelon in May, and harvests berries in November. What a busy year!

Each project is made with the soft Woolies Flannels by Maywood for a cozy effect. And for added interest, the border piece is made using different arrangements of half square triangles each month! A button and thread kit is available to add all of the darling elements Bonnie includes in the pattern.

The Bertie’s Year quilts Will certainly be a welcoming addition to your home. Sign up today and go on a year long adventure with Bertie!

I Believe in Snowmen Quilt Kit

Enamored by reds? Have a sweet spot for delicate handwork? Swoon over applique? We might have the perfect quilt kit for you! The I Believe in Snowmen Quilt Kit by Bunny Hill Designs features her upcoming collection, Winter Wonderland, and truly celebrates the chilly season. Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs is here on the Jolly Jabber today to give you a sneak peek at I Believe in Snowmen. Grab a cozy cup of coffee and take a look!

If you love Handwork like I do, then I Believe in Snowmen is for you! With a combination of appliqué and redwork embroidery, the blocks are easy, portable, and fun to stitch. Each block is cute enough to stand on its own, allowing you to create as many different projects as you can dream up. Use one block for a pillow, frame it into a picture, combine 2 or 3 for a table runner…. well, you get the idea. Think past just making this darling quilt and your home will be filled with coordinating decorations.

I could draw snowmen forever I love them so much, and this quilt was a fun start. You’ll find snowmen in the fabric, snowmen on the quilt and who knows where more snowmen will show up in future projects! My inspiration for snowmen comes from everywhere. I just have to look around.

If you need to sharpen up your embroidery skills, have no fear! We have a video showing you how to do all of the stitches in the I Believe in Snowmen pattern. This video is packed with tips, tricks, and instructions, so take a look.

I Believe in Snowmen is a whimsical redwork quilt that will have everyone who sees it smiling. If you start it in April when Winter Wonderland ships, you can easily have it done in time for Christmas. Imagine your home decorated with snowmen this year. Your friends will know that you believe in snowmen too!

Pattern of the Month October 2013: Let Them Eat Cupcakes

It’s time again for a new Pattern of the Month! This month we selected the Let Them Eat Cupcakes by Me & My Sister Designs as our October 2013 Pattern of the Month. And don’t forget, the Pattern of the Month is 20% off all month!

Hi Jolly Jabber Followers! Mary and I are excited to be here again! We’re the lucky girls selected with the pattern of the month, Let Them Eat Cupcakes!

Mary was the one who designed all three of our patterns this time and she did a great job. But I contributed by offering my standard “yes” or “no “ input.

“Let Them Eat Cupcakes” features our new Hubba Hubba fabrics for Moda Fabrics. These fabrics are scheduled to ship to the shops in February 2014, but as you know any of our fabric groups will give you the same look.

Our quilter, Sharon Ellsbery did a wonderful job with the quilting …

To celebrate let’s have a giveaway!  Click on over to our blog for a chance to win one of these 3 bundles with our 3 new patterns!

Thanks, Jolly Jabber! And don’t forget, you can pick up a copy of Let Them Eat Cupcakes at 20% off all month long!
Barb of Me & My Sister Designs

Designer Tidbits: Holly Holderman

Craving something sweet? We definitely have you covered! Sweet Things by Holly Holderman for LakeHouse Dry Goods has arrived and is ready to sweeten up your stash. Whether you crave doughnuts, cupcakes or cherries, this bright and cheerful collection will have just what you need. We gave you a peek after showing off our final Back to School with Pam Kitty Love quilt, and today Holly is here on the blog to give you a closer look!

Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for Sweet Things?
A:I have always had a love of color & pattern. As a young child my mother was very careful with our diet & keeping our teeth cavity-free. We also lived pretty far away from the shopping area of the town I grew up in. I’ll never forget going to Van Driel’s Drug Store with my friend Gail. I was about 10 years old. They had a huge display of penny candy, in all shapes & sizes. It was mesmerizing, and something I will never forget. Roald Dahl, who wrote Willy Wonka, had a similar experience as a child, and wrote about it in his book “Boy”.

Q: What was your “aha” moment in designing this collection?
A:For me design is in large part an editing process. I start out with “exhuberant abandon” this involves shopping to get out in the world and see what’s going on in pop culture and then wading through my archives. I’ve been collecting inspiring things for all of my adult life…

Q: What TV show or movie does your collection fit best in?
A:That would be Willy Wonka, of course! The first version with Gene Wilder is a personal favorite.

Bonus applique templates by Holly Holderman available for free download HERE

Q:Tell me about your sewing machine. What kinds do you have and how many?
A:I learned to sew on a Singer Touch & Sew. I loved it, because it was so easy to wind a bobbin. Later on in high school, I got a really nice Singer as a birthday present from my dad. In high school I sewed down ski bunny outfits, bikinis, silk dresses, my first quilt…that machine was amazing. Unfortunately, it was dropped & broke into two pieces during one of my many moves. Now I only have a loaner from a friend, and unfortunately I don’t have that much time to sew right now.

Q:What is your favorite part of the fabric industry?
A:Wow, that’s a tough question. Love, Love, Love seeing new things at our trade shows and meeting interesting & talented people when there. I have to remember to tone it down with new fabric & quilt designers I meet, because I can be an overly-gushing fan.

Pennants Quilt Kit by Holly Holderman, featuring Sweet Things

Q:From what aspect of your life do you draw creativity?
A:Anywhere, anytime, I just keep my eyes open. That said, Paris will always be my very favorite place to re-charge my battery.

Q:What is your design process?
A: I used to paint everything myself, gouache paints in hundreds of tiny jars, expensive sable brushes & papers, the works. But then I hired friends to help, and over time with the crazy pace of today’s design world, that all sort of slipped away. Now we do almost everything on our computers in the studio.

Snow White Quilt Pattern by Holly Holderman, featuring Sweet Things

Q:What is your favorite print in the collection?
A:Oh, that’s like telling you who my favorite child is…that wouldn’t be right would it? Well, I do love me some donuts, available in black, lime, purple and white.

Q:What is the most challenging part of the design process?
A:Harnessing all of my ideas & designing a cohesive collection. My collections are frequently larger than most quilt fabric groupings, with 60 to 120 skus.

Q:What are your favorite and least favorite colors and why?
A:Favorite color HANDS DOWN: Periwinkle. Least favorite: mauvey, dirty purple-y pinks.

Be sure to pick up some Sweet Things over at Fat Quarter Shop, and download the FREE PDF cupcake applique templates here!