In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Gone Batty Pillow

in stitches with Fat Quarter SHop


Welcome to the last project in our In Stitches pillow series for the WeAllSew blog!  It is now October, and with the impending holiday season upon us, we’re feeling a bit… batty!  We hope you love this fun-not-frightening pillow featuring Eek Boo Shriek by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics.  Featuring an applique of a swooping black bat, we have aptly named it the Gone Batty Pillow, and it can be whipped up in just a few hours, just in time for Halloween.  Share your versions with us on Instagram so we can share them too!

Gone Batty Pillow

Here’s what you’ll need for the Gone Batty pillow…

Fabric Requirements & Tools:

materials for Gone Batty pillow

Cutting Requirements:

From the pillow top fabric, cut:
1 – 14 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle

From the pillow back fabric, cut:
2 – 12 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ rectangles

From the binding fabric, cut:
2 – 2 1/4″ x WOF strips

From the batting, cut:
1 – 14 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle

From the muslin, cut:
1 – 14 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle


Assembly Instructions:

Cut out and tape the Left and Right Gone Batty bat template pieces together along the Alignment Line to create the complete bat applique template.

Gone Batty applique


Using the complete bat applique template, trace the bat applique template on the 9″ x 20″ rectangle.  Templates are actual size and do not include a 1/4” seam.  We used raw edge applique, but if you prefer a needleturn applique method, please add a seam allowance when tracing.  Since we used black fabric for our bat, we traced it on the back side of the fabric.

trace Gone Batty applique


Place the bat as you like on the pillow top fabric. We centered the bat, tilting it slightly down on the left side.

Gone Batty applique on background fabric


Applique the bat on the 14 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ pillow top fabric.  We used black thread and a blanket stitch (stitch #1329) to cover our raw edges.

Gone Batty applique sewing


Layer the pillow top, batting and muslin.

Gone Batty applique


Quilt as desired.  With a Frixion pen, we drew a large spiderweb pattern around the pillow and quilted over it with the orange thread.

Gone Batty applique sewing


Trim the pillow top to measure 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″.

Gone Batty applique sewn down


Fold the 12 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ fabric rectangles in half along the 20 1/2″ side with wrong sides together for the Pillow Backing. Folded in half, they should measure 12 1/2″ x 10 1/4″.  Layer the two folded fabric rectangles with a 4″ overlap with folds in the center and raw edges on the outside.

envelope backing fabrics


Piece the 2 1/4″ x WOF binding strips end to end for binding.

GOne Batty binding


Place the pillow top right side up on the pillow back. Pin all the layers together and baste 1/8″ away from the edge.

Gone Batty applique


Bind as desired.  We have a fantastic machine binding tutorial if you need a little help on this step!

Gone Batty binding sewing

Gone Batty binding sewn on


Once the binding is sewn down, insert the pillow form and enjoy your Gone Batty pillow!

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Woven with Love Pillow

Happy Friday, Quilters!  We have a guest post up today on Bernina’s WeAllSew blog, and it is the fifth pillow of our In Stitches pillow series!  This one is called the Woven with Love Pillow, and we hope you love making it as much as we did.  It is quick, simple and adorned with vibrant ribbon!  In this color palette, it is a bubbly modern accent, but you can easily switch the look with your favorite colors.

Woven with Love pillow

For our Woven with Love pillow, we chose the Amy Butler Splendor Ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons.  For the pillow top and envelope back, we used the pale pink Duchess shade of Grunge Basics from Moda.  To sew down the Splendor ribbon, we selected the 50 wt Dark Turquoise thread from Aurifil.  For piecing the pillow together, we matched the thread color to the Grunge background and used Light Lilac.

Woven with Love pillow

Woven with Love pillow

Hop on over to the Woven with Love Pillow and let us know what you think!  If you have ideas for other pillows and projects you’d like to see us do tutorials on, let us know.  Have a great weekend!

Win a Cotton + Steel Bernina 350 SE from Fat Quarter Shop! #thatsmybernina

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!”

that's my bernina

That’s right, the fantastic folks at Bernina have given us THE hottest sewing machine of the year, a SPECIAL EDITION Cotton + Steel Bernina 350SE, to give to one of you awesome quilters!  If you have never sewn on a Bernina before, get thee to your nearest Bernina dealer and try one out.  Berninas are made to last and last and last. They are built like tanks – very beautiful, multi-functional, Swiss-engineered tanks.  Click here for the full list of features and accessories of the B350.

Hello Lovely Bernina 350 SE
The “Hello Lovely” B350SE designed by Cotton + Steel

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…)

"Hello Lovely" Bernina 350 SE faceplate
Close up of the “Hello Lovely” B 350 SE faceplate

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.

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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”.

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Meadow Slumber Pillow

Get ready to travel in style with this month’s In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop’s pillow project! The Meadow Slumber Pillow is perfectly sized to tote along on your car or plane ride, and it’s sew adorable that all of your fellow travelers will be begging you for your secret! Be prepared for jaws to drop when you tell them that you made it!
This beautiful pillow uses five of the fabrics from the beautiful new Meadow collection by Camelot and Aurifil 50 wt in Light Robin’s Egg color 2710! As soon as we got the Meadow collection in we couldn’t wait to create something with those beautiful and trendy florals! We’re loving those light navy prints, and we added the Meadow White Bouquet to the back for a bold pop of contrast!
Meadow Slumber Pillow Instructions
Cut 4 – 4.5” x 12.5” rectangles for the top (if fabric is directional pay attention to direction of the fabric)
Cut 3 – 1” x 12.5” rectangles for the flange – fold in half wrong sides together.
Place the flange in the center of the first two rectangles and pin it in place.
Continue to make the pillow top.
Cut 1 – 14 ½” x 18 ½” batting piece


Cut 1 – 14 ½” x 18 ½” muslin rectangle for Pillow Top backing
Layer the Quilt Top, Batting and Pillow Top Backing
Quilt on your BERNINA 770 QE with a 10D foot, a 3.5 stitch length and move your stitch to the right two spots.  Also use matching Aurifil thread color 2710  for contrast on the dark panels!
Trim Quilt Top
Cut two – 13” x 23” rectangles for the pillow backing
Put wrong sides together and pressCenter on the back of the pillow overlapping 4”


Pin in place and baste around the edge. Trim excess backingCut 2 – 2” x width of fabric strips


And there you have it! An easy-as-can-be stylish pillow to tote along on your next adventure! Be sure to share you project photos with us on social media! #meadowslumberpillow #bernina #institcheswithfatquartershop


In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Sugar Coated Dreams

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop
Hold on to your seats, because we have a FUN, new Fat Quarter Shop exclusive series with our friends at Bernina! This six-part series titled, In Stitches, will bring you a new pillow design each month!

This month’s pillow is called Sugar Coated Dreams and features the darling and dainty collection Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics! We selected a pretty Aurifil pink color 2415 for a pop of color and to showcase the precise stitches from our BERNINA 770 QE!

Ready to make your own?! Head on over to WeAllSew for step-by-step instructions and a chance to enter a fun giveaway!

Bernina Holiday Giveaway WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

It’s been such a fun two weeks! We have loved seeing all of your projects, meeting all of you and your friends, and reading all of your amazing personal stories! We love the quilting community so much and we love that all of you are a part of it!

…and now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! We wish that we could give a Bernina to all of you, but the results are in, and our randomly picked winner is….

Congratulations! We can’t wait to see all of the cute things you cook up on your new machine!

Shortcut Quilt: Jelly Roll Twist

Today, we have a fun shortcut quilt tutorial for all skill levels! Jolly Roll Twist, our free pattern, features a modern layout mixed with the classic prints and colors of Hop, Skip, and a Jump! fabric by American Jane for Moda!
All you need for this quilt is the Jelly Roll Twist Quilt Kit or your favorite Jelly Roll! We also used our go-to Aurifil 2000, our favorite Creative Grids Ruler, and our trusty Alphabitties to make this quilt a cinch!
Are you ready to get started? First, we selected our favorite 34 prints from the Hop, Skip, and a Jump! Jelly Roll, and stitched them together!
After pressing and cutting the Jelly Roll strips, we aligned them with the solid block squares!
Next, we lined up the long strips, short strips, and solid blocks!
Viola! 42 blocks later, you have this eye-catching quilt that is perfect for a gift (or to keep for yourself! We won’t share your secret!)
Ready for all of the in between steps? Download your free pattern and get started now! We’ll walk through the Jelly Roll Twist quilt with you every step of the way!

Bernina Holiday Giveaway

If you follow our social media, you might have spotted a little sneak peek last week when we posted this photo on our Instagram. Or if you were closely following, you may have seen this exciting announcement on the Bernina blog!
Well – we have not one, but TWO surprises for you! Kimberly is now a Bernina Ambassador and is thrilled to represent such a trusted and dependable company! To celebrate this new partnership, we’re giving away a beautiful Bernina 330 machine, a $1,399 value! Merry (early) Christmas!!!
Check out some of the awesome features on the machine!

There are six ways to enter to win this beauty!!

1. What is your dream Bernina machine? Comment on this blog post with your answer!
2. Choose a holiday sewing project and share a photo with the hashtag #winabernina on Instagram and Facebook, and be sure to tag @fatquartershop and @berninausa.
3. Repost our Instagram photo showcasing our Bernina giveaway.
4. Tag three friends in our Instagram post showcasing our Bernina giveaway.
5. Share our Bernina YouTube video on your Facebook wall.
6. Re-pin our Bernina photo on Pinterest.
Each action will serve as one entry to the contest. To break it down – the more you participate, the more likely you are to win!! The contest will run through December 14, 2016, so enter now for your chance to win!

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Inside the Cover Sneak Peek: Teach Me to Machine Quilt

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been taking over the Bernina Instagram account for the past two days! We have a few tricks up our sleeves in the upcoming months, so be sure to follow us on social media!

With all of this excitement, what better time than Kimberly’s new ambassador status with Bernina to jump on the book tour for Pat Sloan’s new book: Teach Me to Machine Quilt!?

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just getting into the quilting game, this book is sure to give you some tips and tricks to make your machine quilting as smooth as can be! 

In addition to the information packed inside this book, there are also some gorgeous patterns and projects! See for yourself!
Quilting tips plus project inspiration?! We’re sold! Pat Sloan’s projects are always so much fun, and she holds your hand along the way so you really feel like you’re in it together!  Head over to Pat’s blog for a sweet little giveaway, and buy your copy of Teach Me to Machine Quilt today! (Hint hint, so many gift ideas!)

Fall Quilt Market 2016: Kimberly’s Favorite Finds

The holidays are just around the corner, can you believe it?! With all of the new stuff that has been popping up on the Fat Quarter Shop New Arrivals section, you may not know just what new additions you need for your crafting room! Kimberly to the rescue! Check out this video highlighting her 15 favorite items from Fall Quilt Market 2016, and look below for the shop-able links!

  1. Binding Butler by The Buddy and Company
  2. Sugar Plum Christmas by Anne Sutton for Moda
  3.  Buttons by Just Another Button Company
  4. It’s Sew Emma Dutch Tulips Quilt
  5. Quilter’s Patch Thread by Aurifil (coming soon) and Quilt by Laundry Basket Quilts
  6. Bee Basics by Lori Holt for Riley Blake
  7. Aurifil Colors of Moda Book
  8. Coney Island by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda
  9. Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda
  10.  Happy Flower Quilts book by Lecien
  11.  Impressions Template by It’s Sew Emma
  12. Sew Kind of Wonderful by Contemporary Quilt Designs
  13. Art Gallery Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi
  14. Kimberbell Basics
  15.  Cotton + Steel Bernina