Pattern Makeover KICK-OFF!

Are you looking for ways to put a sassy, new spin on some timeless patterns? Do you have some books just collecting dust on your shelf? Well it’s time to give them a second life!  We’ve teamed up with Heidi from Fabric Mutt to bring you a sequel to the It’s Sew Illustrated series! Over the next few months, we’ll be giving our favorite It’s Sew Emma books a makeover!
We’re kicking off the Pattern Makeover series with a book that we all know and love Farm Girl Vintage! Read on for project details from Heidi!

Farm Girl Vintage: Gingham Block Coasters

My husband has been begging me to make coasters for our family room for months. I’ve been wanting to tackle Lori Holt’s fantastic Gingham Block from her beautiful book Farm Girl Vintage ever since I bought it ages ago. Then my friends at Fat Quarter Shop asked me to do a new series for them by putting my own spin on patterns from a few of their It’s Sew Emma books. The result? These fun little pieced gingham coasters.
I downsized the pieces for a 6” block by just a quarter inch, using a strip piecing method instead of cutting out all the squares individually. It came together so quickly!
Each coaster is quilted differently just for fun. All three are backed in black yarn dyed linen, giving them a sturdy backing that’s also a nice contrast to the colorful prints on the front.
I love how this pattern is both traditional and modern at the same time. It’s also great practice for working with color values. I was sorely tempted to enlarge this block into a giant block to make a cute baby quilt. I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I need a quick shower gift.

Happy sewing, friends!

Are you ready to select some fabric to make your coasters? Check out some brand new collections that we’ve picked for you!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel features a variety of prints and colors! The hints of metallic would bring a fun highlight to your makeover coasters!
Early Bird by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics is bright and cheery and will add a punch of color to any room! With so many colorways, you could make coasters to match every room in your house!

Dots & Gingham by Lecien Fabrics is a sassy alternative to traditional solids! With this collection, you wouldn’t have to worry about perfectly cutting any prints! These are all small enough to work perfectly in Heidi’s coaster project!

2017 Valentine’s Day DIY

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Fat Quarter Shop would like to say,
Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

There’s nothing sweeter on Valentine’s Day than a gift that truly comes from the heart, and what better way to show your loved ones you care than with something made by hand? We have some adorable projects for you to whip up on this holiday, and our Valentine’s Day fabric selection is sure to spark your creative side!
Button Heart Throw Pillow
This free template features the precious pink hues from Just Another Button Company! This quick and easy project can be completely customized for anyone with so many fabric and button color options!
Heart’s Delight Makin’ It Cute
From Me and My Sister Designs, these templates are Fat Quarter Shop’s Notion of the Month (hint hint, 20% off)! Use these heart-shaped templates to embellish quilts, bags, scrapbooking projects, even headbands and apparel! When used alone, these make very quick and sweet Valentines for all of your friends! 

Hearts & Flowers Applique Block
From our fun Applique All Day series with Anne Sutton, this free Hearts & Flowers Block is the perfect project to practice your appliqueing with Aurifil 80 wt! This 6″ x 6″ block is a quick project that is sure to brighten anyone’s day!
Open Heart Quilt Pattern
More savings! This precious pattern is our pattern of the month (more savings for you)! By Lella Boutique, the rows of hearts across the Open Heart quilt top have our hearts bursting with love!
Kewpie Doll Kit
Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day project that can double as a childhood toy or momento? Look no further! This adorable Kewpie Doll Kit includes a Kewpie Love fabric panel to make 6 doll accessories and an 8″ Kewpie doll.
Are you in need of some more inspiration? One thing that we love about patterns is the ability to make them your own, or to fit the personality of your loved one! Check out some of our in-house Valentine’s Day projects with different interpretations of our free Color Of My Heart Pattern!
Wall hanging featuring Manderley mini charm packs (instead of charm squares as used in the pattern) by Franny and Jane for Moda Fabrics.
Wall hanging featuring Sundrops by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics on the left, Hey Dot by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics in the middle, and Mini Muu Spring 2016 by Lecien on the right.
Valentine’s mini quilt featuring Kewpie Love by Riley Blake Designs.
Valentine’s Mini Quilt featuring Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel.

Fresh Finds from Fat Quarter Shop

It’s 2017! Do you have a New Year’s resolution to sew more? Or maybe to finish up some projects that you’ve been hanging on to? Say no more! We have a HUGE list of fresh finds this week, and we are sure that something will catch your eye and get your creative juices flowing! Check out just a few of our new favorites below, and find them all on our what’s new page!

Cotton + Steel plus Sulky = Exclusive!

Have you heard? Cotton + Steel teamed up with Sulky to bring you exclusive thread sets. We were lucky enough to get our hands on some so now they’re available for you! Once these sets are gone, they’re gone!

(Click on images to purchase!)

The spools and names of these sets are just as cute as the colors themselves! They pair perfectly with the modern prints of Cotton + Steel that we’ve all come to know and love! Which set is your must-have to add to your thread collection?

We Have a Notion Newsletter + SALE!

Here at Fat Quarter Shop, we’re crazy about notions! To fuel our love, we’ve got a whole new newsletter showcasing our latest and greatest! With this kick-off, we’ve also included an AWESOME sale below! Save 10% on ALL notions until Wednesday, November 23! If you’ve had your eye on that beautiful new Aurifil 80wt. box, now is the time to treat yourself! Plus, it’s Friday…what could possibly be a better weekend kick-off?!



Fresh Finds from Fat Quarter Shop

Some beauties that we spotted at Fall Quilt Marker 2016 in Houston are making their way to us and we couldn’t be more excited! We gave you a glimpse of what we fell in love with at Market, but there was no way that a few quick pictures would give show you all of the goodies that we came across! Check out our new arrivals here and be on the look out for more coming soon!

Fall Quilt Market 2016: Favorite Collections

While we were constantly surrounded by dozens of gorgeous collections all weekend, it was hard to pick just one as our favorite! We saw everything including bright, retro prints, to pastel, soft patterns – and everything in between! Although so many new things caught our eye, each of us picked our favorite collection from the weekend!
Amanda loved the J is for Jeep collection by Riley Blake Designs! The collection comes in three fun colors: pink, blue, and green.  The designs are fun and playful prints, perfect for a variety of projects!

Whitney chose the Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel. “Alice in Wonderland” is one of her favorite books, and the daring prints in this collection take you right back into the pages of the illustrations!

Kevin picked Sugar Plum Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics. The collection features charming patterns, with traditional Christmas colors softened by pinks, browns, and grays.

Keeping with the theme of Christmas, Codi chose Merrily by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics! Her favorite is that adorable little deer panel, that Stacie came up with in her sketchbook during Spring Quilt Market!

Kimberly chose Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. The sweet colors remind you of your favorite dessert and the patterns are so sweet and playful!

Nova chose Friedlander by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. She loves the classic prints and beautiful colors intermixed in the collection.
All of these collections and more will be popping up on our new arrivals page soon! Keep your eye out for our weekly Fresh Finds post to see if any of the collections that you’ve had your eye on has made it onto the FQS site!

Cotton + Steel Collections and Pre-Orders!

Every season, we are always so excited to see what’s new from Cotton + Steel. We got up close and personal with their newest collection at Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis and cannot wait to show you. 

Their booths are adorned with vintage memorabilia and accouterments. As usual, their individual collections are crafted to blend harmoniously, so you can’t go wrong with mixing these ranges. 

Now let’s take a closer look at their collections. Melody Miller’s Picnic collection was inspired by vintage picnic icons and prints that will spark your imagination. 

Kim Kight’s Lucky Strike collection tells a fanciful story of the 1970s Ladies’ bowling league. Her prints range from score cards to small florals, and lucky charms as well.
Paper Bandana is an ode to the Japanese paper cutting craft, Kirigami. Alexia Abegg’s hand made prints give the collection an earthy look. 
Honeymoon was inspired by Sarah Watts’ honeymoon trip to Costa Rica with her husband. Her whimsical prints of sloths, horses, and birds takes you on a journey to this tropical destination. 
Lastly, Rashida Coleman-Hale’s collection is so breezy! She translated wind in all of its beautiful form with her Zephyr collection. 
If you cannot wait to get your hands on these amazing collections, don’t fret! We have them for pre-order at our shop so you will receive your favorites before anyone else, plus save with up to 11% when you pre-order!

Let us know which collection is your favorite in the comment section and happy quilting everyone! 

Winners of What’s Your REMIX contest!

Hello everyone! We’re here to announce the winners of the “What’s Your REMIX?” Contest with Cotton + Steel! Thank you so much for the great response for this super fun contest.

After tallying all of the votes… the winners is…

Becca of Macaron Quilts

Here is her REMIX

The Cotton + Steel designers also chose their favorite REMIX and after hours of checking our all of the entries, they chose Lindsey Sanders‘ REMIX as their favorite! 

Congratulations to both winners! Tune in next time for more contests on the Jolly Jabber!