Button Lovers’ Club: Brown plus a FREE fall project!

Fall is in full swing here at FQS! We’re feeling inspired by nature with warm golds, soft browns, and inviting copper colors everywhere you look! This month’s Button Lovers’ Club is a range of brown hues with so many crafting options!

We have an adorable fall decoration for you this month that looks like it was plucked right from our backyard trees! This mixture of textures is such a fun way to welcome fall into your home.

Ready to add this fall-inspired decor to your home? Use these simple instructions below!

Acorn by Fat Quarter Shop


Pat Sloan quilted along with us! Here are her acorn template interpretations: 
This block was made using the Le Marais Charm Pack and our favorite Aurifil 80wt thread.
This acorn uses Prairie Coral Polka Dot by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics and Bella Solids Moda U Brown.
This free template is so much fun, and can be made completely custom with the fabric of your choice for a different look and feel! We’ve shown you three versatile options, but the possibilities are endless! What color palette and fabric collection will you choose? We’re excited to see!

If you aren’t already a member, sign up for the Button Lovers’ Club today. You won’t want to miss the upcoming collections and our FREE project ideas! 

Show Us Your Pets and Projects!

Cats, and puppies, and quilts — oh my! 

Do you have a furry friend who loves to lend a helping hand on your latest quilt design? Or maybe one who prefers to cuddle up with the finished product? Fat Quarter Shop wants to see!

Now through October 14, post a photo on Facebook or Instagram showcasing your pet and your latest creation! If you don’t have a pet, feel free to borrow a pet from a friend or family member, include a stuffed animal, or include a photo of the pet that you wish you had! Be sure to hashtag #fqspets, and let us know a little bit about your pet and the project that you’re sharing.

Three winners from Facebook photo submissions and three winners from Instagram will be selected and will receive a $50 gift card to Fat Quarter Shop!

Be Our Valentine: Projects for Your Loved Ones

Love is in the air and we’ve gathered our ten favorite Valentine’s Day projects for you and your loved one! So who’s ready to get sewing?

1. Fold’n Stitch Wreath Sewing Pattern by Poorhouse Quilt Designs
A wreath is great for any occasion, especially Valentine’s day! We gave our wreath a little twist by adding Makin’ It Cute Heart’s Delight Template by Me and My Sister Designs in the center. 

2. Sweet Pea Pods by Lazy Girl Designs
These sweet little things are great for storing your Alphabitties, Binding Clips, or your secret candy stash! 

3. Crushing on You Quilt Kit by Fat Quarter Shop
Show your love with our exclusive Crushing on You Quilt Kit featuring First Crush by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. 

4. I Heart You Mini Quilt Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew
A little bit of love is all we need on Valentine’s! 

5. Color My Heart Block by Fat Quarter Shop
A couple of years ago, we created this pattern in honor of National Quilting and Sewing Month, but it translate perfectly for this day of love! 

6. Gathered Heart Pillow by V and Co.
This Gathered Heart Pillow will comfort you during these cold winter months and brighten your room as well!

7. Fabric Covered Notebook with Applique by So Sew Easy
Remind your sweetie how much you love them with this adorable fabric covered notebook project! 

8. Huggable TableTop Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop
Our Huggable Tabletop pattern is great for seasonal decorating. Here is a link to the pattern. You can fussycut your favorite prints and use them as your center blocks! 

9. Bursting Heart Pillow by Blue Susan Makes
We are bursting with love with this pillow!

10. Heart Backpack by Sew Much Ado
We wear our hearts on our sleeves, why not on our backs? This adorable Heart Backpack is a must-have for Valentines! 

Last but not least, all of our Valentine’s fabrics are on SALE this week only!

Designer Tidbits: Ampersand Design Studio

Count down the days of the week with this fun new collection! Eight Days a Week by Ampersand Design Studio is a bold, graphic new collection that will have you feeling crafty! Morgan and Carrie of Ampersand Design Studio are here to share more about Eight Days a Week, so keep reading for a treat!

Q: Tell us a little about the 8 Days a Week collection.  What were you inspired by?
A:We believe that every day of the year is cause for celebration so we built this collection around that idea! 8 Days a Week is a group of playful, hand-painted prints highlighting the names of months, days of the week and dates on the calendar! We even included a blank calendar grid and tons of fun icons so any important date can be commemorated. Then, we threw in some stripes and dots for good measure and voila! We absolutely love typography and hand lettering (we even met in typography class in college), so it wasn’t a surprise that lettering was a focus of this group. For the color palette, we knew we wanted to mix it up a little and work in a more limited palette than our last line, Cream & Sugar (which was super colorful). We were both loving bold black and white with a few colorful accents so we just ran with that.

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A:We begin by giving ourselves some time to just play, do some research and get inspired. We build style boards and pin things that we’re loving. Then, the two of us share our first round of ideas and we decide what we’re both most drawn to. Often, it’s some combination of our two points-of-view. At this point, a theme usually emerges and we begin to flesh it out and play with color and scale. For 8 Days a Week, we went a few different directions before coming up with the theme, but we were so happy with where we finally landed!

Q: What design trends are you currently exploring?
A:Right now, we are loving going crazy with mixing patterns — graphic with florals, ethnic patterns with stripes, etc. We think this could be a pretty fun one to explore with a fabric collection. We’re also having fun with light-hearted and optimistic prints…things like inspirational quotes and hopeful graphics like hearts.

Q:What projects do you hope to see made with 8 Days a Week?
A:Anything and everything! Honestly, we’re just so flattered when people choose our fabric for their projects! We love seeing the results. We love this group because we feel like it is so versatile. We can’t wait to see how people get creative with the calendar grid and make their own keepsakes out of the different elements. We also love the idea of this group as nursery fabrics and kid’s clothing, but feel it works well for home and grown-up pieces, too. How’s that for indecisive?! We just love dreaming up all the different possibilities!

Q:How do you describe your style?
A:We would call our style a modern and clean, happy and colorful.

Q:What is the biggest sewing faux pas that has happened to you?
A:Well, not sure about a true faux pas, but we will just admit that, although we enjoy it, we are not the best seamstresses in the entire world, despite having it in our genes (both our moms and our grandmas are/were great sewers). We sewed most of the pieces for our first fabric collection catalog ourselves and on one bag, we actually sewed the straps on in a way that would make it almost impossible to carry. Oops! We have come a long way since then!