DIY Customizable Converse by Melissa Mortenson

Back in April, we had the opportunity to go to the Spring Quilt Market 2018 and among all the gorgeous new fabric, one item at one booth stood out to us the most: the Customized Converse at Melissa Mortenson of Polka Dot Chair’s booth showcasing her newest line Let’s Be Mermaids!

Her adorable customized converse were such a hit at the festival she put up a full tutorial of it on her blog, Polka Dot Chair. As soon as her post went up, we knew we had to make our own versions of the customized converse at her booth. Our Quilty Staffer Sarah made three versions of this project: one for herself, one for Kimberly and one for quilty staffer Aneri. Here are each of their versions:

Kimberly made her customized converse using Pink Converse and a fat quarter of Aqua Gingham in the Bake Sale 2 collection by Lori Holt.

Sarah made her customized converse using Navy Converse and a fat quarter of Sirena Aqua Ananas in the Sirena collection by Jessica Swift.

Aneri made her customized converse using White Converse and a fat quarter of Essentials Silver Linings Gray Paisley Toss in the Essentials Silver Linings collection by Wilmington Prints. Here’s what you’ll need:

And that’s it! Follow along with Melissa Mortenson’s blog tutorial HERE to make your own versions of her shoes. Here is the process we took to make ours:

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2018 FQS Summer Book Club – Me and My Sister Designs

We are now on our seventh week of our 2018 Summer Book Club! This week’s featured author is our very good quilty friends, Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs! It all began with their first quilt class at their local quilt shop. After making sample quilts for their quilt shop, both sisters decided to take on the adventure of designing their own fabrics and quilts and Me and My Sister Designs was born!

This week, we are featuring their book with It’s Sew Emma, the Precut Primer Quilt Book!  With the abundance of precuts available on the market these days, where is a quilter to start? From Fat Quarters, Fat Eighths and Layer Cakes straight on to Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs and Mini Charm Packs, join Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs for a crash course in precut quilts. Precut Primer provides several fantastic quilts to make with each and every one, so dive right into the wonderful world of precuts.

We even have some great Me and My Sister Designs patterns to go with the Precut Primer Quilt Book! The Let them Eat Cupcakes Quilt Pattern and Double Wide Dresden Quilt Pattern are great companions to this book!

Double Wide Dresden Quilt

Let them Eat Cupcakes Quilt

We also have a huge giveaway at the end of this year’s Summer Book Club! Click below to enter by filling out a quick form. Fill out all 10 forms from each week of the 2018 Summer Book Club, and you’ll be entered to win!

Happy Reading!

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World Cross Stitch Day with FQS

Get ready, get set, cross stitch! August 10 holds a lot of significance for us here at Fat Quarter Shop because it’s World Cross Stitch Day! We have many cross stitch items available, such as patterns, threads, linings, hoops and patterns for you to get in the spirit of this awesome day!

 

Our quilty friend Lori Holt worked with It’s Sew Emma to create her very first cross stitch pattern, the Happy Farm Girl Cross Stitch Pattern! This pattern is accompanied with her AuriFloss cross stitch thread and DMC cross stitch thread, specially curated to match her pattern.

And our friends at Lecien have organized their cross stitch threads into Seasonal Cosmo Thread Packs so you have matching colors for Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn!

Summer Thread Pack

Spring Thread Pack

Winter Thread Pack

Autumn Thread Pack

We even have the Aurifil Best Selection AuriFloss Box with 45, 18-yard spools, all in a variety of colors!

We are so excited to be celebrating this day with of you that we even have a coupon code to get you a discount on all things cross stitch! Use STITCH10 to save 10% off all regular priced cross stitch items! [*Excludes sale items, clubs and pre-orders.  Not valid with other offers. Limit 1 use per customer.  Offer expires Sunday, August 12, 2018. Visit https://www.fatquartershop.com/quilting-notions/cross-stitch to view qualifying products.*]

Happy World Cross Stitch Day!

Friendship Quilt Along – Helpful Block

We are sew excited for the eleventh week of Amanda Herring’s Friendship Quilt Along! This week, you will be making the Helpful Block.

The Friendship Quilt Along was inspired by all the friends Amanda has made through the quilting community! Follow the Friendship Quilt Along on Amanda Herring’s blog, where she will be posting the block patterns and inspiration from quilters who have made the blocks every week!

We will be posting the video tutorials for and have the entire pattern set for the Friendship Quilt Along. Check out this week’s video tutorial on the Helpful Block!

In addition, we have all the goodies to make the Friendship Quilt!


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BLOG REMIX – Coffee Koozie

We’re shaking things up on the Jolly Jabber! We are bringing life back to our old projects with Blog Remixes! Every other Thursday 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 Coffee Koozie! This easy and very practical project makes for a great, eco-friendly accessory to your coffee cups. 

Project Requirements

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

And that’s it! We have a FREE PATTERN for the Coffee Koozie with the complete written instructions and a video tutorial where Kimberly walks you through the pattern step by step!

Quilt Along

We even had some awesome quilty friends make their version of the Coffee Koozie:

Quilty Staffer Nancy made her coffee koozie using Bungalow by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.

She made another coffee koozie using Emma’s Garden by Debbie Beaves for Maywood Studio Fabrics.

Quilty Staffer Susan made her coffee koozies using Meraki by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. She taped the middle of the hairband before sewing it in between the layers so it would stay pinched when she sewed it into the seam. She also says, snipping the curved edges of the koozie in a few places before turning, topstitching, and pressing, made the edges lie flatter. 

Quilty Staffer Deborah made her set of 4 coffee koozies using Garden Variety by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. She used a different bee fabric for each lining piece and Just Another Button Company buttons on her coffee koozies. 

Deidra of Quilty Obsession (@quiltyobsession) made her coffee koozie using Sugar Plum Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics. She says, “It’s “Christmas in July!” Stashing these away to use as Christmas gifts during the busy holiday season. Add a mug, coffee gift card and you’re set!”.

Louise of Louise Charlton (@louisecharlton) made her coffee koozie using fabrics by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller Fabrics. She used bright and cheerful fabrics (to brighten up a plain white cup of coffee!) and made 2 Koozies. For the first one, she used leftover 4 patch squares from another project, but found that it looked too busy…. so for her second one, she used a pretty blue fabric. And loved her big cheery buttons! This was a fun, easy and fast project!

Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts) made her coffee koozies using

Karen of Karen’s Sewing Room (@karenmaloley) made her coffee koozie using Eco by Michael Miller Fabrics. She thought it was an appropriate use of the fabric theme. The purpose of the coffee koozie is to avoid using the single-use paper sleeves for coffee take-outs!

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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 #fqscoffeekoozie and tag us (@fatquartershop) so we can see and share your work!

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Sew Sampler Box August 2018 Sneak Peek!

Relax and sink into the cool and calming colors in our August Sew Sampler box. Can anyone guess what we might have included this month? I bet a few of you can! Leave us a comment and tell us what you think it could be.

If you are not yet subscribed, and want to join in on the fun, be sure to do so quickly because boxes ship out around August 20th!

Be sure to follow us for more box reveals and future sneak peeks on all social media outlets by using #SEWSAMPLER

2018 FQS Summer Book Club – Kim Diehl

We are now on our sixth week of our 2018 Summer Book Club! This week’s featured author is our quilty friend, Kim Diehl! Kim began her quilting journey with a sampler quilt and with just her third quilt, she won the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine’s 1998 Pieces of the Past quilt challenge. Now, Kim is a Henry Glass Fabrics designer and book writer! Her traditionally-inspired patchwork designs range from easy to intricate and incorporate techniques such as applique.

This week, we are featuring her book, the Simple Tidings Quilt Book! In her first Christmas book, Simple Christmas Tidings, Kim brings inspiration for decorating your family’s celebrations! In the book, you get step by step instructions to make the Simple Tidings Quilt made from the Abundant Blessings collection by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass Fabrics.

In addition to the Simple Tidings Quilt, you get over 12 coordinating Christmas patterns and tips and tricks from Kim Diehl herself to help you make sure your holiday celebration’s a hit!

We also have a huge giveaway at the end of this year’s Summer Book Club! Click below to enter by filling out a quick form. Fill out all 10 forms from each week of the 2018 Summer Book Club, and you’ll be entered to win!

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Year of the Fat Quarter at Fat Quarter Shop: August

Welcome to our Year of the Fat Quarter Quilt Along! This month, we are featuring the color purple in our August 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle! We are beyond excited to start month 8 of this year long quilt along!

We are dedicating 2018 to our favorite little precut, the fat quarter! We are doing this to celebrate our 15th anniversary as a company and because a fat quarter has 18″ x 20″ of usable fabric (too perfect!). Every first Friday of the month, we will be featuring one of our wonderful quilters and the project they make with their Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle!

August Project by Melissa of Happy Quilting

For the August Year of the Fat Quarter project, Melissa made her own design Sparkly Stars Quilt using our August 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle! The full tutorial for this quilt is on her blog, Happy Quilting!

We are sew happy to have 9 wonderful bloggers making projects out of each of the Year of the Fat Quarter Bundles with us! Be sure to check out their blogs to see the details of their projects and keep up with the Year of the Fat Quarter fun on with #fqsyotfq on Instagram!

 

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A Very Vintage Christmas Photoshoot!

FaLaLaLaLa Vintage! We recently got into full Christmas swing when we visited our very close quilty friend, Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet, to photo her upcoming with It’s Sew Emma, Vintage Christmas! The Vintage Christmas Quilt Book features the Vintage Christmas Sampler Quilt (below) complete with 42 Christmas themed blocks and 17 quilty projects (11 quilts, 1 tablerunner, 1 mug mat, 1 placemat and 3 pillows). We will even have a Quilt Kit and Backing Set out of Lori’s Cozy Christmas line to make a Vintage Christmas Quilt just like hers!

And YES, of course all the blocks can be mixed and matched with her Farm Girl Vintage and Spelling Bee books!

Lori is the queen of blending all things quilty and vintage and walking into her house was like walking into Santa’s Scrappy Happy Workshop! Beautifully decorated and meticulously organized, Lori transformed her house into a quilty Christmas wonderland, and of course many photos were taken. Here’s a little peek into our photoshoot with Miss Bee, and all of the patterns for all the projects are in her Vintage Christmas Quilt Book!

Set the table for Christmas cheer with these adorable placemats! With built in pockets for utensils, these placemats are doubly super fresh and functional!

And of course stacks on stacks on stacks of quilts! Lori made 18 Vintage Christmas quilts for the photoshoot to show the abundance of options when you mix and match her blocks and settings. We had a blast photographing all of them to put in her book.

With the gorgeous Vintage Christmas quilts, you need matching Vintage Christmas pillows! Take any of the blocks from Lori’s Vintage Christmas quilt and make an easy mini project by turning them into a pillow. Sprinkle on some buttons for an extra dash of cuteness!

The adorable gingerbread men featured on the Christmas Memories Quilt quickly get you into the holiday spirit! This quilt is one of the 17 quilty projects in the Vintage Christmas Quilt Book. The Christmas tree pillow above features buttons from Lori’s Cute Little Buttons #1 and all projects and quilts use thread from her Bee Basics AuriFloss Thread Box.

And be sure to check out the Video Trailer to see some exclusive, behind the scenes of the very Vintage Christmas photoshoot!

We loved visiting the Quilty Cottage again and working/hanging out with Lori! Thanks to Lori for hosting us. Sew much love, time and hard work goes into each one of our It’s Sew Emma books, but the finished masterpieces are always worth it, and we can’t wait for you to see it. Be sure to pre-order your copy of Vintage Christmas Quilt Book so you’ll get it before anyone else in October, just in time to deck the halls with our lovely Lori Holt!

Happy Vintage Christmas!

 

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