2018 Mega Quilt Market Sweepstakes Winners

This year, to celebrate Fall 2018 Quilt Market, we hosted our biggest giveaway to date, the 2018 Mega Quilt Market Sweepstakes!

Thanks to some of our very generous quilty friends, designers and manufacturers, we were able to award 15 buckets valued at $500 each! Here is a glimpse of the beautiful fabric, thread and fun notions that were awarded!


And the winners are…

The lucky winners were chosen at random using a random number generator. We alerted them by email, and the prizes have been received.


Kerri L
Anna M
Michelle W
Terri R
Ann C
Jill H
Betty C
Laci H
Kathryn D
Barbara M
Connie K
Mary H
Linda M
Sara S
Sandra C

Thank you to all the participants in our Mega Quilt Market Giveaway! We had so much fun gifting these prizes, and we had a blast at Fall 2018 Quilt Market, too.

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A Very Vintage Christmas Update

We are so excited to share this recap with you for Weeks 2 – 4 of Lori Holt’s Vintage Christmas Sewalong! Each block is so special and really putting us into a joyous and cheerful mood. Well, the holidays are quickly approaching so let’s get started on our summary!


Week 2

City Sidewalk Block – Connie of Freemotion by the River

Cozy Star Block – Jina of Jina Barney Designz

Dolly Block – Cynthia of Dream, Quilt, Create

Fresh Cut Tree Block – Debbie of Happy Little Cottage

Gingerbread House Block – Kerry of Very Kerry Berry


Week 3

Glimmer Block – Connie of Freemotion by the River

Glisten Block – Sherri of A Quilting Life

Holly & Ivy Block – Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts

Ice Skate Block – Kristie of @crosshatchquilts on Instagram

Jingle Bell Block – Anorina of Samelia’s Mum


Week 4

Little Deer Block – Jina of Jina Barney Designz

Merry Mug Block – Anorina of Samelia’s Mum

Mistletoe Block – Joanna of @cottonjo on Instagram

Mitten Block – Sinta of Pink Pincushion


We fa la la la love seeing everyone’s blocks! What’s been your favorite block so far? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and let us know how your blocks are coming along! Our next summary will cover weeks 5-9 and will be on on Friday, December 21, but be sure to check out social media every Friday where we share each week’s blocks with the sew along hashtag #aVeryVintageChristmas over on our Instagram and on Facebook!

Happy Vintage Christmas Sewing!

Year of the Fat Quarter at Fat Quarter Shop: November

Welcome to our Year of the Fat Quarter Quilt Along! This month, we are featuring the color brown in our November 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle! Coffee, chocolate, leather and falling leaves are all brown, and we are beyond excited to start month 11 of this year-long quilt along!

We are dedicating 2018 to our favorite little pre-cut, the fat quarter! This is to celebrate our 15th anniversary as a company and because a fat quarter has 18″ x 20″ of usable fabric (too perfect!). Every month, we’ve been featuring one of our wonderful quilters and the project they make with their Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle!

November Project made by Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design


For Doug’s Year of the Fat Quarter project, he used Antler Quilt Design’s Heading South Pattern to create the perfect table runner for Thanksgiving dinner! The hues of earth-colored fabrics featured in our November 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle stand out against the cream-colored background. With Quilt Market and everything that was going on this month, Doug worked in a short amount of time to make this seasonal home decor project, and for that we give thanks!

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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How To: Mini Scrap Patch Bag

Hello quilters! These Mini Scrap Patch Bags make excellent gifts – they’re fun to give as a bag, or to gift small items to add an extra special touch. They’re also an excellent way to use scraps from your stash! With the holidays in mind, we’re sharing a step-by-step tutorial and video with you on this fun and easy gift idea.

Here’s what you’ll need:

How to make the Bag:

1) Using the Quiltsmart Original Fusbile 2.5″ Grid Panel, cut out a 5 x 5 square piece and then cut the 4 corners out (it will look like a plus sign when you’re done). You’ll end up with a row of 3, then three rows of 5, and then another row of 3. You’ll be making two of these total for the project, one for each side.

2) Place your Mini Charm Pack precuts on the bumpy side of the Grid Panel so your fabrics will adhere to the panel when you fuse with an iron. You’ll end up with something like this:

3) Using your iron, press the Mini Charm Pack pieces so that they adhere to the Grid Panel. You might use a pressing cloth under your iron to prevent any glue from transferring.

4) Press the seams to create creases on the columns on the sides where you see the dotted lines. Then stitch quarter inch seams along all of the creases.

5) Repeat step 4 in the other direction, for the five rows. Once done sewing, press all seams in one direction.

6) Now that you’ve completed one side of the bag, repeat steps 1-5 to make the other panel.

7) Take a 6 1/2″ inch Creative Grids Ruler and put it on a diagonal, centered on the fabric as shown in the video.

8) Trim off off along the sides until you end up with a 6 1/2″ by 8″ rectangle. Repeat trimming to the other panel.

9) Cut lining fabric into two 6 1/2″ x 8″ pieces. You’ll end up with four pieces like this:

10) To add rounded corners to the bottom of the bag, use the Creative Grids Corner Cutter Ruler to make rounded corners on the bottom corners of all four pieces (you’ll be cutting a total of 8 times). Tip: when you cut on the corners, lean the rotary cutter at a slight angle to get a better finish. Your four pieces will now look like this:

11) Use the leftover mini charm pack to make tabs for the zipper. Cut the piece to 1 1/2” wide. Fold it wrong sides together and press. Then tuck in each side a quarter inch and press. Make 2.

12) Using the ByAnnie Zipper, cut off then end and place one tab over the end and sew.

13) Cut the zipper 7 1/2” in length (be sure to open the zipper pull to inside the cutting area). Sew on the edge to close the zipper. Then attach the second tab to the other end. Your zipper will now look like this:

14) To add the zipper to one side of the bag, place the front of the bag right side up, zipper right side down, and then lining right side down. Sew both pieces to one side of the zipper.  Tip: When you’re sewing you’ll have to stop mid-way and adjust the location of your zipper to allow your presser foot to clear it.

15) Repeat for the other side of the bag. To add a nice touch, top stitch the fabric along both sides of the zipper, as shown here:

16) Open zipper halfway and place outsides together and lining together. Stitch all the way a round with a quarter inch seam and leave a 3-inch opening at the bottom of the lining side to leave room to turn the bag right sides out.

17) Turn the bag out and use a pin to push out corners. Stitch the 3-inch opening closed (either by hand or on your machine), place the lining inside the bag and you’re done!

That’s it! You now have a super adorable Mini Scrap Patch Bag. Follow along with our video tutorial by Kimberly that will take you through how to make the bag step by step! Let us know what you think about this project in the comments! Scroll down for a look into a Quilt Along we did!

Quilt Along

We even had some awesome quilty friends make their version of the Mini Scrap Patch Bag!

Kristen King made this festive bag and said “This was a great bag to make.  I had never worked with zippers and between Kimberly ‘s video and the ByAnnie zipper it was a quick and easy bag to sew.  I used a Christmas Figs mini charm pack and a Chartreuse 24″ ByAnnie zipper.  The Quiltsmart 2.5″ grid panel was so easy to use, I’m actually planning to make more of these for Christmas gifts!”

Jen Van Orman of Heritage Threads used scraps from her 2.5″ scrap bin (love it!). She said “if you don’t have the interfacing the video requires, batting scraps work great! I had no issues using them and it added a bit more stability than I would’ve otherwise had.” She quilted it by stitching in the ditch and result looks great!

Elise of Elise and Emelie used Someday by Minki Kim for Riley Blake Designs. Elise says “I made it scrappy on one side and fussy cut one of the big designs for the back for a different look. Super cute bag that’s easy to customize with small and big fussy cuts and mixing patchwork. I hand-pieced my patchwork panel and added a leather “handmade” tag on the front as a decoration.”

Tracie Henkel used Farmhouse II by Fig Tree Quilts and says “I love this pouch so much that I finished four and have more in process. I plan to use them as Christmas gifts, holding a few sweet treats and a gift card.”

Here’s a few more lovely bags made by our quilty staffers!

Krystal used Sunny Side Up // Susan used Ombre Confetti Metallics

Lilly used Grunge Seeing Stars // Bev used Woof, Woof, Meow

Nancy used Twilight


We hope you give the Mini Scrap Patch Bag a try and if you do, share your work on social media using the hashtag #MiniScrapPatchBag on Instagram and Facebook so we can see and share your work! Happy Quilting!

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Fun New Project Alert – Gadget Cushion!

There is nothing better than finding a cute, new sewing project! It’s even better when it’s fun and easy! The Gadget Cushion by Quiltsmart fits the bill. With the holiday gift giving season coming up, the Gadget Cushion would be a great handmade gift for anyone on your list.

To make a Gadget Cushion you need:

Quiltsmart has a great video tutorial to help make your first Gadget Cushion.

We’ve also provided some pictures of the process …

Cut the instructions from the interfacing panel, and cut the fabric a little larger than the panel. With the fabric wrong side up and the interfacing panel rough side down, iron them together.
Cut the fabric/interfacing into two rectangles along the lines marked on the interfacing.
To create the tool tabs, fold the strip in half along the long edge. Then fold it in again to hide the raw edges. With coordinating thread, sew along the edges.
Cut the tool tab strip into four sections.
Fold the tool tabs sections in half. Matching raw edges, clip them to the spots marked on the interfacing.
Sew on the stitch lines provided.
Sew on the three guide lines provided.
Fold the gadget cushion in half, as marked. Sew along line A, edge to dot. Then sew along line B, from dot to edge. Backstitch at beginning and end.
Re-fold the gadget cushion, so the center line meets seam A. Sew along line C, dot to edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
Turn the gadget cushion right sides out. Press flat, if needed. Sew along the guide lines, to form the gadget rest.
Using a funnel, fill the openings with the stuffing or poly-pellets.
Glue the openings shut, and use clips to hold it shut while it dries.

Here’s a few pictures of the Gadget Cushion at work, just because we couldn’t get enough … we made two!

Share with #GadgetCushions

Be sure to share your projects using #GadgetCushions and tag us (@fatquartershop) so we can see and share your work!

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Zakka Home Book Tour with Sedef Imer

It’s our turn to shine on the book tour featuring Sedef Imer’s newest book, Zakka Home!

Zakka Home features fun and useful projects with a modern take that are sure to brighten your home and beyond. The greatest part? All of these projects would make fantastic gifts! We were definitely all smiles while reading through this new book and planning our next projects.

Our quilty staffer Krystal made these keychains from Zakka Home – aren’t they just the cutest?! She used fabric from Carolyn Friedlander’s collection, Polk, Pellon interfacing, and hardware from Atkinson Designs.

Tell us what you think about this new book in the comments! We would love to know what you plan to create!

Shortcut Quilt: Layer Cake Custard

Layer Cake Custard

This quilt is sure to become a favorite! It’s a new Shortcut Quilt featuring the Layer Cake Custard FREE Pattern and video tutorial! The Layer Cake Custard pattern includes instructions to make a delicious quilt that finishes at 63” x 88”. It makes a great gift and is very beginner friendly! Kimberly shows you how to make the two main blocks that make up this timeless beauty. Thanks to 10″ precuts (we used the Flower Garden Gatherings Layer Cake) it comes together quick and easy!

Layer Cake Custard Quilt Kit and Backing Set

The charming Layer Cake Custard Quilt Kit was made using Flower Garden Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics. We also have a matching Backing Set to help you finish up your quilt!

So let’s get quilting! Follow along with Kimberly on our video tutorial as she walks you through the Layer Cake Custard pattern step by step!

Who’s Quilting Along?

We were so happy to have some quilty friends make their versions of this Shortcut Quilt with us! Check out their blogs to see their unique twists on the FREE pattern Layer Cake Custard!

Carol of San Francisco Stitch Co.

Gina of Thread Graffiti

Jan of Cocoa Quilts

Janet of Mrs Sew n’ Sew

Jen of The Smitten Chicken

Kendra of Good Starter

Kim of Lily Patch Quilts

Linden of Vine Lines Creative

Leanne of Daisy and Jack
*one of two Layer Cake Custard quilts that Leanne made!

Leanne of Daisy and Jack
*two of two Layer Cake Custard quilts that Leanne made!

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff

Myra of Busy Hands Quilts

Rochelle of Rae’s Quilts and Things

Shannon of The Flemings Nine


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New BOM & Book: Cream & Sugar by It’s Sew Emma

Neutrals usually play a supporting role in our quilts, but not today!

Cream & Sugar banner

Cream & Sugar Book

It’s Sew Emma is hard at work on a new book, Cream & Sugar, that puts this delicate range of hues, commonly known as “low volume”, front and center. The Cream & Sugar Book and Block of the Month club will help you create a luscious quilt that speaks volumes with its subtlety and quiet contrast.  The book walks you through 18 sampler blocks of different sizes, set into a delightful array of breathtaking stars that evokes the feel of a cherished vintage quilt.

The Cream & Sugar book arrives in February, so reserve your copy today to receive 15% off the retail price!  If you’d like to make this right along with us, keep reading for details on our Cream & Sugar block of the month club!

Cream & Sugar book cover

Cream & Sugar Block of the Month

Edyta Sitar’s upcoming Sonoma collection for Andover Fabrics was the perfect choice for our Cream & Sugar BOM quilt. The rich milk-and-toast tones create beautifully blended harmony with just enough distinction and variety. Filled with subtle florals, ditzy prints, dots and medallions, this low-volume quilt will be the star of your sewing room.

The 12-month club starts in April 2019 and goes through March 2020. Members will receive over 16 yards of the Sonoma collection for the 80.5″ square quilt top and binding and the Cream & Sugar Book.  We also have a backing set available to complete the quilt.

If you’re ready to fall in love with the low-volume lifestyle, sign up for the Cream & Sugar block of the month today!

Cream & Sugar Quilt

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Sew Sampler Box November 2018 Sneak Peek!

Happy November, everyone! It’s time to dive right into another Sew Sampler box Sneak Peek. This month we are thrilled to announce that we collaborated with Carrie Nelson and Martingale to bring you a fun box filled with all of Carrie’s favorite things.

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 November 20th!

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

Fall Quilt Market 2018: FQS Favorite Collections

It’s our final post for Fall Quilt Market 2018! Our team is sew happy we got the opportunity to go this year and would like to thank everyone for making this year’s Quilt Market in Houston a HUGE success! To wrap up our experience, we present the FQS Favorite Collections:

Kimberly picked the Lollipop Garden collection by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

Kevin picked the Farm Girl Vintage collection by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.

Codi picked Pinkerville by Tula Pink for Free Spirit.

Denise picked Berry Season by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Lilly picked Aura by Mister Domestic by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Nova picked Orchard by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics.

Congratulations to all our Quilt Market contest winners! We will email the Jolly Box 2 winners directly tomorrow after the contest is closed.

  • Strawberry Jam Fat Quarter Bundle – Cathy H.
  • Nova Fat Quarter Bundle – Amanda W.
  • Chantilly Fat Quarter Bundle – Carol C.
  • Day in Paris Fat Quarter Bundle – Terry C.
  • Perfect 10 Quilts Book & Vintage Christmas Book – Marion G., Kristin W., Barbara R., Diane B. and Patti W.

Thank you everyone for tuning in on our coverage of this year’s market! We’re already counting down to the next market in Spring 2019!

Happy Quilting!


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