Designer Feature: Janet Clare

At Fat Quarter Shop, we love having designers come to our studio and show us the creative aspects of sewing that they are most passionate about! We recently had our good friend Janet Clare (@janetclare on Instagram) come visit us from across the pond and show all of her books, including Freya & Fred, the inspiration behind her upcoming Freya & Friends line. She also walked us through the steps of how to make her Sailing the Blue Quilt. On top of that, Janet showed us how she uses freemotion quilting to write and draw, something we have never seen before! It is just one more way she infuses her personality and charm into her quilts. We filmed 10 videos with her (within two days!) and here are just a few we wanted to highlight!

The Freya & Fred Book Showcase

In this video, we join Janet Clare as she explores the Freya & Fred book, a book inspired by paper dolls Janet played with as a child. With over seven quilts and 14 additional embroidery and craft project, this nostalgic book is packed with so many fun projects. Janet walks you through the story of Freya & Fred and all of the cute projects she embedded in her book.

The Sailing the Blue Quilt Tutorial

In this video, Janet Clare walks us through the steps of making the Sailing the Blue Quilt using the Marti Michell Storm at Sea templates. The classic colors and prints used in this quilt makes this one that will last for generations.

A Field Guide Book Showcase

In this video, we’re guided by Janet Clare through her book, A Field Guide, which is all about enjoying nature and taking in small moments when they’re happening. This book is filled with fun projects inspired by nature, including applique and patchwork quilts starring birds, flowers, trees, butterflies and more. Filled with 27 projects, there’s truly something for everyone!

Artisan Apron Pattern Showcase with Janet Clare

In this video, Janet shows us the versitality of an apron, not only for use as a uniform to wear to get into your creative space but also as a way to store wonderful memories! She walks you through the Artisan Apron Pattern using her collection, Ahoy Me Hearties.

Freemotion Writing and Drawing on Fabric

In this video, Janet shows us one of her very unique talents, Freemotion Writing and Drawing on Fabric! With tips and tricks on how to freemotion, she guides you through this whimsical art. All you need is some fabric, batting, polyester thread, and a little bit of courage!

We loved having Janet Clare as our special guest in the FQS studio! She is a true artist and encourages everyone to be inspired by nature when creating projects. We are honored she stopped by on her trip to the US and can’t wait to have her back!

On top of the awesome videos Janet made with us, she also gave us some goodies to giveaway! For the giveaway, we are giving 5 people one of 5 books by Janet Clare: Hearty Good Wishes, Wordsmith, Wildflowers, A Field Guide, and Freya & Fred. One more lucky winner will receive a one of a kind freemotion drawing by Janet Clare and her Ahoy Me Hearties Charm Pack, for a total of 6 giveaway winners. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. [*Giveaway ends February 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. All winners will be chose at random. If you are reading this post through your email, click on the post title to enter the Rafflecopter form on the Jolly Jabber blog page]

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Collection Feature: Lemon Tree by Tilda

Working in a quilt shop, fabric are constantly coming in and each collection you get attached to in a unique way. One collection in particular caught our eye, mostly because of the extremely vibrant colors, it was hard to miss! This collection is Lemon Tree by Tilda for Tilda Fabrics.

This collection is great to put a pop of color into any project! Tone Finnanger, the founder of Tilda (Tilda’s World), is a huge fan of whimsical objects, such as animals and dolls, and turning those into gorgeous prints. With “Imperfectly Perfect” as Tilda’s motto, the entire team works toward creating prints and projects that encompass romance and whimsy into everything they do! Tilda Fabrics are highly coveted and hard to find in the US so we are so honored to have their fabric with us at Fat Quarter Shop!

Check out some of the awesome projects (taken from @tildafabrics_usa on Instagram) that shows the versatility of this collection:

We are a huge fan of Lemon Tree and the gorgeous fabrics from Tilda’s World! Be sure to check out all of the collections we have by Tilda from Tilda Fabrics and enjoy making your whimsical projects!

Art Gallery Color Master Contest

Recently at Fat Quarter Shop, we’ve been seeing tons of color….in the Art Gallery Fabric Color Master boxes that is! Art Gallery has come out with gorgeous, monochromatic collections featuring 10 Fat Quarter or Half Yard precuts! Every box is unique and includes randomly selected fat quarter cuts from a mix of Art Gallery collections in a printed designer box.

We are sew in love with this collection that we have decided  to do a CONTEST! We want to see your creativity with the Art Gallery Color Masters and would like you to make a project featuring one of the color masters (can be half yard or fat quarter). The project can be anything you’d like: quilt, tablerunner, bag or anything else you come up with! We are also providing the Plenum Quilt Pattern that Art Gallery made especially for the Color Master, which you are welcome to use as a part of or as your project.

How to Participate

ANYONE is eligible to participate in this challenge! All you need is a Color Master from Art Gallery Fabrics and you’re ready to go! The challenge will run from today, February 6, 2018, to Monday, February 28, 2018. The challenge will have you make any project using the fabrics in the Color Master!

You will need to have your project made, photographed and uploaded to this Dropbox by noon (12PM) CST on Tuesday, February 28 to be eligible to participate. The link will expire at 12PM CST on Tuesday, February 28. Please label your file with your name and email address (ex. name_emailaddress@emaildomain.com)

This will be a judged challenge. We will be looking for technique and creativity in the project when judging the projects. We will narrow it down to our top 10 choices and then let you decide which projects you like the best! The most important thing is to have fun and let your creativity shine through your project! Also, be sure to share your Color Master Contest projects on Instagram using the hashtag #ColorMasterContest so we can see and share your work!

Prizes

As with any contest, we have some great prizes you can win! Just for participating, you will receive a coupon code for 20% OFF your next purchase by email once the challenge is finished just for participating! For the first, second and third prize, we have collaborated with Art Gallery Fabrics to bring you some awesome prizes! Here’s what they are:

FIRST PLACE

The first place prize is a Half Yard Color Master of your choice and a FQS Exclusive Aurifil Thread Box of your choice

 

SECOND PLACE

The second place prize is a Half Yard Color Master of your choice and any FQS Book of your choice.

 

THIRD PLACE

The third place prize is a Half Yard Color Master of your choice and any Quilt Pattern of your choice.

So if you’re ready, grab your Color Master and let your creativity flow! Be sure to upload your final Color Master project photos to the Dropbox by 12 PM (noon) CST on February 28, 2018 to be eligible to win!

 

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Cake Mix Quilt Along: Week 11

Welcome to the world of Cakes Mixes with the Cake Mix Quilt Along featuring The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma! We are very excited to continue with week 11 of this very sweet quilt along!

The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma features 16 gorgeous quilts using 8 Cake Mixes! Use recipe cards, layer cakes, and the Cake Mix patterns featured in the book to build gorgeous, dessert inspired quilts!

This Quilt Along will feature all 16 quilts in The Cake Mix Quilt Book! Over 16 weeks, we will be featuring one quilt from the book each week. We are going into the 11th week of the Quilt Along with the Fruitcake Quilt!

The Fruitcake Quilt by Sharon of Lilabelle Lane

Sharon made her Fruitcake Quilt by using 2 Soft Spectrum Designer Essentials 10″ Squares by Free Spirit Fabrics and lots of low volume fabrics from her stash for the scrappy background.

 

We have a great group of 14 quilting bloggers joining us for this quilt along! Each week, one of the bloggers will be sharing their assigned Cake Mix Quilt with you! Be sure to visit their blogs and #CakeMixMonday on Instagram to see what they had to say about their Cake Mix Quilt!

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 12 for Week 12 of the Cake Mix Quilt Along!

 

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Spelling Bee Sew Along: Week 18

 

Get back to school with our Spelling Bee Sew Along featuring the Spelling Bee Book! We are beyond excited to start week 18 of the Sew Along!

The Spelling Bee Book is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet and features complete instructions for 100 letter, number, punctuation and picture blocks in two sizes plus 18 quilt projects!

This Sew Along will feature 88 of the blocks from the Spelling Bee Book! Lasting 44 weeks, our Sew Along will feature 2 blocks from the book each week. We are featuring the Capital N and lowercase n blocks in the 18th week of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

Capital N block by Jodi of @pleasant.home on Instagram

Jodi made her Capital N block using Bee Backgrounds and Calico Days by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.

Lowercase n block by Pam of Pam Kitty Morning

Pam made her lowercase n block using 30’s Playtime by Chloe’s Closet for Moda Fabrics.

 

We have a great group of 40 quilting bloggers joining us for each event. Each week, 2 of the 40 bloggers will be sharing their Spelling Bee blocks with you! Be sure to visit our bloggers for details on what they did with their Spelling Bee blocks! And check out #SpellingBeeSaturday on Instagram to keep up with the fun!

Here is a list of the quilters joining us for the Spelling Bee Sew Along – thanks for joining in on the fun, Quilters!

Spelling Bee Sew Along

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 10 for Week 19 of the Spelling Bee Sew Along!

 

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Year of the Fat Quarter at Fat Quarter Shop: February

Welcome to our Year of the Fat Quarter Quilt Along! This month, we are featuring the color pink in our February 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle! We are beyond excited to start month 2 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!

February Project made by Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff

For Melanie’s Year of the Fat Quarter project, she made the It’s Sew Emma Trifles Pattern! Melanie used the pink colored fabrics featured in our February 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle to make this amazing version of this quilt (and perfect for Valentines Day!). Get the pattern for the Trifles Pattern here!

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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Quick-Step Self Binding Receiving Blanket

Swaddle and cuddle your baby in the CUTEST receiving blanket! We’re going into the Fat Quarter Shop video archives to bring you the Quick -Step Self Binding Receiving Blanket Kimberly made with Cuddle by Shannon Fabrics that’s simple to make and easy to customize for your little one. This receiving blanket is also self-binding so you’ll have yourself a super cute blanket in no time.

We made our blanket with the Cuddle Navy La Vie En Rose Yardage and Cuddle Silver Solid Yardage. Feel free to mix and match any of the Cuddle fabrics by Shannon Fabrics for a receiving blanket that is just as soft and comfortable as ours! Follow along with our video tutorial as Kimberly walks you through how to make this cuddly receiving blanket:

If you decide to make your version of the Quick-Step Receiving Blanket, please share it on Instagram using #fqsquickstepreceivingblanket so we can see and share your work!

 

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NEW BOOK: Christmas Figs Block of the Month

When one holiday season is done, what do we do? We prepare for next year’s! It’s Sew Emma is so happy to collaborate with Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts to create a beautiful sampler quilt to spice up the holidays, the Christmas Figs Block of the Month Book!

The Christmas Figs Block of the Month Quilt is made with 20 lovely traditional blocks that are sure to get you in the spirit of Christmas! And, as a special treat, Joanna has added 10 companion projects that range from tablerunners to pillows that add even more warmth to the season.

The blocks and projects are made for confident beginners to seasoned quilters using basic piecing techniques and some applique. Take on the 2019 holiday season with 12 months of classic Christmas blocks using the Christmas Figs collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics!

Here are some of the gorgeous blocks you will be creating as a part of this Block of the Month Program:

We will be offering the quilt as a block of the month starting July 2018. Be sure to sign up for the Christmas Figs Block of the Month and backing set to join in on the figgy-quilty fun!

 

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Sew Sampler Reveal January 2018

 

Spread your wings and fly away with us this month! We are floating with excitement to share with you the contents of January’s Sew Sampler box. If you are not yet subscribed, be sure you do soon to receive our February box!

Petite Butterflies & Berries 10″ Stacker by The RBD Designers for Riley Blake Designs

Dive into the delectable Butterflies & Berries collection! Adorned with pretty flowers, delicate butterflies, full hearts and sumptuous strawberries, this custom 21-piece 10″ Stacker will make a precious gift of love for the sugar-sweet people in your life.

View the entire collection here.

Cute Cuts 1.5″ x 6.5″ Rectangle Ruler by Bee in my Bonnet

This adorable acrylic ruler features pink shading to help you easily identify 1/2″ markings, and the textured surface on the back minimizes slipping. Use this ruler to make your Flitter Quilt come to life!

Check out our assortment of Cute Cuts rulers here.

Berry Sweet Just Pins by Just Another Button Company
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

Just Another Button Company has made these Fat Quarter Shop exclusive pins that perfectly coordinate with your Butterflies & Berries Stacker. The handmade clay buttons are sliced and mounted on stainless steel sewing pins.

Set includes three assorted pins. View some more goodies from Just Another Button Company here.

Bee in my Bonnet Bandages by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

All quilters find themselves on the wrong side of a rotary cutter or needle every now and then. Be prepared with a pack of adorable adhesive bandages that you will (almost) want to wear all the time!

Box includes 40 bandages.

Needle CarryCard by Emma Creation

No need to worry about stepping on pins and needles with the Needle CarryCard by Emma Creation! Each CarryCard is made of synthetic leather and is perfect for storing 6 individual needles on the go. They come in light green, red, aqua, and purple polka dots.

Colors will vary.

Flitter Quilt Pattern
Sew Sampler Exclusive

Give your quilt wings – butterfly wings! The Flitter Quilt pattern celebrates these delicate creatures with a whole swarm of beautiful butterfly blocks. Create and customize your butterflies with 10″ squares and watch your quilt come to life!

Bonus size option included.

PATTERN CORRECTION:

Although we do our best to catch them, occasionally mistakes happen. This month’s Flitter Quilt Pattern has a wrong SKU listed on the back for your background and borders. We listed C120-Blueberry however, if you want to make a quilt like ours, you will need C120-CoastalBlue. Our Flitter Finishing Kit is correct if you want to pick up one of those. Sorry for any confusion.

 

Flitter Finishing Kit

Want to make a quilt like ours? We are offering a Flitter Finishing Kit that includes your cornerstones, background and binding. You will just need to select a backing fabric of your choice. We recommend this sku.

Basket Block #10 Recipe Card Designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Sew along with us each month as we create these charming basket blocks featuring Confetti Cotton Solids by Riley Blake Designs! This pattern contains instructions to make 5 1/2″, 10 1/2″ and 15 1/2″ unfinished square blocks!

We’re sew excited for the 2017 Basket Sew Sampler Quilt, and we can’t wait to show you all of the fun block designs that Lori Holt has come up with! We’ve even put together a 2017 Basket Blocks Sew Sampler Bundle for you to purchase so that you have everything ready to go when you get your Sew Sampler box and recipe card each month!

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Basket Block Fat Quarter BundleWe’ve got more fun in store for you next month, so be sure you’re subscribed to the Sew Sampler Box to get in on all of the treats!

 

Cake Mix Quilt Along: Week 10

Welcome to the world of Cakes Mixes with the Cake Mix Quilt Along featuring The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma! We are very excited to continue with week 10 of this very sweet quilt along!

The Cake Mix Quilt Book: Volume One by It’s Sew Emma features 16 gorgeous quilts using 8 Cake Mixes! Use recipe cards, layer cakes, and the Cake Mix patterns featured in the book to build gorgeous, dessert inspired quilts!

This Quilt Along will feature all 16 quilts in The Cake Mix Quilt Book! Over 16 weeks, we will be featuring one quilt from the book each week. We are going into the 10th week of the Quilt Along with the Ganache Quilt!

The Ganache Quilt by Amy of Diary of a Quilter

Amy made her Ganache Quilt by using a mix of Dear Diary by Minki KimHappiness is Handmade by Lori WhitlockKisses, and Ava Rose by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs.

 

We have a great group of 14 quilting bloggers joining us for this quilt along! Each week, one of the bloggers will be sharing their assigned Cake Mix Quilt with you! Be sure to visit their blogs and #CakeMixMonday on Instagram to see what they had to say about their Cake Mix Quilt!

Happy quilting everyone! See you back here on February 5 for Week 11 of the Cake Mix Quilt Along!

 

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