Sign up to Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop!

You know when you work so far in advance, you forget what month and year it is?  That’s usually us.  In our quilty minds, it is almost 2018.  We are planning new quilt-alongs and blog hops, and we have plenty of invitations to go around!  If you have a quilting or sewing-related blog and Instagram/Facebook, we would love to have you join us for our online events all through the year.  Simply fill out our quick and easy form below, and we will be in touch!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR QUILT ALONG

Even if you have been sewing along with us for years, please fill out this form as well.  It is good to make sure we have your most up-to-date information!

Thanks, and we are excited to quilt along with you!

Bernina Holiday Giveaway WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

It’s been such a fun two weeks! We have loved seeing all of your projects, meeting all of you and your friends, and reading all of your amazing personal stories! We love the quilting community so much and we love that all of you are a part of it!

…and now the moment you’ve all been waiting for! We wish that we could give a Bernina to all of you, but the results are in, and our randomly picked winner is….

Congratulations! We can’t wait to see all of the cute things you cook up on your new machine!

Quilt Petite Blog Hop with Sedef Imer

We’ve jumped on the blog hop train showcasing Sedef Imer’s first book, Quilt Petite!
The book features so many fun, small projects to decorate your house with! Not only mini quilts, but also mug rugs, pot holders, and more!

Along with featuring such precious little projects, the book is also a learning tool to tackle some of the tricks of the sewing trade! The guide and projects make this book perfect for beginners and experienced sewers alike.

At Fat Quarter Shop, we took to the drawing boards when we were asked to join Sedef’s fun blog hop! We decided on the “Hearts” mini quilt up, and used the Vintage Daydream collection by Designs by Dani for Riley Blake!

We love how the floral prints mixed with the warm, heart-shaped pattern! The touch of golden yellow was just what we needed to make the hearts really pop!

Have you checked out the book? What are you going to create? Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of the day on December 7, 2016, for your chance to win a copy of Quilt Petite!

Fall Market 2016: Saturday

Another day, another fabric collection to check out! We can’t get enough! We hope you’re ready for another day full of our favorite parts of Fall Quilt Marker 2016 here in Houston. We enjoyed hopping around and catching up with some of our favorite designers, and also meeting lots of new faces in the industry!
 
We started the day at the Moda Fabrics booth we these superheroes!
 
We were so impressed with the original ideas and personal touches that were put into all of the booths this year!
Riley Blake Design’s pink cowgirl collection with matching boots on display!
The new Pond collection by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman.
Such a fun two-dimensional display for the Early Bird collection by Kate Spain!
Jars of thread by Sulky for Cotton + Steel.
Lecien’s color inspiration wall.
RJR Fabric’s gorgeous heart wall, lined with thread spools!
A bright and luxurious Aurifil thread wall featuring their new 80 wt.
Another gorgeous color inspiration wall outside the Art Gallery booth!
SO many fun little notions at the United Notions booth! We spied some of our quilts there, too!
Kimberbell’s adorable design on this quilt, and we spy some things coming soon to the FQS store!
Bold prints galore at Kaffe Fassett’s both.
Gorgeous colors and repeating prints at Jaybird Quilts!
We all love these new collections from Riley Blake! So sweet and fun.
This whimsical collection from Carrie Bloomston is to die for.
This beauty from yesterday’s schoolhouse was on display at Camelot today!
These Laundry Quilts from Edyta Sitar are so stunning.
Recognize these beauties from our button club?!
Loving this modern, on-trend, gender-neutral nursery from Cotton + Steel!
We wanted to take this whole booth home! Curious Dream at Robert Kaufman.
Me & My Sister Designs are always such a fun pair with stunning prints!
More beauties coming soon from Moda!
 
That’s a wrap for another day at Market!…and another day at Quilt Market brings another set of goodies to give away! Today we have the Sunday Supper bundle by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics and the Spring-a-ling bundle by American Jane for Moda Fabrics. Comment on this blog post for your chance to get your hands on one of these beauties for your next project!

Fall Quilt Market 2016: Schoolhouse Friday

Today we were in new fabric collections up to our necks and we loved every minute of it! We got to see first-hand some of the gorgeous new collections that will soon be making their way onto our site, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the beautiful creations that you will make with them!


Me and My Sister Designs at the Moda Schoolhouse preview of the Mini Marvals book!

Superhero Anne Sutton at the Moda Schoolhouse.
Brigitte Heitland, Zen Chic, showcasing her super quilt.

Edyta Sitar “wearing her heart on her sleeve.”

Jen Kingwell at the Mini Marvels book preview.

Kimberly with the adorable Sew Cherry 2 by Lori Holt for Riley Blake.

Anne Sutton and Alex at the Aurifil Schoolhouse – the kickoff to the day!

One of our favorites from the Tula Pink and Angela Walters Schoolhouse! SO fun!

The ladies of Ella Blue! We loved seeing their new fabrics.

Carolyn Friedlander showcasing her unique color palate of her new fabric line.

Kaffee Fassett showing awesome, bold print fabric!

Elizabeth Hartman’s new collection Pond from Robert Kaufman.
Sandra Clemons’ new collection, Front Yard, for Michael Miller.

Cotton + Steel’s new block of the month quilt!

Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Solids for Free Spirit.

Sulky Thread and their new line of 50 wt Cotton + Steel Thread.

Geogram by Samarra Khaja for Lecien.

Alison Glass’ new collection, Seventy Six from Andover.

Brigitte Heitland showing her new prints for Zen Chic’s True Blue.

Edyta Sitar showcasing a Quilter’s Patch quilt!

Codi and Kim from Kimberbell!
Jen Kingwell for Moda Fabric.
Pat Sloan showcasing her adorable tote!

In addition to getting a sneak peek at all-things-new-and-now, we also got our hands on two awesome bundles to giveaway! Comment on this blog post for your chance to win the Early Bird bundle by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics or the Coney Island bundle by Fig Tree & Co for Moda Fabrics. Good luck quilters!

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Fall Quilt Market 2016: FQS Is On the Road Again!


It’s that time of year,
We’re back on the road.
We can’t believe it’s here –
We’re ready to unload!
Our quilts are all packed,
We’ve got our whole team,
Our luggage is stacked,
The car is bursting at the seams!

We can’t wait to see,
Just what is in store.
What will our favorites be?
So many collections to adore.
We’ll be sure to share,
Everything that we love.
There’s no way to compare,
All the designs we’re in awe of.
Be sure to follow us,
You won’t want to miss a thing.
There’s so much to discuss,
All the new things Fall Market 2016 will bring!
We’ll be your eyes and ears for the weekend at Quilt Market! Hop over to our Instagram (@FatQuarterShop) for in-the-moment photos and videos this weekend and a daily recap here on the Jolly Jabber!
In addition to sharing all-things-Market, we will also be doing some fantastic giveaways each day! Today’s give away is this awesome set:
We will pick THREE lucky winners and each winner will receive one of the above books! Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win!

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Sew Illustrated: Trinket Case Tutorial


We’re diving into some new waters this week and teaming up with Heidi from Fabric Mutt to bring you this 15-step tutorial for this adorable trinket case!
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There are so many reasons to love this zipper case. Looking for a way to show off treasured scraps or a mini charm pack of your favorite collection? Want a cute pouch to hold your makeup or art supplies or latest sewing project? Need a last minute gift for a friend? Then look no further — this case is exactly what you need!

A boxy case like this one takes a little more time than a typical zipper pouch, but the results are well worth it. Follow the directions below carefully, and you’ll have a case of your own in just a few hours. Get ready to store your treasures in style!
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Trinket Case Tutorial
Finished Size: 6” tall x 8” wide x 2 3/4” deep
  • All seams 1/4” unless otherwise stated.
  • RST = RIght Sides Together
  • WST = Wrong Sides Together
  • Press toward the dark fabric or press your seams open, whichever you prefer, unless otherwise stated.

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1. Arrange your 24 patchwork squares (A) into two 3 x 4 grids containing 12 squares each. Sew the squares together to make 2 patchwork panels, each measuring 6 1/2 x 8 1/2”.

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2. Fuse the wrong side of the lining side panels (D) to the coordinating pieces of fusible interfacing (J) according to the manufacturer’s instructions (not shown in photo above). Do the same with the zipper panel lining pieces (E & K) and the gusset lining pieces (F & L). Use adhesive basting spray to fuse the zipper panel batting pieces (H) to the wrong sides of the linen exterior zipper panel pieces (B). Do the same with the exterior gusset pieces (C & I).

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3. Use adhesive basting spray to fuse the exterior side panel interfacing batting rectangles (G) to the wrong sides of the patchwork panels (A). Then fuse the side panel lining pieces (D) to the other side of the batting. Quilt as desired. (Note: I chose to quilt my exterior panels along the seams first before fusing the exterior panels to the lining panels, after which I quilted my diagonal lines. This gives me a bit of variety in the quilting between the outside and inside of the case.)

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4. Stack in this order from bottom to top: one zipper lining panel (E – right side up), zipper (right side up), and linen zipper exterior panel (B – right side down). You can place the panels anywhere along the zipper as long as it is between the metal ends. (The zipper will extend beyond the length of the panels, but you’ll trim those edges off later.) Line them up along one long end of each piece (see photo) and stitch 1/4” from the edge. Use a zipper foot if you like, though I just use my 1/4” foot for this.

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5. Fold back the linen and lining from the zipper so that the wrong sides are together and press. Top stitch one seam 1/4” along the zipper.

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6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the pieces for the other side of the zipper panel. Trim the zipper ends that go past the panel on either side, making sure that the zipper pull stays in the center. Trim the width of the zipper panel down to 3 3/4” wide, making sure that the zipper stays in the center. Zig zag stitch down the long sides of the zipper panel (this will keep the raw edges of the exterior and lining pieces together while you work) and use a fabric pen or pencil to make a small mark at the center point on each of those long sides.

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7. Fold the leather rectangles in half so that the short ends meet. Stitch 1/8” from the raw ends to hold them together. Center the stitched ends of one leather loop on one short side of the zipper panel (see photo) and baste in place. Repeat with the other leather loop on the other short side of the zipper panel.

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8. Stack from bottom to top: gusset lining (F – right side up), zipper panel (B – exterior side up), and gusset exterior (C – right side down) along a short side and stitch the pieces together.

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Flip the gusset pieces so that the wrong sides are facing each other and top stitch 1/4” from the end of the zipper (see photo).

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9. Repeat step 9 on the other side of the zipper with the other ends of the gusset exterior and lining pieces.

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Be sure to carefully top stitch without sewing through any of the other pieces by accident.

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10. If you’re not already using one, switch to a thread that matches the color of your lining fabric. Match up the dot you made to mark the halfway point on a long side of your zipper panel with the middle seam on the top edge of a side patchwork panel (RST). Sew all along that top edge, stopping 1/4” before the corner at each end of the side panel and backstitching at each end.

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11. Use binding clips to fold the zipper panel/gusset piece around the sides of the side patchwork panel. Mitre the gusset at the corners just as you would the binding around a quilt. Match up the side seams between the gusset and zipper panel with the seam between the top and middle squares on the patchwork panel. Sew along the side edges, again stopping 1/4” before the corners at each end of the panel and backstitching at the end of each side.

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12. Use binding clips to hold the side patchwork panel to the bottom edge of the gusset, making sure that the gusset is smooth along the bottom edge and that any excess fabric gathers are at the corners. (Tip: if you’re having trouble with the exterior and lining gusset pieces staying together, just sew them together along the edge with a zig zag stitch.) Sew the bottom edges together backstitching at each end (it’s okay if you don’t stop 1/4” before the corners on this side). Unzip the zipper all the way.


13. Repeat steps 11-13 on the other side of the zipper panel/gusset with the other side patchwork panel. Matching up the center mark on the zipper panel and the side seams will help your case to align correctly, but still check as you go to make sure that you’re getting the right boxy shape. This side is a little more difficult to do since the case gets in the way a bit, but if you go slowly and carefully, you can do it!

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14. Finishing the lining on your case is a personal decision, so choose whichever option you prefer.

  1. The easiest way to finish off your lining seams is to simply sew a zig zag stitch at least twice around both sides of the case, sealing in your raw edges. It’s quick, gives your bag great stability, and (as long as you’re using matching thread) can look surprisingly neat. Just be sure to trim any loose threads on your seams before you start and use a short stitch length (my stitches are spaced out at .5 on my machine).
  2. If you have more time and want an even cleaner finish, you can instead bind your lining seams with double fold bias tape — either store bought or handmade using extra lining fabric (see the chart for cutting instructions). Bind the seams on each side of the case lining just as you would the edge of a quilt. I still recommend doing a zig zag stitch around each seam before binding — it makes things a lot easier!


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15. Turn your case right side out. To emphasize the boxy look of your case, carefully press all of the edges of the exterior. If you like, take a piece of leather lace and thread it through the hole in the zipper pull. Hold the ends together, knot them, and trim them at an angle. Fill your case with goodies and enjoy!


The Fat Quarter Shop team couldn’t wait to get their hands on these directions and get their own trinket cases started! The end results were some beautiful trinket cases with eye-catching detail!

We can’t wait to see your photos of your trinket cases! Be sure to tag us on Instagram @fatquartershop and @fabricmutt with the hashtag #trinketcase.
Like what you see? There’s more to come from our Sew Illustrated series, so stay tuned! Happy sewing!

Show Us Your Pets & Projects: WINNERS!

What better way to start off the week than with some adorable pets and beautiful projects?! We have loved seeing all of your #fqspets photos over the past couple of weeks! There sure are some adorable project helpers out there!

Lisa and Bobbin

Kathy, Emma, Maisy, Jordan, Grey, and Pepperoni (ft. Orange)
Cindy and Nova
Gayle, Millie and Oliver
Abby, Lola and Gouda
Catherine and her cavalier

Thanks for sharing your projects and pets with us! Be on the lookout for more fun contests from Fat Quarter Shop!

Sew Sampler September 2016 Box Reveal!

Welcome back! It’s time to share the contents of the September Sew Sampler Subscription Box! This month marks our sixth box and we are super excited about its success, thanks to all of our subscribers! As an added perk of being a member this month you will receive an exclusive coupon book packed with amazing offers. 

Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what Sew Sampler boxes are made of! At least that’s what the September Sew Sampler box is made of.

Sweet Orchard Rolie Polie
Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs
A sweet floral and fruity collection mixed with bias stripes, dots and text.
Contains 21 – 2.5″ x WOF strips
100% Cotton

Custom Fat Quarter Shop Aqua Ruler Pal
Pleasant Home
This adorable little block will no doubt give you easy access to your rulers and templates and keep them off your cutting mat and work area!
Measures 7 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
Made of Wood

White Seam Ripper
Clover

Not all seam rippers are created equal. Clover’s white seam ripper fits nicely in your hand and has a sharp blade to cut threads easily and cleanly.

Small Spool Holder
June Tailor
A cute way to organize and store your spools! Constructed of natural, durable hardwood and can accommodate up to 16 small spools. Conveniently stands on flip-out legs or hangs.
Measures 5″ wide by 6 1/2″ high

Exclusive Twirling Flowers Pattern
Fat Quarter Shop
Sweet little pinwheels adorn this adorable crib-sized quilt. A wonderful precut friendly pattern, just grab your Rolie Polie and some background fabric!
Finished size: 39 1/2″ x 48 1/2″
Exclusive Sew Sampler box item. 

BONUS!
Create Zipper Bag
Fat Quarter Shop
This Create Zipper Bag is perfect for fashionably storing your favorite on-the-go sewing supplies!
Made of canvas and measures 6″ x 7 1/2″

That’s not all – we also included our next block recipe! This pattern will give you cutting and piecing instructions to make an 8″, 12″ and 16″ block. This month we have featured Bella Solids Peacock!

This is a collectible card, and you can expect to receive one in every box.  At the end of the year, we will have a finishing pattern as well.  If you want to sew along with us, pick up the coordinating Fat Quarter Bundle we created using Bella Solids.

If you haven’t already signed up, do it soon to make sure you receive our September box! Also, if you are enjoying your box, be sure to take a moment and write a review on our website here.

What did you think about the September box?  Comment below to let us know, and be sure to share your box reveals with us by using #SewSampler #SewSamplerSeptember

2016 Sewing Month Celebration: Giveaway #5 and a FREE Quilt Pattern!

Welcome back to our celebration of Sewing Month 2016!
It’s the final week of our 2016 Sewing Month Celebration, and we’re pulling out all the stops! Not only are we sharing more video tutorials – we also have a quilt kits giveaway and are sharing a NEW, FREE quilt pattern that we created just for Sewing Month! Sew fun!

Quilting & Binding Video Tutorials!

This week we’re sharing some fab videos on quilting and binding!  Take a peek at these gems, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

GIVEAWAY #5!

This week we’re giving away some of the quilt kits we carry at Fat Quarter Shop!  Woo hoo! Since this is giveaway #5, we’re offering up five different prizes for five winners!

http://www.fatquartershop.com/rolling-stone-quilt-kit
http://www.fatquartershop.com/merry-mint-quilt-kit
http://www.fatquartershop.com/crossroads-quilt-along-quilt-kit

http://www.fatquartershop.com/purely-christmas-quilt-kit

http://www.fatquartershop.com/cuddly-quilt-kit

To enter: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing which of these two quilt kits are your favorites.
Giveaway ends on 9/26/16 at 8 AM CST. The five winners will be chosen at random and announced in an update on this post by 10/3/16, and will be emailed about their prizes. Good luck!

FREE Quilt Pattern

How better to celebrate sewing month than with a free quilt pattern that features a sewing motif? This pattern is a super fun way to celebrate our love of sewing and quilting, so download your copy HERE and start stitching! 

Happy Sewing Month!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our celebration of National Sewing Month!  Thank you again for being a very important part of our Fat Quarter Shop community!