Pattern Makeover KICK-OFF!

Are you looking for ways to put a sassy, new spin on some timeless patterns? Do you have some books just collecting dust on your shelf? Well it’s time to give them a second life!  We’ve teamed up with Heidi from Fabric Mutt to bring you a sequel to the It’s Sew Illustrated series! Over the next few months, we’ll be giving our favorite It’s Sew Emma books a makeover!
We’re kicking off the Pattern Makeover series with a book that we all know and love Farm Girl Vintage! Read on for project details from Heidi!

Farm Girl Vintage: Gingham Block Coasters

My husband has been begging me to make coasters for our family room for months. I’ve been wanting to tackle Lori Holt’s fantastic Gingham Block from her beautiful book Farm Girl Vintage ever since I bought it ages ago. Then my friends at Fat Quarter Shop asked me to do a new series for them by putting my own spin on patterns from a few of their It’s Sew Emma books. The result? These fun little pieced gingham coasters.
I downsized the pieces for a 6” block by just a quarter inch, using a strip piecing method instead of cutting out all the squares individually. It came together so quickly!
Each coaster is quilted differently just for fun. All three are backed in black yarn dyed linen, giving them a sturdy backing that’s also a nice contrast to the colorful prints on the front.
I love how this pattern is both traditional and modern at the same time. It’s also great practice for working with color values. I was sorely tempted to enlarge this block into a giant block to make a cute baby quilt. I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I need a quick shower gift.

Happy sewing, friends!

Are you ready to select some fabric to make your coasters? Check out some brand new collections that we’ve picked for you!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel features a variety of prints and colors! The hints of metallic would bring a fun highlight to your makeover coasters!
Early Bird by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics is bright and cheery and will add a punch of color to any room! With so many colorways, you could make coasters to match every room in your house!

Dots & Gingham by Lecien Fabrics is a sassy alternative to traditional solids! With this collection, you wouldn’t have to worry about perfectly cutting any prints! These are all small enough to work perfectly in Heidi’s coaster project!

2017 Valentine’s Day DIY

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Fat Quarter Shop would like to say,
Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

There’s nothing sweeter on Valentine’s Day than a gift that truly comes from the heart, and what better way to show your loved ones you care than with something made by hand? We have some adorable projects for you to whip up on this holiday, and our Valentine’s Day fabric selection is sure to spark your creative side!
Button Heart Throw Pillow
This free template features the precious pink hues from Just Another Button Company! This quick and easy project can be completely customized for anyone with so many fabric and button color options!
Heart’s Delight Makin’ It Cute
From Me and My Sister Designs, these templates are Fat Quarter Shop’s Notion of the Month (hint hint, 20% off)! Use these heart-shaped templates to embellish quilts, bags, scrapbooking projects, even headbands and apparel! When used alone, these make very quick and sweet Valentines for all of your friends! 

Hearts & Flowers Applique Block
From our fun Applique All Day series with Anne Sutton, this free Hearts & Flowers Block is the perfect project to practice your appliqueing with Aurifil 80 wt! This 6″ x 6″ block is a quick project that is sure to brighten anyone’s day!
Open Heart Quilt Pattern
More savings! This precious pattern is our pattern of the month (more savings for you)! By Lella Boutique, the rows of hearts across the Open Heart quilt top have our hearts bursting with love!
Kewpie Doll Kit
Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day project that can double as a childhood toy or momento? Look no further! This adorable Kewpie Doll Kit includes a Kewpie Love fabric panel to make 6 doll accessories and an 8″ Kewpie doll.
Are you in need of some more inspiration? One thing that we love about patterns is the ability to make them your own, or to fit the personality of your loved one! Check out some of our in-house Valentine’s Day projects with different interpretations of our free Color Of My Heart Pattern!
Wall hanging featuring Manderley mini charm packs (instead of charm squares as used in the pattern) by Franny and Jane for Moda Fabrics.
Wall hanging featuring Sundrops by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics on the left, Hey Dot by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics in the middle, and Mini Muu Spring 2016 by Lecien on the right.
Valentine’s mini quilt featuring Kewpie Love by Riley Blake Designs.
Valentine’s Mini Quilt featuring Sleep Tight by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel.

Fall Quilt Market 2016: Kimberly’s Favorite Finds

The holidays are just around the corner, can you believe it?! With all of the new stuff that has been popping up on the Fat Quarter Shop New Arrivals section, you may not know just what new additions you need for your crafting room! Kimberly to the rescue! Check out this video highlighting her 15 favorite items from Fall Quilt Market 2016, and look below for the shop-able links!

  1. Binding Butler by The Buddy and Company
  2. Sugar Plum Christmas by Anne Sutton for Moda
  3.  Buttons by Just Another Button Company
  4. It’s Sew Emma Dutch Tulips Quilt
  5. Quilter’s Patch Thread by Aurifil (coming soon) and Quilt by Laundry Basket Quilts
  6. Bee Basics by Lori Holt for Riley Blake
  7. Aurifil Colors of Moda Book
  8. Coney Island by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda
  9. Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda
  10.  Happy Flower Quilts book by Lecien
  11.  Impressions Template by It’s Sew Emma
  12. Sew Kind of Wonderful by Contemporary Quilt Designs
  13. Art Gallery Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi
  14. Kimberbell Basics
  15.  Cotton + Steel Bernina

Fresh Finds From Fat Quarter Shop!


Fun and floral are on the menu for this week’s Fresh Finds! With so many adorable, new items, our project list is growing quite long! Check out everything that’s new this week, and even plan out your new projects with the Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt that we can’t wait to get our hands on!


What’s at the top of your wish list from this week’s new arrivals?

Designer Tidbits: Lynette Anderson

As the Summer winds down, we can’t help but start gearing up for the Christmas season. Candy Cane Angels by Lynette Anderson is a warm and welcoming way to add some Christmas cheer to your home. Lynette is on the Jolly Jabber to tell you all about Candy Cane Angels, so keep reading for a closer look!

Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for Candy Cane Angels?
A:I did the design work for this collection about 10 years ago but have never felt it was the right moment to release it until now. I absolutely love how it has come together. When I work on a new collection or design of any sort I like to scribble words for the theme: angels, Christmas, holly, hearts, candy canes, snowflakes etc., and then the drawing can begin.

Q: How do you typically decorate for the holidays?
A:I go a bit overboard at Christmas with my decorating, every room has something.

Q: How do you hope to incorporate Candy Cane Angels into your holiday décor?
A:I have made a gorgeous circular table center piece for my dining room table which will set the theme in that room to perfection. I have also re worked one of my all time favourite quilts ‘Angels Are Stars’ using this fabric collection and it’s turned out so nicely, maybe I will be lucky and be able to have the quilt on my bed for December this year.

Q:What is your favorite holiday tradition?
A:Decorating my tree is my number one favourite, but as kids we used to go carol singing on Christmas Eve around the village. One of the local farmers hitched up his hay cart to a couple of his horses, we kids all climbed in the back, and off we went stopping to sing at some of the houses and enjoying hot drinks and sweet treats. I still love singing carols today as it brings back such good memories.

Q:How did you begin your career as a fabric designer?
A:Patchwork and quilting has been my passion for over 30 years, I first started drawing and working from my original designs in 1995. As my confidence grew I started to dream about designing my own fabrics and luckily for me my dream came true.

Q:What is your favorite part of the design process?
A:Seeing my drawings come together on the computer screen and knowing that in a few months I will be able to touch, cut, and stitch with fabric!

Q:What is your favorite print in the collection?
A:I think my favourite in this collection is Christmas Words (in natural, red, and brown) which has Christmassy words all over it with my little drawings in between. It’s one of those prints that can be used in any style quilt and will not date.

Q:What can we expect from Lynette Anderson Designs in the coming months?
A:There are so many exciting things on my horizon, I am so lucky to have a job that doesn’t feel like a job. I have some gorgeous new fabrics in the pipeline, a couple of books, and of course lots of lovely new patterns to go with my fabric collections. I am teaching in a variety of locations around the world. Travelling and meeting people is really a bonus for me. I have created a collection of licensed products that cross from textiles to paper craft and we are currently working on a basic range of sewing products that will be ready to launch in August when I am at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK.

Don’t you love Lynette’s warm Christmas designs? We would love to know, how do you decorate for Christmas?

Designer Tidbits: Lynette Anderson

Take a trip to the woods of England with Lynette Anderson as she recounts the adventures of her childhood. Playful animals, swirling flowers and buzzing dragonflies fill this sweet, country themed collection. Lynette is here to tell us more about Wildflower Wood for Lecien Fabrics, so keep reading for a closer look!

Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for Wildflower Wood?
A:I grew up in a small village in the country in the UK, where my brother and I spent most of our days (when the weather was kind) playing in the fields and woods behind our home. We learnt the names of the wildflowers, we picked blackberries and primroses, we learnt which mushrooms are edible and which are not and when the gypsies visited we played with them and learnt how to whittle wood into animal shapes.

Q: What was your “aha” moment in designing this collection?
A:My “aha” moment was when the print ‘Wildflower Wood’, which is the sweet print with the trees, birds, flower and animals, had been created. The rest of the prints followed quite quickly.

Q: What TV show or movie does your collection fit best in?
A:I could see the little prints used in dresses for the girls in The Waltons or Little House On The Prairie. Or better still a quilt on Grandma’s bed!

Q:What projects do you hope to see made using Wildflower Wood?
A:Quilts and related quilty type projects of course. However I believe that this collection lends itself to little kids clothing but since I am not a dressmaker I will have to hope that someone with dressmaking skills will get stitching!

Q:What is your favorite part of the fabric industry?
A:The people, I love people. Then there is the excitement of seeing my drawings/paintings on fabric and then it really strikes home how exciting this industry is when you see a quilt someone else made using your fabrics! Thank you everyone, you all make me smile.

Q:What is your design process?
A:I love my pencil, paper and eraser (my very small eraser as I use it so much). Once the pencil design has been completed I go ahead and ink each shape in. Then everything is scanned into the computer and from there the manipulation and colouring fun begins. Once I have all the prints designed in the colourways I want, I send it in to Lecien so they can get strike offs printed.

Q:What is your favorite print in the collection?
A:My favourite print to look at is the focus print, Animal Toss, in cream, purple and blue, which features all the little creatures I love that used to live in the woods around my childhood home in England. My favourite print to work with is Bouquets and Bees, in cream, purple and light blue.

Q:What is the most challenging part of the design process?
A:I like to work on the focus print first and then using all my little scribbles create lots of ‘itty bitty’ prints, which I love to use in my work. Coming up with a good mid-sized ‘itty bitty’ print was a bit challenging for this collection, but Dragonflies and Butterflies is perfect.

Q:How is this collection the same or different from previous Lynette Anderson collections?
A:I have gone a little bit brighter with this collection, but the colours are still sludgy and soft. I have loved working with these colours and prints.

Designer Tidbits: Monica Solorio-Snow

Stop by and say hello to the shortest Santa to make an appearance on fabric. Monica Solorio-Snow from Lecien Fabrics and her adorable Gnoma Claus are here today to chat with us about winter time, holiday cheer and her highly anticipated Christmas collection, Winterkist.

Q: To what or whom would you dedicate this collection, or what inspired this collection?
A:Winterkist was inspired by my version of winter here on the NW Oregon coast. Living in Astoria, we see more rain than snow during the winter. I felt like celebrating rain to help soften the blow of never enough snow. I love snow and can’t get enough of it, so Winterkist represents snow and rain with rain bubbles and snowflakes. Winterkist was also a chance to bring back Gnoma Claus, my Santa gnome. Gnoma made an appearance in my Holiday Happy collection, but sadly his fate met the chopping block and only a red version of the panel made the cut. Now he’s back, bigger and more colorful than ever!

Q: What is your favorite project using this collection?
A:My favorite project so far is making my Peek-a-Boo Gnoma quilt. It’s a fairly easy quilt and my favorite part about it is putting all the different fabrics together and playing with them. But the best part by far is seeing what others will be making with Winterkist. You know how a salad always tastes better when someone else makes it? The same applies here.

Q: What would be your collection’s theme song?
A:My collection’s theme song, I would say anything by Randy Newman. Maybe his Short People song, just for Gnoma.

Q:If you could live in a movie, what movie would it be?
A:There are so many movies and TV shows I’d like to live in! There’s a long list but here’s a few: anything Wes Anderson, Amalie, any Nanny McFhee, Miss Marple’s St. Mary Mead, and The Goonies (even though I live in Astoria!).

Q:What do you get nostalgic over?
A: I get nostalgic over food (taste and smell).  Red cabbage reminds me of my mom, tapioca reminds me of my maternal grandmother, and homemade corn tortillas remind me of my paternal grandmother.  Food is so social in my family, so food smells and tastes bring on so many happy memories and longing for home and family in California.  I’m not fat – I’m just full of many happy memories!

Q:What is your favorite TV show of all time?
A: Right now my favorite TV show of all time is Parks and Recreation on NBC.  While I’m in love with Downtown Abbey and all things the Dowager Countess, I am obsessed (um, just a *little*) with Nick Offerman’s “Ron Swanson” character on Parks & Rec.

Q:If you could be a modern day fictional character, who would you be?

A: I’m pretty much diggin’ the life of Brian Griffin – the family dog on Family Guy.  He does what he wants, says what he wants, never has to look for a clean public restroom, gets fed regularly, is an accomplished novel writer and can talk & drive.  

Q:What’s the strangest compliment you’ve ever received?
A: I don’t know if this falls into the strange compliment category, but I’m often told I sound like Courtney Love.  As in my voice, not my vocabulary.

Designer Tidbits: Lynette Anderson

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Lynette Anderson to the Jolly Jabber. Lynette’s latest fabric collection is Happy Halloween and Christmas Fun from Lecien Fabrics. Today she will talk about her spooky Halloween collection, but don’t forget to check out her whimsical Christmas collection, Christmas Fun too!

Q: To what or whom would you dedicate the Happy Halloween collection?
A:I would like to dedicate this collection to Samantha from Bewitched, which was one of my favourite TV shows when I was a child.

Q: What is your favorite project using this collection?
A:I am absolutely thrilled with my Spooky House Table Centrepiece; it looks fantastic on the table and really sets a Halloween feel in the whole room.

Q: If time travel became possible, what year would you want to be in?
A:I would want to go back to 1976 when I was offered a job at Longleat House (UK) looking after the giraffes, zebras, lions and camels at the Safari Adventure theme park. Who knows, it could have led to a whole different career!

Q:If you had to change your first name what would you change it to?
A:Pamela….then I would be Pamela Anderson and have a great figure!

Q:What was your favorite childhood TV show?
A:My parents had the first TV in our village; we watched the news and were allowed to choose one program a week to watch!! I loved Bewitched and The Monkeys.

Q:Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
A:Gosh, that’s a hard one… Jinny Beyer comes to mind as she is an icon in the quilting world. When I first started doing patchwork and quilting in 1981 there were no fabrics specifically for patchwork until Jinny Beyer started producing fabrics.

Q:What is your favorite App to play on your phone?
A:I don’t use my phone a great deal other than to make calls. My husband on the other hand has every App there is!

Q:If you could marry a technology, what would it be?
A:My computer as I don’t think I can imagine my life without it. I love that it has made the world smaller, I love that I can ‘talk’ to my friends around the globe and get instant replies. It makes me feel very connected. Working from a home studio can make you feel very isolated, but with computer technology I have friends at the tips of my fingers… anytime I want!

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @lynettestitches!

Designer Tidbits: Rosalie Quinlan

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Rosalie Quinlan to the Jolly Jabber. Rosalie’s latest fabric collection is Folk Heart from Lecien Fabrics.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Folk Heart collection?
A:The inspiration for “Folk Heart”, my third fabric collection for Lecien, comes mainly from vintage Hungarian embroidery. I researched this topic and was greatly inspired by what I found. I played around with some of the motifs I found and used them as a jumping-off point for the collection.

Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A:The gypsy music of Eastern Europe comes to mind… the bright colours of the caravans, the striking tones of scarves and dresses and the exotic culture, which is full of the celebration of life and freedom. Django Reinhardt would have at least one tune on my soundtrack, as would the Gipsy Kings.

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite?
A:My favourite SKU is #30394, Colour 20. Candy pink is my all-time favourite colour. Any range I design would be heavy on the pink prints. The delicate white lace-like motif of this print on the candy pink background delights me.

Q:What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A:My favourite project made from Folk Heart is a bold Dresden plate quilt called “A Day in Dresden”. It is available as a free pattern on Lecien’s website.

Q:What is your favorite part of working in the fabric industry?
A:I have been blessed by the many opportunities I have had to travel and meet fellow fabric designers, store owners and patchwork enthusiasts. I adore working with the folks at Lecien… they really support my vision for each collection and bring my ideas to fruition with superior-quality base cloths and printing techniques.

Q:Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A:Although I am unable to give any “sneak peeks” of my next collection at this time, I can let you in on the name… it will be called “Sojourn”. The concept of staying in a different place for a short time is very meaningful to me as I return to my designing life after a time of healing and restoration.

Q:What is your absolute favorite thing in your house?
A:My favourite thing in my house is my vintage pink glass collection. I love attending flea markets to scour for more pink glass.

Q:Which project stands out in your memory as your all-time favorite?
A:My all-time favourite quilt is called “The Joy of Life”. This is the quilt I designed and worked on five years ago while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Pouring myself into the design and stitching of this project gave me focus and joy, hence the name of the quilt.

Q:Where do you do your best thinking? Can we see a photo of your studio?
A:I live in the foothills of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, Australia. I have beautiful walking tracks near my home and do my best thinking while walking through the forest. I also like to sit outside in my garden, listening to the birdlife and drinking a cup of tea. Occasionally my studio is tidy enough for a photo. At the moment, this is not the case.

Q:What is your favorite snack food? Can we see a photo of your fridge or pantry?
A:I love macadamia nuts! And NO-ONE sees a photo of my fridge OR pantry… housework is for people who don’t love fabric as much as I do!

Q:What is your one guilty pleasure in life?
A:Just ONE? Okay, then… reading a great book in the bathtub (yes, it does curl the pages!)