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!

Share with #FQSCoffeeKoozie

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!

Sew Pin-able!

Be sure to join us on Pinterest here and give us a follow! Save this adorable Coffee Koozie on Pinterest to share with your friends or save for later!

Happy Quilting!

Stay connected to FQS!

like on facebook

inspire on instagram

watch our YouTube

make on Pinterest

Front Yard Collection by Sandra Clemons PLUS an It’s Sew Emma Pattern Preview!

We love Sandra Clemons‘ new collection for Michael Miller Fabrics, Front Yard, so we couldn’t wait to whip up something special! The collection has so many color and print varieties that it would make any project truly stunning and unique!
With so many new It’s Sew Emma patterns being released soon (spoiler alert – February 6, 2017!), we wanted to give you a sneak peek of Floret! Floret is a Little P pattern, and we knew that Front Yard would be a fun collection to feature for this eye-catching design! 
We couldn’t help but use the bright jewel tones in Sandra Clemons’ Aurifil box! These colors pair perfectly with the collection, and really make it pop!
Check out all of the participants’ photo fun on Instagram, where you can find all of the details, and be enter to win a prize from Sandra’s Instagram! Be sure to visit Sandra’s blog for all the fun info!

Kimberly’s Favorite Finds at Fall Quilt Market!

It has been almost a month since International Quilt Market in Houston, and we are still catching up! This year, Kimberly scoured the show in search of her very favorite finds to give you a peek at what was on display. Ready for some quilt inspiration? Watch this year’s installment of Kimberly’s Favorite Finds!

This year, Kimberly chose a good mix of patterns, collections, and block of the months that perked her interest! Get a closer look at her favorite finds below, and sign up to be notified when they arrive if they land on YOUR favorites list!

Rainy Day Sewing Bags (also available in PDF) by Thimble Blossoms featuring April Showers is up first! The pattern comes with two bags and one pincushion! Perfect additions to any sewing space, and you can whip these up on a rainy day!

May Flowers Quilt Pattern (also available in PDF) by Cotton Way featuring April Showers couldn’t be cuter. Remember, April Showers brings May Flowers!

Storybook by Kate & Birdie Paper Company stood out from the crowd. This kids group works well for all ages, and the colors couldn’t be better!

The Handmade Quilt by V & Co. featuring Color Me Happy is a MUST for any quilter or sewist!

For the Frill of It Quilt Pattern by Jocelyn Ueng for It’s Sew Emma, featuring Chance of Flowers! Inspired by Emma herself, this quilt is perfect for her girly bedroom!

The interlocking circles of the Carousel Quilt Pattern are soft and soothing. We can’t wait to make this quilt!

Add some sparkle to your stash with Glitz by Michael Miller Fabrics! These soft metallics are definitely a trend!

There were so many great Christmas groups this year, Kimberly had to pick a few! Sugar Rush by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics has us craving those sweet Christmas treats!

There is nothing better than a Christmas classic, like Rudolph by Quilting Treasures!!

The vintage Santa in Believe by Henry Glass really caught Kimberly’s eye.

Kimberly loves precision piecing, so the Mastering Miniatures Block of the Month made it on her list! Learn more about the Block of the Month and sign up today.

The This and That collection by Ann Kelle is filled with adorable novelty prints! Don’t you love this pillowcase?

The classic tans and blues in Favorite Things by Gerri Robinson look fantastic in traditional quilts.

Let’s fly with Fly Aweigh by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Designs. These planes and boats are perfect for little boys!

Did any of Kimberly’s Favorite Finds make your favorites list this year? Be on the look out for all of these collections, patterns, and block of the months on our Coming Soon page!

And for a throwback, check out the Kimberly’s Favorite Finds from Spring Quilt Market 2013!

Basic of the Month November 2013: Krystal

It’s time again for a new Basic of the Month! We are so excited about our November 2013 Basic of the Month, Krystal by Michael Miller Fabrics! And don’t forget, the Basic of the Month is 20% off all month!

Spice up your basics with the textured solids of Krystal by Michael Miller. Krystal comes in a range of colors, from blacks to salmons to limes. These textured solids add something special to your basic quilts, and that something turns a quilt from good to great. Work Krystal into a quilt filled with prints, or let it stand boldly on its own. Either way, it will get the attention it deserves.

Just take a look at this breathtaking Krystal quilt by Katie Braten of Montana. She was able to choose so many different shades of reds, yellows, purples, oranges, greens and blues to create a dimensional quilt. The Krystal’s dyed looks enhances it even more. It feels clean and spontaneous at the same time, due to mixing her colors up.

Stock up on Krystal by Michael Miller Fabrics at 20% off all month long. Hurry over and start shopping!

Modge Podge Table Runner in Easy Quilts

Hey guys, it’s Sarah here. My Modge Podge Table Runner made it into the latest issue of Easy Quilts Magazine, Fall 2013! If you are a color lover, this table runner is for you! It is the perfect addition to a stylish home.

I really enjoyed designing the Modge Podge table runner! It uses Textured Basics by Patty Young – I love all the bright colors in this collection. I chose to use the contrasting shades of lime and orange. I had fun playing around with the color and strip placement in the fun bar graph inspired table runner.

Pick up your copy of Easy Quilts Magazine for the Modge Podge Table Runner pattern. And if you crave the bold pops of lime and orange, get the kit over at Fons & Porter!

Customer Project Round Up

Here is a peek at what the creative customers at Fat Quarter Shop have been up to. We love getting to see all of this quilty eye candy and hope you do too!

  1. Teri of Back Door QuiltsThrough the Looking Glass quilts!
  2. Patty’s purse made with a Stitched Garden Fat Quarter Bundle by Heather Rosas for Camelot Cottons.
  3. Corine’s quilt made with Pirate Matey’s by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs.
  4. Karolyn‘s black and white Apple Dumpling quilt, pattern by Kimberly Jolly of It’s Sew Emma!
  5. Linda‘s adorable Star Wars dresses, made with licensed Star Wars Fabric by Camelot Cottons
  6. Christine Gehler Mott’s finished UFO! She bought the Maypole Quilt Kit in 2008 and finished it up this year!
  7. Traci made this gorgeous Civil War quilt for her husband using Judie Rothermel’s The Union Forever and the Trifles Quilt Pattern by Jocelyn Ueng, featured in Best Fat Quarter Quilts.
  8. Mary Manson‘s Red Triangles quilt made using Esprit de Noel by French General and an adaptation of The Dark Side… or Not Layer Cake Quilt Pattern from Moda Bake Shop.
  9. Kerri’s quilt made with Happy Tones by Michael Miller Fabrics!
  10. Elaine of Messy Goat‘s 2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month, with the cutest house block in the middle!
  11. Kathryn’s Stacks quilt from Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris, featuring Arctic Friends Flannel by Mintblossom for Northcott Fabrics.
  12. Karen’s quilt made using Happy Ever After by Sandra Workman for Riley Blake Designs. Pattern by Deb Lutrell from the Quilt Flix series.
  13. Lacey’s Ritzy Bitsy Baby quilt, complete with her adorable grandson!
  14. Cindy’s Fireworks quilt featuring Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille!
  15. Nancy’s Poppy quilt from Simply Fat Quarters, featuring Farm Fresh by October Afternoon!
  16. Amy‘s Christmas pillow made with Winter’s Lane by Kate & birdie Paper Co. for Moda Fabrics.
  17. Sally’s 2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month, which features Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics!
  18. Diana’s Oh My Stars, featuring Independence Trail by Minick and Simpson for Moda Fabrics, made for her son who is stationed in Afghanistan.
  19. Katie of Choo Choo Skadoo Quilts‘ Truffles Quilt from Simply Fat Quarters, featuring Prairie Rose by Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs.
  20. Anita’s first quilt and bag, made with Ticklish by Me & My Sister Designs!

Thank you for sharing your projects. Feel free to share on our Flickr Customer Gallery or email projects to chelsey[at]fatquartershop[dot]com.

Happy sewing!

Threaded and Paper Boat Regatta in Quilty Magazine

Hi guys! It’s Kimberly again! The new issue of Quilty just landed, and not one but TWO of my quilts are in here!! I’m so excited!!

The first is called Threaded, and holy cow I love how this turned out. I designed a more traditional-leaning quilt with tilted spool blocks, but jazzed it up all sorts of fun retro-mod colors from Carnaby Street fabric. Even though the colors are loud and crazy, it looks crisp and clean on white. I absolutely adore the prints in the sashing and spools, and Pat Bravo must be a mind reader, because she expanded it into a new Art Gallery basics group called Square Elements.

Quilty has it kitted for you, so pop over there if it’s calling your name.

The second is almost a 180 degree spin — Paper Boat Regatta was inspired by a vintage boat quilt I saw. This one uses just four fabrics for the entire quilt, and in very soothing colors of white, gray, light blue and navy. I will never tire of antique quilts, and I’m glad that Quilty shares that love. It was fun to use just what is considered coordinates for this quilt top – no busy focal prints here! I hope it inspires you to try and use up those prints that aren’t in the limelight.

Pick up Quilty today – I’d love to see your quilts!!

Favorite Finds at Spring Quilt Market

Can you believe it has been a month since Spring International Quilt Market in Portland? Time sure flies when you are waiting for fantastic new fabric to come in! While at Market, Kimberly and the gang filmed a little video, showing off all of Kimberly’s favorite finds. We scoured the convention center and chose some great new items to show off! We hope you enjoy these finds as much as we do!

Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts’ new collection Honeysweet became an instant favorite. Kimberly just loves the fresh colors and prints! There are plenty of great new Fig Tree Patterns to accompany the collection as well. For a closer look at Honeysweet, watch our interview with Joanna!

Kimberly fell hard for Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts’ Hope Chest collection for Moda Fabrics. She flawlessly mixed prints and batiks to bring you this striking collection. Her new pattern, Remember, will look fantastic in your home!

Moonflower by Quilting Treasures was another quick classic. Cheryl even chose it as her absolute favorite collection at Market! The prints feature grays and yellows, and work perfectly for babies and adults. Very versatile!

The lovable Pam Kitty has a new collection for LakeHouse Dry Goods. Kimberly is so excited for Pam Kitty Picnic! Full of the bright colors you have come to adore, and with plenty of new patterns to boot!

Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs’ debut collection for Red Rooster is so shabby chic! Attic Treasures looks so great in quilts and bags, especially the Cabo Bucket Tote!

Kimberly can’t wait for the Charming & Quaint Block of the Month by This & That Pattern Company to begin. Sign up today to secure your spot!

And who can’t resist a cupcake? Kimberly is in love with the Cupcakes Tablerunner by Cotton Way featuring Scrumptious. Scrumptious indeed! Yum!

We have so many favorite finds in our YouTube video, like Patty Young’s Just My Type, Wallflowers Quilt Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew, The Arabesque Collection by Anna Griffin, Ultimate Spiderman collection by Camelot Cottons and more. Watch and let us know which is your favorite find!

Designer Tidbits: Emily Herrick

Are you inspired by color? Emily Herrick mixes bold, rich colors and geometric prints to bring you Technicolor, her latest collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. Keep reading for a little chat with Emily of Crazy Old Ladies, and be sure to add some punch to your next project with the vibrant fabrics in Technicolor!

Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for Technicolor?
A:I love geometric patterns. I often take pictures of architecture, ceilings, and tile patterns. Somehow they all evolve into a fabric pattern eventually.

Q: What was your “aha” moment in designing this collection?
A:My ‘aha’ moment came when I realized that these designs would all work well together as a collection. Originally each of them began as coordinates to other ideas in my head. But once I grouped them all together I realized they just worked.

Q: What TV show or movie does your collection fit best in?
A:That’s a tough one. It doesn’t really fit the time period but this collection was loosely based on my love of ‘The Wizard of Oz‘ as a kid. I love when the movie changes from black and white to “Technicolor”. My market booth was based on this theme.

Q:Tell me about your sewing machines. What kinds do you have and how many?
A:I have two sewing machines. They are both pretty basic Kenmore machines. The oldest is 13 1/2 years old and I use it mainly for machine quilting. It’s a work horse and I love it. I worry every time I use it that it may be my last but she’s still going strong. The newer machine is a few years old. “Kenny” replaced his twin brother that I blew up. (Oops!) He is also a basic mechanical machine with a few fancy stitches. He has a speed control which has been great for my 8 year old daughter to learn to sew on. I do all my sewing and quilt piecing on this machine.

Q:What is your favorite part of the fabric industry?
A:I love the feeling of family and friends. It’s a cool thing to get together with people that share your same passions. I’ve met and made friends with people from all over the world. It’s amazing!

Q:From what aspect of your life do you draw creativity?
A:Whenever I’m in the creative process I often think of my younger years, when I spent so much time drawing and doodling. While my kids were little I didn’t do much for me. Now that they’re getting a little older and I’ve embraced my love for craft and design, doing what I loved as a kid makes me feel younger now. That being said, it’s a combination of drawing in my younger self and relying on my older self that makes it work today.

Q:What is your design process?
A:I still tend to doodle quite a bit, but most of the process is done on Adobe Illustrator. There’s always multiple files open on the desktop and the kids know if they close one they’ll meet the wrath of Mom. 🙂

Q:What is your favorite print in the collection?
A:I think my favorite print is the Navy Tile. I want to make a bag out of it but I’m scared. I can sew things flat, no problem. But a 3 dimensional object, YIKES!

Q:What is the most challenging part of the design process?
A:It depends. Sometimes everything just fits together unexpectedly, like with Technicolor. However, I’m working on a collection right now that’s been in the works for a couple of years. I love the concept but getting it to translate on fabric in a way that will appeal to quilters isn’t flowing as nicely as I would like. But that’s just part of the process. I feel if I set it aside and step away for a few days things have a way of working out.

Q:What projects do you hope to see made using Technicolor?
A:I would love a cute dress for my daughter. She’s 8 so she wants to be grown up but she’s still little. The prints in this collection fit perfectly for apparel. As I mentioned before, I’d love a bag. One of my favorite projects at market was a pillow that I didn’t even make. Heather Bostic from the book Pillow Pop made the pillow for me and I love it! I’d like to add splashes of color all throughout my house with Technicolor. Lastly, I’d love to see a Crazy Old Ladies pattern made with Technicolor in every quilter’s home. 🙂

Designer Tidbits: Sarah Jane

With a burst of color and a pop of whimsy, Sarah Jane has taken us into her world of imaginative playtime. Let’s Pretend, her latest collection for Michael Miller Fabrics, is brought to life with theatrical prints and bold, jewel toned hues. Get lost in her magical world with Let’s Pretend!

Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for Let’s Pretend?
A:This collection was inspired by pretend play of all sorts. I love watching children imagine, explore and pretend. So this collection is in celebration of that. In this collection, dress-ups and imaginary play is very dominant, and the color theme for this leans heavily on bright jewel tones. Think ‘Theatrical’. I also drew a lot of inspiration from European clothing trends and their use of this theme in many runway, magazine and fashion photography. Children with masks, marionettes and pretend play combined with dramatic color choices were a big part of my stylization of this collection as well.

Q: What was your “aha” moment in designing this collection?
A:I think for me, the moment to go forward was really in the discovery that this theme had so much to offer. Because the art comes first, I just asked myself what pictures and designs appealed to me the most, and I so I just stared creating. The editing always comes afterwards. I will say though, that thinking of the title, “Let’s Pretend” was a phrase that I knew was just perfect. Because I hear it so much around the house (“Hey! Let’s pretend that…..”) it was like a flood gate that opened once that image popped into my mind.

Q: What TV show or movie does your collection fit best in?
A:Not really sure. But this song was played on repeat while I worked. It says SO much about how children imagine.

Q:Tell me about your sewing machine. What kinds do you have and how many?
A:I have one. It’s a Brother…nothing too fancy, but just my style!

Q:What is your favorite part of the fabric industry?
A:I love the design process of course. I love looking and getting inspired by color and design, and seeing all the uses for those designs.

Q:From what aspect of your life do you draw creativity?
A:So many places! Everyday life, and my own children. My own childhood. Swedish and traditional scandinavian design. Children’s fashion and decor. Children’s book illustration. European children’s design and books. And depending on the collection I’m designing, other artists and designers from past and present that have taken their hand at similar colors or design approaches in which I strive to add my own voice to.

Q:What is your design process?
A:The early stages of designing are mostly on paper. Once the designs are complete, I’ll finish the rest on the computer in Photoshop. Color and theme are the first part of the process. I have a general color palette to start with, which is open to some modification. I’m usually intrigued by story, and I design a collection based on a story in my mind. Once a theme is nailed down, I ask myself all sorts of questions and my answers end up on paper. When I have enough ideas on paper, I think about scale. If I have a certain design that I KNOW needs to be a large format, I’ll play around with other designs that would best complement and add to the collection. It’s a mad game of Tetris to be honest, and can really take a very long time. Next, I’ll really focus on tight colors and making sure that prints are crossing over and complementing each other. I usually have a big wall full of printed pieces on paper at this point, and I make notes and draw on the papers to really see gaps and things I need to enhance. From there, it’s time to finess and refine. And once the designs are ready to go to the mill, it’s time to start correcting color from fabric swatches. And from there, a collection is born!

Q:What is the most challenging part of the design process?
A:Every part honestly. Every stage gives birth to the next, and it’s really important for me to be completely committed to an end vision or else lots of things slip through the cracks. But if I had to pick one, I’d say putting all the pictures into scale and color while maintaining the integrity of the individual piece as well as the collection as a whole. Just like building a story, a really strong print means nothing if it doesn’t work with its other components. It’s truly rewarding, and frankly the most artistic part. But very,very hard.

Q:What is your favorite print in the collection?
A:My favorite print is probably the panel Print “Make Believe” or the “Marionettes” print, available in Berry and Gray.