Patchwork Quilt Along: Save the Dates!

We’re just under a month away from the start of our 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along! The highly anticipated event will start on January 15, 2017! We will announce the first block and also the fabric requirements here on the Jolly Jabber on that day.
We hope you will join Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics as we sew this darling quilt to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation! For each block, we encourage you to donate just $5 for the use of each pattern! Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $20,000 of the donations raised!
Are you using our Bonnie & Camille basics kit, like the quilt pictured above?! Preorder yours now to ensure you are all set for January! The kit will have everything that you need to make each block!
A new block will be released on the Jolly Jabber on the 15th of each month, with the 12th and final block, as well as the finishing and backing, released on December 15, 2017!
This is sure to be a fun quilt along and also such a great fundraiser for Make-A-Wish! We can’t wait to get started! Be sure to join our 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group!

Flashback Friday: Shirting Prints for Contrast

It’s time for part two of our Flashback Friday series with Barbara Brackman! Today, she’s discussing shirting prints and showing you some fabrics that we have in stock that were inspired by shirting!

Shirting Prints for Contrast

Shirting is an old name for a print design featuring small, simple figures on a light background color. Figures are set far apart to let lots of background show through so they read almost as a white or ivory. Several designers offer classic shirtings—- the perfect neutral to capture a period look: 1870-1920.

Antique log cabin block with shirtings as the neutral contrasting with darker prints. About 1880.

Woman wearing a shirtwaist dress, about 1900. Fashion demanded shirtings
for everybody so there were plenty of scraps for quilts.
Betsy’s Basket Poppy Star Chains

Kindred Spirit II Cream Dancing Boxes

Butter Churn Basics Cream Petal Stitch

Cream Bushel Swirl

Bramblewood Sable on Parchment Briars
Freedom Bound Navy on Cream Wisps

We’ll be back on December 31 with our next segment of Flashback Friday with Barbara Brackman!

Your One-Stop-Shop to EVERYTHING Holiday 2016!

 
Are you looking for the perfect gift for your favorite quilter, crafter, or sewist? Are you trying to put together a list of your most coveted items? Fat Quarter Shop is here to help! We’ve decked our halls and trimmed our tree – now see what’s under it!
We’ve put together the perfect gift guide to find that gift to make your loved one squeal with delight! Are you ready to get started? Simply choose your price range, or shop them all!
      
Plus we have a little early Christmas gift for you! Shop any of the items from our gift guide and get 10% off with the code GIFTS2016!
Excludes gift certificates. Not valid with other offers. Limit one use per customer. Expires 12/18/2016.
Already have some items in mind that you hope to see on Christmas morning? We have the perfect tool for you! Add items to your Wish List! Watch this video to find out how!

It’s that easy to let all of your friends and family know what you really want this year! Share your wish list between today and December 15, 2016, for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! A winner will be selected and posted here on that day.

Shortcut Quilt: Jelly Roll Twist

Today, we have a fun shortcut quilt tutorial for all skill levels! Jolly Roll Twist, our free pattern, features a modern layout mixed with the classic prints and colors of Hop, Skip, and a Jump! fabric by American Jane for Moda!
All you need for this quilt is the Jelly Roll Twist Quilt Kit or your favorite Jelly Roll! We also used our go-to Aurifil 2000, our favorite Creative Grids Ruler, and our trusty Alphabitties to make this quilt a cinch!
Are you ready to get started? First, we selected our favorite 34 prints from the Hop, Skip, and a Jump! Jelly Roll, and stitched them together!
After pressing and cutting the Jelly Roll strips, we aligned them with the solid block squares!
Next, we lined up the long strips, short strips, and solid blocks!
Viola! 42 blocks later, you have this eye-catching quilt that is perfect for a gift (or to keep for yourself! We won’t share your secret!)
Ready for all of the in between steps? Download your free pattern and get started now! We’ll walk through the Jelly Roll Twist quilt with you every step of the way! 

Flashback Friday: Paisleys & Madder Orange

Today we’re kicking off a fun new series: Flashback Friday, hosted by Moda Designer and quilt historian Barbara Brackman! Join us every other Friday for Barbara’s selection of gorgeous new prints and collections inspired by all-things vintage and interesting tidbits of fabric history!

Beckwith by Kathy Hall for Andover:
Paisleys & Madder Orange

No Civil War era repro quilt is co mplete without a few paisleys. Add to your must-have stash with Kathy Hall’s new Beckwith, offering prints echoing the 19th-century craze.

Fashionable woman dating back to around 1850.

That stylized botanical form we might call a paisley shape is borrowed from India’s imagery. The technical name: Boteh from the Hindi word for flower. Paisley refers to an industrial town in Scotland where factory-woven copies of paisley shawls created an affordable fashion fad.
Antique quilt block with a paisley-style print in madder-dyed
shades of orange, red, and dark brown. Circa year 1870.

Inexpensive cotton prints brought a bit of eastern design to western bedding. During the 1860s and ’70s, paisleys in madder-style colors (warm, reddish-browns) were particularly fashionable for ladies’ robes and quilts for the up-to-date boudoir.

The Beckwith collection includes several prints to add that authentic, cinnamon orange that was found in old, natural dyes, to your vintage-inspired project!
 

What do you think of the paisley and madder orange vintage trend? Do you have a pattern in mind that you’d love to plug these fabrics into?

Sew Sampler November 2016 Box Reveal!

We can’t believe it’s time to unbox another Sew Sampler! We know that the goodies inside this month’s box deserve a special place in your sewing room! This month’s box theme is Thankful.
We hope that you enjoyed some good food and warm memories with your loved ones during the holidays! Here at Fat Quarter Shop, we are so thankful that we get to share our love of quilting with all of you every day! We are also pretty thankful for this month’s Sew Sampler box! If you have received your box, you know what a treat it is! Check out all of the items that were included!
Not one, but TWO charm packs of Olive’s Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda! These colors are so perfect for fall, and there are so many fun prints to play with and mix!

You can never have too many Schmetz sewing needles! This month’s box had THREE different sizes: 90/1480/12, and 70/10! (You may recognize these beauties from our sneak peek photo earlier this month!)

You can never have enough of the perfect thread – and the natural white 50wt Aurifil thread is our definition of perfect!
Good things come in small packages, like this adorable reversible 5″x 8″ Lori Holt cutting mat! Blue on one side and pink on the other, you can switch it up to match your decor!
The C’est La Vie pattern was designed exclusively for Fat Quarter Shop by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique! This pattern plus the adorable Olive’s Flower Market charm packs will make the sweetest quilt!
BONUS! The Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Calendar is the perfect size to put on your sewing table! Each month has a little motivational quote to keep you on track to finish your projects!
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.
We hope that you loved this month’s box as much as we did! If you haven’t signed up for the Sew Sampler yet, don’t delay! We have so many fun treats packed for the end of 2016, and it’s the perfect gift that keeps on giving!