Carrie Nelson Explains Wide Binding!

There are hundreds of different ways to bind quilts, and goodness knows we have tried lots and lots of them! But when we saw Carrie Nelson post about her vintage-inspired wide binding on the Moda Fabrics blog, we had to try just one more method – and this one rises above the rise! With the wider width, the binding is more visible and becomes another strong design element in your quilt! We were so excited to have Carrie walk us through this technique. Her number one tip: remember to cut on the bias! We can’t wait to try this binding method on all of our projects.
Before we get started, let’s grab some of Carrie’s favorite notions to use while binding!
Now you’ve got everything that you need! Download our easy-to-follow chart to make sure that your sizing is correct, and watch this video to learn this technique!
See, now wasn’t that easy?! Remember to cut on the bias and give yourself more binding than you think you may need, just in case!
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for so many more fun tips and tricks from Kimberly and our special guests! 

Sew Sampler Reveal February 2017

It’s time to unwrap the February 2017 Sew Sampler Box – the gift that keeps on giving, and we can’t wait to unveil the goodies that this box holds!

Did you catch our photo clue this month? Our spilling bag of Jolly Ranchers was hinting towards this Sweet Marion Jolly Bar! Jolly Bars are exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop Precuts, and contain 42 5″ x 10″ cuts of fabric! Another fun fact about Jolly Bars, is that they all come with a fun, exclusive pattern! The Sweet Marion Jolly Bar comes with The Friendship Bracelet Quilt Pattern to make this stunning quilt:
You may have seen this little wonder tool used in some of our YouTube videos! That Purple Thang pushes, pokes, pulls, fudges and stuffs! So many of our quilty friends say it is their favorite notion!
Thread Heaven Thread Conditioner & Protectant is truly a necessity if you’re working with thread! This notion has so many perks! It prevents tangling and fraying of thread, is safe to use on all threads and fabrics, it’s washer/dryer safe and it can even be ironed! You’ll soon be wondering how you ever lived without it!
Tailor Mate 2-in-1 Retractable Seam Ripper is such a great alternative to the traditional seam ripper! You won’t have to worry about uncapping and recapping for safety! Both ends of the seam ripper retract different sizes, so you’re all set for any project with just one easy tool!
Clover Wonder Clips are perfect for holding layers of fabric in place! These clips are a great substitute to classic pins! The clip base is flat, so no need to worry about fabric rolling and warping as you sew down your binding.  You will find yourself using Wonder Clips for everything – it even works as a makeshift hair clip in a pinch!
The CrissCross Quilt Pattern from Prairie Grass Patterns by April Rosenthal is a fun pattern for you to try! They say that “X” marks the spot, and they got it right with this one! We’re loving this pattern!
BONUS ITEM: This pocket-sized Moda Reference Guide is perfect for the quilter on the go! Check all of your conversions and more with this handy go-to! This reference guide is a Sew Sampler Box exclusive, and it won’t be available to purchase separately!
As always, we have an exclusive Bonus Block Pattern! This Recipe Card is Block #11, so we’re only one more block and finishing instructions away from a completed quilt!!

You can see all of our Sew Sampler Box reveals on our YouTube Channel, as well as tons of fun tutorials! Have you been missing out on the Sew Sampler fun?! Don’t delay! Sign up today to get March 2017’s box of goodies! 

Sew New Notions ft. Hobby Holsters

Here at Fat Quarter Shop, we’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest Quilting Notions to make your sewing and crafting experience even better! We stumbled upon some priceless gems that we just couldn’t wait to share with you!
You may have spotted these on our “What’s New” section, but we wanted to give you a first-hand look at what these Hobby Holsters can do!
These Hobby Holsters keep your work space clutter-free and your go-to crafting tools organized and easily accessible! These come in a variety of sizes and colors, and securely adhere to any smooth surface! Since there is no need for tape or glue to hold them, you can move these around your craft area without any effort!
These are perfect for holding scissors, rulers, thread, and so much more! Which size is perfect for your craft space?

Sew Sampler 2017 January Reveal

A new box to bring in the new year! It’s time to unwrap the January 2017 Sew Sampler box – the gift that keeps on giving, and we can’t wait to unveil the goodies that this box holds!

The 2017 Kona Color of the Year, Pink Flamingo, stole our hearts and we couldn’t wait to share it with you! When we released our sneak peek, so many of you guessed correctly and we were so impressed! We truly believe that a perfect start to a new year is a fresh, new charm pack just waiting to be quilted! The pack includes 42 5″ identical squares of this hue!
The Clover Black Gold Needles are polished along the axis and coated with ultra-thin black plating for anti-rust resistance. Experience astonishing smoothness with each use. These needles are durable, superior and so smooth, wherever and whatever the application may be. Includes six needles total in sizes 9, 10, and 12.

Fat Quarter Shop Thread Cutter, the quickest and easiest way to cut threads while chain piecing. Hold fabric with both hands and slide thread across blade. Thread cutter can be used to cut all types of thread, including yarn, string, and fishing line. *A Fat Quarter Shop exclusive!
To keep edges sharp, we love 45 mm Olfa Rotary Blades! Package includes one circular rotary replacement blades for the popular 45 mm rotary cutter!
This exclusive, versatile quilt pattern takes 5″ squares and offers three different layouts so you can get a new quilt every time! Whip up this adorable quilt with your Kona charm pack!
BONUS ITEMGive your antique linens a second life with Vintage Textile Soak. Remove yellowing to brown spots from your quilts, quilt tops, christening gowns and antique linens to make them like new!
As always, we have an exclusive Bonus Block Pattern! Have you been keeping up with the blocks since the beginning?! We’re getting to excited the closer that we get to our finished quilt!!
This month’s Sew Sampler reminds us that good things come in small packages!

Double Wide Dresden Ruler Series: Double Wide Dresden Pattern

Today, Barb and Mary of Me & My Sister Designs are here to show us a pattern featuring the inspiration behind the Double Wide Dresden Ruler itself – the Double Wide Dresden Quilt Pattern!

The bright colors that we see in Me & My Sister Designs collections are perfect for this fun and easy quilt, like the floral fun prints of Rainy Day!

Purchase your Double Wide Dresden Quilt Pattern and your ruler, and let’s get to quilting!

Wasn’t that so fun? We love how the center star burst looks like applique! There are so many possibilities with this quilt pattern; what colors will you choose? We can’t wait to see! Share your photos with us on social media #doublewidedresden.

Tune in at the same time tomorrow for a little video on the Beach Ball pattern!

Double Wide Dresden Ruler Series: Two times the ruler, two times the fun!

Did you catch our behind the scenes videos and photos on Instagram when Barb and Mary of Me & My Sister Designs joined us in the studio? If you’ve been anxiously awaiting these video surprises, you’re in luck! Today, we’re kicking off a week of quilty tutorials with these two!

All great projects start with great tools and fabricFor each project this week, you need the Double Wide Dresden Ruler from Me & My Sister Designs. This is the traditional dresden ruler that you know and love – but better!

The Double Wide Dresden Ruler is 36 degrees and has 10 wedges! It’s less work and even more fun!

This week, you’ll get to see four videos of brand new patterns, each showcasing the Double Wide Dresden Ruler!

So purchase your patterns, grab your ruler, and be sure to tune in! You won’t want to miss all of the fun!

Classic & Vintage featuring Tree of Life Quilt

We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Christmas shared with your loved ones! Even though Christmas is over, we have another little gift for you! Today, we’re back with another Classic & Vintage quilt block!  If you’re unfamiliar with our Classic & Vintage Series, we take traditional blocks that you know and love and update them with a modern twist.

We selected the fun and classic Freedom collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics to spice up the Tree of Life block! You can download this FREE quilt block on our free quilt patterns page, or download the whole quilt pattern right to your computer here!

We have put together a Tree of Life Quilt Kit and Backing Set to make your quilt complete!

Ready to get started? Here are a few of Kimberly’s essential picks to help you complete this stunning quilt with ease!

Triangles on a Roll for precise, easy cutting guides!
Creative Grids Ruler to make sure your lines are straight.
Olfa Rotary Cutter for crisp fabric edges.
Alphabitties for easy fabric marking!
Washi Tape to seal your Triangles on a Roll.

Makin’ It Cute with Me and My Sister Designs!

Barb and Mary from Me and My Sister Designs visited Fat Quarter Shop to show us their four, adorable Makin’ It Cute templates!

Butterfly Bliss, Petal Pack, Heart’s Delight, and Smitten for Mittens are all available now at Fat Quarter Shop!

The best thing about these adorable little projects? All of your template shapes are included! Make your template and your embellishments all from one pack! Isn’t that convenient? These templates are perfect for your 10″ or 5″ leftover scraps, and they make pretty cute ornaments, too!

Tune in as Barb gives us a step-by-step tutorial of Smitten for Mittens! Make sure you have your checklist of items for this project!

Ready, set, go! We can’t wait to see how cute your Makin’ It Cute project turns out! Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram!

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.

Scrappy Project Planner + Accessories!

What are your project goals for 2017? Are you thinking of how in the world you’re going to keep everything that you want to create organized? Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet has given us the perfect solution! Meet every crafter’s organization hack – the Scrappy Project Planner!
The planner has so many different features, not only for crafting, but also for your everyday life! Under the “Weekly Planner” tab, you’ll find pages for important dates, as well as day-to-day task lists!
There is more than enough room in this handy planner to list projects, sketch ideas, and even attach some of your favorite fabric swatches!
As if the Scrappy Project Planner weren’t enough, there are also accessories to make the most use of your planner, and to give it a little extra flair!
Talk about stickers for days! A premium, spiral-bound sticker book containing 18 pages with 5,400 mini stickers to make your schedule a little bit more fun!
75 vibrant sheets to help you feel accomplished. Fill in your to-dos and goals with this daily notepad.
Four 1/2” wide x 5.5 yard rolls of Lori’s trademark gingham, in red, aqua, pink and green. Great for highlighting notes, taping up photos, and embellishing anything and everything! 
Three adorable diecut vintage sewing machines to hold your place in your planner and look pretty.
A rainbow of 24 colorful extra-fine-tip pens to liven up your notes and sketches, packed in a quality case for easy travel.

Check out how we use our Scrappy Project Planner, and stay tuned for some awesome, scrappy challenges!