New It’s Sew Emma Quilt Kits are Here!

We are sew excited to show off a few new It’s Sew Emma quilt kits! Each quilt kit is great for quilters of all skill levels, and has an accompanying quilt pattern available for you to add your own fabric! So without further ado, here are all the details on the newest It’s Sew Emma Quilts:

Our Courtly Graces Quilt Kit features the lovely Amberley collection by Brenda Riddle for Moda Fabrics. This quilt uses half-square triangles to create a unique pattern of diamonds and hourglasses. Or are they squares and bows? Quilt kit includes the pattern fabric for the 56.5″ x 72.5″ quilt top and binding. A backing set is available separately.

Interested in just the Courtly Graces Quilt Pattern? From modern to traditional this design is the perfect pattern to showcase some of your favorite prints. Great for beginners to expert quilters, this pattern offers four sizes: tablerunner, toddler, lap and queen. This pattern is available in paper and PDF download.

Our Fetch Quilt Kit features the cute Howl & Hound collection by Lydia Nelson for Moda Fabrics. Even man’s best friend deserves a quilt! Quilt kit includes the pattern and fabric for the 45.5″ x 46.5″ quilt top and binding. A backing set is available separately.

Interested in just the Fetch Quilt Pattern? This Little P pattern is a celebration of all things dog! Our fat quarter friendly design is perfect for beginners and fast to finish! This pattern is available in paper and PDF download.

Our In Season Quilt Kit features the floral-inspired Wild Bouquet collection by Citrus & Mint Designs for Riley Blake Designs. The season is always right for In Season! Quilt kit includes the pattern and fabric for the 71″ x 84.5″ quilt top and binding. A backing set is available separately.

Interested in just the In Season Quilt Pattern? Whether your tastes are traditional, modern, or somewhere in between, In Season is a perfect pattern to try. This quilt pattern offers three size options (Crib, Twin and Queen), is Fat Quarter and Half Yard friendly, and makes beautiful graphic star blocks that suit any occasion! This pattern is available in paper and PDF download.

Our Summertide Quilt Kit features the fun Sunnyside Up collection by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics. You can already feel the summer breeze in the air with our Summertide quilt! Quilt kit includes the pattern and fabric for the 55″ x 67.5″ quilt top and binding. A backing set is available separately. Don’t forget to grab the Perfect 10 Ruler from Creative Grids and It’s Sew Emma to help with the completion of this quilt!

Interested in just the Summertide Quilt Pattern? Our deconstructed block looks great in all types of fabric. Great for beginners to expert quilters, this pattern offers four sizes: toddler, lap, twin and queen. This pattern is available in paper and PDF download.

Wanna know more about the Summertide Quilt Pattern? Check out our YouTube tutorial here!

We’d love to see your It’s Sew Emma quilts! Share your quilts on Facebook and Instagram or using #ItsSewEmma so we can see and share them!

Sew Sampler Box – October 2016 Sneak Peek!

Welcome back to another sneak peek inside the October Sew Sampler Subscription box! It’s finally October, but don’t worry, there are no tricks, only treats in this box…we promise! 
This month’s reveal is HUGE! Not only are we letting you know the theme which is “Made with Love,” we are also revealing one of the products featuring in this month’s box! A set of the brand new Handmade Cosmo Embroidery Floss collection! That in itself retails for $15.98. This box packs quite the value.
If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to receive our October box, be sure to do so soon since boxes will ship out on October 20th!
Be sure to follow us for more box reveals and future sneak peeks on all social media outlets by using #SewSampler. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to email us at 

Sew Sampler Box – September 2016 Sneak Peek!

It’s that time again, when we get to show you a sneak peek inside the next Sew Sampler Subscription box! We hope you’re ready to be amazed with this little reveal. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

The September box will contain the following item and it’s certainly going to sweeten up your stash!
If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to receive our September box, be sure to do so soon since boxes will ship out on September 20th!
Be sure to follow us for more box reveals and future sneak peeks on all social media outlets by using #SewSampler. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to email us at 

FQS Staff Gets Quilty!

Happy Saturday everyone! We are so excited to show you what we’ve been sewing this month in our “FQS Staff Gets Quilty” Series. There’s so much inspiration to show you, so let’s get started! 

Kimberly is a well-known quilting machine in the FQS headquarters. While running Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma, she managed to squeeze in a few projects up her quilting sleeve, starting with her 1930’s Farmer’s Wife Sew Along blocks. 

She’s also getting ready for the 2016 Crossroads Quilt Along (starting February 15th). We still quilt kits and backing sets available using the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree Quilts. 

Kimberly is also testing out patterns for the Antler Quilt Design Tablerunner club. Don’t forget to sign up since spots are limited! 

Have you heard of Pat Sloan’s My Secret Garden Free Mystery Block of the Month? If not, you should definitely sew along with her! Here is Kimberly’s first block using Calico Days collection by Lori Holt. 

Moda Fabrics invited FQS to participate in the Moda Row Along and Kimberly could not resist sewing up a cute tablerunner from the book. 

Last but not least, Kimberly finished her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle quilt and she gave it her own twist by modifying the setting.

Codi always has two or ten projects she’s working on. Like her 2016 Crossroads Quilt Along House blocks. Don’t forget to check back on the blog February 15th for the first block pattern. 

For her Pat Sloan’s My Secret Garden Free Mystery Block of the Month, she is using Pat’s upcoming collection Hometown Girl (plus we will have quilt kits available soon). 

How cute is Codi’s Moda Row Along tablerunner?

She also sewed up Aurifil 2016 January Designer of the Month mini quilt project using the Little Miss Sunshine collection by Lella Boutique.

When Sarah is not busy writing It’s Sew Emma books, you can find her sewing small projects. She’s almost finished with her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle blocks!

Her Moda Row Along reminds us of tropical beach homes! 

Sarah also finished our upcoming Shortcut Quilt called Layer Cake Lattice (launching in April 2016). 

Nova always has projects in her “quilty list,” starting with Pat Sloan’s My Secret Garden Free Mystery Block of the Month block. She decided to use 1930’s feedsack inspired prints from the Bread ‘N Butter collection by American Jane. 

Nova loves the traditional look of her Moda Row Along. She used the Larkspur collection by 3 Sisters to create an autumn inspired row. 

Deborah loves hand stitching so it’s not surprise that she chose to sew the Winter Friends row for her Moda Row Along project. 

We’ve also been loving her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle blocks in the Aria collection by Kate Spain.

Deborah’s Pat Sloan’s My Secret Garden Free Mystery Block of the Month block is so bright and colorful in the Flow collection by Zen Chic. 

Cheryl has been quilting for years and always love to see what she’s working on. Check out her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle blocks in the Hyde Park collection. Aren’t they gorgeous? 

We would love to see what you’ve been working on this month. Share your creations with us using #fqsfun on Instagram and Twitter and you might just be featured on our social media. Have a quilty day!

FQS Takes on a BOM Month 10

Hi everyone! We’re back for another FQS Takes on a BOM recap! We’re finally back from Houston Quilt Festival and Quilt Market and still trying to catch up on all of our projects. So let’s get sewing, and check out what we’ve been working on.

Kimberly has been loving your Snapshots blocks on instagram and facebook. Last month, we released on of our favorite blocks, Gone Surfin’

If you love Snapshots, then we know you’ll love our upcoming 2016 charity quilt along quilt, called Crossroads. We are taking reservations on quilt kits and backing sets today, so don’t forget to sign up!

Right before Quilt Festival, Kimberly finished her Farm Girl Vintage Sampler Quilt using Lori Holt’s Modern Minis collection. If you’re ready to finish your quilt, we created a finishing kit just for you!

Kimberly also started on her Moda Sampler Block Shuffle Blocks. Want to join in on the fun? Visit our blog page for more information. 
Last but not least, Kimberly managed to whip up this adorable pillow using the Fab Five Ruler by Abbey Lane Quilts. Look out for the blog post soon!
Codi is getting ready to sew up all of her Pat Sloan’s Vacation Time Mystery Block of the Month. Here is a look at all of her blocks. 
Kat cannot wait to finish up her Legend of Zelda Quilt Along. Check out some of these amazing characters! 

How to Free Motion Quilt with Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

The thought of quilting your own quilts is awesome, but daunting. What tools do you need? Where do you start? Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique gave us a fantastic step-by-step lesson on how to build up your quilting skills AND confidence.Watch and practice with Vanessa’s video and conquer FMQ! 

Hand Quilting 101 with Jen Kingwell

Hello everyone! A few weeks ago, our friend Jen Kingwell from “down under” visited the FQS Studio to film some amazing tutorials just for you! Today, we are learning Hand Quilting 101 with Jen Kingwell and Kimberly!

Our first crash course is on threads! We get a lot of questions on which thread is best for piecing, hand quilting, and anything you can imagine. So check out Jen’s Aurifil thread picks in our video.

After picking your favorite Aurifil thread colors, it’s time to dive into some hand quilting basics. Jen is the queen of hand quilting and with these tips and tricks, you’ll be a pro in no time! Watch our video to learn more. 

If you already love hand quilting and want to start quilting larger quilts, why not try the “quilt – as – you – go” method that Jen uses! Watch our video and learn how. 

And, if you’ve been keeping up with Kimberly on Instagram, she’s been posting different English Paper Piecing projects. So Jen thought it would be the perfect to create an EXCLUSIVE English Paper Piecing kit for you to get started as well! (Stay tuned for Jen’s English Paper Piecing tutorial next week on our YouTube Channel!)

Thank you so much for joining us, be sure to share your hand quilting projects with us with #fqsfun and #jenkingwell. Have a very quilty day! 

Luke Haynes: Merging Art, Design, and Quilting

Luke Haynes is a well known icon in the world of textile arts. He merges contemporary art, design and quilting into one. Recently, he was featured alongside Tula Pink at the Pattern: Repeat exhibition of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. His works ranges from iconic images, portraits, and pop culture. Luke uses solids and creates dimensional images by sewing them together into different silhouettes. He also likes to use scrapping techniques to create texture and color gradation in his quilts. 

He’s taking quilting and sewing to a new form of not just a craft or a popular hobby, but art, with his vivid images and usage of various textiles.We had a spare moment with Luke and asked him a few questions to get to know his design process and inspiration behind his amazing works.

Christina’s World

Q: When did you first began sewing/quilting?
A: I started in 8th grade with an elective. 

Q: Why did you choose textiles as a medium to create your works?
A: Quilting has a history of function and aesthetic, as well as a living community tradition. I think just the method of making quilts can imbue the work with an added element of cerebral intrigue along with the tactile and visual interest associated with wall art. 

Q: What inspires you?

A: Architecture and industrial design. 

Q:  How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently?

A: I love it. I find gratification in someone taking the time to internalize my work to the point when they have a different reaction. I make work for exhibition so I have to be willing to let that exist in a dialog with the viewer. I have learned a lot watching people view my work. 

Starting from top left: self portrait, Amelie, American Gothic, Material Girl,
Rags to Riches, self portrait, and Summer Evening 

Q: What’s next for Luke Haynes?
A: I am working on a line of home decor objects and designing a line of fabric. That and making lots of quilts so I can learn how. 


Luke is also a longarm quilter but he does not work with templates, rulers or pantographs. When quilting, he says that he is drawing on top of the surface and uses variety of fabrics. He calls his style conversation of textures. Watch as Luke demonstrates his free-motion style of quilting! 

Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt on YouTube!

After our stay with Lori Holt last month, we took a trip to the Utah Valley to hang out with our good friend and treasured quilter, Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt. We had a chat (and plenty of laughs), took a tour of her home studio, watched her quilt on her longarm and learned how to make a baby burp cloth. Needless to say, it was a long day but it was as fun as can be! We added some great videos to our Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel and would love to show them to you!

We sat down with Natalia once we arrived for a nice, long chat. We asked about how she began her business, her affiliation with Moda Bake Shop, her book (and upcoming book!) and we showed off many of the quilts in her studio. We just love her! She is a very talented quilter and very fun to chat with!

Next, we took a tour of her studio, which is shared with her mother. The studio is perched on top of her parents’ garage and is just perfect for their sewing spaces! Natalia’s children stay with her while she works and there is plenty of room for them to play. Watch us tour her gorgeous studio!

Next, she taught us how to make a quick and easy baby burp cloth using scraps of fabric and a cloth diaper. This project is fast and fun, and as an added bonus it makes charming, personalizable gifts for new mothers! If you decide to make this project, be sure to post it on our Facebook page for us all to see!

If you ever find yourself sending a quilt to be quilted with no idea what to request, here are some common designs and programs used by Natalia. She walked us through the process of free motion and computer programmed quilting on her Gammill Longarm Quilting Machine. Her motions are artistic and soothing. If you are feeling particularly stressed, we suggest watching this video as a way to relax!

Natalia thank you so much for sharing your studio with us and our customers. And if anyone is looking for a great quilter send a quilt to Natalia!

The winner of our Lori Holt Giveaway has been announced, so head over to find out if you won a bundle of Lori’s Designer Solids.