2017 Patchwork Quilt Along: Block 3

What better way to liven up the middle of March than with a new block pattern for the Patchwork Quilt Along?! If you’re just joining in on all of the quilty fun, you can head to the FAQ page to find Blocks 1 and 2, as well as answers to all of your yardage and notions questions!

We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!
*Psst! The designers of the quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along, too! How fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)

*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Bella Skill Builder Month 2

Welcome back to the Bella Skill Builder! This month’s blocks are so much fun, and we’re so excited to get started! Did you miss the first block? Don’t worry! We have all of the details about this quilt along in one convenient place!
We are extra excited for this month’s block, because it features our new favorite – The Orange Peel Quilting Impressions! If you’ve seen some of our quilty friends post about these on social media, but aren’t quite sure how to use them, check out this how-to video!
Let’s get started! Kimberly and Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life walk you through month 2 in this videoBe sure to download the March 2017 Pattern!
Some of our quilty friends have hopped on the Bella board to learn some new quilty tips and tricks! Be sure to check out their blogs throughout the next 9 months for more Skillbuilder fun!
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Why Not Sew
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Bella Skill Builder

We have such a fun quilt along for you! Starting TODAY through November 2017, we will be giving you a new block each month, complete with a finishing guide at the end of the Bella Skillbuilder series!
What is the Bella Skillbuilder? It’s a ten-month series, with each month revealing a new block, and exercising a new quilting skill! The quilt was designed exclusively for Fat Quarter Shop by Sherri McConnell.

The blocks will be released on the first of each month, and the best part is – they’re free! Check back to our Bella Skillbuilder FAQ page to download your free pattern and get started on a new block each month! (It helps to bookmark this page, so you always have it easily accessible!) We will also have video tutorials to accompany each pattern, and help you along the way!

Are you ready for month one? Sherri and Kimberly walk you through it in this videoBe sure to download February 2017 Pattern!
Some of our quilty friends have hopped on the Bella board to learn some new quilty tips and tricks! Be sure to check out their blogs throughout the next 10 months for more Skillbuilder fun!
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Why Not Sew
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Sherri McConnell Wrap Up & Quilt Kit Giveaway!

If you’ve been following our video series with Sherri McConnell these past few months you know she’s a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and fantastic, quilty projects! 


Thanks so much, Sherri, for coming out to shoot with us, and for sharing all your quilty goodness with us and with the Fat Quarter Shop community!

In case you missed a video or two, we’re recapping them here for you – they’re all must-sees!


We’ve had so much fun with Sherri’s videos that we’re going to close this series out with a GIVEAWAY!  Yep, one lucky quilter will receive a free Mini Daybreak Quilt Kit!  Both the Daybreak and Mini Daybreak Quilts feature Sherri’s stunning Valley Collection!


To enter the giveaway, simply tell us which of Sherri’s videos was your favorite!  Hard to choose, we know, but give it a try! The giveaway ends on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be notified by email, and the winner will be announced in an update on this blog post by 7/20/16.  Good luck, y’all!


Thank you to all those who shared their favorites and entered our giveaway! The lucky winner of the Mini Daybreak Quilt Kit is Kim G., who has been notified of her win via email.  Kim’s favorite video was the Simple Zipper Bag.  She’s already made four of the zipper bags – sew fun!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you’re treated to inspiration, fun, how-to’s and more!

Mini Quilts Discussion: Video with Kimberly & Sherri McConnell!

We love quilts of any and all sizes, but there’s something particularly fun about a Mini Quilt.  Not only are minis super adorable and perfect for wall décor or a table topper, but they’re a great way to try out a new technique without committing to it for a big, time-consuming quilt.  Sew fun!  They also make great gifts and can be made into beautiful throw pillows!

(To watch this video on your mobile device, please click HERE.)

Today we’re pleased to share a final video featuring special guest Sherri McConnell – fabric designer and pattern designer.  Sherri shares her mini quilts with us, made from patterns sold at the Fat Quarter Shop, and they’re gorgeous! http://www.fatquartershop.com/quilting-life-designs

We hope you’ll pick a favorite pattern and share it in a comment on this post. We’re dying to know which pattern is your #1 fav! Happy MINI Quilting!

How to Sew a Quilt Sleeve Onto a Mini Quilt: Video Tutorial with Sherri McConnell

Greetings, Quilting Friends!  We’re back with another fabulous video featuring guest quilter Sherri McConnell. In addition to designing quilt patterns and fabric, Sherri is a wealth of information and quilty goodness.  In today’s video she’ll show you how to sew a quilt sleeve onto and hang a mini quilt. This is an invaluable tool for any and all quilters to know, so take a peek!

If you’re viewing this blog post on your mobile device, you may click to watch the video here!

Sew easy, right?! We love this corner pockets method and hope you’ll give it a try!  Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay tuned for Sherri’s next video, which we’ll share next week!  Happy Quilting!

How to Use the Creative Grids Stripology Ruler: Video Tutorial!


If you love quilting tools that save time and are easy to use you’ll love the Stripology Ruler by Creative Grids!  This ruler is a total game changer, quilting friends – you’ll use it again and again!


You’ll reduce your rotary cutting time by up to 75% with this Stripology Ruler! Cut your full width fabric and fat quarters into the most popular pre-cuts on the market – 1 ½” & 2 ½” strips; 5″ & 10″ squares. You can also cut 2 1/2″ strips of fabric for binding SO quickly and easily! Originally designed by the oh-so-clever Gundrun Erla of G.E. Designs to use with her well-known tongue-in-cheek line of “strip” patterns, this ruler has so many other uses.

Watch this video for a quick, fun and eye opening tutorial with Sherri McConnell. You’ll see why this ruler is one of her favorite cutting tools. 

Happy Cutting, Happy Sewing, and Happy Quilting!

Sherri McConnell’s Favorite Notions & Quilting Tips!


We’re back again with another informative and fun video featuring Kimberly and special guest quilter Sherri McConnell. This video shows you all of Sherri’s favorite notions, from rulers to thread, pre-cuts and more, so sit back and enjoy learning what she uses to quilt everyday!

If you’re interested in any of the items Sherri mentions, you’ll find links to them if you expand the YouTube video information below the video.  Simply click Show More to reveal all the links!
You can also see Sherri’s favorites by visiting a dedicated page at Fat Quarter Shop by clicking this link and then browsing to your heart’s content.  We LOVE having all of Sherri’s favorite notions in one place for reference and ease of shopping – this quilter, pattern designer, and fabric designer is a quilting expert!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this video.  Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you’re treated to each video we release! Oh, and please comment and tell us which of Sherri’s favorite notions was new to you.  Happy Quilting!

How to Make a Beginner Charm Pack Placemat! Video Tutorial & Sew Along


We’re back with another fabulous video tutorial featuring Kimberly and guest Sherri McConnell.  What have they made this time? The sweetest quilted placemats! Sherri used the Little Ruby fabrics to make these sample placemats in the video.

These Charm Pack Placemats will have you sitting down to stitch in seconds flat – they’re irresistible.  Easy to customize with different fabrics, trims, quilting and binding, you can make up a set of these stunners in no time.
Take a peek at the video above and then scroll down for more inspiration from Kimberly and the bloggers participating in our Sew Along! Fabric information and cutting instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.
Eagerly awaiting the holidays? Consider whipping up a set of Cozy Christmas placemats like Kimberly did for her family of six!
Whatever theme, color scheme, or fabrics you use, these placemats will be super appetizing to sit down to at mealtimes.
We’re so pleased to have these talented quilters sewing along with us. Please visit their blogs,
show them some love, and see how they’ve customized their placemats!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Nicole from Modern Handcraft
Jessica from Quilty Habit
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Michele from Island Life Quilts 
Charm Pack Placemats – 12” x 16” each – makes four placemats

One charm pack
¼ yard contrast fabric
½ yard binding
¾ yard backing
One pack fusible fleece
From contrast fabric, cut:
2 – 2 ½” x 12 ½” strips for each placemat
From binding fabric, cut:
7 – 2 ½” x WOF strips
From backing fabric, cut:
4 – 13 ½” x 20” rectangles
Happy Sewing & Quilting!

How to Make a Curved Piecing Block: Video, FREE Quilt Pattern & Giveaway!!

We have a real treat for you today, Quilting Friends! Not only do we have a video tutorial that takes the “scary” out of curved piecing and FREE Daybreak Quilt Pattern for your quilting pleasure, we’re also offering a fantastic giveaway!

This fun and informative video features Kimberly and a special guest: the sweet and talented Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life. You’ll learn how to create the curved piecing blocks featured in Sherri’s Daybreak Quilt Pattern, which was designed exclusively for Fat Quarter Shop.


We were so in love with the Daybreak quilt that Sherri designed for us, we didn’t stop at just one kit – there’s a lap size AND a mini size. If you’d like to cuddle under Daybreak, you might also be interested in the coordinating backing set.

The fabric featured in the striking Daybreak quilt? Valley, by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda Fabrics.  This mother-daughter duo have created a gorgeous collection based on the Southwest, where they live.  The Valley fabric collection is also available in bundles and as yardage, should you decide to apply the beauty of Valley to a different quilting project.


We’re pleased to offer giveaway prizes to 13 lucky winners! Sherri was kind enough to autograph all the items shown above: 8 quilt patterns, 4 mini quilt patterns, and 1 Valley Jelly Roll!  Twelve of our winners will receive an autographed pattern, and the grand prize winner will receive the Oasis Pattern and the Valley Jelly Roll!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post sharing which type of Jolly Jabber blog posts are your favorite. The giveaway ends Monday, May 23 at 8 a.m. CST. 13 winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. The list of winners will be added to this post and will be shared by Wednesday, May 25th, 2016.


Congratulations to these lucky winners!

Little Quiltsong, Lori Smanski, Brenda, Donna W, swakins, Rochelle aka Bella Quilts, Kaynik, Renea, Bonnie58, Sheila C, Lindsey Anne, Karee, Jessica

The winners have all been emailed to let them know they’ve won.  Sew fun!

We hope you enjoy this how-to video and the quilting inspiration of Valley and the Daybreak quilt.  Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of the FQS fun!