Sew Sampler May 2017 Sneak Peek

We love giving you a quick look inside what may be coming in your Sew Sampler box each month, and we love hearing all of your guesses when we reveal our sneak peek!
Last month was the first box of the Sew Sampler series 2, and we introduced the brand new Basket Block Series from Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet! This month, in addition to our sneak peek, we have another box surprise for you! But first, let’s take a look at our photo clue for one of this month’s box items!
What do you think this striking color combo could be? Leave your guesses in the comments section below!
There’s so much more in store, so be sure to follow us for more box reveals and future sneak peeks on all social media outlets (Facebook and Instagram#SewSampler. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to email us at

New ISE Pattern: Peppermint Bark

Throughout this year, It’s Sew Emma has SO much new coming your way! Today, we’re going to show you the brand new Peppermint Bark quilt pattern!

This sweet pattern is such a treat, and will be a delight to add to your quilt collection or to gift to a friend!
We’ve made it easy for you to get started! Purchase your Peppermint Bark Quilt Kit featuring the Snowfall collection by Minick and Simpson, and don’t forget to get your Backing Set, too!
It might look intimidating with all of the precise points, but Kimberly will walk you through it every step of the way in this YouTube Tutorial!

Are you looking for some more inspiration to satisfy your sweet tooth? Head over to these blogs to check out their sweet Peppermint Bark Quilts, too!

Connie from Freemotion by the River
Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Now, go out and create! Don’t forget to share your Peppermint Bark Quilt with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! #peppermintbarkquilt

NEW book: Tablerunner Bliss by Sherri Falls

April was exciting enough when we got to spill the beans about Spelling Bee, but we’re bringing another set of beautiful designs to the table this May with Tablerunner Bliss by Sherri Falls of This & That Pattern Co.!
Tablerunners are an easy way to refresh your decor and keep your home looking stylish, but more than that, they are invitations for you to sit down at the table with family and friends.  Treat each one of these occasions with a welcoming tablerunner, whether it’s a holiday feast or a coffee with an old pal!
There are 20 tablerunners packed into this book, and each one will keep you ooh-ing and aah-into as you sew through it.  Sherri’s lovely aesthetic makes each one fresh and unique (of course we would expect no less from her!).  These tablerunners are sewn up in every fabric style, from soft pastels to rich reproductions and cool modern prints, as inspirational starting points.
These are just a few of the tablerunners in the book – be sure to tell us which one catches your eye!

Tablerunner Bliss comes out in August 2017, but you can pre-order your copy now at a sweet 10% discount, so don’t “table” this for later!

If you’d like to sew some of these tablerunners just as they are shown in the book, you’ll love our Tablerunner Bliss Tablerunner Club! For six months, starting in September 2017, club members will receive the fabric to make six of the tablerunner tops pictured in the book! Backing sets can also be purchased!

  • September 2017 – Sunshine Tablerunner – The Good Life collection – 13.25″ x 40.75″
  • October 2017 – Picnic Tablerunner – Authentic Etc. collection – 14″ x 54.5″
  • November 2017- Mingle Tablerunner – Creekside collection – 26″ x 66″
  • December 2017- Garland Tablerunner – Farmer’s Daughter collection – 22.5″ x 62.5″
  • January 2018- Blossom Tablerunner – Bloomsbury collection – 20.5″ x 56.5″
  • February 2018 – Harmony Tablerunner – Flower Mill collection – 22.5″ x 66.5″
You’ll receive the Tablerunner Bliss book during the first month of the club!
Keep watching the blog and instagram #tablerunnerbliss for more sneak peeks of Tablerunner Bliss!

In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop: Meadow Slumber Pillow

Get ready to travel in style with this month’s In Stitches with Fat Quarter Shop’s pillow project! The Meadow Slumber Pillow is perfectly sized to tote along on your car or plane ride, and it’s sew adorable that all of your fellow travelers will be begging you for your secret! Be prepared for jaws to drop when you tell them that you made it!
This beautiful pillow uses five of the fabrics from the beautiful new Meadow collection by Camelot and Aurifil 50 wt in Light Robin’s Egg color 2710! As soon as we got the Meadow collection in we couldn’t wait to create something with those beautiful and trendy florals! We’re loving those light navy prints, and we added the Meadow White Bouquet to the back for a bold pop of contrast!
Meadow Slumber Pillow Instructions
Cut 4 – 4.5” x 12.5” rectangles for the top (if fabric is directional pay attention to direction of the fabric)
Cut 3 – 1” x 12.5” rectangles for the flange – fold in half wrong sides together.
Place the flange in the center of the first two rectangles and pin it in place.
Continue to make the pillow top.
Cut 1 – 14 ½” x 18 ½” batting piece


Cut 1 – 14 ½” x 18 ½” muslin rectangle for Pillow Top backing
Layer the Quilt Top, Batting and Pillow Top Backing
Quilt on your BERNINA 770 QE with a 10D foot, a 3.5 stitch length and move your stitch to the right two spots.  Also use matching Aurifil thread color 2710  for contrast on the dark panels!
Trim Quilt Top
Cut two – 13” x 23” rectangles for the pillow backing
Put wrong sides together and pressCenter on the back of the pillow overlapping 4”


Pin in place and baste around the edge. Trim excess backingCut 2 – 2” x width of fabric strips


And there you have it! An easy-as-can-be stylish pillow to tote along on your next adventure! Be sure to share you project photos with us on social media! #meadowslumberpillow #bernina #institcheswithfatquartershop


Pattern Makeover Project 3

It’s time for our final project in the Pattern Makeover series with Heidi from Fabric Mutt! Did you catch last week’s Wednesday Special? If you did, then this project is perfect for you to try out with your new Fat Quarter Style Book! If you missed the special, don’t fret! You can purchase the book with quick shipping!
We always love fun house decor projects, and we’re loving this pillow pattern makeover from one of our favorite Fat Quarter Shop books! Read on to see how Heidi took a pattern and transformed it into something new!
Fat Quarter Style: Blossom Pillow 
The moment I saw the Blossom quilt pattern in Fat Quarter Style, I knew that it would make a gorgeous scrappy pillow. I had planned to use a mix of colors and prints from my stash, but then I ordered bundles of the new Charleston and Les Petites collections by my friend Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics and that settled everything.

I stuck closely to a palette of pink, cream, white, and blue with the prints that I used, even following a color pattern as I laid out my strips around the pillow top. For the background, I used Sevenberry canvas, featuring white dots on a natural background. I love the way the soft cotton prints contrast with the texture of the canvas, and the polk-a-dots add a nice bit of interest to the pillow.
One change I made to the pattern was adding a hand appliqued hexagon to the center of the quilt block, showcasing Amy’s adorable flowered compass from her Charleston print called “The Row.” The 1” hexagon fit perfectly in the middle of the block, leaving plenty of room for the hand quilting I added in navy thread from the Cotton + Steel Sulky collection.
I backed the pillow in Amy’s Pavillion Teacup print from Charleston, which I love to pieces. It’s so sweet, and it complimented the pillow beautifully.

How sweet is this pillow?! We especially love the compass addition to the middle! If you missed the first two projects from the Pattern Makeover Series, you can still find the tutorials for a Hair Bow Pouch from Fat Quarter Baby and the Gingham Coaster Blocks from Farm Girl Vintage!

Are you making this fabulous pillow?! Share it with us on social media! We love to see your creative ideas! #patternmakeoverseries #blossompillow

Bella Skillbuilder Month 4

Let’s hope that those April showers will bring us May flowers! This year is flying by and now we’re on month 4 of the Bella Skillbuilder! We’ve loved seeing all of your progress so far, and we have a Facebook Group for you to share photos of your blocks with other quilters!

May’s free pattern block is Flying Geese and uses your Fabric A, Fabric B, and a Quilt in a Day Small Flying Geese Ruler!

Ready to hit the ground running?! Let’s grab our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Kits! Kimberly and Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life walk you through the Flying Geese block in this YouTube videoBe sure to download the free May 2017 pattern!

Don’t forget, visit our FAQ Page for information on all-things Bella Skillbuilder, including previous months’ blocks, fabric measurements, and more!

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!

FLASH SALE for National Zipper Day

Lately, we’ve seen some fun projects pop up that use zippers, like this Hair Bow Pouch from Fabric Mutt!

Or a fun and Simple Zipper Bag like this one that Sherri McConnell demonstrates in this YouTube tutorial!

Zippers are a great addition and can really spice up any project! You can pick a neutral or matching color like the Ivory by Annie Zipper to blend into you project, or go with something wild like this Turquoise Green by Annie Zipper to really make a statement!

What better way to celebrate National Zipper Day than with a FLASH SALE! Save 25% off of all ByAnnie Zippers & Zipper Pulls!

(Expires on April 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. CST.)

Sew Sampler Reveal April 2017

Can you believe that it’s already been one whole year of excitement with the Sew Sampler Subscription Box?! We hope that you’ve had as much fun opening each box as we have had picking out items for you to love! Are you ready to take a look inside April’s celebration box, and the first box of the Sew Sampler Series 2?!

Coney Island Moda Treat by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics

This sweet, vintage, floral collection is sure to send you to the weathered boardwalks of Coney Island while enjoying a cone of sherbet ice cream! Each Moda Treat contains 42 pieces of 3 1/2″ squares of fabric.  This bite-sized precut is perfect for quick patchwork quilts and other fun projects!

Dritz #61 Extra-Fine Glass Head Pins

These pins will be a useful addition to your sewing room! They are heat-resistant, so you can simply iron right over them without the worry of them melting. The shaft is extra-fine and will easily penetrate all types of fabrics while you sew and piece. The convenient clear plastic case contains 250 size 22 extra-fine glass head pins.

Peels Spool Huggers by Smartneedle

Do you recognize these bright colors from our Sneak Peek this month?! So many of you guessed right! Keep your thread from unwinding with these adorable little spool huggers.  These fit on all brands of home sewing, quilting and embroidery thread spools. Made of quality rubber, these spools adjust to any spool diameter! Each pack contains 6 assorted peels that are easy-to-use, functional and FUN!

Cute Sewing Tin by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

This tin is perfect for gifts, storing a special note to a friend, or even your quilty notions and fabrics! Adorn your sewing space with this sweet, vintage-style collectable tin that is available in six happy colors!

Measure. Cut. Repeat. Ruler Grip

This Fat Quarter Shop exclusive Ruler Grip is an adorable and functional accessory for your sewing space! The suction grip allows you to lift rulers and templates quickly, without damaging your fingers! This grip enhances cutting and marking by steadily holding rulers in place. The suction cups can be released by slightly pressing on the ruler and lifting up on the grip.

All Boxed Up Pattern by Fig Tree & Co

This pattern is exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop and is the perfect size for a table topper or wallhanging! Combine your Coney Island Treats with some additional Bella Solids to make this fun and unique quilt!

Basket Block #1 Recipe Card Designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Sew along with us each month as we create these charming basket blocks featuring Confetti Cotton Solids by Riley Blake Designs! This pattern contains instructions to make 5 1/2″,

10 1/2″ and 15 1/2″ unfinished square blocks!

We’re sew excited for the 2017 Basket Sew Sampler Quilt, and we can’t wait to show you all of the fun block designs that Lori Holt has come up with! We’ve even put together a 2017 Basket Blocks Sew Sampler Dundle for you to purchase so that you have everything ready to go when you get your Sew Sampler box and recipe card each month!

If you’re selecting different fabrics, don’t worry! Here’s an easy-to-follow requirement chart:

We’ve got more fun in store for you next month, so be sure you’re subscribed to the Sew Sampler to get in on all of the treats!

Cake Mix Recipe FINALE

The votes are in and it’s time for our FINAL round of voting! We have seen contestants use all of the Cake Mix Recipes and they have come up with some wonderful and creative designs!

Our Week 1 winner was Melissa for her Cake Mix Recipe #1 using Bella Solids Purple and prints from Maven by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics!

Our Cake Mix Bake-Off Week 2 winner, Jocelyn, and her beautiful quilt pattern using fun prints from Early Bird by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics!

Nova took the win on week three with this sweet, border ruffle featuring Sweet Blend by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda Fabrics!

Week 4’s winner, Denise’s Happy Quilt Cake Mix Recipe uses This’nThat by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex and Bella Solids Smoke Yardage.

All of the projects in our Bake-Off have been so stunning, and it’s been so hard to choose a winner each week! Now that we’ve come to the end, it’s time to cast your votes for one overall winner! Who will take the Cake Mix Bake-Off crown?!

Congratulations to our overall winner DENISE on a job well done! Thank you to all of our contestants for such hard work and creative spirits!

NEW Shortcut Quilt: Jelly Roll Check

We love Jelly Rolls, and we are so excited for today’s quilt, Jelly Roll Check which is part of our Shortcut Quilt Series! This quilt is a fun and fresh design, and you are going to love making it! All you need is two Jelly Rolls, a background fabric and an accent fabric! Don’t forget to purchase one of our favorite rulers – Creative Grids 6.5″ Quilting Square, to make this quilt with ease!
Our Jelly Roll Check Quilt Kit and Backing Set feature Merrily by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics! This green, red, and cream collection has just a touch of Christmas which we love, but these patterned prints can brighten up any season!
Watch this YouTube video tutorial as Kimberly walks through this quilt step-by-step!

Are you ready to get to work? Stock up on your favorite Jelly Rolls with this three-day sale!
Eager to see more Jelly Roll Check quilts? Some of our creative friends have made their own versions! Check them out now:
Cheryl from Quilter Chic
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilt
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Tricia from Notes of Sincerity