Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Month 6

Is it really July??  We are halfway through the year and two-thirds of the way through the Bella Skillbuilder quilt!

We have 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.  Now who’s ready to take on Block 6, Courthouse Steps?

Bella Skillbuilder Month 6 – Courthouse Steps

Courthouse Steps uses your Fabric A, B, C, D, E and F, and we made ours with the Creative Grids 6″ Log Cabin Trim Tool.  You do not need this ruler to complete July’s block, but it is that extra step we love for perfect results!

Time to grab our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Kits and press play with our friend and the Bella Skillbuilder quilt designer  Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life! Download the free July 2017 pattern and let’s get going!

If you’re just joining us now, you can find all the information and patterns from previous months at our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Along page!

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!

Sew Sampler Reveal June 2017

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Honey Sweet

Nothing is sweeter than honey EXCEPT our June Sew Sampler box! We just adore Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet so we curated this box that includes some of her favorite things. This month’s retail value is over $65, which is quite the bargain! Let’s jump right in and see what was included this month.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Reveal Box

Bee Basics 5″ Stacker by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs

Submerge yourself in this colorful and scrappy collection by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. The full collection consists of 30 prints plus one scrappy panel. It’s a sweet mix of vintage and modern style.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Bee Basics 5" Stacker

Bubblegum Kisses Finishing Kit

The Bubblegum Kisses Finishing Kit includes 1 1/2 yards of Bee Backgrounds Gray Cross stitch #C6381-GRAY for background and 1/2 yard Bee Basics Turquoise Basics TV #C6411-TURQUOISE for binding. Complete your Bubblegum Kisses Quilt with it. If you can’t bring yourself to cut it up, just stash it away.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Bubblegum Kisses Finishing Set

Cute Cuts Trim it 4.5″ Square Ruler by Lori Holt

This adorable aqua ruler features a 1/4″ seam allowance printed in 1″ grids marked in 1/8″ and 1/4″ increments. Place it vertically, horizontally or diagonally to perfectly align and trim your blocks.

Use this ruler to make your Bubblegum Kisses Quilt picture perfect!
Be sure to check out all of Lori Holt’s new rulers HERE.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Cute Cuts Trim it Ruler

Measure-it Ribbon Card by Lori Holt

Add extra charm to your projects with Lori Holt Measure-it Ribbon. Use the ribbon for quilt tags or tie up a cute package. Ribbon card includes three different colors of ribbon, two yards each.

24-yard spools of each color is also available in white, pink and blue.

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Measure-it Ribbon

Clover Dome Threaded Needle Case by Clover

Tired of threading needles when you’ve finished sewing? We certainly are, so we are thrilled to include this unique tool in your box this month. Simply store your pre-threaded needles safely and neatly inside this case. Retrieve them easily and quickly with no tangles. Perfect for sewing on the go. Try it, you’ll love it!

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Dome Threaded Needle HolderLearn How to Use this Tool Here

Exclusive Bubblegum Kisses Quilt Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop
Sew Sampler Exclusive

We’ve got nothing but love for the Bubblegum Kisses Quilt designed by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. The Bee Basics Stacker, Bubblegum Kisses Finishing kit, and the Cute Cuts ruler in this month’s box all play nicely to create this kissy-face worthy quilt. Lori’s method of making blocks will leave you all heart emojis <3 !

Finished size: 23 1/2″ x 27 1/2″

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Bubblegum Kisses Quilt Pattern

Watch our Block Tutorial HERE

Basket Block #3 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!

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Quilt Block

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 Bundle for you to purchase so that you have everything ready to go when you get your Sew Sampler box and recipe card each month!

Sew Sampler Subscription Quilting Box: June 2017 - Basket Block Fat Quarter BundleWe’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!

Watch our Sew Sampler reveal video for the June box to see all these goodies in action!

New Patterns from It’s Sew Emma

We are almost to the end of the week, but we haven’t run out of quilt mojo yet! It’s Sew Emma has released four new patterns into the wild, and we can’t wait for you to scoop them up. They are: Meadering Meadow, Family Reunion, Candlelight, and High Rise.

Our patterns are as different as can be, but we always try to include various size options whenever we can. On top of that, we’ll show you other looks for these patterns to help you see all the possibilities.  And don’t forget, they are all also available as downloadable PDFs, if you need some instant printable gratification!

So now, let’s dive right into these…

New Quilt Patterns from It’s Sew Emma

Meadering Meadow quilt
Shake up your blocks into an explosion of color and angles

Meandering Meadow makes me think of a party quilt!  I know that’s not a real thing, but it feels like these blocks are tumbling and flinging color about.  Our sample is made in Savannah by Gingiber, but it works just as well in the refined prints of Caroline by Brenda Riddle.  Meandering Meadow is Fat Eighth and Fat Quarter-friendly, depending on what size you make!

Family Reunion quilt
Family Reunion ties together a multicolor palette with strong Irish chain blocks

Family Reunion jumps out with bright stars and fine nine-patch Irish-chain blocks.  Combined with The Good Life by Bonnie & Camille, this quilt feels youthful and vibrant.  But switch it up with the gold and blue hues from Blue Sky from Laundry Basket Quilts, and you have a regal quilt that could easily pass for a vintage treasure!

Candlelight quilt
Go soft or turn up the volume on Candlelight

Classic star blocks never grow old, and the patchwork effect of the backgrounds is a fun element to play with.  Candlelight can lend a restful ambience to your home in Poetry by 3 Sisters, or turn up the brightness with Thrive by Natalia & Kathleen in a modern setting.

High Rise quilt
Stack Jelly Roll strips for maximum impact

High Rise was inspired by the green and black palette of Authentic Etc. by Sweetwater.  Mock log-cabin blocks are formed by stacking Jelly Roll strips, and by matching up color values, you create slashes of color.  But throw in a few rainbow brights, and it works equally well, like with the Bee Basics and Bee Backgrounds from Lori Holt.

I hope you enjoyed this special look at our newest It’s Sew Emma patterns!  Will one of these end up in your pile of go-to patterns?  Let us know!

Jolly Bar Cake Mix

Hi everyone! The end of June has snuck up on us, thus we are at the end of #jollybarjune! That means it is time to dig into the last bite of news from the Jolly Bar world, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  Not too long ago, we indulged in a really fun Cake Mix Bake Off, in which we and several quilty bloggers went head to head with original quilts we created with Moda’s fabulous Cake Mix Recipe Pads.  We really love those recipe pads, so… why not make them for Jolly Bars?  Introducing our exclusive Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Pads!

We love our new Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Pads!

introducing Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Pads
Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Pads – half the size of a Layer Cake, but just as fun!

They have everything you love about the Layer Cake-sized Cake Mixes in a convenient 5″ x 10″ size to use with Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Bars!  Basic instructions, block ideas, and 44 sheets of triangle paper will get you well on your way to an original quilt.  Of course, our new Bella Solid Jolly Bars make perfect backgrounds to pair with any of our other Jolly Bars!

Each recipe card from the Jolly Bar Cake Mix pad will yield two 3″ finished half square triangles and eight 1.5″ finished half square triangles, and you can combine those units to make a 6″ finished block.

Jolly Bark Cake Mix units
Each sheet from a Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe pad will give you all this!
block ideas from Jolly Bar Cake Mix cover
Block ideas from the Jolly Bar Cake Mix cover

Still not convinced? We have a video to show how simple it is to get perfect half-square triangle units, along with some block ideas to get you started.  Sew tasty!!

Last but not least, we have another morsel for you.  While you get your creative juices flowing to start creating your own original Jolly Bar Cake Mix quilts, here are a few “recipes” to try in the meantime!  These three patterns are available exclusively at Fat Quarter Shop as convenient PDF patterns.

Bake Up Our Jolly Bar Cake Mix Quilts!

bake up our Jolly Bar Cake Mix Quilts
Three PDF patterns available to try out our Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Pads!

They all start with one Solid Jolly Bar, one Print Jolly Bar, and one Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Pad.  Very doable!

Apple Pie Quilt
Our Apple Pie quilt is made with a Treehouse and Porcelain Solid Jolly Bar

I really love these patterns because they are really unique.  These blocks feel so fresh!

Strudel – fun to say and fun to sew! We made ours with Coney Island and Bleached White Solid Jolly Bars

If you have a friend who is interested in trying a first quilt, these are good to recommend. They are goof-proof, quick, and are just so cute!

Yummy and fast! Our Upside Down Cake sample comes from a Sundrops and White Solid Jolly Bars

Let us know… what questions do you have about our new Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe Pads, and which quilt are you savoring today?  Thanks for joining us today!

Weekend Quilting Book Showcase by Jemima Flendt

Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt book showcase

Happy Monday!  Today we are thrilled to be a part of Jemima Flendt’s showcase of her very first book, Weekend Quilting!

Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt
Weekend Quilting by Jemima Flendt

This is the book you need to entice your non-quilting buddies to the dark side, er, to start sewing.  Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon has packed this gem of a book with 16 small projects that won’t take much time or fabric, but can get those creative juices flowing all the same.  It’s a way to “Quilt and Unwind”, and we think that’s a perfect subtitle!  In 10 chapters, she covers all sorts of techniques, from basic quiltmaking and simple piecing all the way to applique and foundation paper piecing!  For all the technique chapters, Jemima has provided 2 projects for practice.

Everyone in the Weekend Quilting Showcase has tackled one of these 16 projects, and our It’s Sew Emma writer Nova took on the Avenues Mini Quilt from the Foundation Paper Piecing chapter.  She modified it to make a tablerunner, and we love how wintry it becomes in sophisticated blues.  Her mini came out beautifully due to Jemima’s excellent instructions and guidance.  We applaud those perfect points!

Avenues Mini Quilt from Weekend Quilting
Nova’s version of the Avenues Mini Quilt from Weekend Quilting

Avenues mini quilt

Avenues Mini Quilt

We are one of the last stops in the Weekend Quilting showcase, which means there are so many yummy posts to peruse!  All these projects are so enticing – have a blast clicking through, and it will surely brighten up your Monday!

 

SHOWCASE SCHEDULE

Mon 29th May             Lisa Cox – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

Tues 30th May            Robyn Shapiro – The Strawberry Thief

Wed 31st May             Melissa LeRay – Oh How Sweet

Thurs 1st June           Emily Dennis – Quilty Love

Fri 2nd June                Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studios

Mon 5th June              Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis and Higgs

Tues 6th June             Peta Peace – She Quilts Alot

Wed 7th June              Stacy Olson – Stacy Olson Design

Thurs 8th June           Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane

Friday 9th June           Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box

Mon 12th June            Suzy Williams – Suzy Quilts

Tues 13th June           Rachel Howard – Family Ever After

Wed 14th June            Amy Sinibaldi – nanaCompany

Thurs 15th June         Jodie Carleton – Ric Rac

Fri 16th June               Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork

Mon 19th June            Heather Andrus – Quilt Story

Tues 20th June           Elea Lutz – Elea Lutz Design

Wed 21st June            Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama

Thurs 22nd June        Claire Turpin – Claire Turpin Design

Fri 23rd June              Jennie Pickett – Clover and Violet

Mon 26th June            Fat Quarter Shop

Tues 27th June           Alisha Orlando – Ministry of Fabric

Wed 28th June            Minki Kim – Minki Kim Sewing Illustration

Thurs 29th June         Jemima Flendt – Tied with a Ribbon

Classic & Vintage Series: Snail Trail Quilt Block

Classic & Vintage: Snail TrailHappy Friday, Quilters!  We are ending this wonderful week with another episode of our Classic & Vintage block series on YouTube, the Snail Trail quilt block.  This block has various names, including Monkey Wrench, Ocean Waves, Whirligig, and even Indiana Puzzle, but Snail Trail is the most prevalent name we found.  In any case, the swirling effect of this block can be a doozy.

Snail Trail Quilt BlockThere are many different ways to make this block, especially with paper piecing and templates, but we like simplifying things wherever possible while still keeping accuracy and perfect points.  We tested several different methods and sizes to make this block and wound up with a technique that we are really happy with!  Curious to see how we do it?

Check out the free Snail Trail block pattern here, then hit play!

Now that you’ve got a hang of our technique, are you ready to make a full quilt?  We have this gorgeous Snail Trail quilt kit made with Snowman Gatherings III!  Or simply purchase the Snail Trail PDF pattern and select your own fabrics.

Snail Trail quilt in Snowman Gatherings III
Snail Trail quilt in Snowman Gatherings III

Snail Trail quilt

Take a look at what our blogger friends made for their Snail Trail samples for some more inspiration!

We can’t wait to see what you make, so be sure to use #snailtrailquilt so we can share your finished beauties.

Solid Jolly Bars: White Bella Solids Jolly Bar

We are continuing #JollyBarJune with our third post about our Bella Solid Jolly Bars!  As a quick recap, we are showing you all three of our first set of Bella Solid Jolly Bars, which are colors White (9900-98), Bleached White (9900-97) and Porcelain (9900-182).  Today’s hue is the brightest white of the Bella bunch, the White Bella Solids Jolly Bar, color 9900-98.

The first ever set of Bella Solid Jolly Bars in White, Bleached PFD and Porcelain

After Bella Bleached White 9900-97, White 9900-98 is our main go-to shade of Bella Solids.  We like to pair this crisp, paper white with bright collections and modern collections with lots of contrast, like Rainy Day, Red Dot Green Dash, Manderley, Merry Merry, Voyage and True Blue, and it is just as universally complementary as 9900-97.

White 9900-98 Bella Solid Jolly Bar
White 9900-98 Bella Solid Jolly Bar

We included a free pattern called Do the Twist with this solid Jolly Bar, and it is my favorite of the bunch.  We used a True Blue Jolly Bar and White Bella Solids Jolly Bar, and these braided blocks are so simple!  It finishes at 52.5″ square, and can easily be a quilt for a cool boy-man or a couch quilt for a sophisticated living room.

Do the Twist Jolly Bar Quilt
Do the Twist Jolly Bar Quilt

That’s it for this Solid Jolly Bar installment, but of course there is still more to come!  Check back next Wednesday – we can’t wait to show you what we’ve done with these Solid Jolly Bars, and you will be totally addicted, “bar” none.  Any guesses as to what we’ll be talking about next time?  Until then, Happy Quilting!

I Love House Blocks Book

Hi, Quilters!  It’s Wednesday, but we’ve got a first look at some very inviting quilts to get you through Hump Day.  Inviting as in “come on over to my house!” because they are all from the new I Love House Blocks compilation book from That Patchwork Place!  Several amazing designers, including our own Kimberly Jolly and Sarah Price, have put together 14 quilts with unique takes on the beloved house block.  We DO love house blocks, and looking at all these bright abodes makes us love them even more!

I Love House Blocks book
I Love House Blocks book from That Patchwork Place

Here is Kimberly and Sarah’s collaboration, called Welcome Home!  Cute windows peek out from subtle four-patches, and that multicolor stripe is adorable, like the house eaves.

Welcome Home by Kimberly Jolly & Sarah Price
Welcome Home by Kimberly Jolly & Sarah Price

But we can’t just toot our own horns here; all 14 of these quilts are wonderful and different.  The negative space in Village on a Hill is soothing, like living in the country with acres and acres of Mother Nature as your neighbor.

Village on a Hill by Jackie White
Village on a Hill by Jackie White

On the other end of the color spectrum, Tiny Town is a scrappy interpretation of neatly fitting row houses, where everyone knows everyone, and that’s a good thing!

Tiny Town by Carrie Nelson
Tiny Town by Carrie Nelson

Sugar Shack feels like pop art to us, and we love the color reversals for each block.

Sugar Shack by Tonya Alexander
Sugar Shack by Tonya Alexander

And we can’t resist these darling dwellings.  It feels like a village of happy gnomes!

My Hometown by Christa Watson
My Hometown by Christa Watson

Sherri Fall’s neighborhood doesn’t feel complete without little trees and pinwheels for company!

Block Party by Sherri Falls
Block Party by Sherri Falls

But most importantly, Melissa Corry reminds us the most important part of a house — the heart!

Home is Where the Heart Is by Melissa Corry
Home is Where the Heart Is by Melissa Corry

Thanks to That Patchwork Place for letting us be part of this book!  Now for a funnest part – they are giving away one e-copy of the I Love House Blocks book!  Just comment and tell us what color scheme you would decorate your dream house with and you’ll be entered to win!  This giveaway ends Monday, 6/26/17, and we’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, 6/27/17.  Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winner, Kristal J!

Button Lovers’ Club 2: Red, White and Blue-tiful

Button Lovers' Club 2
Button Lovers’ Club 2

It’s almost time for our second go-round of our club that is completely and wholly dedicated to buttons!  Do you appreciate the fine, smooth finish of a well-crafted button?  Do you crave the clink of buttons as you sort through them?  Or maybe you just love the inspiration of fresh color themes being delivered to you each month?  Then don’t miss Button Lovers’ Club 2 at the Fat Quarter Shop!

This series of buttons includes a mix of over 65 hand-dyed or handmade buttons from Just Another Button Company in a variety of colors, sizes and styles each month, and runs from July 2017 – June 2018.  We have listed all the themes for each month, and they sound as cute as a button — or as cute as many, many buttons, delivered to your door each month!

Red, White and Blue-tiful buttons
Red, White and Blue-tiful buttons
Button Lovers' Club July 2017 box
Button Lovers’ Club July 2017 box

As a bonus, the Button Lovers’ Club 2 boxes will include art cards by artist Tammy Tutterow!  Her cards are a worthy canvas for your buttons.

art card by Tammy Tutterow
art card by Tammy Tutterow

But of course you don’t have to stop there!  Add some needle and thread and a good sprinkling of Pat Sloan’s creativity.  Check out what she made with July’s “Red, White and Blue-tiful” buttons!  Want to make a little wallhanging like hers?  Sail on over to her blog for her templates and more information, but first be sure you’re all signed up for the Button Lovers’ Club 2 and enjoy!

Pat Sloan's July 2017 Button Lovers' Club project
Pat Sloan’s July 2017 Button Lovers’ Club project

And a very important P.S., our Birthday Deal sales are halfway through!  Keep checking our Flash Sale page each day for another tasty treat, all the way up to June 27, 2017.  We love our Fat Quarter Shoppers and this is our way of thanking you for your loyalty through 14 great years!

the Tablerunner Bliss book photoshoot is complete!

Last week, we spent another beautiful day finishing up photos of the 20 tablerunners in Sherri Fall’s upcoming Tablerunner Bliss book.  If you want to see the first set, you can find the post here.  Now, let’s get into this final installment – here’s the last little peek at what you’ll find in the book!  If you start to feel an onset of table envy after seeing these tablerunners, head it off quickly by pre-ordering Sherri’s book now for 10% off, doctor’s orders!  Once the book lands in our hot little hands in August, that special price will disappear, so don’t delay.  If you want to make the tablerunners exactly as pictured, we have a Tablerunner Bliss Club for you too!

Now onto the eye candy – let us know what tablerunner you want to make, and for what occasion!

Zephry Tablerunner
Zephry Tablerunner
Crossroads Tablerunnner
Crossroads Tablerunnner
Delightful Tablerunner
Delightful Tablerunner
Gaze Tablerunner
Gaze Tablerunner

Harmony Tablerunner
Harmony Tablerunner
Liberty Tablerunner
Liberty Tablerunner

Want to see these beauties in action?  Then check out Tablerunner Bliss trailer… hope it gets you as excited as we feel for this book to finally arrive in August!