Thursday, October 2, 2014

Judie's Album Block of the Month

Hello everyone! We have a special guest today on the Jolly Jabber. Judie Rothermel is here with her adorable British short-hair cat, Abbey Road, to talk about her Judie's Album Block of the Month for Marcus Brothers Fabrics. 

Q: Tell us a little about the Judie’s Album Block of the Month. What were you inspired by?
A: When Marcus Fabrics asked  me to design a quilt for a Block of the Month, I immediately thought about a quilt I made in the late 1990's called Civil War Bar Quilt. It is on the cover of one of my books, Reproduction Quilts From the Civil War Period, published originally in 2002 and still in production. 

I was inspired to make this quilt from a picture I saw in one of my antique quilting books that was dated 1840. I adapted the quilt to work with a fabric collection I designed for Marcus Brothers at that time known as Magnolia. I also used other prints in it from other collections I designed during that time period.

Q: What is your design process when beginning the project?
A: When I started the Judie's Album quilt, I chose antique prints from my Judie's Album Quilt collection and then printed them out on paper. I then pasted them into my existing patterns for this quilt. I then pasted the whole quilt top in a miniature scale and then laid out the whole quilt on my table. My cat, Abbey Road, was always there watching everything I did! She is quite a helper or maybe just nosy!

Q: When you designed this fabric, did you have this quilt in mind as you chose your fabrics?
A: Yes, I definitely had fabrics in mind when I chose them for this quilt. This is the fun part about being a fabric designer; choosing antique textiles that you would love to see on cloth once again and being able to change the color and scale to your liking to make them even better then the original. Needless to say I really love my job and it has been so much fun over the years! 

Thank you so much joining Judie (and Abbey) on the Jolly Jabber! If you love her quilt, don't forget to sign up for Judie's Album Block of the Month! This program starts in January, so hurry and reserve your spot today! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along: Idaho Beauty Block

Welcome back to the Wishes Quilt Along! This program benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you don't know about Make-A-Wish, they are an amazing organization that grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. So far, you have helped us reach  80% of our $10,000 goal, and we know we can push it all the way to 100% with your help. We and Moda Fabrics will be matching up to $10,000 of your contributions, for a grand total of $20,000! Your donations help make these kids' wishes come true, all that we ask is that you donate for the use of each pattern. 

Today, we are debuting our tenth block, Idaho Beauty Block, which represents the bright stars of Idaho!

Are you ready to quilt along with us to make a difference to the kids of Make-A-Wish? 
Start by downloading the FREE Idaho Beauty Block

Once you have the pattern downloaded and your fabric cut, watch this video tutorial for a closer look at piecing the Idaho Beauty block. If you're ready to get started on your backing and binding, we have the PDF ready for download as well! 

After piecing this block, please head to our Wishes Quilt Along Make-A-Wish Donation Page to contribute to our cause. We are almost to our goal, and every donation counts!

Now, here's a sneak peek at our 2015 charity quilt-along, our Snapshots Quilt Along benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Our quilt uses Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics and we're offering kits and backing sets as well! 

Aren't you excited about our next quilt along? But don't forget that we'd love to see your photos of your Wishes quilt on our Wishes Quilt Along Flickr Group or on our Wishes Quilt Along Facebook Group. Tune in next month for our eleventh block, Stair Step!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

End of National Sewing & Quilting Month Celebration

Hi everyone! September has finally come to an end and we had sew much fun during our National Sewing & Quilting Month celebration. Here are the last two bloggers to join in on the fun. 

First, we have Charise of Charise Creates with her adorable purse. She stretched her skills as she attempted her flower applique using freezer paper. 

Question: How did you start quilting/sewing?
Charise: I started sewing when I was six years old. My mom taught me to hand sew clothes for my Barbie dolls. I was hooked and knew I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up. My uncle gave me my first sewing machine when I was twelve. It opened up the world of sewing clothes and I never looked back. My best sewing memory is when I made a tailored button down shirt for my grandfather for Christmas when I was thirteen years old. He opened the box and said "Thank you Charise," and put the box down. My mom proceeded to say "Dad, Charise made that shirt." He wore it for decades until it was thread bare. 

Finally, we have Leslie of The Seasoned Homemaker today to show off her quilty creation, Two Deer Heads Quilt. Leslie has always been a sewer, but quilting is something that she has always wanted to try more of, especially binding, which is a HUGE quilting hurdle for her, for which she then relied on Kimberly's binding video for help.  

Question: What advice would you give to someone just starting to sew?
Leslie: First, let friends and family know that you want to start sewing, I would bet almost anything that someone will give you a nice little machine to get you started. Then, get yourself some fabric and thread and start trying new things. Look to the blogging world for inspiration, ideas, and free tutorials. Start with something simple like a pillowcase or tote bag. Just. Get. Sewing. Then, when you feel confident, tackle a larger project. Maybe you want to try your hand at quilting or sewing a garment. Take that next step. Find something you love to sew and just have fun with it. 

Last week, we hosted our first ever FQS Staff Sewing Challenge! You've voted for your favorites and we're so excited to announce Beverly and her Batik Bag as our winner! CONGRATULATIONS Beverly! 

At Fat Quarter Shop, we want to keep the art and craft of sewing and quilting going for the next generation. Help us spread the love of quilting and sewing by downloading our Color My Heart Pattern and start sewing! 

Thank you so much for joining us! Share your #fqschallenge with us on our Facebook, Google + and Instagram

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fat Quarter Shop's New and Exclusive Precut

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Jolly Jabber. Today is a very exciting and monumental event for Fat Quarter Shop, as we launch our very own PRECUT using Moda Fabrics, Jolly BarsOur Jolly Bar precut is 5" x 10" and is a perfect addition for a quick and easy project. Here is Kimberly to tell you more about it in our video

To sweeten the deal, we have another surprise for you! For every Jolly Bar collection, we sneaked in four Golden Tickets, and each is a $50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! That means, there are sixteen total Golden Tickets that are up for grabs, but they are only in the first batch of Jolly Bars, so you must pre-order for a chance to get one. 

In addition to being the easiest precut yet, we included exclusive patterns in each Jolly Bar collections. You can only get them in the Jolly Bars, and each of the four collections has a different pattern. Get all four and mix and match the patterns as much as you want, how sweet is that?

Here's a glimpse of the quilts made from the exclusive Jolly Bar patterns included in each collection. 

Picket Fences quilt in the Persimmon collection.
Peach Tree Terrace quilt in the Somerset collection.

Bird's Eye View quilt in the Atelier collection. 

Twist & Shout quilt in the Best Day Ever collection
Want to see more Jolly Bar creations? Well, you're in luck! We've invited eight of our bloggy friends to sew along with us using our Jolly Bars. Each day, two bloggers will share their quilty creations, so follow along. Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, September 30th
Jane of Quilt Jane
John of Quilt Dad

Wednesday, October 1st
Sherri of A Quilting Life
Melissa of Happy Quilting

Thursday, October 2nd
Sinta of Pink Pincushion

Friday, October 3rd

Thank you so much for joining us and share your Jolly Bar creations with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Google + with #jollybar. Good luck! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

National Sewing and Quilting Month Week Four Recap

Welcome back to another National Sewing & Quilting Month weekly recap! We can't believe we're almost the end of the blog hop, and we're so thankful to have all of these amazing bloggers join in on the fun. 

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First, we have Rach of Family Ever After joining us with her Reverse Applique Deer Mnin Quilt creation. WOW! Just look at how gorgeous this looks! 

Question: What advice would you give to someone who's just starting out in sewing/quilting?
Rach: These days, I truly believe that anyone can learn to sew. Start with an inexpensive machine and online tutorials; the possibilities are endless! I have continued to learn so much beyond what i learned in my college classes. What I love about sewing is that you can create something that will last forever. Sewn gifts are my favorite. If you have the desire, you can do it! I'm so excited about the sewing and quilting revival that has taken place in the last 10 years. Being part of the online sewing community is one of my favorite parts. Don't be afraid to dive right in! There's room for everyone! 

Next up is Amy of During Quiet Time. For her #fqschallenge, she decided to make herself a Tova blouse by Wiksten using double gauze fabric. She immediately fell in love with this fabric, and we did too! She looks so cute in this blouse!

Tova by Amy Friend

Question: How did you start quilting/sewing?
Amy: My mom taught me to sew when I was a little girl. The first project that I can remember was a hand stitched felt Pooh bear made when I was about five. I went on to learn to sew simple garments and made lots of baby clothes and simple skirts. When I was married, my mom and I collaborated on my wedding dress. I always thought that quilting sounded appealing and as a Little House on the Prairie fan, loved the romantic notion of sitting by the fire sewing nine patches. But it wasn't until I was at home with my children, after leaving my museum work, that I started reading blogs and getting into modern quilting. I have been quilting for about 5 - 6 years. 

Sew Sweetness - Sara Lawson

Sara of Sew Sweetness is an amazing bag designer and a new fabric designer for Art Gallery Fabrics! Head on over to her blog to read more on her sewing and quilting journey!  

Question: When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?
Sara: I'm not sure if there was a definitive moment. It sort of sneaked up on me, and one day I woke up and I was designing bag patterns. Or at least that's how I remembered it in my head. But joking aside, I put a lot of hard work and spent every day learning new things, improving on my sewing, and I think just being a contributing member to a sewing community that is mostly online. It's great sharing in others' successes and telling them what a wonderful job that they did. 

Sew at Home Mummy

Erin of Sew at Home Mummy sewed up our Color My Heart block pattern with these adorable fabrics from her stash for her child's nursery! How cute is this?

Question: Do you have sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas?
Erin: I tried to quilt a queen top once without a walking foot. It didn't go well. There was a lot of stitch-ripping. And then a lot of hand-tying - 'cause I didn't know any better! 

Haberdashery Fun

We're huge fans of Marni of Habedashery Fun's quirky projects. This time, she decided to tackle creating half square triangles and turning these blocks into a pillow!
Love her color combination? They are inspired by her sneakers! 

Question: When was the first time you knew you were a sewer?
Marni: It took me a long time to feel like I knew what I was doing. I'm a recovering PERFECTIONIST. I started to feel like I was a real sewer a few years ago. This was when I lived in New York City and was working in the fashion industry. I was teaching a friend to alter a pattern and sew a skirt and realized.. Holy crap, I know what I am talking about! 

Want it, Need it, Quilt!
We adore Jane of Quilt Jane's beautiful quilty creations. For her #fqschallenge, she recently created the Social Tote (a Carolyn Friedlander pattern) to store all of her sewing goodies!

Question: What advice would you give to someone who's just starting out in sewing/quilting? 

Jane: Slow down. Think about the real reason you are making that quilt. Make it with love and give it to someone as an act of love. Never stop learning from people, internet, or books about the craft. 

If you don't know Katy Jones, she's the girl behind the I'm A Ginger Monkey blog, editor of Quilt Now Magazine, and one of our favorite modern quilters. She is launching her first ever fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics called Priory Square in October 2014. Here is a sneak peek on a quilt that she's working on. 

Question: How did you start quilting/sewing? 
Katy: I did my first sewing as a child, with my grandmother, making soft toys and clothes for my dolls. I wasn't great at it, but it was time spent with my most favorite person and any time spent with her was precious. She was always so patient (way more so than me) and I think she instilled that love for handmade that I have now.  

Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts "blossomed" from her usual swirly loops or "square stippling," to NEW free motion quilting designs. She used her FMQ foot to stitch in the ditch around the outer star of her block, and it turned into a beautiful motif, 

Kokka Irome Aurora star quilt block pillow

Question: Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas?
Alyce: For the first twelve months of our time in Japan, I didn't have an iron! And yet my projects still manage to work out ok. I did use a Clover finger presser for individual, small seams though, especially for paper piecing, so that definitely helped. Otherwise I relied on gravity by holding up blocks and quilt tops to get rid of major wrinkles. And then there's the time I attempted my first garment - Wiksten tank - and forgot to pre-wash the fabric.. the good news that it still fits, and if I ever loose a few kilos, I've already got a top that will fit perfectly. 

Kelli of Seriously I Think It Needs Stitches blew us away with her Drunken Chevron Quilt as her #fqschallenge. Did we mention that this quilt has no curved seams? Head on over to her blog for the complete tutorial. 

Question: What advice do you have for someone who is just starting out sewing/quilting?
Kelli: Make what you love and never give up!

Don't forget to share with us your #fqschallenge on FacebookGoogle + and InstagramTune in Tuesday, September 30th for our last recap of the month. Thank you so much for joining us!  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Beard Bag with Kimberly & The Seasoned Homemaker

Hey, It's Kimberly! Since it's National Sewing and Quilting Month, I challenged myself to create my very first bag! Of course I needed major help, which Leslie of The Seasoned Homemaker supplied! She was kind enough to stop by the Fat Quarter Shop and share her bag-making wisdom she had accumulated over the years.

Lately, I've been obsessing over beards and I chose to create two bags. One from the Brilliant beards fabric for Robert Kaufman Fabrics for me and the Duck Dynasty Pink Camo fabric for my daughter! 

We chose the Elite Tote pattern by Kenzie Mac & Co. in the large size. It seemed to be a simple project, but boy, was I wrong. I am a quilter at heart and not a sewer so this was a HUGE challenge for me. The bag also required jute, which is a material that I've never worked with. Leslie gave me a lot of help with making this bag and I love the finished product!
Elite Tote Pattern that we used! 

Here are the finished bags! Thank you so much Leslie for your help, I couldn't have done it without you! 

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Share your projects with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Google + and use #fqschallenge. I love to see what you make. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Somerset Thread Box Contest with Fat Quarter Shop

Hi everyone! We have exciting news for you!  We have teamed up with Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. to create a contest for you and, best of all, YOU get to choose the winners! This contest uses the Somerset Thread Box by Fig Tree & Co. for Aurifil! This cute box includes seven threads, one mini charm and a free spool pattern. 

Kimberly and Joanna of Fig Tree & Co. at Spring Quilt Market

How do I enter?
First, purchase the Somerset Thread box from Fat Quarter Shop (you must purchase from us to enter).  Then use the mini charm pack and Aurifil thread to sew an original quilt project. The project must be an original you have designed, and you cannot use the free pattern in the box to enter.

How do I submit my quilt?

You can submit a photo of your finished project to Or, post your quilts on Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+) with #fqssomerset and tag us @fatquartershop by November 30, 2014. Please include "Somerset Thread Box Contest" as the subject line of the email. From the email and social media submissions, we will pick the top ten submissions for YOU to vote on! 

What's the prize? 
The top 3 winners will receive a $100 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate! 

And, Fig Tree & Co. is hosting their own thread box contest as well on their blog, so you'll have double the chances to win. Watch Joanna’s video to learn more about the thread box.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your Somerset Thread Box today at Fat Quarter Shop and get sewing