Thursday, September 3, 2015

English Paper Piecing Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop

Happy Thursday everyone! We are announcing our first ever English Paper Piecing Sew Along today. Early this year, we were introduced to English Paper Piecing (EPP) by Jen Kingwell and Sue Daley and we've been hooked ever since! This #EPPSewAlong will be an instagram-based event starting Wednesday, September 9, 2015 so follow us for EPP inspiration!

For this sew along, we will be sewing this adorable star quilt using the Meadowbloom collection by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics. 

If you want to join in on the fun, here is your supplies list...

1 or 2 Charm Packs (2 will give you more choices for the star points)
3/4 yard background
1/3 yard binding
3/4 yard backing

Are you in? We'll see you on September 9th for the first post on Instagram with #EPPSewAlong !

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Precut Primer Blog Hop with Me & My Sister Designs and Fat Quarter Shop

Happy September everyone! We're kicking off back to school with Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs' brand new book, Precut Primer. This book is filled with adorable projects that make the grade. Starting with Precuts 101, join Barb and Mary for a crash course in all things precuts. Ready to learn? Here are a few peeks at what's inside Precut Primer

1st Grade Quilt
2nd Grade Quilt
3rd Grade Quilt
4th Grade Quilt
5th Grade Quilt
6th Grade Quilt
7th Grade Quilt
8th Grade Quilt
9th Grade Quilt
 10th Grade Quilt
 11th Grade Quilt
 12th Grade Quilt

We've also invited some of our quilty classmates to join in on the fun! Follow our week long blog hop to see all of their Precut Primer quilts, and you just might learn a thing or two! 

September 2, 2015
Me and My Sister Designs
Moda Fabrics
Pat Sloan
April Rosenthal

September 3, 2015
Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby

September 4, 2015
Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side

September 7, 2015
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Heidi Grohs of Buttons & Butterflies

September 8, 2015
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

September 9, 2015
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting 
Lissa Alexander of Moda Fabrics

And now it's time for our back to school giveaway! We are giving away five copies of Precut Primer to five lucky FQS fans. For a chance to win a copy of Precut Primer, let us know which grade quilt is your favorite in the comment section of the blog. We will randomly choose five winners on September 9, 2015! Good luck everyone and happy quilting! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 2015 Monthly Picks!

It's the end of summer and we are celebrating with our chirpy winged friends. All of our monthly picks are 20% OFF all month long so don't forget to take advantage of our amazing deals. 
We are seeing colorful dots this month with the Dottie collection by Moda Fabrics. 

Fall in love with cheery little birds that add the perfect touch to these cute projects. Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox creates 14 quick projects that are simple and whimsical! 

Continuing with our love of birds, we are crushing on Elizabeth Hartman's new Allie Owl pattern
Say hoot hoot to this adorable Owl Essential Sewing Caddy! This little critter is your perfect sewing companion with its own scissor holder, six bobbin holders, and owl pincushion. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Classic & Vintage: Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt Block

Happy Monday, quilters!  We're kicking off this week with our next Classic & Vintage quilt block, the oh-so-classic Log Cabin.  Yes, we know this block has been done a gazillion times, in a trillion different variations, but we still love it, and we'll show you how to make it perfectly!

 Find out our secret weapon in our Classic & Vintage tutorial video!  Kimberly made her block in Kindred Spirits by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics.  You can find the free Hope Blooms Log Cabin Block pattern here, and the gorgeous log cabin applique quilt behind her?  That's a pattern too!  Designed by Bunny Hill Designs, the Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt pattern is available here, and we have kits for it here.

You may have noticed the lovely pink ribbon applique in the top right corner of the Hope Blooms quilt.  Finding a cure for breast cancer is a cause that is near and dear to the designer Anne Sutton's heart.  She designed this quilt and fabric collection to reflect that, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this fabric line will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Now enjoy the video, visit our bloggy friends below to see their own Log Cabin creations and leave them some love!  Oh, and of course, share your own creations with us #classic&vintage and #fqsfun!

Katie Dold of Good Golly Ginger
Jo Kramer of Jo's Country Junction
Karen of Log Cabin Quilter
Alison Robins of Little Island Quilting
Michele Foster of Quilting Gallery
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts
Connie Campbell of Free Motion by the River
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes 'N' Daisies
Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Monday, August 24, 2015

2015 Summer Book Club: Teach Me to Applique by Pat Sloan

Welcome back to our Summer Book Club! We're chatting about Pat Sloan's newest book, Teach Me to Applique. Read on to learn more about her book. 

Q: What inspired you to create this book?
A: I love fusible appliqué and I'm on a quest to share how easy, fun and freeing it is to create quilts with appliqué! I also teach it at workshops across the country and wanted to be able to put in my 'class' in a book. I give you the step by step directions plus tips and tricks that I teach. Since I can't get around to meet everyone, my book is a way to teach you one of my favorite types of appliqué.

Q: What is your favorite project from the book?
A: The Farmer's Market Quilt, hands down! My grandmother worked at a farmer's market all her life, so it was a magical place for me to visit. All the sounds of and smells, all the yummy goodies! As an adult I crave getting to a farmer's market and just soaking up the feel of it… and buying some amazing tomatoes! I'm starting a year long sew along in July, one block a month. I will be hosting it at my blog and my Facebook group, hope you join in!

Q: Did you learn anything from creating this book?
A: This is my 31st book, and the first book with my new publisher Martingale. I'm thrilled with the outcome. the book is gorgeous and has all the teaching points laid out so nicely you can learn right from it! 

Q: So what's next for Pat Sloan?
A: I'm working on he final edits for my next book to be released in the fall, booking great guests for my Radio/Podcast, designing quilts for my next fabric line that will be in your shop in February, and I'm designing my next Free Mystery Block of the Month for 2016, it's a fun summer of designing quilts!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015 Summer Book Club: Modern Rainbow by Rebecca Bryan

Welcome back to our Summer Book club. Today, we're chatting about all things rainbow with Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts. Her new book, Modern Rainbow is filled with imaginative quilts that will take your concept of color to the next level.

Watch Rebecca's video to learn more about her book and read on for her exclusive interview with us. 

Q: What is your favorite project from the book?
A: My favorite project from the book is probably Wavelength. It's just fun to play with the colors - to create the look of water color transparency with the fabric. The technique is fun too. It's an improv technique so it's creatively engaging to make it. 

Rainbow Remix is also really fun to make too. It's also improvisational and if you aren't confident working with color, I think it's a great pattern to help you get more familiar with color. 

Q: Did you learn anything while creating this book?
A: Namely I learned Adobe Illustrator, which is how I dew up my sketches for my proposal and the illustrations. While I've always loved things in rainbow order, I learned how complex putting things in color order can be. It seems simple, but when you put colors together for a spectrum, each color has to match the others. Also, a little change in tone or saturation can alter the emotions of the whole spectrum. The rainbow is also really fun and challenging to work with in that it is so standard, it can be cliche almost. It's beautiful as is, but it's fun and challenging to create new takes on the rainbow through visually interesting patterns. Quilts are a great way to explore new patterns in the trusty rainbow color scheme. 

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: Right now, I am finalizing a pattern called the BFF quilt that I will be releasing in August. And I just started working on a new book with Stash. So I'll be keeping busy!

We love the endless possibilities of this book and our quilty staff, Daniar decided to create the Scattered quilt using some Modern Background Paper by Zen Chic, a few low volume fabrics and L's Modern Basics charm packs. What do you think?

Now for our 2015 BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY! We are giving away a stash of our favorite books and some surprise prizes to one lucky winner. Here is how to enter...
1. Visit our BOOK page and submit a review on your favorite book
2. If you don't have one already, you will need to create an account on the FQS page to post a review (not sure how to submit a review? here's a quick tutorial on how to do it)
2. Every review you submit will count as ONE entry and you can enter multiple times
3. Winner will be announced September 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sew Many Dresses Sew Little Time by Tanya Whelan

Have you always wanted to make your own clothes? Tanya Whelan's new book, Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time is the perfect way to start your garment sewing endeavors. With the interchangeable patterns in this book - 219 dresses to be exact - you can create a custom dress that's just right for you! 

This book gives detailed patterns for various skirt types, bodice types, and sleeve types. So you can explore all of the endless possibilities! 

Here are a few of our favorite dresses from the book!

We think these dresses would be perfect in some of Tanya Whelan's new collection, Chloe, don't you think?

Let us know if you sew your own garments or would like to learn in the comment section of the blog. we would love to know! Thank you so much for joining us and have a great day!