Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Quilt Market 2014: Saturday

Welcome to the first day of the Fall International Quilt Market. We had so much fun browsing new collections, ordering new fabrics, tweeting, and instagram-ing plenty of photos. We were definitely busy, and now we're giving you a closer look!

We love the new Paradiso collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.
Moda precuts are always a good way to start the day!
Maureen Cracknell's Wild & Free collection for Art Gallery Fabrics is just stunning.
Anna Maria Horner's gorgeous array of quilts and garments featuring her new line, Honor Roll.
Vanessa Christenson of V & Co showing off her Color Theory thread kit and collection in an upcoming FQS video.
We are enchanted by this butterfly pillow from Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts' Sticks and Stones collection.
Kimberly, Jocelyn and Sarah are having sew much fun at the Fat Quarter Style book signings.
Don't these dresses at Michael Miller Fabrics make you want to build a snowman?
Fun Size Quilts book signing! Kimberly and Jocelyn have cute little mini quilts in this book, and one of Kimberly's is on the cover!
Sweetwater's contemporary take on feedsack prints are displayed in Feed Company.
Everything is wintery, sweet and fun in Mistletoe Lane by Bunny Hill Designs!
Katy Jones of I'm A Ginger Monkey's first fabric collection, Priory Square for Art Gallery Fabrics, is lovely and vibrant.
This has got to beeeee one of our favorites from Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.

If you want to see more fun and photos, head on over to our Flickr page! Now it's time for our giveaways, and we have an Aloha Girl Fat Quarter Bundle by Fig Tree Quilts and a Daysail Fat Quarter Bundle by Bonnie & Camille up for grabs. 

We're taking you to Music class today, so if you want to win one of these beautiful bundles, let us know, if Quilt Market had a theme song, what would it be? 

Submit your answer through Rafflecopter below. This contest will close on Monday, October 27th at 11:59 pm CST, and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 29th. Check back tomorrow for our recap of another day at Quilt Market.
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Fall Quilt Market 2014: Schoolhouse

We literally went back to school during Schoolhouse today! We had a blast listening to great speakers, seeing adorable projects, and getting a glimpse of all of the new things for Market. This year, we give Schoolhouse an A++! Keep reading for a lesson in Schoolhouse!

We're working right this moment on getting some videos we took from Schoolhouse up on our YouTube channel, so head over there to check them out!

Jennifer Sampou showing off her beautiful prints from her Black & White collection
Joanna  Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts' Aloha Girl quilt
Minick and Simpson's Austin Bluebird Sampler quilt (coming soon to our shop!)
Carolyn Friedlander's beautiful Catenary quilt in the Doe collection
Tula and Kimberly snuggling with her Elizabeth pillows
Valori Wells is obsessed with triangles and her new Ashton Road collection
Some adorable quilts from the new Cotton + Steel collections
Showing some PamKitty love! 
Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts' beautiful Rainbow Nest quilt
Sarah, Kimberly, Gerri, and Jocelyn showing off her new book, Quilted Living

After Schoolhouse, we headed right into Sample Spree! We got to help Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs at her booth, where we were promoting her new book, Quilted Living. We also snagged a bunch of brand new bundles you've never seen for our giveaway prizes!

Tonight, we're giving away an Ambleside Fat Quarter Bundle by Brenda Riddle and Whitewashed Cottage Fat Quarter Bundle by 3 Sisters to two lucky winners. 

Now it's time for a pop quiz! Who can guess how many Fat Quarter Bundles are in this Moda Fabrics bag?

Enter our giveaway through Rafflecopter! This contest will close on Monday, October 27th at 11:59 pm CST and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 29th. Tomorrow is our first day of Quilt Market, and we'll be posting like mad on twitter and instagram, so see you soon! 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Houston... We have arrived!

Hello everyone, it's that time of year again! The Fall 2014 International Quilt Market is finally upon us, and we're so happy to be back in Space City (aka Houston, Texas) for another amazing Quilt Market. We will spend the weekend learning in Schoolhouse, checking out new fabric collections, picking up new patterns, and chatting with our favorite designers. Since it's Fall in Texas (sort of) and we're ready to soak in wonderful new things, our theme this Market is "Back to School!"

We want to share our Quilt Market experience with all of you! So don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for LIVE updates, YouTube for video updates, Flickr, Facebook, and Google + for some extra eye candy during Market. Of course, we will also post nightly recaps here on the Jolly Jabber, plus special giveaways.

This year, we've created our very own school-ish Yearbook Quilt Block for our favorite designers and quilters to sign at Market. (Hint: One lucky winner will win this block for one of our giveaways.)

So as we get ready for our jam-packed weekend, let's do our first giveaway! To go with our "Back to School" theme, we're taking you to English class with a word scramble!

Enter our giveaway through Rafflecopter and unscramble the mystery word for a chance to win a prize from our Sample Spree loot that we'll be gathering tomorrow (we promise to get you some amazing goodies). This contest will close on Monday October 27th at 11:59 pm CST, and two winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 29th. 

Now it's time to hit the hay and rest up, starting with Schoolhouse and Sample Spree! (We actually get to help in one of the booths for the first time. EEK, wish us luck!) Come back tomorrow and see how that turned out!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along Auction

Hi everyone, it's Kimberly again! Our Wishes Quilt Along benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation is coming to an end! Don't forget that we are auctioning our beautiful Wishes quilt to help us reach our $10,000 goal. 
Our Wishes quilt is beautifully quilted with swirled designs by Karolyn (Nubin) Jensen. 

The auction will end on November 30th, 2014, so please visit our auction page and help us raise as much as we can! Thank you so much everyone! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mistletoe Lane Quilt by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs

Hello fellow quilters, it's Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs on the Jolly Jabber! I love Christmas, applique, family traditions, and advent calendars, so it seemed like the perfect combination to put them all together. With the help of Moda Fabrics, I've created The Mistletoe Lane quilt that I hope your whole family will love. This collection exudes the colors of Christmas with touches of my signature pink and brown hues. You'll also find some of my favorite things about Christmas like ice skates, stars, snowflakes, and itty bitty mistletoe leaves. 

The Mistletoe Lane quilt kit includes a tag panel with one tag for each of the 25 days leading up to Christmas. There's also a pocket on the panel to make for the back of the quilt. This pocket will hold the tags from year to year so you don't lose them!

Cinnamon Goose is the main character throughout this quilt and she's a cutie. I've given her a personality like no other goose and she'll help you count down the days until Christmas as she ventures throughout the quilt. She'll greet you in block number one, and each day as you remove a tag from a pocket on the quilt, Cinnamon will cheer you on. It's fun to see what each day brings when you remove the tags, and if you hang them on a tree they become ornaments. 

Mistletoe Lane wouldn't be complete without embellishments that are included in the quilt kit! The embellishment kit has 57 buttons selected especially for the Mistletoe Lane quilt kit, including one button for each of the little tags. 

So pre-order your quilt kit and backing set today and get ready to have some fun with Mistletoe Lane! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Guess Who's Coming to The Houston Quilt Festival?

Calling all Quilt Festival attendees! Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop team will be attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston on Saturday, November 1st, 2014Come show your support and get your copies of Fat Quarter Style and Simply Fat Quarters signed! Watch Kimberly's Quick video to learn more. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis

Hello everyone! We have a very special guest today on the Jolly Jabber. Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side is showing off her first fabric collection, Modern Neutrals, for Moda Fabrics. Read on to learn more!

Q: Tell us a little about the Modern Neutrals collection. What were you inspired by?
A: Modern Neutrals is the result of my book, which is also called Modern Neutrals. I found while writing the book that there are many neutrals within a lot of fabric collections. Often they have similar undertones to the main fabrics in the collection and don't always work well with other neutrals from other collections. I was later designing fabric, and eliminated most of the color before I was truly happy with the group. In all of this, I think (and hope) that I've found my niche within the fabric industry - only time will tell!

Q: What is the best part about being a fabric designer?
A: I love the entire process, but putting the final stitches into a binding will always be the best part of what I do. 

Modern Neutrals Quilts -

What design trends are you currently exploring?

A: Color, simplicity, and how subtle changes in value can make a big impact in a collection or quilt design. 

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Modern Neutrals?
A: Anything and everything! Quilts, bags, pillows! I can't wait to see what everyone is creating!
Amy with Codi at the 2014 International Spring Quilt Market 
Q: What's next for Amy Ellis?
A: I have a new book coming in December - Think Big. Think Big includes ten 18" blocks and everything you need to make any size quilt. I hope you will look out for that one! And I'm working on strike offs for the next fabric collection too!