Saturday, September 20, 2014

National Sewing and Quilting Month Week Three Recap

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another weekly National Sewing & Quilting Month recap! It's been a blast to see what our amazing bloggers have created to celebrate our favorite month of the year, and this week they have some great projects to show you!

We're so honored to be featured in Sew4Home for National Sewing & Quilting Month. For their challenge, they took a slightly different spin. Since they have fresh articles every weekday, they are always trying something new, so they chose their five newest projects to encourage you to push the envelope!
Ribbon flap shoulder bag with a push lock
Pillowcase with deep ruffled ends

Question: How did you start quilting/sewing?
S4H: I will be dating myself, but I learned to sew back in the day where they still taught sewing in Junior High as part of a required (yes.. required!) home ec class series. I made a totally awesome pair of overall shorts in a bright green fabric with white shamrocks. I thought I looked stunning when I wore this outfit, which kind of frightens me now. I think it's sad schools rarely teach sewing anymore. It's such a great right brain/left brain activity(creativity in blending the fabrics, colors and designs and technical skill in measuring, cutting and operating a machine). Plus, kids feel such a sense of accomplishment in the results.

Next, we have Leanne of She Can Quilt to chat about her love of quilting and sewing. For her challenge, she decided to make a bag for her husband's baby lap steel guitar. It's currently a work in progress but we just LOVE the colors that she's using! 
Question: When was the first time you knew you were a quilter/sewer?
Leanne: I guess I have always been a sewer. I knew that when that burn did not stop me from more sewing. I made my first quilt during a raining March school break about five years ago now, and I knew from the minute I picked out that first fabric that I was a quilter. I love the colors and the patterns and especially the quilting. 
Paula of The Sassy Quilter is always coming up with new quilt designs and projects! Including this adorable seam ripper pouch that we ALL need in our lives! 
Zipper Pouch
Question: Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories of faux pas?
Paula: Hmmm... does sewing or cutting every block of an entire quilt wrong, count? But, hey... this is how new patterns are made.
Teresa of Quilting Stitching and Sew On is a whiz in quilting. So for her challenge, she stepped out of her comfort zone and sewed up her first garment, a kimono! How adorable is this? 
Question: What advice would you give someone who's just starting out quilting and sewing?
Teresa: Quilting and sewing are wonderful. A very relaxing and fulfilling activity. Try some workshops first until you decided if it is really something you'd love to do before spending money on fabric, thread and of course a sewing machine. 
Next up is Cheryl of Quilter Chic who's sharing some of her quilty projects to get you inspired for National Quilting & Sewing Month! She's has a few projects up her sleeve and today, she's showing off her first pieced quilt from years ago!
National Quilting Month
Question: How did you start quilting and sewing?
Cheryl: Well, I grew up under the proverbial quilt frames, as my mother would hand quilt with friends and family. I made my first pieced quilt when I was about 16 years old, and it was pretty hideous! I used cardboard templates and whatever old dress fabric we had lying around. I got into modern quilting when my mother-in-law gave me a rotary cutter and mat. Then she taught me how to use them, and I've never looked back! I fell in love with quilting, and eventually learned applique, and machine quilting as well.
Charm About You
We're so excited to welcome Lucy of Charm About You on our blog! She's one of our fave UK bloggers, and she created this Cotton + Steel laptop bag using English paper piecing, and the results are absolutely adorable!
Question: Do you have any quilting/sewing horror stories or faux pas?
Lucy: I am constantly making mistakes but none of them too horrific and honestly, I don't care if I mess up; It helps me to learn. I do know I have to stop when I'm tired, too often I sew things back to front, upside down or just wrong!
Lisa from In The Boon Docks decided to create a pillow with our FREE Color of My Heart pattern! Instead of using charm packs, she used the Hubba Hubba of Me and My Sister Designs mini charms for her pillow! It's perfect for her little guest!

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

Lisa: First, read your sewing machine manual from cover to cover, look up anything you don't understand on the internet, buy quilting fabric (on sale, it is no more expensive than the bargain stores), and get a 1/4- inch foot for your sewing machine and most importantly, keep trying! 

Visit everyone's blogs for more pictures on their projects and their fun Q&A! Here is next week's lineup of bloggers:
September 22nd, 2014

September 23rd, 2014
Marni of Haberdashery Fun
Liz of Sew4Home

September 24th, 2014
Katy of I'm A Ginger Monkey
Jane of Quilt Jane

September 25th, 2014

September 26th, 2014
Kaye of Miss Print
Sara of Sew Sweetness

Have you taken the #fqschallenge yet? Share with us your photos and progress on our FacebookGoogle + and Instagram, we'd love to have you join the fun! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Horizon by Kate Spain (Plus Giveaway!)

Hi everyone! Kate Spain is here today to chat about her newest collection for Moda Fabrics, Horizon. This sea glass inspired collection is filled with cool blues and soft lavenders and is a twist from Kate's previous collections. Read on to find out more!

Q: Tell us a little about the Horizon collection. What were you inspired by?
A: Thanks for having me on the Jolly Jabber! I'm so happy to share a little more about Horizon with your readers. For much of my life, I've lived close to the water (still do) and one of my favorite things to do in any season is to take walks along the shore. Even from day-to-day,  there are noticeable changes in the scenery...whether it's the sun illuminating bright green sea grasses, or shorebirds diving and bobbing on the waves, or the blend of colors in the sky at different times of day. I love to notice these shifts and that they're all set against a single, tranquil constant; the horizon line. Here is a photo taken from the end of our street:

And this photo is of sand at low tide that I took on Christmas Day last year.

There is always something to be inspired by!

Horizon is a bit of a departure from my usual style in that I began by hand-carving blocks and printing them to create the repeat patterns. It was the first time I'd ever tried to do this and really had no idea how the process would translate to fabric. But I am so happy with how it turned out! I love that the irregularity, imperfection and handmade quality of the block prints remains intact in the finished fabric. Here are several of the blocks I hand-carved and some of the patterns I created from these blocks

The color palette for Horizon was inspired by bits of beautiful, luminous sea glass I've collected from many shores over the years — in hues of bright green, crystal blue, turquoise, and brilliant cobalt. These are some of my favorite colors and I love the way they resonate harmoniously with the textural designs of the block prints.

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A: I really love the freedom of being consumed by the creative process so I typically start with either a color palette or a very simple, unrefined idea or area of interest: woodland gardens, ceramic tiles, Caribbean blossoms etc. Then I usually draw or paint or as with Horizon, carve. This gives way to exploring how colors interact, seeing how the scale and rhythm of patterns play together, and then composing and refining these elements to balance the collection as a whole. I guess it's a bit like sailing where you can be drifting along and then suddenly a gust of wind fills your sails and off you go! I love the creative process because you never really know when the wind of inspiration will arrive or which direction it'll come from. It could happen early on at the beginning of a project, or somewhere else. The thing you can be sure of is that once it arrives, you get completely swept up and carried away toward a new creative horizon!

Q: What is your favorite part about being a designer?
A: Every single part of it. It’s what I love to do. Working with my hands is definitely a big part of it for me. The process of carving blocks was so inspiring to me that I may have to do it again. If anyone is interested, we're going to be offering a limited edition of my woodblock prints on our shop site. Each one was hand-printed by me and a wonderfully skilled neighbor did all the framing. Both framed and unframed prints are available.

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Horizon?
A: I've already seen some amazing quilts being made with Horizon and will keep my eyes peeled for others! Also, I teamed up with a wonderful sewist/photographer, Becca DuVal  who has brought her amazing talents to creating three "looks" for children's outfits and a small "Day Tripper" bag. We're featuring her projects, the patterns she used and her photos on my blog now, so please come for a visit! Here's an adorable peek:

And what's on my creative horizon? Maybe some of this.

It's called Paradiso and will be shown at the International Quilt Market this October. 

SURPRISE! We have not one but TWO special giveaways with Kate today! 
First, we're giving away a Horizon fat quarter bundle to one lucky winner. All you have to do is to comment below and let us know what you would like to make with the Horizon collection and we will announce the winner on September 26th, 2014

Our second giveaway is our most exciting one yet! 
We want you to show your love for Horizon with a video review. All you need to do to is ... 

  1. Purchase a yard or more of Horizon fabric or a jelly roll, layer cake, fat eighth bundle or fat quarter bundle between now and October 15th
  2. Record a video review of yourself reviewing the fabric.
  3. Post the video review on our Facebook wall, tag @fatquartershop, @KateSpain and use #fqsloveshorizon
  4. And that's it! You're on your way to winning a $100 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.   

The winner of the Horizon video review giveaway will be randomly selected and announced Thursday, October 30th on our blog and Facebook! Good luck everyone! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet our 2015 Quilt-Along!

Wait, 2015?

Don't worry, we're not stealing the rest of 2014 from you! (We always work so far in the future, it can be hard to remember what year we're currently in.) But, we ARE giving you a glimpse into our quilt-along future!

The Wishes Quilt-Along (benefiting the fantastic Make-A-Wish Foundation) is still going on, and we're approaching the last three blocks! (You can still catch up if you haven’t begun!) So it's about time to show you what next year's quilt will be. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, we happily introduce...

These are 12 picturesque blocks that capture and celebrate moments of happiness in our lives. They are put together in a really unique setting, reminiscent of a framed photo gallery, that we'll be making all throughout 2015. And yes, they are all made with traditional piecing, no paper-piecing!

And here's the uber-awesome block on the back that ties together our Snapshots theme!

This quilt-along will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. If you do not know about St. Jude, they focus on treatment and research for children with cancer, and at NO cost to the family. They are able to do this through the generosity of donors like you!

We will sharing more information about the quilt-along very soon, so be on the lookout!

And before you even ask... our quilt uses Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. Also, yes, we're offering kits and backing sets so you can sew up this version!

For all of our Wishes Quilt-Along-ers, keep it up! Your blocks are looking fabulous, and many of you are close to having your finishing done! We hope you will quilt along with us again in 2015. For the rest of you, please think about sewing Snapshots with us, we'd love to have you quilt along for the ride!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Matilda Rotating Cutting Mat

Hey guys, it's Kimberly and I want to show you one of my must-haves in my sewing room, the Matilda's Own Self Healing Rotating Cutting Mat. I've had this mat for over ten years and I just love it! This mat never wears out, turns nicely, and helps me get that perfect finish when I'm trimming down my blocks. Check out my video to see how I use my Matilda Mat in my sewing studio! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fun Facts About Kimberly!

Hi everyone! It's Kimberly again! One of my resolutions is to share more about me here on the Jolly Jabber! So, I thought it would be fun to start off with a few fun facts you may not know about me. Get ready, some of these things might blow your mind a little! 

  1. I have four little redheads (Christopher, Will, Peyton & Emma). I have yet to get a picture of them all looking at the camera.

  2. I'm an indoors kinda gal. I developed my love of crafting by staying inside during the long, hot summers. Pictured below: My Juki, my constant indoors companion. 

  3. My all-time favorite fabric collection is Buttercream and Figs by Fig Tree Quilts, circa 2005!

  4. I'm a CPA and started my career at one of the Big 6 accounting firms, where I met my husband, Kevin. Although I love numbers, I love fabric way more. True to my CPA roots, I rock this awesome trusty calculator and am a super whiz at Microsoft Excel!

  5. I have a fascination with criminal research. If I got the chance to shadow a criminal investigative PI, I'd do it in a heartbeat. If you're one and need a partner, call me.

  6. I have worn the same nail polish color, OPI Cajun Shrimp, since 1992. It’s the 90’s trend that has stuck with me! It's also what inspired my Nail Polish Quilt

  7. My brother and husband have the same name - Kevin. At family events, everyone's always asking, "Which Kevin are you talking about?"

  8. I love Chick-fil-A! I eat it at least two times a week and never change my order. 

  9. When I was young, my grandmother lived a mile away from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. Whenever I was being especially naughty, she would walk me to "Dracula's castle" (aka St. Edward's University). My grandmother is now 89 and she's the most awesome, funny, and intelligent lady I know!

  10. I love 80s rap music. There is and will never be a better band than the Beastie Boys. Before I film my YouTube videos, I listen to the License to Ill album really loudly to pump myself up. 

  11. My favorite city is Las Vegas, Nevada! I love to play blackjack and Pai Gow Poker.

  12. My all-time favorite TV show is Ducky Dynasty. I recently went on the Duck Commander cruise and had the time of my life. I actually judged an apron competition with Willie and Miss Kay, and Willie asked me if my microphone wasn't working and I said I wasn't talking because I was too scared. That is just about the dumbest thing I have ever said in my entire life. I am not sure if I will ever forgive myself. 

  13. I learned to crochet when I was five. I spent an entire summer chain stitching yarn. I would stitch the entire skein, then pull out the stitches and restitch it all over again! 

  14. I loved my father more than anything, and he died when I was pregnant with Emma. He was my biggest supporter, and Fat Quarter Shop would not exist if he and my mom had not cheered me on and believed in me. I inherited his stubbornness and business mind and remember everything he taught me. To a relative who kept trying to give me advice, my mother said, "I'm not sure why you keep trying; the only person she ever listened to was her father, so you might want to stop." It's mostly true!

So tell me some fun and interesting things about you in the comments! I know I'm not the only one that loves the Beastie Boys and has an obsession with numbers!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Scandinavian Sew-Along Quilt Auction

Hi guys! A few weeks ago, I was asked by Sherri of This & That to participate in her Sweet Scandi Sew Along event, which ends with a quilt auction with the winning bid going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. The final Sweet Scandi quilt is finally finished, and look at how beautiful it turned out! This quilt and sew-along were unique because many quilters got to make sections of the quilt, so the creation of this quilt is documented, and it has passed through many quilter's hands!

We want to raise as much as we can and we can't do it without you. Visit the auction page, and bid, bid, bid until September 21st, 2014 to help us raise money for this amazing cause! Thank you so much to Sherri for asking me to join this fun sew along!