Monday, March 2, 2015

Our NEW and Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Clubs!

Hello everyone! Have you heard about our EXCLUSIVE Fat Quarter Shop Clubs? 
Subscribe to your favorite club and get something fresh and new at your doorstep without the hassle of coordinating colors yourself! 

Here's a look at our awesome new clubs! 

Aurifil Thread Club: Need some new threads? Stitch the difference with our Aurifil Color Packs!

Moda Fat Quarter Cub: Everyone know's Moda is marvelous! See what quilters everywhere are raving about with these bundles of fabulous 12 fat quarters curated by us!

Hoffman Batik Fat Quarter Club: Experience the hand-dyed beauty of Hoffman batiks! These bundles of handmade fat quarters will wow you with their brilliance every time.

Solid Fat Quarter Club: Take a tour around the globe with our coordinated solids based on famous cities and landmarks around the world!

Modern Fat Quarter Club: Keep up with the times with the Modern Fat Quarter Club, bringing style and chic to your stash every month.

Reproduction Fat Quarter Club: There's nothing like the good old days! Be the belle of the century with the Reproduction Fat Quarter Club, mixing between Civil War and 1930's reproductions. 

Holiday Fat Quarter Club: Celebrate all year 'round with six Christmas collections and six holidays to keep your spirits light. 

Head on over to our CLUBS page to see all of our new and improved clubs!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Heart's Content Thread Box Contest Voting!

Hi everyone! A couple of months ago, Fat Quarter Shop, along with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, hosted a Heart's Content Thread Box Contest on our blog where we asked you to use Edyta's Heart's Content Thread Box and create an original applique quilt design! Now that we received all of the entries, it's time for YOU to vote on your favorites. 

Quilt #1 Fabric Frame by Mara of Secretly Stitching in Greece

Quilt #2 LOVE quilt by Kim of Persimmon Dreams

Quilt #3 Hearts and Home quilt by Paula K. 

The grand prize winner will receive a special basket of goodies, handpicked by Edyta herself! Here is  a peek at the prize basket.
Please cast your votes on our poll and the winner will be announced March 6th, 2015! Good luck and thank you so much for everyone that entered.

Friday, February 27, 2015

FQS Staff Takes on a BOM Month 2!

Happy Friday everyone! We can't believe February is almost over and March is just around the corner, so you know what that means? It's time for another quick recap of our Block of the Months progress. If you missed our first post, click here to see what we've been up to. 

When she's not running an amazing fabric shop (Go Fat Quarter Shop!), you can find her sewing in her room! Kimberly is always contributing to the creative quilting and sewing community every day. This year, she's taking on the 2015 Aurifil Designer Mystery Block of the MonthThreads of Time BOMAPQ Go Four It QAL, not to mention our very own 2015 Snapshots Quilt Along

This month's Snapshots block is the Sew On & Sew On block dedicated to our love of sewing. We're so amazed to see all of your Snapshots blocks this month on our Facebook Group and Instagram

This month's 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month mini quilt was designed by one of Kimberly's favorite designers, Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts. Her chubby churn dash is a great twist on a classic block. Kimberly chose to create hers from the Cotton + Steel basics. Tune in next month for Kimberly's mini quilt (PS: It's going to be extra adorable!).
Next up is the Threads of Time Block of the Month by Julie Hendricksen. Kimberly made a box full of flying geese this month!
Last but not least is Kimberly's version of the American Patchwork and Quilting Go Four It Quilt Along. Check out how Kimberly created her version on our blog here

Jocelyn is taking on last year's Chandelier Quilt-Along hosted by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced and check out her beautiful blocks! She decided to create a QUEEN-size version of this quilt, so more blocks are on their way.
Fabrics Shown: Cotton+Steel basics, American Brand Solids, Kona Solids, and Stonehenge
Codi has been sewing up quilts left and right this past month and she even managed to create a second version of Pat Sloan's Vacation Time Mystery Block of the Month in the new Hello, Bear collection by Bonnie Christine. Those cute foxes just make us smile all day! Don't forget to follow her instagram @codibug1.
Codi's used V&Co.'s Color Theory collection to create a scrappy look for her 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month mini quilt churn dash blocks.
Sarah joined Sherri Fall's Mystery Monday Sew Along and whipped up her beautiful blocks this month. If you want to join her, use #thisandthatmystery and sew along on Instagram and Sherri's Blog. Follow Sarah's sewing adventure on Instagram at @spjenice.
Fabrics show: Color Theory by V&Co and Cotton+Steel Basics
When she's not busy writing our It's Sew Emma patterns, Nova is definitely sewing! She joined two different quilt alongs for 2015, the first is Quiltmaker's Bitty Blocks Quilt Along. This month she sewed up some bitty basket blocks that finish at 4" square!
She also took on The Power of Nine Patch BOM with Sherri Noel Designs and is finally caught up with her blocks. This is also the first time that she's trying the "quilt-as-you-go" method. 

Fabrics shown: Lila collection by Dear Stella

Daniar sewed up her first Moccasin Block of the Month blocks this month and so far it's looking very pretty in pink! For more fun, check out her Instagram @dlistyasari. 
Just a few more days until the Legend of Zelda Quilt Along starts (March 1st, to be exact) and Kat has prepared some of her fabrics. And she keeps them all in her Legend of Zelda lunch box to guard them from Zelda's antagonist, Ganon. She even has Tetra, the pirate captain of the ships in Windwaker and Phantom Hourglass helping her! 

Thank you so much for joining us everyone! Here is a HINT for what's coming up in March on the Jolly Jabber: it involves mini quilts, lots of prizes, and tons of FUN. Happy Quilting! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

Hello fellow quilters! We were excited when one of our bloggers, Dana of Old Red Barn and Co. invited us to check out her book, Imagine Quilts and share the love with all of you! Imagine Quilts will spur your imagination and help you start turning your own quilt ideas into reality. 
Ampersand quilt
Dana encourages you to get inspiration from different places like your fabric stash, classic quilts, and even everyday objects! 
Scribbles quilt
Elephant Parade quilt
Here's a look at some of the quilts in the book!
Dana was kind enough to give away 5 autographed copies of her book to our amazing Jolly Jabber readers. For a chance to win a copy of Imagine Quilts, all you need to do is let us know what inspires you to create quilts in the comments section of the post. We will randomly pick 5 winners on March 5th, 2015. Good luck everyone and let your imagination run wild! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Go Four It with American Patchwork and Quilting!

Hi everyone, it's Kimberly! Have you seen the April 2015 American Patchwork and Quilting Issue? Our quilty friends, Lissa Alexander, Edyta Sitar, and April Rosenthal designed three beautiful four-patch quilts for this year's quilt along, Go Four It! 

I couldn't resist, I love simple blocks like the four-patch. They are timeless and classic, but yet so powerful. I thought Brenda Riddle's new Ambleside collection by Moda Fabrics would be perfect to use in my quilt. 
This quilt was so much fun to make and it only took me two days to sew! I selected Lissa's quilt and added a Kimberly twist to it. Instead of sewing my quilt scrappy, I sewed it with one background and twelve different fabrics for the four-patches. For the layout, I created 12 rows with each row using the same fabric. 

I love being able to cut my blocks down so I sewed my strips at 1.75" instead of 1.5." Then subcut them at 1.75" again. After I sewed my four patches together, I trimmed them down to 2.5" using the Creative Grids 2.5" ruler.

When I sewed my quilt together, I added 1/2" to the cut sizes of the setting and corner triangles. Then I trimmed the quilt down and it came out perfectly squared up and straight. 

Then I added three different borders. My first border finishes at 1", my second bordered finishes at 1/2" and my third border finishes at 5". 

And here is my final quilt! Thank you so much Nubin for the beautiful quilting, it looks stunning! 

Don't forget to follow some of my quilty friends as they share their version of the #APQquiltalong
April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Jo Morton of Jo Morton Quilts
Linda Collins of Quilts in the Barn
Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa
Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique
Debbie Roberts of The Quilted Moose
American Patchwork & Quilting staff

I hope you sew along with us for the Go Four It! 2015 Quilt Along. I will be keeping up on instagram and twitter with the #apqquiltalong to see your beautiful quilts.