Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Winter Wonderland Photoshoot!

Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew! We're getting a jump on Christmas this year with Sherri Falls's new  Winter Wonderland, her new book out in May! This adorable book includes twelve cozy Christmas projects, including nine quilts, two tablerunners and a tree skirt!

Last week, we decked the halls with quilts, hung our favorite stockings, and lit up our Christmas tree for our photo shoot. Ready for some peeks? 
Peppermint Swirls Tablerunner
Sugar Plums Quilt
Fair Isle Quilt
Fresh Cut Pines Quilt
Tree Trimming Tree Skirt
Window Frost Quilt
With over 100 pages of holiday inspiration, we know you'll love Winter Wonderland! Pre-order your copy today and receive the exclusive Mini Nordic Noel pattern for FREE! Oh and did we mention our upcoming sew along? We're having a Very Sherri Christmas Sew Along in June and you will definitely need your book in hand to join! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

English Paper Piecing with Jen Kingwell

Good day mates! We're debuting a fun tutorial on English Paper Piecing featuring the fabulous Jen Kingwell from Australia. 
So what exactly is English Paper Piecing (EPP)? It is technique of stabilizing fabric using a paper template. It's different from regular paper piecing because each piece is finished before sewing them together. It's also a great method to learn as a quilter since with English Paper Piecing you can achieve great precision in piecing. 

Being a complete newbie, Kimberly was hesitant to try EPP at first, but with Jen's help, she managed to sew up her own creations! you can watch her learn all about EPP right here in this video

We know you're anxious to get started! So watch Jen's video tutorial, visit our EPP Notions page, and grab our EXCLUSIVE English Paper Piecing kit so you can sew along (and yes, the cute scissors bag is included!). 

Thank you so much everyone for joining us! Show us your English Paper Piecing projects on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter with #fqsfun and #epp !

Monday, March 30, 2015

FQS Staff Takes on a BOM Month 3

Hi everyone and welcome back to another monthly recap of our Block of the Months! Besides being Kimberly's favorite month (it's her birthday month), March is always full of surprises at FQS. We invited a special guest this month, released a new Shortcut Quilt video tutorial and hosted our first March Minis Challenge! Now on to some more quilty fun with our monthly recaps. 

Kimberly has been a busy little bee as usual! She's worked on more Snapshots tutorials, like this month's Put The Kettle On block that symbolizes our favorite beverages that trigger special memories in our hearts. Don't forget that we still some Snapshots Quilt Kits and backing sets available so you can sew along! 
Kimberly had the honor of being the 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month. Her Ripples quilt is a fresh and modern way to do simple half-square triangles and flying geese. Check out her quilt here
And made more progreess on her Threads of Time BOM. She's Loving every minute of it. If you're wondering how to make that adorable design board underneath her blocks, check out our YouTube tutorial featuring Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet on how to create your own. 

We're loving Jocelyn's Chandelier Quilt-Along blocks inspired by a painting she's had since her childhood. She's sewing up all of her blocks in various green fabrics. Her progress has been slow, but progress is progress right? 
Well hello, deer! We love that Codi fussycut the Meadow Oh, Hello print from the Hello, Bear collection for her Pat Sloan's Vacation Time Mystery Block of the Month
In honor of spring, Codi sewed up Kimberly's 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month in the Fresh Cut collection by Basic Grey. 

Sarah finally finished her #thisandthatmystery quilt and it looks absolutely gorgeous. We love the pop of red on the quilt. The Mystery Monday Sew Along has officially ended but there's still more sewing to be done! Do you know of any sew alongs that you think would be great for Sarah to join? 
This month, Nova joined a NEW paper piecing quilt along called Forest Quilt Along by Quilt Art Designs. Tune in next month to see Nova's other quilt along blocks! 
For her Moccasin Block of the Month, Daniar tackled curved piecing for the first time and she loves her finished block. 
Last but definitely not least, is Kat's first Zelda Quilt Along block, the Knight! If you're sewing along with Kat, these blocks uses 1.5" fabric squares and check out the fusible backing construction method for great tips on how to construct these blocks. 
Thanks for joining us and tune in next month for more quilty fun!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Charm Box: Free Quilt Pattern with Fat Quarter Shop

Happy Friday quilters! We're introducing a new Shortcut Quilt today that's full of charm, called Charm Box. This charming quilt uses two charm packs and some yardage, so it's a great stash buster.

Kimberly created her Charm Box quilt with the Aloha Girl Charm Packs by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics and the Aloha Girl Coconut Solid for her sashing.  

The FQS team also sewed up their own versions of the Charm Box in different Moda Fabric collections. Which one is your favorite? 
Charm Box Quilt in the Reel Time collection by Zen Chic
Charm box quilt in the Feed Company collection by Sweetwater
Charm Box quilt in the Paradiso collection by Kate Spain
Now it's time to start sewing! Pick up your favorite charm packs and download the Charm Box pattern, and watch Kimberly's video tutorial to get started on your quilt.

Oh, and did we mention our Mini Charm Box quilt? This mini version is made from mini charm packs! You can find the mini version here, after the charm pack version. 

We've also teamed up with a bunch of your favorite bloggers and designers, so be sure to check out their Charm Box creations on their blog. 
Sherri of A Quilting Life
Natalia of Piece N' Quilt
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
John of Quilt Dad
Lydia of Telafante
Heather of Quilt Story
Leanne of She Can Quilt
Afton of Quilting Mod
Thearica of Pigtales and Quilts
Jane of Quilt Jane

Thank you so much for joining us and tune in for our next Shortcut Quilt video on the Jolly Jabber. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Moda Aurifil Thread Sets

Have you heard about the Moda Aurifil Thread Sets? These adorable thread sets are selected to perfectly match a few wonderful fabric collections from Moda Fabrics. They come with a coordinating mini charm and an exclusive mini pattern, so you can focus on using these lovely threads! 

Our quilty staff decided to take the thread sets for a test drive, and look at all of the beautiful quilts and projects they've made. First is the Mistletoe Lane Thread Set which includes not only 6 mini Aurifil 50 wt. spools, but also one 12 wt Aurifil spool (which is perfect for applique and hand quilting). 

The Color Theory Thread Set includes this adorable mini star pattern.
Check out the colorful quilting on this mini quilt! 

Pat Sloan's Sweet Life Thread Set includes a Dresden quilt pattern, which is so simple to make! 

We're loving Figtree's Somerset Thread Set with it's mini spools quilt! 

If you love Bonnie & Camille, then you'll love the Daysail Thread Set which includes this pinwheel pattern. Our resident quilter, Gina, quilted her mini project using all of the Aurifil threads in the set. 

It's absolutely gorgeous! 

Our crafty staff, Kat decided to create her own project using the Heart's Content Thread Set. Instead of making the mini quilt, she sewed up an adorable bear and appliqued Edyta's heart on the side. How cute is Mr. Bear? 
We hope that our handiwork inspires you to try out a little mini thread set box! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEW Modern Fat Quarter Club at Fat Quarter Shop

Quilters will love our new and EXCLUSIVE Modern Fat Quarter Club

So how does the Modern Fat Quarter Club work? well, like our other FQ clubs, we hand select 12 stylish fat quarters from your favorite contemporary designers. Our first featured collection is Morning Walk by Leah Duncan (an Austin native, yay!) for Art Gallery Fabrics. Her beautiful collection was inspired by her morning walks with her dog around her Austin neighborhood.
If you're wondering what projects to make with your modern FQ bundles, we suggest checking out our Simply Fat Quarters and Fat Quarter Style books for some fat quarter friendly projects that we know you'll LOVE! 

We're planning on making the Lattice quilt with our first Modern bundle!

Our Modern Club is ongoing, so here's a peek at what's coming next...

Ready to receive beautiful bundles at your doorstep every month. SIGN UP for the Modern Fat Quarter Club today! Don't forget to check out our other clubs as well. Have an amazing day!