Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simple Whatnots Quilt


Do you love ...

Kim Diehl?

Scrappy quilts?

Small pieces?

Precision piecing?

Then you will love our Simple Whatnots Club that begins this month! Every month you will receive a pattern and fabric to complete a miniature quilt (backing and binding are included). We have limited memberships left, so sign up today! 

Check out the first Simple Whatnots project, the Hopscotch Quilt!




How to Mix and Match Batiks and Prints with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts


Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is back on the Jolly Jabber to explain her process for mixing and matching cotton and batik fabrics. If you're not familiar with batiks, they are fabrics that are hand-dyed through traditional processes using wax and stamps. Just a glance at any of Edyta's quilts will reveal how she loves to mix and match fabrics when she designs, and the results are riveting. This concept has been around since the 1800s, when women would make crazy quilts by mixing all kinds of textiles such as silks, cottons and even drapery in their quilts.

In this video, Edyta demonstrates mixing fabrics using her fabric collection, Heart's Content, and she also discusses her basic rules for selecting a good variety of prints for your quilt. By following her guidelines, you can blend prints and batiks beautifully and seamlessly.


Have you ever tried mixing batiks and prints together? Let us know in the comments below if you love mixing and matching!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Winged by Bonnie Christine


One of the most anticipated collections for Art Gallery Fabrics is finally here! Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost is here to share more about her Winged Collection. This collection represents a season's fresh beginnings and the dawn of a new day to spread your wings and let your imagination fly free! 


Q: Tell us a little about the Winged collection. What were you inspired by?

A: I have always noticed the first butterfly sighting of each spring and pause to breath in this moment. It's such a magical time, when the flowers begin to bloom, the weather warms and I can hear birds chirping outside my window. Spring also represents fresh beginnings and a dawning of a new season. It evokes a feeling of 'anything is possible'. Winged was inspired by nature, of course, but also this deeper sense of spreading your wings and soaring. I truly believe that all things are possible! 



Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?

A: I always begin a collection with a theme in mind. I work pretty far in advance so I'm currently thinking of general theme ideas for the next few years! I then start collecting bits of nature, photographs and sketches that align with my vision. At some point, I create a mood board and sketch for days to round out the idea. Once the sketches are complete, I'm well on my way to having a collection!

Bottom image: In Flight Quilt Kit
Q: How would you describe your style?

A: I hope my style conveys a sense of sweetness that shows my love for nature. 

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Winged?

A: Since Art Gallery Fabrics recently introduce voiles and knits for each collection, I'm really excited to see some clothing and dreamy voile quilts made from Winged!




Monday, July 28, 2014

SideWinder with Me and My Sister Designs


Welcome back to the Jolly Jabber! Today, we're chatting about one of Barb and Mary's favorite notions, the Simplicity Portable SideWinder. This little machine is so easy to use and is a great time saver. It also comes in two sizes, the Simplicity Portable SideWinder for smaller thread spools and Deluxe Simplicity SideWinder for small to large thread cones. Watch our video to learn how Barb and Mary use their Side Winder!




Have you ever used the Simplicity SideWinder? Let us know in the comments below! and head on over to Barb and Mary's blog for a chance to win the Simplicity SideWinder! 

Aurifil Thread Box with Me and My Sister Designs


Hello everyone! We have Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs today to talk about their two NEW Aurifil thread boxes. Barb and Mary created two custom-colored threads that are exclusive to these boxes. 

First, we have the Everyday Color! Large Aurifil Box, which is the "big daddy" version of the two (and Barb's favorite). This box comes with 12 large spools that go perfectly with all of their fabric collections. Mary loves the Everyday Color! Small thread box that comes with ten mini spools which are oh... so... cute! Watch the video to learn more about their colorful spools. 





Barb and Mary have a special surprise for you! head on over to their blog and enter to win a small Aurifil thread box! Let us know which Aurifil thread color is your favorite! Thanks for joining us on the Jolly Jabber!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 Summer Book Club: A Cut Above by Gerri Robinson

Welcome to the 2014 Summer Book Club with Fat Quarter Shop. Today, we are dishing about Gerri Robinson of Planted Seeds Designs' first book, A Cut Above. We are huge fans of Gerri Robinson's one-of-a-kind quilt designs. Gerri did not start exploring the world of precuts until 2012, where she challenged herself to explore outside her comfort zone. The designs found throughout the pages of A Cut Above chronicle the steps she took to overcome her own design obstacles about working in a precut environment. A Cut Above has 23 different projects from fat eights to layer cakes. 

Here are some projects form A Cut Above that we adore. 

Rugby Stars and Friendship quilt
Buttoned Up quilt and Buttoned Up Pillow
Carefree quilt and Buttoned Up Boxed Cushion 
Galaxy quilt and Dancing Among the Stars quilt


Fat Quarter Shop team with Gerri at 2014 International Spring Market
Kimberly and Gerri with her Chain of Heart Quilt 

It's time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know what is your favorite precut. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How to Cut a Quilt Panel featuring Frosty the Snowman with Fat Quarter Shop


Happy Saturday everyone, it's Kimberly again!
I love panel quilts! They are easy and fast projects that make perfect gifts for you loved ones. There are lots of adorable quilt panels, but sometimes they are not printed straight. Check out our video, where I show you how to cut quilt panels featuring our Frosty the Snowman quilt panel.


Love our Frosty quilt? You can download our free pattern today or pick up one of our Fun with Frosty Quilt Kits to start this adorable project. Don't let a crooked quilt panel slow you down, straighten it up and get sewing!