Hi everyone! Katarina Roccella of Like Flowers and Butterflies is joining us all the way from Serbia today to talk about her new Recollection collection for Art Gallery Fabrics! She's a long-time fan of Fat Quarter Shop and one of Art Gallery's newest designers. Read on to learn more about her amazing collection and inspiration.
First of all, I want to THANK the entire Fat Quarter Shop team for giving me this chance to showcase my collection. Fat Quarter Shop was the first online shop for me, when I started my fabric obsession 10 years ago.
Q: Tell us about the Recollection collection. What were you inspired by? Katarina:Recollection is my second fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. With this line, I tried to evoke the old, fundamental textile techniques from rug weaving, tapestry, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and ikat - motifs that were passed through the centuries, from generation to generation, recollected, becoming a legacy or heritage that makes up history and a history of modern craft work.
I have always been attracted to doilies, lace, and other vintage memorabilia. Also, doilies hold a special place in Serbian tradition and culture. I was also inspired by kilims, which are the gorgeous shapes and patterns of Pirot, the southern part of Serbia. Kilims are very geometric in form, and in combination with floral lacy motifs and shapes, create the perfect harmony for my “Recollection” line. Culturally and historically, kilims are also used in very intricate needlepoint tapestries with beautiful roses. These have also inspired me to design some of the prints.
Q: What is your favorite print from the collection? Katarina: Every single print in the collection has an important place in my heart and they are grouped together to challenge and inspire people to create various projects. From small items like toys and accessories to clothing, home decor, and quilts. The print "Flower Engrams" was certainly the most time consuming print to create since it had so many colorway variations before making the final decision. It's also the print that excited me the most while creating it, so maybe that's my favorite one!
Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Recollection? Katarina: I am looking forward to see any project made with my collection. There are two colorways that offer vast possibilities and also amazing AGF blenders and solids that match and complement the line perfectly. Please share your Recollection projects on my Recollection Fabrics Flickr page. I would love to see what you make!
Q: What's next for Katarina Roccella? Katarina: My third line for AGF called "Skopelos" will be available in April 2015. It was named and inspired by my family's favorite vacation spot, the Greek island, Skopelos. I am also working on developing some patterns that accompany my fabric lines.
Hello everyone! We have Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts today on the Jolly Jabber to show you her NEW Heart's Content Thread Box for Aurifil and a surprise! This adorable little box includes seven threads, one mini charm and a free "Little Love" pattern.
SURPRISE! We've teamed up with Edyta to bring you a fun contest using the Heart's Content Thread Box and YOU get to choose the winners!
What do I need to do?
To enter our
contest, all you need to do is to purchase the Heart's Content Thread Box, then use the mini charm pack andAurifil thread to design your
own quilt (or even mini quilt) with additional applique pieces. Your quilt should
use at least one original applique shape that you have designed. The free heart
stencil included in the thread box will not count.
How do I submit my awesome designs? You can submit your designs firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, post your quilts on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Google +) with#fqsheartscontent and tagging us @fatquartershop by February 20, 2015. Please include "Heart's Content Thread Box Contest" as the subject line of the email. From the email and social media submissions, we will pick the top ten submissions for YOU to vote on!
What's the prize?
The winner will receive a special basket of goodies,
handpicked by Edyta herself! It contains prizes such as Heart's
Content fabrics, patterns, ruler, batting, needles, essentials threads,
stencils, Reasons for Quiltsbook, clips, and fabric glue.
The Heart's Content Thread Box is limited edition, so get yours now before they are all gone. Thank you so much for tuning in to the Jolly Jabber and good luck on the contest, and we look forward to seeing your quilts!
As much as we love the Snapshots quilt and enjoyed making it, the ability to raise support for St. Jude is our ultimate motivation. We hope you agree with us that helping families fight their child's cancer and continuing to search for a cure is a worthwhile cause.
Image courtesy of St. Jude
Show your support by sewing along with us and donating just $5 per pattern. That $5 DOES make a difference, and this quilt-along will be a testament to what the quilting community can do when we band together. You can start donating to this amazing cause today! Fat Quarter Shop, along with Moda Fabrics, will match up to $10,000, of donations raised.
Don't forget to check our our Snapshots page for all the nitty gritty details, where we've posted the quilt kit info (if you want to make our Daysail version) and all the bloggers who will be sewing with us. If you're sewing from your own fabric stash, the fabric requirements will be available on January 15. We'll post the finishing and backing patterns on June 15. For now, get your sewing table cleared off and ready, and we'll see you on January 15 with Block One!
Join us while we interview your favorite designers about their latest fabric collections and patterns. Read about our shop & get to know the Fat Quarter Shop team. We also love doing giveaways, so don’t miss a beat!