Monday, August 24, 2015

2015 Summer Book Club: Teach Me to Applique by Pat Sloan

Welcome back to our Summer Book Club! We're chatting about Pat Sloan's newest book, Teach Me to Applique. Read on to learn more about her book. 

Q: What inspired you to create this book?
A: I love fusible appliqué and I'm on a quest to share how easy, fun and freeing it is to create quilts with appliqué! I also teach it at workshops across the country and wanted to be able to put in my 'class' in a book. I give you the step by step directions plus tips and tricks that I teach. Since I can't get around to meet everyone, my book is a way to teach you one of my favorite types of appliqué.

Q: What is your favorite project from the book?
A: The Farmer's Market Quilt, hands down! My grandmother worked at a farmer's market all her life, so it was a magical place for me to visit. All the sounds of and smells, all the yummy goodies! As an adult I crave getting to a farmer's market and just soaking up the feel of it… and buying some amazing tomatoes! I'm starting a year long sew along in July, one block a month. I will be hosting it at my blog and my Facebook group, hope you join in!

Q: Did you learn anything from creating this book?
A: This is my 31st book, and the first book with my new publisher Martingale. I'm thrilled with the outcome. the book is gorgeous and has all the teaching points laid out so nicely you can learn right from it! 

Q: So what's next for Pat Sloan?
A: I'm working on he final edits for my next book to be released in the fall, booking great guests for my Radio/Podcast, designing quilts for my next fabric line that will be in your shop in February, and I'm designing my next Free Mystery Block of the Month for 2016, it's a fun summer of designing quilts!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015 Summer Book Club: Modern Rainbow by Rebecca Bryan

Welcome back to our Summer Book club. Today, we're chatting about all things rainbow with Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts. Her new book, Modern Rainbow is filled with imaginative quilts that will take your concept of color to the next level.

Watch Rebecca's video to learn more about her book and read on for her exclusive interview with us. 

Q: What is your favorite project from the book?
A: My favorite project from the book is probably Wavelength. It's just fun to play with the colors - to create the look of water color transparency with the fabric. The technique is fun too. It's an improv technique so it's creatively engaging to make it. 

Rainbow Remix is also really fun to make too. It's also improvisational and if you aren't confident working with color, I think it's a great pattern to help you get more familiar with color. 

Q: Did you learn anything while creating this book?
A: Namely I learned Adobe Illustrator, which is how I dew up my sketches for my proposal and the illustrations. While I've always loved things in rainbow order, I learned how complex putting things in color order can be. It seems simple, but when you put colors together for a spectrum, each color has to match the others. Also, a little change in tone or saturation can alter the emotions of the whole spectrum. The rainbow is also really fun and challenging to work with in that it is so standard, it can be cliche almost. It's beautiful as is, but it's fun and challenging to create new takes on the rainbow through visually interesting patterns. Quilts are a great way to explore new patterns in the trusty rainbow color scheme. 

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: Right now, I am finalizing a pattern called the BFF quilt that I will be releasing in August. And I just started working on a new book with Stash. So I'll be keeping busy!

We love the endless possibilities of this book and our quilty staff, Daniar decided to create the Scattered quilt using some Modern Background Paper by Zen Chic, a few low volume fabrics and L's Modern Basics charm packs. What do you think?

Now for our 2015 BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY! We are giving away a stash of our favorite books and some surprise prizes to one lucky winner. Here is how to enter...
1. Visit our BOOK page and submit a review on your favorite book
2. If you don't have one already, you will need to create an account on the FQS page to post a review (not sure how to submit a review? here's a quick tutorial on how to do it)
2. Every review you submit will count as ONE entry and you can enter multiple times
3. Winner will be announced September 1, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sew Many Dresses Sew Little Time by Tanya Whelan

Have you always wanted to make your own clothes? Tanya Whelan's new book, Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time is the perfect way to start your garment sewing endeavors. With the interchangeable patterns in this book - 219 dresses to be exact - you can create a custom dress that's just right for you! 

This book gives detailed patterns for various skirt types, bodice types, and sleeve types. So you can explore all of the endless possibilities! 

Here are a few of our favorite dresses from the book!

We think these dresses would be perfect in some of Tanya Whelan's new collection, Chloe, don't you think?

Let us know if you sew your own garments or would like to learn in the comment section of the blog. we would love to know! Thank you so much for joining us and have a great day! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Precut Primer by Me and My Sister Designs

Good day everyone! Our first book with Me and My Sister Designs, Precut Primer is finally here and we are so excited to give you a peek at this dynamic duo's new book. 

Precut Primer is all the things you need to know about precuts starting from Precut 101 with Barb and Mary. They give you a crash course on the different precuts available in the market, not to mention fantastic quilt patterns to make with each and every one. Here are some of the adorable quilts you can find in the book.
1st Grade Quilt
2nd Grade Quilt
4th Grade Quilt
9th Grade Quilt
Also, we can't forget about our upcoming Precut Primer Blog Hop starting Wednesday, September 2, 2015. We've invited some of your favorite Moda Designers and bloggers to join our Precut Primer class, so you won't want to miss the fun. 

Till then, pick up your copy of Precut Primer so you can get started on your projects. Available at our shop today! 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Snapshots Quilt Along: Like Riding a Bike

Happy August everyone! It's time for our Eighth Snapshots block, Like Riding A Bike. If you're just joining us, find out more details on the Snapshots Quilt Along on our blog page here

Now who's ready for a ride around town? Download the Like Riding a Bike block.

Here is Camille riding a teeny tiny bike! Promise there is a story behind it. 

To hear how this Snapshots block cam about, watch Kimberly's video. This block has lots of tiny pieces, so be sure to watch her video for helpful tips. 

We can't believe that we exceeded our $20,000 fundraising goal benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $10,000 of donations for this amazing cause. And on top of that, we will auction our Snapshots Quilt Along quilt at the end of the program, and 100% of the auction proceeds will go to out St. Jude campaign. so please help us and donate today! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Notion Talk with Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

Welcome to another edition of Notion Talk! Today, Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique dishes about her favorite notions. From alphabitties to her exclusive Stash Pack, find out why all of these items are must-haves in her sewing room. Watch the video here

What's new to you from her selection? Let us know if the comments section of the blog and you might win 2 autographed patterns from Vanessa. Winner will be randomly selected on Monday, August 17, 2015. Thank you for joining us everyone! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Announcing our Newest book... Fat Quarter Baby

We have some exciting news to share with you today! Please welcome the newest addition to the It's Sew Emma family, Fat Quarter Baby
Fat Quarter Baby is simply baby-crazy in the best way possible! Twenty crib-size quilts (and one bonus tablerunner) for your bundles of joy. 

It has 10 designs for boys and 10 for girls, but of course you can mix and match as you please! They vary from simple to more intricate, familiar blocks to quirky novelty, and some even feature simple applique. 

Here's a little peek at what's in the book.

If you've been looking for some new love-laden baby shower gifts to make, this is it! If you pre-order your book today, you will receive 10% OFF the retail price and not to mention, getting your book first!