Monday, October 20, 2014

Guess Who's Coming to The Houston Quilt Festival?

Calling all Quilt Festival attendees! Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop team will be attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston on Saturday, November 1st, 2014Come show your support and get your copies of Fat Quarter Style and Simply Fat Quarters signed! Watch Kimberly's Quick video to learn more. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis

Hello everyone! We have a very special guest today on the Jolly Jabber. Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side is showing off her first fabric collection, Modern Neutrals, for Moda Fabrics. Read on to learn more!

Q: Tell us a little about the Modern Neutrals collection. What were you inspired by?
A: Modern Neutrals is the result of my book, which is also called Modern Neutrals. I found while writing the book that there are many neutrals within a lot of fabric collections. Often they have similar undertones to the main fabrics in the collection and don't always work well with other neutrals from other collections. I was later designing fabric, and eliminated most of the color before I was truly happy with the group. In all of this, I think (and hope) that I've found my niche within the fabric industry - only time will tell!

Q: What is the best part about being a fabric designer?
A: I love the entire process, but putting the final stitches into a binding will always be the best part of what I do. 

Modern Neutrals Quilts -

What design trends are you currently exploring?

A: Color, simplicity, and how subtle changes in value can make a big impact in a collection or quilt design. 

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Modern Neutrals?
A: Anything and everything! Quilts, bags, pillows! I can't wait to see what everyone is creating!
Amy with Codi at the 2014 International Spring Quilt Market 
Q: What's next for Amy Ellis?
A: I have a new book coming in December - Think Big. Think Big includes ten 18" blocks and everything you need to make any size quilt. I hope you will look out for that one! And I'm working on strike offs for the next fabric collection too! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Origami Top and Circle Skirt with Cheap But Chic

Hello everyone! Fall is just around the corner and today, we're taking you to the land of fashion with Tabitha of Cheap But Chic and her DIY fashion must-haves of the season. Tabitha is a mom, blogger, YouTube guru and a former military personnel for over ten years!

She collaborated with us to create an origami top and circle skirt that will transition your look from summer to fall. And after lurking around Fat Quarter Shop, she immediately fell in love with the Cotton+Steel Moonlit Citron on the Grid by Rashida Coleman-Hale. 
Cheap but Chic

This origami top is very modern and simple to make!
The circle skirt is a classic staple that everyone should own, especially in a midi version.
Want to learn how to make your own origami top and circle skirt? Watch Tabitha's video tutorial for step by step instructions!

Thank you so much Tabitha for bringing us a fun tutorial! Let us know what you're excited to make for fall!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Notion Talk With Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

Welcome to another edition of Notion Talk. Today, Kimberly and Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts dish about their favorite notions. Watch our video to find out their favorites and not-so favorites.  

What's your favorite kind of batting? Do you have a favorite applique notion? Let us know what your favorite quilting notions are in the comments section. Thank you so much for joining us.   

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More Makin' It Cute with Me & My Sister Designs

Hello everyone! We know how much you love the Makin' It Cute Petal Pack by Me and My Sister Designs and It's Sew Emma, so of course it's no surprise that we decided to create two brand new templates just for you! Introducing our brand new Butterfly Bliss and Heart's Delight templates. How adorable are these? They are the perfect addition to any project! 
The Butterfly Bliss template comes with 3 different "wing" variations.

Maybe you want to express your love with the Heart's Delight template. Just imagine all of the amazing Valentine's Day gifts that you can create. 

Need more ideas on different projects you can make with the Makin' It Cute templates? Well, you're in luck! We have a few of our favorite bloggers and designers here today, to show you their creations!
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Tammy of Moda Fabrics

BONUS: We are giving away 10 Butterfly Bliss templates and 10 Heart's Delight templates! Just enter through our Rafflecopter below! We hope that you enjoyed our Makin' It Cute showcase and don't forget to get your "cute" on!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Who Wants to Make a Cake for Quilty Fun's 1st Birthday?

Hi everyone! Put your party hats on and welcome to Quilty Fun's 1st birthday party, hosted by Lori of Bee in My Bonnet and Fat Quarter Shop! We can't believe that it's already been a year since we launched our first book with Lori. We've had so much fun with her over the past year with the Quilty Fun Sew-Along with creating her sampler quilt. Here is Kimberly's finished quilt, don't you love it?

If you're new to the Quilty Fun family, check out our behind the scenes video where you can see some sneak peeks of the quilts in the book and get to know Lori's world. 

Lori is the queen of all things scrappy and novelty, so what better way to celebrate Quilty Fun's birthday than with a birthday cake block by Lori. This block is so cute and festive and super fun to make. 

Kimberly also created her own version of the birthday block. Chocolate cake anyone?

We've invited a few guest bloggers to join the party by recreating her birthday cake block. Check out their blogs to see their creations.
Jennie and Clara of Clover & Violet
Nanette of Freda's Hive
Jessie of Messe Jesse
Amy of Nana Company
Kristyne of Pretty By Hand
Erin of Why Not Sew
Tina of Emily Ann's Closet
Heather of The Quilt Barn
Jana of Jana Machado

If you want to join the party, download the cutting instructions to start your birthday cake block!

We have a surprise for you! Lori and FQS are working on something new. here is a sneak peek... 

Thank you so much for joining us and Lori to celebrate the Quilty Fun Birthday! Let us know how much you love the Quilty Fun book in the comments! Have a terrific day! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Even Prettier in Pink!

Hello everyone! Since October  is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought I'd dish on my favorite PINK notions! The proceeds of some of these items will go to support research and awareness of breast cancer, so you can feel good about your purchase! Many of these are limited edition, so if you're passionate about pink like I am, make sure to grab them before they are gone for good. Plus, The Breast Cancer Pink Desk Needle Threader and Pink Clover Wonder Clips are 20% OFF all October long at our shop!