Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quilting and Sewing Questions with Kimberly!

Calling all quilters! Do you have any quilting questions that you're dying to know the answers to? If so, Kimberly is here to help! Leave us a comment about your questions on quilting. Whether it's how to bind a quilt or how to choose fabrics, we'd love to help you!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrate National Sewing and Quilting Month with Fat Quarter Shop!

Hi everyone! It's September, and you know what that means? It's National Sewing and Quilting Month! We're celebrating all things sewing and quilting at Fat Quarter Shop, and we have tons of projects and fun up our sleeves this month, like Q&A with Kimberly, new product launches, and an FQS Staff Sewing Challenge!

Since we want to express our love for the craft, we created this FREE Color My Heart Quilt Pattern for you! It uses just a handful of charm squares and makes a HUGE block - 27" finished! Encourage some friends to celebrate with you as we all take on some new challenges. Our Color My Heart Pattern is a perfect place for beginnings to start! (Don't forget to use #colormyheart on social media when you create this quilt!)
We also challenged your favorite bloggers to try a new sewing and quilting project that they've never done before all month long!

Sherri of A Quilting Life

Charise of Charise Creates

Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters

Melissa of Happy Quilting

Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks

Jana of Jana Machado

Lynne of Lily's Quilts

Maureen of Made by Marzipan

Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs

Melanie of I Heart Stitching

Kaye of Miss Print

Natalia of Piece N' Quilt

Denise of Pieced Brain

Stephanie of Quarter Incher

Jane of Quilt Jane

Heather and Megan of Quilt Story

Cheryl of Quilter Chic

Michele of Quilting Gallery

Allison of Quilting Mumma

Liz of Sew4Home

Sara of Sew Sweetness

Leanne of She Can Quilt

Erin of Why Not Sew?

So we want to challenge YOU to try a new project new with us! Share your projects on our Facebook, Google +, and Instagram using #fqschallenge ! Thank you so much for joining us and happy quilting! 

Wishes Quilt Along: Dove in the Window Block

Welcome back to the Wishes Quilt Along! This program benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Today, we are debuting our ninth block, Dove in the Window! The design is said to have derived its name from the days when everyone had barns with dovecotes, where birds rest beak to beak.

We're getting closer and closer to the finish line. We've raised 75% of our $10,000 goal so far, and we know we can push it all the way to 100% with your help. We and Moda Fabrics will be matching up to $10,000 of your contributions, for a grand total of $20,000! Your donations help kids with life-threatening illnesses have  their wishes granted!

Are you ready to quilt along with us to make a difference to the  kids of Make-A-Wish? 
Start by downloading the FREE Dove in the Window

Once you have the pattern downloaded and your fabric cut, watch this video tutorial for a closer look at piecing the Dove in the Window block.

After piecing this block, please head to our Wishes Quilt Along Make-A-Wish Donation Page to contribute to our cause. We are almost to our goal, and every donation counts. Help us change the world one wish at a time!

Post your photos and see what everyone else is sewing on the Wishes Quilt Along Flickr Group or on our Wishes Quilt Along Facebook Group. Tune in next month for our tenth block, Idaho Beauty! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Four Round Up!

Welcome to the Fat Quarter Style Book Tour Week Four Round Up! We're at the end of our tour, and if you have not been following the blog tour, don't worry! We'll show you all of the amazing quilts at the end. In this week's round up, we have Erin of Why Not Sew?, Kristyne of Pretty By Hand, and Amy of Diary of a Quilter joining us!

First up is Erin of Why Not Sew? , and she created a lap size version of our Lattice quilt with Lori Holt's Vintage Happy collection! Check out her adorable pieced backing as well!

Next, we have Kristyne of Pretty By Hand. She recreated the Plume quilt block using a linen taupe fabric from her stash. She thought it would be fun to do a reverse-value block, so she made her "plume" darker than her prints rather than lighter, and it looks absolutely adorable!

To end our tour, we have Amy of Diary of A Quilter, and she created our Blossom quilt block using Cotton + Steel fabrics and some Kona Solids in Ash as her background. We love her use of prints! 

If you've missed on our previous Fat Quarter Style bloggers, here's a quick recap:

Paula of The Sassy Quilter 

 Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation 

Caroline of Sew Can She

Jana of Jana Machado

Lee of Freshly Pieced 

Holly of Bijou Lovely

Ashley of Film in The Fridge 

Erin of Why Not Sew?

Kristyne of Pretty By Hand 

We would like to thank all of our amazing bloggers for joining us on our Fat Quarter Style Book Tour! Let us know which block is your favorite in the comments below for a chance to win your very own Fat Quarter Style book! The winner will be announced on September 6th! Good luck and happy quilting. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille

Hello everyone! We have some very special guests today on the Jolly Jabber! Bonnie of Cotton Way and Camille of Thimble Blossoms are here to chat about their new Miss Kate collection for Moda Fabrics. This is the sister collection for one of our all time favorites, Ruby. Read on to learn more about their inspirations.

Q: Tell us a little about the Miss Kate collection. What were you inspired by?
A: First of all, thank you so much for having us! We are so excited to tell you a bit more about Miss Kate today, and even more excited that it is finally available. Hooray! When we designed Miss Kate, we started with a name. We knew we wanted to name it after Kate, my grandma Ruby’s little sister, and make it a sister collection to our Ruby line. They play so nicely together, but Kate has a bit more orange mixed in and some navy (our favorite right now!) in there too. We had so much fun creatingquilts and allkinds of projects with Miss Kate, and still have a few more things in the works… we’ll show you soon!

Q: What are your favorite projects you've made from Miss Kate?
A: Favorite? Hmmm… Well, I (Camille) would have to pick Red Letter Day, since I love the way it turned out in Miss Kate and it holds a special place in my heart. I took it with me to Australia to teach classes there in June, and saw so many beautiful blocks and met so many wonderful people. (Hello Aussies!) I also made a mini version of Red Letter Day, so it would probably be a tie between the two. (What it is about minis? I’m hooked!)

Although she has a soft spot for the Miss Kate Flannels, which makes it a tough call, Bonnie’s favorite project is her Kate’s Big Day quilt. She’s had a double wedding ring quilt on her quilting bucket list for too long, and figured out a really simple and fun block construction method that still has a classic feel. Oh! We’ll be hosting a sew along with the hashtag #katesbigdayalong on Instagram soon (we are @bonniecottonway and @thimbleblossoms), so come join us! 

Q: How would you describe your style?

A: With our fabric collections, our style is what we would call “vintage modern”. We love to mix some of our favorite vintage prints in with some more modern and updated prints, and then rework and color the vintage ones to have a fresh and modern feel.  There is just something so sweet and charming about vintage, isn't there? 
Rise and Shine mini quilt
Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Miss Kate?

A: We are never very good at answering this question, because we love seeing anything and everything made from our fabrics. Big quilts, mini quilts, baby quilts, sewing bags, tiny clothes, patchwork pillows, what did I miss? ;-) Really, everything! This truly is the best part for us, seeing what everyone else makes from our fabric collections. We love seeing what you are creating on Instagram , blogs, and Facebook. Thank you for sharing them with us! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Me and My Sister Designs' NEW Quilt Patterns!

Happy Thursday everyone! We have Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs on the Jolly Jabber to show you their newest quilt patterns. Let's start with their Text Me pattern featuring their upcoming LOL collection. This is a 14" large block quilt that is so simple and fun to make! Check out this video for a quick tutorial!

Next, Barb and Mary show you how to make a flower pot quilt block from their Poison Ivy pattern. This block does not require any templates! Just rotary cutting and some math!

Our last pattern is a FREE pattern that Barb and Mary created for their Weeds collection. This is a great project for a beginning quilter and it uses a layer cake precut. 

Let us know which pattern you're most excited to try in the comments! Thanks for joining us everyone!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New LOW Shipping Rates at Fat Quarter Shop

Hello everyone! Today, we are announcing some VERY exciting news! We've made some big changes here at Fat Quarter Shop to our shipping rates, and quilters around the world can now shop happier! As of today, we have reduced our shipping rates and free shipping levels.

Orders below $80 will be $4.95 
Orders below $10 can ship for $1.95

Orders below $100 will be $20
Orders $100 to $200 will be $40
Orders below $20 can ship for $9

Orders below $100 will be $24
Orders over $100 will be $40
Orders below $20 can ship for $12

We still offer the UPS express options for those of you who need things super pronto. And as always, orders will be shipped as fast as we can which typically means the same day.

Please see our updated Shipping Information page for all the juicy details and happy shopping!