Friday, March 27, 2015

Charm Box: Free Quilt Pattern with Fat Quarter Shop

Happy Friday quilters! We're introducing a new Shortcut Quilt today that's full of charm, called Charm Box. This charming quilt uses two charm packs and some yardage, so it's a great stash buster.

Kimberly created her Charm Box quilt with the Aloha Girl Charm Packs by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics and the Aloha Girl Coconut Solid for her sashing.  

The FQS team also sewed up their own versions of the Charm Box in different Moda Fabric collections. Which one is your favorite? 
Charm Box Quilt in the Reel Time collection by Zen Chic
Charm box quilt in the Feed Company collection by Sweetwater
Charm Box quilt in the Paradiso collection by Kate Spain
Now it's time to start sewing! Pick up your favorite charm packs and download the Charm Box pattern, and watch Kimberly's video tutorial to get started on your quilt.

Oh, and did we mention our Mini Charm Box quilt? This mini version is made from mini charm packs! You can find the mini version here, after the charm pack version. 

We've also teamed up with a bunch of your favorite bloggers and designers, so be sure to check out their Charm Box creations on their blog. 
Sherri of A Quilting Life
Natalia of Piece N' Quilt
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
John of Quilt Dad
Lydia of Telafante
Heather of Quilt Story
Leanne of She Can Quilt
Afton of Quilting Mod
Thearica of Pigtales and Quilts
Jane of Quilt Jane

Thank you so much for joining us and tune in for our next Shortcut Quilt video on the Jolly Jabber. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Moda Aurifil Thread Sets

Have you heard about the Moda Aurifil Thread Sets? These adorable thread sets are selected to perfectly match a few wonderful fabric collections from Moda Fabrics. They come with a coordinating mini charm and an exclusive mini pattern, so you can focus on using these lovely threads! 

Our quilty staff decided to take the thread sets for a test drive, and look at all of the beautiful quilts and projects they've made. First is the Mistletoe Lane Thread Set which includes not only 6 mini Aurifil 50 wt. spools, but also one 12 wt Aurifil spool (which is perfect for applique and hand quilting). 

The Color Theory Thread Set includes this adorable mini star pattern.
Check out the colorful quilting on this mini quilt! 

Pat Sloan's Sweet Life Thread Set includes a Dresden quilt pattern, which is so simple to make! 

We're loving Figtree's Somerset Thread Set with it's mini spools quilt! 

If you love Bonnie & Camille, then you'll love the Daysail Thread Set which includes this pinwheel pattern. Our resident quilter, Gina, quilted her mini project using all of the Aurifil threads in the set. 

It's absolutely gorgeous! 

Our crafty staff, Kat decided to create her own project using the Heart's Content Thread Set. Instead of making the mini quilt, she sewed up an adorable bear and appliqued Edyta's heart on the side. How cute is Mr. Bear? 
We hope that our handiwork inspires you to try out a little mini thread set box! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEW Modern Fat Quarter Club at Fat Quarter Shop

Quilters will love our new and EXCLUSIVE Modern Fat Quarter Club

So how does the Modern Fat Quarter Club work? well, like our other FQ clubs, we hand select 12 stylish fat quarters from your favorite contemporary designers. Our first featured collection is Morning Walk by Leah Duncan (an Austin native, yay!) for Art Gallery Fabrics. Her beautiful collection was inspired by her morning walks with her dog around her Austin neighborhood.
If you're wondering what projects to make with your modern FQ bundles, we suggest checking out our Simply Fat Quarters and Fat Quarter Style books for some fat quarter friendly projects that we know you'll LOVE! 

We're planning on making the Lattice quilt with our first Modern bundle!

Our Modern Club is ongoing, so here's a peek at what's coming next...

Ready to receive beautiful bundles at your doorstep every month. SIGN UP for the Modern Fat Quarter Club today! Don't forget to check out our other clubs as well. Have an amazing day! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Charm Pack Cherry-versary!

Hi everyone! We're celebrating the one year anniversary to one of our most popular Shortcut Quilt series, Charm Pack Cherry

Our Charm Pack Cherry pattern uses four charm packs, two prints and two solids. 
For our anniversary quilt, we chose to create our quilt with the Paradiso collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. (P.S.: We have the Quilt Kits and backing sets available at our shop too!)

If you want to learn how YOU can make your own Charm Pack Cherry Quilt, download the pattern and watch Kimberly's video tutorial and get some tips on how to piece and press your quilt top. 

If you want to make Charm Pack cherry in a larger size, here is the cutting guide:

CRIB - 39" x 40.5" (three rows, three blocks in each row)
2 print CPs or 45 squares
2 solid CPs or 45 squares
1/2 yard binding
2 3/4 yards backing

Following the instructions in the pattern, make five Print Nine-Patch Blocks and five Solid Nine-Patch Blocks. Using these, make six Block Ones and three Block Twos.
Assemble three Block Ones into a Block One Row, and make two Block One Rows.
Assemble three Block Twos into a Block Two Row, and make one Block Two Row.
Assemble the rows as shown in the pattern, alternating the rows.

TWIN - 65" x 81" (six rows, five blocks in each row)
4 print CPs or 135 squares
4 solid CPs or 135 squares
3/4 yard binding
5 1/8 yards backing

Following the instructions in the pattern, make 15 Print Nine-Patch Blocks and 15 Solid Nine-Patch Blocks. Using these, make 15 Block Ones and 15 Block Twos.
Assemble five Block Ones into a Block One Row, and make three Block One Rows.
Assemble five Block Twos into a Block Two Row, and make three Block Two Rows.
Assemble the rows as shown in the pattern, alternating the rows.

QUEEN - 91"  x 94.5" (7 rows, 7 blocks in each row)
6 print CPs or 225 squares
6 solid CPs or 225 squares
7/8 yard binding
8 1/2 yards backing

Following the instructions in the pattern, make 25 Print Nine-Patch Blocks and 25 Solid Nine-Patch Blocks. Using these, make 28 Block Ones and 21 Block Twos.
Assemble seven Block Ones into a Block One Row, and make four Block One Rows.
Assemble seven Block Twos into a Block Two Row, and make three Block Two Rows.
Assemble the rows as shown in the pattern, alternating the rows.

KING - 104" x 108" (8 rows, 8 blocks in each row)
7 print CPs or 288 squares
7 solid CPs or 288 squares
1 yard binding
9 1/2 yards backing

Following the instructions in the pattern, make 32 Print Nine-Patch Blocks and 32 Solid Nine-Patch Blocks. Using these, make 32 Block Ones and 32 Block Twos.
Assemble eight Block Ones into a Block One Row, and make four Block One Rows.
Assemble eight Block Twos into a Block Two Row, and make four Block Two Rows.

Assemble the rows as shown in the pattern, alternating the rows.

Thank you so much for joining us on the Jolly Jabber! Don't forget to share your Shortcut Quilts with us on our Flickr page, Facebook, and Instagram!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy National Quilting Day!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Designer Tidbits: Kate Spain (Paradiso GIVEAWAY)

Hello Fat Quarter Shoppers! It's Kate Spain here on the Jolly Jabber and I'm so thankful to Kimberly and FQS for inviting me here today to share about Paradiso, my newest fabric collection for Moda Fabrics! 

Q: Tell us about the Paradiso collection. What were you inspired by?
Kate: As it usually happens with my design process, when I finish one collection, I'm left with more ideas swirling around and unresolved so they carry me forward into the next collection. My previous collection, Horizon, was inspired by the colors of sea glass, and I guess it was that combination of dreaming of warm shores and escaping the cold winter that very naturally drew me into a tropical palette and floral Paradiso. The corals, aquas, blues and charcoal grays will blend perfectly with any leftovers from Horizon to create a bright beautiful range of harmonious, happy colors. If anyone has the kind of winter we've been having, Paradiso couldn't arrive at a better time! 

Q: Which print is your favorite?
Kate: My favorite prints are usually the ones where I feel like I'm trying something a little different and bringing something new to my style that stretches and pushes me forward as a designer. It's probably because of this that I can never pick which prints will be the most popular in a collection! I get attached to certain prints for various reasons so can I cheat and pick three? I love the energy of Rhapsody. This came from a painting I did in my sketchbook.

I really like the texture of this one called Tradewinds from random elements I pulled together from my sketchbook. And I didn't realize it until I actually made a quilt, but I love the optical motion that Veranda adds to a finished quilt. 

Q: What is your favorite project you made with Paradiso?
Kate: Can I have a few favorites for this too? For Fall Quilt Market, the Moda Schoolhouse included a "pajama party" theme, so to play along, we were asked to make pajama bottoms. I have to admit, it seemed a bit daunting having never sewn anything that fit well before (oh! I've tried). But I turned to the internet for some how-to tutorials and was able to make a pair of drawstring PJs that I wear all the time. I incorporated elements from here and there and improvised a lot!
I'm also really excited to be offering new quilt patterns in our shop!

Here's Shangri-La that I pieced and quilted for my booth at Quilt Market. 

And here's Tradewinds that was pieced by Sherri McConnell, quilted by Val Krueger and is on our bed right now - along with my fave Denyse Schmidt pillows! As you can see, this quilt happens to be someone else's favorite too! 

Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Kate: Paws down, I'd want to be a cat so I could lounge on the ironing board, like Franny, instead of actually using it.

Stretch and sleep, like Lou, as much as possible

Or squeeze myself into an empty box, like Roscoe for a nap,
For a gazillion more pictures of these three (well, and some other photos too), come and visit me on instagram @katespain. Hope to meet you there!

SURPRISE! Franny, Lou, and Roscoe (along with Kate) are giving away a Paradiso Fat Eighth bundle and a Paradiso PDF pattern of your choice! To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is enter through Rafflecopter below. 
Thank you so much for reading along! We can't wait to see what projects are made with Paradiso, and please don't forget to share so we can highlight your beautiful work! 
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lisa Bongean visits Fat Quarter Shop!

Guess who stopped by the FQS Studio last week? One of our quilty friends, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings! We had so much fun filming new video tutorials for you that we can't wait to show you some sneak peeks. Here's what's coming to our Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel (if you have not subscribed, you definitely should!).

On her last day, we managed to squeeze in a quick photoshoot with the 2015 Designer Mystery Quilt that we collaborated on! Lisa is a beautiful spirit, inside and out! She had us laughing the whole time, and we learned so much from her. 

Love what you see? Then sign up for the 2015 Designer Mystery Block of the Month today! The program runs from June 2015 to May 2016, and we do expect to run out of spots before it starts, so hurry!