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! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sisters Forever by It's Sew Emma

To celebrate the "coolest" movie ever to hit the big screen, we're so excited to present our Sisters Forever Quilt Kit and pattern by It's Sew Emma! This adorable panel quilt features the dynamic duo,  Elsa and Anna of Disney's Frozen. The quilt finishes at 60.5" x 72.5", and it's a great addition to any little girl's room!

Want just the pattern? We have them available in paper and PDF format! 

And if your little ones prefer a certain snowman who loves warm hugs? Don't worry, he's on his way! 

Our Sisters Forever quilt kits are flying out the door, so make sure to pre-order your Happy Snowman quilt kit and backing set today!

Coffee Koozie Tutorial with Fat Quarter Shop

Coffee addicts and tea lovers, rejoice! We have an easy DIY Coffee Koozie tutorial for you today. This project is so easy and fun to make! Plus, it adds extra pizzazz to your coffee or tea tumblers. 
This tutorial requires a mini charm pack, thread (Aurifil of course!), a hairband, and a button to make. Kimberly chose to use the Elementary collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. 

We also created koozies from other collections!
Coffee Koozies in the Into The Woods Collection.

Coffee Koozies in Miss Kate and Figures collections.

Don't know which mini charm pack to choose? Well, it's your lucky day! Our mini charm packs are 20% OFF all week long, until August 31st. 2014, at 11:59 PM CST! 
Are you ready to begin your project? Download our FREE Coffee Koozie pattern, pick up your favorite mini charm pack, and watch our video tutorial with Kimberly. 

We have a few coffee and tea lovers joining us today, and they are so excited to show you their Coffee Koozie! Head on over to their blogs to see their creations. 

We're also giving away five Elementary by Sweetwater mini charm packs to five lucky winners! To enter, all you need to do is comment and tell us what projects you like to make with mini charm packs! Don't forget to let us know what you think of the video and project! Be sure to share your creations on our Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram! Happy crafting everyone!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meet our new author!

Happy Monday, everyone!  Jocelyn here, and I get to bring you some wonderful news!

We are so, so, so incredibly pleased to be introducing you to our newest author, Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs, and her upcoming book.  (YES, I know -- we love her too!)  She has been a huge force in the quilting industry for years, and we are beyond blessed to be able to work with her on her new creation.

Why we are so happy to work with her is a no-brainer.  All of her quilts are gorgeous, amazing, stunning, and fresh.  She is charming, intelligent, passionate and a consummate professional.  All of these lovely things have been funneled into her upcoming book with It's Sew Emma, Quilted Living!

Quilted Living

Quilted Living is a mixture of projects that sighs "summertime".  Whenever I hear "summertime", I go straight to Ella Fitzgerald's song... "Summertime, and the living is easy..."  This book creates that awesome, bright, comfortable, casual feeling of the season.
Grab a frosty glass of lemonade and enjoy Quilted Living!

More than just quilts, you'll find tablerunners and cushions, all of which are based on simple blocks anyone can master.  They also feature her next fabric collection, Summer Cottage from Red Rooster Fabrics, and with it she blends in a fun, full-color palette with a classic red, white and blue trio, to include our patriotic summer holidays.

A close-up view of Tumbler and Streamers.
Even MORE than that, Gerri has designed her Americana projects to meld together to create an entirely new sampler quilt.  It is such a neat concept you'll have to see for yourself!

Quilted Living is available for pre-sale at 20% off now, so reserve your copy right away!  Gerri has so many amazing things to share, and this book is chock full of them.

Okay okay -- I know you're desperate for sneak peeks. I have a whole lot of them just ahead from our photoshoot in Austin last week, so get comfy, enjoy, and reserve your copy of Quilted Living today!

Just a few of our summertime beauties

Quilts and a picnic - what could be better?

Bursting Star box cushions, great for tushies while enjoying a parade.

Or create your own patriotic parade with this grouping!

If my happy place were a location, this would be it.

Pretty sunshine and Kimberly's feet to boot.

Chevrons and stars, oh my!

A simple centerpiece for the home of the brave.

Gerri Robinson enjoying the view!

See how these Americana quilts flow together!

Getting the drape just right.

The heat we'll bear for a few pretty pictures!

Ahh... quilts DO grow on trees!

A lovely bouquet of wildflowers accents the X-Ceptional quilt.

Another view of the X-Ceptional quilt.

The Streamers quilt is so simple but matchless.