Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10 Blog Tour

Hello everyone! We're delighted to be a part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10 Edition! This issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks marks the 10th volume of the popular block magazine and that means they have published 1000 original block designs, how amazing is that? 

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Quiltmaker also compiled a video of all of their designers. We had a chance to record the video at the Fall International Quilt Market in Houston last month. 

Ready to see our blocks? Let's start with Kimberly's Starberry block! She gave a traditional star block a modern twist and used the whimsical prints from the April Showers collection by Bonnie & Camille

Next, is Jocelyn's Parasol block. For her design, she was inspired by the structure of umbrellas and added a touch of glamour using the Glitz collection by Michael Miller Fabrics. 

Sarah's Well-Suited Block is a throwback to her childhood in the 90's. She was inspired by the "power" ties that her dad loved to wear! She felt that the Botanics collection worked perfectly with her design as well! 

Want to learn how to make our blocks and 97 more? We are giving away three copies of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 10 to three lucky winners! To enter our giveaway, all you need to do is to comment on our blog post and let us know which block would you like to make from the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 10. Don't forget to visit the Quiltmaker website for giveaways and more blocks from other designers as well. Have an amazing day and happy quilting. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Modern Applique Illusions Blog Tour

Hi everyone! We're so happy to be participating in Casey York's blog tour for her newest book, Modern Applique Illusions. This book is based on perspective and illusions. The projects in this book explore the potential for using minimal shapes, colors, and compositions to create the illusion of space. 
Casey at Fall 2014 International Quilt Market
We've asked Casey a few questions about her inspiration, love of quilts, and favorites from the book! Read on to learn more. 

What inspired you to create the Modern Appliqué Illusions Book? 
Casey: I love appliqué, but it's only just the beginning to catch on among (self-identified) modern quilters. I thought this presented a great opportunity to create a book (there have been several wonderful modern applique books released, so it seems like the time was right!). It was actually the publisher and acquisitions editor at Stash Books who suggested that I focus my book proposal around quilts that create the illusion of depth and three dimensionality. They had seen my Onwards Quilt, and wondered if I could create a whole book's worth of projects based on the same principles. I'm really glad they did, because it was tremendously fun designing and making the projects in the book!

Casey's Onwards Quilt 

How long have been you been quilting and sewing? 
Casey: I've been sewing since I was a child, and I sewed a lot during high school, but I mainly made garments back then. I made my first quilt about nine years ago, when my first son was born, and I was hooked. Now it's uncommon for me not to have several projects going at once, although I don't think I'm alone in that! 
Grand Canal quilt

Which is your favorite project in the book?
Casey: It's difficult to choose a favorite, but I really love the Ripples quilt, which gives the effect of koi floating underwater. it's a very simple quilt to put together and also fairly minimalist, which I love, yet the shadows give it a great amount of impact. I also love how the applique and the quilting work together to create the illusion of floating fish. 

Here are also a few of our favorites from the book.
Upward quilt
Still Life quilt
Casey is generous enough to give away a hard copy of Modern Appliqué Illusions to one lucky winner! Enter the giveaway through our rafflecopter below and the winner will be announced November 26th, 2014. Good luck and have an amazing day! 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vintage Vibe Blog Tour

Happy Tuesday quilty friends! We're so excited to be a part of the Vintage Vibe Blog Tour with Amber Johnson of A Little Bit Biased. Vintage Vibe has 14 original quilt projects that marry modern, fresh designs with vintage undertones. 

For this blog tour, we had the opportunity to select one of the many beautiful quilts in this book to talk about and we fell in love with the quilt (coincidentally) named "Vintage Vibe." Vintage Vibe was inspired by a Tiffany blue metal chair with square cut outs that Amber spotted in one of her catalogs and she knew that it would make a great quilt design. Amber has always loved the vintage feel of quilts that use just two solid colors. The simplicity and modern take on this design is what makes this quilt such a beauty. Who says solids can't be exciting? 

Here's a sneak peek at other projects from the book. 
Images courtesy of Martingale, photography by: Brent Kane
Amber was sweet enough to give away an e-copy of Vintage Vibe to one lucky winner! To enter this giveaway, let us know what you love about vintage quilts in the comments section. The winner will be announced on November 25th, 2014 and contacted via email. Don't forget to follow along on the Vintage Vibe Blog tour, here is the schedule:

November 6th, 2014 - Amber of A Little Bit Biased
November 11th, 2014 - April of Prairie Grass Patterns
November 13th, 2014 - Jessie of Messy Jesse
November 18th, 2014 - Fat Quarter Shop (Hey, that's us!)
November 20th, 2014 - Corey of Little Miss Shabby
November 25th, 2014 - Sherri of A Quilting Life
December 2nd, 2014 - Jodi of Pleasant Home
December 4th, 2014 - Melissa of Happy Quilting
December 9th, 2014 - Pam of Pam Kitty Morning
December 11th, 2014 - Heather of Quilt Story
December 16th, 2014 - Andy of A Bright Corner
December 18th, 2014 - Amy of Diary of A Quilter
December 23rd, 2014 - Melissa of Polka Dot Chair
December 30th, 2014 - Lori of Bee in My Bonnet

Thank you so much for joining us for some Jolly Jabber fun and be sure to pick up your own copy of Vintage Vibe to start your exploration of vintage inspired quilts. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Snapshot of Saturday...

This weekend, we had the ultimate pleasure of hosting and filming with two wonderful ladies.

Bonnie and Camille dropped by for a full, packed day of the Snapshots Quilt-Along! We filmed bits and pieces of the quilt-along-for-a-cause series we will unveil very soon on our YouTube channel. We used their upcoming fabric collection, Daysail, to make our Snapshots Quilt. so naturally we had to invite them to come visit us! 

Here's a peek at what went down that day...
We rented a small house in Austin and turned the living room into our filming set. 
The shelves were colorfully decorated with Bonnie and Camille's beautiful quilts. 
We also shared some stories and memories for Snapshots. 
Lots of mom and daughter selfies were taken during breaks! 
Bonnie and Camille snuggled under the Snapshots quilt for a quick photo. 
Of course we filmed. We filmed so much. It's hard not to when everyone's so photogenic.
A lot hot chocolate were consumed that day. 
We also shared lots of stories and laughs. They'll be in the videos, so you'll just have to wait and see! Thanks to Bonnie and Camille for being such good sports and for helping us raise awareness and support for St. Jude Children’s ResearchHospital. We’ll have the first video explaining the whole quilt-along ready very soon!  In the meantime, visit our Snapshots page for all the info and kit information!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Candy Dish Table Runner by Edyta of Laundry basket Quilts

Calling all Edyta fans! Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts created an exclusive project for Fat Quarter Shop called the Candy Dish Table Runner Quilt

This quilt finishes at 14" x 28" and features Silhouettes for easy, raw edge applique. It doesn't sound like those words should go together, but try it! Learn more about this beautiful quilt and how you can make your own in our video with Kimberly and Edyta. 

We kitted it all up for you in our Candy Dish Table Runner quilt kit which includes the Candy Dish Pattern, silhouettes, her Heart's Content fabric for binding and backing to get you started. Then you can embellish your table runner the way that Edyta did with her Dancing in the Rain Silhouettes. Let us know if you are a raw-edge applique fan or if you'll try it for the first time! Thanks for tuning in to the Jolly Jabber, happy quilting! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Priory Square by Katy Jones

Good day everyone! We've got one of our favorite British bloggers, Katy Jones of I'm A Ginger Monkey, today on the Jolly Jabber. After years of quilting and blogging, she's finally debuting her first fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics. Read on to learn about her first fabric collection, Priory Square

Q: Tell us about the Priory Square Collection. What were you inspired by?
A: My inspiration came from a classic English Country Garden. I grew up with keen gardeners as parents and spent a lot of my childhood with my even more keen gardening grandparents. I was a nature nerd - obsessed with birds, flowers, and plants. I wanted my fabrics to remind me of my childhood and to be a more true representation of England than most 'English' inspired collections. Usually they have red buses and scenes of London but that's as relevant to me as the Empire State Building is to a Texan! Kind of familiar but not where my English heart lives! We all have a universal love of flowers too, whether you live in the UK or US and having something that didn't alienate others because they just weren't familiar with elements of my line was important. 

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?

A: I started with a color palette, which was taken from a bunch of flowers. Sunday clippings was the main print, and that was where I started because I felt that it was much easier to begin with the focal print and then put in other elements around that. I don't draw so I trawled through catalogs, books, and images of flowers and gardens to find the perfect floral elements. I then created a collage on paper, and this was transferred to illustrator and manipulated until I was happy with the layout and colors. 

From there, the other prints were created around this central print. Because I'm a quilter, it was important to have prints that played well together but also on their own. I like eclectic mixes so I also wanted the collection to have that feel too. I did a lot of printing onto paper and making mock up quilt blocks to see how the prints behaved together. I found that was the best way for me to get a feel of how things would work when they were fabric. A few designs were scrapped because they weren't quite right and in others, the colors were changed. 

Q: We know that you love quilting and sewing, but what is the best part about being a fabric designer?
A: The selvage! Hands down the best part! It's a weird feeling knowing you are sewing from fabric that came from your own head. I don't think that can be beat!

Q: Do you have a favorite print from the Priory Square collection?
A: Sunday Clippings is my favorite print partly because it was the first print and where the rest of the collection evolved from, but also because it's a big bold floral and I am a sucker for big bold florals!

Q: What's next for Katy Jones?
A: My regular job as editor of Quilt Now Magazine keeps me crazy busy and I love it. So there'll be more of that, and I'm hoping that at some point in 2015, I can convince my bosses that we need to get international distribution for the magazine. I'll be at Quilt Con teaching in February and at Glamp Stitchalot in November also teaching. Maybe there'll be more fabric eventually, but that's not something I'm thinking about right now - I need to get my first Quilt Market booth ready before I can think about all that. 

SURPRISE! We're giving away a Priory Square Fat Quarter bundle in honor of Katy's new collection. Just enter through Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. This contest ends on November 19th, 2014 and the winner will be announced on November 20th, 2014 Good luck everyone!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Now You Can Pre-Order at Fat Quarter Shop!

Hi everyone! At Fat Quarter Shop, we're always coming up with great new things for you! We are now offering you the ability to pre-order many of our popular coming soon products! This includes fat quarter bundles, kits, jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs and more.

Why should you pre-order? That's simple. 
There's nothing like being the first to get something shiny and new! When you pre-order, you will be sent that item before anyone else. What a perfect way to make your friends jealous! 

When your pre-ordered items arrive at our place, they go straight into a box with your name on it. We will ship it immediately and it will be in your hands within a few days if you are a U.S. customer! 

When you pre-order, you receive a discount on most items! Typically the discount will be 10% off but sometimes more. Some pre-order items will not offer a discount. This is an easy way to save on the items you want the most.

To pre-order, you will need to pay a reservation fee, normally $1.98 or less, to stake your claim to the product - think of it as a mini down payment. Then when your items ship, we will charge your credit card the remaining balance. 

No more continually checking back for weeks or months to see if the fabrics you're excited about are available for purchase. Once you pre-order, you know you'll get your fabrics and we'll take care of the rest. There is no waiting, forgetting or feeling like you might have missed out. 

So that sums it up - no waiting, no headaches and plenty of savings! 

Check out the products we currently have available for pre-order on our Pre-order Products page. These items are are also part of our Coming Soon page.