Monday, December 31, 2007

Denise Sheehan's Jelly Roll Jive

We are back from our holiday hiatus! We hope you are all enjoying your holidays to the fullest with friends, family, and other loved ones, and Happy New Year! Today we have Denise Sheehan from A Graceful Stitch joining our blog and talking about her great new pattern, "Jelly Roll Jive."

About Jelly Roll Jive
I was so excited to hear Fat Quarter Shop was going to kit Jelly Roll Jive (the Indigo Girl Quilt Kit). It is such a fun pattern and I love to see the results from all the different Jelly Rolls quilters use. I taught a Jelly Roll Jive class and it was amazing and inspiring to see the variety of Jelly Rolls my students used. We had a dog themed Jive, a batik, a 30’s, a Christmas and a Halloween to name a few. The possibilities are endless.

When I first set out to design this quilt, I used all of the strips from one Jelly Roll. It was way too busy, so I decided to use the same background for all of the stars. I took the next Jelly Roll on a weekend retreat and dove right in to the piecing even though I had left my block diagram at home. It was so easy to put together since most of the cutting with a jelly roll is already done for you. I put the whole top together and didn’t realize until I got home that it was not what I had intended. I had accidentally created a new layout.

Hence, Jelly Roll Jive is two quilts in one pattern. I made the second quilt according to my original plan. It is a great block and you end up with “stars” or “pinwheels” depending on which way you put it together. Mistakes are not all bad! I love the little pinwheels in the borders – I didn’t want to throw away the extra triangles, so I pieced the border pinwheels while I was assembling the main quilt blocks.

Quilters Are The Best
I was reading PAMKITTYMORNING and she talked about a magazine article she was reading about Quilt and Be Happy. I have thought a lot lately about how quilting and designing make me very happy and how quilters are the best. I am so blessed to have a community of wonderful quilting friends. My 16 year old daughter was recently hospitalized for three weeks right before Quilt Market (she’s back to being a normal teenager now!)

Although Verna and Joanna were up to their eyeballs in their own preparations, they took the time to help and advise two dear friends that were originally going to “assist” me at Market. Instead the “assistants” ended up planning, organizing, shipping and staffing A Graceful Stitch’s booth at Market. Meanwhile another group of wonderful friends completed an entire pieced and appliquéd bed sized quilt I had designed. The quilt had a deadline for McCalls Quick Quilts and they did a fabulous job. It will be in the May, 2008 issue which will hit newsstands in early March. Fat Quarter Shop has the fabric, A Beautiful Time, available here. As I said, Quilters are the best!

Here are two of our newest quilts that were in our booth at market.

Thank you for the opportunity to be a guest blogger!
Denise Sheehan

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Debbie's Recipe Box: Grasshopper Pie

This makes a wonderful dessert for the Holidays with its green color and minty taste! [Click on the card for a black-and-white version.]

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Debbie's Recipe Box: Refrigerator Fudge

This is a favorite at our house during the holiday season and makes wonderful gifts for friends. In fact, I just made it this past weekend! [Click on the card for a black-and-white version.]

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Last Santa's Secret Elves Special!

Quilt Pink & Wildrose!

30-50% off all Quilt Pink:
Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Jelly Roll Tins, Bundles

30-50% off all Wildrose:
Kits, Bundles (print & plaid), Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs

While supplies last!

Offer expires on Sunday, December 23, 11:59 PM CST

P.S. Happy Holidays to all!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Eighth Santa's Secret Elves Special!

Sweet Baby Jane!

50% off Sweet Baby Jane Jelly Rolls

30% off
the Sweet Baby Jane Quilt Kit & Giggles Quilt Kit

30% off
bundles and charm packs

20% off
Sweet Baby Jane yardage

While supplies last!

Offer expires on Thursday, December 20, 11:59 PM CST

P.S. Only one more special left for the Holiday Season! Check back on Friday to see what the Elves have in store for you next!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Elizabeth Scott for Late Bloomer Quilts

Today we have Elizabeth Scott of Late Bloomer Quilts writing for us. She talks about her patterns, her family, and her inspirations!

I’m so glad to have the opportunity to guest write for the Fat Quarter Shop blog! I can’t think of a better way for quilters to be able to get to know each other than through their computers.

Late Bloomer Quilts is located in the dining room, living room and laundry room of my Northern California home. When I’m sitting at my sewing machine or my laptop, I can see my front door, which is handy so I can keep track of the comings and goings of a scary number of teenage males—some live here, some just seem to live here. And if that’s not enough chaos, throw in 2 dogs, a 17 pound cat, and 4 guinea pigs. Oh, and a husband. I’ve got one of those, too!

Like many quilters, I find new fabric to be a major inspiration! My “R is for Rose” pattern came about when I saw this delicious border print by Paris Bebe Fabrics. Another couple of Paris Bebe fabrics were the inspiration behind “Vintage Christmas”.

It was great fun designing “Flight of Fancy”, my first Block of the Month. I had the opportunity to play with LakeHouse Dry Good’s “La Belle Rose” collection and when I saw the black floral I immediately thought of crows!

I fell in love with the upcoming LakeHouse line called “Cherry Baby”—and designed a very simple pieced quilt (and appliquéd picture) called “Baby at Home” that would show off those bright, pretty prints. Presley the cat has decided to claim that quilt as his own.

If you were to snoop around my work area, you might come across another inspiration...doesn’t everyone have cookies that coordinate with their fabrics?

Right now I’m busy working on new designs for spring…sneak peeks periodically show up on my blog,!

Elizabeth Scott
The Late Bloomer

The Head Elf checks in with the Big Guy

A.K.A. Emma has her first visit with Santa! Happy Holidays, all!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Vicki's New Bloomin Blog

Finally, Vicki (of Bloom Creek) has seen the light and started the Bloomin Blog! Click on over to see what's going on in her world. She even has a free pattern on her site that she designed for Marcus Brothers. It uses "Aunt Grace Ties One On" Crazy 8s. Look how bright and colorful it is!

New Thimble Blossom Patterns!

Our good friend Camille of Thimble Blossoms has debuted her newest batch of patterns that we are sure you'll love!

Hello again!

First off, a huge thank you to Kimberly and Fat Quarter Shop for asking me to write another post! I have become hooked on the Jolly Jabber, and am always so excited to be included in the fun. Thank you!

It has been one crazy month, and I am happy to say that my newest line of patterns is finally out! That means that sleepless nights and crazy days will at least be a little less frequent. (Hopefully!)

For those of you who missed my first post here at the Jolly Jabber, I will do a quick recap. I am first and foremost a mom of two sweet, crazy, energetic little boys. Oh, and did I mention they are 2 and 3? Needless to say, it is always a circus at the Roskelley house, and that's the way we like it. I started my company Thimble Blossoms in June and things have just... "blossomed!" 13 patterns later, I am enjoying myself more than ever. I love every part of it, the designing, sewing, photography and web design, BUT my absolute favorite thing about designing patterns is when my customers post or send me pictures of their projects when they are done! (hint, hint) I am always so proud!

A lot of people aren't surprised that I have joined the quilting industry, as my mom has been a part of it for 18 years with her company Cotton Way, but I certainly am! Who would have thought I really would fold patterns my whole life? But more importantly- who would have thought I could possibly enjoy it this much?

I hope you have as much fun with my new patterns as I had designing them. After all, what is better than wrapping up something beautiful, something you made with your own two hands? Oh, and be sure to send pictures!

Happy Stitching (and holidays),

The Seventh Santa's Secret Elves Special!

Moda Jelly Roll Tins!

30-50% off all Moda Jelly Roll Tins! Choose from Shangri-La by 3 Sisters, Madeira by Blackbird Designs, Quilt Pink II, Fresh Air by Chez Moi.

While supplies last!

Offer expires on Tuesday, December 18, 11:59 PM CST

P.S. New specials will be added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the Holiday Season! Only TWO specials left to go, so check back on Wednesday to see what the Elves next have in store for you!

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Sixth Santa's Secret Elves Special!

Serendipity Sunflowers, Autumn Journey, and Northcott Flower of the Month!

** Wednesday's Monkey'n Round Special has been extended! **
While supplies last!

Offer expires on Saturday, December 15, 11:59 PM CST

P.S. New specials will be added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the Holiday Season! Only three specials left! Check back on Monday to see what the Elves have in store for you next!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Fun, Fast Project!

These fun sewn fabric balls by Barefoot Roses designer Tanya Whelan of Grand Revival make a great last minute holiday gift.
They're a great way to use up fabric scraps, and the possibilities are endless! Toys, ornaments (just add a loop), and pincushions - and consider stuffing them with cotton batting or dried beans for a heavier ball.

You can find the pattern on the right sidebar of Tanya's blog under "Free Patterns," here.

Enjoy this fast, fun project. And a big thanks to Tanya, creative extraordinaire!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Fifth Santa's Secret Elves Special!

Monkey'n Round!

30% off Pink and Blue Monkey'n Round Quilt Kits
30% off all Cotton Bundles
30% off Cotton Charm Packs
50% off Jelly Rolls
50% off Jolly Patches
50% off all Flannel Bundles
50% off Plaid Bundles50% off Flannel Charm Packs
50% off Woven and Corduroy yardage

While supplies last!

Offer expires on Thursday, December 13, 11:59 PM CST

P.S. New specials will be added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the Holiday Season! Only four specials left! Check back on Monday to see what the Elves have in store for you next!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Gerri Robinson shares about "Anna"

Our good friend Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs has a fresh, new, colorful collection out called Anna! We love its sweetness, warmth, and fun. Gerri shares about designing it and ideas for projects using Anna.

Our "Anna"
I was thrilled and honored when asked by Kimberly if I would share with you my latest fabric collection, “Anna.”

“Anna” is happy, fun, playful, full of personality and possibilities. These could be descriptions to describe an Anna in your life, but our Anna is our newest fabric collection by Planted Seed Designs. “Anna” was designed as an extension of our first fabric collection “Garden Party.”

“Anna” is a 26 piece, sorbet-colored collection of stripes, plaid, checks and prints designed for quilts, clothing and home decor. It debuted at the International Quilt Market in Houston at the end of October and was received with great success. We were awarded 1st place in the double booth category!

Our Philosphy
My approach when I sit down to design a collection is “let the fabric do the work.” Let it play, have fun, and at the same time allow it to stand alone to be the focal point.

What's In the Works
“Simply Anna” and “Simply Delightful” are 2 patterns currently in the works and will be available soon. “Simply Anna” is made from 2 fabrics. Fabric 904-1 is used for the center panel and border of the quilt and Fabric 906-1 is used for the corner stones and binding. The floral swag gives the quilt the illusion of a scalloped border without all the work!

“Simply Delightful,” though a bit more involved than “Simply Anna,” is just as simple and delightful. Five fabrics, simple piecing and a stand out print (900-2) showcase its floral swag, offering movement to the quilt in the inner sashing and outer border. Doesn’t it look like “faux” appliqué?

Both designs are available in several color ways to mix and match for your home’s décor.

We’re currently working on an exclusive design, made from “Anna”, for the Fat Quarter Shop. Stay tuned, you won’t be disappointed!

I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts and ideas with you, and I hope you’ve found inspiration in the fabric, designs and pictures, to create your own little piece of “Anna”.

All my best,

Gerri Robinson
Planted Seed Designs