Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Patterns by Barbara Brandeburg

Prolific quilt book author and pattern designer Barbara Brandeburg has mixed a bit of old with new in her newest set of patterns, and we think they are Awesome (with a capital A!). I mean, just look at those owls!! You will love the fun, flighty new designs and the refreshed variations of her "back by popular demand" quilts. She tells us more about the thought behind these delightful designs today!

Hi there! I’m excited to be a guest blogger today for Jolly Jabber! I’ve been designing quilting and sewing patterns for fifteen years under the Cabbage Rose label. Many of you are familiar with the books I’ve published over the years. Two years ago I decided to come full circle and do patterns again. It has been very liberating and exciting to be right back where I started – designing projects in whatever direction my mood carries me. With book publishing, you usually have to stick to a theme for a grouping of projects, so this has been a fun format for me to return to. I live in Redding, California, with my husband. My daughter is finishing up college and my son is in Washington with his family. He is a Night Stalker in the US Army, involving helicopters and some pretty amazing stuff.

This new grouping of patterns was really fun to work on. There has been a lot of gloomy economic stuff on the news lately, and I just felt I needed cheering up. I figured I wasn’t the only one. Like most of my work, it all started with the fabric -- a happy Jelly Roll bundle by my favorite designer, Mary Engelbreit, in her Baskets of Flowers collection by Moda Fabrics. The Jelly Roll Seasons Bag is a new and slightly smaller version of my original Jelly Roll Bag, which was a popular hit. This pattern includes little appliqué pockets that can be changed each season with Velcro pieces sewn to the pocket corners. Well, more is better, right?! I couldn’t stop at four seasons, so my little bird appliqués are a bonus block.

Mister Who is a project I worked on with my sister, Carol Burniston, who is also a quilting author with C&T Publishing. She used traditional colors in the green, turquoise, and chocolate brown colors that are so popular right now. I can’t wait to see this cute pattern worked up in other color ways. Send me your pictures!

I get many, many e-mails requesting patterns from some of my out-of-print books. New technology and the ease of printing individual patterns allowed me to freshen up some of my old favorites. Carrot Cake also includes the original French Rose pattern, and can be made from layer cakes! My daughter picked out the fabrics for Carrot Cake and wasn’t very happy when she visited my blog, discovering I had used her yardage, so I’ll have to make it up to her.

I decided to do Dresden and the original Dresden Posie because of the revival of English Paper piecing that seems to be popping up everywhere. This pattern uses easy freezer paper appliqué and fusible appliqué, yet also has templates for paper piecing and needle turn applique. I’ve included an “easy does it” method for completing the Dresden points, so this is a great way to pick up some new appliqué skills and expand your repertoire.

I hope you have fun with my new cheery projects! Be sure to stop by the blog and say hello. I’ll have a new website up in a few weeks.

Barbara Brandeburg
Barbara Brandeburg's Blog

Monday, April 27, 2009

Jolly Jabber Block Lottery

** Edit: The Jolly Jabber Block Lottery has ended! Thanks for participating! **

** Edit! Questions answered, the first block revealed! **

We've been getting questions in our comments.
Yes, you can enter no matter where you live; it'd be SO FUN to get blocks from across the world!! And yes, this fabric can be fabric purchased from FQS at anytime in history!! Here is the first block, by Debbie. As shown, the whole block should measure 12.5" across. Keep asking and we'll keep answering! Can't wait to see what you make!!

** end edit! **

It's Monday! We know you don't usually exclaim that with pure elation and bright eyes, but we've got a wonderful new contest for you all that will hopefully help those Monday blues, something we've never tried before. A maiden voyage, if you will.

Debbie started this whole thing on Twitter. She simply said, "
I have an idea for a Blog Contest! Tell you tomorrow!" Hmmmm, how mysterious!

We gathered the very next day, and Debbie explained to us her idea to do something like a block exchange contest on the Jolly Jabber, to give readers a way to get involved with each other. 'But how would we manage something like that with so many readers?' we fretted. 'All those blocks!'

But of course Debbie had an idea for a unique twist, and within the hour we'd figured out a way to start -- the Jolly Jabber Block Lottery!

The rules are very simple!

  1. Make your favorite block (or blocks!), measuring 12.5" unfinished, from any fabric purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop.

  2. You may submit as many 12.5" unfinished blocks as you would like.

  3. Pin a slip of paper to your block with your name, city & state.

  4. Mail your 12.5" unfinished block(s) to Fat Quarter Shop, c/o DEBBIE'S BLOCK LOTTERY, P.O. Box 1544, Manchaca, TX 78652.

  5. 5. Blocks must be received by June 30, 2009, to be entered.
As we receive your block, we will post pictures on the Jolly Jabber and our Twitter.

When the Block Lottery concludes, we will select winners at random. There will be two types of winnings!
    The number of blocks we receive will determine the number of block winners we have. The block winners will receive several quilt blocks, which will be determined by the total number of blocks we receive. Only Block Winners will receive the blocks collected!

    Three people will receive a $50 Gift Certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop. Each block submitted is considered as one entry, so entering more blocks increases your chance of winning a Gift Certificate.
Now for the FINE PRINT -- Although we're asking for 12.5" unfinished blocks, every quilter sews differently, so the sizes of these blocks are NOT guaranteed and WILL vary. We will group these blocks to the best of our ability, but since all FQS fabric is open game, these blocks will most likely not coordinate. So...Block Winners will receive blocks for a fun, scrappy quilt!

This Block Lottery is intended for FUN only!

With that said we are really excited! Please tell your friends -- the more blocks we receive, the merrier!! How many blocks do you think you'll enter?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Debbie's Recipe Box: Fruit Cocktail Cake

A rich, sweet and syrupy cake for pineapple lovers. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Shared by Renee of FQS. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Precuts on Sale

Hi all!

We're looking toward the Spring Quilt Market in May, so it’s time to clear out a bit of room on our shelves for next season’s crop of the newest and hottest fabric collections.

Hence, we’ve put on a Sale with so many yummy goods you might experience a slight sugar rush. Our precuts – Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Honey Buns, and Charm Packs – from last season’s best lines have been discounted, so if you’ve been eyeing these for a while, this is the sale you've been waiting for!

We've got tons of precuts available from these collections at discounted prices:
Berry Delicious by Sew Treasured,
Candy Kisses by Sandy Gervais,
Gypsy Rose by Fig Tree Quilts
Hartfield by Barbara Brackman
Hello Betty by Chloe's Closet
Love is in the Air by Deb Strain
Nature’s Chorus by April Cornell
Nouveau by Sentimental Studios
Pack Your Bags by Arrin Turnmire
Soirée by Lila Tueller
Swanky by Chez Moi,
Tradition by Howard Marcus
Twiggy by Sanae
Zippity Doo Dah by Sandy Gervais

Did I mention that there was a LOT on sale?

Grab these little goodies before they’re gone, and help us make room for more eye candy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Debbie's Recipe Box: Easy Homemade Granola Bars

The perfect snack, hearty, healthy, and natural. Shared by Mindy of FQS. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Darlene Zimmerman's 2009 Clothesline Club

This year's Clothesline Club has just begun, and we are really looking forward to this year's projects!

For those of you who've never heard of the Clothesline Club before, quilt/textile historian Darlene Zimmerman (just one of her many hats) designs 1930s-era projects for this Robert Kaufman club. Each month, our members receive a project kit complete with instructions, all the fabric for the project, and a newsletter from Darlene. Membership is always open!

This year, Darlene has themed the club around family and family gatherings. That means plenty of baby quilts, cute aprons, Christmas accessories, table toppers, and a diaper bag and hand towel to boot! Click on the image for a complete list of projects. This year's club will use four of Darlene Zimmerman's 1930s fabric collections, starting with the Home Sweet Home line.

Let us know if you have any questions or would like more information about the Club! And TGIF!

P.S. Stay tuned...we've got something new and exciting brewing for next week!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chloe's Christmas by Amy Barickman for Red Rooster Fabrics

Amy Barickman, the mind behind Indygo Junction and Vintage Workshop, has released another wonderful line with Red Rooster Fabrics. Inspired by her own little Chloe (the cat), Chloe's Christmas is a neat retro-inspired collection of 18 festive prints in bright, true greens, red, cream and gold. Reindeer, Christmas trees, snowflakes, and cats prance about, studded with gold metallics. Spruce up your stash for the holidays with bundles, yardage, and a quilt kit! She joins us today to talk about Indygo Junction and Chloe's Christmas.

I was fortunate to launch Indygo Junction fresh out of my college experience (I studied Fine Arts at The University of Kansas). I was introduced to the pattern business through my mother, Donna Martin's retail pursuits...she owned a craft shop in my high school years and published patterns in her local market. Her store, which was open for over 20 years, drew many talented, creative spirits, and initially I was able to source designs from those artisans, allowing me to enter the market with a diverse collection of styles.

One of my greatest joys and comforts in my business life is being able to share my work and travel with my mother, as she has retired from her business several years ago and is now designing for my company. Some of her recent releases include Grids and Grommets and Sister Smocks.

Chloe's Christmas was inspired by a collection of retro graphics in my Vintage Workshop collection. The graphic elements were featured on 1940-50's Christmas cards, wrapping paper, and cardboard gift boxes. Artwork was scanned and edited for the fabric repeats. My favorite pattern was the cat, so when it came time to name the collection I decided to dedicate it to our family and office feline friend, "Chloe". Spring 2009 is an exciting time in our fabrics in the works include a line created from the graphics in our recent release THE SEW-IT BOOK... we are preparing for Quilt Market in Pittsburg with 20 new patterns in production..and I will be blogging soon-can't wait!!! Sign-up for our e-newsletters to keep in the loop on Indygo Junction and Vintage Workshop.

Amy Barickman
Indygo Junction & Vintage Workshop

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Katy's Hope III Quilt Raffle

Our friend Perry Dauzat, a.k.a. Okperi, is hosting a Quilt Raffle for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Her darling, unbelievably adorable granddaughter Katy lives with cystic fibrosis, making each day with her more precious than ever. In one year, Katy's broken her arms three times because of "brittle bones", due to CF; daily she spends up to 2 hours breathing in her medication.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation needs funding to continue searching for a cure, and this raffle is one way we can all pitch in. 90 cents of every dollar raised will go toward research to find a cure for CF!

So, consider this lovely Katie's Hope III quilt, designed and by Judy Laquidara. It's up for grabs in this year's completely virtual raffle. Visit Okperi's blog for details on how/where to get your raffle tickets, and good luck!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Rrribbet by Barb Tourtillotte for Clothworks Fabric

We have Barb Tourtillotte with us today for an encore performance! She wrote for us previously on her Clothworks Fabric spring collection from last year, Hoppy Spring, and now we're thrilled by Rrribbet! Even more saturated with color, Rrribbet is an adorable amphibious delight with cute frogs (yes, frogs), turtles, and dragonflies, doing what they do in the spring...dancing, fishing, playing with toys :) Bright Crayola pink, yellow, blue, and green shades make it that much happier. We've got bundles and yardage, and you can find a free Rrribbet quilt pattern here. Frog lovers, let us hear what you think about Rrribbet!

Hello Jabber Buddies!

Barb Tourtillotte here. Thank you, Fat Quarter Shop, for carrying my Rrribbet line from Clothworks! This collection was developed from one little illustration that I had created for a catalog cover a couple years back, featuring two frogs sitting on flowers, sharing an ice cream soda. At first I thought, "Frogs, really?" But I was so surprised at the huge fan base frogs have! From that lone 'Frog Endearment' image came the collections of frogs...well...doing 'stuff'.

We wanted the collection to be suitable for both kids and adult frog collectors and are so pleased with how it caters to both. From bright frog skin textures and dragonfly tone-on-tones to frogs doing everyday things, I can't wait to see what frog lovers will come up with in the way of quilts and designs using this collection.

Before we know it we will be hearing those "welcome spring" croaks once again!

Sew on!
Barb Tourtillotte

Turtle Crossings

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Debbie's Recipe Box: Turkey and Black Bean Chili

So simple, and it just smells so good! From Mindy of FQS. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Giveaway Winners

Thanks for hanging in with us while we drew out the suspense of what the addition of new Jollys will be! We've got two winners to announce, one from our blog and one from our Twitter. But first, a few fun factoids :)

Kimberly read an article that states twin combos are statistically:
Boy/Girl – 50%
Girl/Girl – 25%
Boy/Boy – 25%

Here's how you voted:
79 of you guessed Boy/Boy - 29%
111 of you guessed Girl/Girl - 40%
85 guessed Boy/Girl - 31%

And so many of you said you voted Girl/Girl because you wanted future quilters...I guess the gene pool selection doesn't take that factor into account, sorry!

They're going to be twin boys :)

So congratulations to our winners, Wendy from the blog and Barb from Twitter!!

wendysquilting said...

I think a couple of brothers for Emma would be fun so that's my guess.
I like the Carolers collection even though Aviary is more my style, its a good thing to branch out sometimes right?

BarbLanning@FatQuarterShop BL - I love the Kansas Winter Tan! And I think the babies will be 2 boys...

Email Jocelyn to claim your prize! And have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Back to the Basics

A little Fat Quarter Shop announcement! We know how essential Basics are in a quilter's stash. Any fashionista would agree that a wardrobe is not complete without your standard solid tees and jeans to complement snazzier prints and patterns. (I watch TLC's "What Not to Wear" a lot...)

So why am I up here on my soapbox, preaching the necessity of Basics? On several of our Basics lines, we now offer a discount of 20% off of the price per yard when you order 15 yards or more of a single SKU. These collections include:

Like these lovelies from our Customer Quilt Gallery (show and tell time!)...
...the right solids can "make" your project.

If you've got any questions about the discount, please feel free to ask! And P.S., the Guess the Genders Giveaway is still on!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Guess the Genders Giveaway

Happy Friday, and welcome to our next Giveaway! Two big things happening this week... first

Happy Birthday, Emma! Our little chickie is turning 2 :)

Also, as most of you know by now, Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Kimberly Jolly are going to be having twins! We're super excited, but still in suspense of what the babies' genders will be. So, to make it fun (and rewarding), we're making it a Giveaway for our blog readers AND our Twitter followers! (By the way, we are bowled over at the sheer number of followers! If you can help us get to 800, we'll do another giveaway!! You guys are awesome.)

Either comment on our blog AND/OR reply to us on Twitter with your first name and last initial, what you think the twins will be, AND what collection you like best from the our What's New pages. Boy/boy? Boy/girl? Girl/girl?

We'll randomly select one winner from the correct guesses on the blog comments AND one winner from the Twitter replies, so you've got two ways to win! Winners will be announced, along with the good news, next Friday, April 10th. We won't even know the correct pair until next week, so we're guessing along with you all!

The prize will be something from the What's New collection you pick, valued up to $60. So get to guessing, and good luck!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Melly & Me Toy Patterns

Perhaps we've got baby fever -- we've got it bad for these toy patterns from Melly & me! It's a step into a new pattern zone for Fat Quarter Shop, but heck, if they aren't just the cutest little creatures! It's a veritable menagerie, from owls and hippos to reindeer and even the imaginary (anybody have a better term for this Acute toy?). Anyway, Melly is with us today to tell us a bit more about these "softies"!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of the Jolly Jabber once again. I am so thrilled that the Fat Quarter Shop has now started to stock in our range of fun and quirky toys.

It was almost 3 years ago when Rosie was diagnosed with breast cancer that we began to create our softie friends. At first the toys were created purely as a fun thing to do that kept us laughing and kept spirits high. We had so much fun and created these new creatures with no rules or expectations but purely as a form of therapy. It was so exciting for us when other people seemed to be getting excited about them too and started asking for patterns. So we started to add a softie range to our collection of patterns and we have been so overwhelmed by how these designs have been embraced worldwide.

Now making softies is a complete addiction, so be careful and start with caution as you will get addicted!!

I think that softies are such a fabulous sewing project to take on as they give people a way to be more experimental with fun fabrics that they otherwise might be scared to use. They allow people to get in touch with the inner child and to just have fun! I can honestly say that the feeling of a completed softie is just so satisfying, each one has his own personality and they never fail make me smile and laugh.

My most recent softie pattern is this cute little birdie duo Twitter, which will be at FQS quite soon! I had so much fun making these guys up and I hope they will brighten up plenty of people's homes this Spring.

I have made a few more gorgeous softies recently that are yet to be revealed. They will be part of my first book, "Kaleidoscope" which I am ever so excited about. The book will be a collection of projects that will be suitable for everyone; from that sweet new born baby to the children, men and special girlfriends in your life. Kaleidoscope should be hitting the shelves in Early June and I can't wait!!

Thank you so much again for letting us be a part of this fabulous blog and I hope you have fun with our crazy little critters.

Melanie Hurlston
Melly & me