Thursday, March 31, 2011
Pom Pom de Paris was a flower that won first place at the first rose exhibition held in Paris in the early 19th century. Our collection of fabric is filled with inspiration from early French gardens filled with roses, leaves, birds and even thorns. Each of the fabric designs were based on early 19th century French rural florals. I love this collection of fabric - it's warm and cheery while still being very typically French rural.
The inspiration behind the colors of Pom Pom de Paris were taken directly from an old French garden behind a 14th century home we often stay at in St. Antonin Noble Val - in the South of France. The bedroom windows all look down onto a beautiful wild garden filled with overgrown rose bushes, lavender, rosemary, dahlias and agapanthus. Soft pinks, yellows, old reds and grassy greens are all a part of the Pom Pom line - welcoming in the Spring garden.
We have designed a wonderful quilt to go along with the Pom Pom line, filled with borders and birds. We are new to the patterns business, but have found some talented artists and sewers to help us design new patterns and exciting projects. I working on some smaller patchwork pillows for our sun room using the linen/cotton fabric as well.
Besides designing fabric for Moda, we are also planning a Woad Workshop featuring master dyer, Denise Lambert, who will be visiting Los Angeles in April to teach a class about the medieval art of dying with the French flower, woad, which rhymes with road. Every summer at our Chateau Getaway, Denise teaches this workshop and everyone leaves with a suitcase filled with the old French blue - or Napoleon Blue - it is a magical day. For more information or to sign up for the workshop, visit us at Frenchgeneral.com. To view images click here.
And what do you know-- we have another giveaway! Kaari was kind enough to donate a Pom Pom de Paris pattern and fat quarter bundle! To enter leave a comment on this post telling me the most interesting fact you learned from Kaari about Pom Pom de Paris. You have until Apil 7th to enter.
Posted by Stephanie Howard at 4:37 PM
Monday, March 28, 2011
Today we are announcing the Miss Rosie's Schnibbles Pattern winners from the post More New Schnibbles by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. So let's get right on to it... the three winners that will receive her six new patterns tucked inside a Schnibbles project bag are...
Congratulations to all the winners! To claim your prize email stephanie[at]fatquartershop[dot]com with your full shipping address.
There are four days left to vote in the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards for your favorite shop, designer, product and more on SewCalGal's blog! If you go vote you can also win some prizes from Fat Quarter Shop and many more sponsors!
Posted by Stephanie Howard at 3:11 PM
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
1. Dolly Dresses 1, 2 & 3
2. Fun Flowers
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Posted by Stephanie Howard at 1:19 PM
Monday, March 21, 2011
Hey Jolly Jabbers,
It's Julie from Jaybird Quilts!! Lots of "J's" there, but that's ok because I love the letter J!
I started my blog almost 2 years ago out of a desire to show projects that I was working on. Before that I worked at a quilt shop & also went to school for design. During my time at the quilt shop I was often helping customers understand patterns that weren't written as well as they should have been, and it inspired me to start designing my own. I got my feet wet for a while by posting online tutorials & publishing my work in many magazines. Taking the jump to publishing my own patterns was the next step and, so far, it has been a really exciting adventure!
I am really excited to show you my new patterns and tell you a bit about them. I am a notions junkie & especially love when you can use a specialty ruler for more than one project. Five of my new patterns feature the Lazy Angle Ruler by Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs.
Unwind is a mix of modern & tradition all in one. The design is based around the white stars, but instead of a basic background you create a party of color with strips of fabric. The blocks come together easily with the use pre-cut 2.5" strips. Unwind includes size options for 5 different size quilts.
With firecracker the white takes a back seat and the colors create the stars. The Lazy Angle ruler makes it simple to create fireworks that spin to the right & left.
Hugs & Kisses
May I present to you... Hugs & Kisses... "The star crossed lovers quilt." This quilt is a fresh take on a coin strip quilt, with diamonds created in the negative space. Hugs & Kisses includes size options for 4 different size quilts.
Fast Forward got its name because it is a really FAST quilt to make. It also uses pre-cut 2.5" strips for the blocks. The vertical columns are easy to make and after you add in some sashing strips your quilt top is done. Fast Forward includes size options for 5 different size quilts.
Are you ready for a carnival ride? This quilt just makes me feel like hopping in a car and driving to a park for some summer fun! The blocks are made from pre-cut 10" squares and with some "Lazy" help they come together in no time.
All of the patterns include full size templates that can be used in place of the Lazy Angle Ruler, but I have a feeling that once you make one lazy block you will not be able to stop! The ruler makes the process so easy that you will love being "Lazy!"
Off the Rail
Posted by Stephanie Howard at 5:25 PM
Friday, March 18, 2011
"wow these are so so cute. I liked Ann Kelle and Fat Quarter Shop on facebook!"
Posted by Stephanie Howard at 4:16 PM
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Ryan Walsh and Charlie Scott of Patchwork Squared are excited to announce the debut of their design company’s first modern quilt along starting Monday, March 28, 2011.
Come join them on a seven week adventure as they teach you how to construct nine modern quilt blocks, using only solid fabrics, into a 44” x 44” quilt. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome to join for FREE. Participants who finish blocks and post them to the quilt along’s flickr group page will be eligible for inclusion in giveaways of prizes donated by our sponsors.
Fat Quarter Shop has provided three exclusive Quilt Kits you may purchase for the quilt along. Quilt along pattern instructions are available at Patchwork2 Website.
We also have a coupon to get 20% OFF Kona Cotton Solids that is good now through the end of the quilt along. The code is: kona20
You can learn more information about the quilt along by visiting P2’s website or joining the official flickr group for the event.
Due to overwhelming demand we have created a new Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company Pattern Club.
Join our Miss Rosie's Quilt Company Pattern Club! We will automatically ship you all of Miss Rosie's new patterns as they are released.
By joining we will automatically ship Brocante Schnibbles, George Schnibbles, Honeycomb Schnibbles, Recess Schnibbles, Ric Rac Schnibbles and Roadshow Schnibbles Patterns.
You will receive all new Miss Rosie patterns at a 15% discount and the patterns will be mailed priority mail.
Posted by Stephanie Howard at 10:58 AM
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Who would you consider to be one of the biggest Divas in the pattern designer world of quilting? Did Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. come to mind? If not, it just might be time to expand your horizons. Her diva-bility might be from the fact we have over 100 patterns from Miss Rosie currently in stock. Or maybe because her quilt patterns have such a wide range from easy to difficult and contemporary to traditional. Today we are lucky enough to catch her in the midst of her busy schedule to talk about the six patterns that have just arrived at Fat Quarter Shop. With no further ado, I introduce to you, Ms. Carrie Nelson.
Happy Almost Spring, Jolly Jabberettes!
It’s March and I have finally got my new Schnibbles finished. Yes, I’m rather late but for those of you who know me, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since there are lots of things to tell you about, let me just get to it!
Have you seen the six new Schnibbles patterns? These new quilts are a little bigger than many of the earlier quilts and only one of them has a pieced border! I’ve always been a quilter who likes trying new fabrics and going in different directions, and these quilts seem to reflect that. I think RicRac and Roadshow look like they could have come out of Grandma’s trunk, but George and Honeycomb are light, bright and more contemporary. Though really, just switch the fabrics around and any one of them could be vintage or modern.
More news to share and you heard it here first – there is a new Schnibbles book coming this September so stock up on your favorite charm packs and layer cakes. It is titled “Another Bite of Schnibbles” and there will be twelve projects, two of which are brand-spanking new.
You can omit this next part if desired… There is also new fabric coming, it is called “Nine Dots” and while there is a polka dot print, the name comes from a puzzle designed to get people thinking outside the box.
Did I mention that the Fat Quarter Shop is doing a Schnibbles giveaway? Leave a comment with the name of your all-time favorite charm pack or layer cake on this blog post and you’re entered to win one of three sets of the six new Schnibbles patterns – which come tucked into a Schnibbles project bag.
That’s it for now. I have to get back to the workroom… eight weeks and 324 quilts to make! I’m kidding! I only have to make 237 new quilts before Market.
You do know I’m kidding about that, right?
Friday, March 11, 2011
1. What was the initial thought that inspired Ready, Set, Go?
My cousin had a baby and they decorated his room in planes. After hearing this, I told him "I think I'm going to do a plane design!" And he was like "Why was that not your very FIRST design?". You see, the men in my family love all things aviation. My dad watches aviation television shows, collects model planes, attends flight shows and has even taken pilot lessons. You get the picture, he loves aviation. So, I thought it would be neat to create a collection with my dad, and the other guys in my family, in mind. When I sat down to design planes, it turned into cars, trains, etc. Oh, and my mom came up with the name.
2. Was there another line that you knew you wanted to tie colors in from, or are these all new shades? What inspired the colors or how did you choose them?
Yes, many of the designs coordinate with the Bermuda colorway from my Remix fabric collection. I just love this colorway. I did a couple of new colors as well.
3. Are you a quilter/ sewer yourself? What are a few of your favorite projects you have made or seen using Ready, Set, Go?
I'm a newbie sewer. I have a bunch of things I plan to sew, like baby burp cloths and bibs. My friend, Julie Herman, has sewn this awesome quilt. She created a new pattern called, Plaid Parade. I love how she mixed all the collection together. So cute.
4. What are you currently working on?
Currently, I'm working on new stuff in the paper world.
And now, guess what! Kelle Boyd has generously donated a Fat Quarter Bundle of her new line for a giveaway! Comment on this post telling us you did the following. You can have up to two entries, but can only use each option once:
1. Like Ann Kelle and Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook
2. Subscribe to Ann Kelle's blog
The contest will close Thursday, March 17th CST. Now get on clicking!
Posted by Stephanie Howard at 6:36 PM
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Hello Jolly Jabbers!
I have been a designer for Andover Fabrics since 2002, and we have been offering small neutral fabric lines several years. The first one was 'Biscuits and Honey' in 2005, then 'Biscuits and Jam' in 2006.
I designed my first 'Toast' group in 2008, followed by 'Toast II' in 2009. For my current line, I really did not want to use 'Toast III', I mean, who would remember the number?
Selecting names for fabric lines is almost harder than designing the line, it is for me anyway. After much consideration, I really liked the word 'Toasty' as it is such a common word people have experienced. Either A. sliced bread browned on both sides by exposure to radiant heat or B. a call to a gathering of people to raise their glasses and drink together in honor of a person. Either of these work for me as A is about a color and B is about joy and praise.
As always my pieces are from 19th Century quilts, tops, blocks or pieces of fabric. 'Toasty' also includes a couple of earlier pieces from around 1830 to 1840. I think of these designs as being timeless and perfect for today's quiltmaker too. I love this range of mellow tones to use with my fabric lines as I think of these as good additions to your fabric 'collection'. They are classic and will go flawlessly with past and future Jo fabric lines.
I have used them with the 'Ember Reds & Evergreens' line from November 2010 and the quilt will be in a future magazine issue. I also used this same fabric combination in a Retreat project for June 2011.
Currently we are working on a new book with quilts from last year (hopefully to be finished soon) so I have yet to create projects with this new line. I think a number of these would make nice backgrounds for appliqué projects. I am so excited to start some serious sewing with 'Toasty' soon. I'm sure you will enjoy sewing with them too!
Posted by Stephanie Howard at 6:23 PM