Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup
















The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup to the Jolly Jabber. Barbara’s latest fabric collection is Over the River from Henry Glass Fabrics.




Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Over the River collection?
A: Winter is one of my favorite seasons. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays because I get to see most of my family. Some must travel a fair distance so it brings to mind the old song “Over the River and Through the Woods."

Q: What are 3 Words you would choose to describe this collection?
A:
1. Colorful
2. Fun
3. Fresh

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: Oh this is just too hard! It’s a toss-up between the hats, the trees and polka dots!!! See what I mean? It’s just too hard to choose.







Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: The cutest table runner ever that we just happen to have in the works right now!



Barbara's Silly Secrets:

1. What is your guilty pleasure food?
SNAPS

2. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
Handwork of any kind.

3. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
Northern Utah where there is puh-lenty of snow!

4. What color are you thinking about today?
Creamsicle orange

5. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
A huge scale Robyn Pandolph home dec print from years ago. It has lovely pastel rose bouquets on a crisp white ground. I couldn’t bear to use it for a number of years but finally put it on the back of my Summer Cottage quilt.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Vintage Kansas City Star Block of the Month

We are honored to present our first annual Vintage Kansas City Star Block of the Month. This is an exclusive Block of the Month that I put together for the Fat Quarter Shop.

This all came about in a very unique way. I received a phone call in March from the owner of my local knitting shop. She told me someone had come by her shop with a box of 1930s quilt patterns, and she wondered if I would like to have them! I rushed to the shop as soon as I could and simply could not believe my eyes.

There sat a box containing hundreds of vintage quilt patterns from the Kansas City Star newspaper. The shop owner told me a man whose grandmother had recently passed away brought the patterns to her, because he just couldn’t imagine throwing them away and thought she might be able to find a good home for them. I was honestly in awe for days. I kept thinking about the man’s grandmother, and how she must have spent hours and hours saving these special patterns. I decided to create a block of the month quilt in her honor.





First, I selected 12 of my favorite blocks, which would finish at 12”. Next, I chose the Cattails & Clover collection by Kansas Troubles Quilters and started sewing! This resulted in 12 wonderful blocks, perfect for any intermediate to advanced quilter.



Each of our patterns includes the name of the pattern, author of the pattern, date the pattern was first published and a small excerpt from the newspaper. The blocks are all pieced (no templates, applique or paper piecing).




This new Block of the Month begins in November 2011 and I would love for you to join us for this program!






Friday, May 27, 2011

2 Truths & A Lie: Tula Pink


Last week on Tula Pink's Designer Select blog post we played a little game with her.  She gave us 2 true statements and one false statement. Each of you had the opportunity to guess the false statement for a chance to win her Designer Select Fat Quarter Bundle exclusively at the Fat Quarter Shop.




Her 3 statements were:

1. I own 43 pairs of hi-top converse sneakers
2. When I was five, I had two goldfish named Abraham and Lincoln
3. I collect vintage records that heavily feature the banjo

If you guessed # 3 you guessed correctly! Yes I know crazy, Tula Pink owns 43 pairs of hi-top converse sneakers, she was definitely wearing at least some of them at Quilt Market. Hard to believe- I don't even own 43 pairs of shoes! And is it not adorable that she named her fish Abraham and Lincoln??




So what you have been waiting for, the winner is....

"My guess is #3 is false!"

Congratulations Lyn, e-mail Stephanie[at]FatQuarterShop[dot]com with your full shipping address to redeem your prize.



3 for Me: Cheryl Cohorn












Well, that's right, it's Friday again and that means it's time for Fat Quarter Shop's 3 for Me!  This week, we'd like to introduce you to Cheryl Cohorn, our friendly neighborhood customer service rep!



"Choosing just 3 fabrics-- what a challenge!  But here are 3 of my favorites (today)-- Blue is my favorite color so the Normandy Court floral had to be one of my picks!  It matches my treasure trove of antique blue and white China.  As far as the second fabric, I love rainy days, and who wouldn't smile at pink raindrops?  And the third fabric, the fishing lure print, reminds me of my Dad and my collection of his vintage fishing tackle."






Cheryl's 3:

1. Normandy Court Blue on White Small Floral SKU# 2673-11

2. Summersault Rose Raindrops SKU# EM31-ROSEX

3. Off the Hook Hunter Green Fishin' Tackle SKU# 0747-2




Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rachel Griffith the Chef Boyarcovergirl!

We've all heard that you should never judge a book by its cover... but today yall should!!!




It just so happens that the Fresh Fabric Treats cover features my quilt. Yall can call me Chef Boyarcovergirl. *wink*




I promise that this book is full of yummy recipes for every occasion. Big or small. Young or old. Modern or traditional. Novice or expert.




Bon Appétit.

Designer Tidbits: Erin McMorris















The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Erin McMorris to the Jolly Jabber. Erin McMorris’ latest fabric collection is Summersault from Free Spirit.




Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Summersault collection?
A: I thought about Summersault immediately after finishing Weekends and I knew that I wanted to design a collection that was bolder, brighter and a little bit younger than Weekends. I think of Weekends as the perfect spring collection and Summersault as more of a summer collection. As I was designing it, I thought of my happy childhood summers where all the kids were running around outside, playing in the field near our house, or climbing trees in the woods. I was thinking of that feeling of total freedom, fun and imagination!



Q: What are 3 Words you would choose to describe this collection?
A:
1. happy
2. playful
3. modern





Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: The happy raindrops in blue. I usually become obsessed with one color a year and this year it is a deep bright blue which is the background for this print. I like this print in all the colorways but the raindrops really pop on this blue.




Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: Well, I already made one. I had been dying to make the Amy Butler weekender bag in laminates, so my friend sewed it up for me using all the substrates from the new collection...the laminates on the outside, the piping in the quilting weight and the inside is a home dec print for more substance. I love it! Now I want 5 more in other combinations of patterns and colors.






Erin McMorris' Silly Secrets:

1. What music are you listening to right now?
Anything that makes me jump up and down...I've found it much easier to clean the house when I'm dancing. I just bought the latest DEVO cd...my house has never been so clean.

2. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio which is a college town just south of Toledo. And I'm currently living in Portland, Oregon.

3. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
I don't have any pets of my own, but I am a semi-professional cat sitter! I travel to stay with my friend's cats when they go on vacation...it gives them free cat care and me a free place to stay in other cities. I would currently love to meet cats who live overseas...maybe London or Berlin? :)

4. What is the most important part of a sandwich?
The bread! There is a reason that sandwiches from bakeries are the best! I had to stop making my own bread because I would eat half the loaf right out of the oven before it would even make it's way to being part of a sandwich. And I love all of bread's cousins, like bagels, muffins, biscuits and scones. I am so hungry right now.

5. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
Way too hard of a question! But I do have a love of vintage Marimekko prints. My room growing up was bright kelly green, white furniture with Marimekko bedding. I know visually as a child, it made a big impact.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Debbie Taylor-Kerman
















The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Debbie Taylor-Kerman to the Jolly Jabber. Debbie Taylor-Kerman’s latest fabric collection is Spooktacular Too from Henry Glass Fabrics.

Debbie Taylor- Kerman with her family


Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Spooktacular Too collection?
A: I've always adored Halloween, so it feels natural and exciting for me to come up with new ideas for it. When I’m creating illustrative fabrics – especially for Halloween or Christmas, I’m always inspired by the wonderment of children. To elicit that kind of reaction for this collection, I decided that creating little critters having fun with Halloween images was the way to go. So it started with painting the little kitties playing hide and seek with the patterned pumpkins then the critters cavorting on the spooky witches' hats, and the rest of the collection came from there. It was the fabulous Karen Junquet over at Henry Glass who came up with the name, and I just loved it.

Q: What are 3 Words/ Images you would choose to describe this collection?
A:
1. Frolicking
2. Silly
3. Delightful

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: Pumpkin Hide and Seek with Cats is my favorite as it was a sequel to the “Pumpkin Hide and Seek with Mice”, which was a best seller for the first “Spooktacular” collection. Last year when I was down at The City Quilter in NYC, I was absolutely thrilled to see a gorgeous quilt hanging on the wall and this fabric was featured prominent on it.



Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
I have 12 foot high ceilings and a bay window in my living room, so it has to be curtains for next Halloween.



Debbie's Silly Secrets:

1. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I grew up in Scotland, I live in NYC, but my home is wherever my husband and kids are……too corny?….... sorry!

2. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
Too many allergies in my household unfortunately, but my son Jules does have a snail called, wait for it, Snaily - we're not very original in the Taylor-Kerman household, maybe I should ask for Karen's help if we ever get a fish.

3. What color are you thinking about today?
A beautiful periwinkle blue/purple color. I was working on a Christmas design today and I used this color as a background. I had a fight in my head that it was “too purple” for Christmas, but it really was a scrumptious color.

4. What is the most important part of a sandwich?
Tomatoes (farm fresh, with salt and pepper on them preferably – yum, it’s making me hungry).

5. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
That’s a tough question, but I have to say I’m a sucker for just about any polka dot fabric, the larger scale the better.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Jo Morton












The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome JoMorton to the Jolly Jabber. Jo Morton’s latest fabric collection is Carolina from Andover Fabrics.




Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Carolina collection?
A: The 'mother' fabric is the first step, then come up with suitable companions. Seems I can always find assorted companions, it is finding the 'mother' print to pull it together that is the constant challenge. I work from antique (19th Century) pieces of fabric, blocks or quilt tops, sometimes quilts too. It is harder to get a good image from a quilted quilt for fabric purposes.




Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: I'm not a one favorite piece of fabric person, I love it all. I love scrappy quilts and am happy to add these pieces to my 'fabric collection'. I don't like the word stash, my fabric isn't hidden.




Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: I think I would like to make a 'Fall' quilt using the rust/black colorway of 'Carolina', maybe throw in some greens from 'Evergreens' and perhaps who knows until the day I begin. I don't design quilts on the computer. We make blocks then then I decide what to do with them. It is on my 'idea' list to consider making for after Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City (for the trade only, not the general public).




Jo Morton's Silly Secrets:

1. What music are you listening to right now?
No music, I find it distracting

2. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
I seem to work all the time, every day, seven days a week. I'm trying to fix that and find some time for me.

3. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
Grew up in Kansas, moved to Nebraska forever ago, Nebraska City has been 'home' for a long time now.

4. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
3 kitties - Socks, Tigger and precious Chloe

5. What is the most important part of a sandwich?
Not the bread


Monday, May 23, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Nancy Halvorsen












The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Nancy Halvorsen to the Jolly Jabber. Nancy Halvorsen’s latest fabric collection is Jingle All the Way from Benartex Fabrics.  She also has a brand new quilt book called Jingle All the Way and it does make you want jingle all the way!




Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Jingle All the Way collection?
A: Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I don't need much urging to do a Christmas fabric line. I wanted to focus on the fun of Christmas and the joy of sharing with family and friends. I named the line "Jingle All the Way" because it's the sound of "Oh what fun!".




Q: What are 3 Words you would choose to describe this collection?
A:
1. Fresh!
2. Fun!
3. Whimsical!




Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: That's not a fair question...it's like asking me to choose which of my children is my favorite, when all of them add their own special character to what makes my family!


Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
To make a snuggly quilt for anyone who needs some warmth and comfort. There is nothing more comforting than wrapping up in a homemade quilt!




Nancy Halvorsen's Silly Secrets:

1. What is your guilty pleasure food?
That's easy! Chocolate, or anything with chocolate in it. Chocolate makes me happy!

2. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
It's hard to decide between "reading" and "hugging and playing with my grandchildren"!

3. Your biggest pet peeve?
I love to watch movies while I sew, but I can't watch any new movies because then I watch and don't sew!

4. What color are you thinking about today?
Aqua! Because I just finished painting the wall aqua for my photo shoot and then my booth walls for Quilt Market the same color. It really makes the creams, reds and greens of my line "pop"!




5. What is the most important part of a sandwich?
The dressing...you can have bland fixings for a sandwich, but still make it taste great with a spicy mustard!


Table Talk Blog Tour


We are so excited to participate in Gudrun Erla’s Table Talk Blog Tour.

The “Table Talk” Book by Gudrun Erla features table runners, table toppers and family treats! What could be better than a book about fabrics and food? The book includes six pieced projects, three holiday projects, four “quilt as you go” projects and three leftover projects as well as fifteen recipes.

Gudrun grew up in Selfoss, Iceland; a small town of only 4,000. Her earliest memories are conversations within the family around the dining table. Hence the idea of a book filled with table toppers and food. Stories of her family and photos of her years growing up fill the pages. All the projects are beautifully illustrated and the directions for each project are easy to follow. As you page through the book you’ll find the recipe for Harvest Soup or Hot Fudge Pudding Cake ….oh my!

Our favorite pattern in the book is the "Wrapped It Up Runner."  It features the block Gudrun designed for our 2010 Designer Mystery Block of the Month Club. Three little packages wrapped up in red ribbon are at each end of the runner with a beautiful star block in the center. She also includes a “Jelly Jar Runner” made from leftover Jelly Roll strips! What a great idea! Gudrun says, “The thought of having these rectangles lying around my sewing room made me think of all the jelly jars clogging up my fridge with just a little jelly on the bottom. I quickly cleaned them out and used them up too!”

Following is the lineup for the rest of the tour:

Posting every day of the week: Gudrun Erla - GE Designs
Tuesday May 24th: Sandy Gervais - Pieces From My Heart
Wednesday May 25th: Monique Dillard - Open Gate Quilts
Thursday May 26th: Kate Spain - Kate Spain Designs
Friday May 27th: Kansas City Star - Diane McLendon


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Rebekah Merkle
















The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Rebekah Merkle to the Jolly Jabber. Rebekah Merkle’s latest fabric collection is England Swings from Timeless Treasures. Her booth at market was so adorable! She even created a song that fit beautifully with the fabric (see more on that below). Well, let's get to it, welcome Rebekah Merkle!




Q: What was the first seed that grew into the England Swings collection?

A: The inspiration for this line really came from the years we lived in Oxford, England. I absolutely loved the classic, traditional styles mixed with vibrant, super-saturated colors and fresh, fun-loving designs. It was always surprising to see a centuries old stone house with oversized polka dot curtains . . . but it’s a terrific combination! It's lovely to see very serious things that don't take themselves too seriously.

The name of the collection comes from an old Roger Miller song that I was especially fond of . . . and I asked a fabulous jazz artist, Michalangela, to re-record it for me to use with this collection. (Her version is available on iTunes - give it a listen! You’ll see why I love it so much!)


Q: What are 3 Pictures you would choose to describe this collection?
A:
1.
2.
3.


Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?

A. RM-C8086, Celadon



Q: What is your dream project using this collection?

A: My three daughters share a bedroom, and I would absolutely ADORE to re-do the whole thing with this fabric. Call me weird, but I would totally do upholstered headboards and footboards in the laminates. Seriously now. How handy would it be to be able to wipe them down?! And then of course I’d do curtains and pillows and quilts and generally make it a room that they would never want to leave!




Rebekah Merkle's Silly Secrets

1. What is your guilty pleasure food?
Crème Brulée

2. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
Our last foray into the world of pets was when our five year old son received a fish for his birthday. He named him “Art” - short for . . . you’ll never guess this one so I’ll just have to tell you . . . R2D2. Art didn’t live too long I’m afraid.

3. Your biggest pet peeve? 
Hands down, my biggest pet peeve is the boys in my family letting their socks droop off the ends of their toes. Drives me berserk, and of course they’ve figured this out.

4. What is the most important part of a sandwich?
Boursin cheese!

5. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
As dreadfully cliche as it is, I’d have to say basically anything at all by William Morris. I mean really. Look at this. The man was incredible.