Friday, July 29, 2011

3 for Me: Kathy Watt

Happy Friday everyone!  Whether you're cherishing your last weeks of warm weather or simply dying for some lower temperatures, these favorites of Kathy Watt, one of our wonderful customer service representatives, are sure to suite your mood:

"In Texas we are on Day 40+ of 100 degree weather, so with hope of bringing Fall's cool weather, I chose a stunning print from Bittersweet. Grandchildren recently entered the lives of some of my friends so I couldn't resist Meadow Friends. What a happy print! Lastly, the summery color of this Me & My Sister Favorites print is so beautiful--I chose it because I love almost anything blue! And a bonus! I chose The Three Bears' Sleeping Bag Downloadable PDF Pattern--it's too cute to pass up! Wouldn't this make an adorable Big Sibling gift for a favorite teddy bear? Feel those cool breezes coming?!"

Kathy's 3:

1. Meadow Friends Cotton Grass Green and Boy Bug Collection SKU# 19490-13

2. Bittersweet Plum Potpourri SKU #2092-60

3. Me & My Sister Favorites Blue Bouquet SKU# 22043-26

Bonus Pattern Choice: The Three Bears' Sleeping Bag Downloadable PDF Pattern

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pattern Designer: Ruby Blue Quilting

Greetings! Some of you may know me and many of you probably don't so let me introduce myself. My name is Rebecca Silbaugh and I am the designer behind Ruby Blue Quilting Studio.

Back in the day, my Mom started taking some quilting classes, then so did Gramma. The three of us would get together for "Retail Therapy" trips to fabric stores. Being a very artsy person I was always intrigued by the colors and textures but wasn't totally in love with quilting - yet. My friends and I all began to "attempt" (and I mean attempt) quilting in High School, but life kinda got in the way. Before you knew it I was a working, newlywed, college student as well as a new homeowner. There just wasn't time for quilting.

In the meantime my Mom opened a Quilt Shop and I would help at the store from time to time. After awhile my curiosity was reignited. Little by little something magical happened and my graphic designs slowly morphed into quilt designs. So, I started sewing more, playing with fabric more and designing. Then in October of 2009 Ruby Blue Quilting Studio was born.

You'll find my designs to be a mix of everything, mainly scrap friendly (I'll admit - I LOVE me some scraps!!!). There's some patterns on the easier side and some a bit more challenging, some with optional embellishments and applique and much much more. My designs tend to be on the traditional side with a bit of flair. Going to school for Graphic Design, I learned early on that in order to grow you must first have a firm grasp and understanding of the basics and foundation work. I carry this into my patterns paying tribute to designs of the past but adding a modern touch.

My goal as a designer is to instill confidence in quilters everywhere. I believe bad instructions can be one of the worst road blocks for a quilter trying to grow their abilities. I promise to make clear and easily understandable instructions for all levels to allow beginners to advance, yet be interesting enough for experienced quilters.

I hope you enjoy my patterns. You can also find some of my designs over at the Moda Bake Shop and recently in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine! Stop on over at my blog to see what I've been up to and give us a chance to chat! I cannot express how delighted I am to have this opportunity and how much I appreciate the quilters that have supported my business from the start. It still feels like a dream everyday to be able to do something I love so much and I love being able to share this journey with all of you!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Richard Neuman

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Richard Neuman to the Jolly Jabber. Richard’s latest fabric collection is Choo Choo You from Clothworks Fabrics.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Choo Choo You collection?
A: I grew up in a small railroad town in the midwest through which passed 200 trains each day. I learned the alphabet seeing letters on the sides of train cars. From the smell of coal smoke to the sounds of train whistles fading into the distance on a summer's night, trains are ingrained in my heart and soul. One might say I have always been a "Choo Choo You"!

Q: What are 3 words you would choose to describe this collection?
1. fun
2. detailed
3. colorful

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: Creating this railroad layout was an opportunity to revisit many fond memories of my boyhood days when my brothers and I worked on and played with the train layout in our basement.

Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: As a adult what fun to decorate a train room with pillows, curtains and table skirting with prints from this collection. Revisit my childhood and snuggle in to bed on a cold winter night under a quilt of these train images.

Richard's Silly Secrets:

1. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
Reading and traveling- my "bucket list" is long and varied.

2. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I grew up in Fostoria, Ohio. For the last 20 years I have lived on the farm settled by my family in 1840.

3. Your biggest pet peeve?
People's addiction to cell phones.

4. What color are you thinking about today?
Lush greens inspired by the wheat fields and part of the yard outside my studio window.

5. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
Plaids of all colors.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Kris Lammers

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Kris Lammers to the Jolly Jabber. Kris’ latest fabric collection is Fresh Fallen Snow from Maywood Studios.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Fresh Fallen Snow collection?
A: That magical first snow of the season. Memories of family outings and my rosy-cheeked children building snowmen...catching snowflakes on their tongues...their pure joy!

Q: What are 3 words you would choose to describe this collection?
1. Fresh
2. Crisp
3. Happy

Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: So many fun things come to mind, but I think I will be making jammies for myself and my grandbabies.

Kris' Silly Secrets:

1. What is your guilty pleasure food?
Warm sourdough bread with lots of real butter...actually, it doesn’t even have to be warm!

2. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
Junking! I love searching thrift shops for items that beg to be used again, or upcycled into something fabulous!

3. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I grew up in California...mostly in the Santa Cruz area. I moved to southern Idaho about 1980...and met my husband Idaho became home.

9. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
I don’t have a specific designer or group in mind, but I love paisley. I think people either love it or hate it. I love reminds me of my grandma.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Lily Ashbury + Giveaway

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Stephanie Carter of Lily Ashbury to the Jolly Jabber. Lily Ashbury’s latest fabric collection is Summer House from Moda.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Summer House collection?
A: My Grandmother's house on Bowen Island off the coast of British Columbia. I spent every Summer there as a child.

Q: What are 3 words/ images you would choose to describe this collection?
1. Perfect Summer cottage circa 1940
2. Imagine an adorable little structure with white clapboard siding.
3. Sipping lemonade while swaying on the porch swing surrounded by a fragrant garden

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: Rosemarie is my favorite because it has a sweet innocent charm. My family and I are moving into a new home in August and I am thinking of designing my daughter’s bedroom around it.

Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: When I was a little girl I remember wanting a bedroom filled with all things girly girl. Now I get to live vicariously through my daughter as we design her perfect room together. We plan to make a duvet cover, shams, curtains, wall art etc..

Stephanie's Silly Secrets:

1. What music are you listening to right now?
Today I was listening to Bossa Nova but I often play the 1920’s radio network found in ITunes under the eclectic radio section. It is a sweet mix of Big Band, swing and soothing vocals.

2. What is your guilty pleasure food?
Mac and cheese all the way!

3. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
Entertaining is definitely it. My husband, daughter and I love having friends over for dinner. A smile and a nice bottle of wine buys admission to my husbands gourmet cooking at least twice a week. I am very lucky to have a man that cooks!!

4. What color are you thinking about today?
Lately I have been enamored with Vermillion. I love a spicy warm red.

5. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
For me it's all about the color and I think Kaffe Fasset is a genius in this department. Of his prints many are my favorites.

Giveaway time!! Lily Ashbury has generously donated this Charm Pack and adorable tin to one of you lucky winners. To enter write a comment on this post telling me what your favorite print is in this collection. 
You have exactly one week from the post date to enter. 

Good Luck! 

Friday, July 22, 2011

3 for Me: Cheryl Cohorn

Happy Friday!  We hope you are doing well and ready for the weekend! We're glad you stopped in to the Jolly Jabber today as we are very excited to welcome back Cheryl Cohorn:

"Long, hot summer days are getting me down, so this week I chose 3 fabrics from a fabulous new collection by Kris Lammers called Fresh Fallen Snow! I'm very fond of snowmen, so this first print makes me happy - each snowman is befriended by a sweet little feathered friend. The color palette in this collection is so striking, I wanted to show the entire group. But because this is 3 for Me, I finally decided on the snowflake print on the black background and the red scrollwork, both of which give quite a visual punch to the cool blues and greens. Ahhh, snow!"

Cheryl's 3:

1. Fresh Fallen Snow White Falling Snowmen SKU# 16004-W

2. Fresh Fallen Snow Red Scrollwork SKU# 16005-R

3. Fresh Fallen Snow Black Falling Snowflakes SKU# 16007-J

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Laura Berringer

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Laura Berringer to the Jolly Jabber. Laura’s latest fabric collection is Flutter and Flowers from Marcus Brothers.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Flutter and Flowers collection?
A: A piece of artwork that I thought was so pretty and romantic looking without being too sweet. And it has lots of great elements: flowers, butterflies, and polka dots, plus a wonderful crackle texture. As for the name, we all brain stormed, tossing around various words associated with the motifs and came up with Flutter and Flowers, it seemed perfect!

Q: What are 3 words you would choose to describe this collection?
1. romantic
2. pretty
3. delicate

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: Probably the lead pattern in blue 8632-0122 because it has all the elements working together and was the original inspiration for the group.

Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: Little girls dresses. I have a great niece who just started walking and I would love to see her wearing a skirt or dress made with the group. I’d also like to make a small quilt for her because the full size quilt that Marcus Fabrics made for the May quilt show turned out so beautifully.

Laura's Silly Secrets:

1. What is your guilty pleasure food?
Avocados and chocolate - not together, of course ;) I don’t know which I love more, they are both so scrumptious!

2. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and went to college in Ohio. After graduating, I moved to NYC, and I’m still here.

3. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
We have two pets, an 11 year old goldfish (yes, its true!) named Itchy and a hermit crab named Boo.

4. Your biggest pet peeve?
When dog walkers do not pick up after their pets (pardon the pun).

5. What color are you thinking about today?
Lilac and plum, they go so well with all the grays showing up now in fashion and fabric.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Snuggle[s] All Up!

We just got some oh so comfy-snuggly-delicious fabric in 2 yard cuts. Snuggle Packs are perfect backing for some of your favorite quilts. Not quite sure what Snuggle Pack color to pair with your fabric? Here is a list of fabrics that pair with each of our 6 colors of Snuggle Packs.

White Snuggles Pack:
[Matches Bella Solids White Bleached SKU #9900-98 & pretty much every line we have- but here are a few in particular]

1. Flurry
2. Ready Set Snow
3. I Heart
4. Hoo’s in the Forest
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
6. Dr. Seuss

Butter Snuggles Pack:

1. Lil' Rascals
2. It’s a Jungle Out There
3. Animal Party Too
4. Dolly Dear
5. Love U

Baby Pink Snuggles Pack:

1. Me & My Sister Favorites
2. Delovely
3. Flower Sugar
4. Hoo’s In The Forest
5. Penny Lane

Cherry Snuggles Pack:

1. Appleville
2. Flutter
3. Circus Alphabet Soup
4. Hullabaloo

Baby Blue Snuggles Pack:

1. Flower Sugar
2. Strawberry Fields
3. Oasis
4. Hoo’s in the Forest

Chocolate Snuggles Pack:

1. Sew Sporty
2. Off the Hook
3. Pirates
4. 5 Funky Monkey
5. Urban Zoology

Winner: Julie Herman's Blogger's Choice

Last week Julie Herman visited the Jolly Jabber in all of her adorableness and told me a secret including which of the following she loves the absolute most.

1. jelly roll or layer cake
2. planned or scrappy
3. prints or solids

This week we get to share her secret and award one of her Blogger's Choice fat quarter bundles to one of you who guessed her secret correctly! 

Are you ready.. and SHH don't tell Julie I spilled the beans... ;-)

1. Jelly Roll
2. Planned
3. Prints

And the winner is...

"Jelly Roll

I love this combination of colors!"

Congratulations!! E-mail stephanie[at]fatquartershop[dot]com with your full shipping information to claim your prize. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Quilt Story Patterns

Heather and Megan are two sisters who write a fun blog called Quilt Story. They share their own projects, quilting, sewing, crafting and write some adorable patterns. They also take submissions to share your own quilt and the story behind it!  They post these several times a week so you get to see several fun perspectives on quilts.

Fat Quarter Shop carries Quilt Story patterns in paper and PDF. Here is a quilt they created using the new Sarah Jane "Children at Play" line.

Each block center is a fussy cut block of some of the darling characters in this line which highlights them really well.

Be sure to visit their blog and pattern page!

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's Sew Emma:The Adventures of Seuss!

Good morning everyone! We hope you're all having a great day and thanks for starting the week off right with the Jolly Jabber! We're very excited to debut our second It's Sew Emma Pattern, The Adventures of Seuss, designed by Debbie Taylor and exclusively featured at the Fat Quarter Shop! Please welcome Debbie to the Jolly Jabber:

The inspiration for The Adventure of Seuss Quilt Pattern came from a quilt block I submitted to a quilt magazine. Isn't the Hat applique cute?

I loved the block so much that I decided to design a quilt using this block and The Cat in the Hat panel. I started designing this quilt by drawing on graph paper.

I wanted the quilt to be throw size with The Cat in the Hat panel in the center of the quilt with my original blocks surrounding it. Mission accomplished!

I can see this quilt as a gift for a young person accompanied by a Dr. Seuss book or two!!! The Adventures of Seuss Pattern and The Adventures of Seuss Quilt Kit are both currently and exclusively for sale at the Fat Quarter Shop! This quilt is guaranteed to bring smiles to whomever receives it, or makes it for that matter!

Friday, July 15, 2011

3 for Me: Debbie Taylor

Welcome back to the Jolly Jabber on this wonderful Friday morning! We are excited to say hello again to Debbie Taylor, one of the amazing women in our customer service department, and one of the designers for our very own pattern company, It's Sew Emma:

"It's my turn again! Superman has arrived  in full force and is a big hit with the guys! Anyone looking for a "guy" quilt, here is your fabric! For my second choice, you have to agree, the Urban Zoologie bird print by Ann Kelle is the sweetest. A pillow made from this fabric would be super cute. My third choice is my absolute favorite. The new Children at Play fabric by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller has arrived and I have fallen in love with this print. I am thinking of matching dresses for my little granddaughters in California *wink*. I am feeling so inspired by these fabrics and have multiple projects in mind!"

Debbie's 3:

1. Classic Superman Adventures White In Action SKU# 3101074-3

2. Urban Zoologie Spring Little Birds SKU# 11507-192

3. Children at Play Turquoise Just Stay Little SKU# DC5101-TURQ-D