Friday, September 30, 2011

Winner: Fall Giveaway!







Last week, in the spirit of Fall, we had a little poetry contest, giving you a chance to win one of three gift certificates for Fat Quarter Shop! We read all your poems and let me just say, who knew quilters were such poets?! It was a blast seeing all the responses and reading everything you wrote; funny rhymes, haikus, and even odes to your favorite sweater. Thanks to everyone who participated, we had a lot of fun!

And now, without further ado, our randomly selected winners are...

The winner of a $200 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop is:
Fall is near, 
You are such a dear, 
I will make you a quilt, 
For the house we have built.

The winner of a $150 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop is:
Autumn Hayride 
 The wagon was filled to the hilt 
With children wearing pants, dresses and even a kilt, 
They all sat in the middle so the wagon wouldn't tilt 
And to keep warm stayed under the quilt

The winner of a $100 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop is:
Oh boy rhyming is not my thing... 

 Oh the money I have spent 
Created so much guilt 
But if I win 
No guilt, just quilt! 

 Wow that is bad but it rhymes.

Congratulations to our 3 lucky poets! Look for your gift certificates in your email inbox soon! And thanks again to everyone who participated, your poems were great! Happy Fall and happy Friday everyone!




3 for Me: Kathy Watt















Welcome to the Jolly Jabber on this beautiful, happy Friday--thanks for stopping by! This week, we're excited to welcome back Kathy Watt as she shares her current favorite designer with us:



"Choosing a favorite designer is like choosing a favorite child; it depends on the day. Today it's Howard Marcus and his latest Collection for a Cause, Comfort. It's a version of an 1860 New England Quilt. I'm drawn to this style and color palette. The best part is that a portion of Moda's proceeds will go toward helping the American Red Cross efforts for Japan’s earthquake victims and the Pacific Tsunami Relief. Wrap yourself in some comfort and know you're doing a good deed too!"





Kathy's 3:

1. Comfort Tonal Prussian Blue Shell Blossoms SKU# 46114-36

2. Comfort Brick Striped Flowers SKU# 46117-10

3. Comfort Madder Brown Plaid Floral SKU# 46118-22




































Thursday, September 29, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Penguin & Fish


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish to the Jolly Jabber. Alyssa’s latest fabric collection is Safari Sweet Organic from Clothworks.




Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Safari Sweet Organic collection?
A: I love drawing little animals. What I love even more is turning them into embroideries. The inspiration for Safari Sweet came from a series of those embroideries (as shown above), one animal embroidery for each letter of the alphabet.

Q: What are 3 words you would choose to describe this collection?
A:
1. silly
2. graphic
3. charming

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: I love all the little animals but for some reason I keep going back to the coral-red grassy dot pattern. It's fun and simple but still has a ton of character. And I love the color!




Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: I want to cut out the characters from the large animal print and sew them into little plush toys. Barrels and barrels of them!



Alyssa's Silly Secrets:

1. What music are you listening to right now?
I'm much more of a Hulu watcher, but give me some 80's rock and I'll be ready to work for hours.

2. What is your guilty pleasure food?
Frosted Mini Wheats

3. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
Grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Now I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

4. Your biggest pet peeve?
Going to bed too late.

5. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
Ooo, difficult question. Show me anything by Tammis Keefe and I'll be squealing.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Cabbages & Roses


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Christina Strutt of Cabbages & Roses to the Jolly Jabber for the first time ever. Christina’s very first fabric collection with Moda Fabrics is Northcote Range.


Christina (on the right) & her daughter and right hand gal, Kate (on the left)


Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Northcote Range collection?
A: The original inspiration was the past – time worn prints of gentle florals that our grandmothers might have used. It was a marvellous opportunity of producing fabric to be used in many applications – for dresses, cushions, bags and of course quilts.






Q: What are 3 words you would choose to describe this collection?
A:
1. Homely
2. Friendly
3. Vintage




Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: This is a very mean question. I was looking them up online (forgetting that i was only allowed one!) and chose five- so the blue samford stripe (moda #35202-17)!




Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: My dream project was to come up with ideas for the photography to promote the collection – i.e. about ten things from sweet shorts to a doris day dress!





Christina's Silly Secrets:

3. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
Gardening – growing vegetables

4. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
Grew up in London i call England my home

5. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
dog: Walter Gilbert Strutt + dog: Meggernie

6. Your biggest pet peeve?
Business

9. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
Anything made into a floral frock by Kenzo


It's Sew Emma Spotlight: Pack ‘n Pillow


Hi everyone! This is Debbie Taylor and I am back with a fun and easy It’s Sew Emma pattern. My new Pack ‘n Pillow Pattern makes three versions of a 13” x 21” travel pillowcase. These cute and handy pillows make exquisite gifts that take less than an hour to make!




All you need is:

5/8 yard or 7/8 yard if the fabric is directional for the pillowcase body
1/8 yard of 2-4 fabrics for the inner band (or scraps)
3/8 yard for the outer cuff
12” x 16” pillow form

Ask Kimberly how fun and addicting this pattern is- She has made 10 since I published this pattern. Here are some cute photos of the pillows we have made!


Using Amelia

Using Robot Factory (Featured in the back is To The Moon Robot Quilt Kit)


Will with Sesame Street (Have you seen this yet?)

A bunch of Princesses ;-)

Peyton & Emma

Peyton

Using Me & My Sister Designs


As you can see this Pack ‘n Pillow pattern is kind of popular at the Fat Quarter Shop.
... and trust me, you will love this pattern too!



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Cosmo Cricket


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket to the Jolly Jabber. Cosmo Cricket’s latest fabric collection is Circa 1934 from Moda.




Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Circa 1934 collection?
A: I simply had the idea in mind of an old print shop. For the most part, I don't use inspiration boards, but I did make one for this blog post to show you all just what was floating around in my head. The really funny thing is that Eric (my husband and co-designer of Cosmo Cricket) seems to know exactly what I see in my mind. I can describe the vision to him and he gets it instantly and vice versa so we work very well together.




Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A:  Old Jazz music especially Duke Ellington!
1. East St Louis Toodel-Oo
2. It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got that Swing
3. Take It Easy
4. Sophisticated Lady
5. Take The 'a' Train

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: Cream numbers on red because of how graphic the design is. I really have to thank the designer of the Clarendon font for creating such beautiful numbers to play with!


Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A:





Q: What is your favorite part of working in the fabric industry?
A: Designing and working with fabulous people! I love everyone at Moda, but especially Lissa Alexander ever since she sent me a hilarious video clip that had me laughing so hard I nearly fell off my chair.

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: Yep, but if I get in trouble for it, you all have to come defend me!




Q: What is your absolute favorite thing in your house?
A: If I don't count family members as things, then this has to be it. I've actually cheated again, including not only my piano, but the little bud vase with the bird on it. Both are favorites!




Q: Which project stands out in your memory as your all-time favorite?
A: It's not finished yet, but this chronicles my son's artwork from the first grade. He's 14 now, ahhhhhh!!!




Q: Where do you do your best thinking? Can we see a photo of your studio?
A: I do my best thinking in the shower or on my morning walks. Here's a pic of my unaltered, totally honest workspace.... 'cause I hate all those perfect workspace photos out there. Who actually lives like that?!




Q: What is your favorite snack food? Can we see a photo of your fridge or pantry?
A: Ummm, you can see a photo of my fridge because Eric cleans it every week. My pantry is another story!!! My favorite snack food is anything with an overabundance of calories, fat, sugar and hopefully a high percentage of chocolate. Our family purchases chocolate chocolate chips in the 2 pound bags.




Q: What is your one guilty pleasure in life?
A: Magazines! I love them and would subscribe to all different types from National Geographic and Science America to Prevention and Somerset... if I weren't so practical! Because I read tons of trivial articles, I have endless amounts of useless knowledge and statistics that I rattle off throughout the day. I have been compared to Cliff Clavin on more than one occasion.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Winner: Kate Spain Designer Select

Last week Kate Spain came to visit and we played "2 Truths and a Lie". You then had the chance to guess which was a lie in attempts to be the lucky winner of her Designer Select Fat Quarter Bundle.




Unfortunately I can only pick one of you lads that picked her lie out correctly, but first, let me show you some proof of Kate's 2 truths!

1. I have gone bungee jumping off a bridge.





Yep, that's Kate bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand. That's where she studied printmaking and photography during the winter session of her junior year at RISD.



3. I have a collection of over 100 Smurfs.



Can't you just imagine her whole Smurf village singing. Talk about a catchy song, my 4-year-old nephew still sings it everyday after seeing the movie a month ago.  I can't image how Kate feels living with all of these smurfs - maybe that's why she's so happy all the time! ;-)


So that leaves us with: 2. I won a hot dog eating contest when i was in High School.

Now, to the lucky winner who guessed #2 correctly....

I am going to guess #2 is false. Just a hunch. 
Thanks for the giveaway. 
Kathie L in Allentown

Congratulations Kathie! To claim your prize e-mail stephanie[at]fatquartershop[dot]com with your full shipping address.

Happy Monday!





Love Letters Block of the Month



Truly, I am in love – giddy, fully head over heels in love! What has brought on my adrenaline rush and my heart palpitations, you might ask? What else but an exquisite quilt I just received back from my fabulous longarm quilter. And it seems to be having that effect on everyone who sees it. But let me start at the beginning….

I volunteered to make this quilt, Love Letters Block of the Month by Sherri Falls for This & That, because Kimberly likes to have each block of the month quilt tested before it is passed on to you. I soon had the pattern and the wonderful fabric, Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda, in hand. I was immediately drawn to the design elements in the quilt, and I am quite the fan of 3 Sisters fabrics. So I anxiously and carefully laid out each of the fabrics and realized that three of them were wovens, which I had not ever used before….but more about that later.




Each of the 6 blocks is duplicated to yield 12 blocks, so I cheated a little and started on the block which was my favorite. By the time I had done some chain piecing and had the first two blocks together, I could hardly wait to get started on the next. I did get to know the woven fabric quite well, as it is used in every block and also in the borders. I learned very quickly that the woven fabric is very stretchy and likes to be handled with care. My tip to you as you use the woven fabrics - use your spray starch very liberally. This will stiffen the fabric enough to aid in precise cutting and will stabilize the cut pieces which have bias edges.

As I continued from block to block, what started as a fondness for the design began to blossom into full blown affection. Each fabric had its own story, especially the script prints with words taken from actual letters written generations ago. At last, I was ready to join the blocks into rows with the script print sashing strips. By the time I reached the pieced outer border, affection had been replaced by a strong emotional connection. The red plaid triangles accentuate the blocks and add the endearing final signature to this one of a kind love letter.

Join us in this 6 month block of the month program – you, too, will be writing your own Love Letters!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Katie Hennagir


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Katie Hennagir to the Jolly Jabber. Katie’s latest fabric collection is Little One Organic from Robert Kaufman.





Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Little One Organic collection?
A: I couldn’t wait to dress my son Jack in all of his cute baby clothes when he was born. He had another idea in mind, and he ended up wearing bibs I created for him over his clothes. I wanted to create a collection of cute bibs in a panel that would be easy to make and stylish too!

Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A:
1. “Miracle” by Renee & Jeremy
2. “It’s A Big World” by Renee & Jeremy
3. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: The baby rattles make me smile whenever I look at them. For me they are the perfect mix of cute baby print and modern design.




Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: Right now I am a bit obsessed with making the soft blocks. They are a great way to use up the odd pieces of fabric that I have left over from making the quilts. And, they are now my go to present for anyone having a baby.





Q: What is your favorite part of working in the fabric industry?
A: For me it’s the combination of working with such amazing people on a daily basis and having the flexibility to do it all. I get to be an at home mom, work part time at the shop, and design whenever I get the chance. What could be better than that?

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peak of your next fabric collection?
A: If I could figure out a way for you to see inside my head you could definitely get a sneak-peek! I’m still working out ideas & concepts for a new line. If only there were more hours in a day….

Q: What is your absolute favorite thing in your house?
A: I have a collection of vintage jars that were part of my great-grandpa’s general store. I’m pretty sure he adhered the seed labels to the jars himself and sold seed from them. I love the colors of the labels.




Q: Which project stands out in your memory as your all-time favorite?
A: A couple years ago I made a small art quilt with a photo of my grandma Katy Bauck, whom I’m named after. The picture is of her on her wedding day and the ribbon trim is actually from her bouquet on that day. The pearls that I used to frame the picture are from her stash of beads and trim that she saved. For me it is a special reminder of someone with whom I shared a lot in common.




Q: Where do you do your best thinking? Can we see a photo of your studio?
A: I am home with my kids every morning and I find a lot of inspiration in our day to day life: their favorite Nick Jr shows, books we read, or the toys they play with. In the quiet times when we are snuggling or rocking it is amazing how the design concepts come together in my head. I also think best right before bed so I keep some paper close by to sketch out quick ideas that I can work on later.

I actually have two studios. One at my mom’s quilt shop where I do most of my computer work and drawing as well as the business end of my designs. And, I do all of my sewing at home.




This is my work studio. I have an area where my kids get to play because they often get to come and hang out with me at the shop.




At home my studio is also a place for the kids to be creative. Jack has his coloring desk next to my cutting table. And Isabelle gets to dig through the ribbon and toys while I sew.




Q: What is your favorite snack food? Can we see a photo of your fridge or pantry?
A: Chocolate and currently I am in love with Skinny Cow dark chocolate clusters. I love sweets, and I have passed this on to my children. We have a cupboard in our house that is just high enough that my son needs a chair and some help to reach the candy. It is always filled up with something.




Q: What is your one guilty pleasure in life?
A: Clothes for me or my kids. I just bought my daughter the most adorable silver shoes with a purple bird. She actually loves them too. When we see other people like Grandma or the staff at work, she will show them her shoes (she is only 18 months). A girl after my own heart!