Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wishes Quilt Along: Grape Basket

We are at the end of our Wishes Quilt Along journey and we want to thank each and every one of you for supporting this great cause and sewing along with us in 2014. Please visit our auction page and bid on our beautiful Wishes quilt. 100% of the auction's proceeds will go towards Make-A-Wish!

And now, for our last Wishes block, the Grape Basket block!

Download the FREE Grape Basket Block and get sewing!
Once you have the pattern downloaded and your fabric cut, watch Kimberly's video tutorial for a closer look at piecing the Grape Basket Block. If you're ready to finish your beautiful quilt, don't forget to download the backing and binding PDF patterns as well! 

Did you love sewing along with us in 2014? Join our upcoming Snapshots Quilt Along benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in January 2015! Visit our Snapshots Quilt Along page to learn more and visit our fundraising page to learn more about this amazing cause. 

Thank you so much for joining us and don't forget to share your Wishes blocks on our FlickrFacebook, and Instagram using #wishesqal. Happy quilting! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Night Sky Quilt Along with Jana Machado

Hi everyone! As a big fan of Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms, we were thrilled when Jana of Jana Machado asked us to join her Night Sky Quilt Along featuring Camille's new Night Sky Pattern. 

This pattern is a great way to use scraps for your stash, and it's fat quarter friendly as well. To get you inspired, here are some of Jana's blocks for the quilt along. She's using the Miss Kate collection by Bonnie & Camille and the Cherie collection by Frances Newcombe for her blocks. 

One of our quilty staff, Daniar, decided to create her blocks from her Cotton + Steel stash, mixing the Spring and Fall collections! 

Did you know that the Night Sky pattern is also our November Pattern of the Month? That means it's 20% OFF all month long! So pick up your pattern at our shop today and join in on the fun!

But wait… there's more! We are giving away a Miss Kate fat quarter bundle by Bonnie & Camille to one lucky winner! To enter, all you need to do is comment on this blog post and let us know what fabric collection you would make with the Night Sky pattern. The winner will be contacted via email and randomly selected on December 5th, 2014. Good luck and happy quilting! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10 Blog Tour

Hello everyone! We're delighted to be a part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10 Edition! This issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks marks the 10th volume of the popular block magazine and that means they have published 1000 original block designs, how amazing is that? 

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Quiltmaker also compiled a video of all of their designers. We had a chance to record the video at the Fall International Quilt Market in Houston last month. 

Ready to see our blocks? Let's start with Kimberly's Starberry block! She gave a traditional star block a modern twist and used the whimsical prints from the April Showers collection by Bonnie & Camille

Next, is Jocelyn's Parasol block. For her design, she was inspired by the structure of umbrellas and added a touch of glamour using the Glitz collection by Michael Miller Fabrics. 

Sarah's Well-Suited Block is a throwback to her childhood in the 90's. She was inspired by the "power" ties that her dad loved to wear! She felt that the Botanics collection worked perfectly with her design as well! 

Want to learn how to make our blocks and 97 more? We are giving away three copies of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 10 to three lucky winners! To enter our giveaway, all you need to do is to comment on our blog post and let us know which block would you like to make from the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 10. Don't forget to visit the Quiltmaker website for giveaways and more blocks from other designers as well. Have an amazing day and happy quilting. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Modern Applique Illusions Blog Tour

Hi everyone! We're so happy to be participating in Casey York's blog tour for her newest book, Modern Applique Illusions. This book is based on perspective and illusions. The projects in this book explore the potential for using minimal shapes, colors, and compositions to create the illusion of space. 
Casey at Fall 2014 International Quilt Market
We've asked Casey a few questions about her inspiration, love of quilts, and favorites from the book! Read on to learn more. 

What inspired you to create the Modern Appliqué Illusions Book? 
Casey: I love appliqué, but it's only just the beginning to catch on among (self-identified) modern quilters. I thought this presented a great opportunity to create a book (there have been several wonderful modern applique books released, so it seems like the time was right!). It was actually the publisher and acquisitions editor at Stash Books who suggested that I focus my book proposal around quilts that create the illusion of depth and three dimensionality. They had seen my Onwards Quilt, and wondered if I could create a whole book's worth of projects based on the same principles. I'm really glad they did, because it was tremendously fun designing and making the projects in the book!

Casey's Onwards Quilt 

How long have been you been quilting and sewing? 
Casey: I've been sewing since I was a child, and I sewed a lot during high school, but I mainly made garments back then. I made my first quilt about nine years ago, when my first son was born, and I was hooked. Now it's uncommon for me not to have several projects going at once, although I don't think I'm alone in that! 
Grand Canal quilt

Which is your favorite project in the book?
Casey: It's difficult to choose a favorite, but I really love the Ripples quilt, which gives the effect of koi floating underwater. it's a very simple quilt to put together and also fairly minimalist, which I love, yet the shadows give it a great amount of impact. I also love how the applique and the quilting work together to create the illusion of floating fish. 

Here are also a few of our favorites from the book.
Upward quilt
Still Life quilt
Casey is generous enough to give away a hard copy of Modern Appliqué Illusions to one lucky winner! Enter the giveaway through our rafflecopter below and the winner will be announced November 26th, 2014. Good luck and have an amazing day! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vintage Vibe Blog Tour

Happy Tuesday quilty friends! We're so excited to be a part of the Vintage Vibe Blog Tour with Amber Johnson of A Little Bit Biased. Vintage Vibe has 14 original quilt projects that marry modern, fresh designs with vintage undertones. 

For this blog tour, we had the opportunity to select one of the many beautiful quilts in this book to talk about and we fell in love with the quilt (coincidentally) named "Vintage Vibe." Vintage Vibe was inspired by a Tiffany blue metal chair with square cut outs that Amber spotted in one of her catalogs and she knew that it would make a great quilt design. Amber has always loved the vintage feel of quilts that use just two solid colors. The simplicity and modern take on this design is what makes this quilt such a beauty. Who says solids can't be exciting? 

Here's a sneak peek at other projects from the book. 
Images courtesy of Martingale, photography by: Brent Kane
Amber was sweet enough to give away an e-copy of Vintage Vibe to one lucky winner! To enter this giveaway, let us know what you love about vintage quilts in the comments section. The winner will be announced on November 25th, 2014 and contacted via email. Don't forget to follow along on the Vintage Vibe Blog tour, here is the schedule:

November 6th, 2014 - Amber of A Little Bit Biased
November 11th, 2014 - April of Prairie Grass Patterns
November 13th, 2014 - Jessie of Messy Jesse
November 18th, 2014 - Fat Quarter Shop (Hey, that's us!)
November 20th, 2014 - Corey of Little Miss Shabby
November 25th, 2014 - Sherri of A Quilting Life
December 2nd, 2014 - Jodi of Pleasant Home
December 4th, 2014 - Melissa of Happy Quilting
December 9th, 2014 - Pam of Pam Kitty Morning
December 11th, 2014 - Heather of Quilt Story
December 16th, 2014 - Andy of A Bright Corner
December 18th, 2014 - Amy of Diary of A Quilter
December 23rd, 2014 - Melissa of Polka Dot Chair
December 30th, 2014 - Lori of Bee in My Bonnet

Thank you so much for joining us for some Jolly Jabber fun and be sure to pick up your own copy of Vintage Vibe to start your exploration of vintage inspired quilts. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Snapshot of Saturday...

This weekend, we had the ultimate pleasure of hosting and filming with two wonderful ladies.

Bonnie and Camille dropped by for a full, packed day of the Snapshots Quilt-Along! We filmed bits and pieces of the quilt-along-for-a-cause series we will unveil very soon on our YouTube channel. We used their upcoming fabric collection, Daysail, to make our Snapshots Quilt. so naturally we had to invite them to come visit us! 

Here's a peek at what went down that day...
We rented a small house in Austin and turned the living room into our filming set. 
The shelves were colorfully decorated with Bonnie and Camille's beautiful quilts. 
We also shared some stories and memories for Snapshots. 
Lots of mom and daughter selfies were taken during breaks! 
Bonnie and Camille snuggled under the Snapshots quilt for a quick photo. 
Of course we filmed. We filmed so much. It's hard not to when everyone's so photogenic.
A lot hot chocolate were consumed that day. 
We also shared lots of stories and laughs. They'll be in the videos, so you'll just have to wait and see! Thanks to Bonnie and Camille for being such good sports and for helping us raise awareness and support for St. Jude Children’s ResearchHospital. We’ll have the first video explaining the whole quilt-along ready very soon!  In the meantime, visit our Snapshots page for all the info and kit information!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Candy Dish Table Runner by Edyta of Laundry basket Quilts

Calling all Edyta fans! Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts created an exclusive project for Fat Quarter Shop called the Candy Dish Table Runner Quilt

This quilt finishes at 14" x 28" and features Silhouettes for easy, raw edge applique. It doesn't sound like those words should go together, but try it! Learn more about this beautiful quilt and how you can make your own in our video with Kimberly and Edyta. 

We kitted it all up for you in our Candy Dish Table Runner quilt kit which includes the Candy Dish Pattern, silhouettes, her Heart's Content fabric for binding and backing to get you started. Then you can embellish your table runner the way that Edyta did with her Dancing in the Rain Silhouettes. Let us know if you are a raw-edge applique fan or if you'll try it for the first time! Thanks for tuning in to the Jolly Jabber, happy quilting!