Friday, December 19, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Recollection by Katarina Roccella

Hi everyone! Katarina Roccella of Like Flowers and Butterflies is joining us all the way from Serbia today to talk about her new Recollection collection for Art Gallery Fabrics! She's a long-time fan of Fat Quarter Shop and one of Art Gallery's newest designers. Read on to learn more about her amazing collection and inspiration. 
First of all, I want to THANK the entire Fat Quarter Shop team for giving me this chance to showcase my collection. Fat Quarter Shop was the first online shop for me, when I started my fabric obsession 10 years ago.

Q: Tell us about the Recollection collection. What were you inspired by?
Katarina: Recollection is my second fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. With this line, I tried to evoke the old, fundamental textile techniques from rug weaving, tapestry, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and ikat - motifs that were passed through the centuries, from generation to generation, recollected, becoming a legacy or heritage that makes up history and a history of modern craft work.

I have always been attracted to doilies, lace, and other vintage memorabilia. Also, doilies hold a special place in Serbian tradition and culture. I was also inspired by kilims, which are the gorgeous shapes and patterns of Pirot, the southern part of Serbia. Kilims are very geometric in form, and in combination with floral lacy motifs and shapes, create the perfect harmony for my “Recollection” line.  Culturally and historically, kilims are also used in very intricate needlepoint tapestries with beautiful roses. These have also inspired me to design some of the prints.

Q: What is your favorite print from the collection?
Katarina: Every single print in the collection has an important place in my heart and they are grouped together to challenge and inspire people to create various projects. From small items like toys and accessories to clothing, home decor, and quilts. The print "Flower Engrams" was certainly the most time consuming print to create since it had so many colorway variations before making the final decision. It's also the print that excited me the most while creating it, so maybe that's my favorite one!  
Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Recollection?
Katarina: I am looking forward to see any project made with my collection. There are two colorways that offer vast possibilities and also amazing AGF blenders and solids that match and complement the line perfectly. Please share your Recollection projects on my Recollection Fabrics Flickr page. I would love to see what you make! 

Q: What's next for Katarina Roccella?
Katarina: My third line for AGF called "Skopelos" will be available in April 2015. It was named and inspired by my family's favorite vacation spot, the Greek island, Skopelos. I am also working on developing some patterns that accompany my fabric lines. 

Countdown to Christmas Day 8!

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 50 - 60% OFF Miss Kate Collection by Bonnie & Camille!
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Heart's Content Thread Box Contest with Fat Quarter Shop

Hello everyone! We have Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts today on the Jolly Jabber to show you her NEW Heart's Content Thread Box for Aurifil and a surprise! This adorable little box includes seven threads, one mini charm and a free "Little Love" pattern.

Kimberly and Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts

Watch this video to learn more about the Heart's Content Thread Box and her other favorite Aurifil threads. 

SURPRISE! We've teamed up with Edyta to bring you a fun contest using the Heart's Content Thread Box and YOU get to choose the winners!

What do I need to do?

To enter our contest, all you need to do is to purchase the Heart's Content Thread Box, then use the mini charm pack and Aurifil thread to design your own quilt (or even mini quilt) with additional applique pieces. Your quilt should use at least one original applique shape that you have designed. The free heart stencil included in the thread box will not count. 

How do I submit my awesome designs?

You can submit your designs to Or, post your quilts on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Google +) with #fqsheartscontent and tagging us @fatquartershop by February 20, 2015. Please include "Heart's Content Thread Box Contest" as the subject line of the email. From the email and social media submissions, we will pick the top ten submissions for YOU to vote on! 

What's the prize? 

The winner will receive a special basket of goodies, handpicked by Edyta herself! It contains prizes such as Heart's Content fabrics, patterns, ruler, batting, needles, essentials threads, stencils, Reasons for Quilts book, clips, and fabric glue.

The Heart's Content Thread Box is limited edition, so get yours now before they are all gone. Thank you so much for tuning in to the Jolly Jabber and good luck on the contest, and we look forward to seeing your quilts! 

Countdown to Christmas Day 7!

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 40% OFF All Books!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Snapshots Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop!

Get ready for a year of sewing and sharing! Remember when we filmed a few weekends ago?

Well, we're finally ready to show you the very first video in the series! We've just posted our Snapshots introduction featuring the beautiful and super wonderful ladies of Bonnie & Camille. Watch for information about out 2015 quilt along and the non-profit organization we will be fundraising for, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

As much as we love the Snapshots quilt and enjoyed making it, the ability to raise support for St. Jude is our ultimate motivation. We hope you agree with us that helping families fight their child's cancer and continuing to search for a cure is a worthwhile cause. 
Image courtesy of St. Jude
Show your support by sewing along with us and donating just $5 per pattern. That $5 DOES make a difference, and this quilt-along will be a testament to what the quilting community can do when we band together. You can start donating to this amazing cause today! Fat Quarter Shop, along with Moda Fabrics, will match up to $10,000, of donations raised. 

Don't forget to check our our Snapshots page for all the nitty gritty details, where we've posted the quilt kit info (if you want to make our Daysail version) and all the bloggers who will be sewing with us. If you're sewing from your own fabric stash, the fabric requirements will be available on January 15. We'll post the finishing and backing patterns on June 15. 

For now, get your sewing table cleared off and ready, and we'll see you on January 15 with Block One! 

Countdown to Christmas Day 6!

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 25% OFF Kona Yardage & Precuts!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My DIY Christmas: Merry Stockings!

Welcome back to the Jolly Jabber! It's time for another DIY Christmas project for you! This time, we created Christmas stockings with the Merry Stockings pattern by Thimble Blossoms. 

This pattern is fat quarter friendly and includes four different designs and a template to create your stockings! 

We chose to create the Zig Zag version of the pattern and used the Mistletoe Lane collection by Bunny Hill Designs. 

Here are a few more Merry Stockings that we love!

Merry Stockings by Aqua Reef Studios
Adorable stockings by Sarah Castaneda
If you're ready to create your own Chrismas stockings, pick up the Merry Stockings pattern from our shop and get started! Thank you so much for joining us on the Jolly Jabber and tune in next week for another DIY Christmas! (Hint: it's going to be perfect for the man in your life.)