Learn how to make a Petit Four Basket with Annie Unrein!

We’re always looking for cute storage around the house, and especially in our sewing room! Today, Annie Unrein from ByAnnie shows us how quick and easy it is to make these adorable Petit Four Baskets!  This crafty project doesn’t have a pattern, so be sure to watch our YouTube video now for step-by-step instructions!
Sew cute! These baskets are perfect for holding your favorite thread, Alphabitties or even your newest charm packs! All you need to get started is ByAnnie Soft and Stable, your favorite fabric like the gorgeous new Desert Bloom collection that we used, and some basic sewing notions!
Different fabrics can give these Petit Four Baskets a whole new look!
Poetry by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics

Some of our quilty friends heard about this project, and couldn’t wait to whip some up for themselves! Check out their Petit Four Baskets:

Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Patty from Stitch in Time
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Erin from Why Not Sew?
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Tutorial: How to Use Impressions Quilting Templates

Have you gotten your hands on the awesome new Orange Peel Templates?! Today, we’ll show you exactly how to use these fun templates! Check out this easy-to-follow video!
These four new patterns are so fun to make! You might have seen them in our favorite Bella Solids, but we’ve made them in some of our favorite new collections, too!
   
We used the fun and colorful prints of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis Textiles for Robert Kaufman Fabrics! These prints are small and subtle enough that the fish shapes we love are still the star of the show! Purchase your Pattern today and bring this quilt to life! 
   
Friedlander by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics is a fun collection with a large variety of colorways! We love how that periwinkle blue just pops in the center of the Grapevine Pattern!
   
We softened up the Jewel Pattern by using First Blush by Ruby Red Designs for Windham Fabrics. These dainty florals are perfect to highlight the petals of this pattern!
   
The Round Robin Pattern is so versatile, and we decided to make it in Manderley by Franny and Jane for Moda Fabrics. This collection features contemporary prints in a variety of sizes, making it perfect for this quilt pattern!
Are you feeling inspired? We can’t wait to see what you create with these fun Impressions templates and new patterns! To help you get started, we’re giving away a set of Aurifil Thread that corresponds with the quilt kits! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be entered to win! Contest ends Saturday, February 25, 2017! Winner will be announced on the blog!

Aurifil Impressions Thread Set

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Project Linus + Receiving Blankets

Since 1995, Project Linus has provided over 6,335,454 blankets to children in need. These hand-made blankets provide a sense of security and comfort to children who are seriously ill and in need of some warm wishes.
We made some custom receiving blankets using Howdy by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics!
Do you want to get involved in this amazing cause? We’ve got a wonderful video tutorial to help you create a custom receiving blanket!
 
 
There are numerous drop-off sites nation wide, and you can find a listing of those near you!

We have a fun giveaway for you! Follow us on Instagram through this entry and be entered to win the brown and blue receiving blanket! Contest ends February 24, 2017! Be sure to check your Instagram that day to see if you’re the winner!
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Sew Sampler December 2016 Box Reveal!

Today we’re unwrapping our December Sew Sampler Subscription Box! If this is your first box, you’re in for such a treat! If you’ve been with us since the first box, you know just how adorable every box is! Each month the box has so many goodies that you will wonder how you ever lived without it! Be sure to leave a comment and review the box on our website here.

We packed this box with treats that are sure to bring a look of joy to your face! Now, let’s see what’s inside!

Impressions Quilting Templates Orange Peel Set from It’s Sew Emma features the classic orange peel applique shape. Templates are designed to fit on 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″ finished squares.
Round Robin Quilt Pattern featuring Impressions Orange Peel Templates from It’s Sew Emma! This beautiful pattern was featured on our social media a few months ago, and everyone has been dying to get their hands on it!
Birds of Liberty Half Roll Up by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics showcases 1930’s reproduction prints in beautiful, vibrant colors! The Roll Up includes 18 2.5″ x 42″ strips of fabric and includes duplicates of some prints.
1930s Aurifil Applique Thread Set with SIX spools of beautiful 80 wt. Aurifil thread, perfect for machine and hand applique! Includes colors: 1135, 2410, 2860, 2520, 2725, 2250.

Sew Cherry Magnet Set with four magnet squares, inspired by the Sew Cherry Collection by Lori Holt!

This month’s box also features Block 9 Recipe Card! This is an exclusive pattern and at the end of the year we will include a finishing card as well, so that you can put together the whole quilt!

January’s Sew Sampler Box will ship out in three weeks! Be sure you’re on the list to receive your little blue box!


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Shortcut Quilt: Jelly Roll Twist

Today, we have a fun shortcut quilt tutorial for all skill levels! Jolly Roll Twist, our free pattern, features a modern layout mixed with the classic prints and colors of Hop, Skip, and a Jump! fabric by American Jane for Moda!
All you need for this quilt is the Jelly Roll Twist Quilt Kit or your favorite Jelly Roll! We also used our go-to Aurifil 2000, our favorite Creative Grids Ruler, and our trusty Alphabitties to make this quilt a cinch!
Are you ready to get started? First, we selected our favorite 34 prints from the Hop, Skip, and a Jump! Jelly Roll, and stitched them together!
After pressing and cutting the Jelly Roll strips, we aligned them with the solid block squares!
Next, we lined up the long strips, short strips, and solid blocks!
Viola! 42 blocks later, you have this eye-catching quilt that is perfect for a gift (or to keep for yourself! We won’t share your secret!)
Ready for all of the in between steps? Download your free pattern and get started now! We’ll walk through the Jelly Roll Twist quilt with you every step of the way! 
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Free Quilt Pattern: Mini Charm Mocha!

It’s time for another gorgeous quilt tutorial and our favorite – a free pattern! Today, we’re going to show you the Mini Charm Mocha free quilt pattern and a quick look at how to create this neutral, metallic piece! As the weather begins to turn, it’s the perfect time to make this quilt, and have a taste of mocha! (But beware, everyone might want this one for their own!)
We selected the Modern Background Luster Metallic collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. This line is so versatile and gender neutral! The flecks of metallic give such a playful and unique look to the line!
How fun is the stitching on this modern quilt? We love the square charms from the Mini Charm Pack off-set by the squares quilted on the diagonal! 
Ready to get started? Pick up a Mini Charm Mocha Quilt Kit and Backing Set for everything you need to get this quilt ready for cuddling! 
Here we show you how to easily put this quilt together, using the quilt kit, the Aurifil 50wt Grey Smoke thread and the Creative Grids ruler!

Let’s get to quilting! We can’t wait to see your Mini Charm Mocha quilts! If you’re using a different collection for the free pattern, please share with #minicharmmocha! We love seeing your unique interpretations of our fun, free quilts! Happy quilting!

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Aurifil Thread Weight Comparison

With so many thread weights on the market, it’s tough to tell which one is perfect for a project! We’re here to help you distinguish between those tricky little spools with some description and up-close stitch comparisons.
Print out this sheet and keep it in your crafting room for the next time you’re at a fork in the road when it comes to selecting thread!
Now that you’ve got the basics down – let’s get to stitching! Here’s an up close view at how each weight looks on a basic white:

Craving some new threads? We have the perfect solution! Join the Fat Quarter Shop Aurifil Thread Club or the new 2017 Exclusive Applique Thread Club and get four beautiful new spools delivered to you every month!

Since 80wt is hard to get your hands on, we wanted to share this awesome box with you that we now have in stock! 45 lush colors come in this divine Aurifil 80wt Best Selection Box – it’s almost so pretty you won’t want to use it! We love the 80wt and we know you will too!
We spotted this beauty at Fall Quilt Market 2016 and we had to have it! Preorder this beautiful, The Colors of Moda Aurifil Box to be the first one with this sewing room addition!
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Sew Sampler September 2016 Box Reveal!

Welcome back! It’s time to share the contents of the September Sew Sampler Subscription Box! This month marks our sixth box and we are super excited about its success, thanks to all of our subscribers! As an added perk of being a member this month you will receive an exclusive coupon book packed with amazing offers. 

Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what Sew Sampler boxes are made of! At least that’s what the September Sew Sampler box is made of.

Sweet Orchard Rolie Polie
Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs
A sweet floral and fruity collection mixed with bias stripes, dots and text.
Contains 21 – 2.5″ x WOF strips
100% Cotton

Custom Fat Quarter Shop Aqua Ruler Pal
Pleasant Home
This adorable little block will no doubt give you easy access to your rulers and templates and keep them off your cutting mat and work area!
Measures 7 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
Made of Wood

White Seam Ripper
Clover

Not all seam rippers are created equal. Clover’s white seam ripper fits nicely in your hand and has a sharp blade to cut threads easily and cleanly.

Small Spool Holder
June Tailor
A cute way to organize and store your spools! Constructed of natural, durable hardwood and can accommodate up to 16 small spools. Conveniently stands on flip-out legs or hangs.
Measures 5″ wide by 6 1/2″ high

Exclusive Twirling Flowers Pattern
Fat Quarter Shop
Sweet little pinwheels adorn this adorable crib-sized quilt. A wonderful precut friendly pattern, just grab your Rolie Polie and some background fabric!
Finished size: 39 1/2″ x 48 1/2″
Exclusive Sew Sampler box item. 

BONUS!
Create Zipper Bag
Fat Quarter Shop
This Create Zipper Bag is perfect for fashionably storing your favorite on-the-go sewing supplies!
Made of canvas and measures 6″ x 7 1/2″

That’s not all – we also included our next block recipe! This pattern will give you cutting and piecing instructions to make an 8″, 12″ and 16″ block. This month we have featured Bella Solids Peacock!

This is a collectible card, and you can expect to receive one in every box.  At the end of the year, we will have a finishing pattern as well.  If you want to sew along with us, pick up the coordinating Fat Quarter Bundle we created using Bella Solids.

If you haven’t already signed up, do it soon to make sure you receive our September box! Also, if you are enjoying your box, be sure to take a moment and write a review on our website here.

What did you think about the September box?  Comment below to let us know, and be sure to share your box reveals with us by using #SewSampler #SewSamplerSeptember
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2016 Sewing Month Celebration: Giveaway #5 and a FREE Quilt Pattern!

Welcome back to our celebration of Sewing Month 2016!
It’s the final week of our 2016 Sewing Month Celebration, and we’re pulling out all the stops! Not only are we sharing more video tutorials – we also have a quilt kits giveaway and are sharing a NEW, FREE quilt pattern that we created just for Sewing Month! Sew fun!

Quilting & Binding Video Tutorials!

This week we’re sharing some fab videos on quilting and binding!  Take a peek at these gems, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

GIVEAWAY #5!

This week we’re giving away some of the quilt kits we carry at Fat Quarter Shop!  Woo hoo! Since this is giveaway #5, we’re offering up five different prizes for five winners!

http://www.fatquartershop.com/rolling-stone-quilt-kit
http://www.fatquartershop.com/merry-mint-quilt-kit
http://www.fatquartershop.com/crossroads-quilt-along-quilt-kit

http://www.fatquartershop.com/purely-christmas-quilt-kit

http://www.fatquartershop.com/cuddly-quilt-kit

To enter: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing which of these two quilt kits are your favorites.
Giveaway ends on 9/26/16 at 8 AM CST. The five winners will be chosen at random and announced in an update on this post by 10/3/16, and will be emailed about their prizes. Good luck!

FREE Quilt Pattern

How better to celebrate sewing month than with a free quilt pattern that features a sewing motif? This pattern is a super fun way to celebrate our love of sewing and quilting, so download your copy HERE and start stitching! 

Happy Sewing Month!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our celebration of National Sewing Month!  Thank you again for being a very important part of our Fat Quarter Shop community!

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2016 Sewing Month Celebration: Giveaway #4

Welcome back to our celebration of Sewing Month 2016!
We hope you’ve been having fun with our weekly inspiration and giveaways. There are so many video gems in our FQS vault (also known as our YouTube Channel) that we’re sharing some more inspirational how-to’s based on a theme. This week?  Applique! We’ve also got a fantastic giveaway, and two people will each win a prize package valued at over $80, which includes the thread-y goodness show below – yum!
AWESOME APPLIQUE!
We know, we know – some quilters consider applique the “A word”. Here at Fat Quarter Shop we think applique gets a bad rap, so we’ve gathered some FQS videos that will help you develop new applique skills or further develop those you may already have.  Take a peek!
See, that wasn’t so bad! Applique – by machine or by hand – can be painless and fun, and results in gorgeous quilts and other stitch-y projects!
http://www.fatquartershop.com/quilting-notions/applique-notions
GIVEAWAY #4!

This week we’re giving away two Awesome Applique Prize Packs! Each lucky winner will receive a Fat Quarter Shop Tin Set, ten spools of Aurifil 80 wt Applique Thread, a package of 16 Straw Needles, Poke-A-Dots Sticky Thimbles, and one Charm Pack of Bella Solids containing assorted colors. Each Prize Pack (shown in the tray above) is valued at over $80! 

To enter: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing whether you currently use applique in your quilting and sewing, or if you have yet to take on this sewing technique. Giveaway ends on 9/26/16 at 8 AM CST. The two winners will be chosen at random and announced in an update on this post by 9/28/16, and will be emailed about their prizes. Good luck and Happy Quilting!

Update: Giveaway is closed! Congratulations to GranChris and Jinger!  Both winners have been contacted.

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