Countdown to 2017 Designer Mystery

We’re well on our way to the month of June! We’re loving all of these fun sew alongs happening right now, but we’re especially excited for the annual Designer Mystery kick-off!
Do you remember the first beautiful block that we gave you a sneak peek of when we introduced the 2017 Designer Mystery Block of the Month Program??

We just can’t wait any longer! Watch our You Tube video as Kimberly shows us how fun and easy this quilt is!

As Kimberly mentioned, when you sign up for the Designer Mystery BOM featuring Spring-a-Ling by American Jane for Moda Fabrics, you will receive a 50wt spool of Aurifil thread color 2000 (our favorite!) courtesy of Aurifil for FREE with your first block.  This creamy white is a pitch-perfect match for Spring-a-Ling’s pretty white dots!

Purchase the spectacular Designer Mystery Finishing Kit and receive a FREE Large Flying Geese Ruler by Quilt in a Day, a $9.98 value!  This setting is dressed up in a rainbow of flying geese, but this ruler makes it a cinch!

And of course, we had to include a bonus in our Designer Mystery Backing Set – we have designed an exclusive quilt label to commemorate this year’s quilt that you can personalize, and it comes FREE with the backing set.  It is available exclusively with the backing set, so don’t miss out!

So grab your block kit, finishing kit, and backing set, and join us along with so many of your favorite Moda designers as we discover this beautiful new quilt design month by month!

We have some fabulous ladies joining us this year! You may recognize a few faces.
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Pattern Makeover: Project 2

Like a breath of fresh air, we’re back with the second episode of our Pattern Makeover series with 
Heidi from Fabric Mutt! If you’re just tuning in, don’t worry! You can find our first pattern refresh featuring one of our favorite books, Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt by clicking this link!
Today, Heidi has dreamed up another fun pattern makeover from It’s Sew Emma’s Fat Quarter Baby Book! We know that so many of you already have and love this one, and we’re so excited for another fun project to come from this book’s quilty pages!!

Fat Quarter Baby: Hair Bow Pouch 

At least several times a week, I love to read to my girls before they go to bed. We’ve made our way through the Chronicles of Narnia, the Little House on the Prairie books, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Great Brain, and are currently working on the All-of-a-Kind Family series. While I sit on the floor in their room, each of my three daughters gets a turn doing Mommy’s hair. They were pretty rough on my poor head when they were little, but I’ve learned that brushing my hair before we get started and letting them use only soft scrunchies and flexible metal barrettes makes for a kinder, gentler experience. Usually I run around collecting all the hair items before we get started, but I soon realized that it would be smarter to just keep a pouch full of accessories ready to go next to our current book.
For this month’s Pattern Makeover, I was planning to adapt a project from Fat Quarter Baby from It’s Sew Emma Patterns. This book is full of darling novelty blocks like ducks and guitars and butterflies. To fit the theme of a hair accessories pouch, I thought it would be fun to use the bow block from the Kimberly Quilt pattern.
I made the block exactly as written, pairing some Swiss Dots by Riley Blake Designs with a pink macaroon print from my friend Patty Sloniger’s adorable new collection Bake Shop. I used an aqua zipper to match the pale aqua lining print — also from Bake Shop — which features the cutest little donuts and croissants.

I quilted the pouch with straight lines about a quarter inch apart. This sort of dense quilting gives such a wonderful texture to projects. It’s time consuming but so worth it!
As I was sewing, I suddenly remembered that I’ve been hoarding a donut zipper charm for the past few years, and it matched perfectly. A twill tape loop on the side featuring a bow was the final touch. The finished size is 4 1/2 x 7 1/2” — more than enough room for all the accessories my hair can handle in one sitting.

My girls squealed aloud when they saw the finished project, and everyone wanted a closer look at that donut charm, of course. I can tell that this little pouch is going to get a lot of love in the months ahead.

How fun is that pouch, and not to mention, sweet in more ways than one! Leave a review on our website of your favorite book and be entered to win a selection of three colored project zippers!

 

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Cake Mix Recipe Bake-Off: Week 2

Welcome back to Week 2 of our FQS Exclusive Cake Mix Bake-Off! We had so much fun with Week 1, and are SO amazed at the creativity that has gone into each one of the Recipes! Without further ado, our Week 1 winner is Melissa for her Cake Mix Recipe #1 using Bella Solids Purple and prints from Maven by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics!
Let’s tune in to the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel as Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics shows us a little about Cake Mix Recipe #2 and the endless possibilities to create with these ingredients!

It’s time to check out what tasty treats our Cake Mix Recipe #2 Bake-Off contestants have whipped up as they compete for this week’s winning title!
Melissa G.’s Cake Mix Recipe #2 uses the colorful Lulu Lane by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics!
Jocelyn’s Cake Mix Recipe #2 showcases fun prints from Early Bird by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics!
Kim L.’s Cake Mix Recipe #2 used a mixture of Color Daze Batiks from Laundry Basket Quilts and Flower Shop by Alexa Abegg for Cotton + Steel!
Melanie’s Cake Mix Recipe #2 features the fun prints from Lella Boutqiue’s Gooseberry collection for Moda Fabrics!

Which quilt project is your favorite this week? Be sure to vote and let us know! We have two more weeks before we find out the overall winner! 

Whose quilt project from Cake Mix Recipe #2 is your favorite?

Melissa G.
Jocelyn
Kim L.
Melanie
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Bella Skillbuilder Month 3

Happy April! Don’t worry, we’re not playing an April Fool’s Day tricks on you with month 3 of the Bella Skillbuilder blocks today! With the weather warming up and these sweet fruits being right on-trend in the design and decor world, pattern 3 is perfectly named Pineapple!
 
Are you just joining in the fun of the Bella Skillbuilder? Find previous month’s patterns, FAQ, and so much more on our Sew Along page!
Are you ready to get started on month 3? Let’s grab our Bella Skillbuilder Quilt Kits! Kimberly and Sherri McConnell from A Quilting Life walk you through the Pineapple blocks in this YouTube videoBe sure to download the free April 2017 pattern!
Some of our quilty friends have hopped on the Bella board to learn some new quilty tips and tricks! Be sure to check out their blogs throughout the next 9 months for more Skillbuilder fun!
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Why Not Sew
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
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It’s Sew Emma’s Dutch Tulips Quilt Pattern

Here in Texas, we couldn’t be more ready for spring! Birds are chirping, the sun is shining and we’re seeing so many beautiful blooms popping up left and right! We couldn’t wait to showcase some of these floral beauties in the new Dutch Tulips Quilt Pattern by It’s Sew Emma!
This eye-catching quilt is the perfect piece to bring the beauty of the outside into your home! Dutch Tulips features the much-loved collection Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics! These floral, cotton prints in a variety of colors are perfect to accent the fun tulip shapes on the quilt design!
We had sew much fun whipping up this quilt in Sugar Pie, that we couldn’t wait to try it with another one of our favorite new collections and give it a bright twist! Check out this twist in the Blueberry Park collection by Karen Lewis Textiles for Robert Kaufman Fabrics!
Ready to make your own? Watch this helpful YouTube video as Kimberly walks us through the Dutch Tulips quilt!
Are you looking for more tulip fun?! Check out some of our quilty friends’ blogs and see which collections brought their Dutch Tulips pattern to life!
Tonya from The Crafty Mummy
Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Lucy from Charm About You

GIVEAWAY! What’s your favorite It’s Sew Emma pattern?! Let us know by leaving a comment on this blog and be entered to win a digital copy + printed copy of the pattern of your choice!
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Starburst Jewel Series: Project 6

This has been SUCH a fun series of projects created with the Creative Grids Starburst Ruler! Which of the five projects we’ve made so far has been your favorite?
We hope you’ve learned how to use the Starburst Ruler, and have come up some some creative, unique projects all on your own! Today, we have the sixth and final Starburst Jewel for you!
Add some warmth and charm to your next dinner party withe the Napa Valley Tablerunner!
Download the free pattern, purchase your Napa Valley Quilt Kit and grab your Creative Grids Starburst Ruler, and let’s get started! The Quilt Kit features the luscious colors of the new Sweet Cherry Wine by Blackbird Designs from Moda Fabrics! 
If you want to mix up the fabric selection for this tablerunner design, simply download the free pattern now!
Don’t forget to share your Napa Valley Tablerunner, and all of your other Starburst Jewel projects with us on social media! #showusyourstarburst

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Sew Sampler Reveal March 2017

In the game of poker, a Royal Flush is an ace, king, queen, jack, and ten all in the same suit, which is the hand of the highest possible value! This month’s Sew Sampler Subscription Box is definitely a lucky hand! Did you guess correctly on our March sneak peek, which hinted towards the Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Co. from Cotton + Steel!
Are you ready to take a closer look at all of the quilty goodies packed inside March 2017’s box?! We sure are!!
The classic tale of Alice in Wonderland is one of whimsical delight! Rifle Paper Co. took this tale right from the pages to create the beautiful and vibrant collection! Inside your March 2017 Sew Sampler Box is a fat eighth bundle of this timeless collection! #riflepapercofabric
These hues of blue Cotton + Steel Sulky thread is glossy, luscious and perfect for all quilting and sewing projects! The colorful spools are a major dose of eye candy for your sewing room and will have all of your quilty friends envious!
 Say hello to your new favorite notion! This Aqua Polka Dot Magnetic Pin Bowl is a must-have for our sewing room! Cute and functional, this bowl is perfect for storing pins and needles, and will stick to most metal surfaces!
It’s always tea time with the Haberdashery Tablerunner! Invite over a few friends, tell a few riddles and let the whimsy fly! This tablerunner is sure to be a topic of conversation! This fun pattern is exclusive to the Sew Sampler box!
BONUS: Who doesn’t love exclusive products?! We know that we sure do! This two-pack of Wonderland-inspired notebooks is perfect for keeping in your bag or at your sewing table to jot down quick reminders and new ideas!
This month concludes the Series 1 SEW SAMPLER QUILT! We have loved each month’s recipe card revealing a fun new piece of the quilt puzzle! 
March’s box included Recipe for Block 12 as well as a Finishing Recipe Card! We made this quilt in all three sizes and just love how the bright solid shapes pop against the white and grey! If you aren’t a subscription member and want to get these fun patterns, you can purchase them here


You can see all of our Sew Sampler Box reveals on our YouTube Channel, as well as tons of fun tutorials! If you’re new to the Sew Sampler Box, don’t worry! You can sign up now to receive April’s little blue box packed full of goodies! We’ll be releasing Sew Sampler Series 2 in April, and we have a full year of quilty goodness planned for you! If you’re already a subscriber, no need to re subscribe! Your membership will carry over! Season 2 Recipe Cards will feature exclusive block designs by one of your FAVORITE designers!

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Cake Mix Recipe Bake-Off: Week 1

Have you seen the fun new Cake Mix Recipes available from Moda Fabrics?! We first saw these in action at the 2016 Fall Quilt Market, and were so excited to get our hands on them!
So what are these Cake Mixes? Great question! There are four separate books, and each book contains a pad of 45 sheets! These pads are triangle papers to make half triangle squares, and are sized for 10″ x 10″ layer cakes! This book is an awesome tool packed with basic “baking” techniques and simple instructions on how to use them! You can use one of the designs in the book, or use it as a springboard to create your own quilting project!
Tune in to our YouTube channel as Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics shows us a little about Cake Mix Recipe #1 and how to use this new tool to make blocks!
We love a little friendly competition around Fat Quarter Shop, so we got some of our in-house quilters and some of our blogger friends together for a Cake Mix Bake Off! We will have four participants each week for the next four weeks! Week 1 uses Cake Mix Recipe #1 and no other restrictions; participants were free to make any project using any fabric collection! Each week will have a Bake Off winner, and there will be one winner overall! Check out the projects for week one and be sure to cast your vote!!
Kimberly’s Cake Mix Recipe #1 quilt uses Sweet Marion by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics!
Sarah’s Cake Mix Recipe #1 table runner featuring Sunday Supper by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics!
Deborah’s Cake Mix Recipe #1 table runner showcases Poetry by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics!
Melissa’s Cake Mix Recipe #1 quilt uses Bella Solids Purple and prints from Maven by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics!

Whose quilt project is your favorite?! Be sure to vote and let us know!

Whose quilt project from Cake Mix Recipe #1 is your favorite?

Kimberly
Sarah
Deborah
Melissa

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Wednesday Special

Question: Can your stash ever have enough fabric? We think the answer is no! The best time to stock up on some of your favorite collections or some new prints you’ve been longing for is during a sale!

This week’s Wednesday special, is 25% off of all One Yard Bundles!

Be sure to use code “Yard25” at checkout to save! Not valid with other offers, one use per customer, offer expires Sunday, March 26, 2017.


Did you know that we have a Wednesday special EVERY week?! That’s right! Be sure to check our Facebook page every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. CST for these deals!

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Introducing Cake Mix Recipes!

They’re sew new and we’re SEW in love! The new Cake Mixes from Moda are here and playing with them might be the most fun we’ve ever had with triangle paper! Are you interested to find out more?! Watch this YouTube video as Carrie Nelson explains how to use these new recipe pads!

Are you hooked?! We have a fun Cake Mix surprise coming on Monday morning, March 27, 2017, so be sure to check back here to the Jolly Jabber! Happy quilting friends!
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