National Quilting Day

Happy National Quilting Day! This year is the 27th annual National Quilting Day, which was started in 1991! We love to participate in this day every year, to remind us all of our true quilty passion! All around the country special classes are offered, quilt museums are opened, and the art of quilting is celebrated! How are you celebrating this year? Be sure to share today’s project on social media with the official hashtag #NationalQuiltingDay.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a $100 gift certificate on Instagram, Facebook, and here on this blog! 

That’s right, THREE chances to win! To enter, comment on this blog post and tell us your favorite thing about quilting, then head over to our Instagram and Facebook for more chances to win! The randomly selected winners will be announced here on our blog on Thursday, March 23, 2017!

We can’t wait to hear your answers! Now let’s get to quilting!
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All About Charm Packs!

We love all precuts, but Charm Packs are at the top of our list! These 5″ x 5″ squares of fabric are so perfect for a variety of projects, and really let your creativity shine! Charm packs are affordable, easy-to-use, and are cut to a size that is commonly used in quilting!

In fact, we love Charm Packs so much, that we have a fun “Lucky Charm Pack” sale for you! So if you’ve had your eye on some of the amazing new Charm Packs at FQS, today is your chance to stock up!

Once you’ve got your favorites selected, be sure to check out the brand-new Charm School Quilt Book by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique! These pages are packed with 18 unique quilt patterns to create from your Charm Packs!
This book is perfect for beginners and experienced quilters alike! Start with simple quilt blocks, and mix up your patterns with stars, flying geese, and more!
For more fun, try one of our free Charm Pack Shortcut Quilts!
          

Charm Pack Cherry Quilt Pattern

Charm Box Quilt Pattern

Layers of Charm Quilt Pattern

We can’t wait to see what charming quilt project you come up with! Happy sewing!
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Spellbound Quilt Along

It will only take one glance at the Spellbound quilt for you to be completely captivated by its beauty and unique design! Each color placement has been carefully selected to keep your eyes and your mind working around the whole quilt!
Each block is woven into the next, making a seamless blend of fabrics! The Spellbound Quilt Kit features the brand-new Maven collection by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.
This neutral-based collection is so fun and offers so many individual prints from polka dots, to grunge prints, to florals! If you’re looking for a new collection with variety, Maven is perfect! We love it for this Spellbound quilt for the variety and eye-catching detail that it brings to the hypnotizing design!
Purchase your kit or your pattern, and grab your Creative Grids 90 Degree Double Strip Ruler and let’s get started as Kimberly walks us through the pattern in this how-to video!
Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for lots of new instructional videos!
Denise from Pieced Brain
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Nettie from A Quilt is Nice
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
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2017 Patchwork Quilt Along: Block 3

What better way to liven up the middle of March than with a new block pattern for the Patchwork Quilt Along?! If you’re just joining in on all of the quilty fun, you can head to the FAQ page to find Blocks 1 and 2, as well as answers to all of your yardage and notions questions!

We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!
*Psst! The designers of the quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along, too! How fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)

*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
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Sew Sampler March 2017 Sneak Peek

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the Sew Sampler Subscription Box monthly sneak peek! This month’s clue is a bit of a riddle, but you are so good at guessing that we know you’re going to figure it out!
Leave your guesses in the comments below! We love seeing all of your ideas and we get so excited when you figure out our clues each month!
Does this clue have the gears in your brain spinning? Make sure that you’re signed up for the Sew Sampler Box to get this month’s box full of goodies!
There’s more in store, so be sure to follow us for more box reveals and future sneak peeks on all social media outlets by using #SewSampler. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to email us at SewSampler@fatquartershop.com 
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Easy and durable placemats from Annie Unrein!

Are you looking for a quick way to spice up your dining room table, or to personalize each family member’s spot? Annie Unrein from ByAnnie.com is in the studio today giving us easy-to-do placemat tutorials, using the Soft and Stable Project Pack, that you can completely customize!

The key ingredient that makes these placemats durable is the Soft and Stable Project Pack! Watch our video tutorial to see what a difference it makes, and get some tips and tricks for making your own placemat! Bonus: this free pattern comes on the back of your Soft and Stable Project Pack! A two-for-one deal!

We loved these placemats sew much that we just had to make some for ourselves! Kimberly made one for each of her children, with fabric that they each picked out! We love the unique touches and personality that these will bring to the table!
Next we have a beautiful, floral, four-piece set stitched in Wonderful Things by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics!

This set was made using Raindrop Metallic Teal and From Porto with Love Metallic Blue Sardinha from Cotton + Steel, mixed with Metallic Yard Dyed Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman!

We have even more placemat pattern from ByAnnie if you want to mix it up! All of these patterns use the Soft and Stable product!

Do you want to see even more ideas for this easy project? Check out some of our favorite friend’s placemats and see which fabrics they selected!
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Havalah from Sisters What
Darlene from Quilt Shop Gal
Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting
Don’t forget to share your projects with us on social media! We might even feature your project!
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Scrappy Project Planner Sew Along: Week 6 Finale!

It’s already the last week in the Scrappy Project Planner Sew Along, we can’t believe it! We hope that you have had sew much fun using your Scrappy Project Planner and Accessories!
It’s time for the sixth and final exclusive Scrappy Project Planner Quilt: Fat Quarter Flirt Quilt!
We love how versatile this quilt is, and that you can mix it with any colorway! Here, we’ve shown you a soft and subtle version, and also a bold and bright version! Which one is your favorite?
Let’s see what some of our quilty friends have come up with this week!

Lori Holt

Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane

Thanks for joining us for some scrappy fun over the last six weeks! Don’t forget to share your projects with us on social media, #scrappyprojectplanner #FatQuarterFlirtQuilt @FatQuarterShop @BeeLori1.
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Button Lovers’ Club: Strawberry!

Do you have a sweet tooth? Well get ready because this month’s Button Lovers’ Club is extra sweet!
Not only do you get the monthly box of 86 hand-dyed buttons in a charming Strawberry color, but we’re also making the adorable Strawberry Bubblegum Mug Rug!
We love this design and could think of so many fun fabrics that this would work perfectly with! To make ours, we used the Sweet Marion collection! (Hint hint: if you are a Sew Sampler Box subscriber – this is the fabric that you got in February’s box!)
Let’s get to creating! We can’t wait to see what your bubblegum machine is filled with! If you’re not already a member of the Button Lovers’ Club, sign up today! Share your project with us on social media #buttonloversclub!
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Pattern Makeover KICK-OFF!

Are you looking for ways to put a sassy, new spin on some timeless patterns? Do you have some books just collecting dust on your shelf? Well it’s time to give them a second life!  We’ve teamed up with Heidi from Fabric Mutt to bring you a sequel to the It’s Sew Illustrated series! Over the next few months, we’ll be giving our favorite It’s Sew Emma books a makeover!
We’re kicking off the Pattern Makeover series with a book that we all know and love Farm Girl Vintage! Read on for project details from Heidi!

Farm Girl Vintage: Gingham Block Coasters

My husband has been begging me to make coasters for our family room for months. I’ve been wanting to tackle Lori Holt’s fantastic Gingham Block from her beautiful book Farm Girl Vintage ever since I bought it ages ago. Then my friends at Fat Quarter Shop asked me to do a new series for them by putting my own spin on patterns from a few of their It’s Sew Emma books. The result? These fun little pieced gingham coasters.
I downsized the pieces for a 6” block by just a quarter inch, using a strip piecing method instead of cutting out all the squares individually. It came together so quickly!
Each coaster is quilted differently just for fun. All three are backed in black yarn dyed linen, giving them a sturdy backing that’s also a nice contrast to the colorful prints on the front.
I love how this pattern is both traditional and modern at the same time. It’s also great practice for working with color values. I was sorely tempted to enlarge this block into a giant block to make a cute baby quilt. I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I need a quick shower gift.

Happy sewing, friends!

Are you ready to select some fabric to make your coasters? Check out some brand new collections that we’ve picked for you!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel features a variety of prints and colors! The hints of metallic would bring a fun highlight to your makeover coasters!
Early Bird by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics is bright and cheery and will add a punch of color to any room! With so many colorways, you could make coasters to match every room in your house!

Dots & Gingham by Lecien Fabrics is a sassy alternative to traditional solids! With this collection, you wouldn’t have to worry about perfectly cutting any prints! These are all small enough to work perfectly in Heidi’s coaster project!
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Morning Glory Sew Along

What better way to kick off a new week than with a fun new sew along?! Do you recall all of the eye-catching new pattern releases from It’s Sew Emma? Today, we’re letting our creative juices flow and stitching up the Morning Glory quilt!
We played up the details of this quilt with Pat Sloan’s Sunday Drive collection! These small prints mixed with the fun florals were perfect for the Morning Glory pattern, and the text prints add such a different element!
We added the pattern and all of the fabric that you need to make a quilt just like ours in the handy Morning Glory Quilt Kit! We even have a separate backing set available to complete your quilt!
This quilt pattern is sew much fun, that some of our quilty friends wanted to sew along with us, using a mixture of Sunday Drive and Sunday Drive Batiks, which brings a whole new world of possibilities to this pattern!
The woman behind the beautiful Sunday Drive collection herself – Pat Sloan!
Isn’t this fun?! Pat is hosting a contest to pick the border or her quilt – and it includes a fun giveaway! You won’t want to miss out!
Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Jane from Quilt Jane
Have these fun projects inspired you to start your very own Morning Glory quilt?! We love seeing your photos on social media, so be sure to tag @FatQuarterShop on Instagram and Facebook and hashtag #morninggloryquilt #itssewemma
If you’re looking for more tips, tricks and tutorials, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel! We post tons of unique videos – some even have special guests! 

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