Friday, October 31, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Penny and Friends by Darlene Zimmerman

Darlene Zimmerman is definitely one of our favorite ladies in the fabric world. Her adorable 1930s inspired fabrics are always perfect for any scrappy projects, and Darlene's new Penny and Friends collection will not disappoint. Read on to learn more about her inspiration.

Q: Tell us a little about the Penny and Friends collection. What were you inspired by?
A: I was inspired by some vintage paper dolls. They were so sweet, and of course, I loved all the cute outfits! So, I thought it would be fun to see a panel with different dolls in a variety of clothing. When I was in grade school, all of the girls wore dresses to school, and these little girls remind of those days. One of my classmates was named "Penny," which is not a common name today. 
Q: How would you describe your style? 
A: Modern / Vintage Style (primarily based on designs from the 1930s era), but also a color palette and design sense that speak to the modern quilter as well as traditional quilter. My small scale designs, geometric, pastel colors, and interesting themed panels have a wide appeal among quilters. My collections are designed for every quilter. 

Q: What is your favorite part about being a designer?
A: Playing with fabric of course! Although I enjoy all the aspects of designing fabric. 

Q: What projects have you made with Penny and Friends
A: You can find my free project quilt made with Penny and Friends on the Robert Kaufman website. At Spring Market, some darling little girl dresses were displayed with the collection and a cute girl and boy bear dressed in clothes made with the collection. Just a hint - watch more from Penny next year!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Downton Abbey Exclusive Offer!

We have a Downton Abbey exclusive offer just for you! For a limited time or while supplies last, receive a FREE Nesting Box Set (worth $60) when you spend $100 or more on Downton Abbey Fabrics. There no need to do anything on your end - if your purchase is over $100 we will include it in your shipment! This offer will last through November 7th, 2014 or while supplies last.

*Note for International customers: These boxes may require special shipping considerations including boxing because of their size. Please tell us in the comments box of the checkout process if you do not want the boxes. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Quilt Market 2014: Giveaway Winners!

Hello everyone! It's so great to be back at the FQS headquarters, and now that Quilt Market is over, we are announcing our giveaway winners. Our theme for this Market is "Back to School," so we took you back to the classroom and asked some fun "school" questions. 

For the first giveaway, we took you back to English class, with a word scramble! For this quiz, we are giving away 2 surprise gifts from Sample Spree. 

The correct answer is... Stripset! 
Congratulations to Rachel and Kell for guessing correctly!

During Schoolhouse, we tested your estimation skills by asking you to guess how many fat quarter bundles are in this Moda Fabrics bag. The two lucky winners for this giveaway will win an Ambleside by Brenda Riddle Fat Quarter Bundle and a Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters Fat Quarter Bundle. 
The correct answer is... 11 fat quarter bundles! 
Congratulations to Patchlys-Marina and Kendra Watson.

On Saturday, we brought you back to music class and asked if Quilt Market had a theme song what would it be? The winners for this giveaway will win an Aloha Girl by Fig Tree Quilts Fat Quarter Bundle and a Daysail by Bonnie & Camille Fat Quarter Bundle. We received some great answers and we chose two songs that reflect how the Fat Quarter Shop team feels when we're at Market. Those songs are Happy by Pharrell Williams and Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov. Here is Pharrell's Happy song that we all love!

Congratulations to Janarama and Jenelle for picking these songs for us! 

For Sunday's, it was time for Math class and some number crunching. We asked you to guesstimate the number of steps Kimberly took on average at Quilt Market per day. We kept count on our handy dandy Fitbit to get our results. The winners will receive Simply Fat Quarters, Fat Quarter Style, and Quilted Living as their prize. 

The answer is... 12,455 steps on average, that's over 6 miles a day! 
Congratulations to Karen,  Kathy , and June for guessing closest to our answer.

Our last giveaway is something that we consider one of the BEST memorabilia from Market, our yearbook quilt block. We asked your favorite quilting celebrities and designers to sign our one-of-a-kind block. Our quilter extraordinaire, Debbie, is currently sewing the block as a pillowcase for the lucky winner. 

And the winner is Lori Harman! 

Congratulations to all of the winners,and you have all been emailed. Don't forget that Kimberly and the FQS team will be at Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas on Saturday November 1st, for book signings. We would love to see you there! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fat Eighth Frenzy: Free Quilt Pattern with Fat Quarter Shop

We're back with another Shortcut Quilt on the Jolly Jabber, and this time we're introducing our Fat Eighth Frenzy patternIf you're not familiar with Fat Eighths, they are half the size of a fat quarter and a natural choice after Fat Quarter Fizz. This pattern takes a few Fat Eighths to make. Kimberly chose to create her quilt from the Heart's Content collection by Laundry Basket Quilts. 

Ready to start your Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt? Pick up your favorite Fat Eighth bundle this week during our 20% OFF Fat Eighth Bundle SALE, download our FREE pattern and watch our video tutorial for a step-by-step guide (P.S. don't forget to save your scraps and scroll down to see why!). We also created a Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt kit (available soon) to get you started on this fun project as well. 

We also created our quilts in different fabric collections that we know you'll love! 
Fat Eighth Frenzy in the Castlewood collection 
Fat Eighth Frenzy in the Horizon collection 
Fat Eighth Frenzy in the Community collection 
Remember when we told you to save your scraps? Surprise! We've got a bonus project created from our leftover triangles from our Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt. Watch Kimberly's video as she show you her simple project.  

Want to see more Fat Eighth Frenzy fun? We're joined by some of our favorite bloggers today with their creations. Check out each of their blogs to see more. 

Sherri of A Quilting Life
Andy of A Bright Corner
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Lindsay of The Cottage Mama
Jane of Quilt Jane
Heather of House of A La Mode

We hope that you enjoyed our Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt creations! Don't forget to pick up some of your favorite Fat Eighth bundles from our shop during our 20% OFF Sale! Let us know what you love to make with your fat eighths in the comments section. Thank you so much for tuning in to the Jolly Jabber! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Favorite Finds and Collections at Fall Quilt Market 2014

Our Fall Quilt Market fun has finally come to an end, and thank you so much for joining us on our adventure these past few days. After seeing all of the new collections at the 2014 Fall Quilt Market, it was so tough to pick our favorite collections, but we've got them narrowed down and ready to share! 

Kimberly is a huge fan of  the tropical and fun hues of Aloha Girl by Fig Tree Quilts
Kevin is digging the rhythm in the Union Blues by Barbara Brackman
Jocelyn was crushing on Basic Grey's newest collection for Moda, Fresh Cut
Sarah was smitten by the fun prints and ombre fabrics of  Color Theory by V & Co
Codi couldn't resist the adorable nature of  "Hello, Bear" by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
Daniar couldn't choose one favorite collection, so she picked all of the new  Cotton + Steel
Cheryl's favorite was definitely  Country Orchard from Blackbird Designs

Did any of our favorite collections make it to your favorites list?  Be on the lookout for Kimberly's Favorite Finds video, upcoming fabrics, books, and patterns at Fat Quarter Shop. We will be adding them as fast as possible to our Coming Soon page. 

We're pretty sure that you've seen Kimberly's yearbook block signed by designers and quilting celebrities throughout Market from Twitter and Instagram. Well guess what? We're giving away Kimberly's signed yearbook to one lucky winner. All you have to do is enter through our Rafflecopter for a chance to win this one-of-a-kind yearbook block. This giveaway will end tomorrow, Tuesday October 28th at 11:59 pm CST. 

Don't forget to enter all of our Quilt Market giveaways as well, we're announcing the winners on Wednesday, October 29th! Good luck!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Quilt Market 2014: Sunday

Happy Sunday! We're in the last half of Fall Quilt Market and we are having an amazing time in Houston! Today, we were so excited to meet new friends and fans during our book signings and of course browse more amazing notions and collections at Market. Keep reading for more photos from Market! 
Our favorite duo shows off their new Bandana collection for Moda Fabrics
Playing hide and seek with Joanna of Fig Tree Quilts
Cotton + Steel's new collection is just A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E
Don't you just love Tula Pink's throne? We do!
Welcome Jen Kingwell to the Moda Fabrics designers family
Gerri of Planted Seed Designs beautiful quilts and projects from her new book Quilted Living
Melissa of Polkadot Chair's Derby Style collection for Riley Blake Designs is so cute
Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics was inspired by Austin, TX (our home) when she created her collection
Jocelyn, Kimberly, and Sarah at another Fat Quarter Style book signing
Pam Kitty Morning showing off her new collection for Lakehouse
Happy 30th birthday Kona
Wildflower Meadow collection for Riley Blake Designs is perfect for a little girl's room
So excited for Julie of Jaybird Quilt's Gravity quilt (look out for our video on the quilt soon)
Brenda Riddle's Ambleside collection is definitely one of our favorites
We know you're anxiously waiting for Daysail by Bonnie & Camille
Since Quilt Market was filled with book signings, we're giving away a copy of our first It's Sew Emma book, Simply Fat Quarters, our newest book, Fat Quarter Style, and our book with Gerri of Planted Seed Designs, Quilted Living to three lucky winners! 

To enter, it's time for Math class and some number crunching! All you need to do is guesstimate how many steps Kimberly took on average at Quilt Market per day. We kept count on a handy dandy Fitbit, and it's going to be a little shocking! 

Enter our giveaway through Rafflecopter!  This contest will close on Monday, October 27th at 11:59 pm CST and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 29th. For the final day of Quilt Market, come back and see what made Kimberly's Favorite Finds list, plus what each Fat Quarter Shop staff picked as their standout Market collection!  

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Quilt Market 2014: Saturday

Welcome to the first day of the Fall International Quilt Market. We had so much fun browsing new collections, ordering new fabrics, tweeting, and instagram-ing plenty of photos. We were definitely busy, and now we're giving you a closer look!

We love the new Paradiso collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.
Moda precuts are always a good way to start the day!
Maureen Cracknell's Wild & Free collection for Art Gallery Fabrics is just stunning.
Anna Maria Horner's gorgeous array of quilts and garments featuring her new line, Honor Roll.
Vanessa Christenson of V & Co showing off her Color Theory thread kit and collection in an upcoming FQS video.
We are enchanted by this butterfly pillow from Edyta of Laundry Basket Quilts' Sticks and Stones collection.
Kimberly, Jocelyn and Sarah are having sew much fun at the Fat Quarter Style book signings.
Don't these dresses at Michael Miller Fabrics make you want to build a snowman?
Fun Size Quilts book signing! Kimberly and Jocelyn have cute little mini quilts in this book, and one of Kimberly's is on the cover!
Sweetwater's contemporary take on feedsack prints are displayed in Feed Company.
Everything is wintery, sweet and fun in Mistletoe Lane by Bunny Hill Designs!
Katy Jones of I'm A Ginger Monkey's first fabric collection, Priory Square for Art Gallery Fabrics, is lovely and vibrant.
This has got to beeeee one of our favorites from Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.

If you want to see more fun and photos, head on over to our Flickr page! Now it's time for our giveaways, and we have an Aloha Girl Fat Quarter Bundle by Fig Tree Quilts and a Daysail Fat Quarter Bundle by Bonnie & Camille up for grabs. 

We're taking you to Music class today, so if you want to win one of these beautiful bundles, let us know, if Quilt Market had a theme song, what would it be? 

Submit your answer through Rafflecopter below. This contest will close on Monday, October 27th at 11:59 pm CST, and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 29th. Check back tomorrow for our recap of another day at Quilt Market.
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