Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pattern Jam + Zombie Love collection!

Hello everyone! We are so excited to introduce our newest collaboration with Pattern Jam! If you're unfamiliar with Pattern Jam, they are the world's easiest and fun to use online quilting designer site. 

Have you ever wondered what certain fabrics look like with a particular quilt pattern? Well, Pattern Jam is here to help! You can design your own quilt pattern or choose from various patterns (even clothing and bags) on their website and pick and choose what fabrics to use. Here's a quick infographic tutorial on how to use Pattern Jam....

Step 1: 
Creating an account on Pattern Jam is FREE. When you create an account, you are able to create your own quilt designs right in your fingertips. They also have Pattern Jam Plus subscription which provides you with unlimited PDF downloads of patterns! 

Step 2:
Design your quilt and preview the design in your favorite fabrics! In this example, we chose the Zombie Love fabric by Emily Taylor, just in time for Halloween!

Step 3: 
Now you can print quilt design and sew your quilt. And voila! The quilt is finished and ready to be enjoyed by you or your loved ones!

We would love for you to try Pattern Jam with us, so we are hosting a super fun contest just for our FQS fans! Here is how to enter...
1. Create a Pattern Jam account
2. Design a quilt pattern on Pattern Jam using the Zombie Love collection. 
3. Save the design to the public feed and in social media
3. Pattern Jam and FQS will pick a winner on October 15, 2015 and announce it on the blog. 

The winner will receive a surprise gift from Pattern Jam and Fat Quarter Shop! So what are you waiting for? Let's get Pattern-Jammin'! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Introducing our 2016 Crossroads Quilt Along

Happy almost 2016 everyone! Even though 2016 is a few months away, we could not wait to show you our BRAND NEW 2016 Quilt Along. 

Our current 2015 Snapshots Quilt Along benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is still going strong, and with your support, we've more than tripled out initial goal!! That is unheard of and all sorts of amazing! 

If you've been hiding under some rock floating on a glacier in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and somehow haven't heard about Snapshots, you can still join in. All the info is here

Now... the have all been waiting for... introducing our 2016 Crossroads Quilt Along

This year, we are looking back and celebrating the myriad of crossroads in our lives. More than anything, we know that every decisions we make, no matter how big or small, impacts our path as well as those around us. And the paths we hope to impact in 2016 belong to March of Dimes and those they serve! 

If you're unfamiliar with March of Dimes, they are an amazing organization whose mission is to prevent pre-mature births. Today, one in ten babies are born prematurely, and many will not survive. Join us along with March of Dimes to ensure all babies have a fighting chance.  

Our beautiful Crossroads quilt uses the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. And yes, we are offering quilt kits and backing sets so you can sew up our version. 

We would love to have you join us in 2016! For those of you working away on our 2015 Quilt Along, your blocks looks amazing and here's to finishing strong! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sewing Room Essentials featuring Smartneedle

Hello everyone! We're chatting about some of our favorite sewing essentials from Smartneedle today on the Jolly Jabber. These little notions are so useful and a definite must-have in your quilting arsenal!

Let's start with these Peels Spool Huggers, designed specifically to keep your threads neat and tidy. These bright colored "peels" just wrap around spools of any size to keep your threads from getting tangled. 

If you're sewing on the go and need a way to keep all of your bobbins organized, these Tulip Universal Bobbin Clamps clamp on to type L or A bobbins to keep them from tangling, plus it come with a metal chain to keep them all together.  
Stop looking for your pincushion while you're sewing! These Ring Pincushions are adorable and functional. Great for hand sewing and made of quality rubber, They come in a little cute Lady Bug or Flower version. 

Can't seem to find your coordinating spools and bobbins? Bobbini Bobbin Holder will keep your bobbins organized on top of color matching thread spools. These rubber Bobbini will fit just about any thread spools!
Last but definitely not least on our must-have list is the Essentials Sewing Caddy in the Owl and Ladybug version. These cute little critters keeps your scissors, bobbins, and pins organized, plus! it includes a suction cup on the back to stick on to your sewing machine. 
Have you tried these Smartneedle notions? Let us know in the comments section of the blog!

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 2015 Monthly Picks!

Welcome to the Jolly Jabber! This month we're all about cats! Whether or not you're a fan of the felines, these items are purr-fect for the picking. Get 20% OFF all of our monthly picks all October long! 
We love anything and everything Cotton + Steel basics this month. It might be hard to see the cat correlation here, but we have it on good authority that some of the C+S folks are cat people!  

With a focus on colorful and easy projects, the Easy-Cut Baby Quilts is perfect for last minute gifts on your list.  

These little kittens are the cutest aren't they? Pair them with your favorite autumn colors or Elizabeth Hartman's new collection, Rhoda Ruth for a colorful twist.
Support your little critters with the Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit by Aurifil. Aurifil has partnered with The Quilt Pattern Magazine to donate a portion of the proceeds from each Thread Kit to the Petfinder Foundation. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fresh Finds at Fat Quarter Shop

Happy Sunday everyone! We're bringing you some Fresh Finds from Fat Quarter Shop for this week. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

FQS Staff Takes on a BOM Month 9

Welcome back to another FQS Takes on a BOM recap! We are gearing up for Houston Quilt Market and Quilt Festival this month, but we're squeezing our sewing projects before we leave for Houston! Let's take a look at everyone's progress.  
Kimberly has been busy sewing all kinds of fun projects on Instagram. This month marks our ninth Snapshots Quilt Along block, called Quilty Cat.

Since 2016 is around the corner, we've also been working on our upcoming Charity Quilt called  Crossroads. More information coming soon, but here is a sneak peek at this beautiful quilt. 

It's the start of our 1930's Farmer's Wife Sew Along with Angie of Gnome Angel and Kimberly has sewn her first three blocks! 

With the launch of our NEWEST It's Sew Emma book, Fat Quarter Baby, Kimberly personally sewed all twenty quilts in the book! Here is a little peek at our newest addition. 

Jocelyn's Chandelier quilt blocks from the Chandelier Quilt Along are slowly growing! We love her green and yellow color palette. 

Codi is almost done with her Vacation Time Block of the Month with Pat Sloan! Time to add on the borders and finishing!  

Say hello to Stalfos from the Zelda Quilt Along! He's supposed to be a little mean and scary but he also looks like he's dancing in this quilt block. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fat Quarter Shop at Houston Quilt Festival!

BIG NEWS! If you've ever wished you could actually shop at Fat Quarter Shop outside your computer, hold on to your computer monitors, because for the first time ever, WE ARE COMING TO HOUSTON QUILT FESTIVAL

Stop pinching yourself, it's true! We are bringing a very tasty assortment of Fat Quarter Shop goodies to you. We'll have lots of precuts and quilt kits to drool over... 
We will also have anything and everything Lori Holt, one of our absolute fave creators out there! Who knows, we might also have some brand new Bee in my Bonnet things you've never seen before (you can 99.9% count on that!).
And that's not all! Get your favorite It's Sew Emma books signed by Kimberly at Quilt Festival! 

Are you coming to Festival? We would love to finally meet you in person, so please come and introduce yourselves! Happy Quilting everyone!