Friday, January 30, 2015

FQS Staff Takes on a BOM!

Happy Friday! This year, we thought it would be a brilliant idea to challenge the FQS staff to take on different block of the months (BOM) and Quilt Alongs (QAL)! This might be the first time you've gotten to meet some of these FQS staff members, so on behalf of everyone, it's nice to meet you! We hope you'll come and join in on the fun, so let's start! 

Being the busy bee that she is, Kimberly still takes time to sew just for pleaseure, and she's defnitely the most prolific of us all. (The moral of this story is, if she can do all of theses, you can do one too!). This year, she's going to take on a bevy of QALs: 2015 Aurifil Designer Mystery Block of the Month Threads of Time BOM and the APQ Go Four It QAL (more info coming soon). Not to mention, she's also making minis out of the 2015 Snapshots Quilt Along (going on now) and recently finished the 2015 Designer Mystery Block of the Month (starting in June) quilt as well.

If you haven't heard the buzz about Snapshots, visit our page here. She's sewing up a few of her favorite blocks into a mini quilt!

We just love Gudrun's 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month mini quilt! Kimberly chose to create hers from some Pam Kitty Morning fabrics from her stash! Check back in March when Kimberly's mini quilt is featured! 

Next up is the Threads of Time Block of the Month by Julie Hendricksen (we've got a few spots left, so sign up today!). Look at all these blocks! 

Jocelyn, our pattern designer extraordinaire and brand-newbie sewer, is taking on last year's Chandelier Quilt-Along hosted by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced! Her fabric selection was inspired by a painting she inherited that hung in her childhood home her whole life. Just look at those alluring greens and golds! 

Fabrics shown: Cotton+Steel basics , American Made Brand Solids, Kona Solids and Stonehenge

Codi's love for sewing started just last year and she's already sewing projects left and right! She's even sewing samples for our tutorial videos three at a time! She could not wait to get started on Pat Sloan's Vacation Time Mystery Block of the Month using her amazing stash!

Just when you think she's done, Codi also whipped up the 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month mini quilt. Doesn't it remind you of a snowy day? We're calling it a mini blizzard quilt!

Sarah is joining Sherri Fall's Mystery Mondays Sew Along! Every Monday, Sherri will posts her progress on her blog and instagram. If you want to join her, use #thisandthatmystery and sew along! We spy some Color Theory by V & Co. and Cotton + Steel Basics for Sarah's fabric selections! Follow her sewing adventure on instagram @spjenice.

Nova decided to join two different quilt alongs for 2015. She loves creating small blocks, so the Quiltmaker's Bitty Blocks Quilt Along is definitely up her alley! Her first blocks are sew sew cute! We love that she used her stash to create different bowtie blocks. 

She also fell in love with the Lila collection by Dear Stella and decided to take on the  The Power of Nine Patch BOM with Sherri Noel Designs is hosting. It's a perfect pairing!

Our resident Social Media girl, Daniar, loves to sew garments but she's venturing into her quilting skills this year with the Moccasin Block of the Month by Gen X Quilter. 

This modern quilt design is perfect in solids, Her fabric choice was inspired by one of her favorite illustrators, Helen Dardik. Follow her fun sewing on her instagram @dlistyasari.
Kona Solids and Cotton + Steel Basics

Do you know any Legend of Zelda fans in your life? Our resident Web Content Specialist, Kat, is a HUGE fan. So it's no surprise that she's joining the Legend of Zelda Quilt Along with Cora's Quilts

She's selected Grunge Basics by BasicGrey to tackle this conquest! This QAL starts in March, so there's still time to join! 
Grunge Basics by Moda Fabrics
For more QAL and BOM, visit and let us know which ones you're joining this year. We hoped we inspired you to get sewing, see you next time! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Top 10 Tips to Transform Your Creative Space

Your sewing space is your creative hub. It's a place where things are dreamed, created, re-created, and organized when your stash gets really crazy. We've compiled a list of our top ten tips to re-juice your creative sewing space!

#1 Tip: Color Coding Your Stash
Color Coding your fabric will automatically make them pleasing to the eye. Plus, it will be easier for you to find a particular color in  your stash when everything is neatly arranged. We love Vintage Modern Quilt's organizational shelf for her yardage and fat quarters. A quick tip is to find and refurbish some old shelving units from the thrift store or vintage shops if you're on a tight budget. 
Photo courtesy of Vintage Modern Quilts

#2 Tip: Create an "Inspiration" Wall
Creating things with your hands, whether it's crafting, knitting, or quilting, is a creative endeavor and having an inspiration wall is a great way to put things that you love on constant display. You can post photographs, pieces of fabric, or a pattern that you like to inspire your next project. 
Photo: Helle Jogernsen studio by Toby Scott
#3 Tip: Customize Your Pegboard
If you have a regular wooden peg board, why not paint it your favorite color? Peg boards are a great way to hang all of your tools and favorite threads for sewing. We recommend using spray paint when painting your pegboard to prevent the holes from clogging when using a paint roller. 
Sew Caroline's teal peg board

#4 Tip: Store Knick Knacks in Clear Containers
If you collect buttons, ribbons, or even Wonder Clips, it's a great way of keeping things that you love always in view. We've all experienced those moments in our sewing spaces where we cannot find anything!
Margaret Sindelar's Family Sewing Room

#5 Tip: The "Little One's" Corner
We love to share our passion for sewing and quilting and what better way than to create a "Little One's" Corner in your sewing room. We love Hayley of Mouse House Creation's sewing corner for her daughter. 
Photo courtesy of Mouse of House Creations

#6 Tip: Have A Scrap Bucket or Jar
We're huge fans of saving your fabric as much as possible. That's why we recommend having a scrap bucket or jar near your cutting and sewing table. After you've finished your current project, slip back to Tip#1 to re-use leftover pieces. 
Fat Quarter Shop's studio

#7 Tip: Labels Are Your Best Friends
Labeling your storage bins, boxes, and shelves are great for keeping everything organized and you'll always know where things are in a pinch. 
Olabelhe's Studio
#8 Tip: Build Your Own Design Wall
Design walls are great to have when planning your quilty creations. Check out Karin of Leigh Laurel Studios' tutorial and Melanie of I Heart Stitching's video to learn how you can make your own design wall! 
Leigh Laurel Studios' Design Wall

#9 Tip: Keep It Sew Ready
Lay out your tools, prep your fabrics, and keep your machine threaded so it's always ready to go! it's infinitely more enticing to sew when you can just sit down and start, rather than spending an extra 20 minutes threading your bobbing, finding the right rulers you need, and changing your rotary blade. 
Miss Sew It All's sewing room. 

#10 Tip: Add YOUR Personality
You want to avoid having a drab and dreary sewing room. So, whether it's painting the walls your favorite color, adding a chandelier, or displaying your vintage sewing machine collection in your room, make it reflect your personality! You spend countless hours in there anyway, so might as well make it a place that you love! 
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet's room 
Do you have any sewing spaces tips? Share with us in the comments section, we would love to know! Thank you so much for joining us on the Jolly Jabber! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Designer Tidbits: Molly Hatch

We would like to welcome Blend Fabrics newest fabric designer, Molly Hatch. Born to a painter and an organic dairy farmer, Molly was raised to be creatively industrious. Molly's designs have expanded to various lifestyle products, ceramics, and now her first fabric collection, Tea Garden! Tea Garden features beautifully hand painted designs of porcelain plates, tea pots, antique silver spoons and cups. Watch our Quilt Market video and read on to learn more about Molly's inspiration.

Q: Tell us about the Tea Garden Collection. What were you inspired by?
Molly: Tea Garden was inspired by my career as a studio potter and ceramic artist. I love historic ceramics - traditional blue and white. I wanted this collection to feel simultaneously familiar and new. 

Q: How would you describe your style?
Molly: My work always reflects my hand in some way. All of my surface designs are generated by hand and colored by hand - which gives them a unique look that is very much my own. I love traditional imagery, historic source material is always a part of what I do, but I always reinterpret the original to make it suit my own contemporary lifestyle. Traditional yet modern! 
Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
Molly: I start each collection with a story - thinking through who it is for and what the story is behind the designs. I often sketch and develop concepts on paper before I start any design work and research historic material through museum collections and in my own library. I love that when people design fabric collections, they can be complex in the groupings of patterns and they still work well together in the larger collection. 

Q: Do you have a favorite print from the Tea Garden collection?
Molly: My favorite print is the Devonshire Tea pattern - the teacups and teapots were so much fun to draw! I feel this pattern could be used for so many things. 

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Tea Garden?
Molly: I hope to see everything! I can't wait to see what people do with this collection and I can't wait to sew some of my own projects. I have a five year old daughter, so I think she and I will get to making some fun things together. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

AGF Stitched with Kimberly

Hi everyone! It's Kimberly here and I'm so thrilled to tell you about a new collaboration between Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics, AGF Stitched with Kimberly. In this series, we will be showing you great modern quilt designs using beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics collections. We are excited to be able to bring you these beautiful quilts designed by Art Gallery Fabrics. They are unlike anything we've ever seen before, and the fabrics are a dream to work with. Watch our video to learn more. 

Aren't you excited? We are! Here's a little teaser for the series, so stay tuned....

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet

Hi Lori Holt lovers! If you have been keeping up on instagram, Lori of Bee in my Bonnet has been showing some sneak peeks of what's in store with It's Sew EmmaWe are excited to announce her newest book with It's Sew Emma, Farm Girl Vintage 

Remember Lori's Quilty Barn Along on her blog a couple of years ago? Well, this book is a continuation of her sew-along and was inspired by her early life growing up on a farm. Farm Girl Vintage contains 14 different projects including ten quilts, two table runners, a table topper and a potholder. The crowning glory of Lori's book is the Farm Girl Sampler quilt on the cover, which is made with the 45 colorful sampler blocks (in 6" and 12" sizes). Lori also included 3 farm blocks in the book! 

Here's a little taste of the projects in Farm Girl Vintage...

Last week, we ventured into the Texas country for our fun photoshoot, as well!

Farm Girl Vintage is available for pre-order today, and by pre-ordering at Fat Quarter Shop, you'll receive a BONUS Canning Season pattern by Lori, which will retail for $9.98 and includes a small quilt and two mason jar covers to go with your Farm Girl Vintage book! 

Don't forget to pre-order today or rush to your LQS to request it! Thank you so much for joining us and happy quilting everyone! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

20% OFF ALL Windham Fabrics!

Enjoy 20% OFF ALL Windham Fabrics 

*This offer expires January 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm CST and offer not included in clubs, PDFs, or patterns. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What's Your REMIX? with Fat Quarter Shop & Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel has done it again! We're showing you their NEW Fall 2014 collection today and their inspirations. PLUS! Keep on reading for a surprise!

Melody Miller is no stranger in the fabric industry! Her newest collections Playful is inspired by her favorite vintage games!

From her trip to Japan, Sarah Watts fell in love with the culture of the country, and especially the long train rides she took to all of the different cities. Tokyo Train Ride is inspired by her sketches from her trip and all of the things she loved about it. 

Alexia Abegg's second collection, Mesa, was inspired by her childhood road trips to the Southwest. She draws upon her experiences with animals, evergreens, and motifs that you might find during those trips. 

Being known the vintage fabric aficionado, it's no surprise that Kim Kight was inspired by vintage Betty Crocker cook books and baking paraphernalia from the 1960's for her newest collection, Cookie Book. These prints are yummy enough to eat! 

Rashida Coleman-Hale takes a leap back to her biggest inspiration, Japan. In her new collection, Mochi, she illustrates the Japanese folk tale about the Rabbit in the Moon and making mochi (rice cakes). These prints are so playful but still sophisticated for all your sewing projects.

So tell us...
SURPRISE! We want you to share your favorite Cotton + Steel fabric combinations with us on our "What's Your REMIX?" contest. 

What is it?
For this contest, we want you to pick 9 of your favorite Cotton + Steel fabrics to create your ultimate REMIX!

What's the AWESOME prize?
We will have TWO winners for this contest. One will be picked by the Cotton + Steel designers as their choice, and the other will be chosen by YOU! The two winners will receive 1 yard of each of the respective 9 fabrics they re-mixed. 

How do I enter?
1. Go to Pinterest and sign in to your account, or if you do not have a Pinterest account, sign up here.

2. Create a new Pinterest board called "What's Your REMIX?" and PIN 9 different fabrics selections from the Cotton + Steel page to that board and create your favorite remix! (You can include any of the Spring, Fall, and Basic collections). 
3. Once you are done pinning all 9 fabrics, post your Pinterest board link on this blog post in the comments section and you are automatically entered to our contest! Only ONE entry per quilter. 

4. The contest ends on January 30th and voting will run from February 2, 2015 to February 6, 2015. Both winners will be announced on February 10, 2015 on our blog!

Keep up with our Instagram to see what our favorite Cotton + Steel REMIXes are! Good luck everyone!