Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fresh Finds from Fat Quarter Shop!

We have shown you a few teasers of new items on social media this week, but check out 10 brand new items! We have so much new in store here!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Flashback Friday: Paisleys & Madder Orange

Today we're kicking off a fun new series: Flashback Friday, hosted by Moda Designer and quilt historian Barbara Brackman! Join us every other Friday for Barbara's selection of gorgeous new prints and collections inspired by all-things vintage and interesting tidbits of fabric history!

Beckwith by Kathy Hall for Andover:
Paisleys & Madder Orange
No Civil War era repro quilt is co mplete without a few paisleys. Add to your must-have stash with Kathy Hall's new Beckwith, offering prints echoing the 19th-century craze.

Fashionable woman dating back to around 1850.

That stylized botanical form we might call a paisley shape is borrowed from India's imagery. The technical name: Boteh from the Hindi word for flower. Paisley refers to an industrial town in Scotland where factory-woven copies of paisley shawls created an affordable fashion fad.
Antique quilt block with a paisley-style print in madder-dyed
shades of orange, red, and dark brown. Circa year 1870.

Inexpensive cotton prints brought a bit of eastern design to western bedding. During the 1860s and '70s, paisleys in madder-style colors (warm, reddish-browns) were particularly fashionable for ladies' robes and quilts for the up-to-date boudoir.

The Beckwith collection includes several prints to add that authentic, cinnamon orange that was found in old, natural dyes, to your vintage-inspired project!
What do you think of the paisley and madder orange vintage trend? Do you have a pattern in mind that you'd love to plug these fabrics into?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Applique All Day Series: Block #2 - Cupcake

Welcome back to the Applique All Day series! This week, Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs designed a block that is sure to bring some sweetness to your life! This block and the rest of the blocks in this six-part series are exclusive and free to download! Hopefully you'll pick up some new applique tricks along the way!

The block for today is Cupcake, and you can download it here
This sweet block features the Chestnut Street collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabric. We used the fun and punchy tones of the Harvest 80wt. Applique Thread Pack - a Fat Quarter Shop exclusive - to applique down this sweet morsel!
Are you joining in on the fun of our applique series? Don't forget to check out the new Applique Basics Kit, hand-picked by Anne Sutton! This little kit has everything you need to get started (plus a sweet little coupon)!

What fabric will you choose for your Cupcake block? We know you will come up with some adorable combinations! Share your photos with us on social media, using the hashtag #appliqueallday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Inside the Cover Sneak Peek: Holiday Wishes

Here in Texas, it's hard to believe that tomorrow marks the beginning of December! It's a sunny 64 degrees and there's no sign of Jolly Old Saint Nick in sight! We needed something to get us into the holiday spirit, and what better than a festive project? We peeked inside the pages of the Holiday Wishes book from It's Sew Emma!
The pages are packed with projects that we can't wait to deck our halls with! See for yourself:
After deciding on a project, we were only left with the dilemma of which fabric collection to choose! We pulled a couple of our new Christmas favorites...but we still need your help! Which one should we choose? Frosty Fun for some of our favorite Christmas themes or should we mix it up with the Silent Christmas collection?

Bernina Holiday Giveaway

If you follow our social media, you might have spotted a little sneak peek last week when we posted this photo on our Instagram. Or if you were closely following, you may have seen this exciting announcement on the Bernina blog!
Well - we have not one, but TWO surprises for you! Kimberly is now a Bernina Ambassador and is thrilled to represent such a trusted and dependable company! To celebrate this new partnership, we're giving away a beautiful Bernina 330 machine, a $1,399 value! Merry (early) Christmas!!!

Check out some of the awesome features on the machine!

There are six ways to enter to win this beauty!!

1. What is your dream Bernina machine? Comment on this blog post with your answer!

2. Choose a holiday sewing project and share a photo with the hashtag #winabernina on Instagram and Facebook, and be sure to tag @fatquartershop and @berninausa.

3. Repost our Instagram photo showcasing our Bernina giveaway.

4. Tag three friends in our Instagram post showcasing our Bernina giveaway.

5. Share our Bernina YouTube video on your Facebook wall. (New video coming Friday, December 2, 2016!!!)

6. Re-pin our Bernina photo on Pinterest.

Each action will serve as one entry to the contest. To break it down - the more you participate, the more likely you are to win!! The contest will run through December 14, 2016, so enter now for your chance to win!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sew Illustrated: Sewing Machine Accessory Pouch

It's time for round two of Sew Illustrated with Heidi from Fabric Mutt! Today, we're bringing you a little sewing room organization hack!

I was forever losing my sewing machine accessories and manual until I finally decided to sew a zipper pouch to keep them all together.
This patchwork pouch is designed specifically for the job. It’s quick to sew and a great way to feature your favorite prints. Fill the pouch with supplies, tuck the manual in the outside pocket, and get ready to sew!
The Sewing Machine Accessory Pouch
Finished Size: 9 1/2" x 9 1/2"
  • All seams are 1/4” unless otherwise stated.
  • HSTs = half square triangles
  • WST = wrong sides of the fabric together
  • RST = right sides of the fabric together
  • Wherever possible, press seams open or toward the darker fabric.
  • Baste = sew with a long stitch about 1/8” from the edge to hold something in place

Make the Pouch Front
1. Pair each of the B squares with a D square, stacking them RST. Trace a diagonal line on the wrong side of the D square (or create a temporary line by folding the D square in half diagonally, pressing with your iron, and then unfolding the square). Sew a line on either side of the diagonal line and then cut down the line itself. Unfold the the HSTs, press, and trim each one to 2 1/2 x 2 1/2” square. When you’re done, you should have a total of 8 HSTs, 2 from each fabric pairing.
2. Lay out all the pieces for the pouch front as shown in the photo above. Sew together the four squares for each of the chevron blocks (A, B/D HSTs, E), remembering to keep matching colors together and to be careful with your placement according to the direction of the fabric.
3. Sew a sashing strip (F) between the upper chevron blocks (along the long ends of the F strip) and then repeat with another F strip and the lower chevron blocks. Also sew together the remaining F strips (along the short ends of the F strip) and the center square as shown in the photo above.
4. Sew together the upper, middle, and lower units. Trim the final block to 9 1/2 x 9 1/2’’.
5. Fuse the wrong side of the patchwork front to a 9 1/2 x 9 1/2’’ square of batting (J) using adhesive basting spray. Repeat with the pouch back panel (G) and remaining J square. Quilt both the front and back panels as desired.

Make the Back Pocket
1. Fold the pocket piece (H) in half, with WST, so that the 9 1/2’’ edges meet. Slip the pocket batting rectangle (K) inside the fold, securing it with adhesive basting spray if you like. Topstitch across the top of the pocket 1/8’’ from the fold.
2. Lay the pocket on top of the pouch back so that the raw edges of the pocket line up with the lower and side edges of the backing. Baste in place. (Tip: I find that it works best to baste the lower edge first and then the sides. This keeps the upper edge of the pocket from tilting askew.)

Finish the Pouch
1. Stack from bottom to top in this order along the upper edge of each piece: pouch front (right side up), zipper (right side down), and lining square (piece I -- right side down). Stitch them together along that upper edge.
2. Press the lining piece back from the zipper (but not the pouch front) and top stitch the lining in place against the zipper 1/8’’ from the seam. Now press the pouch front back from the zipper also. Repeat steps 1 & 2 on the opposite side of the zipper with the pouch back and remaining lining piece.
3. Unzip the zipper at least halfway and fold the pouch exterior pieces away from the zipper so that they lie on top of each other, RST, with the teeth of the zipper pointed toward the exterior. Clip or pin them together. Then clip or pin the lining pieces, also RST, on the other side of the zipper.
4. Starting on the lower edge of the lining pieces, sew all the way around the pouch pieces, leaving a 5-6’’ gap in the bottom of the lining and backstitching at the start and finish.
5. Trim off the excess pieces of zipper and trim the seams down slightly at the corners of the exterior and lining. Pull the pouch right side out through the gap in the lining, push out the corners with a turning tool, and press. (Tip: If you pull the pouch right side out and find the pocket on the front panel instead of the back, don’t panic! Just carefully manipulate the pocket, turning it right side out -- instead of lining side out -- so that it’s right where it belongs on the back panel of the pouch.)
6. Tuck the raw edges inside the gap, press, and sew 1/8-1/16’’ from the edge to sew the opening closed. Push the lining inside the pouch and press one last time.
7. If you like, thread a piece of leather lacing through the hole in the zipper pull and knot it. Fill the pouch with your sewing machine’s accessories: special feet, extra needles, tools, etc. Tuck your sewing machine manual in the back pocket. Now you’ll be able to find everything when you need it!
The ladies from Fat Quarter Shop knew this was the perfect addition to their sewing rooms! It's so fun to see the mix of fabrics, and how different this little accessory pouch can look with different colors!
We can't wait to see your photos of your trinket cases! Be sure to tag us on Instagram @fatquartershop and @fabricmutt with the hashtag #sewingmachinepouch.
Did you miss the first Sew Illustrated project? Don't worry! You can find the tutorial and photo instructions here! There's some holiday fun coming to the Sew Illustrated series, so check back next month!