Friday, August 26, 2016

Join Project Linus for the 2016 Mystery Quilt Challenge Benefitting Children in Need!

Here at Fat Quarter Shop we LOVE Project Linus! In case you haven't heard about this fantastic organization, Project Linus is a non-profit that provides security, warmth, and comfort to seriously ill, traumatized, and at-risk children.  How do they do this? With handmade blankets and quilts!

These blankets, made by awesome volunteers called "blanketeers", are given to children in hospitals and shelters, and to child clients of social service agencies. As quilters we know that quilts provide comfort and are a tangible way to wrap someone in love - that's what Project Linus is all about!

Project Linus has Chapters in all 50 of the United States, and "blanketeers" who donate their quilts or afghans are given the opportunity to use their talents in a very rewarding way. Plus, what could be better than lending a hand to a child in need by doing something you already love?!


There are many ways to donate to Project Linus, and to get involved. Today we're sharing an invitation from Project Linus to participate in their 2016 Mystery Quilt Challenge! This charitable quilt challenge, which runs over 7 weeks, is a super fun way to support Project Linus! You may read all about this special event and register HERE!

We're sending this Lattice Quilt that Kimberly made to Project Linus in the hopes that it will bring comfort and security to a little one in need. We hope that each of you will help support this worthwhile cause. Let's use our quilting skills and abilities to help spread love and positivity! Please sign up for the 2016 Mystery Quilt Challenge TODAY!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Button Lover's Club: Lime!
What's light, colorful and a refreshing addition to these hot summer months? LIME
This month's Button Lovers' Club collection features beautiful hand-dyed buttons that are citrus-inspired. The August box of buttons includes 86 hand-dyed buttons in a variety of sizes and styles.

These beauties are sure to brighten your creative projects with both color and charm. What will you create with these lovely Lime buttons?
PSSST!  If you're not already a member, sign up for the Button Lovers' Club today.  You won't want to miss our September aquatic-inspired button collection and our FREE project idea with template! Coming soon!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School Pencil Bags for Students of All Ages!
Summer is winding down, and school has either begun - or will begin - for students far and wide. One of the best parts of a new school year? New school supplies! 

Whether your child is in elementary school or you're the student and are working on an advanced degree, there's something so fun about stocking up on pens, pencils and all the other goodies that will help make the year a success.

Today we're sharing a great Back to School project with you - Pencil Bags! Remember those fabulous Simple Zipper Bags from Sherri McConnell? The one we made an awesome video tutorial about? Well it's time to tweak those bags a bit and create classroom-worthy Pencil Bags that will earn an A+! (This pug-tastic bag - above - was made with this fabric from the Joie de Vivre collection from Art Gallery Fabrics)
This tractor Pencil Bag was made with this Farm Fresh fabric by Dear Stella Fabrics!

Personalized = FUN!

I made these super sweet Pencil Bags for my four children using fabrics I knew they'd love!  These bags are simple to stitch up, and Fat Quarter Shop has all the supplies you need!
You're sure to ace this Back to School project - especially since our video tutorial shows you how-to, every step of the way.  Here's a link to the original blog post about these awesome zipper bags, which includes fabric requirements and supplies needed at the bottom of the post.  You'll find zippers here!


These darling zipper bags make great teacher gifts, too, so why not stitch up some extras while you're at it? You'll have a personalized gift ready for Christmas or Teacher Appreciation Day. Just tuck a Starbucks gift card or some candy inside, and the recipient will be delighted!
This colorful crayon Pencil Bag was made with Colorfully Creative
fabric from Riley Blake Designs

We hope you enjoy making these fun and functional Pencil Bags for the student in your life. Please share your Pencil Bags with us on social media using the hashtags #fqsfun and #simplezipperbag. Happy Quilting!

Pretty Playtime Quilt Along - Week 15: Duck Row!

Welcome to Week 15 of our Pretty Playtime Quilt Along,
featuring Elea Lutz's 
Pretty Playtime Quilts book!   
We're taking you through the construction of this gorgeous sampler quilt, block by block! This week's "block" is the Duck Row you see at the bottom of the sampler quilt.  Our quilt was made with Elea Lutz' Strawberry Biscuit fabric collection - it's sew lovely!
If you'd like to make this gorgeous sampler quilt too we've got a convenient quilt kit for you. The Garden Fairy Sampler Quilt Kit includes the fabric for the top and binding, and we also have a Backing Set for the Fairy Garden Sampler Quilt! Don't forget that you'll need a copy of the Pretty Playtime Quilts Book, so order your copy of the book and kit today!
We have a great group of quilting bloggers joining us for this event, and this week Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs is sharing her version of the Duck Row on her blog. Pop on over and see
what she's created!

Here is a list of the fabulous quilting bloggers participating in our Pretty Playtime Quilt Along. Stay tuned here at the Jolly Jabber for more Pretty Playtime block fun!

Week 1 - Fat Quarter Shop Introduction
Week 2 - Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 - Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 - Anorian from Samelia's Mum
Week 5 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 - Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 - Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 - Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 - Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 - Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Week 11 - Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 - Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 - Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 - Bridgette from The Family Hearth
Week 15 - Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 - Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Happy Quilting, everyone.  See you back here for Week 16 - the borders and finishing!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fresh Finds from Fat Quarter Shop!

Here are some of our newest arrivals. Inspiration awaits!

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Closer Look at the Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet!
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet has designed the ultimate tool for the avid quilter.  The Scrappy Project Planner!  With over 200 useful pages for writing, scheduling and sketching, this incredible 7.5" x 9" planner is packed with everything you need, plus a few exciting bonuses!


Since the planner lets you fill in the dates on the "This Week" planner pages you can start using it whenever you want! This is perfect for those who want to use the planner weekly AND for those of us who only need to use a planner on particularly busy weeks. Sew versatile!

Weekly Planner: Stay on top of your busy schedule with colorful pages to plan your week

My Project Planner: Easily flip through your list of quilting projects and UFOs
Tips & Organization: A wealth of quilty information, including Lori's favorite piecing methods, helpful charts and diagrams, and how to build and USE a scrappy stash!

Scrappy Patterns: Six original quilt patterns by Lori that are only found here - an incredible value!
Notes: Extra lined paper to capture your thoughts and ideas


Why yes, this planner does include six EXCLUSIVE patterns you'll only get in the Scrappy Project Planner. Not only will it help you stay organized, it will serve as reference, inspiration and pattern library for years to come!


There are so many ways to enhance your planner, and make it both more functional and more fun.  Check out this must-have Scrappy Project Planner Accessory Pack, and add it to your shopping cart for maximum Scrappy Project Planner goodness!

We know you'll love this Scrappy Project Planner as much as we do. 
Happy Quilting AND Planning!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Terrific New Must-Have Tins from Fat Quarter Shop!

Sewing supply storage just got WAY more fun: introducing our new Fat Quarter Shop Tins! These handy tins are 8.5" x 2.5" x 1" and can hold all sorts of goodies! From thread and binding clips to pencils and pens, these tins are the perfect way to store your must-haves close at hand.
They're bright, cheerful, and are a sturdy way to store the supplies you reach for again and again. They can even hold everyday items like mini first aid kits, crayons for the kids, or your secret candy supply!
These tins are available as a set of 3 and individually, so stock up now.  Oh, and don't forget - these tins make adorable gifts! Simply load them up with some goodies, add a bow and a gift tag, and you're good to go!

What will you put in YOUR Fat Quarter Shop Tins?  We'd love to know, so please leave a comment and share! Oh, and please share any pictures you take with your new FQS tins on social media using #fqstins.  Happy Quilting!