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Winners! Two Peas in a Pod e-course giveaway

We’re excited to announce the two winners of Trish Preston of Two Peas in a Pod DesignsTie Front Tote e-course!

Winner #1: Gwen Windham, who said “I just bought a yard of Pernilla’s Journey Unicorn fabric for a bag for my daughter– so that would be my first project if I won this giveaway!! The bow tie really adds to this bag— cute! Thank you for the chance to win!” (Ed. note: Gwen, we’d LOVE to see your fun unicorn bag once you’ve made it!)

Winner #2: Jeifner, who said “I would love to make a bag! I also am scared of them. I even went so far as to cut one out once. It has been ignored like a naughty child for months and months. Taking a class would be great. I’d like to use home dec fabric, or some Tula Pink Prince Charming, which I love.”

Congratulations, Gwen & Jeifner!  Please contact Trish directly at twopeasinapoddesigns@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Did you miss the post? Read Brioni & John’s reviews of the course and see their bags here. Also, here’s a brief video that Trish created to introduce her e-course. If you make a Tie Front Tote, we’d love to see it! Please add it to the Fat Quarterly Community & Inspiration Flickr group.

By |March 18th, 2012|giveaway, winners|0 Comments

Modern Madness | Round 1, Region 4

Another region completed, and another near-tie! Washi ekes out a win over Aviary 2 by a mere 5 votes. With races this close, it’s already hard to predict which line might be the 2012 Modern Madness champion. Who do you think is going to emerge as our readers’ top line this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Also, we want to thank all of you who have truly embraced the friendly and collegial spirit of Modern Madness. To be clear, we love ALL of the fabric lines and designers that are part of Modern Madness. They’re all all-stars! The intent of Modern Madness is not to make any statements about who is better than whom; rather, it’s to celebrate modern fabric in all its glory, and to continue to expose our readers to designers and lines of which they may not have previously been aware. We love hearing comments resembling “Thank you so much for introducing me to this fabric line — I hadn’t heard of it before, and now I need to add some to my stash!” We appreciate your efforts to continue making Modern Madness a fun, friendly, and supportive activity.

OK, let’s see who’s advancing to the second round in Region 3 …

Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Timeless Treasures Fabric (172 votes, 51%) def.
Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics (167, 49%)

Lush by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics (229 votes, 68%) def.
Meet the Gang by Marisa Anne of Creative Thursday for Andover Fabrics (110 votes, 32%)

Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics (189 votes, 56%) def.
Modern Whimsy by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (150, 44%)

Annie’s Farm Stand by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods (205 votes, 60%) def.
Morning Tides by Mark Cesarik for Free Spirit Fabrics (134, 40%)

Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien Fabrics (217 votes, 64%) def.
Appleville by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (122, 36%)

Prince Charming by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics (258 votes, 76%) def.
Pam Kitty Morning by Pam Vieira-McGinnis for Lakehouse Dry Goods (81, 24%)

Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics (238 votes, 70%) def.
The Woodlands by Kristian A. Howell for Anthology Fabrics (101, 30%)

Ruby Star Spring by Melody Miller Fabrics (213 votes, 63%) def.
Curio by Basic Gray for Moda Fabrics (126, 37%)

Scoring: give yourself 1 point for every match-up you guessed correctly. Add it to your total score from rounds 1 & 2, and post your total in the comments below. See how you’re doing compared to other MM players around the world.

Today, the final 16 of our favorite fabric lines are in action in Region 4, which some consider to be the most hotly contested region. There are some real modern powerhouses in this region. It’s time to place your votes!

** Voting is now closed. Thanks for playing! **

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics
Sophie by Chez Moi for Moda Fabrics

Pear Tree by Thomas Knauer for Andover Fabrics
Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott for Moda Fabrics

Curious Nature by David Butler of Parson Gray for Free Spirit Fabrics
Storyboek by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics

Little Apples by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics
Paris Apartment by Bari J. for Lecien Fabrics

Half Moon Modern by Moda Fabrics
Taali by Jennifer Moore for Monaluna Organic Fabrics

Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics
Across the Pond by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics

Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow for Lecien Fabrics
Backyard Baby by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics

1001 Peeps by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics
Powerpop by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics

Modern Madness | Round 1, Region 3

2012 is shaping up to be a great year for Modern Madness. With so many fantastic lines in the mix we’re sure to have some epic match-ups — even in round 1 — and the first ever TIE in Modern Madness history! That’s right — in Region 2, California Girl and Silent Cinema each received 50% of the votes, so we had to go to the actual votes. By the thinnest margin we’ve seen yet, California Girl took the win by 2 votes!!

Let’s take a look at who else emerged to compete another day in round 2 …

Ruby Star Shining by Melody Miller for Kokka Fabrics (380 votes, 61%) def.
Honey Child by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics (242, 39%)

California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics (312 votes, 50%) def.
Silent Cinema by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics (310 votes, 50%)

Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics (433 votes, 70%) def.
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien Fabrics (189, 30%)

Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics (451 votes, 73%) def.
Feather N Stitch by Sarah Watts for Blend Fabrics (171, 27%)

Shades of Grey by Jan DiCintio for Daisy Janie Fabrics (375 votes, 60%) def.
Fox Trails by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Fabrics (247, 40%)

Going Coastal by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics (362 votes, 58%) def.
Stitch by Betz White for Robert Kaufman Fabrics (260, 42%)

Far Far Away III by Heather Ross for Kokka Fabrics (464 votes, 75%) def.
Mechanical Genius by Mo Bedell for Timeless Treasures Fabrics (158, 25%)

Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics (453 votes, 73%) def.
Hyperreal Garden by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics (169, 27%)

Scoring: once again, give yourself 1 point for every match-up you guessed correctly. Add it to your score from round 1, and post your total in the comments below. See how you’re doing compared to other MM players around the world.

Now let’s move over to Region 3 to see who’s matched up:

** Voting is now closed. Thanks for playing! **

Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Timeless Treasures Fabric
Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics

Meet the Gang by Marisa Anne of Creative Thursday for Andover Fabrics
Lush by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics

Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
Modern Whimsy by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Annie’s Farm Stand by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods
Morning Tides by Mark Cesarik for Free Spirit Fabrics

Appleville by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien Fabrics

Prince Charming by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics
Pam Kitty Morning by Pam Vieira-McGinnis for Lakehouse Dry Goods

The Woodlands by Kristian A. Howell for Anthology Fabrics
Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics

Ruby Star Spring by Melody Miller for Kokka Fabrics
Curio by Basic Gray for Moda Fabrics

Wow, this is getting tougher and tougher, isn’t it? And it’s still only round 1!!

Modern Madness | Round 1, Region 2

With 503 fabric fanatics weighing in, the results are in for Region 1! Even this early in the tournament, we’re seeing some very close races. I think that’s an indication that the match-ups will only be getting more intense as Modern Madness progresses. OK, it’s time to pull out your brackets and see how you did …

Fly a Kite by October Afternoon by Riley Blake Fabrics (305 votes, 61%) def.
Miscellany by Julia Rothman for Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics (198, 39%)

Grand Bazaar by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics (273 votes, 54%) def.
Tilly by Jan DiCintio for Daisy Janie Organic Fabrics (230, 46%)

LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics (370 votes, 74%) def.
Marin by Jennifer Moore for Monaluna Organic Fabrics (133, 26%)

Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics (359 votes, 71%) def.
J’adore Stella by Dear Stella Fabrics (144, 29%)

Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics (410 votes, 82%) def.
Whitewash by Meg Hawkey for Lecien Fabrics (93, 18%)

Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics (368 votes, 73%) def.
Peacock Lane by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics (135, 27%)

Lark by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers (265 votes, 53%) def.
A Stitch in Color by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda Fabrics (238, 47%)

Outfoxed by Lizzy House by Andover Fabrics (307 votes, 61%) def.
Wrenly by Valori Wells for Free Spirit Fabrics (196, 39%)

So, how’d you do? Any surprises? Here’s how you can keep score if you’d like to see how your predictions are stacking up against other Fat Quarterly readers:

Scoring: for every winner that you predicted correctly, give yourself 1 point. Did anyone get a perfect score of 8? Let us know your score in the comments below!

OK, it’s time to move on to Region 2. Record your votes below, and see the bottom of this post for links to all of the fabric lines!

** Voting is now closed. Thanks for playing! **

Ruby Star Shining by Melody Miller for Kokka Fabrics
Honey Child by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics

Silent Cinema by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit Fabrics
California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics

St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien Fabrics
Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics

Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics
Feather N Stitch by Sarah Watts for Blend Fabrics

Shades of Grey by Jan DiCintio for Daisy Janie Fabrics
Fox Trails by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Fabrics

Stitch by Betz White for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Going Coastal by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics

Mechanical Genius by Mo Bedell for Timeless Treasures Fabrics
Far Far Away III by Heather Ross for Kokka Fabrics

Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
Hyperreal Garden by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Madness | Round 1, Region 1

And we’re off, folks! The first 16 fabric lines are pairing off in 8 epic battles. Who will emerge victorious? Be sure to vote for your favorite teams below:

** Voting for Region 1 is now closed. Thanks for playing. Stay tuned to view the winners, and to vote for your favorite fabric lines in Region 2! **

As a reminder, you can print your brackets here.

And in case you’re unfamiliar with any of this region’s fabric lines, be sure to check out the links below!

Miscellany by Julia Rothman for Cloud 9 Fabrics
Fly a Kite by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Fabrics

Tilly by JanDiCintio by Daisy Janie Fabrics
Grand Bazaar by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics

LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics
Marin by Jennifer Moore for Monaluna Organic Fabrics

A Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics
J’adore Stella by Dear Stella Fabrics

Whitewash by Meg Hawkey for Lecien Fabrics
Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics

Peacock Lane by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics
Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics

Lark by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers
A Stitch in Color by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda Fabrics

Outfoxed by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics
Wrenly by Valori Wells for Free Spirit Fabrics

March Modern Fabric Madness is here!

Love fabric? Love competition? In the spirit of March Madness, we’re excited to bring back MODERN MADNESS for another year of fun, fabric, and friendly competition.

Once again, we’ve populated the field of 64 with all of your favorite modern fabric lines. They’ll face off, round after round, until we arrive at the 2012 fabric champion as determined solely by the readers of Fat Quarterly.  And with last year’s champion, Jay McCarroll, without a new line to defend his title this year, we already know we’re going to have a new champion!

Here’s how it will work:

  • We’ve already randomly placed our top 64 fabric lines into the brackets, based on our observations over the past year as well as the most frequently nominated lines by our readers. There were well over 90 fantastic lines that were in the running for our top 64, and even getting down to the field was a tough task. Print the brackets out to play along!
  • Throughout the month of March, we’ll be posting the different rounds and regions of competition. Once posted, a survey will go live for you to vote for your favorites.
  • Once the voting for each round is closed, we’ll update the brackets and get ready for the next round of competition.

From 64 contenders, only one will emerge as the favorite. Let the debate, conversation, and celebration commence!

Here’s the schedule:

Round 1

  • Region 1: March 13th
  • Region 2: March 15th
  • Region 3: March 16th
  • Region 4: March 17th

Round 2

  • Region 1: March 19th
  • Region 2: March 21st
  • Region 3: March 22nd
  • Region 4: March 23rd

Regionals

  • Part 1: March 25th
  • Part 2: March 27th

Quarterfinals – March 29th

Semifinals – March 31st

Championship – April 2nd

And college basketball fans know the best part about March Madness: predicting all of the winners before the competition starts, and keeping track of how many points you earn by being correct!

We encourage you to print the brackets before we begin and fill it out. We’ll give tips on how to keep score throughout the competition.

Sound like fun? Ready to play? Download your brackets here.

By |March 12th, 2012|modern madness|8 Comments

Modern Madness | Nominate your favorite fabric lines!

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It’s March, and you know what that means: it’s time for another edition of the most fun-filled, action-packed, nail-biting, rock-’em sock-’em interactive game in the modern quilting world.  Yes, that’s right — we’re once again infected by ‘the Madness’.  The March Modern Madness, that is.

Don’t know what Fat Quarterly’s Modern Madness is?  Well, it’s a friendly race to the end for 64 of the past year’s hottest modern fabric lines, facing off in a bracket-style tournament until only one remains.  It’s based on the NCAA college basketball tournament that’s so popular here in the U.S., and you can read more about it here (and catch up on all of last year’s action here).

Now before you get too upset, let’s remember that this is all in FUN.  We run Modern Madness with only the best of intentions — to celebrate all of the wonderful designs that we’ve been working with for the past 12 months and, more importantly, to expose our readers to some fabulous fabric lines of which they may have been previously unaware.  And while we like to celebrate the sole survivor, there are no winners or losers in Modern Madness — we’re highlighting ALL of the designers and lines that we love so much.

I’ll be back more soon with the final brackets and a full tourney schedule, but first wanted to solicit your nominations.  What have you loved sewing with in the past year?  What lines should be included in our field of 64?  Let us know via the form below.

** Nominations are now closed. Thanks for your input! **

Giveaway! Two Peas in a Pod Tie Front Tote Sewing Class

The wonderful Trish Preston (@trishpreston) of Two Peas in a Pod designs recently contact us here at FQHQ to let us know about the online bag-making course she developed for her blog readers.  She recently made available a full e-course that steps its students through her video-based tutorial to make an original Tie-front Tote.  We were intrigued, and Brioni and I agreed to make some of Trish’s totes in exchange for two free classes for Fat Quarterly readers!  Of course, we wanted to check it out ourselves before passing word along to all of you — and I’ll begin by saying we weren’t disappointed!

I’ll tell you a bit about my experience, and then turn it over to Brioni so that she can show off her creation.

Tie Totes

If you’re a reader of my blog, you might know that I’m a bit terrified of making anything three dimensional.  Quilts?  Sure.  But things like bags, toys, and apparel intimidate me.  I was a bit reluctant to agree to make a tote bag, but I put all my faith in Trish and my confidence in knowing that she puts out a quality product.  And, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided to make not one, but two bags.  So I stocked up on supplies — some yardage of some gorgeous Tula Pink and Amy Butler fabrics, coordinating thread, and fusible fleece — and got down to it.

Tie Tote in Parisville

To cut right to the chase, I’ll put it bluntly — Trish’s e-course was a lovely experience.  Because of the video element — actually watching something be made the proper way versus photos or illustrations — I found it to be far more effective than following a pattern.  The course was split up into 3 “classes”, each one presenting a very manageable part of the process.  And I would definitely classify this course as beginner-friendly.  If you’ve never made a bag before but are interested in giving it a try, I would highly recommend this e-course as a great place to start.

Trish is a great instructor.  And to top it all off, Trish’s sewing space is a lovely setting which made for an extremely pleasant viewing experience.  It was bright and sunny with a beautiful garden view and a soundtrack of singing birds, making me wish I was right there in Ohio, sewing with Trish!

I made the two bags assembly-line style, and have some gorgeous gifts that are ready to go.  They’re not perfect, for sure, but that can be attributed to my lack of experience (and confidence) in bag making.  But after Trish’s course, my confidence in tackling future bag projects is fully restored!

Tie Tote in Amy Butler Love

And now let’s hear from Brioni, who also took Trish’s course and made a beautiful tote.

Brioni: I have to admit to not being very fond of making anything 3 dimensional – I am most definitely a quilt girl – so was inwardly groaning when i dug some fabric out to get started.  I have never done an on-line class was and couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to, so i was thrilled when the whole experience was nothing like i expected.
First and foremost, everything about the website is so pretty – pretty kids, pretty fabrics, pretty garden and pretty backdrop to all videos. So, great start.
Then i loved watching the videos. Trish’s voice so relaxing that i could have quite happily have had a snooze instead of making the tote.  I did manage to stay awake and make the tote I did!

Brioni: The pattern is simple, the combination of the instructions and video were fantastic so there really wasn’t anything not to enjoy.  The result is also great. The bag is rigid enough to stand up on its own but still soft, and the handles are sturdy but not stiff enough to be uncomfortable on my shoulders.
A bit of Map of London home decor fabric, and bit of dark brown whale cord for the lining, a lovely afternoon watching videos and i am now sporting a new bag to carry my new crochet project on the train to work.  Simple pleasures  :-)

Interested in making a Two Peas in a Pod original tie tote of your own?  Trish has generously offered a free e-course to two lucky Fat Quarterly readers!  Simply leave a comment on this post letting us know what fabrics you’d use to make your tote and what you’d use it for, and we’ll randomly select two winners here on the blog next week.  Good luck!

By |March 4th, 2012|giveaway|97 Comments

FQS Designer Mystery Block of the Month

We’re excited to share that the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting another fabulous Designer Mystery Block of the Month.  The 2012 Designer Mystery BOM, the FQS’s 5th annual program, may just be their best yet.  Why?  Well, for starters, it features the fabulous new line by Bonnie & Camille for Moda, Vintage Modern.

Need some more reasons to check it out?  This sampler quilt features 12 wonderful blocks from Moda designers, including our friends Aneela Hoey, Kate Spain, the fabulous ladies of Sweetwater, and of course Camille Roskelley herself.

Seriously, you could make a trash bag out of these gorgeous fabrics and it would be the most beautiful trash bag ever, so we can only imagine how stunning the Designer Mystery BOM quilt is going to be.  We’d share more … but of course it’s a mystery!

So if you love block of the month programs — and, really, who doesn’t?! — we wholeheartedly recommend this top notch program.  If you decide to play along, tell Kimberly and her awesome Fat Quarter Shop staff that Fat Quarterly sent you, and please share photos of your blocks and finished quilts in the Fat Quarterly Flickr group!

SLICED | A Moda Bake Shop Competition

Are you as big a fan of reality show competitions as I am?  I love Top Chef, Project Runway, Work of Art, Chopped — basically, if skilled and crafty people are showing off their stuff, then I’m in.  My kids even have me hooked on Cupcake Wars.  Which is why we here at Fat Quarterly are so excited to see the latest (and fiercest) sewing and quilting competition unfold.  I’m talking about SLICED, the latest activity brought to you by Oda May and the master bakers at the Moda Bake Shop.

Haven’t heard of Sliced?  Well, here’s a quick break-down of how it’s gonna work:

Sliced is an online sewing competition where four crafty people will compete before a panel of judges. They will have 5 days to use their creative talents to develop a project with a sewing basket of mystery items given to them on the first day of each week {crafters must provide their own items}.

Once they have completed their project, the panel of judges will critique the projects from each challenge and will decide who will  be SLICED and who will continue on to the next week and a new challenge. We will have a surprise guest judge each week of the competition. The competition will run March 4 – 31, 2012. Each week, someone will be “Sliced” from the competition until only one winner remains. Do you have what it takes to become the next Moda Bake Shop Chef?

More details about the rules of the competition can be found here.

And there are prizes, too.  Oh, are there prizes …

Unfortunately, the call for entries ends tonight — so if this is the first you’re hearing of the contest, then you’d better work fast to enter!  The good news is that we can admire all of the entries in the Sliced Flickr group, and watch the action unfold the Moda Bake Shop blog.

And who knows — you may even see a friendly Fat Quarterly face pop up as a guest judge later in the competition …

By |February 29th, 2012|community news|0 Comments