It’s no secret that we have mad love for Melody Miller here at FQHQ.  Not only is she an unbelievably sweet & genuine person, but she is an amazingly talented surface designer whose fabric collections for Kokka Fabrics have been the buzz of the modern quilting community for the past several seasons.  From the ingenious viewfinder reels and cameos of her debut collection, Ruby Star Rising, to the oversized bees and cross-stitching motifs of Ruby Star Spring, to the typewriters and captivating florals of her newest collection, Ruby Star Shining, we’ve fallen in love with the deep, rich colors and eclectic vintage-modern-funky-urban-retro-whimsical style of her designs.  And it’s all printed on an absolutely gorgeous heavyweight linen-line fabric that is truly versatile — whether it’s a quilt, a bag, or some home decor items, Melody’s fabrics make items that you will literally love to touch and hold.

This holiday season, we’re thrilled to collaborate with Melody on a Designer’s Challenge that we’re calling The 12 Days of Ruby Star.  In the spirit of the season, we wanted to showcase the versatility of Melody’s fabrics  by sending little bits of her 3 collections to a handful of Fat Quarterly readers and challenging them to make a small item that would also make a perfect gift idea.  So it’s a win all around for you — not only will you be inspired by the creations made from Melody’s fabric, but you will also have access to over a dozen free patterns and project ideas from some of our community’s most creative and prolific crafters.

For the next 12 days — from now until Christmas — we’ll be posting free project ideas from a wide variety of Fat Quarterly community members.  There will be some familiar faces but, in the spirit of Fat Quarterly, we’re also excited to introduce some new names and faces of sewists whose work you might not yet be familiar with.

It’s not too late to whip up some hand-crafted gifts for your friends and loved ones, so we hope we can provide you with some fresh, new ideas.  Of course, if you make anything from our guests’ tutorials, please be sure to add them to the Fat Quarterly Flickr group.

We can’t wait to see what you make!  We hope you enjoy the 12 Days of Ruby Star!