Thursday, October 29, 2015

Don't forget to sign up for our Row by Row kit reminder

November 1st is Sunday.  For all you Row by Row Experience fanatics, you already know what that means!

For those not familiar, November 1st is the first day shops are allowed to use their Row by Row designs as they so choose.

We will be selling kits and patterns in our online shop & in the store.  We do not take pre-orders, but do have a reminder email list.  (if you missed my post on the dangers of preorders and my quilting philosophy in general, it's a good read).

So if you'd like a reminder on Monday, November 2nd with a direct link to our kits & patterns, just drop an email to me now!  We will blog the links Monday too, so if you are on the road & don't have access to email right's all good.

Monday, October 26, 2015

2016 Block of the Month Planning is underway

It's that time of year when we are getting geared up the Block of the Month in the new year!

2016 will use Lavender Lime's For Keeps pattern with fabrics from Studio E designer, Jennifer Brinley's recent release, Blue Bird.  We've paired blue bird with 2 tonal Studio E basics and are loving the contrast.  Stay tuned as we show & tell some blocks leading up to the Black Friday reveal!

But for now, it's time to bag up kits!

Friday, October 23, 2015

New pattern reveals all week!

We've waited all year to show these off and the time is finally at hand!
Our new patterns are debuting this week!

Check out the website for all the patterns and kits.  These are exclusively available at Fabrics N Quilts!

Embellish It


Nine patch Magic

In a Flash
Hope you like them!  Happy Stitching, Shannon

Monday, October 19, 2015

New Frivols kits have arrived! Quilt Kit 3-Elizas Indigo-Heritage

Moda Fabrics Frivols Quilt kits are from Moda's latest fabric collections.  Each is an original quilt design using a new pre-cut, all packaged up in a collectible tin with some little extra treasures.
The newest kit, Heritage, features Betsy Chutchian's Eliza's Indigo fabrics.
Quilt finishes to 28" x 32"
Kit includes pattern, (42) 7" squares, tin & extra Frivols freebies

Friday, October 16, 2015

Scrap Quilt Challenge 5 Winners
Today's my favorite day of fall; it's the day I get to announce the winners of the Scrap Quilt Challenge!
Throughout the summer, quilters from all corners of the globe have been uploading pictures of scrap quilts they've finished since last October.  If you need some quilt inspiration, you need look no further than our Flickr pool!
I encourage each of you to flip through all the quilt pictures & leave comments for these talented quilters.  You'll make their day!  There are so many lovely entries, that I have yet to visit & comment on each one.

Now, on to the fun! 
To keep this post's load time from being too long, I have not included pictures of quilts.  Our winners are drawn at random & I believe every entry is a winner, whether the name is drawn for a prize or go check out all the quilts!

To the winners below: Please email me at with your shipping information so I can get your goodies on the way.  If you are a Gift Certificate winner, please email me for your code to redeem.

I am traveling this weekend, but will send Flickr messages next week (see your Flickr Mail inbox-click the image in the top right corner in Flickr) if I haven't heard from you. 

Aurifil  is again generously supporting your Scrap Quilt Challenge endeavors with 4 thread kit prizes!  This beautiful 50wt thread collection by Caroline Hulse is awash in bright tones.
Kathy Crawford-Piano Key Scrap Quilt
knitnoid-Diamond Links
SewCookTravel-2014 Rainbow Sampler
CinderGal-X's & O's
Aurifil-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge
Moda Fabric   & United Notions have put together a lovely prize pack that includes 3 patterns, the adorable tote bag and zippered pouch, a swatch roll of Patchwork Garden and some handwork goodies too!
Karen Ferguson-Log Cabin Sampler
Moda-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge

Quilting Treasures Fabric  You may already know, but Shannon of Fabrics N Quilts designs patterns (you know, those free downloads) for Quilting Treasures Fabric.  Quilting Treasures has generously donated a Climbing Ladder Quilt Kit which is a pattern designed to highlight the wonderful continuous yardage in the Amylee Weeks collection, Bloom.
Judy Stafford-Charm Block Scrap
Climbing Ladder Quilt Kit-Bloom-Amylee Weeks-Quilting TreasuresYou can find a link to this free download on our Free Patterns page.  Also, since this prize is of a Christian theme, we understand it may not be appropriate for every quilter.  If you are selected the winner and prefer a swap, we will gladly reward you with an alternate prize.

Quilters Dream Batting  has provided us with 9 packages of batting to make 9 quilters very happy!
Mickey White-Road Trip
Melicon4-Scrappy Strips
Julianne Frey Keeler-9 Patch Stars
aud-kat-Quilty Folk
Claire-L-E Back
WizardBrenna-Lucy's Bookcase
bchats-Granny Squares
kaholly-Wish Upon a Star
becky jeffers-X and + 
Quilters Dream Batting-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge
Studio E Fabrics  Behold the beautiful fat quarters!  Studio E has provided us with three bundles of fat quarters!  On the left is a 7 FQ bundle of Pirouette, in the middle, 17 Just Color FQ's, and on the right are 12 Peppered Cottons. Three scrappers will be very happy!
QuiltsbyLisa-Zebra in the Wild
cpfeifer2005-Crumb Quilt
Maxine Euto-Blue Pinwheels 
Studio E-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge
Creative Grids Rulers and Checker Distributors  Two lucky quilters will receive this prize pack!  PJ Anderson's Sweet & Sassy Rhombus Templates plus 3 coordinating patterns!
sweetpeamarie-Log Cabin Chevron
Kinda Quilty-Houses Quilt (she made 3 of them!!)
Sweet Sassy Ruler-Creative Grids
Martingale/That Patchwork Place   knows the heart of the quilter & has generously sent us these FIVE awesome books to reward our Challenge participants!
madakamom-Sawtooth Squares
 Sharon-Mosaic Tiles
Teressa Kennemore-Scarlet
Susan Arnold-Fall Leaves Crop

Martingale-Scrap Quilt Challenge-Fabrics N Quilts

Lavender Lime   
We have 2 prizes to award; each winner will receive FIVE patterns!  Here are the bundles: 
notqnot-2014 Aurifil Quilt
Carolyn Hall-Bits & Pieces

Lavender Lime Inspires-Scrap Quilt Challenge
Lavender Lime Inspires-Scrap Quilt Challenge

Blank Quilting  is looking to make SEVEN quilters giddy with these beautiful fat quarter bundles and colorway strip rolls!
dilark-Red White & Blue for Dad
 sarahcraig-Binding Scraps
Kimberly Wells-Zambos-Jelly roll braid quilt
Kate-Flame Test
RoyJanMay-Scrappy Columns
Tabitha Smith-Phoenix Feathers
Laurava23233-Easy Street
Blank Quilting-Scrap Quilt Challenge-Fabrics N Quilts

Hummingbird Highway/Scrap Therapy  Joan Ford will be sending one lucky scrap quilter an autographed copy of her wonderful new book, When Bad Things Happen to Good Quilters 
Project Quilt-Offset Log Cabin
When Bad Things Happen to Good Quilters-Joan Ford-Free US Shipping at Fabrics N Qilts

Wilmington Prints Fabrics 
Lovely batik 2.5" strip rolls from Wilmington Fabrics will add some great color to the next project of two lucky quilters! 
Barb Averill-Scrappy Rectangles
Kathy-Wonky Star Quilt
Wilmington Prints-Fabrics N Quilts-Scrap Quilt Challenge
Craftsy  Craftsy is again rewarding our Challenge community with free classes!  THREE lucky quilters will get to choose any class on Craftsy for free!  Lots of scrappy ones to choose, or what a great way to learn a new skill or technique!
 Beatrice-Aviatrix Medallion
Lynn Cruise-Joni's Memories
Tonya Jesepersen- Postage Stamp

Craftsy supports the Fabrics N Quilts Scrap Quilt Challenge

and, of course, Fabrics N Quilts   Fabrics N Quilts will award a total of 3 Gift Certificates!  Each Winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to!  And since we ship free to the US all day everyday (and the first pound to Canada too!) their spending power goes even farther!
Anne-Crosses & Losses
Lois Cox-New York Beauty
Dodytex-Scrappy Star

Fabrics N Quilts Scrap Quilt Challenge

This year, Kim from Persimon Dreams & I co-hosted a mystery QAL.  We hope you enjoyed that and will remember to link up with us November 15th with your finished design!
Looking forward..... 
Kim will be your hostess for the Scrap Quilt Challenge after the prizes for this year's Challenge have all been safely received by our winners.  It has been my honor to get to know each of you (and your scrappy stash) over the past 5 years.  As my quilting life is headed in new directions with new opportunities, I am handing over the scrappy reins of the Challenge to Kim.
Kim is a veteran Challenge Quilting admin & host of the super awesome Project Quilting.   Be sure to bookmark/RSS feed/Bloglovin' (or whatever you use) her blog, Persimon Dreams .  You'll find all things quilty, challenge & FUN with Kim.  (I pinky swear.)  Kim will man the helm of the Scrap Quilt Challenge in total, including the Facebook group

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Sponsor Spotlight-Hummingbird Highway-Scrap Therapy

We made it!  Today's the day!  
It's the last day to upload your quilt's picture to our Flickr group & qualify for prizes.  

We kicked of the 5th year of the Scrap Quilt Challenge with Joan Ford of Scrap Therapy as our July featured designer and thought that we would close out the Challenge telling you a bit more about Joan's scrappy goodness.

Here at Fabrics N Quilts, we are big fans.  We first met her designs through the little quilt kit packets she designs, "Snap Sacks".  Many of you have won kits right here on the blog.  One day our pal Sarah, over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, was raving about the book Cut the Scraps.
And who's name should I find on the cover?  And so it began for me.  Stalking a designer-in the best way possible.  We snapped up her next book quickly, Scraps Plus One and were enthralled by the cover quilt.
Working with the pre-printed fusible masters over at Quiltsmart, Joan has developed 3 fusible interfacings for 9-patch blocks.  The smallest, the Mini Scrap Grid will make finished (pause) 1.5" (pause) 9 patches.  They are so easy to make, so accurate & uber cute.  Check out Joan's site for some free patterns .

Joan's latest release has been a huge hit with our customers.  The title will draw you in, but the good stuff inside will make you keep this book within arm's reach at all times.
 I can't even begin to tell you how many tips are in this book that will save your quilt or project, not to mention your sanity.

Joan is a national quilting instructor too.  If your group is looking for a day of awesome fun, check out her workshop offerings.

Thank you Joan for lending your scrappy goodness to the Scrap Quilt Challenge again this year.  We know the lucky quilter that receives the autographed copy of your latest release will cherish it for years to come!

Don't's the last day to enter your quilt in the Scrap Quilt Challenge!  We have 43 prizes at the ready & all winners are drawn at random.  Someone has to could be you!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Sponsor Spotlight-Creative Grids Rulers

We are huge fans of Creative Grids rulers here at Fabrics N Quilts.  Truly the industry leader in quality, Creative Grids incorporates fabric grip in each ruler they make, the rulers are thick & sturdy and the markings last the test of time.

Two lucky quilters will receive this prize pack!  PJ Anderson's Sweet & Sassy Rhombus Templates plus 3 coordinating patterns!  We will also toss in some extra goodies from our supplier, Checker Distributors, with each of these prize packs! 
Sweet Sassy Ruler-Creative Grids
Time is ticking away...your Scrap Quilt Challenge entry must be uploaded to the Flickr group by midnight tomorrow!  We hope you've enjoyed digging in your scrap bins and maybe even finishing off some UFO's this year.
If you need more info about the challenge, just check out the SQC page on the Fabrics N Quilts website!

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Sponsor Spotlight-Craftsy

Craftsy is again sponsoring our wonderful scrap quilters in the Scrap Quilt Challenge this year!  Generously donating THREE free classes, we really appreciate their commitment to the crafting community.

As quilters, we are very aware of the selection of classes related to quilting, but have you ever looked at the other crafts they support on Craftsy?
What a great chance to broaden your horizons & learn a new skill, for free!  Of course, there are also scrap quilting classes by Pepper Cory & Edyta Sitar too!

Tomorrow is the deadline for uploading your quilt's glamour shot to our Flickr group & qualify for prizes!  Head over to for all the details NOW!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Enjoy the process

{sometimes you just have to get something off your chest.}
There seems to be a push in the quilting world lately.  It's that what is currently available is not enough.

When did the "right now" become so mundane that we have to spend today's resources for next year's fun.  Why can't we revel in the excitement of today and enjoy the process?

Today is a great time.  We are here, we are able, we have UFO's, we have a stash, we have local quilt  shops with gazillions of beautiful fabrics at the ready, we have plans for the next 5 quilts we want to make.  We can be happy in the present.  Enjoy the process.

There are lots of shops selling pre-orders of the future releases.  The next line is not that different from the current line by the particular designer-same colors, different flowers.  Really, it's not that different from the last 5 lines by the designer.

But there seems to be a driving force in our online-centric world that we must have it first, as soon as it comes out.  So we can whip up something quickly and be part of the online hype.  The sad thing though, is that the designer's NEXT line will start to pre-sell right about the time you are ready for your moment in the sun.  The moment of glory is lost, because the conversation has moved on from the fabric that just came out last week to the fabric not available for 5 months.  It's a disturbing cycle to me.

And it's not just fabric lines.  The Row by Row, which we thoroughly enjoy being part of each year, will announce the 2016 theme this coming week.  There are still many shops looking to award prizes for the current year.  Folks have pre-ordered kits from shops.  We took an email list (I refuse to be your bank & hold your money for 6 months until we can ship November 1st).   Just like with the fabric pre-orders, we start building hype for an event that won't begin for 8 months.

The theme reveal is logical, really it is, and I totally understand the timing.  Designers need time to design patterns; shops like to shop fall market for fabric.  In today's world, it would be impossible to keep the theme out of the public view, as it takes only 1 shop owner out of 2700 shops to slip up and give away the secret.  The RXR fanatics would take to the web with gusto to spread the word.  It is only logical for RXR creators to control the frenzy and source of data flow.

Prior to the online world of today, it was easier maintain information flow and keep new releases at the industry level until it was appropriate to make them public.  It was more fun to see a new thing & seek it out.  Now we see a new thing & feel the only way to be part of it is to pre-order.

And as you have surmised by now, I don't like the financial aspect of the pre-order.  I think it's dangerous for small business cash flow, and I don't think you should put your money in a non-interest bearing account.

But for the most part, I think it just keeps us from living in the moment.  Look around today & appreciate today.  How many are embroiled in the "what's next" that we forget that today is pretty awesome all by itself.

Quilt Market used to be an industry trade show where shop owners could plan out their future events and have some element of surprise with their shop's quilters.  But to reinforce my point above, that can't happen anymore.  The online public sharing during Market creates consumer demand 6 months in advance of retail delivery.  It's sad that new things are old news by the time of their actual delivery.

When I started quilting the focus was on the creation, the process, the learning, and the joy.  The industry seems to have shifted and changed with the online-times.  There seems to be less interest in the joy of creativity and more interest in the online fame of being liked, regrammed, retweeted and hashtagged.

Enjoy the process.
One day you may not have the ability to quilt anymore.  When you look back at the quilts you made will you remember the creative process, the making? Will you remember the faces when you gave the gift of your creation?

We all quilt for different reasons.  The making, the giving, even something just to keep idle hands busy.  Whatever your driving force, try to relish today.  Even if the force is online fame, enjoy the process.

Yes, I am an online and brick and mortar quilt shop, and pattern designer.  Yes, I want you to shop.  But what I want more than anything is for you to enjoy using what I provide.  I want you to enjoy the process.  I want you to encourage others to give it a whirl; to sit with a child and show them what you are doing - tell them why you are doing it.  I want you to quilt for the joy.  I am honored to be part of that joy.  I enjoy traveling to your area, teaching or being part of your quilt show, because I can share my joy of quilting and maybe even help you kindle or rekindle yours.

Enjoy the process.
Enjoy today.

As always, wishing you best wishes for straight stitches, Shannon

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Sponsor Spotlight-Blank Quilting

The Scrap Quilt Challenge is excited to have Blank Quilting again as a sponsor.  Look at the yummy goodness our lucky Scrap Quilt Challenge participants will receive!
We just recently quilted a customer's quilt that happened to use all Blank Quilting fabrics.  This beautiful Log Cabin quilt was made by my friend Bernice.
Blank Quilting is going through a renaissance this year as they are now part of the Henry Glass/Studio E family.  We've seen lots of changes in style and design already & are excited to see what the future holds.  Be sure to look for the Blank Quilting fabrics at your LQS or at Fabrics N Quilts!

If you are new to the Scrap Quilt Challenge, I encourage you to pop over & read the details.  The deadline to upload your entry is OCTOBER 15TH!!  Still time to wrap up a project & get in on some great prizes, like those above and a whole bunch more!  Love show & tell...well join the flickr group now!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Scrap Quilt Challenge October Designer Showcase & free pattern

It is October!
Who would have thought when we started the Scrap Quilt Challenge in July that October would come so quickly?!

I am excited to share this month's designer with you.  Amber Johnson of Gigi's Thimble Quilt Patterns is a Martingale author and pattern designer.  Her latest book, Vintage Vibe was a huge hit at the shop this summer.  Amber was kind enough to lend us 12 of the quilts from the book for a summer-long trunk show. 
Vintage Vibe - Amber Johnson
It was so awesome to see her craftsmanship up close & really see the joy she has for the craft of quilting.  I have already made 4 projects from this book.  I would make them all. 

Amber blogs at A Little Bit Biased & you can see her latest projects and happenings there.  Be sure to add it to your daily bloggy rounds!

Today, Amber's posted her Scrap Quilt Challenge free block tutorial on her blog!  She's even linked up a second tute there too.  I have to say that I like the no pressing, no cutting portion of her plan (now you are intrigued, click over & check it out!)

You have just 2 weeks left to get your Scrap Quilt Challenge entry uploaded to our Flickr group!  See all the details on the challenge & the awesome prizes on the Fabrics N Quilts website (click here)