August 6, 2014

Fat Quarter Fizz

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for swinging by my blog today. I'm thrilled to be posting along with some of my quilting friends to kick off Fat Quarter Shop's newest Shortcut Quilt video, the Fat Quarter Fizz. You can download the free pattern here, and be sure to watch Kimberly in action on the FQS YouTube channel. If you don't subscribe, you should! There are fabulous video tutorials, free patterns and lots of ideas all for you.

I really love this series because these quilts feature precuts and the projects are super simple to make. If you are a beginner quilter, or if you want to teach someone how to quilt, these patterns are a perfect place to start. Plus, i always learn some clever little piecing tip from Kimberly. Bonus!

For Fat Quarter Fizz, i chose to use Solstice, my newest Christmas fabric collection for Moda (in shops now). The pattern gives you options for whatever size quilt you'd like to make. I decided on the large lap quilt that uses 20 fat quarters (10 light, 10 dark). Despite it being August, and 80 degrees with 85% humidity, this quilt went together quickly and was fun to make!
I really should try to make a design wall in my little studio, because as soon as i hung this up i could see a few blocks i would have rearranged. C'est la vie! To get some of the palest greens to "work" with the rest of the light colored fabrics, i flipped the print over so the back side was facing up. I was surprised at how well nicely they fit in to the mix.

Here is a small detail. When you zoom in and crop an image like this, it kind of gives you ideas for another quilt block design, doesn't it?
And for the backing, i kept things super simple and pieced it in large striped bands:
Here's another detail of the backing with only touch of red in the binding fabric.
The white sashing strip is a white-on-white tonal snowflake print. I always try to work something like this in to my holiday collections because it adds a beautifully subtle texture to an ordinary white. Oh, and i took this photo out on our picnic table because despite having one less Christmas present to buy, it's still summer!

Thanks again for visiting, and enjoy all the other stops on the blog tour:
Barb & Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Shruti from 13Woodhouse
Pam from Pam Kitty Morning
John from Quilt Dad
Jane from Quilt Jane
Michele from Quilting Gallery
Caroline from Sew Can She
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Tonya from the Crafty Mummy

Have a beautiful day!


  1. Pretty quilt, Kate, and I love the idea of using the back of fabrics to get a lighter look! Solstice is gorgeous - but why am I surprised? I've got to get some for myself!!

  2. Very pretty! Love the 'steps' appearance it gives!

  3. Thanks for the pattern--I will be making this one soon! Pieced backings are wonderful..

  4. Oh lovely lovely, what a way to show off gorgeous prints!
    I treated myself because it's my birthday this weekend, and Cotton Bliss had an awesome sale, so I got a Solstice layer cake and candy squares. I adored thumbing through the cake, admiring the beautiful prints. Love the snowflakes!

  5. Love your fabrics as always. But I couldn't find Lissa's post. At least for this blog hop. Seems so weird to be quilting in August. It was nearly 100, I was sewing on a binding, sweating, and suddenly had an aha moment! Heat, several layers of quilt in my lap, of course I'm hot! Such a genius! Thanks.

    1. Ha! summer sewing should be considered an alternate exercise program! Thanks for letting me know about Lissa's post, in fact i had a few others that were missing/incorrect so i updated the list of participants just now. :)

  6. Haha, yeah, I can't "quilt" in summer either - my sewing corner doesn't quite get the air con flowing into it much! So I piece in short sessions and cut at the dining table! I love your fabric arrangement - the blues are beautiful.

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  8. I love that white on white print!! I am for the most part a "collector" in the summer - collect all the fabrics and supplies and then when it cools down - start quilting!

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  10. I Love how this turned out using the Solstice Collection, very Merry Christmas!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  11. I really like this one and am debating on whether to make one for myself with my Sunnyside or my Daydreams bundle. Oh such touch choices. LOL


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