Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fat Quarter Fizz!!

The gals at the Fat Quarter Shop have done it again.  They have another one of their shortcut quilts for you and this time it is using the fat quarter!!  You can check out the free video tutorial here and download the free pattern here ;)  

I was super lucky and got to make 2 quilts from this fabulous shortcut pattern.   The first one I was asked by  Fat Quarter Shop to make so they could use it as a sample.  

This quilt features the fabulous 25th and Pine by BasicGrey for Moda.  I just love Christmas quilts!!!  Seriously, I don't think I will ever have to many Christmas quilts.  And this quilt is the perfect size to snuggle up in front of a fire with measuring 60" x 72".

 To continue with the Christmas theme, I quilted an all over free motion exploding star design using Superior Threads Sew Fine #50 in Snow.  I love quilting these stars, they really are so much fun.  Because of the quick back and forth motion you really get into a groove ;)  Ya, my husband came in while I was quilting this one . . . picture if you will, shaking the booty to "All I Want for Christmas is You".  He got a pretty good chuckle ;)

This quilt really is a shortcut quilt!!  It goes together super fast, is super easy, and all around, just a good time to make!!  It really is perfect "go-to" quilt!!

Which is what gave me the idea for my next quilt.  The lovely gals at Fat Quarter Shop asked me if I wanted to make my own version of Fat Quarter Fizz using a fabric of my choice.  I immediately thought of how perfect this would be for a friends wedding that I have right around the corner.  And what could be more beautiful for a wedding than the gorgeous Up Parasol by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics!!

I decided that rather than splitting the fabrics by lights and darks to split them by color palette.  So the greens and blues make a diagonal row and the pinks and oranges make the other diagonal row.  I love how it turned out.  You can still see the diagonal pattern, but it also has such a beautiful blend and flow.

When it came time to quilt, I opted for one of my new favorites, the quilted swirl.  Isn't it so funny, a few weeks ago I was scared to death to quilt this, and now it is a favorite ;)   I used my new favorite #402 Pearl So Fine #50 Superior Thread to quilt it up.   Seriously, that color blends so perfectly!!

When I brought the quilt back inside this morning after taking pictures and laid it on the table, I couldn't help but stare at all of this yummy texture goodness.   Isn't it so pretty in the morning light ;)

I am so loving this quilt and hope my friend will love it as well ;)  Thanks again to the gals at the Fat Quarter Shop for including me in this awesome project!!  It was so much fun ;)

So if you want to make your own Fat Quarter Fizz, be sure to watch the video here, and download the pattern here ;)

And if you are wondering what fabrics to choose, you are in luck. . . There is a whole bunch of us bloggers showing our Fat Quarter Fizz quilts today ;)  Be sure to pop on over to the Jolly Jabber to check out all of the beautiful quilt inspiration and get your creative juices flowing ;)  

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  1. I love the 25th and Pine fabrics, but I really love the one you did with Up Parasol even better! Both are lovely and your quilting choices are perfect!!

  2. Melissa, is there a pantogram for that quilting pattern? My daughter has access to a longarm now, and I love it!

  3. Hi Melissa - This is an omen from the quilting goddesses! I was over at the Fat Quarter Shop looking at the video for this quilt JUST before opening your email. Something tells me this quilt is going on my "to do list" in short order. I really like the way you defined your blocks by color groups, rather than darks and lights. Thank you for the great idea!

  4. Gorgeous quilting and love both versions!

  5. They both look lovely, and I love that quilted swirl too!! And I switched to following you on bloglovin and am getting your posts now!! Yeah!!

  6. love the one with your chosen fabric best, have downlaoaed the pattern and added it to the never ending to do list, wonder what size I will make it in, probably a lap quilt

  7. Just wondering if you paired up you pinks/oranges and blues/greens for sewing together to get this effect? Not sure I posed that question quite right. I love this quilt and have all the fat quarters necessary for it right now. I can't wait to make it.

  8. Looking at the first picture of this color version I see how you paired them!

  9. Both quilts are so pretty, and I love seeing the two different quilting patterns!

  10. Both quilts are beautiful, but the UP Parasol is the BEST!!! That is a nice wedding gift:)

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  12. Love the Up Parasol!! Beautiful!

  13. I have to agree with so many of the other comments--the Up Parasol one is SO pretty! Although, on a cold Christmas Eve, the Christmas one would be just perfect. :)

  14. I have a quick question, do you prewash your fat quarters?


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