A Fabulous Fat Quarter

Novel ideas with novelty fabrics from 4my3boyz.com

13. August 2012 01:00
by tbev

Let's Start Things Off With a Giveaway!

13. August 2012 01:00 by tbev | 87 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to my blog! Have a seat, make yourself comfortable. It's so nice to see you here.

For the last 13 years, my online business, 4my3boyz Fabrics, has introduced me to incredibly kind and creative people all over the globe. I've exchanged emails, laughter, and occasional tears as customers have shared not only their creative and inspirational projects with me, but also their lives. And in turn, I've shared pieces of myself with them, but lately I've been hoping to build on that.

Back in our mothers' and grandmothers' day, friends might sit around a quilt frame and share ideas and insights with each other. In a way, that's what I'm hoping this blog will be—a place to gather as friends for great ideas, inspirations, fun, and a slice of real life. It may not be our grandmothers' quilt frames, but here there is room for everybody, everywhere. After 13 years in the fabric business I've found there to be a wealth of great ideas and people out there, and my hope is that this blog will be a place where it can all come together.

I've got a lot of fun things planned in the coming weeks, but let's get started with a giveaway! I've got three great prizes to share with three lucky readers, valued at over $320! 

First, I'm giving away one copy of the Electric Quilt® 7 Software package. This incredible program allows you to design and plan custom quilts and is an absolute must-have for serious quilters. 


Second, I'm giving away one Hinterberg Design 14-inch adjustable lap hoop, a fabulous tool for smaller quilting projects, needlework or rughooking.


And finally, I'm offering one gift certificate, good for $50 worth of fabric at 4my3boyz.com! Just think how happy your stash will bejQuery152009864668834631446_1344909223043


There are several ways to enter to win one of these three prizes, and you can enter as many ways as you like for more chances to win! Eligible entries:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post. Tell me what kinds of posts you'd like to see here in the future, or just say hello.
  • Like me on Facebook.
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Follow me on Pinterest.
  • Follow me on Instagram (my username is 4my3boyz)
  • Purchase anything at 4my3boyz.com between now and the end of the contest.
Here's the necessary-but-boring fine print: Comments and entries accepted until midnight, Thursday, August 23, 2012. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email or by direct message and posted in the blog. 
Thanks again for coming, and I hope you'll make it a regular visit. I'll be doing my best to make it worth your while. Now let the fun begin! 

12. August 2012 05:47
by tbev

Quilt Sizing Tool

12. August 2012 05:47 by tbev | 5 Comments

I firmly believe that, whenever possible, let someone else do the math for you. This fabulous Quilt Sizing Tool will help you calculate how much fabric you'll need for any size mattress. It even takes pillow thickness and overlap into account, so plug in your information and leave the math to the tool. Keep a bookmark on this, my friends, you'll want to have it handy!

9. August 2012 06:52
by tbev

One Fat Quarter = Farmer's Market Fashion

9. August 2012 06:52 by tbev | 4 Comments

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

It's amazing what you can do with one little fat quarter! Let your little one wander the next summertime barbecue or farmer’s market in this breezy skirt with matching tee. This project is so simple, you could put it together in less than two hours, and for less than $10! This fits a baby size 12-18 months.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 fat quarter (I used Watermelon Wedge by RJR)
1 plain child t-shirt
1 safety pin
½-inch elastic (measured to the child's waist, plus one inch)

heat bond adhesive

STEP 1: Cut fat quarter in half lengthwise.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 2: Cut approximately 3 inches from the end of one of the two pieces. You’ll create your logo for the tee shirt out of this strip.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 3: Trim part of the 3-inch strip to create the logo for the tee and set aside. I loved the font and wording from the edging of the fabric, so I included it. You could cut out any shape you like, so be creative and choose whatever looks best to you.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 4: Pin the short edges of the two longer pieces together. One is three inches shorter than the other, so don’t be concerned when they don’t match up exactly.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 5: With right sides together, sew the two edges creating the tubular form that will become the skirt.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 6: With an iron, press open the seams. Next, determine which end will be the top and the bottom of the skirt. Using the iron and pins, create a one-inch hem on the top (enough to fit the ½-inch elastic through), and a half-inch hem at the bottom.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 7: Sew the bottom hem followed by the top hem, leaving a 1-inch gap over one of the seams through which you'll feed the elastic.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 8: Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 9: Feed the safety pin end of the elastic through the gap of the waist seam, holding onto the free end. Guide the safety pin through the waist seam until you pull it out the other side. Remove the safety pin and place one end of the elastic on top of the other and sew them together.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 10: Tuck the elastic into the waist and sew the waist seam closed. Evenly distribute the gathers.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 11: Cut pieces of Heat Bond to outline the wrong side of your logo fabric. Follow the directions on the Heat Bond package to attach it to the logo fabric.

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

STEP 12: Center the logo on the tee shirt and secure it with the iron, according to packaging directions. Next, pat yourself on the back. You’re done!

AFFQ Farmer's Market Fashion

Like I said, isn't it amazing what one little fat quarter can become? Try it out and send me a photo of your own creations.