A Fabulous Fat Quarter

Novel ideas with novelty fabrics from 4my3boyz.com

20. September 2012 13:34
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New Fabulous Fabrics

20. September 2012 13:34 by tbev | 0 Comments

It seems like fall is all about the new fashions, and it's no different at 4my3boyz Fabrics! Here are some of the latest fabrics to hit our runways—er, our giant cutting table. 

Our Creepers Peepers collection is such a scream for Halloween! 
Clockwise from top:
Creepers Peepers Vintage Halloween Squares
Creepers Peepers Musical Score on Black
Creepers Peepers Vintage Halloween Stripe
Creepers Peepers Owls Musical Score Beige

 

Our Marvel Superhero fabrics really pack a punch!
Top to bottom:
Marvel Retro Comics Superhero Collage 
Marvel Comics Superheroes in Squares (center) 
Marvel Retro Comics Logo and Superheroes 

 

Carb lovers really go for our Mr. Potato Head line!
Clockwise from top left:
Hot Potatoes Potato Head Characters Blue
Hot Potatoes Potato Head Characters Brown
Hot Potatoes Mr. Potato Head Face Sets Green
Hot Potatoes Potato Heads Spuds Blue
Hot Potatoes Potato Head Accessories Gold
Hot Potatoes Potato Head Accessories Green
Hot Potatoes Potato Heads Spuds Orange 

And finally, your little one's favorite robotic entertainers, Yo Gabba Gabba, are doing their thing on these cool fabrics!
Left to right:
Yo Gabba Gabba Robots Monsters Blue 
Yo Gabba Gabba Colorful Robots and Monsters
Yo Gabba Gabba Robots Monsters Green

The question is: What kind of cool projects would you use these fabrics to create?

By the way, congratulations to Maria R. from New Zealand! She was selected as the winner of our National Sewing Month fabric giveaway. Will you be the next winner?

18. September 2012 06:16
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Great Reads for Quilters

18. September 2012 06:16 by tbev | 0 Comments

When you curl up with a favorite quilt and a good book, what do you pick? There's a great selection of quilt-centric reads out there for you or your favorite quilter. Here are some favorites:

The Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini is not only fun to read, but critically acclaimed as well. Each novel intersects a fascinating time in history, exploring important themes and issues, and unforgettable characters. Check out all 26 titles in the Elm Creek Quilts series, with a new title launching next month, The Giving Quilt


Sandra Dallas has also authored several bestselling titles including novels The Persian Pickle Club and The Quilt Walk, as well as non-fiction title, The Quilt That Walked to Golden

Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper mystery series features quilts, mystery, and a whole lot of fun. Titles include Goose in the Pond, Dove in the Window, and Steps to the Altar.

And finally, Terri Thayer has incredibly popular quilting mysteries like Wild Goose Chase, Old Maid's Puzzle, and Monkey Wrench. Page-turners, I tell you!


What about you, do you have a favorite quilting book? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

13. September 2012 12:09
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Simple Fleece Scarves

13. September 2012 12:09 by tbev | 0 Comments

Cold weather and holiday giving are both around the corner, and our new supply of fleece fabric is a perfect match for both. Today I'm sharing two super simple fleece scarf ideas. The first is a no-sew fringe scarf and the second is a one-stitch eternity scarf—both adorable accessories for yourself or someone on your gift list. These also make great projects for kids or beginning sewers. 

No-Sew Fleece Scarf
(featuring Autism Awareness Fabric

4m3b No-Sew Scarf 1

1. Take one 12-inch strip of fleece fabric (58-60" wide) and trim the ends. 

4m3b No-Sew Scarf 2 

2. Place a strip of masking tape 7 inches from each edge of the fabric.

4m3b No-Sew Scarf 3

3. Make 1-inch slits across each edge of the fabric.

4m3b No-Sew Scarf 4

4. Cut each slit up to the masking tape line.

4m3b No-Sew Scarf 5

5. Tie a knot at the top of each fringe.

4m3b No-Sew Scarf 6

6. Repeat with the other side. 

  

One-Stitch Eternity Scarf
(featuring Canyon Southwest Pattern Turquoise)


4m3b Eternity Scarf 1

1. Take one 18-inch strip of fleece fabric (58-60" wide) and trim off the edges.

4m3b Eternity Scarf 2

2. Pin right sides of the two ends together.

4m3b Eternity Scarf 3

3. Using a wide zig-zag stitch, sew the pieces together with a back stitch at each end. Turn the fabric inside out and you're finished!

Check out our entire line of fleece fabrics:

Animal Fleece and Faux Fur
Character Fleece 
Children's Fleece
Pattern Fleece
Sports Fleece
Other Fleece

11. September 2012 12:19
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A Quilt of Comfort

11. September 2012 12:19 by tbev | 0 Comments

Today in America, we remember the victims and rescue workers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The quilt squares above are part of The 9/11 Memorial Quilt, created to honor them. The entire project was a grass roots operation, started by two Long Beach, California residents, Corey Gammel and Peter Marquez, who wanted to do something to help in the aftermath of the attacks. The result is a 142 panel quilt, made up of blocks dedicated to individuals—beautiful, personal tributes to the men, women, and children who were lost that day. The quilt blocks have been created by friends, family, and even complete strangers from around the globe and the final product is truly inspiring.

I gathered a few of my favorites here for you, but if you'd like more inspiration, browse the entire gallery. It's time well spent.

Isn't it amazing the good that can bloom out of something terrible? It never ceases to amaze me.

7. September 2012 12:02
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National Sewing Month Giveaway

7. September 2012 12:02 by tbev | 0 Comments

 

While you may or may not be celebrating National Chicken Month or National Hug a Texas Chef Month in September, I hope you'll take time to celebrate National Sewing Month. Instituted in 1982 by Ronald Reagan to recognize the importance of home sewing in America, National Sewing Month is celebrating its 30th anniversary! "Sew" cool, right?

It's a great opportunity to take up sewing again, or start up as a beginner and enjoy the creative therapy that sewing can offer. Plus, NationalSewingMonth.org has a wealth of information (like how to choose the best sewing machine) and free patterns to kick start your creativity. I particularly love the idea of this homemade Kindle or iPad cover:

(Written instructions here.)

Here at A Fabulous Fat Quarter and 4my3boyz Fabrics, we want to join in the celebration with a giveaway! We've got one $50 fabric certificate to share with one of our lucky readers. 

To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments section: With which sewing-related groups, guilds, or organizations do you belong or associate? We'd love to know what other organizations are out there so that we can reach out to them, offer group discounts, and even highlight them here on the blog. Leave us a link, contact information, or any other information that might be helpful. And if you don't formally belong to any groups, but think we should know about them, let us know those too.

Good luck and happy stitches to you this month!

One commentor will be randomly selected to win the $50 fabric certificate to 4my3boyz Fabrics. One entry per person, please. Giveaway ends Sunday, September 16, 2012 at midnight.