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My Day for the Curious Dream Blog Hop

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/20/16


Curious Dream Blog Hop... I love this collection!

Welcome to my day of the Windham Fabrics' blog hop for Angela Pingel's new collection Curious Dream! I absolutely love this collection.  I think the color palette was the first thing to draw me in. The prints solidified the deal. This collection just seems happy!

Bag It Up pattern (coming soon) in Curious Dream and Maribel collections.

First up I would like to show you a pattern still in development. I call it "Bag It Up". Every project needs a home while you work on it. I like to take a bag with me to the quilt shop so I can organize the fabrics and supplies from the very beginning... plus it helps save a shopping bag!

The pattern will have 4 sizes, each fully lined with a pocket on the front to hold your pattern or supplies.

Small is perfect for hand stitching. I chose the shorted handbag handle length for my model. There are two handle lengths: Over the Shoulder and Handbag. 

The medium size is my favorite.  It holds everything I need for most projects and is a nice size to throw over my shoulder when I'm on the go.

The large bag works for those larger projects. Maybe you need to take a quilt to the longarmer? Are you working on something bulkier?

Jumbo is huge! With a finished dimension of 18" x 18" x 6" it can hold those large king-sized quilts! I plan to use this size for quilt storage and transport to and from quilt shows and other events. 
And a few cute pop ups
For those of you who are familiar with Pop Ups, it is no surprise I made a few for the blog hop! We will start with a Large Stacking Pop Up. Super cute and functional. 

Next, we have a Small Stacking Pop Up with a band of pockets added around the bottom. I took a piece of mesh 4-1/2" H x 24" W.  I trimmed it with a band of fabric.  Then I sewed it on the front of the pop up side: Click here for more info.

My next variation uses the FQG129 Basket Pop Up Pattern and a Medium Spring. I took this basket pop up to the next level by using Seams Like A Dream's Braid Template to build the side fabric. If you haven't tried Kate's template, you should! It made piecing the side braid quick and easy.

All I did was make a 6" H x 28" W braid (I used 42 - 1-1/2" strips).  Then I applied stabilizer to the back to lock all the piecing together. Lastly, I cut out the final size of the side piece per the pattern's instructions (I cut it out after stabilizer just in case the stabilizer shrunk things a bit). Then just make the Basket Pop Up as directed! I love the way it turned out!

Here is a picture of a pop up I made for the Windham Fabrics' booth at Fall Quilt Market using the Curious Dream collection.

Now for the goodies... Windham is giving away a FQ bundle everyday of the blog hop! You can enter to win by clicking here. You will be redirected to Rafflecopter. That way you don't need to leave your private contact info on my public blog. :)

I am also giving away a FQG129 Basket Pop Up Pattern, FQG123 8" Medium Pop Up Spring and a Braid Template! 

Prizes shipping to US addresses only.
 Giveaway ends 12:00:00 am 12/28/2016.
FQ Bundle is one prize.  The Basket Pop Up is a separate prize.  Two people will be chosen as winners.  If I am unable to contact you by 1/5/17 a new winner will be chosen.
Thanks so much for visiting!
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It's Time for Blog Hop! Curious Dream by Angela Pingel for Windham Fabrics

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/12/16

I am so excited about the blog hop I am participating in!  

Windham Fabrics has a new collection called Curious Dream by Angela Pingel.  I love, love, love this collection!  The colors are wonderful and the design is fun!

I love it so much, that on my day (December 21st) I will be previewing my next pattern's cover models sewn in a sampling of the fabrics.  

Windham is giving away a wonderful fat quarter bundle every single day of the hop!  

Here is a schedule...Curious Dream Blog Hop Dates:

 Monday, December 12th – Windham Fabrics SnipIts Blog

Tuesday , December 13th – Kelly Bowser –Kelly Sews

Wednesday, December 14th – Brooke Sellmann- Silly Mama Quilts

Thursday, December 15th - Wendy Sheppard -Ivory Spring

Friday, December 16th – Becca Bryan – Bryan House Quilts

Saturday, December 17th –  Chris Dodsley- Made by ChrissieD

Sunday December 18th – Aurifil -

Monday, December 19th-  Jennie-  Clover & Violet

Tuesday, December 20th – Stephanie Kendron – Modern Sewciety

Wednesday, December 21st – Joanne from  The Fat Quarter Gypsy –

Thursday, December 22th – Heidi Staples – Fabric Mutt

Thanks so much and Enjoy!!


New Mini Pop Ups Are Here!!

by Joanne Hillestad on 08/25/16

Welcome to the Fat Quarter Gypsy Camp!
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It's A Mini!

We have a new addition to the Pop Up Family!  I am so excited to show you the newest little bundle of joy...Mini Pop Ups!

I had many requests for extra small pop ups over the last 6 months.  Many of you sew on the go and having something that fits easily in your car seems to be a must! This cute little pop up is only 3" in diameter and 4-1/2" tall... just perfect to throw in your purse for a thread catcher.

Hang it on the front of your longarm and it rides along with you as you quilt!
You will never have to walk over to your thread catcher again... it is always where you are!  

Are you a Row by Row Fabric-Plate TM collector?  It fits just perfectly on the front for a personalized memory of all the fun! 
Add some Insul-Bright and make it into a fun Can Koozie!  Won't the girls be jealous of you at your next sewing night?


Here is the best part...I have included a free Quick and Easy 'no-circle' Method as a free pattern!  In addition, it includes the yardage and dimensions needed for other compatible existing patterns.  So, if you already love the Fat Quarter Pop-Up or Stacking Pop-Up Patterns, you can make them using either of those construction methods as well!

Ask your Local Quilt Shop to order some in today!  Thank you for supporting your local quilt shops!


Now for those ladies… you know who you are… that wanted dozens and dozens.  Bulk packs are also available.

FQG131 Mini Pop-Up Refill
Retail MSRP $7.49.

If you don’t have a quilt shop near you… they are available on my little online shop now.

Bulk Packs
Mini 3” Pop-Up Refill 6 Pack               Only $40.00        Savings of $4.94
Mini 3” Pop-Up Refill 12 Pack             Only $77.00        Savings of $12.88
Have you checked out the new Pop-Up Partner info sheets lately? 

My favorite designers have been busy putting their quilt blocks onto pop ups for you to be inspired by!  The free downloadable info sheets will give you the directions needed to take an existing quilt pattern and use the blocks to build the Outer Fabric section of a pop up.  Finish up with the Stacking Pop-Up Pattern and Refill. 

There are lots of fun ideas for you to try!  Hop on over to each designer’s website (click on the highlighted link to their patterns) to see all the other fun patterns they offer!        

Thanks for taking the time to read my newsletter!

Happy Quilting!
Patterns are available at:

Retail: Your Local Quilt Shop... ask them to carry your favorite pattern!
            or.... Fat Quarter Gypsy ShopWhoopsa Daisy FarmAnnie's andNancy's Notions.

Wholesale Distributors: Brewer SewingChecker DistributorsE. E. Schenck,Petersen-Arne, Riley Blake,
and United Notions.


Quilter's Block Party... a fun blog hop!!

by Joanne Hillestad on 06/09/16


Quilter's Block Party

proof you don't want me on your team... bahahaha
I am today's guest blogger for Purple Moose Design's fun blog hop! The Head Moose, Terri, created a fun game for all of the crazy quilters out there. It is similar to Pictionary... but so much better... because it is all quilting all the time!!

I played the game in Washington D.C. last March with a wild and crazy group of creative professionals. Like any true introvert, I chose to hang back and guess only. This proved to be a wise position as the play got more involved and everyone started getting into the swing of things. It was so much fun! I can't remember who's team won... :)

Leave a comment (I'll need an email to contact you) on my blog post for a chance to win this fabulous prize... a Quilter's Block Party game and my newest pop-up pattern for your furry friends!  Winner will be selected on Monday, June 13th.  Visit the Head Moose's blog for a chance to win the Grand Prize too!
So, you all must know what is coming... 
Here are three cards for you to try to guess...
Drawing skills are lacking at the Fat Quarter Gypsy...

3 words. 

Answers are at the bottom.
Ok... this wasn't the most difficult one.  I decided to start with the one I considered my "Masterpiece".  Things go down quickly from here.

My son Ryan rolled his 19 year old eyes at this one and told me I should probably stick to quilt design.  Stinker...

4 words.

I added the little guy at the bottom and his big feet to help you with this one.  Probably just made it worse.

Lastly, the one absolutely 100% of my family and friends couldn't get.  
4 words.
Yes, that is a sailboat... and the wiggly stuff on the side is in the ocean... but pretend it isn't.  I just started drawing on that side.  Maybe seeing this drawing in person would have helped? Ok, fine... it is bad.  But I tried to remember my geography from memory.  It has been quite a few years since I was in High School.  That's a hint by the way.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read all the way to the bottom...
good for you!!

The Answers are...

1. Domino Chicken Feet
2. Steps to the Alter
3. Rocky Road to California

New! Easter Basket Pop-Up Pattern

by Joanne Hillestad on 03/02/16


Basket Pop-Ups!

make an adorable basket pop-up that folds away for storage
Easter is quickly approaching. For a short time I will be offering my Basket Pop-Up Pattern as a pdf downloadable pattern... and on sale!

Regular Price $9.00

On Sale for $7.50
until 3/27/2016

Get yours today!!
Are you a Quilt Shop?
Have you applied for your FQ Gypsy wholesale account yet?
If not, do so today!

Printed versions of the Basket Pop-Up Pattern will be available for
shipping starting on Friday, March 4th. 

What's New...
Click on picture to open pdf