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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. 

Pop Up Blog Hop - Sneak Peek! T-shirt Pop Ups are Coming Soon!

by Joanne Hillestad on 02/12/16


Sneak Peek... T-shirt Pop Ups!

The next pop up pattern is going to be fun!
I am so excited to finally be able to share the details of my next pop up pattern! 

FQG128 T-shirt Pop Ups

Graduation season is coming soon. The college bound freshman are going to love taking along pop ups to organize those dorm rooms! 

Extra Large pop up in the Basic Layout shown.
This is a Large pop up in the Colorful Layout.  I used 3 child's T-shirts and the left overs after cutting out the graphics (sleeves, back, etc) to cut the pieces for in-between. You can also use cotton prints for the filler pieces.
The Nothing But T's Layout allows you to put together an adorable pop up.  The Fat Quarter Gypsy pop up uses a single T-shirt for the entire outer fabric (sides and base).  For the Glasses pop up, the graphic was too close to the neckline. I added a filler of a coordinating fabric along the top. 
You don't have to limit yourself to using only T-shirts!  The next few examples are made from towels!  

Leave a comment on my blog before midnight on Friday, 2/19/16 to win a copy of the T-shirt Pop Up Pattern and a Spring!

Make sure you leave an email address so I have a way
way to contact you. If not, a new winner will be chosen. 
Prize will be shipped around 3/15/2016 once the
FQG128 T-shirt Pop Up Pattern is released.
Winner gets to choose the size of spring they would like to receive.

I hope you have been enjoying the Pop Up Blog Hop! It has been a lot of fun reading all of your comments! We have another week of fun yet to come!

Monday the 15th - Cabin In The Woods Quilters
Tuesday the 16th - On Point Quilter
Wednesday the 17th - Happy Memories Quilts
Thursday the 18th - Poorhouse Quilt Designs
Friday the 19th - Swirly Girls Design

So join us today!!  Click here to Pop on over to the Blog Hop. 
You can sign up for the grand prizes at the bottom of the main Blog Hop Page.
Flash Sale!

Use Coupon Code:


25% off regularly priced items 
expired 2/16/2016

Visit the Fat Quarter Gypsy Shop today!

Pop Up Blog Hop and Giveaways starts today!

by Joanne Hillestad on 02/08/16


It's A Blog Pop!

Join me and ten designers for the next two weeks as we share pop up inspiration.
Join us each day for a different designer and a giveaway... plus there is a grand prize giveaway!

Monday the 8th - The Patchwork Pearl
Tuesday the 9th - Summercrafter
Wednesday the 10th - Triangle Frenzy
Thursday the 11th - Seams Like A Dream
Friday the 12th - Custom Quilt Kits

The weekend - I will have a sneak peek of my next Pop Up Pattern!

Monday the 15th - Cabin In The Woods Quilters
Tuesday the 16th - On Point Quilter
Wednesday the 17th - Happy Memories Quilts
Thursday the 18th - Poorhouse Quilt Designs
Friday the 19th - Swirly Girls Design

It should be a lot of fun!

So join us today!!  Click here to Pop on over to the Blog Hop.

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