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A Sugar Skull Quilt 

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Hello Blog Hop

by Joanne Hillestad on 07/17/17


Let's have a chat about a terrific fabric line by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics... Hello.

The collection is so much fun!  The retro phone prints are my favorite!

Here are some of the other prints I love:

There are also ransom letters that you can use on all sorts of fun projects! 

I had a blast creating with Hello...

The first thing I made was a small project bag from my pattern Bag It Up.  How cute is that?  Super cute!

I just love the polka dots and hashtag prints! This is a mini version of my Wingman pop up pattern. The base has a great pincushion and spool loops to hold my thread while I  stitch on those bindings!

The Wingman pop up also has a small version (size is based on the spring size used). The small version is terrific sitting next to your machine! It also has a pincushion base, pockets and spool loops for your thread!

The last project I made is a medium stacking pop up with ransom letters on it... I can't reveal exactly what this one says... so I'll just tease you will half of the letters.

Thanks for stopping by my blog to see all the fun I had with Susan's Hello collection!

Time for a giveaway!
Leave a comment below telling me what you would put ransom letters on for a chance to win fun prizes!
Comments deadline is midnight on Sunday 7/23/17.  Drawing will be held on Monday 7/24/17.

IMPORTANT: If you don't want to leave your email address... that's fine.  However, you have to check back on Monday to see if you won.  If I don't hear back from you within 10 days a new winner will be chosen. Thanks!!

1. FQG133 Wingman Pattern, Spring, and Spool Loops
2. FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern and Medium Spring

Fiesta de Azucar - Farmer Mary - Block 2

by Joanne Hillestad on 07/07/17


Fiesta de Azucar

A Blog Hop...9 Designers, 9 Sugar Skull Blocks, 2 Border Options

Week #2
Farmer Mary - In honor of my Grandma
I'm so excited to tell you about my Grandma Mary!  She lived on a farm in Northern Minnesota. As a kid, we used to visit every Summer. One of the things I remember most was exploring the barns and gardens with Grandma. I decided to use veggies on my skull because she passed her green thumb on to my mom... who then passed it on to me! The picture below is my Grandpa Ted and Grandma Mary with one of her cherished Irish Setters... Princess or Queen.  

The farm was a long way off the main road. Along the driveway wild Pink Lady Slippers grew.  Lady Slippers are rare, so having some growing on your property was a treat!  Did you know it takes the Lady Slipper 16 years before it blooms? They can live to 50 years old as well!  Crazy!  We used to get so excited when we would find one! On a side note, the Pink Lady Slipper is the Minnesota State Flower.

Here is a picture is of my mom skiing on the farmstead one winter in the mid 40's.

Time to show you some of the decorative stitching I added. I am a total rookie when it comes to embroidery. I gave it my all... and fell in love the 12wt Aurifil thread in the process... so nice to work with! 

I stitched around the flower with 50wt Aurifil thread.  Then I added the chunky stitching in teal to give it a little pizzazz.

The haystack cheeks were a lot of fun. I stitched the pitchfork (a little uneven) and then added the yellow to give it some dimensional straw.

The carrot needed some wrinkles.

Lastly, I added the chicken footprints. I do love chickens you know!

Of course... I had to put my Sugar Skull on a pop-up! 

I used the Stacking Pop-Up Pattern, 1 Large Pop-Up Refill, and 3 different Sugar Skulls.  
I appliqued the skulls directly onto the Outer Side piece.  It was an easy way to make something fun!  Information about the extra pre-steps I took is included with the download of my Sugar Skull pattern.

Did you miss week 1's block? The Painted Lady by Purple Moose Designs... pattern is still available for purchase from Craftsy.

Blog Hop Details:
July 1st through August 26th 2017 each designer will release their skull design. On September 2nd and September 9th there will be two border designs released. Here’s the schedule along with the participants and their blogs.

July 1st – Block 1 – Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs

July 8th – Block 2 – Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy

July 15th – Block 3 – Vicki Hansen, Cranberry Pie Designs

July 22nd – Block 4 – Cheryl Sleboda, Muppin

July 29th – Block 5 – Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods Quilters

August 5th – Block 6 – Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis

August 12th – Block 7 – Kate Colleran, Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs

August 19th – Block 8 – Susan Emory, Swirly Girls Design

August 26th – Block 9 – Trish Frankland, Persimon Dreams

September 2nd – Border Option #1 – Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis

September 9th – Border Option #2 – Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs

October 30th – Prize winner announcements

Patterns, Prizes and other info:
Full instructions (total cost... $3) for Farmer Mary and info to make a pop-up are on my  Craftsy page.  Check out the next stops in the blog hop for more blocks.There will be two different border options at the end.

How to enter:
Make any project with at least one of our skull blocks, post a photo on our FaceBook group page and you get a shot at some great prizes. It’s really just that simple…

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.


What's New...
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