Sunday, December 18, 2011

Announcing our WINNERS!

Wow!  Can I just say how hard it was not to answer back each and every one of you who answered our question!?  I didn't want to mess up the comment list so our random number generator could pick our winners without my nonsense messing things up!  You heard right! I said WINNERS, with an S!  This was so much fun and we had SO many responses, I couldn't just have one give-away so we added a couple more prizes to the mix! 

Before we announce our winners, I want to give a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you and WELCOME you to A Joyful Soul Fabrics!  I hope you find some useful information, creative ideas and hopefully we can help make you laugh a little too.  We have so much fun around here.  Who wouldn't have fun surrounded by bolts and bolts of fabric!?   

Okay, I won't keep you in suspense any longer.  Our winners are....

Sugar Baby Quilt Kit

Just Wing It 12 Fat Quarter Set

Set of two quilt pattern books

I've emailed all three of you lovely ladies so please get me your addresses as quickly as possible!  I would LOVE for you to have your prize before Christmas!  Plus, we're shutting down on December 20 so nothing will ship again until December 29 when we head back to the studio!

Thanks again for visiting us!  If you'd like, we'd LOVE to have you sign up for our newsletter.  We don't share your info with anyone and we won't fill your inbox with a bunch of craziness.  We can barely meet our goal of emailing once a week!  Our newsletter will let you know of any sales, new stuff and some project pictures from our studio.  We really look forward to sharing our passion of fabric and sewing with you!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Welcome! Hop On In!


Hiya!  My name is Joy and I am the owner of A Joyful Soul Fabrics!  We are an online shop and we travel around to various quilt shows in the Texas and Oklahoma area and set up shop.  (Must keep things portable as we are still Active Duty in the United States Navy, currently stationed in San Antonio, Texas.)

If you've never visited us before, we specialize in bright, fabulous fabrics, funky patterns and STELLAR customer service.  We LOVE designers like Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, Sis Boom, Art Gallery Fabrics and so much more!  We don't just specialize in quilts either!  While we have fabulous quilt kits, we offer pre-cut fabric sets, handbag kits, clothing patterns and home decor fabrics and patterns.  We love ALL things fabric!  

We use this blog to showcase different projects we work on in the studio.  It might be a tutorial we found online or maybe a review of a new pattern.  We also like to do an occasional giveaway!  Let's do one NOW!  Here's a question for you!  

 What's on in the background while you sew??

Do you sew to music, watch TV, try to ignore the screaming children and barking dogs??  You get it!  Leave your answer below in a comment and you'll be entered to win a baby quilt kit featuring Art Gallery Fabrics "Sugar" fat quarters!  (International Friends are welcome too!)  My favorite background noise is Florence + the Machine!  Super loud!

We'd also like to invite you to be an official "follower" of A Joyful Soul Fabrics Blog so you won't miss out on any of the FUN!  Just click the link on the right hand side that says "Join This Site".  Easy peasy!  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter!  We are all tech'd out! 

Visit A Joyful Soul Fabrics Shop 

As a special "thank you" for hopping in, here's a discount code just for you!  If you purchase $25.00 (before tax and shipping) at A Joyful Soul Fabrics between now and December 17th, use the discount code "PARTY" to get 15% off your purchase!

For more fun blogs to visit click here!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pillow Perfection

Let's take a bit of a break from Sunshine (it actually IS cloudy today) and take a look at some other patterns.  Listen, it's December 5 today.  I'm not going to blow smoke up your skirt and say that you have plenty of time to sew up some holiday gifts.  Time is running out!  BUT, these two projects I'm about to show you are absolutely quick projects and with USPS Priority CAN be done!

While at Fall Quilt Market in Houston, I found La Todera!  So happy I did!  Very creative patterns!  I brought home two, Flatty Dogs! and the Harlequin Star Pillow.  I love all things 3-D!  Especially sewn.  It makes sewing more interesting when you are sewing in 3-D!

We've been working on samples for our 2012 booth and it was a given that these two patterns would really stand out!

The Flatty Dogs pattern is one of my faves simply for the nostalgia of it!  Come on, all you girls who grew up in the 70's, you had one right?  Only the patchwork was probably leftover burnt orange, avocado and harvest gold polyester.  Okay, well maybe not but I DO remember the Scotty Dog patchwork pillow.  Well, this pattern is bigger and better than any dog pillow from the 70's.  First off, both of these patterns use 1" fusible quilters grid..."the secret weapon".  Talk about precision seams.  I didn't think it was possible but with this little cheat, it is!  My new favorite notion!  I decided to get super nostalgic and do the Flatty Dog in Sophie by Chez Moi.  When I first saw this fabric it immediately brought me back to my childhood.  It's Holly Hobby and Strawberry Shortcake all rolled into one!  (Yes, I loved both! In fact, I had a Strawberry Shortcake bike....banana seat, basket and bell on the handle bars!  My room was Holly Hobby.  I am a girl of the 70's for sure!)

Here's my Flatty Dog:
I didn't fill it super full of stuffing.  I wanted her to be squishy soft!

I haven't figured out her eyes yet.  I have beautiful vintage buttons that will probably win out.

Go ahead!  Take a good close look at my seams!  I haven't started Baby yet.  This is the Mommy size.  For Sophie pre-cuts to make this cutie, visit Sophie Jelly Rolls or Sophie Charm Packs.

In the background is our Sophie's Garden Quilt Kit but it's actually the back of it.  Here's the front:

This is a super easy fat quarter quilt kit!  It will be on the road with us if we don't sell out before our shows!  The perfect set!  A beautiful quilt with a matching Flatty Dog!

Also completed this weekend were both of our Harlequin Star Pillows!  These will be part of our Amy Butler Lark display.

Both of these patterns take 2.5" squares.  I used a Lark Strippy Roll for these samples.  Out of one strip roll, you can get 4 pillows!  $35 for four pillows!  LOVE IT!  You can also use 5" charms, just cut into 2.5" squares.  

Yet another project that requires me to sift through my many vintage buttons...BUMMER! 

I have to admit, my favorite thing about these pillows is how stack-able they are!

So, if you want to make one of these for yourself, I've linked everything above to our store.  If you have any questions, you can always post them here or email us from the website!
More finished projects are coming, as well as Sunshine Installment 3 where we'll piece the backing and get it basted for quilting!