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We're back with another New Year Celebration post from another fabulous sponsor. Fat Quarter Shop has been a Sew4Home supporter from almost the very beginning, and we love working with them. Founder Kimberly Jolly and her crew are among the nicest, most service-oriented people we've ever met. They always have a great selection of the newest and best fabric, plus exclusive kits, quilt clubs, Block of the Month clubs, and more. Today, we're excited to share the second quilt in their new Shortcut Quilts series: Layer Cake Lemonade. There's a free pattern, a great accompanying video tutorial, and we have THREE Moda Layer Cake bundles to give away to three lucky Sew4Home visitors!

The idea behind the Shortcut Quilts series is simple... and pretty obvious from the name! The projects use pre-cut bundles, and the steps are quick and easy... but with a lovely and professional end-result. They're perfect for those of you brand new to quilting as well as experienced quilters who are looking for a fun option to make in between more complex projects.

Layer Cake Lemonade uses all but four squares of a standard Moda Layer Cake (42, 10" x 10" squares). The quilt finishes at 48" x 61" and is a great lesson in how to mix and match motifs and work with lights and darks. The pattern is available as a free download. And, make sure you watch Kimberly's video tutorial. It shows all the steps for assembling the quilt top and includes great details, like stitch length, seam allowance, and pinning and pressing tips. 

To help kick-off your 2014 quilting, Fat Quarter Shop has provided THREE beautiful Moda Layer Cakes: Mixed Bag by Studio M, Front Porch by Jan Patek, and Wishes by Sweetwater. Simply leave a brief comment below, answering the question: When your sewing project hands you lemons, how do you make lemonade? In other words, what is your favorite sewing success secret that gets you over a challenge?

These giveaway bundles are just three of the hundreds of pre-cut options Fat Quarter Shop carries. Browse their entire collection of Layer Cakes

Our thanks to everyone at Fat Quarter Shop for providing this Great Giveaway, and for being such a dedicated S4H sponsor throughout the year. Our sponsors help support our work so we can bring you day after day of inspiration and education. They are the best!

Kimberly Jolly, Fat Quarater Shop founder 

If you like this quilt, be sure to check out the first quilt in the Shortcut Quilts series: Jelly Roll Jam, which uses...you guessed it, the 2½" x 44" strips of a standard Jelly Roll. As with the new Layer Cake Lemonade quilt, the Jelly Roll Jam pattern is available as a free download from the FQS site, and there is a video tutorial that walks you through the piecing process.

For more about pre-cuts, check out the great summary FQS did for us awhile back. 

And, if you are new to quilting, we recently put together a five-part series on Quilting Basics, which has gotten rave reviews from visitors. Start with Part 1, and go from there. 

Here are all the important links again:

Download the Layer Cake Lemonade free quilt pattern

Watch the Layer Cake Lemonade video tutorial

Shop for FQS Layer Cakes

Follow the FQS Blog

How to enter to win


1) Leave a qualifying comment that meets the criteria of the giveaway.

See the full description below under the heading "Qualifying Comments." 

2) Tell us how to contact you should you win. While you can leave your email address with your comment, we highly recommend you register with us and login (top of the page) before you comment; your email address is then hidden from view. You are also free to simply make a comment and choose not to be entered.

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Qualifying Comments: 

Simply leave a brief comment below, answering the question: When your project hands you lemons, how do you make lemonade? In other words, what is your favorite sewing success secret that gets you over a challenge?

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We will draw THREE lucky winners at random from everyone who has posted a qualifying comment on this article as of midnight PT December 31, 2013. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.

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Comments (298)

Karen Wright said:
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Love the fabric, can't wait to get some of the fabric for a queen size quilt.

tina said:
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sometimes I reach a point where I have to take a break , I hang my quilt on the wall, sit back ,drink a cup of coffe,stare for a while ,figure  out where I missed up, are just what, it is going to look like,doing this helps to inspire me ,to keep going,till I finish,sothat I can go own to mynext project.


Peggy Schmoll said:
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Layer Cake bundles look fun, love the fat quarters too!

Peggy Schmoll said:
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Layer Cake bundles look fun, love the fat quarters too!

MSRK said:
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Lemons usually turn into another project.  Maybe not today...

kittyannart said:
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If I'm working on a quilt and I've really made a mess of the quilting, I'll quilt it really heavily then cut it up into smaller pieces to make small totes or sometimes make 'vessels' to hold odd bits in my sewing room. Good question!

vanilda said:
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When a project is not going right I just take a break from it. 

emdewey said:
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I usually take a break from the project, like most people have said too. I also always ask my mom for her opinion! She has been sewing and quilting for a long time, and she usually has good ideas. If all else fails, seam ripper!! 

cl2clark said:
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I have a go to sister.   We always discuss how to get over those humps.   Since we both have different approaches to quilting, it works out well for either of us.

manetha said:
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For me, it means that my mind is distracted when I end up with a lemon, That means it is time to clean up the sewing room and "re-order" my thoughts and then the seam ripper and I get along much better.

lost40 said:
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For me "lemons" are just opportunities for creativity! 

natalieianne said:
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My lemonaid mix is easy: one part seam ripper and one part remembering this story - someone told me that the Amish put mistakes in their sewing projects to remind themselves that no one is perfect except for God.  I don't know if that is true or not but it helps me when I make a mistake - which is every time!!! 

Dawn Hollingsworth said:
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I encounter lots of lemons! My lemonade? My MIL, my seam ripper and/or quilt groups.  Sometimes my lemonade means just setting that lemon aside for awhile. :)

tyraholt said:
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This may sound strange but I stop working on the project and clean my sewing room.  I put things back in their place, dust, vacumn and organize. I find it is easier and more satisfying to create in my room when it is clean. I try to keep it that way but while working on a project it can get disorganized.

Then I look up ways to fix the problem.  Sewing sites often help with how to's.  Do not be afraid of the seam ripper!

I come back to the problem and then fix it.  If it is not fixable (I once sewed a dress for my daughter that was hedious) then I move on.  I then used that dress and cut it up and used it for the lining of  a purse and a vest.

You cannot make lemonade unless you use lemons.  You cannot sew something beautiful unless you fail sometimes.  That is how we learn.

kaeryn said:
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I add borders if it's something that came up too short/small.  If it's gone all pear shape I take it apart and put the bits into my scrap bag.  Already have a pattern for a scrappy vest just waiting for the bag to fill.

Ccarita said:
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I love quilts..still learning.Beautiful colors..Thank you  Fat Quarater Shop por this opportunity to win

shestillsmiles said:
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My seam ripper helps me through most challenges!

taysha1128 said:
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I usually turn to some great sewing site (sew4home is one) to search out ideas and tips and tricks

KatLaurance said:
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Well, I am very new to sewing and have just purchased fabric to make a nursery set for my pregnant daughter. When cutting my fabric for the pleated crib skirt, I realized I had cut the two shorter panels 2 inches too narrow! After much thought, I realized I could cut the pleat insert two inches wider. It will wind up prettier, because you'll see more of the contrasting fabric. Lemons into lemonade! But boy did I sweat it for a bit!! My favorite tip is likely patience.

cmhallb said:
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My time for sewing is limited so I take the time to plan and research projects. This way I have a pretty high sucess rate. When I decide to make something I look at similar projects and their instructions to get a feel for what is needed and the pitfalls. I carefully cut out the pieces. I think cutting is the most important step. I mark everything, I probably over mark. Then I sew. If I am unsure I use a basting stitch so it is easy to pull ot. When I do have a lemon, I try to learn from it and move on.

Marie Dejn Rasmussen said:
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Well OK, I learnt a new word today. When I "get the lemons" I take a long walk, I am happy to live nearby Kattegat, the small ocean between Norway, Sweden and Denmark, when I am back in my studio all problems is blown out of my head.

eohmart1 said:
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When sewing gives me lemons....I make lemonade by taking my sewing muse for a long deserved walk. I adopted a beautiful dog two years ago and he is my sewing muse...I wanted fun bright colors for his collars and dog beds I could wash, so I'm a  self taught sewer, and love this website for its invaluable information....Jack the dog, sleeps by my feet as I sew away, making dog wears for him and others....when the lemons come, we walk and I seem to find new ideas or another creative way around my lemon as we walk and enjoy the moment.

asimplehomestd said:
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If I run into problems and get frustrated, I usually just put the project aside and go do something else.  It may take an hour or it may take days, but usually I come up with a solution, or get over my frustration enough to come back.

misshershey said:
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Depending on what the "lemon" is, I'll either rip it out and start again, cut a new piece, or switch fabrics. Sometimes, I just go with it--pocket sewn onto the "front" instead of the "back"--guess what! I'm not ripping that out, the bag is now reversed. Yay!

QLT812 said:
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I laugh (LOL) and then get out my ripper and make the correction!  It works for me {^_^}...

cy1729 said:
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When a project looks like it's turning into a lemon, I stop and sleep on it for the night.  The next morning I usually can find a solution or feel better about ripping it out and starting over again.

Debz0407 said:
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I usually put it aside and work on other things for a bit. Then, go give it a fresh look: sometimes the fix involves the trusty seam ripper, sometimes I learn to live with it, and sometimes, you just need to admit defeat and adjust to make the problem into something else altogether. And, they're right: you do learn from your mistakes!   

LynnH said:
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I usually put the "lemon-y" project aside for a while...start something new and then go back and find a way to fix, pull out or otherwise finish the problem.

stacijw said:
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I take a break and step away from the project.  It usually helps.

Betty Davis said:
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I love this site and it inspires me all the time.  I am always working on projects for my 3 daughters and 2 sons.  I always could use more fat quaters!!  My email is bfolmar2002@yahoo.com

lshrader1 said:
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One step at a time.....that might be diving right in, which is when the 'lemonade recipe' is one that is familiar and has been practicied.  Or that night mean gathering information.  New techniques, videos, instruction manuels, how-to blogs, etc.  This is for those 'new lemonade recipes'.

Catalina said:
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I stop sewing.....go and get a cup a tea and sit outside for awhile, or watch televion.  Then I get my handy seam ripper and get back to fixing my mistake......I know I can fix it.


MargaretG said:
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When I get lemons while sewing, I iron, because that fixes or hides a lot of "lemons", or I step away for an hour, a day, a month -- however long it takes to get refocused.

Hannah W said:
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My sewing lemons come when I'm too tired. Stepping back for a break from the project is usually all it takes to get over the hurdle and finish the lemonade:)

amzggal said:
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i usually have to walk away, take a few deep breaths and eat a cookie or two.

Cindy Hoover said:
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There isn't a sewing project or quilt that I make that doesn't teach me something new, and that's great!  I know there will be frustrating times, mistakes to rip out, etc., and that's what keeps me going.  If it gets really tough, I just take a break and come back later when I feel better able to tackle the challenge.

kpcruiser said:
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When I feel my frustration level start rising I will usually take my dogs for a walk. Then I just start in with my mom's ol' seam ripper, and think about the times when she used it. It usually makes me smile to remember my very mild mannered mom getting angry at some of her mistakes.

rrodgers said:
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Like everyone else, taking a break can cause the project to look differnt when I come back. Also if I do make a mistake but the project is still useable then I just move along - only I will know that it wasn't meant to be that way. Unless I tell someone....

INA ANDERSON's picture

I walk away !!!  I make a cuppa tea, then wander back,  cup in hand,  and gaze around the sewing room,  looking for something else to do.  And there's always plenty !!  I usually just tidy up my magazines or sort a pile of fabrics.  Maybe I'll straighten the curtains.  The window ledge belongs to the cat,  but he doesn't mind if I straighten the curtains every now and again.  By that time I've cleared away the cobwebs in my head and it's time to tacke the project again.

sunshdws said:
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I find deep breathing helps.  Seriously.  Set the project down gently.  Close your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths - and keep going!  Not as Zen as it sounds.  LOL  If I'm really not happy with the way a project is coming along, I'll repurpose it.  I recently a circular quilt that I hated - so I'm repurposing it into a tree skirt.  (helps that I hadn't bound it yet)  Voila! 

damaw57 said:
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 Just search through this website ,get ideas and tricks of the traid and get back to redoing my project and it turns out better than I expect .

Lena said:
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Lemons? What lemons? Just retrain my taste buds (oops! I mean eyes :-)
I just have to look at it with a different eye, and the beuty will simply ease itself out. There is nothing that is not beautiful in its own way. Tell me who doesn't like lemons?

LindaK said:
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Put it where I can see it and something will eventually come to me.

llbent said:
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I usually realize the lemon in front of me when I'm in a hurry. Slowing down usually helps.

LLbent said:
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I seem to create lemons very easily, usually when I think I understand what to do and I'm rushing. It's hard, but I'm trying to slow down (and check the instructions)! Thanks.


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