Are you the next Fat Quarter Idol?!

on April 15 | in Contests & Giveaways, Products | by | with 199 Comments

Are you a Fat Quarter Idol?! Prove to the world you’re a fabric star, and win 12 of your favorite fat quarters! Use Pinterest to combine 12 fabrics from Sew,Mama,Sew! to create the perfect fat quarter pack for the theme of the week. This week’s theme: Sweet Child of Mine. Winners will be promoted and fully credited here on the blog, you get to see your pack for sale in our shop, PLUS we’ll send you one of your packs for free!

Finalists will be selected by SMS staff and our illustrious judges, the fabulous Heather Bostic from {House} of A La Mode and the talented Kaye Prince from Miss Print. We’ve had both of these sewists here in the past and we love their style, wit and taste. Once the judges have narrowed it down to the top ten for the week, we’ll open it up for public voting.

How do you become a Fat Quarter Idol? Pinterest makes it easy to create visual collections, so contestants simply have to pin their favorite fabrics to a new Pinterest Board. (Note: If you don’t currently have a Pinterest account it usually only takes a day or two to get your “invitation” to join after being placed on a waiting list.) Here’s how to play along:

1. Create a board on Pinterest that includes Sew,Mama,Sew! #FatQuarterIdol and the theme of the week. For example: “Sew,Mama,Sew! #FatQuarterIdol Sweet Child of Mine” (The hashtag will help us find your board.)

2. Pin exactly 12 fabrics onto your board. All fabrics must come from the Sew,Mama,Sew! website. They can be currently available or in the Coming Soon section. Fabric can be solid or a print. Put “Sew,Mama,Sew!” and the fabric name in the description. For example: “Falling Flowers Blue ~ SpringSong @ Sew,Mama,Sew!” (When compiling your pack, don’t forget you can browse our fabric by designer, collection, print, and color.)

3. Submit the URL of your board to the blog post describing the theme of the week here on the blog. For this week’s theme submit your URL in the comments below on today’s post. Themes will be announced every Monday. You need to have your URL in the comments by Friday of the same week.

4. Spread the word! Tell your friends and family you’re about to become a Fat Quarter Idol!

You can pin our rules graphic to your board, and you can also grab one of our Fat Quarter Idol buttons for your blog. 250 px: / 200 px:

Submit the URL to your Pinterest board in the comments of this post by this Friday, 4/20.ย We can’t wait to see your picks!

(See a sample board here.)

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199 Responses to Are you the next Fat Quarter Idol?!

  1. Bree says:

    Reminds me of the farmhouse I grew up in and would oh-so-desperately love to raise the sweet child of mine in.

  2. Amanda says:

    So much fun, though so hard to narrow it down to one set of fabrics!

  3. Sharon says:

    Here’s mine – whimsical and sweet, but not necessarily girly

  4. Risรƒยซ says:

    I had so much fun putting this collection together.

  5. JennX says:

    Harder than I thought it would be! Here’s mine….

  6. Here’s mine {my previous comment didn’t show up!}, would match my kids room!

  7. Greta says:

    Here is my entry-it was a lot of fun to do this. I thought of the song Sweet Child of Mine but didn’t want to go with the obvious rock and roll board so I went with a board with an 80’s vibe.

  8. This was a blast! Here is my choices for “Sweet Child of Mine”

    You can also read about how I made my choices on my new as of a few hours ago blog ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Here’s the bundle that would make a bright & cheery quilt for my innocent & sweet child:

  10. Jenelle says:

    Here’s my bundle. I took the “sweet child of mine” theme and went for a primary school palette.

  11. Aletta says:

    Here is my entry! Thank you so much for this contest, it was so much fun!

  12. Here’s my picks I am not sure how it relates to Sweet Child of Mine but I was signing the song in my head the whole time I was picking “She’s got a smile it seems to me Reminds me of childhood memories Where everything Was as fresh as the bright blue sky” I think that’s where the blue came in.

  13. Fun, fun! This would be a great addition to my aqua, green, gray, and yellow kids room!

  14. Emmie says:

    OK, so the rules state that the fabric has to be in stock. 3 of my fabrics are now out of stock, but they WERE in stock when I did my board on Monday/Tuesday. Do I have to redo it?

    • Irene says:

      Emmie- No, there’s no need to redo your fat quarter pack if the fabric you chose is now out of stock. We might restock so just leave it as is. Thanks for entering our contest!

  15. Jenn says:

    I have recently had my first son, so I am always looking for fun ‘boy’ prints – which is what inspired my board!

  16. Megan says:

    This was great! Mine was inspired by all the children’s illustrations in books from the 50’s, a lot of black/white/gray with small washes of color!

  17. Taya @TypeB says:

    I went with a pretty straight-forward interpretation: A fat quarter bundle for a sweet child ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks! It was fun making picks!

  18. chibidani says:

    I found the fabric that best suited the theme to me, and then added 11 complimentary ones to it.

  19. what a genius contest idea! i love all the fabrics and had a great time looking!

  20. cheri says:

    Here she is!

    In honor of my sweet child….my little Scandinavian delight!

    Sweet, summery and filled with love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Luciana says:

    Thanks for this fun contest. Here’s my pick:

  22. Jayme says:

    I did it! Here’s my kiddo bundle!

  23. This was hard especially since pinterest decided to act up while I was pinning. I went with a more school theme. My son loves school and learning so this was made with him in mind.

  24. kelly B. says:

    My sweet kiddos are boys so I went with a more boy-ish/neutral palette! This was so much fun!

  25. (I posted earlier, but didn’t include my link in the text, oops! Here is my post and link!)

    That was so much fun! And a great way to work out how to pick fabrics. Mine are for my little boy, I started with the skulls fabric and worked from there. I want to make a quilt with these now!

  26. Meg says:

    So much fun! I’ll have GnR in my head for days now! Ah, memories!

  27. Laura says:

    I went with kid friendly fabric in boy or girl friendly colors. I always find it harder to find collections for my little boys so I thought this was a great opportunity to make one ๐Ÿ™‚


    Fantastic ideaรขโ‚ฌยฆ.so hard to choose online thoughรขโ‚ฌยฆwas not easy

  29. Tanya says:

    My sweet child revolves around sheep in turquoise and green! Perfect for my little ones!

  30. Cindy says:

    Oh my goodness that was fun! Then again, I could search for fabric all day and never get bored ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Here is my entry:

  31. Kerry says:

    Mine is based on childhood retro prints in primary colours…. I’ve gone for the A-Z thing with Apple and Zebra… there is a link, honest!

    I was tempted to choose guns and roses but I just really fell for your newest American Jane line.

  32. Jess says:

    This is a fun contest. I can’t wait to look at what others have put together. Here’s my Sweet Child of Mine FQ bundle:

  33. Fun contest! I ended up pinning 12 fabrics that would be an awesome quilt for my son, full of his favorite colors and things, but decidedly cool and modern, not babyish! Anyway, here is my pinterest board:

  34. Hmmm, I thought I had put up my link yesterday afternoon, but I don’t see it. So, I shall do it again. Looking forward to the next theme.

  35. That was so much fun! And a great way to work out how to pick fabrics. Mine are for my little boy, I started with the skulls fabric and worked from there. I want to make a quilt with these now!

  36. Kate W. says:

    Fun Contest! My selections are dedicated to my son Cameron.

  37. Liz says: I decided to go the senitmental direction rather than the rock and roll direction. This one is for my sweet daughter.

  38. Jessica says:

    I instantly thought of the quilt I would love to make for my youngest son. So I have picked fabrics that I would use for that!

  39. Fiona N says:

    Dedicated to our youngest who told me she can’t pick between green and pink as her favourite colour. You don’t need to choose sweetheart when they go so well together.

  40. Kari says:

    I selected what I would if I have a baby girl to make a quilt for. I have always loved periwinkle and pink, with splashes of green. If anyone else likes this too, that would be great!

  41. Pam T. says:

    This was loads of fun! I based my selection on “Walkabout ~ Alegria ORGANIC” after I fell in love with the beautiful blue birds in the field of gold and red/orange poppies! To see what I picked, please go to

  42. Margaret says:

    Love this contest! Here are my choices–for my sweet daughter who is 8 going on 18, still a little girl but wants to be so grown up.

  43. Sherry says:
    This was so much fun! What a great idea. I also can not wait to see everyone’s boards.

  44. Tamara says:

    cool practice at the part that i am the most insecure about! The subject made me think of my beautiful, colorful, happy grandbabies!

  45. Destiny Lair says:

    Would love to have a sweet baby girl to wrap up in Aneela Hoey’s delicious fabric! Anywho! Here is the link:

  46. Lisaleh says:


    I always end up spending soooo much time on Pinterest. Fun times!

  47. Oh, that was so fun! It was my first time at pinterest, too. I decided to go with all organic fabrics for my sweet 12 fat quarters.

  48. Inspired by my own sweet child (well she’s sweet most of the time!), I picked out fabrics based on one of the Echino bird prints that I’d love to make into a quilt for her. Bit of fun!

  49. Kim Andersson says:
    This is great fun! Now I really want a fat quarter collection of these!
    I was thinking a daughter going away to college would love a quilt made out of these!

  50. Charlotte E says:

    Ooooh I love this idea and have successfully avoided doing my assignment for the last 1.5 hours!

  51. lee monroe says:

    Such fun! I could have put in 10 more fabrics- I love it!!

  52. gina f. says:

    this was so fun!! Thanks for the chance to play!!

  53. sara says:

    I get “no large images found” as well, and I am not using facebook. Same thing happens in Chrome or IE.

  54. Crystal says:

    This is so fun! We can have the chance to play designer and play with the different fabrics!

    I am a mother of 3 autistic children, and this month being National Autism Awareness Month, and it being a child theme, how could I not pick fabrics that represent my wonderful children in a multi-color of fabric! There is no specific color for Autism Awareness but a puzzle of a mix of colors representing the rainbow because each child with autism is very different from another child with it.

    I can explain why I chose each and every design of fabric for my “masterpiece”! ( So please let me know if you are curious as to why I choose each one! I’m lucky enjoy that there was something in each color that represented at least one of my children!)

    **Autism Fact – Now 1 in 89 children have some form of Autism**

  55. melanie de oliveira says:

    so much fun to do!!! here’s mine:

  56. Ruth says:

    I figure this is about as sweet as any child of mine is gonna get:

  57. Cradke says:

    Wow, this was a ton of fun! I have never done this before

  58. Megan says:

    This was so much fun to pull together. Hard at the end to get it down to 12!

  59. Sadie says:

    I picked out this selection of fabrics with a sweet child of mine in mind. She would love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Angie says:

    What a cool idea! I had a lot of fun purusing the fabrics to come up with my bundle! Here it is:

  61. Jacelyn says:

    Inspired by the organic Walkabout – Alegria print! Love the yellow and blue combo right now.

  62. Caroline says:

    Seriously fun contest! I had a blast putting together a virtual palette of fabrics. Great idea SMS!

  63. tina says:

    Sweet child of mine made me think of fresh and bright colors. Here’s my take…

  64. What a great and fun way to spend a little time choosing fabric. I chose fabric that would make a lovely quilt for my five-year-old granddaughter. She loves whimsey and so do I.

  65. Thank you for this chance to win some awesome fabric! So fun!!

    Here are my selections on Pinterest:

  66. Ashley says:

    This is one of my favorite songs–I am inspired by several verses, particularly the themes of remembering great moments and sensations, like the comfort of familiar scents, the bright blue sky, and hiding from thunder.
    The edges of Axl’s voice are a perfect foil for those sweet childhood memories and evoke bright colors and crazy shapes with lots of contrast and awesome excitement.

  67. JulieZS says:

    This was a fun exercise, although a little frustrating as several *perfect* fabrics I settled on weren’t in-stock/available:

  68. Kira says:

    HAd a lot for fun playing with fabrics for this!!

  69. Audrie says:

    Here’s my bundle!

    I’m currently obsessed with these colours together so it had to become a bundle!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Kori says:

    Here’s mine! I picked fabrics and colors I’d love to sew for my sweet 3 year old daughter. Inspired by the gorgeous Cactus Hearts Yellow (I must buy this asap!) I went with yellow, pink and blue.

  71. Emmie says:

    Super fun! For inspiration, I used the bright contrasting colors and wild patterns that were so popular in the late 80s when “Sweet Child O’ Mine” came out. However, I tried to keep the patterns fun, whimsical, and child-like to fit with the “Sweet Child” part of the theme!

  72. Melissa says:

    What fun! Sweet Child of Mine makes me think of little ones snuggled up with their blankies. For my bundle, I started with the super cute Bulles Blue ~ Cosmic Zoo ORGANIC, and it just evolved from there. This color palette would be adorable in any little boy’s room.

  73. Waverlee says:

    When I saw “Sweet Child Of Mine” I immediately thought of a newborn baby. It made me think of soft colours with dainty prints and I wanted to pick something gender neutral. Something that would suit a boy or a girl. I started with the Lambs Meadow and worked from there choosing greens, reds, oranges and then turquoise from the Wildflower and Elephant prints.

  74. Kristin says:

    I am totally inspired by the “Folklorico” and “Curious Nature” fabrics. I must have some!

  75. Tawny says:

    I can’t say it was my inspiration, but I had the song stuck in my head the whole time I was picking out fabrics ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. At first I was going for “sweet child” theme, then scrapped that as some I chose were out of stock! So I went for the song black/white/red theme with a little surprise instead! Much fun, thanks guys!!

  77. Anan says:

    Ah! so just like the contest that Katy had with Pink Castle Fabrics??

  78. Nannette Rader says:

    I had a blast doing this! Hope you enjoy it!

  79. Kimberly F says:

    My youngest just had a birthday, so this group represents my thoughts on how the time with our small children goes by so fast, how they grow out of their clothes like crazy while shooting up like bamboo. The fabrics all have a retro feel for that nostalgic element.

    Here’s my board:

  80. Emily says:

    Here’s my link.

    For this challenge I was going for a fun take on my daughter’s favorite color – purple. I really wanted Kona Curry in there – time to re-stock ladies! ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. Annie says:

    How fun! Here are 12 fabrics that would be perfect for my sweet child:

  82. This is the first time I’ve tried something like this… It was so fun looking through all the selections! And really, really hard to choose just 12. Here it is!

  83. Jennie P. says:

    Here’s my entry! I also added a mosaic of all the fabrics together. I wish this was a linky party so we could see everyone’s in a thumbnail form. No way the carpal tunnel will let me look at everyone’s lovely entries. Too many links to click. But this was so fun!! Thanks for the contest!

  84. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Here is my humble attempt at mixing 12 fabrics for Sweet Child of Mine… I took the theme of the child and built on it.

  85. Paloma says:

    Can’t wait to see everyone else’s. Here’s mine:

  86. Joellen Bryant says:

    I don’t really go into baby fabrics, but it was fun picking these.

  87. MelanieO says:

    Reminds me of childhood memories | Where everything | Was as fresh as the bright blue sky | (this was SO FUN!)

  88. What a fun contest! I love choosing fabrics. It would be so nice to hold these in my hands:

  89. Olivia Taylor says: This was so much fun and I can’t wait for the challenge each week!

  90. KathyH says:

    What a fun contest! Here is mine:

    I love this theme because I really did think about my children’s coloring and interests. Thanks!

  91. Jenn says:

    Love the contest! What a great way to get us involved and looking at fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. This was hard. I ended up making most of a FQ bundle only to realize it didn’t really fit with the theme so I started over, keeping that board just in case (in case it works for another challenge, in case I want to order my own FQ bundle, in case…)

    So I ended up with this instead: Not very original, but I would really like it as a bundle.

  93. Julie says:

    This was so fun! Of course now I totally want this pack. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait to see next week’s theme!

  94. tracy says:

    All done. Thanks for feeding my pinterest addiction. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  95. Joelle D says:

    Love this idea! This is a neutral collection that could be used for a boy or a girl, with little touches of flowers and giraffes!

  96. Andrea K says:

    This was fun! I used multiple print/themes and colorways.

  97. Mrs. Turkey says:

    This is a great challenge! I hadn’t thought of using Pinterest like that before, and I can see the vistas opening before me — thanks!

    Here’s my current “Sweet Child of Mine” board. We’re TTC and so I’m firmly on Team Orange. Ok, I don’t know who else is on that team with me, but the idea is that I want our hypothetical future child to be surrounded by bright, cheerful colors, regardless of gender. (Ok, so I really like orange and yellow!)

    Mrs. Turkey

  98. Lisa G says:

    I went with more of a roc n roll theme…kinda

  99. Jen L says:

    I had to include fabrics named after my baby, Ruby. I also chose several voiles because I’m soooo ready for warmer weather. We woke up to snow today!

  100. Kimberly F says:

    Can you do more than one board?

  101. Angela says:

    Despite the fact that my personal sweet child is a little girl, I chose to do a board that work well for little boys…because I think people have a harder time coming up with those fabric combos.

  102. Karina says:

    Such a great idea! I chose a girly theme and incorporated nature…where my kids are at their best!

  103. Lisa says:

    Theme: Baby’s first trip to the zoo. Cools and neutrals with a little bit of texture!

  104. Jo Robertson says:

    I really enjoyed doing this. My board goes back to the grungy gothic roots of my teens
    Looking forward to next week!

  105. katie says:

    How fun!! I tried to make the “Sweet Child of Mine” work for a boy or girl.

  106. Rebecca Monce says:

    That was fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is my board

  107. Mel says:

    Love this idea! Might have to do another ๐Ÿ™‚

  108. Nydia says:

    This is an awesome Idea… For the Sweet Child of Mine theme… I decided to go with a vintage floral feel…

  109. Kristi says:

    Just completed my Sweet Child of Mine board. What a fun idea. I can’t wait to see how everyone else interprets the theme.

  110. Jennie T. says:

    This was so much fun. Here’s my pin board:

    Just chose things that reminded me of my oldest daughter – birds, pearl bracelets, honeycomb (her nickname is Bumblebee), eyelets.

  111. Wendy says:

    How fun! I made a board (it says 13 pins but that is because I pinned the rules for the cover of my board – there are actually only 12 fabric swatches!):

  112. mandy says:

    What a cool new idea for some fun. I love pinterest and your blog! It was so hard to pick just 12 fabrics but here is my board I would love a fat quarter pack of these fabrics!

  113. Kristin says:

    Anyone else having trouble with this? When I try to pin, it says “no large images available”.

    • Kristin says:

      If you opened SMS from FB, it will open in a frame. You have to close the frame with the x in the top right corner, then you should be able to pin.

  114. Cat says:

    Sweet Child of Mine is this weeks theme. A time of innocence and wonderment and exploration.


    This was my very first go at mixing up fabrics like this…a little tricky without seeing the fabrics in person. Fun though!

  116. MC says:

    Since I choose not to have a Facebook or Twitter account, I’m not eligible to open a Pinterest one… I don’t suppose there’s another option to participate?

    • Kristin says:

      Really? I didn’t know! Can you create an image with 12 fabrics and post it on your blog?

    • Irene says:

      MC- you can join Pinterest without a Facebook or Twitter account. Simply register and request an invitation. It only takes a day or two to receive your “invitation”.

  117. Kelly says:

    this was fun! looking forward to doing more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. Dolores says:

    Here’s my Sweet Child Of Mine bundle. I knew I wanted it to be pink, yellow and orange so I started with Leaves & Berries from Hello Pilgrim. I love how this bundle came out all the fabrics are favourites and I think this palette is very now.


  119. Mary Val says:

    Well THAT was interesting! Somebody is a smarty pants, what an idea. Here is the URL for my Pinterest board selection for Sweet Child of Mine.

  120. MissAdena says:

    This is my version of “Sweet Child of Mine.” I wanted something predominantly red, black, and charcoal with a pop of color. I tried to get a mix of stripes, polka dots, and pattern and varying scale. I tried to pick fabrics that were edgy (more Guns n Roses than cotton candy) but still be light & fun for a little one’s room. I think the solids give the eye a place to rest and I loooove the colorful windmills to bring it all together and still leave room for other colorful accents!
    = ) I hope you like!

  121. Cassandra says:

    I LOVE Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction, album of Sweet Child of Mine. So this is what I got together for this bundle, based on the album cover.

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