Shimmer Blog Hop and a giveaway!

Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

 I am very pleased to be a part of the Shimmer Blog Hop to celebrate Jennifer Sampou’s latest fabric release.  Shimmer is fun, sophisticated, textural and the best part…it shines!

Last Spring, I made a quilt for Market from Jennifer’s Studio Stash line and I’ve been using the fabrics in my projects ever since.  I really love fabrics that add visual texture and come in beautiful colors.  The current line, Shimmer, certainly does not disappoint and the projects in the lookbook are stunning.

Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

I had fun making the Cargo Duffle featured in the lookbook and Jennifer is lucky I didn’t keep it for myself!  The dresses in the book are positively drool-worthy.


When Jennifer asked me to be in the blog hop and design a project, I jumped at the chance.  I had this image in my head of a quilt with tons of shimmering X’s on a neutral background.

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

The block I used is called “Road to Tennessee”, but I changed the proportions to make the X’s thinner and more delicate.  I didn’t realize when I came up with the design that I’d be sewing together 268 3″ squares and 536 2″ squares, but it was well worth it!

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

 The background color is Kona Pewter (one of the newest Kona colors) and it is the perfect shade of gray with a hint of warmth.

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

 I angsted over the quilting and then decided to sew simple, wavy, lines to add texture.

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

Check out those great prints!

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

I pieced the back using leftover Shimmer I had from making the Cargo Duffle.  Look at it shine!

Shimmer X Quilt from Better Off Thread

 View from the back.

The quilt measures 47″ x 59″ and it is currently glamming up my living room.


Be sure to check out all the other amazing bloggers and the fantastic projects they are creating from Shimmer.

 Blog Hop Schedule:

April 1- Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2- Janice Ryan- Better off Thread
April 3- Alissa Haight Carlton- Handmade by Alissa
April 4- Julie Herman- JayBird Quilts
April 5- Natalie Barnes- Beyond the Reef
April 6- Stash Books- C&T Publishing
April 7- Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8- Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced
April 9- Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter
April 10- Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps
April 11- Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson
April 12- Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13- Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins
April 14- Katie Blakesley- Swim Bike Quilt
April 15- Amy Smart-Diary of a Quilter
April 16- Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson- See How We Sew
April 17- Holly DeGroot- Bijou Lovely
April 18- Jennifer Sampou-Wrap Up
April 21- Jennifer Sampou- Announce Winner of Giveaway


At the end of the Blog Hop, Jennifer Sampou will be giving away an entire fat quarter bundle of Shimmer.  Check out this luscious stack of fabric:

Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

To enter the giveaway, new readers should sign up on Jennifer’s mailing list and  comment on her blog before the end of the hop.  Be sure to comment about your favorite projects and why. Existing followers are automatically eligible to win.


I also have a charm pack of Shimmer to giveaway to my readers! 

Shimmer Fabric by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

 To enter to win the charm pack, just leave me a comment.  I’ll announce a winner by random number generator on Friday, April 4th.


You can check out Shimmer on the Robert Kaufman Website


And if you can’t wait until the end of the giveaway, The Cotton Patch is taking pre-orders.

CottonPatch copy

Thanks for stopping by!

103 thoughts on “Shimmer Blog Hop and a giveaway!

  1. Janice, as always your work rocks!!! I have really enjoyed seeing a few sneak peeks of this project on instagram and the final result is stunning. I also love the quilting that you did, it’s perfect!! Looking forward to seeing what everyone else creates on the blog hop.

  2. Love your quilt and your work! That was a GREAT way to show off some beautiful fabric. The back is like another quilt. Marlae

  3. I saw this on IG and had to pop over to see it. Stunning and I love the texture created by the design, background and shimmer fabric and the wavy quilting works so well.

  4. Pattern, please?? Because I LOVE this quilt! I also had the opportunity to sew some of the items for the Shimmer Look Book — the Kaleidoscope quilt and the Ten Square quilt — and I can attest to the fact that this is lovely fabric to work with. Most of the prints are a slightly denser weave than “usual” quilting cottons, so they could stand up to the shimmery fabric — what? paint? — that makes up the designs. Anyway, I’d really LOVE for you to write up this pattern, though I’m happy to buy my own Shimmer when it comes out.

  5. I just love seeing new fabric lines in action! I have to order online, as my local shop doesn’t carry these wonderful designers! So I just love blog hops and blogs with gorgeous new fabric lines! Thank you!

  6. This quilt is breathtaking – Literally! Perfection. I am totally obsessed with your ultra-wavy quilting – I will be finishing everything I do that way for a while!!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I have been crushing on this line since it first came into my line of vision, and I am DYing to get my hands on some of it….ASAP!!
    (ps. I love your choice of quilting on your quilt. Perfection!)

  8. Glad you had the patience to piece all those 2″ & 3″ squares…turned out handsomely! Thanks for the giveaway…hoping I win.

  9. Those fabrics are beautiful, as is your quilt. I’m subscribing to your site right now so I don’t miss a thing.

  10. I love the design of your quilt and it must look amazing with the ‘shimmer’!! Looking forward to the rest of the hop!!

  11. Great looking quilt. Your picture really shows the Shimmer very well. With that shine she has chosen a great name for this fabric collection for sure.

  12. I can’t decide which side I like better, the back is so beautiful too. Does this fabric keep its’s shine after washings? crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  13. I am so glad I stopped to read this post and see your gorgeous quilt! I’m lovin’ that shimmer fabric. I think your wavy lined stitching really gives the quilt “life” as if it’s in motion. Such a super idea.

  14. Your Shimmer quilt is incredibly, breathtakingly beautiful! Everything about it is perfect, from the background to the wavy quilting, even the pieced backing is fantastic! And just so you know, I’m not saying that in a ‘this is a giveaway, choose me kind of way’, one – because that would be wrong & dishonest, & two – it really is fantastic & one that I want to copy shamelessly. So thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Nice work on both sides of your quilt! Pairing the fabrics in the Shimmer line with the gray makes it very elegant.

  16. Your quilt is so lovely. The pewter background is really shows off the prints. Thanks for the chance to win a prize.

  17. With the crummy weather we have all been having a little Shimmer is needed in all our lives right now. Thank you and Jennifer. I have been to visit her blog and it is so nice.

  18. I love the back of your quilt!! The geometrics! (The front is great too, but the back has captured me!) Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Love this quilt…..the back as well as the front. I’m late the the hop as I’ve been out of the country. Would love the pattern for it, are you going to post it or make it available for purchase?

  20. Dear Janice,
    I absolutely love your Shimmer “Road to Tennessee” Quilt!!! Your quilt back on this one is even pretty enough to be a quilt top! Please keep in mind that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” when I tell you that I’d like to make a quilt like yours for myself! Would you be kind enough to tell me which fabrics and the quantities you used to make both your top AND back?
    Thank you so much! Kathleen

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