NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s July Interview & Giveaway!

Comments and Contest Closed!  I will announce the winner later today!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  Good luck to each of you.  And I hope you found and purchased everything you wanted/needed at the FatQuarterShop!  Remember the coupon code is good thru the 23rd of July.   Check back this evening for the winner’s name!

You all know how much I love aprons and fabric and sewing and such!  A LOT.  A WHOLE LOT!  Well, one of  my favorite online shops is the Fat Quarter Shop.  I have purchased my fabric for my Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt project from Kim.  LOVELY fabric, even LOVELIER service!  And super fast too!

Now meet Kim, the owner and VERY VERY generous provider of July’s FANTABULOUS GRAND PRIZE!


Take a look at this!

I know, AMAZING, right? How very generous!  Yes that’s FIVE apron patterns plus the Riley Blake book Eye Candy with quilt and apron patterns. And guess what!! I am adding an apron to the prize! WOOT WOOT! Made from fabric I bought from Kim! Sweet huh?

Someone is going to be one lucky duck! You know how to enter, surely.  But in case you don’t: Leave me a comment on this post and promise me you will go check out Kim’s WONDERFUL shop. You know you should buy some stuff while you are there.  And you won’t believe this but we ALL win here!  Kim has also given us all a 15% off coupon code: notquitejunecleaver (excludes clubs, gift certificates, things like that)! This code expires on 7/23. You will enter it when you check out.  I have about a dozen fabrics I need!

The drawing will be next Wednesday July 21st at noon.  So you have until then to get your name in the jar.  And be nice and tell all your friends, k?

Before further ado, here is my interview with Kim! Not only is she extremely generous with the prizes but what a great bunch of answers!  And what a pleasure it was for me!

NQJC: Please tell us about the origins of Fat Quarter Shop – I LOVE it by the way…GREAT service…GREAT selection of all things fabric related!
Thank you!! I learned to quilt years ago and discovered all these beautiful quilting fabrics. I went looking for one in particular, a 3 Sisters line from Moda Fabrics and surprised that I couldn’t find it at any of my local quilt shops. I found it online, but wasn’t impressed with how my orders were handled. Around that time, things at my corporate job started to slow down, and I saw it as an opportunity to start an online store where you could find anything you needed AND get great customer service. I started FQS right out of my house in 2001, and eventually it became my fulltime work. My husband came onboard a few years later, and we just kept growing, always keeping in mind my mission for the store. That’s why we have so many different lines and wonderful people to help you sort through it all.

NQJC: Do you ever say “What have I gotten myself into”?
LOL! Of course there are those moments…sometimes you wish the world wide web had opening and closing hours! But every day I’m so glad to be running Fat Quarter Shop. It’s been a huge investment over the last few years, while also raising three kids with another on the way, but the rewards are worth it. I love getting emails from customers that say, “I could only find it here!” or “The service I received was wonderful.” That’s the experience I want when I’m shopping, and I’m glad to be able to offer that to the quilting community.

NQJC: What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
The worst thing is that the store never closes! We’re open 24/7 which means you have to be vigilant about making time away from work. But we love our customers, so I can’t complain! The best thing would be connecting daily with people who have the same passion for quilting & fabric that I have, and getting to carry out all the ideas I have, like the Designer Mystery Block of the Month club .

NQJC: Do you have a particular quilt that is your favorite?  And did you make it or was it a gift?
I have a few, but the one I’m working on now is my current favorite. I love making quilts for my babies. I’m making this one for my daughter, and it’s for her “big girl” bed. I used this fantastic fabric, Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda, and I’ll show it on the FQS blog as soon as it’s back from the quilter!

NQJC: Do you have a favorite artist? author?

I certainly have favorite fabric designers. 3 Sisters (who designed the fabric that sparked the idea for FQS) and Lake House fabrics by Holly Holderman  always amaze me.

NQJC: What is the hardest thing you have faced being a business owner of a web shoppe?
The worst might be what I just mentioned, and any internet shop owner will understand – we are always open! It can make for a crazy, hectic lifestyle. Thankfully I have been able to find a great staff to shoulder that work with me. If you’ve ever called or e-mailed, you’ve probably spoken with Debbie, Cheryl or Kathy, who have years of experience in the fabric world.

NQJC: Do you have any words of wisdom for women looking to opening their own business?
Know what you do. Know what is going to make your store or service different, and don’t compromise that. Adapting to the climate is key of course, but always strive to have a strong, unique identity that will differentiate you.

NQJC: Do you find it hard to merge home business with homemaking?

Neither is an easy task! I do my best at both and am still learning. Our children are all still very young (3 years old and under) so we’ll see what happens!

NQJC: Tell us about your home. I imagine it is just overflowing with beautiful things you have made.
I love it. I have so many quilts on display on racks and walls, table toppers on the dining set. My daughter’s room is especially filled with girly quilts, and I’m still working on filling up the boys’! I have set up a nice studio tucked in the back of the house where I can get away and sew.

NQJC: Now that I have picked your brain about business tell us a little about your childhood and how you think it influenced your creative spirit. Take as much space as you want here! I am intrigued and I know I am not the only one!

I learned to craft very early on, though I didn’t learn to sew until I was an adult. I started to crochet when I was five. My granny taught me and I still crochet at least one project a year. I learned to cross stitch when I was eleven, and I still cross stitch all the time! I am about to start a new cross stitch project; I make them for all my children. I didn’t learn to sew until 1998, and then when I discovered quilting, I was completely hooked! Now my house is filled with quilts, and I couldn’t be happier.

NQJC: Was there any one particular person that inspired you to follow your dreams?
My father was always my biggest supporter. He always encouraged me to work hard, and that with hard work, success would follow.

NQJC: What blogs and mags do you read and what shops do you shop at?
Too many to keep track of! A few must-reads for me, in no particular order, are L.A. quilter (a good customer of ours who became a great friend – I love keeping up with her stash busting adventures), Moda Lissa (a staple for any true Moda fan!), Bunny Hill (a wonderful pattern designer who also became a close friend, and now she designs fabric for Moda), Sister’s Choice (she is just so darn prolific, and I love her quilts), Pam Kitty Morning (this goes without saying, Pam Kitty Morning is a hoot), and Simplify (Camille’s blog is always a breath of fresh air). Other blogs I love to peruse with great project tutorials are Moda Bake Shop and Sew4Home . And when I shop for fabric, I shop at Fat Quarter Shop of course!

NQJC: As you know I talk alot about food on my blog so I have a couple of food related questions:
What is your very favorite meal, including dessert? Tacos and cookies and cream ice cream!
What kitchen gadget could you not live without? My waffle maker!
Who does most of the cooking at your house? Nobody LOL! To be truthful, we eat out a lot.
Is there a favorite food from childhood that you wish you had the recipe for? Peach cobbler.

NQJC: What three “things” can you not live without?
I couldn’t live without my kids, my sewing machine, and my TV!

NQJC: Any words you live by?

Never take shortcuts. Be a perfectionist.

THANK YOU SO MUCH KIM!!!!  And a big BIG thank you to Jocelyn to help make this all possible!

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I love the Fat Quarter shop, I have just spent a bit of money there recently and their service is excellent. I wanted to add something to my order and it was done so quickly and the goods arrived super fast too.

Jeannie Hertz

I am one of those people that use Fat Quarter Shop at the weirdest times of the day — or night! I LOVE their service! And I always seem to find exactly the thing that I simply cannot find anywhere else and simply can’t live without!

Lisa E

Great interview! I would love to win the aprons.


I love the Fat Quarter shop too. I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jennifer Feicht

I have never tried to make an apron, but I am definitely going to try it now! And I am a HUGE fan of FQS! They are my favorite online quilt shop and I have ordered from them A LOT!! hehehe

Great Interview!

Michelle Balletti

I love FQS!! They have a lot of great fabrics, great prices, great everything!!!


Wow – I would say you have your mojo back. What a great interview and giveaway, and inspiration too!! Thank you:)

Lois Martin

I love the Fat Quarter Shop. Most of the fabric in my sewing room is from there!

I love FQS for their selection, great service and user friendly website….and ease in ordering..and now I love them for introducing me to your blog…I was crazy about June Cleaver. As a child I thought she was so kind. Kindness is a trait I truly admire. Thanks to you for the lovely interview. I learned a lot. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

Great interview! I love Fat Quarter Shop. :) It’s a happy place to visit (and I need lots of those right now.)
Welcome back, Mojo.

Esther L

What a fun interview! I absolutely love FQS–not so much my checking account! LOL :) Now I must decide what fabric needs to come live in my stash. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Jen Collier

Thoroughly enjoyed the interview. I have never made an apron before, but it’s definitely on my wish to do project list! If I was the lucky winner, it would move up rather quickly on my list.

Great interview! I found your blog by way of Kim’s at Fat Quarter Shop. I saw the recipe for the Falafel that looks really interesting as I’ve been trying to do more with grains and beans. I’m going to try that one. I’ve become a fan of Tahini. Love the give-a-way and the opportunity to participate!
Thanks! Laura T

Joan Blum

I love the Fat Quarter Shop. I shop at my local quilt shops when I can, but find they are extremely limited in size and selection. Consequently, I purchase lots of fabric, etc. on-line. The Fat Quarter Shop always has lots of new fabric; it’s very easy to order; and they send it out immediately. What more could one ask for!!

Lynn M

What a great interview. I love Fat Quater Shop. They have everything that a quilter could possibly want. I try to hit the site at least once a day as a little escape from work; great eye candy!! And you’re right, the service is outstanding. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

I’m a huge Fat Quarter Shop fan. She ships so very quickly!!! And all that great fabric…

connie miller

I love Fat Quarter Shop. They keep my sewing room full of beautiful fabric.
GReat service and wonderful ideas and kits.


Fun interview – thanks! I did browse FQS for a while this evening – sigh.


what a great new find for me, aprons fabric and pie info….you’re added to my feeds


Wow, what a great interview. Its so nice to know the person behind the shop. I bought my first quilt fabric/pattern from FQS and found their service and prices to be fantastic. They have so many wonderful fabrics and if you can not find it here, you probably can not find it anywhere. Keep up the great work Kim and thanks for a great giveaway!

Thank you for an insight into running your business. Lovely patterns. Happy days.

wow! Awesome fun!

I use the fat quarter shop constantly. Love their service and fabrics. I think the aprons are excellent. Thanks for showing them and I would love to have a few. So patterns are essential.

Suzanne G

I love FQS! I think I have been shopping with them for at least 4 years. They have the best selection and service! Thank you for a great interview and giveaway!!!

Chris P

At least once a week I am checking out the FQS. Love it. Thank you for the great interview, I always like learning about the people behind the places I love. Aprons are so special, I am so glad they are making a big comeback.

Amanda W

What a great interview! Thanks for the thoughtful questions! I adore aprons! And, thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

I am on my way now to check out the shop!

Heather B.

Love the Fat Quarter Shop, was just looking for fabric there yesterday. Thanks for the discount!!!! Please count me in the draw. Cheers, Heather

Linda O

Now I know the creative brain behind Fat Quarter Shop! I have shopped there many times! Thanks for personalizing FQS in such a warm and friendly way!

Awesome interview! It is nice to get to know more about Kimberely as her shop is one of my faves! She always has what I need!

I would love to be entered in your drawing. I love, love, love the Fat Quarter Shop. I spend way too much money there and I’m doing several of their BOM’s. Great interview with Kimberly, thanks for sharing it with us.


What a nice interview. It’s fun to learn about the people behind the things I love! Thanks!

Brenda Kowalski

It’s so nice to see who Kimberly really is. I shop at the FQS all the time and love their service, products, etc. I’m addicted when it comes to buying fabric.
The interview was great and it was nice to learn how Kim started her business too. A discount to buy more fabric is a plus.
Thank you for sharing – and for a chance to win a great giveaway.

Brieanne Pringle

I love fat quarter shop! I order so much from there, and they are really soo nice and accomadating! (like, combining my multiple orders into one large box and getting it to me 2 days later, lol..), I love the BOM’s, it is what got my started in quilting, and I feel like Im doing every single one of them!

Sue Goodin

Great Patterns! I am a fan of Fat Quarter Shop. I also love your blog. Thanks

What a find! I love Aprons and patterns along with a new store to shop!


FQS is my favorite online shop. The selection and service is unbeatable. And the shipping policy is amazing. I’m on a project in Saudi Arabia and still get my fabric in record time here. I’m a fan of FQS for life!

Thanks for the interview; it was fun learning more about Kimberly.


I love FQS. It is my favorite place for fabric and the service is wonderful.


I, too, just love the Fat Quarter Shop….best place!!
Thanks for your giveaway!


I love the fat quarter shop and that is the first place I go when looking for fabric and new patterns. I enjoyed this interview with Kim. I would love to win the prize pack. Thanks.

What a fabulous interview and giveaway! I have ordered from FQ Shop many, many times and I love it each time!


She’s so inspirational! Makes me want to work from home. Hmm, how to convince my hubby that this crafty stuff I do would make more money for the house than my accounting job? Off to think…

I enjoyed reading about Kim. I have been a faithful follower of her shop and blog for about 2 years now. I always love the packages that I receive when I make an order. i can tell that it was packed with care. Thanks Kim for being there 24/7!


Great interview, I loved reading it.


who would have thought the lowly apron would become so trendy.

Cathy Bremer

Also love the Fat Quarter shop. Great interview. Just getting into aprons, made one for my daughter who is 29 and she looked at me like I was nuts so I took it right back thank you very much. Loved it too much to have it not used. Hope I win the patterns!!!

Cathy Bremer

sent you my son in laws email, please don’t send him the aprons :)


Wow after reading all that I can’t believe how busy she is.


Great Article!! I am a fan of FQ. The prizes look wonderful. Hope I win

I was just looking at the Fat Quarter Shop and REALLY want to get every single paper doll print she carries. Sooooo cute! Thanks for doing the fun interview!