Monthly Archives: October 2011

A quick look at Mollie Makes magazine

Molly makes!!
Photo courtesy of Eulenstern, via daveandsusi

I’m a big fan of a new-to-me magazine that I came across on a recent trip to my local Barnes & Noble.  Mollie Makes magazine is, as the cover states, “for people who love the crafty life.”  Umm, yes … that would be us!  As a UK-based magazine, it’s probably something that my Fat Quarterly team mates are already familiar with, but I am so glad to see that it is now available stateside.  It focuses on the areas of making, thrifting, collecting, and crafting, and the two issues that I’ve been able to get my hands on are chock full of more beautiful photography, inspirational project ideas, news & information, and patterns than you can shake a stick at.  It’s also accompanied by a gorgeous blog.

Here’s a brief description of the magazine, directly from the editor:

Today’s crafters are creating a whole new aesthetic which is inspired by vintage, love of all things handmade, and showing off their individual style. They are crafting socially in cafés and clubs, and they are sharing their ideas globally, using the internet as a giant poster. This is why Mollie Makes is so much more than a traditional project book – it is a lifestyle magazine for the generation who make up the handmade revolution.

Mollie Makes

Subscriptions to Mollie Makes are now available for us overseas readers … and, like Fat Quarterly, Mollie Makes is also available in digital format!  You can subscribe for an iPad friendly version that is instantly delivered upon each issue’s release.  Learn more by following the subscription buttons at the top of their homepage.

Want a little taste of what’s inside?

Features on familiar names from the fabric and quilting industry, like …

Aneela Hoey!

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Heather Bailey!

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Cloud 9 Fabrics!

Mollie Makes

Anna Maria Horner!

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… Rita from Red Pepper Quilts!

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Fun project ideas with …

… embroidery!

Mollie Makes

… felt!

Mollie Makes

… fabric & sewing!

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And a whole range of other features, like …

… independent shops & sellers!

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… designers’ homes!

Mollie Makes

… and so much more. I really couldn’t recommend this magazine more. I already can’t wait for the next issue to be released!

By |October 26th, 2011|Book Review|9 Comments

Made from Fat Quarterly patterns!

It’s been a while since we took a tour of the Fat Quarterly Flickr group to see what projects y’all are posting made from the patterns in our many issues.  We absolutely love seeing what the many projects in our issues have inspired you to create, so please keep adding them to the group!  Today, we’ve rounded up a few stand-outs from the Flickr pool to share, and we hope they inspire you as much as they’ve inspired us.  Enjoy!

Giant Tumbler Cushion
Made by Fiona (fionapoppy)
Pattern: Tumbler Pillow
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

Tam o' Shanter Clutch
Made by Michelle Freedman (designcampPDX)
Pattern: Scrappy Pouch
Issue: Fall Inspired

Dream On Quilt
Made by amazing_podgirl
Pattern: Fat Quarterly Quilt-along
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

FQ quiltalong blue
Made by Scott Hansen (bluenick1)
Pattern: Fat Quarterly Quilt-along
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

Tulips quilt finished
Made by Elaine Poplin (messygoat)
Pattern: Fat Quarterly Quilt-along
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

Botany Quilt
Made by Mama Mel Loves
Pattern: Fat Quarterly Quilt-along
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

I made Tacha's Pips block!
Made by Shannon (Hello, my name Is Quilt)
Pattern: Stepping Stones block
Issue: featured on Sew Mama Sew!

3 x 6 Sampler Sample

Made by t. anne quilts
Pattern: Breaking Out block by Jennie
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

Have you made something from a Fat Quarterly pattern?  Leave us a comment below with a link to your blog or Flickr stream — we’d love to see your projects and feature them in future blog posts!

Spincushion’s Swatchtower: Silent Cinema

We’re back with another feature from our friend Leigh Ann Tennant of Spincushion.  In her Swatchtower series, Leigh Ann matches the prints from some of our favorite modern fabric lines with inspirational photos from the world of fashion and design.  In this installment, Leigh Ann masterfully mashes prints from Jenean Morrison’s Silent Cinema line with lush, gorgeous imagery from around the web.


{Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

By |October 21st, 2011|Spincushion|4 Comments

A Fall Inspired Pillow

The Falling Starburst Pillow

The leaves are beginning to change color here in North Carolina, and the result is a gorgeous landscape full of shades of brown, gold, orange and purple.  Designer Kaye Prince captured this autumnal palette perfectly in her Falling Starburst pillow, featured in our current Fall Inspired bonus issue.  This versatile project idea would look amazing in as many different color and print combinations as you can imagine.

You can find and purchase our Fall Inspired issue here.

A Fall Inspired Pouch

miscellany pouch

Just a quick post today to show off this beautiful clutch pouch, made by Katy and included in our recently released Fall Inspired issue.  Despite my admittedly being intimidated by any 3-dimensional sewing projects (i.e. anything other than quilts!), Katy assures me that this is a quick, beginner-friendly pattern — a perfect idea, in fact, with which to tackle that Christmas gift list that we’re all pretending doesn’t exist yet.

Check out our Fall Inspired issue for more information about the clutch pouch, along with 4 all-new quilt patterns, 4 original bag patterns, 2 embroidery patterns, and more.  At only $5, it’s a fantastic value and less than the cost of many standalone single sewing patterns.

Visiting Peacock Lane with Violet Craft

Peacock Lane Brochure Cover
Peacock Lane Brochure Cover, courtesy of Violet Craft (violetcraft)

Let’s take a walk down Peacock Lane with sewist, designer, and all-around awesome person Violet Craft.  (With a last name like that, she must be talented, right?)  We were introduced to Violet’s debut fabric line with Michael Miller Fabrics, Peacock Lane, at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.  Now that the line is released and widely available, we thought it was time to visit Peacock Lane and, naturally, we wanted to bring our readers along.

Sunday Stash #109
Photo courtesy of Rita (Red Pepper Quilts)

Peacock Lane is a robust, gorgeous line that features fun focus prints alongside smaller florals that are already becoming a basic staple in many modern quilters’ stashes.  As you can see, the colors represent a vibrant range from golds and greens to a rich rose that is perfectly complemented by touches of charcoal grey.  And the unexpected highlights of the prints themselves include a family of regal elephants and, of course, some proud peacocks.

Sunday Stash: Peacock Lane
Photo by Joan Callaway (wishes, true and kind)

Like what you see?  Well, here’s a hot tip: the Fat Quarter Shop is running a special on Peacock Lane through Monday, 10/17, at midnight CST.  The entire line is 50% off!  Yes, you read that right — 50%!!  Just visit the Fat Quarter Shop on Twitter for the special code:

Sunday Stash: Peacock Lane
Photo by Joan Callaway (wishes, true and kind)

And Violet was kind enough to design the latest addition to our designer masthead series.  Take a look at our fabulous new Peacock Lane-inspired blog header.  If you’re reading this post via a reader, be sure to click through and take a look!

Peacock Lane!
Photo by Jennifer (sunnyauh)

Now, join us on our stroll down Peacock Lane …

Here’s a simple but effective quilt that Violet herself made as a gift for her friends’ adopted child, which also showcases the line nicely:

A Quilt for Ellie - Peacock Lane
Peacock Lane Brochure Cover, courtesy of Violet Craft (violetcraft)

Some stylish and cozy jammie pants:

Peacock Lane Jammies
Photo courtesy of sewingday

A spectacular spin on a dresden plate quilt by Mary:

Mollys Crazy Dresden
Photo courtesy of Mary @ Molly Flanders

A sassy bubble skirt by Shelly Figueroa of Patterns by Figgy’s:

Photo courtesy of Shelly @ Figgy’s

Mixed with complementary prints in a bowtie quilt by our very own Katy:

a quicky
Photo courtesy of Katy Jones (imagingermonkey)

Peaks and Troughs, a mini quilt by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts based on a pattern by Sarah Fielke as seen in her book, Quilting: From Little Things:

Peaks and Troughs ~ mini quilt
Photo courtesy of Rita (Red Pepper Quilts)

Another patchwork quilt by Rita.  I love how its simplicity really shows off the line:

Peacock Lane Quilt Top
Photo courtesy of Rita (Red Pepper Quilts)

And finally, a zippy little zipper pouch by Amanda:

Peacock Lane Pouch
Photo courtesy of Amanda (a crafty fox)

We hope you enjoyed our visit to Peacock Lane, and leave with an abundance of inspiration!

By |October 13th, 2011|Designer Feature|9 Comments

Deploy That Fabric Winner

And we have a winner:

Congratulations to Karen A !!!

Please can you email us with your address at

By |October 11th, 2011|Book Review, giveaway|4 Comments

Fall Inspired Special – a little peek

Fall Inspired Special

Falling Starburst - A Little Sneak Peek

candy corn

Scavenger Rucksack

A few little tasters to whet your appetite!

The Fat Quarterly Fall Inspired special is out tomorrow (7th). I’ve been flicking through the pages and it makes me think of wrapping up warm in a big cardigan, drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows and stoking up the fire. Fall is quite possibly my favourite season, I love the crisp air, the changing colours and the way the sunshine still warms you through the windows…even though outside there’s a definite dip in temperature. We hope you love the new issue as much as we do!

For those of our friends headed to Salt Lake City this weekend for Sewing Summit – travel safe and have a fabulous time, we cannot wait to hear all about it when everyone returns!

Deploy That Fabric – Blog Tour

When Jen Eskridge asked us here at Fat Quarterly to be a part of her book tour for her new book Deploy That Fabric, published by Stashbooks, I was intrigued. I am not an army wife but I did grow up with a brother who very nearly did choose the army as a career. He was always dressed in his army corps uniform and I am sure we must have them hidden away in a corner of my parent’s house. At the time I was too obsessed with cutting up old 70s curtains to make into psychedelic trousers to even think of the possibilities of using my brother’s discarded uniforms. But now having had a copy of Jen’s book in my hands – my mind is whirring with possibilties. Next time I head home I will be sure to dig out those old uniforms and get sewing!

Jen’s book is packed with 23 projects! There are not many sewing books around that offer such a variety and quantity of great patterns. Jen has patterns for everything ranging from bags and pouches to pillows and quilts. My personal favourite is the Christmas stocking.

All of the patterns are clearly written and are accompanied by many illustrations which leave you in no doubt as to what you are supposed to be doing.

Jen goes into great detail about how to transform your uniform into fabric that you can use for the projects. I am sure a lot of the advice given could be used for recycling all manner of clothing into fabric for your stash. So even if you do not have access to military uniforms the ideas and tips shared in this book would be very useful.


And of course if you really can’t get hold of any old uniforms you could always use some of the line Urban Camo by Urban Chiks for Moda. There is even a pink Camo print! I found some by searching on Etsy and it might have slipped into my shopping cart ;)

So would you like to win a copy of Deploy That Fabric? Of course you would! Stashbooks have provided us not only with a copy* of Jen’s book to giveaway but also an awesome Camo Quilt—Eco Messenger Bag! Just leave a comment below and on 10 October we will choose a winner. Oh and be sure to tell us if a loved one of yours is currently serving or has served in the armed forces.

*(Hard copy for a US winner and ebook for an international winner)

You can also see the rest of Jen’s blog tour by checking out the Stash Books blog.

Fall Inspired

Pond Ripples Quilt

Last year, though we are a quarterly e-magazine, we actually produced 5 issues.  You see, we put together a special bonus issue for the holidays, outside of and in addition to our regular quarterly release cycle.  We offered it free to our loyal subscribers and at a discounted rate for single issue purchasers as a thank you for all of the love and support for Fat Quarterly from our generous community.  It turned out to be a great issue — one of our best yet.

Pond Ripples Quilt

We decided it was time for another bonus issue but, to keep y’all on your toes, our 2011 special won’t be a holiday issue.  Instead, we’re calling our bonus issue Fall Inspired and have pulled together a wide variety of original and creative sewing patterns celebrating the season.  It’s got touches of Halloween and Thanksgiving, and the overall vibe of a cool, crisp autumn afternoon.

Fall Inspired will be available beginning this Friday, October 7th, and you’ll find the quilt above — the fabulous Pond Ripples, designed by Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cloud 9 Fabrics and pieced and quilted by Kristen Danis of KD-Quilts — and many more sewing projects to help put you in the spirit of the season.  Once again, this issue is a special gift to our subscribers and will be available at a reduced rate for single issue buyers.

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of our Fall Inspired issue!