Monthly Archives: February 2012

SLICED | A Moda Bake Shop Competition

Are you as big a fan of reality show competitions as I am?  I love Top Chef, Project Runway, Work of Art, Chopped — basically, if skilled and crafty people are showing off their stuff, then I’m in.  My kids even have me hooked on Cupcake Wars.  Which is why we here at Fat Quarterly are so excited to see the latest (and fiercest) sewing and quilting competition unfold.  I’m talking about SLICED, the latest activity brought to you by Oda May and the master bakers at the Moda Bake Shop.

Haven’t heard of Sliced?  Well, here’s a quick break-down of how it’s gonna work:

Sliced is an online sewing competition where four crafty people will compete before a panel of judges. They will have 5 days to use their creative talents to develop a project with a sewing basket of mystery items given to them on the first day of each week {crafters must provide their own items}.

Once they have completed their project, the panel of judges will critique the projects from each challenge and will decide who will  be SLICED and who will continue on to the next week and a new challenge. We will have a surprise guest judge each week of the competition. The competition will run March 4 – 31, 2012. Each week, someone will be “Sliced” from the competition until only one winner remains. Do you have what it takes to become the next Moda Bake Shop Chef?

More details about the rules of the competition can be found here.

And there are prizes, too.  Oh, are there prizes …

Unfortunately, the call for entries ends tonight — so if this is the first you’re hearing of the contest, then you’d better work fast to enter!  The good news is that we can admire all of the entries in the Sliced Flickr group, and watch the action unfold the Moda Bake Shop blog.

And who knows — you may even see a friendly Fat Quarterly face pop up as a guest judge later in the competition …

By |February 29th, 2012|community news|0 Comments

Tokyo Rococo

Carol Van Zandt is new to fabric designing and new to Andover Fabrics, although you wouldn’t think it when you see her first line Tokyo Rococo! We met Carol at last year’s Fall Quilt Market and she showed us some of her designs on paper. I was immediately drawn to the subtleties of the grey and blue colourway whereas Katy immediately went for the bolder pink and green colourway. And I can safely say that the prints look even better in real life.

Regardless of which colourway you are drawn to, the prints that make up the collection are beautifully designed with such attention to detail. There is so much going on in each print which gives a quilter lots of scope for fussy cutting!

But let’s hear from Carol herself…

What is the first thing you ever sewed?
Well, I started sewing in 4-H when I was 8, and I’m not sure it was the first thing I actually sewed but the first thing I remember sewing for myself was an A-line skirt, which turned out so well I made several and then made a lot of skirts, dresses, pantsuits, and shorts over the next several years. My mother used to take down the hem of my skirts when I was at school and then I would hem them back up again. It was a funny little game in retrospect and I got to be very good at hemming!

How did you get started in fabric design?
I was a contemporary painter for many years, and during a period where my paintings were selling very well, I just sort of hit a wall, and decided I wanted to go either digital or commercial or something that didn’t involve carting around large paintings and producing my own shows. I think I was just ready for a change. I loved textiles and had always collected them, and was encouraged by others many times to think about putting my work on textiles. So my initial idea was to learn fabric design and put my own art onto fabric, so when I had the chance to study it, I did. That opened up the whole designing collections of fabric, and licensing my art and design for a variety of products.

What was the inspiration for Tokyo Rococo?
After spending three years in textile design school, I had collected a lot of interesting classic fabrics, as well as books on 18th and 19th century textiles. I also had a real love of things Japanese as I had lived there for five years, so I wanted to combine that sort of over-decorative Rococo period look and layouts with Asian motifs but do it in a contemporary way–like putting a wave pattern where you would normally have baroque ornamentation. I have some antique kimonos that inspired the flowers.


Pillow made using Tokyo Rococo and the Stepping Stones pattern which can be found on Sew Mama Sew or in the Festival Sampler.

Why the name Tokyo Roccoco?
Well I think I started describing it as European Asian Fusion, then French-Japanese fusion, then Japanese-Rococo, and I think Teliha Draheim of Image West Design who I consulted with came up with the Tokyo Rococo. For a little while it was Tokyo Roco, but I liked the bounce of the Rococo.

What are some things people might be surprised to learn about you?
Dogs, horses and children all disobey me–they take one look at me, laugh and do whatever they want.
I used to talk so fast my parents sent me to a theatre college student for after school lessons to slow down.
I studied Japanese Calligraphy formally for ten years and reached the sandan and yondan levels for the different styles.
I graduated from high school when I was 16 and went to live in Arizona to “seek” my fortune and the only job I could find was sorting and counting dirty linen in a hospital. That led to an illustrious career working summers during college doing laundry in a nursing home.
I met my husband when I was running a sales training program and he was an intern.
I used to dress in Dynasty suits when a temp job turned into fifteen years working in high tech.
I grew up in western NY and we used to spend summers at “the cottage” where we slept outside all summer and hardly put on shoes except for church on Sundays. No TV or music, we had a bonfire almost every night and my Dad would play the guitar and we would sing.
I was premed in college and did fine but so much preferred time in the art studios to the science labs so majored in art (much to the dismay of my parents)

In the spirit of Tokyo Rococo Carol also redesigned our masthead. If you read our blog through a reader you will want to click on over and take a look!

You can also download a free quilt pattern from the Andover website!

By |February 25th, 2012|Designer Feature|1 Comment

Sewing Summit (aka Katy’s triumphant return to Salt Lake City!)

We’re huge supporters of Erin & all of the work that she and her team have done to bring what began as a really good idea to life.  They put on the first Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City last October and it was an undeniable success.  So much so, that its attendees hadn’t even returned home yet when everyone was already itching to make reservations for the 2012 event.

Well, good news, friends!  The dates for this year’s event have been announced: October 11-13, back in the same venue in SLC.  Registration’s not open just yet, but you can sign up for the Sewing Summit newsletter to be among the first to be notified when it does.

And some even more exciting news: our very own Katy Jones has been selected to be an instructor for Sewing Summit 2012!  You won’t want to miss her (sure to be) awesome class on English Paper Piecing.  The chance to learn English Paper Piecing from a genuine Brit?  Yes, please!

Oh, and you also won’t want to miss the unique spectacle of seeing Katy cross the street in Salt Lake City.  TRUST ME on this one.

Photos taken in Salt Lake City during Spring Quilt Market 2011!

By |February 22nd, 2012|community news|3 Comments


The Modern Quilt Guild announces Quilt Con in Austin, TX, February 21-24 2013 with keynote speaker, Denyse Schmidt.

But what is QuiltCon?

QuiltCon will be the first modern quilt show and conference of it’s kind, and will incorporate a juried quilt show (with cash prizes), vendors, lectures and workshops  from top modern quilters, including Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Elizabeth Hartman, Malka Dubrowsky, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.

In less than 3 years the Modern Quilt Guild has expanded rapidly to include thousands of members in over 100 chapters, all across the world. Founder and board member, Latifah Saafir says ‘it became obvious to us that the next step for our (Modern Quilt Guild) members was offer an event that was custom tailored for them’.

‘We hope our conference attendees can learn new techniques and strengthen their quilting skills with the most influential and recognized modern quilters in the world’ said Alissa Haight Carlton, founder and president of the Modern Quilt Guild.

Sign up to the newsletter at the QuiltCon website, follow on twitter for updates – don’t miss out on the news!

By |February 20th, 2012|community news|3 Comments

Sew Red for Women Blog Hop

What is the hop about?

Well, it’s about hopping!  And raising awareness about heart disease! Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the United States. Whether you are a women or man, young or old, statistic show that you have already been impacted by heart disease in some manner. You or someone you know has or will experience either a Heart Attack, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure or a number of other cardio vascular illnesses.

Each month, Sew Red for Women will feature an original quilt block designed especially for you by some of today’s most inspiring designers & bloggers.  We will provide a special link to hop on over to the blogger and/or designer’s site for details and instructions for completing the featured block. And you just might learn a thing or two about heart disease while you’re there!

The hopping begins on February 3rd, which happens to be Wear Red Day!

What is Go Red for Women?

In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

What is the goal of Go Red For Women?

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

In 2010, the American Heart Association set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20% while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020.

Why is the red dress the symbol of women and heart disease?

In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the American Heart Association and other organizations committed to women’s health joined together to raise awareness of women and heart disease. The NHLBI introduced the red dress as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness and the American Heart Association adopted this symbol to create synergy among all organizations committed to fighting this cause.

Why do Go Red For Women and other red dress campaigns target women instead of men and women?

In the past, heart disease and heart attack have been predominantly associated with men. Historically, men have been the subjects of the research done to understand heart disease and stroke, which has been the basis for treatment guidelines and programs. This led to an oversimplified, distorted view of heart disease and risk, which has worked to the detriment of women.

Because women have been largely ignored as a specific group, their awareness of their risk of this often-preventable disease has suffered. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.

Who’s Partcipating? And when?

February 3 – Leah of Burgundy Buttons

March 3Fat Quarterly‘s Tacha of Hanies Quilts

April 3 – Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt

May 3 – Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting

June 3 – Charlie of Qubee Quilts

July 3 – Jessica of Twin Fibers

August 3 – Melissa of The Polkadot Chair

September 3 – Amber of A Little Bit Biased

October 3 – Amy of Diary of a Quilter

November 3 – Amy of Amy’s Creative Side

December 3 – Sherri of A Quilting Life

January 3 – Lynne of Lily’s Quilts

What fabric are we using?
 While we do not yet have a final fabric supply list as the designer’s are still creating thier block, we will be using fabrics from Chemistry by Cosmo Cricket and coordinating Bella Solids.  Naturally you may use any fabric you like!

As the blocks are released, Burgundy Buttons will offer a block-specific fabric pack for purchase while supplies last.

Will there be a flickr group?

What fun is it if you can’t show off?  Share pictures of your block and finished projects with the group at

We are so excited to bring you this heart friendly hop and raise awareness about heart disease at the same time!  Please help us save lives by sharing information about this event on your blogsite, twitter and facebook!  Grab a button from the Sew Red for Women Blog and add it to your side bar!

Together we can make a difference!

By |February 17th, 2012|quilt along|0 Comments

Oakshott Shot Cottons – colossal giveaway

Head on over to Lynne’s blog any time in the next two weeks to be in with a chance of winning this box of 100 Oakshott shot cotton Fat Eighths.  Oakshott shot cottons are a secret the UK quilters have known about for some time and now they’re sharing it with the rest of the world.  Highest quality irridescent shot cottons and as soft as butter, you know you need to be in with a chance of winning this prize.

By |February 10th, 2012|giveaway|8 Comments

Made from Fat Quarterly!

We love seeing projects that you make from Fat Quarterly patterns!  Today we’re rounding up a few recent additions to the Fat Quarterly Flickr pool, all made by members of the Fat Quarterly community from our many issues, patterns, and project ideas.

4 seasons WIP

First, here’s Renee‘s version of Lynne’s Summer Trees pillow that’s featured in our most recent issue, Issue 8.

Brit Bee Constellation Quilt

Next up, here’s a quilt inspired by Katy’s Constellation quilt from Issue 5, made by members of the Brit Bee virtual quilting bee and assembled and posted by member Hadley (Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle).


We couldn’t help but add Jeanne‘s little fox, made from Tacha’s Mr. Fox cushion pattern that appeared in Issue 4.

Bob One!

Our friend JulieFrick made this stunning modern mini quilt, based upon Chawne‘s “Bob” quilt, also featured in Issue 4 (our solids issue).

Evie and Kat soaking up the sun

These two cuties — named Evie & Kat! — were made by Shannon from a pattern by Katy in our 2010 Holiday Special issue.

Hexed In Pillow - The Finish!

And finally, Tiffany made this gorgeous Hexed In pillow in shades of green & purple, mixed with natural linen.  The Hexed In pattern, designed by Tacha, was in our very first issue of Fat Quarterly.

Have you made anything recently from a Fat Quarterly pattern?  Please be sure to add it to our Flickr pool.  We’d love to see it, and maybe feature it in an future blog post!

By |February 8th, 2012|Made from FQ|4 Comments

The Basic Charity Challenge 2012

For the second year in a row, Cara Wilson from Cara Quilts has issued a challenge to the quilting community.  Cara, the host of the ever-popular weekly #talknt chat on Twitter for quilters everywhere, is asking for us all to help those less fortunate in our communities and, in return, she’s offering up some fantastic prizes.  Here’s more from Cara’s post on the 2012 challenge:

In our daily lives we have a lot of things we think of as basics.
This morning you brushed your teeth with a toothbrush and tooth paste.
You used toilet paper.
Had soap to wash your hands.
Put on some deodorant.
Ran a brush through your hair.
Maybe took a shower with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and a razor.
Put some make-up on.
You were able to put on clean underwear and socks, that no one else has ever worn.
In the kitchen did you grab some paper towels to clean up a little spill?
At some point during the day you probably grabbed a coffee or tea.
Used some tissue to blow your nose. Maybe sanitized your hands after.
I could go on but you probably have the point by now. We have a LOT of things that we consider basics.
In each of our communities there are places that people don’t have the very basic things we all take for granted. Shelters — for abused women/children, homeless, men’s missions — exist in virtual every community. They are a necessary safety net for people in our communities who for an array of reasons need help. But these shelters are almost always in need of the basic items. Many of the people have had to leave everything behind, or don’t have anything to begin with.
So here’s Cara’s challenge: identify a local shelter or charitable organization in your local community.  Ask them what they need.  Check online — they probably have a website and most have a list of what is needed at that particular time.  Make a donation of basic goods, and upload a picture of your donation to the Flickr group.  That’s it!  By doing so, you’ll be eligible to win some great prizes from Cara’s very generous sponsors, like fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls, quilting books, patterns, and more.
But the best prize of all will be knowing you made a difference.

Want to spread the word?  Blog about the Basic Charity Challenge 2012, and add the button to your blog or site.  Here’s the code:

<a href=”” title=”Basic Charity Challenge 2012 by cara quilts, on Flickr”><img src=”” width=”159″ height=”146″ alt=”Basic Charity Challenge 2012″></a>

By |February 6th, 2012|community news|1 Comment

Community News

Dolores from a Labour of Love has decided to host a sew-a-long featuring projects from the latest issue of Fat Quarterly.  This issue is all about paper piecing  and Dolores is encouraging everyone to sewalong and share their experiences making projects from it.  She has made a wonderful button which you can grab from the sidebar of her blog.  Her opening post is here if you want to join in.
FQ8 Paper Piecing Sew Along

She’s set up a Flickr group, FQ8 Paper Piecing Sew Along.  Don’t worry, if you don’t have a Flickr account, she’s going to set up a linky party at the end of each month and everyone can add their links to that.  Here are some of the projects you might choose from.

So the nitty gritty about the group. This is not a “how-to group” with tutorials. You will need to have your own copy of Fat Quarterly Issue 8 (it’s a download so you get to have it straight away!). The group is a place for everyone to support each other through the process of making the projects.

You may wish to concentrate on one particular technique like foundation piecing or freezer paper piecing or English paper piecing or have a go at all three. You may be planning to make every project or just concentrate on one or two, it doesn’t matter, everyone is welcome.

Let us know if you’re joining in and make sure you also add your pictures to the Fat Quarterly Flickr group so that we can admire your work too!