Monthly Archives: June 2013

Are you coming to #fqrlondon 2013?

Are you coming to the Fat Quarterly Retreat?  If so we have a linky party here today.  Write a blogpost or a Facebook post or annotate a Flickr photo all about yourself and link to it below.  Tell everyone else going to retreat who are you, where you’re from, add a photo of yourself if you want to, tell everyone what classes you’re doing, where you’re staying, what you’re looking forward to etc etc etc.  That way we all get a chance to “meet” a few more people before we arrive at retreat.  For those of you who don’t know the Fat Quarterly team, we are from left in the photo below Brioni, Katy (who has now left Fat Quarterly but will always be an honorary member of the team), Tacha, Mandy (who is also an honorary member of the team) and John.

Since I took the photo, I am not in it but can be seen in the photo below (taken by Marguerite Wiewel during one of my classes at last year’s retreat).

So tell us all about yourself and link up below.  And see you there – we can’t wait!

Made From Fat Quarterly

One of the most rewarding things about designing quilts, drawing up patterns and publishing them in a magazine is seeing what you make from the patterns.  So we thought it would be fun to have a new feature on the blog featuring your makes from the patterns in Fat Quarterly.  We’ve even made a blog button for you to add to your sidebar or blogposts if you’ve made anything from Fat Quarterly.

Made From Fat Quarterly
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So if you’ve made something from Fat Quarterly and would be prepared to show it to our readers, please get in touch by emailing attaching a picture of the project.  Thank you!

And the winner is …

And the winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $50 Gift Certificate …

Has been chosen by random number generator …
and is …
Congratulations Gali, if you get in touch with us we will make sure your gift certificate is on its way to you very soon!

500 Quilt Blocks

You may have missed the exciting (to me) news that Kerry (from verykerryberry and Sew-Ichigo) and I (Lynne from have written a quilting book which comes out in September.   It’s called 500 Quilt Blocks and looks like this:

Although if Kerry and I have our way, it will look like this:
Or this:
Or this:
Or this:

Anyway, the long and the short of this book is that we actually physically made 500 blocks and 20 projects; 250 projects and 10 projects each including one quilt which is possibly my favourite quilt of all time.  There are classic blocks, traditional blocks, new blocks, Lynne-type blocks, Kerry-type blocks and everything in between.  The ultimate compendium and source of inspiration for all your future projects.  Although it will not be out until September, Kerry and I are hoping to be able to bring some advance copies to #fqrlondon in July.  Woohoo!

Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway

As we are finalising preparations for this year’s Fat Quarterly London Retreat, we thought it would be fun to bring you a giveaway from one of our main sponsors this year, the marvellous Fat Quarter Shop. Chelsey and I went back and forth on what we would like to give away and what we thought you would like to win so decided on a gift certificate.  That way you can pick what you would like to win.

Maybe you’d like to buy some Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda:
Or some Simply Sweet by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake:
Or some Esprit de Noel by French General for Moda:
And did you know that the Fat Quarter Shop also have their own youtube channel which you can find here.  To find out more, watch this short clip of Kimberly telling us what’s in store:
The winner will be picked a week from today by random number generator and you have two chances to win:
1.   Leave a comment telling us what you would buy with the certificate.
2.   Subscribe to the Fat Quarterly youtube channel and let us know that you did (or that you already are a subscriber).
Good Luck and thank you Fat Quarter Shop!

Fat Quarterly Retreat Sponsors

As part of our preparations for this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat, we thought it would be fun to let you know who are our sponsors of the retreat this year.  And they are:

Moda, who print so many amazing quilting fabric lines and cut them into so many beautiful pre-cuts that we are all addicted to.  Goodies from Moda will be in your goodie bags.

Oakshott shot cottons, the British based producer of the most beautiful and richly coloured as well as ethically produced shot cottons which have to be seen and touched to be believed.   Michael Oakshott and his shot cottons will be in attendance at retreat this year.
Fat Quarter Shop, the home of the most incredible range of FQ bundles as well as all pre-cuts, yardage, notions, quilting patterns and more.
Aurifil threads, producers of top quality cotton threads in all weights and colours as well as nylon and wool threads and heavier weight threads for embroidery and hand quilting.  Alex Veronelli will be at retreat this year along with his threads.
Rainbow Discs produce a wide range of craft ebooks (including quilting books of course!) which you can download and read on your laptop or tablet.  You can zoom right in to see the detail in the images and print pattern templates out as required.
Eternal Maker are a UK based fabric bricks and mortar and online shop selling an eclectic mix of modern, designer & japanese import fabrics, for crafting, quilting, home-decorating & dressmaking.  Eternal Maker will be at retreat at the Saturday night Quilt Market event.
F&W Media are a UK book and magazine publisher publishing many craft titles including Brioni Greenberg and Lu Summers’ upcoming modern quilting books.  F&W will be visiting the retreat on the Friday afternoon.
Fabrics Galore is another UK based bricks and mortar and online modern fabric shop, based in South London and selling an eclectic mix of fabrics including an extensive range of Liberty lawns.  Fabrics Galore will be at the retreat on the Saturday night Quilt Market event.
The Village Haberdashery is also a bricks and mortar and online UK fabric shop, this time based in North London.  Annie opened her bricks and mortar shop earlier this year after the success of her online shop.    Annie sells modern quilting cottons and knitting wools and many haberdashery items as the name of the shop suggests.  Annie will be at retreat this year on the Saturday night Quilt Market event.
NB: we are not confident that the wifi at Baden Powell House will support card readers so make sure to bring cash for that event!

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2013 Modern Madness CHAMPION

Congratulations to our 2013 Modern Madness champion …

Architexture FQ bundle
photo courtesy of Flickr user tobit_e

by Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander : Architextures

Carolyn Friedlander : Architextures
photos courtesy of the workroom

After 692 of you voted, Architextures took the title with 434 votes (63%) over very worthy opponent Simply Color (258, 37%).

architextures + constellations
photo courtesy of Flickr user knottygnome

Have you made a project using Architextures, or have you seen another’s project that you absolutely love? Send us a link in the comments below. We’re putting together a gallery of amazing projects using the Architextures line for a future post, and we’d love to include yours!

Carolyn Friedlander : Architextures

photos courtesy of the workroom

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Modern Madness — both our wonderful readers who voted as well as our many fabric designer friends who have as much fun with Modern Madness as we do.

Newest fabric addition
photo courtesy of Flickr user JennySquawk