Who are the faces behind Fat Quarterly? How did they become so crafty?

Do you love modern quilts and other craft projects? Are you always looking for new ideas and inspiration? If so, you've come to the right place.Fat Quarterly is released 4 times per year, and each issue features a vibrant mix of content by some of today's most exciting sewists.

The Fat Quarterly Team

Tacha Bruecher
Tacha Bruecher
As a kid Tacha dabbled in all sorts of crafts. She spent many happy hours in her Grandma’s pottery, used to send all her relatives hand made bead necklaces and sticky home baked sweeties for Christmas every year whether they liked it or not and made clothes for her dollies.
But she only discovered her love for fabric when she moved to North Carolina and stumbled across one of the most amazing fabric stores she has ever been in. She decided then and there to make a Memory Quilt for her grandfather’s 75th birthday despite the fact she had never made a quilt before. Tacha spent hours hand piecing the quilt and true love was found. Since that moment in time it is rare to find Tacha without yarn, thread or fabric in her hand or about her person!
The birth of Tacha’s two daughters just increased her need to sew, sew, sew and sew. Changing bags, cot quilts, stuffies, bibs and the list goes on. Her addiction was made worse when she discovered the online quilting community. Tacha now participates in 8 online bees and in the regular swaps held on flickr.
Not content to ever do one thing at a time, Tacha also enjoys screenprinting and carving stamps to use on fabric. She would love one day to design her own fabric line.
Brioni Greenberg
Brioni Greenberg
Brioni has been sewing on and off for most of her life which was inevitable being the daughter of tailoress and dressmaker. It’s in her genes.
Her first sewing machine was a Holly Hobby wind up one that she got one year for Christmas and she would get that out when ever Mum got hers out. She (badly) made handbags and Sindy clothes and was never very satisfied with how they turned out.
She got her first “grown-up” sewing machine when she was 21 and studying Textile design and technology at Uni and had marvellous fun sewing bits of knitting, paper, masking tape, lumpy handmade felt and anything else that would fit under the foot. Not surprisingly that sewing machine, although still alive, has taken the hump and reluctantly grinds into action on the rare occasions it is called upon.
She had been itching to make a patchwork quilt for what seemed like forever and finally she bit the bullet about 4 or 5 years ago, never imagining that it would suck her in and lead to the biggest obsession she’s ever had!
She works full time (unfortunately in a very uncreative job!) so her time is limited, but she does manage to squeeze quilting into just about every waking moment and collects fabric like others collect Lladro figurines!
She already has more quilts and fabric than she knows what to do with but the more quilts she makes and the more she wants to make. She will most likely just stack them up and stroke them.
Lynne Goldsworthy
Lynne Goldsworthy
Lynne has been sewing ever since she was little, making a colossal mess on the dining room floor and driving her mother mad, leaving scraps of fabric and thread trailing around the house. She then grew up and got a proper job as a lawyer in the 1980s, the great era of court shoes, big hair and shoulder pads. On a series of business trips to Washington, she had some spare time before the flights home and spent that time in Tysons Corner, a colossal American shopping mall. It was then that she fell in love with Americana, shops full of wooden Shaker boxes, baskets full of cinnamon sticks, faded paintings of the US flag and American quilts. She came back home from those business trips and scoured the UK for quilt shops. At the time they were few and far between and what there were didn’t really seem to carry many fabrics that really appealed to her. So she made a couple of really quite ugly quilts and lost interest pretty quickly.

Fifteen years and four children later, she moved with her family from London to a tiny little village in the middle of nowhere slap bang in the middle of England, a move that would prove to be a turning point in her life. After school one day, her daughters went to play at a friend’s house. When Lynne went to pick them up, the mother, Mandy, was sitting at her kitchen table, in front of a sewing machine, making a quilt. Mandy showed Lynne the modern quilts she had made, her sampler made of Japanese fabrics, her blog and her stash of modern fabrics. Lynne’s interest in quilting was immediately re-kindled but this time around there were blogs, Flickr, online shops, modern fabrics, modern quilts and a whole community out there of people full of ideas, inspiration and advice. She ordered a layer cake and a jelly roll, made a couple of quilts, started a blog, joined Flickr, joined some swaps, started a couple of bees and hasn’t looked back since.