Check out this fun table runner in our latest issue!

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Check out this fun table runner in our latest issue! Get it now (and any back issues and subscriptions ) before we temporarily suspend sales on the 31st due to the #VATMOSS mess.

We hope to resume sales in time for our February issue and will be sending out all pre-orders and subscriptions regardless of what happens.

Fab Christmas stocking pattern in our latest issue!

from Instagram

Fab Christmas stocking pattern in our latest issue! Get it now (and any back issues or subscriptions) before we temporarily close our shop on the

31st due to the #VATMOSS mess.


We are sure that none of our Twitter followers could have missed yesterday that we are a bit in shock over how the new law regarding VAT payments for digital goods sales in Europe will affect us and our business.

For those of you not on Twitter we have recently discovered that a new European law will come into effect on 1 January in which all companies selling digital goods in Europe will be subject to pay VAT based on the country of origin of the customer as opposed to the country of origin of the seller.

Fat Quarterly is a small Business registered in the UK supplying digital goods worldwide. We have sales throughout Europe and the rest of the world and up until now have been subject to UK VAT laws. What this will mean for us is that we are now not only subject to UK VAT laws but to the VAT laws of each and every EU member state. An administrative nightmare to keep abreast of all the VAT laws in each country and to file VAT returns in each and every country to which we sell.

What does any of this mean to you our Fat Quarterly Reader?

Well, to start with as with all new laws the way forward is not as crystal clear as we would hope. We are unsure of how we can possibly 100% comply with the new legislation and unfortunately since any mistake could result in unlimited fines imposed on us from ANY EU member state, we are very nervous about continuing to sell until we are 500% certain that we are in compliance. There are still way too many uncertainties regarding the various platforms and payment portals that we use.

So we will be suspending sales of Fat Quarterly from 31 December 2014.

Buy now to avoid disappointment!

We strongly advise you that if you have had your eye on any back issue of Fat Quarterly, or wish to purchase a subscription that you do so before this date. We will also be taking pre-orders for Issue 20 – Paper Piecing due out early February.

What does this mean for current subscribers?

Do not worry. As current subscribers you have already paid for 4 issues and we will uphold our promise to you and continue to put together issues of the finest quality to fulfill the terms of your subscription.

What does this mean for the future of Fat Quarterly?

We are hoping that come February we will be back all pistons firing and in compliance with the new laws.

However, 1 thing is certain. In order to comply with the laws there will be a price increase in both single issues and in subscriptions and at least for European customers if not for all our customers, you will be required to pay VAT on top of the increased price.

Please be reassured that we will do our best to make any price increase as small as possible and it will only be in place to cover additional administration fees incurred by the new law. We hope you will understand and appreciate that this will be the first price increase since we began 5 years ago.

Thank you

All of us at Fat Quarterly really want to thank our whole community for the Support you have shown us over the last 5 years and we hope you will continue to Support us through this tricky time and be back in February to celebrate the come back of FQ!!!!

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C&T Sale of the Year!!!



Don’t miss this chance to save BIG on new & hard to find books, products, and gifts for quiltmaking, fiber arts, needle arts, mixed-media, and more. There is something for all creative types, with overstocked items priced as low as 75% off!

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Issue 18 – Out Now!!!!


Go to for more information.

Subscribers can log in to access their copy of the issue.

We hope you enjoy it!!! Many thanks to all our fabulous contributors.

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#fqr2014 post retreat linky party and survey

And so #fqr2014 is over for this year.  We had a blast.  Thank you to all of you for coming and making it such a wonderful weekend.  Thank you to our wonderful teachers for giving such fabulous classes and for being involved all weekend, to our social secretary, Trash for making it such a fun inclusive weekend, to Sandy for being the social media meister and of course to the Jacks for being so #jackquarterly all weekend.


And so we’d love to hear about it all from your perspective.  Write a blogpost and link up to tell us all about your weekend using the link-up below.  And, if you have the time and energy, we would also be grateful if you would take a minute to complete the survey we’ve linked to in this post by clicking right here.  We just want to keep on learning from each retreat and hope to keep on making the event better each year.

Siblings Together At The Fat Quarterly Retreat

For those of you coming to Fat Quarterly Retreat this year there are one or two Siblings Together things you need to know.

1.   Delma from Siblings Together will be collecting quilts on the Saturday night as part of the quilt show and tell.  Once again you can bring your quilts for her to take away and once again she would like to hear from each person who has made a quilt or quilts.  We would also love you to bring non Siblings Together quilts for show and tell during that event which will be more formalised than last year.

2.   On the Friday night we are having a block party to make blocks for quilts for Siblings Together.  Brioni is thinking up a few simple blocks we can do or you can of course decide on your own blocks – we’re suggesting everyone bring plenty of scraps for this – minimum 2 1/2″ ideally.  I’m sharing below Hannah from Sewing And Slinging’s photo of the quilt from the blocks they made for Siblings Together at the Leeds Modern Quilt Guild.
3.   And thirdly I will be bringing lost of Siblings Together labels with me to retreat so any of us who have not quite got around to sewing labels onto their quilts will be able to do so.

Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014

Sewing Machines

Thanks to our fabulous Sponsor Janome we will have 50 machines at the retreat this year. So the good news is that there is no need for you to bring your own! Leave your bulky, heavy machine at home and come test out the Janome machines.

Social Secretary

We just want to remind you too that this year we have a social secretary – Trash, who alongside ourselves will be helping to make sure that nobody is left out. It is very important to us that nobody feels alone or left out over the weekend. This year we will also have a Whiteboard in front of the main hall where you can find out where people are off to for dinner etc.

Friday Night

On Friday night we will be sewing up a storm! We will be making blocks to assemble into quilt tops for Siblings Together. Please bring along any scraps you have 2 1/2″ large or larger that we can pool together to make the blocks.

Saturday Night

Scrap Strip Swap

Please get in touch with Sue Bone for details and make sure you bring your strips on Saturday night.

Sample Swap

Get in touch with Trash for group allocations etc.

Ugly Fabric Swap

Dig through your stash and dig out all those horrific pieces of fabric that have been lurking there since the beginning of time and bring them along for a fun game. You will need 5 pieces of ugly fabric about the size of a fat eighth (9” x 20”). Place all 5 pieces in a plastic bag and bring to the retreat!

Show and Tell

We want to see all the fabulous projects you have made! This time we will be having a more formal Show & Tell so bring anything you would like to show to everyone else at the retreat
- it can be a quilt, block, pouch, bag…

Fat Quarterly Retreat Linky Party

Are you coming to the fat Quarterly Retreat? If so, please link up on this post to a blogpost, Flickr photo, instagram photo

etc telling people all about you. Include a photo of yourself, tell us a bit about yourself – maybe something recent you’ve worked on, perhaps share which classes you’re taking, whether you’re taking part in any of the swaps and what you’ve made etc.


And keep coming back to this post to read everyone else’s linked posts and see their photos. Don’t be shy now!


Last Chance for Tickets for the FQ Retreat

We are pretty much at capacity for this year’s retreat – but there are a couple of tickets left so if you have been wavering about coming now is your chance to snap up one of the remaining tickets!



Ticket sales will close on Sunday 29 June or when tickets are all sold out.

Ticket Sales are now closed.