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Modern Madness Region 1 – Round 2

Round 1 votes have now been tallied for both regions so we are ready to kick off round 2.

Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics
Lottie Da by Heather Bailey for Freespirit Fabrics
Comma by Zen Chic for Moda
Legacy by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics
Tule by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics
Minimalista by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
Dowry by Anna Maria Horner for Freespirit Fabrics
Geekly Chic from Riley Blake Fabrics
Koi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9
Field Day by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
Ruby Star Sparkle by Melody Miller for Kokka
Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics
Hand Drawn Garden by Anna Maria Horner for Freespirit Fabrics
Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda
Bungalow by Joel Dewberry for Freespirit Fabrics
Honeysweet by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
Waterfront Park by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics
PB&J by Basic Grey for Moda

Just click on the links if you need to refresh your Memory of how the lines look…

Voting is open until 4 April

By |March 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Made from Fat Quarterly

“You had a blog post and asked people what they would do with the jelly roll if they won it. I said I would make this quilt pattern and donate it to the Kalamazoo Autism Center for a fundraiser. Well, long story as to why it took so long, but it is now finished and donated. I combined the jelly roll I won with a Kona solids jelly roll to make this. It is backed and bound with a chartreuse green. Thank you so much for the prize and contribution to the Kalamazoo Autism Center!!!”

From Stephanie Peterson

By |March 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer

Today I am reviewing Thomas Knauer’s new book, Modern Quilt Perspectives and you will have a chance to win a copy at the end of this post.  I am also thrilled that Thomas is going to be teaching at this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat in London.

This book is unlike any other quilting book I’ve come across in that Thomas looks to create quilts which are more than just quilts but have a meaning and a significance behind them.  Where I regard myself as a crafter, busy making things that I think look pretty, Thomas comes at the process of making quilts from a completely different perspective.

His quilts talk of what “handmade” means in today’s world, of what make up the building blocks of our modern world, of bringing together different strands of the quilting community, of long distance relationships and even one quilt reflecting the process of cell division.

Whilst I find his process and approach to quilting very interesting and startlingly different to my “let’s make something pretty” approach, the bottom line for me in terms of recommending a quilting book would be whether the projects in the book come under my top two categories of (i) I’d like to make that quilt (high praise); or (ii) I wish I’d designed that quilt (highest praise I can give a quilt).  As long as some of the quilts in a quilting book come into one or both of those categories, I would be very happy to recommend it to others and Thomas’ quilts fall slap bang into those categories.  Each of the ones I’ve chosen a show in this post are ones I want to make or wish I’d made – unusual, fresh, different, striking and even thought provoking.

So I guess I’d give this book a double recommendation.  To those of you, like me, who are looking for fresh innovation and ideas for their modern quilts, this book has that in spades.  And for those of you who would be interested in digging a little deeper and perhaps starting to conceive and design quilts reflecting your interests, views, life experiences and perspectives, I don’t think there is another book out there right now that would give you more insight and inspiration.
If you would like to visit the other stops on the blog tour, they are listed at the end of the post and if you would like to win a copy of the book, leave a comment on this post and a winner will be drawn randomly a week from today.

March 14: Thomas Knauer http://www.thomasknauersews.com/
March 15: Lisa Sipes http://thatcrazyquiltygirl.com/blog
March 16: Robert Kaufman http://www.swatchandstitch.com/
March 17: Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
March 18: Katy Jones http://imagingermonkey.blogspot.co.uk/
March 19: Bill Volkening http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com
March 20: Kelly Biscopink http://stitchyquiltstuff.com
March 21: Audrie Bidwell http://blueisbleu.blogspot.com
March 22: Mary Rachel Kolb http://maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
March 23: Rachael Gander http://imaginegnats.com/
March 24: Sew, Mama, Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/
March 25: Cloth Paper Scissors
http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blogs/clothpaperscissorstoday/default.aspx
March 26: Cheryl Arkinson http://naptimequilter.blogspot.com
March 27: Quilting Daily http://www.quiltingdaily.com/blogs/barb/default.aspx
March 28: Fat Quarterly http://www.fatquarterly.com/blog/
March 29: Pellon/Erin Sampson http://pellonprojects.wordpress.com/
March 30: Sew Modern http://thatswhatshesewed.com/
March 31: Rachel May http://quiltingwithamodernslant.com/

April 1: Quilty http://www.heyquilty.com/blogs/
April 2: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
April 3: Quilter’s Connection http://quiltersconnection.ca/blog
April 4: Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com/
April 5: Generation Q http://generationqmagazine.com/
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blogs/barb/default.aspx
April 7: Sara Lawson http://www.sewsweetness.com/
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki http://gogokim.blogspot.com
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale http://www.iheartlinen.typepad.com/
April 10: Thomas Knauer http://www.thomasknauersews.com/

Modern Madness Region 1 – Round 1 Results

Decoro 2013 by Echino for Kokka – 20% (37 votes)
Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics – 80% (147 votes)

Piper for Dear Stella – 41% (75 votes)
Lottie Da by Heather Bailey for Freespirit Fabrics – 59% (109 votes)

Constellations by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics – 45% (83 votes)
Comma by Zen Chic for Moda – 55% (101 votes)

Merry Little Christmas from Riley Blake Fabrics – 30% (56 votes)
Legacy by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics – 70% (128 votes)

Stile Collection from Liberty Lifestyle Fabrics – 34% (63 votes)
Tule by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics – 66% (121 votes)

Minimalista by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics – 77% (141 votes)
Raaga for Monaluna Fabrics – 23% (43 votes)

Sierra by Bren Talavera for Robert Kaufman – 23% (42 votes)
Dowry by Anna Maria Horner for Freespirit Fabrics – 77% (142 votes)

Ipanema by Dennis Bennett for Birch Fabrics – 36% (67 votes)
Geekly Chic from Riley Blake Fabrics – 64% (117 votes)

Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille for Moda – 42% (77 votes)
Koi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9 – 58% (107 votes)

Ride by Julia Rothman for Windham Fabrics – 27% (49 votes)
Field Day by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics – 73% (135 votes)

Ruby Star Sparkle by Melody Miller for Kokka – 66% (122 votes)
Lucky Girl by Jennifer Paganelli for Freespirit Fabrics – 34% (62 votes)

Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie Paper Co for Moda – 43% (79 votes)
Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics – 57% (105 votes)

Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda – 43% (79 votes)
Hand Drawn Garden by Anna Maria Horner for Freespirit Fabrics – 57% (105 votes)

Bridgette Lane by Valori Wells for Freespirit Fabrics – 26% (48 votes)
Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda – 74% (136 votes)

World Tour by David Butler for Freespirit Fabrics – 26% (48 votes)
Bungalow by Joel Dewberry for Freespirit Fabrics – 74% (136 votes)

Honeysweet by Fig Tree & Co for Moda – 61% (113 votes)
Field Day by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics – 39% (71 votes)

Waterfront Park by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics – 58% (106 votes)
Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics – 42% (78 votes)

Bijoux by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics – 40% (73 votes)
PB&J by Basic Grey for Moda – 60% (111 votes)

By |March 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Modern Madness Region 2 – Round 1

And now for Region 2!

Once again for those of you who are interested in how we paired up the fabric lines, we used a random integer generator and the list which appeared on our blog.

You can download the brackets here.

So without further ado here are our Region 2 contenders:

Boho by Urban Chiks for Moda
Nordika by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics
Posy by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics
Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka
Flats by Angela Yosten for Moda
Technicolor by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics
Sun Print by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
Cameo by Amy Butler for Westminster Fabrics
Wildflower Wood by Lynette Anderson Lecien
Simply Style by V and Co for Moda
Bark and Branch by Eloise Renouf for Cloud9 Fabrics
Barcelona by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics
Elk Grove by Jay-Cyn for Birch Fabrics
Catnap by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics
Sardinia By Jessica Swift for Blend Fabrics
Tsuru by Rashida Cole for Cloud9 Fabrics
Chantilly by Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda
Free Range by Monaluna Fabrics
Just my type by Patty Young for Michael Miller fabrics
Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics
Aspen Frost by Basic Grey for Moda
Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics
Acacia by Tula Pink for Freespirit Fabrics
The Fall Collective 2013 by Kaffe Fassett for Westminster Fabrics
Full Moon Lagoon by Mo Bedell for Andover Fabrics
Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman
Pam Kitty Picnic by Pam Kitty Morning for Lakehouse Dry Goods
Collage by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics
Wrens and Friends by Gina Martin for Moda
Fanfare by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 Fabrics
2wenty Thr3e by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda
Henna by Beth Studley for Makower Fabrics
Chirp Chirp by Momo for Moda
First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for Lecien
Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
Florence by Denyse Schmidt for Freespirit Fabrics

If you have never heard of the line or just need a quick refreshment of all the prints, just click on the link to view more Information on each line.

Voting is open until Friday 28 March.

By |March 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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By |March 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Made From Fat Quarterly


Have you made anything from Fat Quarterly? Make sure to let us know if you do. Post images to instagram using the hastag #fatquarterly or post a photo in the Fat Quarterly Flickr Group or you can even email us directly with your photos.


Made by pippaspatch http://instagram.com/pippaspatch

The pattern is “Friendship Circle Bag” by Sara Lawson and can be found in Issue 16 – Scraps.




Made by canadianabroad – http://instagram.com/p/lacns5TMmn/

The pattern is Portholes and was taught by Lu Summers at the 2012 and 2013 Fat Quarterly Retreats.





Made by scrappyblossoms – http://instagram.com/p/kLz4x-xyio/

The placemat is an adaptation of the pattern “Wedge Wave” by Katy Jones and can be found in The Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters.


By |March 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

And the winner is …

And so now we need to pick one lucky winner of the Quilt Monkey giveaway where one lucky commenter will win one year’s subscription to QNN.tv giving access to all the Quiltmonkey episodes and more.

So Mr random has picked number 3 …

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Who is …

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Congratulations Lisa, we look forward to hearing from you!

By |March 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Modern Madness 2014 – First Round Region 1

Right time to kick off the voting!

You might have noticed this time round that we have more than the usual 64 fabric lines. This is because we just couldn’t choose so why limit our options??!! Instead we will vote until we have 9 fabric lines remaining in each region. We will then pair up the 18 fabrics and knock them down to 9 in total. The fabric which scored the least votes in the previous round will be knocked out and the remaining 8 will continue on to the quarter finals.

For those of you who are interested in how we paired up the fabric lines, we used a random integer generator and the list which appeared on our blog.

You can download the brackets here.

So without further ado here are our Region 1 contenders:

Decoro 2013 by Echino for Kokka
Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics
Piper for Dear Stella
Lottie Da by Heather Bailey for Freespirit Fabrics
Constellations by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics
Comma by Zen Chic for Moda
Merry Little Christmas from Riley Blake Fabrics
Legacy by Angela Walters for Art Gallery Fabrics
Stile Collection from Liberty Lifestyle Fabrics
Tule by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics
Minimalista by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics
Raaga for Monaluna Fabrics
Sierra by Bren Talavera for Robert Kaufman
Dowry by Anna Maria Horner for Freespirit Fabrics
Ipanema by Dennis Bennett for Birch Fabrics
Geekly Chic from Riley Blake Fabrics
Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Koi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9
Ride by Julia Rothman for Windham Fabrics
Field Day by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics
Ruby Star Sparkle by Melody Miller for Kokka
Lucky Girl by Jennifer Paganelli for Freespirit Fabrics
Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie Paper Co for Moda
Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics
Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda
Hand Drawn Garden by Anna Maria Horner for Freespirit Fabrics
Bridgette Lane by Valori Wells for Freespirit Fabrics
Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda
World Tour by David Butler for Freespirit Fabrics
Bungalow by Joel Dewberry for Freespirit Fabrics
Honeysweet by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
Field Day by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics
Waterfront Park by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics
Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics
Bijoux by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics
PB&J by Basic Grey for Moda

If you have never heard of the line or just need a quick refreshment of all the prints, just click on the link to view more Information on each line.

Voting is open until Friday 21 March.

By |March 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Katy Jones is the Quiltmonkey

Do you know Katy Jones?  She used to be one of the team here at Fat Quarterly (and was one of the co-founders) and also blogs at I’m a Ginger Monkey.  I am proud to say that she is a British quilter and also that she is one of my real life quilting friends.  Intimidating to some, because of her tall skinny stature, multiple tattoos and mohawk, she nevertheless is sweet, kind and funny as well as being really one of the most talented quilters I know.  She is also a great trend setter – where she leads, many of our online quilting community follow – I call her the Pied Piper of the quilting world because she always seems to be ahead of the trend.  She’s also mad as a bag of spanners and carries her dog around with her in her handbag so it’s all good.

 Well she has teamed up with QNN.tv in her very own tv series which is all about quilting.  The series will combine traditional techniques with modern designs. Called “Quiltmonkey“, the show will have tutorials covering all aspects of quilting with fresh ideas and inspiring designs. The core of the series is studio based including guests, new products, and features on tradition and history. Some programs will also be shot on location at guest quilters studios, quilting shows etc.

So far there are five shows available on QNN.tv and more are being filmed and added all the time.  I’ve watched them this week and they are fun, informative and a great way to learn key techniques as Katy really takes you step by step through the process and you can actually see how the projects are made.  To see the shows, you need to subscribe to the network which can be done monthly or annually and then gives you access to all of their quilting shows. And we have five ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS  to give away today!  Just leave a comment on this post – any comment at all – and we will randomly pick five winners a week from today.  Good luck and – as Katy says in her show “go mad quilt monkeys”!