Fat Quarterly Retreat Social Secretary

Today we have a guest post brought to you by Trash who is the appointed social secretary of this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat.

Hello. My name is Julie McCoy and I shall be your Cruise Director for this trip aboard The Love Boat. Nah, not really. I am Trash and I spend my life shouting at small children for money, stroking yarn & fabric and not finishing projects. My oldest WIP is nearly twice the age of my teenager and it has followed me around the world. Twice.

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There are exciting plans afoot for FQR 2014 and it is a great thrill to be a part of them. We will be running online get-togethers beforehand on all sorts of social media so that on arrival everybody will know at least a few someones. That said, everyone attending has the joy of fabric stroking and quilt-fondling in common so finding friendly faces should be easy. In addition we will also be organising swaps in advance again. These will include Nametag Swaps, Sample Swaps, Ugly Fabric Swap and possibly others we haven’t confirmed yet. On a side query – how do you all feel about knowing who is in your Sample Swap Group beforehand?

I am in full flight thinking of fun activities and events for the weekend and hope to have a more comprehensive list up for you by late Spring/early Summer so there is plenty of time for you to plan your time at FQR. Based on the feedback already received we will definitely be holding a meet and greet session, the Pub Quiz, Show & Tell of work (for those of you who actually finish things) and other social occasions as well as the actual teaching classes.

What sort of things would you like to see included at the FQR Retreat weekend? Please throw your tuppenny worth into mix because we really want to make it an event everyone will enjoy.

Colour Workshop – the new book from Fat Quarterly

Our new book, Quilt Colour Workshop, comes out at the end of April and here is a sneak peek of some of the projects you will find in there.

By |February 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Oakshott giveaway winner

And so the winner of this Oakshott F8th bundle of the 28 new colourshotts has now been chosen…


… by random number generator…

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And the winner was Amy!  Get in touch with us Amy and we will arrange for the Oakshotts to fly your way post haste!

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

Oakshott shot cottons giveaway

You may remember this quilt I made a couple of years ago from Helen Howes wonderful Twelve Trees pattern using the Oakshott sunshine F8th bundle.  Well at this year’s Fat Quarterly retreat, you will have a chance to learn to make the blocks that go into this quilt in workshops with Helen Howes, the quilt designer.  You will also be given Oakshotts to pay with in the workshop to mix in with your own fabrics.


But if you’re not coming to the retreat (and even if you are) here is a chance to win your own sunshine F8th bundle.  Oakshott are re-issuing all 56 of their colourshott colours in a heavier, wider (54″) version.  Closer to the weight of quilting cottons than the previous incarnation, the Oakshotts are deeper and richer and still as soft as butter so sew with.







Here is a quilt I made using them this week which will soon be available free with any sunshine F8 bundle you buy from Oakshott.


Anyway, on to the winning part.  What do you have to do to be in with a chance of winning?  You have three chances to comment and, as we like to reward loyalty, two are restricted to loyal FQ customers.

1.     Sign up to the Oakshott newsletter and let us know that you have or that you already were signed up.

2.   One extra entry for anyone who has a ticket for this year’s Fat Quarterly retreat or has been to any of our previous retreat.

3.   One extra entry for anyone who has a Fat Quarterly subscription currently.

Good Luck and we will draw a winner randomly next week!

By |February 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|147 Comments

Fabric Worm Coupon Issue 16

5% off all orders of $50 or more at with code: fq5off

By |February 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Introducing our fabulous Brasilian dressmaking teacher

Meet Rachel form House of Pinheiro, one of the new teachers for this year’s Fat Quarterly London retreat.  Accomplished dressmaker, designer and blogger, Rachel is both impossibly glamorous (which I don’t like so much) and impossibly nice, sweet and fun (which I like a lot).  She came to last year’s retreat and we all agreed right away, we’d like her to teach this year.  She’ll be teaching two classes – one dress-making and one showing you how to read and work with dress making patterns.  She has huge knowledge about adapting and changing dressmaking patterns to suit your shape.

Rachel is currently taking part in Project Sewn which is a 4 week sewing competition comprised of 6 designer/seamstresses.  Designers are given a theme each week to base their looks on.  Week one is fashion Icon, week 2 is Pink, week 3 is shoes and week 4 is personal style. Looks are then scored by each competitors and are opened to an online popular vote on Tuesdays.  At the end of the voting period (Thursday  8 MT of the same week) the scores and votes are tallied together.  On Friday, according to this combined score one designer gets “sent home” and one will be announced “the winner” for each week.  This continues until the final week where a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be announced.  You can vote weekly on  and we’d love you to go over and vote for Rachel this week and for as long as she stays in the competition if you have a moment!  Here is her outfit for this week, inspired by Coco Chanel, and you can find out more about her process in making this in her latest blogpost.  Now GO VOTE!
By |February 5th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Fat Quarter Shop Coupon Issue 16


20% off purchase

Coupon Code: fatquarterly42

Expiry: 31 March 2014

By |February 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Do you love Quilt Maths?

Some people love quilt maths.  Some people hate it.  Some avoid it.  Some fear it.  Well, if you’re coming to the Fat Quarterly Retreat this summer, hate, fear, avoid no more.  Come and join my quilt maths class.  I’ll be running through calculating binding fabric requirements, calculating backing fabric requirements and calculating sashing requirements for starters.  We’ll then move on to calculating individual fabric requirements for the separate block sections in a quilt of repeating blocks.  We’ll also look at calculating fabric requirements for foundation paper pieced blocks where the pieces tend to be trickier and more awkward.  We’ll also have a go at re-sizing quilt blocks and quilt patterns.  And then, if we have spare time, we’ll squeeze in a little bit of quilt geometry.  The class is designed to be fun, relaxed and easy.  Anyone who feared or failed maths at school should not fear this class.  We will be using calculators (bring your phones!) and using nice easy diagrams (bring tablets loaded with Touchdraw if you have them) and we might even use some pencils, rulers, rubbers, squared paper and colouring pencils because who doesn’t love a bit of drawing and colouring?!

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

Issue 16 – Scraps


Issue 16 is out now!!! You can purchase your copy here.

Subscribers:- You will find links to the pdf and flipbook Versions of issue 16 when you Login to our Website.

Happy Sewing!!

By |January 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Workshops at the Fat Quarterly Retreat

We are in the process of finalising the workshop list for the 2014 Fat Quarterly Retreat (taking place over the weekend of 18-20 July in central London).   Lessons include hand piecing, hand quilting, free motion quilting, foundation paper piecing, speed piecing, screen printing, knotting, getting your patchwork into print, starting and running a successful craft business, learning SEO to improve traffic to your blog or website, lampshade making, quilt maths and many more.  But before we finalise the list, please let us know what classes you would most like to see at this year’s retreat.  And if you haven’t bought your tickets, yet, you can find them – and more information – here.


By |January 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|4 Comments