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

It’s beginning to look a lot like …

It’s beginning to look a lot like … OK it’s 15 January so it’s a bit early to be talking about the fact that, here at Fat Quarterly, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But it is.  We’re planning projects with Solstice by Kate Spain.

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25th and Pine by Basic Grey

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And Winter Wonderland by Bunny Hill Designs.  I have the Winter Wonderland project and already have one or two ideas inspired by a biscuit tin.  I’m thinking a row by row Christmas quilt and this red and white line is pretty much perfect for that.

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And what about you?  Beginning to think about your next Christmas quilt or is it a little too early for that?!

By |January 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Issue 16 Scraps Preview

My New Year’s resolution is to make a dent in my scrap bins. They are overflowing out of control and taking over my sewing space. So this year I will be trying my hardest to use up as much as I can…

To help those like me wanting to get to the bottom of their scrap bins, issue 16 is all about scraps.

Here are some more sneak peeks…

from Instagram

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The next Fat Quarterly book is coming soon …

The next Fat Quarterly book, Quilt Color Workshop, is coming soon.  It’s so exciting when, after months of work, preparation and gruelling pattern proofing, the first glimpse of a new book appears on the Amazon bookshelves.  As the title suggests, this book is all about colour and choosing colour schemes for your quilts.   The front cover is a colour wheel quilt designed and made by Brioni and quilted by Trudi Wood, a modern British quilter / longarmer.  The book doesn’t come out until spring so we’ve got a bit of a wait to go before we can hold it in our hands.  But suffice to say, we’re very excited about this one and hope you will be too.

By |January 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Job Advertisement – Quilters’ Guild


Job Advertisement

The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles Project Manager, part-­?time 22.5 hours per week
£23,000 per annum (pro rata)

Talking Quilts: Saving Quilters’ Stories is an exciting oral history project of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, the national membership organisation for people involved in patchwork and quilting. The project is funded for three years by Heritage Lottery Fund. It aims to record, preserve and share the stories of quiltmakers in the UK by engaging with volunteers.

We are seeking to appoint an energetic and committed project manager. Responsibilities include working with quilters and volunteers, Administration and financial management. Experience with oral history and digital recording and an interest in textiles preferred. The role is home-­?based and involves travel to The Quilters’ Guild offices in York for meetings and project administration and travel throughout the UK whilst working with volunteers.

Closing date: 5.00 pm on Thursday, 30 January 2014

Please visit and follow the link for the
Talking Quilts project to read more about this exciting new role.

For further information contact:

By |January 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Fancy another sneaky peaky of what’s in the next issue?

Here’s what I’m beavering away on at the moment.

It’s a fun, fun project so get your paper hexies and 2 1/2″ square scraps at the ready for when the next issue of Fat Quarterly is released!


By |January 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments