Happy New Year to all of you from the three of us; Tacha, Brioni and Lynne. Sadly due to commitments, John left Fat Quarterly after the retreat this summer so we are now three running the magazine and London retreat. On the first day of every quarter we start to whirr into life getting ready for the upcoming issue. The next issue is going to be all about scraps and we have some beautiful projects coming into the editing team. We tend not to reveal sneak peeks until the issue is ready to be released but here is one image of one part of one of the projects going into the next issue.
And, for those of you who are already booked or thinking of booking for the retreat this summer, we look forward to meeting you! We are currently finalising the teaching timetable which we will publish as soon as possible so you can start to think about which classes you would be interested in taking.
We are still finalising the class program for the Fat Quarterly Retreat which takes place in London next summer over the weekend of 18-20 July. Here are some of the teachers we will have for you and we will bring you the finalised teacher and class list in the new year. In addition to Tacha, Brioni and me teaching, we have:
Amy Smart: US quilt blogger extraordinaire, resides at Diary of a Quilter. I’m soo excited for Amy to be coming over to the retreat this year.
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.
The pattern is “Flexi Pouch” by Tacha Bruecher and can be found in Issue 14 – the Summer Issue.
from memmons on Instagram http://instagram.com/p/hgTdqiJzLz/
Samonsa Wristlet by Shruti
We are currently planning our projects for the issue of Fat Quarterly which will come out next spring. The issue will be dedicated to projects made from Pre-Cuts so we thought it would be fun to see what you can come up with for this issue. We have a selection of mini charm packs from Moda for the Designer Challenge – and we would like to challenge you to come up with a project (deadline end March).
If you’re interested leave a comment containing the following information:
1. First, second, third, fourth and fifth preference of charm pack (listed below) or you can opt for no preference. Preferences cannot be guaranteed but I will do my best!
2. An email address I can contact you on – your email address may be linked to your wordpress profile but, if you are unsure, leave your email address in the comment so that I can contact you if you are chosen.
3. Some kind of outline of your idea – it can be big or small – you don’t need to use every single square!
4. Whether your design requires one, two, three or four packs to make.
Le Bouquet Francais by French General
April Showers by Bonnie and Camille
Chance of Flowers by Sandy Gervais
From Outside In by Malka Dubrawsky
Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare
Hubba Hubba by Me and My Sister Designs
Daydream by Kate Spain
Color Me Happy by V & Co
Sewing Box by Gina Martin
Sphere by Zen Chic
Mirabelle by Fig Tree Quilts
Winter Wonderland by Bunny Hill Design
A quick project for you and your kids – just in case you have a spare afternoon in the busy lead up to Christmas!
This is a fabulous project for using up scraps and very child friendly as there is no need to measure at all. Just sew and trim.
And yes we enjoy sewing in our pyjamas! Actually this was at about 7.30 am on a Sunday morning when Amelie woke me up as she was so excited about our sewing morning!
Start by picking out strips of green fabric for your tree. Arrange them in a tree shape and choose strips of white fabric to sew to each side of each of the green strips.
Sew each row and trim.
Sew the rows together. Trim and sew white strips to the top and bottom of the tree. Trim to your desired size. Use for placemats, a pillow cover, quilt blocks…!!
A heads up to all of you who use the Sizzix machines to cut your fabric shapes. The people over at Sizzix.co.uk have just launched a new page dedicated to quilting.
This new page makes it much easier to navigate through the catalog of dies to find the exact ones you are after. And there are lots of downloadable patterns to get your creative juices flowing.