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…

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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

Happy New Year from Fat Quarterly!

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.

By |January 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

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By |December 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Fat Quarterly Retreat teacher list

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.

Jen Kingwell: owner of Amitie Textiles, Melbourne.  Designer of Green Tea and Sweet Beans, The Circle Game, The Gypsy Wife, Bring Me Flowers, Midnight at the Oasis and many most fabulous quilts.  Hand piecer and quilter.  My quilting hero.
Fi Pullen.  Owner, manager, brains behind The Sewing Directory, the UK’s biggest online sewing resource centre.  I consider Fi to be the centre of the UK sewing world with all of us orbiting around her like planets around the sun.
Rachel from House of Pinheiro is one of the UK’s foremost dressmaking bloggers.  On top of which she is a lot of fun and very nice, kind and friendly.  She came to retreat last year and we all agreed we’d love to have her teaching this year/
Thomas Knauer is a quilter and fabric designer with a whole host of lines with Andover.
Jo Avery owns Avery Homestore and is an established quilting and sewing teacher and hosts retreats at her shop in Scotland.
Kerry Green of Very Kerry Berry, my co-author of 500 Quilt Blocks.  An accomplished dressmaking and quilting blogger, Kerry is perhaps best known for her quirky Japanese style of quilting and her Sew-Ichigo paper piecing designs.
Helen Howes is teaching at retreat representing Oakshott shot cottons and will be teaching a class using their fabrics.
Karen Lewis from Blueberry Park is a screen printing textile designer and quilter who splits her time between teaching and creating both screen printing and sewing.
Jenny Fox-Proverbs is the editor of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.  She has 15 years experience in the craft publishing industry, first project-managing and commissioning craft books for David & Charles before moving on to work on Future’s craft magazine portfolio.
By |December 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|10 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.

FQR 2013 - flexi pouch
Made by amyinuk

The pattern is “Flexi Pouch” by Tacha Bruecher and can be found in Issue 14 – the Summer Issue.

Made by freshlemonsquilts –

The pattern is “In the Hood Treeskirt” by Brioni Greenberg and can be found in the Holiday Special 2010.

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Samonsa Wristlet by Shruti

Look what @ylmommyx4 is doing with Lynne’s Barn quiltalong.

The Barn Quiltalong can be found on Lynne’s blog. The first post is here.

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By |December 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments