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.

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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.
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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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Fat Quarterly Designer Challenge NEEDS YOU!

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.

Charm packs:
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

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Kids Sewing – Christmas Tree

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…!!

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Sizzix Quilters

A heads up to all of you who use the Sizzix machines to cut your fabric shapes. The people over at 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.

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Call for Contributors

Would you be interested in making something for Fat Quarterly?  Well this is our quarterly call for contributors for upcoming issues. The next three issues are “Pre-Cuts”, “Zakka” and (yes it will be that time again) “Christmas”. We chose Pre-Cuts for our next issue because we all love pre-cuts and we wanted to celebrate Brioni’s new book, 25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charm Packs.

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The book is packed full of beautiful projects made with pre-cuts such as this incredible English paper pieced quilt below.





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So, if you’d be interested in contributing, please get in touch with me by emailing with your proposals and thank you!

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