Design Challenge – Contributors

Do you fancy taking part in our Design Challenges?

We are looking for people to take part in a challenge using Collage by for Windham fabrics. The deadline for the contribution is the end of June.

If you’re interested email us at

Issue 13 – Modern Traditional


Issue 13 is out now!

Find out more here!

If you are a subscriber all you need do to access your copy of the issue is log into your account. The links to the issue will be listed under “Your Issues”.

By |April 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Would you like to be a contributor?

We have had many fantastic contributors to Fat Quarterly but are always looking for new contributors or for more contributions from previous contributors.  What do we need from you?  We need you to be able to design your own project from scratch.  It might be a quilt, a pillow, a table runner, a bag or any other quilty item.  We need you to be able to calculate yardage requirements for the whole project and write up a pattern.  And finally we need you to be able to take good final photos of the finished project.  You also need to be able to provide in-progress shots or diagrams showing how the projects is made.

mix and match lipari cushions
The next two issues are themed “Summer” and “Christmas” and we’d love you to get your thinking caps on and come up with proposals.  If there is a new or upcoming fabric line out there that you’d love to work with, we may be able to get hold of it for you.

Issue 12 - Ruby Oakshotts
If you are interested, please email and include a photo of at least one project you have made and designed yourself.  We can either add you to our list of contributors to approach for future projects or you could at the same time put in a proposal for one or our upcoming issues.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Winterkist Snowflake

By |April 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Modern Madness 2013 | The Final Four

After our biggest voting turnout yet (621 votes!) and another down-to-the-wire finish (decided by 1 vote!), we’re down to our final four modern fabric lines.  Let’s see who advanced …

Simply Color (324 votes, 52%) def. Pearl Bracelets (297 votes, 48%)
Field Study (311 votes, 50%) def. Noteworthy (310 votes, 50%)
Architextures (352 votes, 57%) def. Marmalade (269 votes, 43%)
Madrona Road (327 votes, 53%) def. The Birds and the Bees (294 votes, 47%)

Any surprises?  Are your favorites still in the race?

Well, now the real fun begins.  Be sure to vote early and vote often for your picks to advance.  For your reference, updated brackets can be found here.

** Voting is now closed.  Thanks for playing! **

Sign Up for Retreat Classes Now!

Now that all the class information has been posted we will be sending out emails to all retreat participants with a link to sign up to the classes of your choice.

Class sign up is not done on a first come first served basis. We try and consider everybody’s preferences when time tabling classes to try and accomodate as many first picks as possible. That being said we will give preference to those bringing their own machines for all the 3 hour workshops that require sewing machines.

Just in case you have forgotten, these are the classes on offer this year at the retreat:

3 Hour Workshops
Improv – Lucie Summers
Precision Piecing – lynne Goldsworthy
Portholes – Lucie Summers
Embroidery – John Adams
Spring Carnival EPP Pillow – Katy Jones
Cathedral Windows – Brioni Greenberg
Photography – Judith Dahmen
x&+ Flexi Frame Purse – Tacha Bruecher
Read Between the Lines PP block – Julianna Gasiorowska and Joanna Wilczynska
PJ Pants – Kerry Green
Free Motion Quilting – Trudi Wood
Crochet Flower Pillow – Laura Taylor

For more information visit:

Table Top Sessions
Triangle City EPP – Katy Jones
Curved EPP – Julianna Gasiorowska and Joanna Wilczynska
Carving Rubber Stamps – Tacha Bruecher
Photography – Judith Dahmen
Trapunto – Ruth Singer
Hand Quilting – Lucie Summers
Creating a Blog – John Adams
Bag Charm – Brioni Greenberg
Touchdraw – Lynne Goldsworthy
Needleturn Applique – Mandy Noble
Hand quilting – Mandy Noble
Granny Squares Crochet – Laura Taylor
Free Motion Quilting Design – Trudi Wood
Fantasy Fabric Shop – Kerry Green

For more information visit:

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Retreat Classes – Julianna and Joanna

Joanna Joanna Wilczynska
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Julianna Julianna Gasiorowska
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Sewing Curves in English Paper Piecing by Joanna Wilczynska and Julianna Gasiorowska (Table Top session)

During classes you will learn ‘Stitch by Stitch’ method of sewing curves in EPP. No glue, no ironing, no cutting the fabrics on curves! Only you, fabrics, paper templates, thread, needle and pins (you will need scissors only to cut thread). Our classes allow to sew one block measuring approx. 11″ x 11″


“Read between the lines” Paper Piecing Block by Joanna Wilczynska and Julianna Gasiorowska (3 hour Workshop with machines)

During classes you will learn not only how to paper piece but also get to know some paper piecing tricks. You can piece one block measuring 12″ x 12″ or 16″ x 16″ finished (12 1/2″x 12 1/2″ and 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ unfinished, respectively). It’s your choice which block size you want to sew – larger block is at confident beginner level (there are many small pieces to sew) and the smaller block is aimed at intermediate + beyond.

read between the lines block

Modern Madness 2013 | The Elite Eight!

After 485 votes, we’ve narrowed down the field to your favorite eight fabric lines. Let’s see how they all fared …

Pearl Bracelets (270 votes, 56%) def. Comma (215 votes, 44%)
Simply Color (269 votes, 55%) def. 2wenty Thr3e (216 votes, 45%)

Noteworthy (301 votes, 62%) def. Constellations (184 votes, 38%)
Field Study (309 votes, 64%) def. Oh Deer! (176 votes, 36%)

Marmalade (274 votes, 56%) def. PB&J (211 votes, 44%)
Architextures (328 votes, 68%) def. Chicopee (157 votes, 32%)

Madrona Road (268 votes, 55%) def. Glimma (217 votes, 45%)
The Birds & the Bees (248 votes, 51%) def. Summersville Spring (237 votes, 49%)

Now’s the time when your favorites really need your votes! Use the form below to record your responses. For your reference, an updated bracket sheet can be found here.

** Voting is now closed. Thanks for your response! **

By |April 15th, 2013|modern madness|3 Comments

Retreat Classes – Mandy Noble

Mandy Mandy Noble
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@madewithlovebym on Twitter

Hand Quilting by Mandy Noble (Table Top session)

In this class we will look at the following techniques:

Burying your knots – burying your threads at the start and end of your stitching

Stitch in Ditch – simple running stitch along the seam do not use a back stitch. A popular technique is to quilt 1/4″ from the seam line which avoids extra bulk of the seam allowance. An invisible thread can be used or floss to make a feature of the stitiching.

Using a template – using chalk, an erasable pen such as frixion (removed by ironing or a warm wash) or an air drying pen (which disappears when the ink has dried).

Kantha – entire cloth is covered with running stitches, works particularly well with appliqué where the appliqués object is outlined and the remaining are filled with Kantha


Needleturn Appliqué by Mandy Noble (Table Top session)

The word “appliqué” is derived from the French verb “appliquer,” meaning “to put on.” It refers to a textile craft in which one piece of fabric is sewn over another for a decorative effect.

In the context of sewing, an appliqué refers to a needlework technique in which pieces of fabric are sewn onto another piece of fabric to create designs, patterns or pictures. Applied pieces usually have their edges folded under, and are then attached by straight stitch, blind stitch, or reverse appliqué where two layers of material are stitched together, part of the upper layer is cut away, and the edges are stitched down.


Retreat Classes – Katy Jones

Katy Katy Jones

Monkey do
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@imagingermonkey on Twitter

English Paper Pieced Spring Carnival Pillow (3 hour Workshop without machines)

In this class you will learn the basics of English paper piecing. It’s an ideal class for anyone that hasn’t used this method previously. Cutting fabrics, basting, and piecing will be covered in this class.

Whilst you will not finish the piece in the allotted time, you will leave with the fabrics and paper pieces to confidently finish at home.

spring carnival

English Paper Pieced Triangle City (Table top session)

For this class you should already have a basic knowledge of English paper piecing. The absolute basics will be covered but only briefly.

We will baste and begin to piece the triangle city block. You will not finish the block in the class, but will leave with the ability to finish and appliqué the block into the background fabric. Paper pieces will be provided to complete one block.

During the class we will discuss different uses of colour value and how to alter the overall look of the block using value.

Triangle City

Retreat Classes – Ruth Singer

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Trapunto by Ruth Singer (Table Top session)

Trapunto or Italian quilting is a fast, fun technique for creating raised texture on fabric. Unlike traditional quilting, in trapunto, the stuffing is added between two stitched layers of fabric just in the areas required. Trapunto can be worked by hand or machine, but in this class we will use simple hand-stitching techniques to create a small sampler. This workshop is suitable for all levels of stitchers and is an introduction trapunto for those who have never done it before.