Fat Quarter Shop Coupon – Issue 15

Quick – go snap up all your Christmas shopping needs from the Fat Quarter Shop:


20% off purchase

Coupon Code: fatquarterly558

Expiry: 30 November 2013

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Issue 15 Xmas 2013 – out now!!!!


Issue 15 out now!!! Subscribers need only to log into their accounts to find the links to this issue. Otherwise you can purchase it here.



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Stories of the Heart


By Astrid Slagle

In Issue 15 of Fat Quarterly out now!

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Issue 15


Issue 15 out on Tuesday 12 November!!!

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Submissions wanted for the next issue of Fat Quarterly

We are currently looking for submissions for the next issue of Fat Quarterly, deadline end December, for the issue which will be entitled “scraps”.


Big projects, small projects.

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Medallion quilts, one blocks quilts, pillows, bags or anything else you can come up with.



Please email Lynne at with your proposal which can be fully formed or just an initial idea that needs fine tuning.  All projects need to be new original designs.  If you have not contributed previously, please send any relevant pictures of your work, information about your work or blog / other social media links.


Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!


By |September 24th, 2013|contributors|2 Comments

Becoming a Confident Quilter by Elizabeth Dackson

When the uber talented Elizabeth Dackson from Don’t Call Me Betsy told me she was writing a book, I was very excited to see it and had a preview copy from Martingale earlier this week.  Out on 10 September, it is called Becoming a Confident Quilter and contains 14 quilt patterns as well as an extensive introduction section covering fabrics, tools and equipment, cutting and piecing and then an extensive final section covering backing, basting, quilting and binding.

What I love most about this book is the chatty, friendly writing style Elizabeth uses, making the whole piecing and quilting process easy to understand and fun to learn about.
In a sense this book has a beginner quilter in mind since all the information you need to make quilts is contained in the book and the projects are ordered in the book with a skill progression – the easier quilts at the start and the more advanced quilts at the end.  But in fact all ability levels of quilter would enjoy the quilts and inspiration in the book.
The patterns are beautifully written and illustrated with plenty of assembly and step-by-step diagrams and instructions and lots of little tips added in to help you along the way, as if you were sitting sewing with a friend and she were giving you ideas and advice as you went along.

Since Martingale only gave me access to quite small images from the book, I asked Elizabeth if I could use some of her own pictures of the quilts in the book which I have used in this post to show you some of my favourite quilts from the book.
Including a full shot of this beauty which appears on the front cover.  The book is jam packed with beautiful inspirational quilts like the ones I’ve shown you in this post – a must-have addition to your quilt book library!
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Big City Girl QAL

If you are looking for a new quiltalong to get your teeth into why not check out the {Big} City Girl QAL hosted by Amy Friend and Aylin Öztürk.


In this quiltalong everyone will be making blocks inspired by cities and places you have lived in, visited, or have always dreamed of visiting. Choose from following the entire QAL or pick and choose your favourite blocks!

And of course there are lots of prizes to be won along the way!

01.09. Aylin – Nilya2011 from Germany with Berlin and Istanbul
08.09. Alyce – SewBlossomHeart from Japan with Tokyo
15.09. Julianna – Sewing under Rainbow from Poland with Warsaw
22.09. Sil – silort from Brazil with Brasilia
29.09. Sylvie – -Vivie- from France with Paris
06.10. Marit – Sy-elsk-lev from Norway with Aalesund
13.10. Amy- During Quiet Time from USA with Boston
20.10. Jane – Quiltjane from Australia with Sydney
27.10. Lotje – Lotje M from The Netherlands with Delft
03.11. Annabella – liferichpattern from Morocco with Marrakech
10.11. Rachel – wooden spoon from New Zealand with Wellington
17.11. Felicity – felicity.quilts from Canada with Vancouver
24.11. Karen – blueberry4park from UK with London
01.12. Linky Party for the grand final…
08.12. The winner is..

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Fat Quarter Shop Coupon – Issue 14

Don’t walk but run over to Fat Quarter Shop to use this generous coupon! There is ALWAYS something to buy there. I have my eye on Just My Type by Patty Young.


20% off purchase

Coupon Code: fatquarterly459

Expiry: 30 September 2013

By |August 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|9 Comments

Made – by Claudia – from Fat Quarterly

Hi there, it´s Claudia from Machen und Tun, guestposting.  I finally finished my “fatQ” quilt, made of blocks from the Shape Workshop for Quilters book, written by Katy, Brioni, Tacha and John.  Lucky me won that book at last year’s fatquarterly retreat (which was so much fun by the way) and it is only appropriate that I finished the respective quilt just about one year later (*cough*) shortly after this year’s retreat in July (which was even better than last year!).

I picked 12 of my favorite blocks from Shape Workshop, which sounds much easier than it was because there are so many cool blocks in that book.  It was a good mixture of some rather quick to make and some more time consuming blocks, which were all very well explained and not hard to do.  My color choices where totally inspired by last year’s trip to London when the retreat weekend was at the same time as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the city was painted in red, white and blue: Union Jacks all over the place.

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The different sashings of the blocks are down to the fact that I did not have enough white Kona Cotton at home for all 12 blocks. And as i was mixing it up anyway with the red solid i added some pindot fabric, too, and now I am really pleased with the result. Looks totally intentional, doesn’t it?

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The binding is Joel Dewberrys herringbone in navy (one of my favorite fabrics ever) and it frames the quilt pretty nicely: it’s not too dark but dark enough.  My quilting on this one was quite simple, I just echo-quilted around and inside the different fabrics in matching threads and added some more lines here and there for more texture.

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Although it is a sampler quilt I think it has a very contemporary feel to it. And though some of the fabrics are really kind of super-cute like the pale blue dots or the paisleys, the fresh, modern shapes of the blocks go very well with them and prevent them from being uber-sweet.  I highly recommend Shape Workshop for Quilters: it’s an impressive, yet fun collection of 60 contemporary blocks plus even some projects and should be a staple in any quilting library. If you look for well described quilt blocks with a modern twist, then Shape Workshop for Quilters is for you!
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