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Made from Fat Quarterly patterns!

It’s been a while since we took a tour of the Fat Quarterly Flickr group to see what projects y’all are posting made from the patterns in our many issues.  We absolutely love seeing what the many projects in our issues have inspired you to create, so please keep adding them to the group!  Today, we’ve rounded up a few stand-outs from the Flickr pool to share, and we hope they inspire you as much as they’ve inspired us.  Enjoy!

Giant Tumbler Cushion
Made by Fiona (fionapoppy)
Pattern: Tumbler Pillow
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

Tam o' Shanter Clutch
Made by Michelle Freedman (designcampPDX)
Pattern: Scrappy Pouch
Issue: Fall Inspired

Dream On Quilt
Made by amazing_podgirl
Pattern: Fat Quarterly Quilt-along
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

FQ quiltalong blue
Made by Scott Hansen (bluenick1)
Pattern: Fat Quarterly Quilt-along
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

Tulips quilt finished
Made by Elaine Poplin (messygoat)
Pattern: Fat Quarterly Quilt-along
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

Botany Quilt
Made by Mama Mel Loves
Pattern: Fat Quarterly Quilt-along
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

I made Tacha's Pips block!
Made by Shannon (Hello, my name Is Quilt)
Pattern: Stepping Stones block
Issue: featured on Sew Mama Sew!

3 x 6 Sampler Sample

Made by t. anne quilts
Pattern: Breaking Out block by Jennie
Issue: from the Fat Quarterly blog

Have you made something from a Fat Quarterly pattern?  Leave us a comment below with a link to your blog or Flickr stream — we’d love to see your projects and feature them in future blog posts!

Community News: The Martha Pullen Sewing Awards

This summer, celebrate the art of sewing in its many forms with the Martha Pullen Sewing Awards!

Martha Pullen in partnership with F+W Media wants to recognize and reward the skills, passion and love that go into creating an item from scratch. To that end, they invite you to showcase your creations by entering their sewing competition, open from now to October 1, 2011.

Baby Quilt

(photo credit – maddieandme1 on flickr)

Seven winners in different categories will win $200 gift certificates to the Martha Pullen store and one Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion and a mention in Sew Beautiful magazine and website!

You can read more about the competition at

Kona Hourglass quilt in tree

(photo credit – sew-fantastic on flickr)

Community News: Partnership Quilts for 2012 Tokyo Quilt Festival

Do you enjoy working on collaborative projects with other talented quilters?  Ever dreamed of having something that you’ve created hanging in one of the world’s major quilt shows?  Well, here’s your chance!

Ayumi, the wildly talented and inspirational quilter and voice of the Pink Penguin blog, has put out a call for blocks for a series of Partnership Quilts that will be on display at the 2012 Tokyo Quilt Festival.  From Ayumi’s post:

Each year the Tokyo Quilt Festival exhibits lots of Partnership Quilts, which are made by quilt blocks submitted by everyone. A theme for partnership quilts is set by a popular Japanese quilter/textile designer annually, and she will put all blocks submitted into groups. Folks there will piece all blocks and make them into quilts accordingly.

2011′s theme was “Flower” and there were 10,344 blocks submitted total from all over the world. Under supervision of Yoko Saito, an author of many Japanese sewing books, those blocks turned into 86 quilts to be exhibited at the festival. They did a great job on putting similar blocks together and I so enjoyed seeing many flower themed quilts there.

Now for the exciting part: this year’s supervisor will be Suzuko Koseki, author of so many fabulous sewing and quilting books.  She’s looking for blocks that follow this year’s theme: “Triangles & Squares.”  All of the details can be found in Ayumi’s post, and everyone’s invited to join in the fun over in her Flickr group.  Hope to see you there?

Have a bit of community news that you’d like to share with our readers?  Drop us a line at with more information.  We’d love to share community events and activities with all of our readers!

1001 Peeps Summer Camp

We’re excited to be part of Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps Summer Camp this year.  After the success of last summer’s Castle Peeps Summer Camp, Lizzy has assembled a staff of counselors to lead campers in all sorts of fun summer activities showcasing her fantastic new 1001 Peeps fabric line.  We’re working on our project idea now, but camp has already begun.  Be sure to head over to both Sew Mama Sew and Alexia’s blog to check out the beginning of what is sure to be an unforgettable collection of free project ideas!

Here’s the full schedule.  We’ll see you back here on the 8th!

June 17: Sew Mama Sew <— ALREADY LIVE!

June 24: Alexia Abegg <— ALREADY LIVE!

July 1: Lemon Cadet

July 8: Fat Quarterly <— (that’s us  : )

July 15: Quilt Asylum

July 22:  Ms McPorkchop Quilts

July 29: Flax and Twine

August 5: Heather from House of a la Mode

August 12:  Make Something

August 19: Whipstitch

August 26: Happy Zombie

So pin on your badge, apply some sunscreen, grab your mosquito repellent & rotary cutter, and get ready for camp!

Community News: The Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along

Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long
Photo by Angela – Fussy Cut

Looking for  a fun, long-term quilting project?  Do you enjoy quilting along with other talented, inspirational quilters?  Have an overflowing scrap bin and searching for a great way to put a dent in it?

Well, look no further!  Join the ever-growing crowd participating in the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along, hosted by the talented Amanda of Ms. McPorkchop Quilts and Angela of Fussy Cut.

Not familiar with the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt?  It’s made from patterns contained in a book of the same name written by Laurie Ann Hird.  The book contains templates and patterns for 111 6″ quilt blocks, each accompanied by a letter written by a true farmer’s wife in response to the question, “If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?”  The blocks range from simple to complex, and many quilters are enjoying the content of the letters just as much as the challenge of making the quilt itself.

The quilt-along (hosted over on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along Flickr group, which has rapidly grown to 493 members!) is a VERY flexible program.  You can move as fast (or as slow) as you like.  You can tackle the blocks in any order you choose.  The organizers have chosen to set the pace at 2 blocks per week, but no one’s going to hold you to it.

Here at FQHQ, both Katy and I have decided to jump into the fray.  Here are my first six blocks, mixing up some prints from Kate Spain’s upcoming Terrain line for Moda with some of my other favorites.  I guess I’m going for a kind of “flora + fauna” theme.  I have to say, Terrain complements SO many of my other favorite fabric lines beautifully.  Think Central Park was big?  I predict Terrain is going to be HUGE!

Farmer's Wife QAL | First 6 blocks

And here are Katy’s.  I’m green with envy of her quilt already, even if she’s only 3.6% done with it so far.  That classy lady is using Liberty fabrics as the basis for her design, and if her first six blocks are any indication, it’s going to be a stunner.

Farmer's Wife quilt along - weeks 1 & 2

Quilt-along organizer Amanda is going for an eclectic, scrappy mix for her blocks.  Her philosophy for this quilt is to do her blocks in “whatever colors I feel like sewing with that day.”  I LOVE that approach!  And, because of Amanda’s keen eye for pattern and color, her “random” blocks just seem to belong together.

weeks 1 & 2
Photo by Amanda / msmcporkchopquilts

Fellow QAL organizer Angela is also going with a scrappy assortment of her most favorite fabrics for her blocks.  I would describe Angela’s style as bright, clean, and sophisticated, and I think her quilt is going to showcase that style beautifully.

Angela's Blocks
Photo by Angela – fussycut

Even if you have no interest in quilting along, the Flickr group is full of some SERIOUS eye candy.  Here is a collection of some of our favorite blocks from the first two weeks of the quilt-along:

Farmer's Wife QAL Inspiration Blocks

Photo credits:
1. Farmer’s wife quilt-along, 2. FWQAL week 2 blocks, 3. Farmer’s Wife QAL – Block 23, 4. FWQA- Block 2,
5. Farmers Wife 1 Attic Windows, 6. Bat Wing, 7. FWQA- Block 26, 8. Farmer’s Wife QAL [week 1],
9. Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long – Block 3, 10. farmer’s wife sampler, block 2, 11. Farmers Wife 39 Friendship, 12. Block 1 – attic windows,
13. Farmer’s Wife #2, 14. Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long – Block 2, 15. FWQA- Block 1, 16. FWQAL #90 Storm Signal

We’re especially fond of Lynne’s (Lynne @ Lilys Quilts) fabric selections for her Farmer’s Wife quilt.  She’s motoring along and is already WAY ahead of schedule!  (It’s addictive, I tell you.)

Someone tell me to stop this madness
Photo by Lynne @ Lilys Quilts

So what are you waiting for? Pick up the book, join the Flickr group, grab a button (below), and get sewing!  We’d love to see what you create.

FWQAL ButtonsImage credits:
1. Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-long button, 2. fwqal button, 3. Farmers Wife Quilt-Along, 4. FWQAL button?

Back from Quilt Market!

Katy and I are back from Quilt Market, where we had a blast catching up with many of our fabric friends and readers.  We have a LOT to share with you all, but we’ll need a few days to recover and collect our thoughts.  In the meantime, enjoy these fun pictures from the Moda photo booth of us and some of our friends!

sweet baby market!
Photo courtesy of { House } of A La Mode

Included in the photos are:

Can you tell who’s who?  More soon!

Cara’s Charity Challenge

the basics charity challenge.

One of the most exciting trends we’ve seen recently in the online quilting community is the willingness of crafters to band together to help those in need.
Consider the many amazing activities already going on: Victoria’s Bumble Beans Basics Quilt Gather, All People Quilts’ Million Pillowcase Challenge, Rachel’s do. Good Stitches charity bee, Heather’s {Modern} Relief project, and Melissa & Beth’s Handmade for the Holidays. It’s been wonderful to see people across the globe, connected by their love of sewing, crafting, and quilting, share their passion and talents in a way to make the world a better place.
Now, Cara from Cara Quilts is challenging all of us to step up and help out in our local communities … and have the chance to win fabulous prizes in the process. Cara’s Basics Charity Challenge is simple in its premise: make a small donation of personal essentials — like paper towels, toiletries, underwear, and socks — to a local organization in need in your community. Let Cara know that you did it. Win great prizes. It’s that easy.
Please read Cara’s beautiful post about her inspiration for this challenge. It’s also where she lists the details of how to play along as well as all of the prizes donated by her generous sponsors.

(And while you’re at it, check out all of the other links we’ve mentioned above too. You’re sure to find an activity that inspires you to get involved in your own special way.)

Big thanks to Cara and her big heart for giving us another opportunity to help others in need. Won’t you accept the challenge?

By |February 16th, 2011|community news|0 Comments

Queensland Flood Relief

You may have seen on the news that  Queensland, Australia is experiencing horrific flooding.

Lives have been lost, homes are under water and thousands of people are living in evacuation centers.

You can see some of the devastation here.

In an effort to do our crafty bit we have joined Toni?s Flood Relief Appeal Auctions.

You can read all about the appeal on Toni?s blog Make it Perfect but basically, we are offering up 5  Fat Quarterly subscriptions and holding a raffle.

  • This giveaway is open to everyone no matter where you live.
  • To enter this giveaway you must donate $5 to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.
  • You may enter as many times as you like but each entry / donation must have a separate receipt number. 
  • Leave a comment/s below with your receipt number.

5 winners will be drawn on Wednesday 26th January.

Please help spread the word!
By |January 12th, 2011|community news|78 Comments

The Toy Society – Christmas Drop!

Have you heard about ‘The Toy Society‘?

‘The Toy Society is a world-wide collective of toy makers ? of varying skill levels? who make toys and leave them as gifts for perfect strangers.’

You can read more about the Toy Society here and I urge you to go over and have a read, it is such a wonderful thing to participate in.

Every year, the Toy Society hold a world wide Christmas drop…

‘All around the world, on the last weekend before Christmas, toy makers (of the non santa kind) will be leaving their handmade toys as gifts for perfect strangers.

This will be the third year, and we would love to see our toy drop count tip the 300 mark this time round (we made it to 200 last year).’

If you want to spread some Christmas joy this year, you can sign up here.

By |December 8th, 2010|community news|1 Comment