Deploy That Fabric Winner

And we have a winner:

Congratulations to Karen A !!!

Please can you email us with your address at

By |October 11th, 2011|Book Review, giveaway|4 Comments

Deploy That Fabric – Blog Tour

When Jen Eskridge asked us here at Fat Quarterly to be a part of her book tour for her new book Deploy That Fabric, published by Stashbooks, I was intrigued. I am not an army wife but I did grow up with a brother who very nearly did choose the army as a career. He was always dressed in his army corps uniform and I am sure we must have them hidden away in a corner of my parent’s house. At the time I was too obsessed with cutting up old 70s curtains to make into psychedelic trousers to even think of the possibilities of using my brother’s discarded uniforms. But now having had a copy of Jen’s book in my hands – my mind is whirring with possibilties. Next time I head home I will be sure to dig out those old uniforms and get sewing!

Jen’s book is packed with 23 projects! There are not many sewing books around that offer such a variety and quantity of great patterns. Jen has patterns for everything ranging from bags and pouches to pillows and quilts. My personal favourite is the Christmas stocking.

All of the patterns are clearly written and are accompanied by many illustrations which leave you in no doubt as to what you are supposed to be doing.

Jen goes into great detail about how to transform your uniform into fabric that you can use for the projects. I am sure a lot of the advice given could be used for recycling all manner of clothing into fabric for your stash. So even if you do not have access to military uniforms the ideas and tips shared in this book would be very useful.


And of course if you really can’t get hold of any old uniforms you could always use some of the line Urban Camo by Urban Chiks for Moda. There is even a pink Camo print! I found some by searching on Etsy and it might have slipped into my shopping cart ;)

So would you like to win a copy of Deploy That Fabric? Of course you would! Stashbooks have provided us not only with a copy* of Jen’s book to giveaway but also an awesome Camo Quilt—Eco Messenger Bag! Just leave a comment below and on 10 October we will choose a winner. Oh and be sure to tell us if a loved one of yours is currently serving or has served in the armed forces.

*(Hard copy for a US winner and ebook for an international winner)

You can also see the rest of Jen’s blog tour by checking out the Stash Books blog.

Zen Chic winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Zen Chic giveaway.  We’re glad that we were able to introduce so many of you to Brigitte and her work.  We’ve randomly selected two winners who will each receive a Zen Chic fabric pack:

Our first winner is Tiffany, who blogs at This Crafty Fox and wrote:

My husband is German (100% born and raised) and I have a MA in German Literature so its neat to hear about someone from one of my favorite countries and their introduction to quilting.

Even if Brigitte wasn’t German, I’d still love her & her work! The colors, the style, the patterns, everything is fantastic! I’ve only been sewing for a year and I love hearing the thought processes of more seasoned quilters… seeing how they create and develop their own individual style.

My favorite pattern shown on this post is the orange tiles… that caught my eye the second I opened the blog post – its lovely and so interesting without being super complicated. Something I’d like to take a stab at one day myself …. less of the fun “moda bakeshop” type of quilts and more of the modern – individualized – minimalistic type of quilting.

Our second winner is Amy Dame from glitter, vinyl and thread, who wrote:

i wasn’t familiar with zen chic, but now i think i’m in love! orange has never been high on my favourites list, but i’m looking at it in a whole new light now. i love the cross quilt and the orange brick quilt, but the circles are definitely my favourite. everything is so gorgeous!

Congrats to you both!  Tiffany and Amy, please email us at with your mailing information and we’ll send out your fabric packets ASAP.

By |August 24th, 2011|giveaway, winners|4 Comments

Zen Chic: Modern Quilts with Style

It’s always great to see what the large fabric companies are doing during Quilt Market, but sometimes the true treasures of market can be found walking up and down the seemingly endless rows of the show floor.  Here, shop owners, independent businesspeople, aspiring designers, and inventors set up booths in order to share their new products, their ideas, their vision and their inspiration with all of the show’s attendees.  Here is where you can meet some of the most interesting people that Quilt Market has to offer.

Image courtesy of Alissa Haight Carlton of Handmade by Alissa

And here on the show floor is where Katy and I first met Brigitte Heitland, the owner and creative visionary behind Zen Chic.  Zen Chic is new pattern company that truly embraces the “modern” part of modern quilting.  Through her design, Brigitte aspires to achieve a very contemporary, pure style that fits well in a modern interior with colors and design that complement wood, furniture, walls and floors.  In addition to her sewing and quilting patterns, Brigitte has expanded the Zen Chic brand into textile design with her own line of digitally printed fabric.

I happen to know that Brigitte, with her fresh and contemporary take on quilts — not to mention her gorgeous, award-winning booth — won over many fans in Salt Lake City.

Image courtesy of Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter

In addition to running Zen Chic, Brigitte is a prolific blogger that can be found at Farbstoff.  Brigitte’s blog is an absolute delight, chock full of gorgeous eye candy, great free project tutorials, and activities like modern quilt-alongs.

We wanted our readers to get to know Brigitte and learn about Zen Chic as well, so we invited her to be our guest here on the Fat Quarterly blog.  Not only did she agree, but she brought along some goodies to share with some lucky readers.  Learn more about our Zen Chic giveaway at the end of this post.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy hearing from Brigitte herself!

Image courtesy of Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

“I was born in Germany’s Black forest region and grew up with three siblings. We were a funny gang and loved spending time with our grandma who sewed a lot of clothes for us children. I always sat down next to her old PFAFF and felt so comfortable. She once told me: “When you are tall enough to get your feet down to the pedal, I’ll teach how to sew too.” Maybe this was the best thing anyone could ever give to me. I started sewing at the age of six and I hope I can keep sewing until I die :-) . Of course as a German girl I had never heard about quilting. I just sewed my own clothes and loved to have unique things to wear.

“When it was time to decide which profession or area of study to choose, it had to be something creative and I decided on Interior Design. But more and more I was drawn to all the students in the classroom next to mine who were working with needles and thread, and so I ended up as a student of Textile Design. Yet – I was a rebel, had a fight with my professor and left high school without a diploma. I became mother of three wonderful children who fill my life with their laughter, adventures and individuality and life lead me another path. I took care for the income and worked for years as an accountant. Many of my friends wondered how I, as an artist, could do such a “boring job” ;-)

Image courtesy of Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits

“Then one day, about seven years ago, while browsing in a bookstore, I happened to stumble on a book with photos of wonderful quilts. I was hooked at once. I had to try it myself and got hopelessly addicted to patchwork. Of course there are always a lot of projects I work on simultaneously (as every quilter does). So I needed fabrics, lots and lots of different fabrics to dive in. And so it came that I could no longer keep myself from starting my own little online quilting shop (and this means I can take pieces of fabrics at any time right here in my house – what a feeling!) Besides I’m also running my own longarm quilting business, blogging about modern quilting, and sewing quilt samples for European magazines.

“It’s inevitable: as a trained Textile Designer I had to create my own line of fabrics sooner or later. And so I did, which led me full circle back to my roots of Interior Design. When developing a fabric or even the design for a quilt, the entire impression of a room comes to my mind. I see the light, the furniture, the color concept, and the style.

“The resulting quilt is a natural element of this scene, fitting in harmoniously. I like clarity in a room, an environment of simplicity where you are surrounded by only the things you really need and love, where you can relax, find your inner peace and balance. So my quilts have a kind of minimal, pure and clear style. They show just enough color and pattern to catch your eye and let it rest there for a while.

Photos courtesy of Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie

“I started my own product line, ZEN CHIC, and had my debut as pattern and fabric designer at Quilt Market Salt Lake City – and what a warm welcome I got.”

Zen Chic sure did receive a warm welcome at Quilt Market, judging from the buzz on the show floor — especially among the modern quilting contingent! — and the booth award that Zen Chic won at the show.  We here at FQHQ foresee big things for Zen Chic.  It’s one to watch, for sure.

So how about that giveaway we promised?  Brigitte has generously offered to award two lucky Fat Quarterly readers each with a Double Mini Fabric Pack of the Zen Chic fabric line!  Each pack contains a selection of large scraps (close to fat eighth size) of Brigitte’s designs, perfect for use in your own projects or to make a quilt from a Zen Chic pattern: the pieces included are large enough to sew all patterns except for the Juggling Summer and Orange Brick patterns (which require larger cuts).

How to win?  Simply leave a comment on this post (one comment per reader, please) and let us know what you think of Zen Chic.  Had you heard of the brand before?  Does it provide a good match for your personal style?  Which of Brigitte’s quilt patterns is your favorite?  And how about that booth — stunning, huh?  We’re not looking for anything too specific here — we just want to hear what you think!

We’ll randomly select 2 winners next Friday, August 19th.  Good luck!

** NOTE: Giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for your entries! **

Pattern Review: The Easy Peasy Purse

Whilst John and I were in Salt Lake City for Quilt Market we met Lisa Lam, author of The Bag Making Bible and owner of U-Handbag. Meeting Lisa fueled my determination to try and make a framed purse, which she assured me was just as it said on the box – Easy Peasy.

u-handbag easy peasy purse kit

The kit I ordered contained everything needed to make the purse. I just needed to order glue (which Lisa sells in her shop). The pattern instructions are well laid out and simple with full colour photographs and written with a complete beginner in mind.

Lisa assured me it would take me one hour to put this little purse together, which I have to admit I wasn’t convinced was possible. I’d never made anything remotely similar before, the only bags I’ve made previously are simple totes without interfacing or anything complicated, or simple pouches – either drawstring or zipper closure.

One hour later (plus an extra 15 minutes to allow the glue to dry) and I was done.

It was such an enjoyable experience I ordered a couple more frames and set about making another 2 purses. For these I didn’t use interfacing as I used an echino canvas for one and a sis boom laminate for the other, cutting out the need for a stiffener.


Now I’m all set for Christmas and birthday gifts. I can see these little purses stuffed full with treats for teachers, friends and family members and at just an hour a go it’s a great last minute gift idea (if, like me, you tend to leave things to the last minute).

Lisa has generously given us one Easy Peasy Purse kit containing full size patterns pieces, full colour instructions with photos, fabrics for purse and lining, interfacing, fleece, the purse frame and purse cord to give away to one of you guys, so you can have a try as well.

Head on over to the U-Handbag shop and have a little look round at the different kits and patterns. Check out Lisa’s tutorials and why not add her blog to your reader? Come back here and let us know what you like in the store or on her blog.

Giveaway small print:

  • One entry per person
  • One Easy Peasy purse kit available
  • Prize is non-transferable, only one kit offered, fabrics will vary from those shown above
  • Winner will be announced on the Fat Quarterly blog after July 11th 2011
  • Winner will be selected at random using
  • Please ensure there is a way to contact you should you win. Entries without email addresses/point of contact will be disqualified

Edited to add: Comments are now closed.  Thanks for playing along!

By |July 2nd, 2011|giveaway|188 Comments

LouLouThi Giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop

LouLouThi is the newest fabric line from a perennial favorite among fabric aficionados, Anna Maria Horner.  The Greek work for flower, LouLouThi is a gorgeous collection of 30 quilting cottons, 6 voiles, and 4 laminates featuring Anna Maria’s signature beautiful designs, her deep hues, and celebrating her love for cross-stitch and needlework. In fact, to correspond with the release of LouLouThi, Anna Maria is also launching Anna Maria Needleworks, a line of products designed to create beautiful things that complement the LouLouThi fabrics. The launch of Anna Maria Needleworks consists of boxed collections of pearl cotton in two color palettes (Geranium Wall & Reflecting Pool), as well as two 12-count envelope collections of 6-strand embroidery floss (in the Seafaring and Radiant color palettes).  Be sure to check out Anna Maria’s blog for her project ideas and inspiration photography showing off these new products.

LouLouThi is just hitting stores now, but thanks to the generosity of Kimberly and her amazing team at the Fat Quarter Shop, we have two fat quarter bundles of the line to give away to our lucky readers.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us what pattern — quilt, garment, or otherwise — you think would perfectly show off this beautiful line.  Even better, pick a pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop and include the link in your comment — if you win, we might even be able to persuade Kimberly to include it with the bundle!

But hurry, because this will be a quick giveaway.  LouLouThi is sure to sell out, so we want to ensure that our winners get their spoils!  We’ll pick our winners on Sunday, June 12th.

Good luck!  We’re insanely jealous … … …

ETA: This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to everyone for entering!

Giveaway winners | Lilac Lane + Jaybirdquilts

Thanks to everyone who entered our most recent giveaways, and big thanks to Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts and Melissa Stramel of Lilac Lane for their generous prizes.  Congratulations to all of our winners.

The winner of two Lilac Lane bag patterns is:

#110?  Really … the last comment?  Wow, I’ve never seen that happen!  Comment #110 is from Amy of Pick ‘n’ Stitch, who wrote “Would love to win. Enjoyed learning about you, Melissa!”

The winner of jaybirdquilts’ prize pack #1 is:

Comment #150 came from Alicia, who blogs at CrashWorthy.  Alicia wrote, “I love the H& K pattern. It is a fantastic example of modern designs!”

The winner of jaybirdquilts’ prize pack #2 is:

Lucky #139 is Eva from Finland, who blogs at Eisblumen and wrote “My favourite is Unwind! I love the negative space and the strippyness! I love the fabric used in the picture, but I could also imagine it in Central Park or in vintage sheet style fabrics.”

The winner of jaybirdquilts’ prize pack #3 is:

Our last winner is the author of comment #300, Ursula, who wrote “I love Hugs and Kisses, I can see why it’s a favorite. And I would love to try it in red and aquas (I am loving those colors lately)!!!”  (Ursula, we don’t have a blog or email address for you, so please be sure to contact us to claim your prize.)

Winners, please email us at with your mailing information.  Stay tuned for more great Fat Quarterly giveaways!

By |May 11th, 2011|giveaway|2 Comments

Be Our Guest: Melissa from Lilac Lane

Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be here today on the Fat Quarterly blog! I’m Melissa from Lilac Lane. Here’s what you should know about me: I’m a do-it-yourselfer, whether that means painting the walls, designing some artwork, arranging flowers, even woodworking. I’ve been sewing since I was at least 7, some hand sewing even before that. As a child, I didn’t care much for sewing AT ALL, especially not garment sewing, but now that I have kids, it’s pretty natural for me to become so involved in it. I love that I can make outfits truly one of a kind for them.

I also love quilting, and made my first quilt at age 10. I made at least one quilt a year throughout high school and college, but never had a formal lesson. I somehow had the notion that a class would stifle my creativity. As a newlywed, I finally decided I would take a class, and it opened a whole new world of possibilities to me!

When I decided I wanted to be a fabric designer, more than two years ago, I thought I had better ease into the business a little bit. So I started with pattern designing, since that was more familiar territory for me. I feel like I got my “big break” with Moda Bake Shop and have several tutorials there. I now have my own pattern line published by  I have just signed with Andover Fabrics and am hoping that my first fabric line will be out in time for fall market, but it’s always hard to say in the fabric industry.

Spread your joy with the Joy bag. This is the perfect bag for every day or for a night on the town. Have fun learning to make pleats! Choose from two sizes and with or without a stripe. You can even mix it up and choose three or four colors. Then you’re ready to get started. It also makes a quick gift for a favorite friend.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Don’t you love all the efforts to go green these days? And yet, most reusable grocery bags look nothing like the original. I’m talking the traditional, tried and true, foldable paper bag. Recycle some fabrics from your stash to make a stylish statement while shopping with Bountiful. It also includes Lunch Bag and Gift Bag instructions.

Skill level: Beginner

I’m giving away a copy of each pattern. Just leave a comment below. Or visit to buy the pattern as either a traditional paper copy or an instant downloadable copy.

Thanks so much for featuring me today. Come over and visit Lilac Lane where I have lots of tutorials and even more giveaways.



Thanks, Melissa!  We’ll draw a winner for the two patterns next Wednesday, May 11th.

- The FQ Team

Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the latest winners of our Fat Quarterly giveaways!

First up, the winner of the Countryside Softies book is #80, Ramona, who wrote “I just love this book. All the softies I’ve seen so far are so adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!”

Countryside Softies

Next, we’re thrilled to send a copy of Sarah Fielke’s book Quilting From Little Things to #3, Jenny, who wrote “I think applique scares me the most…then circles…i think it all comes down to patience and having more time….i love sarah’s work and would love to own this book!”

Ramona and Jenny, please leave us a comment on this post with a way to get a hold of you. Congratulations to both winners, and stay tuned for more fabulous giveaways here at Fat Quarterly!

By |May 1st, 2011|giveaway|2 Comments

Countryside Softies Blog Tour

I’m delighted that my friend, Amy from LucyKate Crafts… has her very first book out! I’ve known Amy for some years now. We first ‘met’ online in the crafty section of a parenting forum and have stayed friends ever since, occasionally meeting up for coffee, chats and Ikea trips.

Countryside Softies is published by Stash Books/C&T Publishing and available now at all good bookstores, as well as the usual online ones such as Amazon.

The book is a very sweet collection of softies that can be hand or machine sewn, using repurposed wool sweaters or blankets, or wool felt and fabric. There are 28 patterns in total, including my favourite – Mr Fox (who also graces the front cover).

Countryside Softies

Amy has included very easy to understand step by step instructions for each softie which make the book perfect for any beginner sewist, or for sharing a project with a child. The purposeful naïve stitching adds a lovely charm to the little creatures, they would make great gifts for animal loving friends and relatives (or yourself? Or perhaps, me?!)

Who doesn’t love hedgehogs?

Or robin red breasts, for that matter?

C&T publishing and Amy have generously given a copy of the book for a giveaway on every stop of the blog tour. Simply leave a comment on this post for your chance to enter.

And be sure to visit every other stop on the tour for more chances to win and more peeks of Amy’s gorgeous little creations.

monday 18th april – whip up (free pond pattern!)
tuesday 19th april – bari j
wednesday 20th april – blue nickel studios
thursday 21st april – fat quarterly
friday 22nd april – ric-rac
saturday 23rd april – syko
sunday 24th april – lucykate crafts
monday 25th april – treefall design
tuesday 26th april – i heart linen
wednesday 27th april – sometimes crafter
thursday 28th april – plush you
friday 29th april – allsorts