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Quilting … From Little Things

Sarah Fielke’s first solo book, Quilting From Little Things, is something I’ve been stalking the mail box for ever since she started showing sneaky peeks on her blog a year ago. So when the mailman finally dropped it off, I have to say, I did a happy dance. Quilting From Little Things is an absolute joy from cover to cover. Every page oozes ‘Sarah-ness’ which is a difficult quality to define but if you can grab it, harness it and make it your own you’re onto a winner! Her flair for putting fabrics together and making even the more difficult techniques sound quite simple sets this book apart from most. Sarah’s style is bright, colourful and adventurous – these projects are quilts you will actually want to make.

The book’s premise is this – ten lessons in technique, two projects for each. One dolly size quilt, one large quilt. If you’re unsure of the technique demonstrated, practise with the dolly, then move on to the biggy. Work your way through the whole book and end up with a wall full of beautiful little quilts, and enough bed quilts to keep you cozy in the coldest winter.

From dolly quilt …

To full sized quilt …

How beautiful is that?!

As with Sarah’s previous books (she co-authored the Material Obsession books), the pages are clearly laid out, with a feast of diagrams and photos. Full-size templates are included on separate pull-out pattern sheets. Every quilt in the book has a rating of difficulty, from 1 to 4, according to how many different techniques are used and how difficult those techniques are. She talks you through many of the traditional techniques you will need to master in order to become a better quilter – from simple row by row construction through to inset piecing – and covers foundation piecing, appliqué, wedges and even feathered blocks.

If you are going to buy one book this year – make it this one. Whether you’re a beginner quilter or have been quilting since you were knee high to a grasshopper, Sarah’s book will teach you things you didn’t know, it will challenge you, it will help you define your own personal style and will become a well thumbed addition to your library.

Quilting From Little Things is out now in all good bookshops and quilt shops in Australia. It will be released in the UK (and Europe) on May 2nd, and folks in the US have to wait a little longer (the release date is August for you guys). However, The Book Depository in the UK has the book available for pre-order (with the UK release date of May 2nd) and with FREE worldwide delivery. (Thanks to Amy for that little snippet of info!) Click here for more information.

Murdoch books and Sarah have generously given us a copy of the book to give away to one of our readers! Leave a comment on this post telling us what technique frightens you the most. For me it’s inset seams. I love the look, I’m just too scared to try them. I think I know what my first project from this book should be! (The give away is open to all readers – no matter which country you happen to live in!)

Good luck, and happy sewing!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope that 2011 is filled with laughter and creativity.

The winner of the ‘Betty Dear’ bundle is comment number 66.

Hen said… Love that fabric! My favourite thing was a vintage crazy patchwork throw we spotted at a street market in the West Country. My other half had sneaked back to get it without me knowing and then there it was, on Xmas day! I now have it covering the chair in my sewing room, looking mighty fine.

Congratulations Hen! Please email your postal details to customerservice@fatquarterly.com

By |January 1st, 2011|giveaway|0 Comments

Irving Street Winner

Thanks for all of your wonderful “Irving Street” comments. They were a lot of fun to read! Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and the lucky number is …


#390, CJ from Idaho, who blogs at A Stitch & A Prayer and said “I “LIKE” FQ on Facebook. :)
See, it pays to get to know us on Facebook!
CJ, please email us at fatquarterly@googlemail.com to claim your prize. Enjoy these lovely flannel fabrics!
By |October 27th, 2010|giveaway|3 Comments

City Quilts winners

We hope you’re all enjoying our second issue! As always, we’re eager to hear your feedback.

In the meantime, we’re a few days late in announcing our City Quilts winners (hey, we’ve been busy!) Congratulations to the following FQ readers:

A copy of Cherri House’s City Quilts book will be sent to:

#224 – TheCraftBarn, who wrote “LOVE the quilts!! I would sooooooooo love to win!!

And the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton prize pack goes to:

#325 – dawson.tracy35, who wrote “Awesome book, cant wait to get my hands on it!” (Well, Tracy, we hope the fabrics will do!)

Congrats to you both! Please send your mailing address to fatquarterly@googlemail.com.

Don’t forget, our Mega Moda giveaway is still open!

By |July 28th, 2010|giveaway|2 Comments

City Quilts: FQ talks with author Cherri House

We are so pleased to be one of the stops on Cherri House’s City Quilts blog tour. As you surely know by now, modern quilter extraordinaire (and all around extraordinary person) Cherri House has released her first book, City Quilts – 12 Dramatic Projects Inspired By Urban Views, which is chock full of inspirational projects suitable for both beginning and advanced quilters. According to the book’s publisher, C&T Publishing, “the book explains the secrets of minimalist design and how to find beauty in the basic elements of your environment.”

We’ve seen the book, and it is amazing. Want a chance to win your own copy of the book? How about some Kona cotton solids to make a project from the book? We’re happy to give our readers the chance to win both. More about that in a minute, though. First, let’s learn a little bit more about the amazing Cherri House and enjoy some amazing images of quilts directly from her book!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your quilting background.

I come from a long line of Mormon pioneers, who through necessity were quilters. My Mom was a very accomplished seamstress, and she taught me to sew when I was little. My FAVORITE thing to do was to go with her to the fabric stores, I loved the fabric, the colors, the smell…I loved it all. I made my first quilt with my Mom when I was 12 years old. Quilting really become important to me as a young mom, making quilts and blankets for my four little ones.


What do you find the most inspiring in the city?

Everything! The buildings, the architecture, the outdoor sculpture, fountains – most every city has fountains. I grew up near Los Angeles, California – so that was my first city! The best thing to do is to walk around a city, to see it on foot, and discover what is unique, and personal about an area. The little hidden gems that every city has; and treasures.

Apart from your own (of course), what is your favorite city?

London! I was there on business and spent several weekends walking around the city…I love everything about it, Manchester too. A guidebook and raincoat – I’ll go anywhere!

What other things inspire you?

In what might be considered a little off, I see beauty in everything. Stacks of bricks, shipping containers, it doesn’t really matter what it is, I think there is beauty and inspiration everywhere. I’m always looking at pattern, numbers, formations; and I’m always trying to figure out how to translate it to a quilt.

How would you describe your style?

I have somewhat of a split personality, Part of me likes clean, sharp, almost to the point of being severe, but there is a part of me that likes flowery, romantic, and vintage things. I’m a sucker of Moda’s Three Sisters line of fabric, no matter how much I have, it’s never enough!


How would you describe the patterns in your book? Are they step by step instructions, or designed to inspire a quilter to make their own design decisions?

The quilt patterns are step by step instructions, but there is a section of the book devoted to encouraging quilters to create their own designs. I’m quite passionate about learning the fundamentals of a skill, and then building on those skills in order to give yourself wings, to do whatever you desire to do. The quilts in my book were designed with that end in mind. If someone wants to recreate a quilt that I’ve made – go for it! If you like what I’ve done, but want to add, build, or change it, that is great too!

Do you have a favorite quilt in the book?

City Lot…I just love that quilt!

(not City Lot : )

Tell us about your road to publication. Was it how you expected it to be? Did anything about it surprise you?

I began my business, Cherry House Quilts with a quilt named City Scapes. I become very fascinated with translating city themes into fabric – the hardness of a city, to the softness of a quilt. By the time I got to a quilt named City News, I knew I wanted it to be in a book. The ideas and themes had become clear in my mind, and I was ready to go forward with a book proposal. Publishing, like most everything it seems, was not at all what I expected it would be. The deadlines were tight, 12 quilts in 5 months, plus the actual writing of the book, and everything else that went along with the process. In regards to surprises, the biggest one had to be the solitary nature of the project. My children were all gone, so it was me, my dog, and two cats. The days took on a particular kind of rhythm of cutting, sewing, ironing, quilting, binding. Oddly, when the quilts were finished, first there was a sense of relief, then there was the sense of “What’s next; what do I do now?”

You are a very creative family. How much do you all bounce ideas off each other?

We do, all the time! Lizzy, Ashlee, and Melissa are all musicians, and all of us sew, and create. It’s very much a collaborative effort, and there is much bouncing ideas off of each other. Distance doesn’t seem to matter much, we take a digital pic, and email it to each other for opinions, and suggestions.


Describe your sewing space. What’s on the walls? What’s the overall vibe?

Small! I sew in a small corner of my master bedroom – I kind of like that all of the quilts in the book were made in this tiny, compact space…very cocoon like. Since completing the book I have converted one of the bedrooms into a fabric/prep room, but the actual work is done in my little corner. I dream of an awesome studio space, but until then…this is working for me. On the walls? Batting – a constantly revolving show of projects on my design wall. Nothing fancy I’m afraid.

What do you watch / listen to while sewing?

During the whole time that I was doing the book, all of my children were away from home…so I had to have something on to keep me company during all those hours. One of my best companions during the thick of things was watching The Amazing Race Season 2 on repeat. I can’t even tell you how many times I watched it…I should have acknowledged the cast on my dedications! For music I have separate playlists on my ipod for machine quilting, and a playlist for sewing. I have to have something going all the time – helps me keep a steady pace.

You obviously love color. What is your favourite color palette for a quilt?

Going strictly by looking at the quilts in the book, the answer would be blue/green. I never knew I was so drawn to those colors until I looked at how frequently I used those same fabrics over and over again. I think more in terms of mood, than favorite colors, so pink would be sweet, and yellow would be warm, and blue would be calm and cool, on and on it goes.


Prints or solids?

SOLIDS! I do love prints, I love all fabric; but I am especially drawn to the timelessness of solids.

Who is your favorite designer?

I certainly have a weakness for Kaffe Fassett – can a girl ever have enough Kaffe? My own Lizzy House of course! She keeps getting better and better. Her next line is going to be incredible!

Shoes, socks, or bare feet while sewing?

Bare feet – I hit the door, and off come my shoes.

What projects (patterns + fabrics) are on your “must make” list?

I have so many of my own patterns that I am going to create all queued up – it’s a really long list. Fabric I want to work with the most? Some beautiful yardage of Cherrywood Fabric! I’m going to make a Drunkard’s Path – I’ve been trying to get to the project for over a year now.



What?s next for Cherri House?

New quilt patterns, a proposal for a new book, teaching opportunities, a booth at Fall 2010 Market, and I would like to explore designing fabric. More of everything!

Thanks so much, Cherri! To win your own copy of City Quilts and a Kona cotton solids FQ bundle, please leave a comment on this post. We will pick a winner next Sunday, 7/25.

Be sure to check out all of the other stops on Cherri’s tour to learn more about Cherri and her book, and also for more chances at winning some fabulous prizes!

July 12th – Cheryl Arkison (Naptime Quilter)
July 13th – Amy Lobsiger (Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts)
July 14th – Stefanie Roman (Little Lady Patchwork)
July 15th – Pat Sloan
July 16th – Spool Sewing
July 17th – Allie (Robert Kaufman)
July 18th – YOU ARE HERE!
July 19th – Emily Cier (Carolina Patchworks)
July 20th – Sarah/Josh (Sewer Sewist)
July 21st – Julie (Jaybird Quilts)
July 22nd – Vickie Eapen (Spun Sugar Quilts)
July 23rd – Jessica Levitt (Juicy Bits)
July 24th – Kim Kight (True Up)

City Quilts Blog Tour

We are so excited to announce that Fat Quarterly will be one of Cherri House‘s stops on her blog tour for her new book, City Quilts.

inside City Quilts

Surely you have heard of Cherri and the City Quilts book by now. Cherri is an amazing quilt maker and pattern designer with a specialty in using solid fabrics to great effect. City Quilts is one of the most talked-about quilting books to hit the market in a long time, mostly because of its combination of beautiful new quilt patterns and insightful tips into choosing effective fabric combinations, especially when using solids.

City Play 1

Every stop on the tour will feature amazing giveaways, including copies of the City Quilts book and fat quarter stacks of Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman fabrics for you to make your own version of a City Quilts design.

City Lot

Here the full schedule for the tour.

July 12th – Cheryl Arkison (Naptime Quilter)
July 13th – Amy Lobsiger (Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts)
July 14th – Stefanie Roman (Little Lady Patchwork)
July 15th – Pat Sloan
July 16th – Spool Sewing
July 17th – Allie (Robert Kaufman)
July 18th – Fat Quarterly
July 19th – Emily Cier (Carolina Patchworks)
July 20th – Sarah/Josh (Sewer Sewist)
July 21st – Julie (Jaybird Quilts)
July 22nd – Vickie Eapen (Spun Sugar Quilts)
July 23rd – Jessica Levitt (Juicy Bits)
July 24th – Kim Kight (True Up)

City Green

Be sure to visit all of the stops on the tour to learn more about Cherri & City Quilts and to maximize your chance of winning. We’ll see you back here on the 18th!

city fair