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Dolores from a Labour of Love has decided to host a sew-a-long featuring projects from the latest issue of Fat Quarterly.  This issue is all about paper piecing  and Dolores is encouraging everyone to sewalong and share their experiences making projects from it.  She has made a wonderful button which you can grab from the sidebar of her blog.  Her opening post is here if you want to join in.
FQ8 Paper Piecing Sew Along

She’s set up a Flickr group, FQ8 Paper Piecing Sew Along.  Don’t worry, if you don’t have a Flickr account, she’s going to set up a linky party at the end of each month and everyone can add their links to that.  Here are some of the projects you might choose from.

So the nitty gritty about the group. This is not a “how-to group” with tutorials. You will need to have your own copy of Fat Quarterly Issue 8 (it’s a download so you get to have it straight away!). The group is a place for everyone to support each other through the process of making the projects.

You may wish to concentrate on one particular technique like foundation piecing or freezer paper piecing or English paper piecing or have a go at all three. You may be planning to make every project or just concentrate on one or two, it doesn’t matter, everyone is welcome.

Let us know if you’re joining in and make sure you also add your pictures to the Fat Quarterly Flickr group so that we can admire your work too!

It’s TIME for Issue 8!

Quilter's Clock

Today’s the day! Fat Quarterly Issue 8 — our paper-piecing issue — is now available for purchase. What will you find in issue 8? In addition to all the instructions you’ll need to make the ingenious wall clock above, the perfect accessory for a quilter’s studio as designed by Sylvie Roussel, as well as 6 original quilt patterns, 4 pillow tutorials, a potholder, a tea cozy, gobs o’ new quilt blocks, and a whole lot more.

At only $8, it’s still the best value in all of quilt-land!

Head on over to our Buy Now page to order your copy and, as always, we can’t wait to hear what you think!

By |January 31st, 2012|Issue 8|1 Comment

Issue 8 | We’ve got pillows!

If pillows are your thing, then we’ve got you more than covered with our newest issue.

Star Flower

Fat Quarterly Issue 8 - This is so cool being part of it

These two variations of the same pillow top pattern represent Aylin Ozturk‘s contribution to issue 8.  Full paper-piecing templates are available for the Starflower pillow as well as for its counterpart, the Flowerstar pillow.

Applie Pie Pillow

Our own Tacha Bruecher made the above pillow, a variation of the classic apple core pattern hand-sewn using paper templates and made with Lotta Jansdotter’s new Echo line.

Summer Trees paper pieced pillow

And here’s a striking pillow that Lynne calls her Summer Trees pillow.  She used fabrics from Lucie Summers’ upcoming line for Moda Fabrics, Summersville, to give this pillow its fresh and modern look.

Would you believe me if I said there were even more pillow patterns in issue 8?  ’Tis true, along with 6 original quilt patterns, tons of quilt block patterns, all-new features, and more.  You can purchase issue 8 of Fat Quarterly through our buy page starting tomorrow, Tuesday 31 January.

By |January 30th, 2012|Issue 8|9 Comments

Issue 8 | Elixir Bottle Wall Hanging

Elixir Bottle

When we set out to compile an issue all about paper piecing, we didn’t want to do it without the fabulously talented Penny Layman of Sew Take a Hike.  That’s why we’re thrilled that issue 8 features this whimsical Elixir Bottle wall hanging, a Penny original.

Find this fun project and lots, lots more in issue 8 of Fat Quarterly, on sale for single issue purchase this Tuesday, 31 January.

By |January 29th, 2012|Issue 8|3 Comments

Issue 8 | Double Happiness Quilt

Double Happiness Quilt

Here’s another sneak peek at an all-new, original quilt pattern that you’ll only find in issue 8 of Fat Quarterly.  This one was designed and made by our very own John, and it showcases Kate Spain‘s newest fabric collection for Moda, Good Fortune.  He calls it Double Happiness, and hopes making it brings as much happiness to you as it did to him.

Issue 8 of Fat Quarterly begins hitting subscribers’ email boxes TODAY, and goes on sale for individual purchase on Tuesday, 1/31.

By |January 27th, 2012|Issue 8|3 Comments

Gearing Up for Issue 8

We’ve been hard at work preparing Issue 8 of Fat Quarterly for all of our wonderful readers & subscribers.  Emails will begin going out to our subscribers tomorrow with your access codes, and Issue 8 will go on sale for general purchase on Tuesday, January 31st.  To celebrate, we’ve invited a special friend to introduce our theme for this issue to you …

Geared-Up Robot

Well, hello there!  Who is this?  It’s our Geared-Up Robot, here to reveal that issue 8 of Fat Quarterly is all about paper piecing!  The Geared-Up Robot was designed and made by Jenny Novinsky for the Electric Quilt Company, and you can find Jenny’s pattern — as well as a useful guide on how to use EQ7 to design your own cute stuffed figures — in issue 8.

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of projects from our newest issue.

By |January 26th, 2012|Issue 8|2 Comments