If you’ve got a copy of Issue 11 – Christmas, you will have seen my quilt Yuletide Twist.
Having well and truly caught the festive bug I couldn’t stop at just a quilt so I had to make a matching pillow as well!
Head on over to the Moda Bakeshop website today to get the tutorial of how to make the pillow. It is quick and easy to make. Ideal for gifting to friends and family.
Do you have a copy of Electric Quilt on your computer? If you haven’t it really is worth looking into. It is my go to when I want to check my cutting instructions expecially when resizing blocks and for trying out different fabric combinations in a quilt design. Much as pen and paper are great for designing there is nothing like being able to see the design in the fabrics you are planning on using before you start sewing!
edited to add: And even if you don’t have EQ you can still use My EQ Boutique as each pattern comes with a free software download which enables you to print out the blocks at whatever size you would like!!! (Thanks AnneMarie for pointing that out!)
If you’ve got a copy of Issue 11 of Fat Quarterly you’ll find a coupon on page 2 for a discount off purchases over $20. Head over to My EQ Boutique right now as this offer expires on 5 November.
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It’s Katy here….
I’m not sure how to start this post, and if I’m honest, this is the 5th attempt at starting it.
How do I say this?
It’s probably the hardest blog post I’ve ever had to write, and I’m pretty positive I’m not wordy enough to convey exactly how I feel.
Maybe I should just jump right in and say it.
Almost 3 years ago a group of online friends got together and decided what the world needed was a quilting magazine written by and for people like us. It took a few months of planning and behind the scenes organising before Fat Quarterly Issue 1 came out in April 2010.
Fat Quarterly is now on it’s 11th issue. Can you believe it? I can’t. The past 3 years have flown by in a beautiful blur, and in that time we wrote a book, organised a Sewing Retreat and started planning a second.
We had a couple of changes along the way, with original members leaving to follow new paths, and new members joining the team.
It’s been amazing. You have no idea just how amazing it has been. I can’t begin to tell you.
Sometimes, though, you have to accept that your time is up, and that when real life circumstances change you have to change with them.
What I’m trying to say but not managing very well to, is that I’m no longer part of Fat Quarterly.
I’m packing up my desk, having my leaving party and moving on to new stuff, there’s a fork in the road ahead and I’m going to head down the path that isn’t very well sign posted. Hopefully it will lead to exciting places.
I will still be at Retreat next year – teaching and helping and being as much of a part of it as I was last time, so you can’t actually get rid of me that easily. Tacha, John, Brioni and Lynne have become more than just friends to me – so although I am no longer an official team member I’ll still be there if they need me. Always.
And I’ll still be on my blog.
So thank you, for being there with me on my journey.
Hopefully I’ll still see you about!
Have you visited Threadbias.com? It’s an online community aimed just at sewers. You can upload photos, join groups, chat in forums and just absorb the fabulous inspiration.
But as well as being a place online where sewists can get together, Threadbias has developed a quilt design tool which can be used within a browser rather than having to download any software onto your machine.
The tool is totally independent of whether you have a PC or Mac and can be used anywhere that you can access the internet so you aren’t tied to designing in one place. You can choose to keep your designs in your own private library or share them with other community members. And because this tool lives online, it’s constantly being upgraded and getting new features so you’ll always have the latest version.
But to get this project off the ground Threadbias need your help. Their Kickstarter campaign is in its final hours and needs you to help make this tool a reality. To find out more about the tool and how you can help, visit their kickstarter page:
Christmas quilts are the perfect opportunity to let yourself go quilting wise and try out all those twisty twirly motifs that you have been dying to have a go at! If you are in need of inspiration then make sure you pick up a copy of Angela Walter’s book - it’s a must have!
Shattered Stars by Tacha
Coming soon in Issue 11!
I don’t want to scare you but it’s only just over two months until “that time of year”. And only just over ten days until the Fat Quarterly Holiday issue comes out. There are lots of Christmas projects in there including this Snowball quilt I made using Monica Solorio-Snow’s Winterkist line for Lecien. Have you started your Christmas and Holiday sewing yet?
Head over to the Stash Blog where I’ll share some tips with you for keeping organised when tackling EPP projects. There’s also the chance to win a copy of my book!
We didn’t expect to sell so many tickets so quickly and we know that some of you want to come but haven’t quite got all the funds together right now.
So we’re happy to announce that we have come up with a solution that will allow those of you unable to pay outright for a ticket right now, to purchase a ticket to the retreat in installments.
You can now buy your ticket in 3 installments of £100, £50 and £50 respectively. When you pay for each installment is up to you as long as you have purchased all 3 installments by 15th March 2013.
However, please note that any installments you have purchased are non-refundable should you fail to purchase all 3 by 15th March.
Community Retreat 2013 Installment 1
Community Retreat 2013 Installment 2
Community Retreat 2013 Installment 3