Fat Quarterly London Retreat 2013 feed back and link up

So the second annual Fat Quarterly London retreat has been and gone.  Once again, we loved every minute of it and once again we loved meeting you even though every one of us didn’t get to meet every single one of you because of the twirling and whirling and hullabaloo of the weekend.
talking, sewing, drinking
We learned from our first year and we hope to be learning a lot from this year too.
  Show and tell started with Di's Gorgeous Bee a Brit Stingy Quilt
We have opened a thread in the Flickr group and there is already a lot of fantastic feedback for us there.
FQ Retreat London 2013
We’ve also created a quick and simple survey (which is anonymous – the only information we are given about you from the survey is your IP address) for those of you who would prefer to respond that way.

And while you’re mulling that over, we can’t wait to read your blogs and see your photos and makes and goodies and swaps and purchases from the weekend so please link back to this post as soon as you’re ready!

All my retreat swag!
 And most important of all, thank you so much for coming and we so hope to see you there again next year.

Liberty Talk Winners!

We are very excited to announce the names of the people who were lucky enough to be randomly selected to attend the Liberty talk:

Aylin Öztürk
Beth Edmondson
Claudia Toelle
Sam Harris
Nicole Vos van Avezathe
Miriam Blaich
Mandy Alden
SusanClaire Mayfield
Justine Henshaw
Sarah Ashford
Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Dorothy Hill
Krista Hennebury
Laura Jane Taylor
Di Gilmore
Leila Beasley
Emma Tytel
Sue Bone
Helen Finch
Marguerite Wiewel
Jo Avery
Leanne Chahley
Nicky Eglinton
Elita Sharpe
Sarah Cruickshank
Di Jackson
Heather Noble
Catrin Manel
Julianna Gasiorowska
Jane Conway

I have sent all of you details about the talk. Please contact me at tacha@fatquarterly if you have not received the email.

See you all soon!!!!!!

Modern Holiday by Amanda Murphy

Today it’s Fat Quarterly’s turn to be the stop 5 on Amanda Murphy’s ‘Modern Holiday’ blog tour!!!

I bumped into Amanda at Spring Quilt Market in Portland and was so sucked in by the prettiness of her booth!!  Amanda makes beautiful, beautiful things so her booth jumped out as a I walked past. I think her work is the absolute perfect combination of modern and traditional.

Modern Holiday contains 18 sewing projects such as quilts, table runners, stockings, and Christmas decorations.   The patterns look super easy to follow as the instructions and diagrams are so clear. This book is full of the kind of projects that I would love my house to be full of but never get around to making as I leave Christmas Projects until the last minute. Not this year though, my mid-years resolution is to get my butt into year and get some of these projects made in time for Christmas. I have even planned the order!

First up is Crossroads. A few years ago there was a spell where red and aqua quilts were hugely popular and the internet was full of quilts in this gorgeous colour combo. I never got around to making one so that’s partly why this is first on my list. The other reason is that this is just one of those simple elegant quilts that you’d get to use all year round.  It would also be great as a scrap buster.


Second up is this beauty called Holiday Wreaths.  I feel my life is incomplete without this quilt.


These fabulous cushions are 3rd on my list.

I have mountains of cushions but a girl can never have too many cushions. Can she? I could go on forever, as there are stunning Christmas stockings and I have this romantic notion of having tons of them hanging from my mantelpiece, all matching and full of goodies to be opened on Christmas morning. I love Christmas can you tell?

In the spirit of holiday giving there is a copy of this book to be won by one of you. If the winner is inside the US they will receive a hard copy of this book and if the winder is outside the US they will receive an electronic version. One day I will tell you about the saga of the king size quilt I decide to make for my parents for Christmas. To cut a very long story short I started it 1 1/2 weeks before, ran out of background fabric on Christmas Eve, was up until 4am on Christmas morning quilting it and I bound it in between opening presents and my parents arriving for lunch.

To enter this giveaway leave a message and tell us your funny stories about last minute gift sewing. The one that makes us laugh the hardest wins!

Liberty of London Design Talk


Who doesn’t love Liberty?????

We are VERY VERY excited to announce a special event for those of you who are coming to the Fat Quarterly Retreat and will be in London on Friday morning.

At 11 am the Designers of the Lifestyle collection at Liberty will be giving a talk about Liberty, the design Studio and the Stile collection. Anna, the archivist will also give you an insight into the archival process and how prints from the Archive were adjusted to fit the Stile collection.

Places are limited so just leave a comment below to say if you would like to come and we will randomly pick the lucky participants!


Are you coming to #fqrlondon 2013?

Are you coming to the Fat Quarterly Retreat?  If so we have a linky party here today.  Write a blogpost or a Facebook post or annotate a Flickr photo all about yourself and link to it below.  Tell everyone else going to retreat who are you, where you’re from, add a photo of yourself if you want to, tell everyone what classes you’re doing, where you’re staying, what you’re looking forward to etc etc etc.  That way we all get a chance to “meet” a few more people before we arrive at retreat.  For those of you who don’t know the Fat Quarterly team, we are from left in the photo below Brioni, Katy (who has now left Fat Quarterly but will always be an honorary member of the team), Tacha, Mandy (who is also an honorary member of the team) and John.

Since I took the photo, I am not in it but can be seen in the photo below (taken by Marguerite Wiewel during one of my classes at last year’s retreat).

So tell us all about yourself and link up below.  And see you there – we can’t wait!

Made From Fat Quarterly

One of the most rewarding things about designing quilts, drawing up patterns and publishing them in a magazine is seeing what you make from the patterns.  So we thought it would be fun to have a new feature on the blog featuring your makes from the patterns in Fat Quarterly.  We’ve even made a blog button for you to add to your sidebar or blogposts if you’ve made anything from Fat Quarterly.

Made From Fat Quarterly
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So if you’ve made something from Fat Quarterly and would be prepared to show it to our readers, please get in touch by emailing lynne@fatquarterly.com attaching a picture of the project.  Thank you!

And the winner is …

And the winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $50 Gift Certificate …

Has been chosen by random number generator …
and is …
Congratulations Gali, if you get in touch with us we will make sure your gift certificate is on its way to you very soon!

Free Stars and Stripes Quilt Pattern

Free pattern for this Stars and Stripes quilt today on the Fat Quarterly blog.  Click here to take you to the pdf of the pattern which you can download and print out.

And, if you make one of these quilts, please add it to the Fat Quarterly Flickr group and to my Flickr group too!

500 Quilt Blocks

You may have missed the exciting (to me) news that Kerry (from verykerryberry and Sew-Ichigo) and I (Lynne from lilysquilts.blogspot.com) have written a quilting book which comes out in September.   It’s called 500 Quilt Blocks and looks like this:

Although if Kerry and I have our way, it will look like this:
Or this:
Or this:
Or this:

Anyway, the long and the short of this book is that we actually physically made 500 blocks and 20 projects; 250 projects and 10 projects each including one quilt which is possibly my favourite quilt of all time.  There are classic blocks, traditional blocks, new blocks, Lynne-type blocks, Kerry-type blocks and everything in between.  The ultimate compendium and source of inspiration for all your future projects.  Although it will not be out until September, Kerry and I are hoping to be able to bring some advance copies to #fqrlondon in July.  Woohoo!

Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway

As we are finalising preparations for this year’s Fat Quarterly London Retreat, we thought it would be fun to bring you a giveaway from one of our main sponsors this year, the marvellous Fat Quarter Shop. Chelsey and I went back and forth on what we would like to give away and what we thought you would like to win so decided on a gift certificate.  That way you can pick what you would like to win.

Maybe you’d like to buy some Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda:
Or some Simply Sweet by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake:
Or some Esprit de Noel by French General for Moda:
And did you know that the Fat Quarter Shop also have their own youtube channel which you can find here.  To find out more, watch this short clip of Kimberly telling us what’s in store:
The winner will be picked a week from today by random number generator and you have two chances to win:
1.   Leave a comment telling us what you would buy with the certificate.
2.   Subscribe to the Fat Quarterly youtube channel and let us know that you did (or that you already are a subscriber).
Good Luck and thank you Fat Quarter Shop!