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!
We are very excited to announce the names of the people who were lucky enough to be randomly selected to attend the Liberty talk:
Nicole Vos van Avezathe
Laura Jane Taylor
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!!!!!!
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!
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 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).
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.
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And the winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $50 Gift Certificate …
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:
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!
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.