Issue 14 – Essential Camping Kit

City life is great but the Summer heat is enough to make any of us want to pack up and head for the hills. So if you are planning on a Camping trip you will not want to miss out on Fiona Calvert’s Project in Issue 14 of Fat Quarterly out on 5 August.


Fiona’s Essential Camping Kit is made up of a pillowcase, storage basket, zippy pouch, eyemask, laundry bag and lavender sachet.

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Issue 14 – Summer

We just didn’t know when we chose the theme of Summer for our next issue that it would prove to be such a scorcher in Europe this year. The last few summers have been a wash out – quite literally so I think we were all dreaming of the sun and had secretly hoped that by stitching summery projects we might actually get a good summer this year!

Issue 14 is due to be released on August 5th. Subscribers can just log into their account to access the new issue as it becomes available.

Until then stay tuned to see sneak peeks of projects in this issue.


Retro Sunnies by Kerry Green of verykerryberry.

Winner: Amanda Murphy’s Modern Holiday Giveaway

I have been reading all your funny stories as they came in. I have laughed and LAUGHED!

 Thank you to everyone who left a entered and had brightened up the last couple of weeks for me.

It is reassuring to know that it’s not only me that’s barking mad in leaving things to the last minute!

I know I said i’d pick the funniest but I have spend hours trying to figure out which is the funniest and I can’t.

So instead I listed the ones that I found the funniest: Sienna Van Brabant, Meri, Vickt T, Margaret Schindler, Melissa, Aggiequilter….and used the random number generator to choose between them.

So without further ado, the winner is:

Congrats Aggiequilter!!!

Everyone, don’t forget to drop by and see Amanda at her lovely blog and say Hi.

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!