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Contributors Dorreen Agres

Alex Ledgerwood of Teaginny Designs

(Designer Challenge)

(Falling Leaves Runner and Placemats)

Wendy Banta

Amy Lobsiger

(Designer Challenge)

(Against Traffic Quilt)

Linda Cotton

Amanda Murphy

(Summer Garden Quilt)

(Virginia Reel Quilt)

Maureen Cracknell

Kati Spencer

(Heart Felt Pillow)

(Designer Challenge) Nannette Holmberg

Linda Sullivan

(Chenille Vintage Sheet Asterisk Quilt)

Faith Jones

(Proof Reader)

Lucie Summers

(Rainchino Rails)

(Droplets Mini Paper Quilt) Melissa Kaiserman

Kristine Tsai

(Working with Laminates)

(Chloe’s Tumbler Quilt) Janet Kornegay

Johanna Wilke

(Designer Challenge)

(Designer Challenge) Cindy Lammon

Patty Young

(Designer Challenge)

(Tips for Working with Knits)

A big thank you from the Fat Quarterly Team to all our contributors to Issue 6 of Fat Quarterly. If you have been inspired by their patterns in this issue, be sure to visit their websites and shops. We are always on the look out for contributors to Fat Quarterly. In particular we would like to hear from you, our readers. Do you have a project you would like to share with the other readers of Fat Quarterly? Do you want to write an article for us? Please get in touch with us at for more information. All rights reserved. The copyright of each pattern belongs to its designer. If you are interested in using these patterns for small scale commercial or wholesale manufacturing please contact us at Fat Quarterly Š Fat Quarterly Limited 2010 - 2011.


Contents Accordion Pillow by Tacha Bruecher


Ever been tempted by some of the gorgeous voile you can find in your fabric stores but didn’t know what to use it for? Try stitching up this pillow.

Against Traffic by Amy Lobsiger


Marcia Derse is famous for her hand dyed fabric and she has been able to recreate the look of hand dyed fabric in printed fabric form. This quilt, using Marcia’s fabrics, takes full advantage of the look of hand dyed fabrics and the depth they bring to quilt designs.

Interview with Patty Young by John Adams


Find out more about Patty and her upcoming line Bazaar.

Tips for Working with Knits by Patty Young


Patty Young is most definitely the “Queen of Knits”. She shares some tips with how to handle knits in your projects.

Falling Leaves Placemats and Runner by Alex Ledgerwood from Teaginny Designs Linen is a great substrate to use in your quilts. Pure linen can be rather coarse and difficult to use. Essex linen as used in these placemats and runner is 55% linen and 45% cotton and has a lovely feel. 6


Virginia Reel Quilt Pattern by Amanda Murphy p34 Amanda’s newest fabric line “Veranda” will be in stores in August. You won’t be able to wait once you see this beautiful quilt pattern!

Churn Dash Designer Challenge


We challenged the winners of our reader’s competition from Issue 5 to create their own version of the churn dash block. See what they came up with!

Rollercoaster Quilt by Katy Jones


Learn how to tame the slippery Liberty Tana Lawn prints with Katy’s version of a zig zag quilt.

Heartfelt Pillow Cover by Maureen Cracknell


Felt is great for sewing since it doesn’t fray, which makes it the ideal fabric for this reverse applique pillow.

Interview with Valori Wells and Anna Maria Horner by Katy Jones Two designers who have really embraced substrates are Valori Wells and Anna Maria Horner. Find out more about what goes into designing for different substrates.



Rainchino Rails by Faith Jones


Get to grips with using double gauze in your projects by following Faith’s tips and make this gorgeous quilt.

Droplets Mini Paper Quilt by Lucie Summers


Ever tried sewing quilts with paper? This mini paper quilt makes a beautiful wall hanging and is quick and easy to make.

A Trip to Cape Ann by John Adams


Liesl Gibson talks to John about her new line Cape Ann and brushed cotton.

Chenille Vintage Sheet Asterisk Quilt by


Nannette Holmberg Asterisk and union jack quilts are beautiful but can be time consuming. Create the same effect using chenille tape and vintage sheets.

Super Sewing Scissors Quilt by John Adams Have you tried sewing with organic cotton yet? John shares this fabulous quilt pattern made from Cut Out & Keep by Heather Moore for Cloud 9, which was displayed at the Spring Quilt Market 2011.



Chloe’s Tumbler by Kristine Tsai


Voile is so wonderfully soft, it is the ideal fabric for the little ones in your life. They will love this Tumbler quilt pattern.

Working with Laminates by Melissa Kaiserman


More and more fabric lines are being released with laminates. They are ideal for so many sewing projects, or even to back a picnic quilt. Melissa shares her tips for working with laminates.

Wonky Autumn Leaves by Konda Luckau


No need to worry about points in this quilt. It is all about being wonky and having fun!

Summer Garden Quilt by Linda Cotton Planning on having lots of picnics this summer? Enjoy a lazy summer afternoon surrounded by some of your favourite fabric prints!



Accordion Pillow By Tacha Bruecher

What you will need ½ yard of white solid 6 fat eighths of voile 24” square of batting 5 buttons 1 yard lining fabric 1 yard of fabric for the back 10” x 16” of freezer paper Note: Make your own buttons using left over voile scraps. Fuse interfacing to the back to stabilize the voile.

Finished Size: 20“ square

This is a great pattern to show off a favourite print. The centre square is 8 1/2“ so you can really make the most of any precious print. Make 1 block for a pillow or make more for a fun quilt.

Against Traffic By Amy Lobsiger What you will need 3 yards grey herringbone (Fabric A) 4 3/4 yards pastel grey solid (Fabric B) 24 fat quarters Marcia Derse Third in Line prints (or 6 yards total mixed prints) 4 yards quilt backing 70 copies of each quarter block foundation (140 total foundations – 70 will have Fabric A as the outside triangles, 70 will have Fabric B as the outside triangles)

Finished size: Approx. 59 1/2” x 79 1/2”

My commuting patterns have always been backward. I’m forever driving into town when everyone else is driving out of town. It wasn’t long before I came to appreciate this. There was always less traffic going my way and things weren’t as crowded when I got to my destination. With Marcia Derse’s Third in Line fabrics as my focus, I went back in time to find “modern” inspiration from the traditional Signal Lights block. Two complementary greys take a back seat to the 24 prints in Marcia’s lively collection. Marcia’s prints remind me of the gritty textures found in a city, and the greys help keep the prints from crowding each other – allowing each to be a focal point.

Falling Leaves Runner and Placemats By Alex Ledgerwood of Teaginny Designs

Finished Size: placemats 13 1/2” x 19 1/2” and runner 9” x 53” I originally designed the runner for the Robert Kaufman solids challenge to the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Participants were given a charm pack of solids and were permitted to include other solid fabrics. I paired improvisational piecing with a more structured template to create the leaf block. After I had made several, I decided to alternate the direction of the blocks because of the movement it creates, much like falling leaves. The table runner pictured here includes a piece of every fabric in the charm pack! You might be able to get away with using just one charm pack for this project, but having two will give you more choices of which colors to feature in your leaves.

Virginia Reel Quilt Pattern by Amanda Murphy

Finished Size: 70� x 93 1/2� I named this quilt "Virginia Reel" because the pinwheels that are suspended from pairs of columns remind me of dancers spinning through a colonial reel, but they also remind me of blooms on a trellis, and the design lends itself to modern floral prints. Using only flying geese, squares, and rectangles, "Virginia Reel" is surprisingly simple to create. I used all the prints from my Veranda collection for Robert Kaufman, which ships in August. You can order them through your local quilt shop or from What you will need 1 yard yellow fabric for horizontal rows (AAM-11485-238 blooms and berries)

1 1/4 yards outer border fabric (AAM-11490239 stripe)

1/4 yard of 16 accent prints (I used the remainder of the prints in the Veranda collection: AAM-11484-238, AAM-11486-238, 1 yard aqua print for vertical columns (AAM-11488-70 floral tonal) AAM-11487-238, AAM-11489-43, AAM-11490238, AAM-11492-70, AAM-11500-238, AAM4 1/2 yards background fabric (AAM-11492) 11484-239, AAM-11485-239, AAM-11486-239, AAM-11487-239, AAM-11488-43, AAM-11489239, AAM-11491-239, AAM-11492-218, AAM1/2 yard inner border fabric (AAM-11491238 diamonds) 11500-239)

Rollercoaster By Katy Jones

Ability level – 2 (beginner friendly) What you will need A variety of different printed liberty print fabrics measuring a total of 1 ¾ yards 2 yards white cotton fabric ½ yard fabric for binding 3 ¾ yards fabric for backing 65” square of batting Thread for piecing to match darker fabric Thread for quilting Things to Remember Read the pattern in full before starting WOF = width of fabric All seams are ¼ inch unless otherwise stated Finished size: lap (60” square) Finished block size: 10”

Press fabrics before cutting

The dips and climbs in this take on a zig-zag design reminded me of rollercoaster rides at the amusement park. I’d much rather have my feet firmly planted on the ground than sat on the ride though! Give me the quilt version any day! Liberty print Tana Lawns are beautifully soft, but incredibly expensive, luxury cotton fabrics. Their high thread count means they hardly shrink at all and are surprisingly hardwearing despite their silky handle. They also have the reputation for being ‘slippery’ to sew, but starching them before cutting helps to keep them more stable and a brand new, sharp, sewing machine needle works wonders. stocks fat 1/8th packs of liberty prints in a range of colours.

Heart Felt Pillow Cover By Maureen Cracknell

Finished Size: 12” square pillow I love making pillows, to add that handmade touch to the rooms in my home or to give as gifts. New pillow ideas just never seem to end for me, especially when it comes to making pillows combining felt with fabric. Felt lends itself so well when making appliques to layer onto sewn items, but I thought I would switch it up a bit and show you a reverse applique technique using felt in combination with fabric. You’ll also have a chance to do a little simple embroidery, the back stitch, so this is perfect for those of you who said you want to learn embroidery this year and for those of you who like me, LOVE pillows! If you prefer using a larger size pillow form for this project, you'll see that the design is so simple that you could easily make a much larger pillow. Here we go step by step…

Rainchino Rails By Faith Jones

What you will need White Fabric 2 1/2 yards Pink Fabric 1 yard Yellow Fabric 3/4 yard Blue Fabric 1/2 yard Turquoise Fabric 1 yard Purple Fabric 1/2 yard Green Fabric 1/2 yard Backing Fabric 4 1/2 yards Binding Fabric 1 yard Things to Remember Read the pattern in full before starting Always press your fabrics before starting Press all seams as you go along

Finished Size: 70� x 78� I designed this quilt to showcase several brightly colored Echino prints by designer Etsuko Furuya. In fact, the pattern name comes from combining the words "Rainbow" and "Echino". I used a variety of cotton/linen blend and double gauze fabrics. Other ideas for fabric selection would be a 1/2 yard set of a favorite collection. Solids would also be a stunning look, especially using slightly different shades of each color for every set of colored cuts.

Droplets Mini Paper Quilt By Lucie Summers

I’ve been collecting interesting pieces of paper for a few years - all sorts of paper from the insides of envelopes and junk mail to pages of old ledgers and vintage novels. When cut into small squares, these little pieces of colour, text and pattern provide me with the perfect ‘fabric’ to make small quilts. It can be ripped instead of cut, it doesn’t fray and it costs next to nothing. Best of all, each tiny piece is completely unique so you can make lots of interesting compositions. It’s a little bit of a ‘cheater’ quilt because you’re not actually sewing the squares together, you’re placing them on top of a felt backing and quilting them. It is a lovely quick project and makes a great gift for a friend.

Chenille Vintage Sheet Asterisk Quilt By Nannette Holmberg

I made a "real" asterisk quilt for one of the Old Red Barn quilt alongs on flickr and loved the look and style but wasn't quite as happy about the time it took to do all the inset strips that created the design. I decided it might be easier to use 3/8" wide Chenille-It Blooming Bias 速 to make the design lines. After the quilt was washed it would have the same design lines that I loved so much but the lines would have the texture and feel of old fashioned chenille. The look and feel of vintage sheets was just what I was looking for as the background to my chenille design lines. I participated in a couple of vintage sheet swaps on flickr and had a great stash of these soft prints in lots of colors. The bias comes in a wide variety of colors so this technique can be used with any type of quilt fabric whether you like fresh modern or traditional fabrics. I like to make a few sample blocks first to test the end result with my choice of chenille colors. Make your blocks any size or even use rectangles instead of squares to get the look of another popular inset block. This is a perfect weekend project. From start to finish I easily finished my quilt (including the quilting) in just two days. Looking for the perfect baby blanket? Children love the texture and feel of this soft quilt and it's perfect made up in a fun Riley Blake or Heather Ross print. I have also found some fun juvenile prints in the vintage sheet section of my local thrift shop as well as character print sheets and pillowcases.

Super Sewing Scissors by John Q. Adams

This quilt was designed for the #1 quilter in your life: YOU! As sewists and quilters, we make so many things for others. Isn’t it about time you made something for yourself? Better yet, how about something that celebrates your love for sewing and quilting? This quilt would work equally well as a throw for your favorite chair or a wall hanging for your sewing studio.

I also designed this quilt to showcase Cut Out & Keep, the fantastic new line of organic cottons by Heather Moore for Cloud 9 Fabrics. The large scale of the blocks in this quilt are perfect for showing off your favorite prints. In fact, Michelle and Gina from Cloud 9 hung this quilt in their booth at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City this past spring!

The blocks are a breeze to put together: large half-square triangles and squares pretty much make up the entire quilt. I made the blocks a whopping 24” square, and deliberately left the center square empty. I kind of liked the border effect it created, and also wanted to experiment with the use of negative space. Of course, you could simply add another scissor in the middle if you’d prefer.

Oh, and one more thing -- the 24” scissor blocks can easily be scaled down to a 12” block, which would work great for sampler quilts, quilting bees, or even if you just wanted to make a full quilt of little scissors. No matter how you use the block, I’d love to see your version! Please be sure to add it to the Fat Quarterly Flickr group.

Chloe’s Tumbler By Kristine Tsai

What you will need

Things to Remember

10 fat quarters of voile (18” x 27”) 5/8 yard fabric for bias binding (for 2 1/2” strips) or approximately 250” bias binding 1 package 60” x 60” bamboo (or bamboo blend) batting Paper for making templates Small rotary cutting ruler (approximately 4” x 13” is ideal, but the larger will also work) Rotary cutter and mat Tape (clear and opaque)

Cutting instructions assume right handed rotary cutting. Read the pattern in full before starting Seam allowances are 1/4” unless stated otherwise Always press your fabrics before starting Press all seams as you complete each row Finished Size: 50” x 56” (before washing), 47” x 52” (after washing)

The original design for this quilt was for my baby cousin Chloe. Voile is perfect for baby quilts because it has lovely drape and buttery soft touch, all without sacrificing 100% cotton and machine washability! I love the bright colors that Anna Maria Horner uses in her fabric lines. Chloe’s original quilt was made from Little Folks voile, and the quilt pictured here is made with her Pastry voile. The cutting technique introduced here minimizes the amount of scraps and waste generated when making this quilt so you can make the most out of your fat quarter. You can change the look of the quilt by adjusting the size and shape of your tumblers.

This quilt takes wonky-ness to the next level. In fact, it is wonky on almost every level! I really wanted this quilt to be scrappy, so I used 5 fabrics of each color. There will be leftover fabric using the 1/4 yards, but an 1/8 yard isn't quite enough. If you have scraps, this is the perfect quilt to use them on. When choosing colors for a scrappy quilt don’t disregard colors that you might not like. Sometimes a color you don't like will be the perfect color for the quilt! Because this quilt is made up of all solid fabrics, I used texture to add depth to the quilt. This quilt has cotton solids, shot cottons and cross weaves, cotton corduroy, linen and cotton blend, and linen. I was pleasantly surprised that the different weights did not make much difference when piecing. The shot cottons and cross weaves are my favorite for the subtle color variation. Want to make some changes? Make 4 blocks for a wall hanging or make more blocks for a bed size quilt. Don't like the dark background? This quilt would look great with a light background too. Not in the mood for fall? Make it a spring quilt with lighter shades of green or a summer quilt with deeper shades of green.

Summer Garden Quilt By Linda Cotton

What you will need Layer Cake of your choice - I used Verna 1 1/4 yard of white for window sashing 2 yards of red tone on tone for block sashing 1 yard of green tone on tone for binding 4 yards for Backing 5/8 yard for Binding Rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat Sewing machine Cotton thread Iron Pins Wadding

Finished Size: 73 1/2� square This Quilt is perfectly sized for a queen sized Bed, but you could easily make it smaller by making fewer blocks (2 x 6 for Single Bed or 2 x 2 for a Couch Throw) Precuts make the job easier but you could make easily use fat quarters if you prefer.

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Issue 6 - Alternative Fabrics  

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