10 reasons why I think Fat Quarterly is the best!!

10 reasons why I think Fat Quarterly is the best!!

1. The first obvious reason is the name!! Fat Quarterly is such a perfect crafty magazine name that somebody had to do it. And it can be shortened to FQ which sounds so upbeat and snazzy. 2. It's fresh, fun, and fabulous with it's simple layout and crisp white background that displays the colours of the photos so well. The graphics for the patterns are so clear and easy to understand. 3. I like that it's international affair with contributers drawing on their experiences in the UK, Australia, Germany and The States. 4. There's a Flickr group so we can upload our own photos of FQ inspired projects whereas with a paper magazine you send it away and may or may not get published. Leaving and receiving comments for each others photos is a really nice part of the Flickr experience. 5. The FQ blog is updated regularly with all sorts of interesting snippets ranging from super giveaways, book reviews, projects to interviews with crafters and designers. The posts are

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My Quilt History- Part 12- Very Very Merry Merry Go Round

My Quilt History- Part 12- Very Very Merry Merry Go Round

This quilt started with a humble block called Queen of May. I'd seen this block in a few patterns and really loved it's circular motion. When I found the templates at the 2009 Darling Harbour quilt show I snapped them up with glee. I didn't have a design in mind so I just pulled out my overflowing scrap bag and started to play. It was fun to make each block in what ever colours suited me at the time without having an overall theme to limit me. They were surprisingly easy to hand piece and a perfect "on the go" project. Lots of opportunity for fun fussy cutting. Before too long I had lots of QOM blocks and had to do something with them. I decided a quilt featuring them would be perfect for GBF's sister Sue, because her birthday is in May and being a colourful character I knew she'd think it was fun. Keeping with my scrappy theme I cut the remainders into strips and sewed them together thinking I would alternate the QOM blocks with squares of scrappy stri

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Musical threads.

Musical threads.

Check out this alien that's landed in my sewing room! (insert spooky music here).. Well actually it's just an innocent little Ipod dock stereo so I can listen to music in my sewing room. It was a lovely surprise from GBF when he picked me up from my sewing class. Strangely ( insert eerie music here) his thoughtful gift was a bit of a coincidence because it had been quite a musical day at The Vintage Patch yesterday. Lynne had her Oldies but Goldies songs playing which, I noticed, had a few people singing along. Then at some point Sue mentioned she'd enjoyed watching Metallica and U2 videos the evening before. This sparked conversations about great concerts we'd all been to. Kate enjoyed Guns n Roses and Lorraine loves Andre Rieu (and Greg Norman who isn't musical but knows how to use his club). My favourite music was hearing a roomful of ladies (and Roger) laughing!!! You could say we were in stitches!!! We really do have so much fun!!! I have to admit I did

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My Quilt History- Part 11- All you need is love

My Quilt History- Part 11- All you need is love

I made this quilt for our good friend Graeme, aka Bagsy. When I was making Phil's quilt I ordered extra fabric thinking that I'd make a second quilt for Bagsy, who is the biggest Beatles fan ever! As is the way with quilting, I got sidetracked by another project or two and this fabric got put back in its box on the shelf. One day out of the blue, we had a phone call from Bagsy who told us this awful story about how a small routine operation has gone hideously wrong and turned into a months stay in hospital and he was facing a long recovery time at home. We hadn't heard because we now live interstate and get left out of the loop sometimes. It was quite a shock!! I had the fabric out as quick as a flash and had this whipped up in a weekend. Isn't the best thing about being a quilter being able to make something for someone that shows how much you care?! The black really sets the colours off and make it look like a big licorice allsort lolly. It was the first quilt I th

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My quilt History- Part 10- Super 70s

My quilt History- Part 10- Super 70s

GBFs parents, Joan and Brian celebrated their 70th birthday in August 2009. They share the same birthday, how sweet is that!! What better gift for a special birthday than a quilt! A spy mission to find out what colours they might like revealed that their bedroom was white. White everything!!! I knew I wasn't quite up to a beautiful hand stitched whole cloth quilt so I decided on a mix of soft pastels. To represent their 70 years I used 70 different fabrics Well.. give or take one or two, I may have lost count but it would be pretty close. The pattern I based it on was Kaffe Fassett's Wedding Quilt from his Passionate Patchwork book. I didn't make this quilt as large as his and I changed the border. It's like my cooking, I never seem to be able to follow a recipe exactly. All the blocks are hand pieced, my first attempt at American hand piecing. They were fun to do and a great project for on the go. Considering I was sewing by hand I was surprised that they seemed t

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My Quilt History- Part 9- The Tour De France Quilt

My Quilt History- Part 9- The Tour De France Quilt

In Europe it's glorious Summer time while the Tour de France is being held. Here in Australia watching The Tour means cold winter nights, sometimes with a little bit of cognac to warm the cockles. And a perfect excuse for a warm snuggly quilt! I started collecting themed fabrics and when I came across the blue and white bicycle prints I thought it would be fun to somehow incorporate French flags of bicycle fabric. I couldn't find red bicycle fabric anywhere. At first I thought of dying some of the white fabric red... but from my experiences of dying fabric in the past I didn't think the red would come out evenly. I tossed around the idea of maybe getting it custom done at a fabric printers but that seemed a bit too extreme for a homey lap quilt. In the end I came up with a solution... I used a waterproof pen and copied the bicycles onto red fabric. It's not perfect but it looks fine if you don't look closely. The quilt has all the features of The Tour. I put th

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A Quick Trip To Ipswich

A Quick Trip To Ipswich

We've just returned from a flying visit to Brisbane to see this exhibition... I'm so glad we went! It was such a great collection of approximately 30-35 quilts. Lots of different styles dating from colonial times to the 1960's. Tough sturdy aussie waggas, depression scrap quilts, silk tumbling blocks, crazy quilts with ornate embroidery, log cabins, hexagons, beautifully pieced quilts and some interesting applique quilts. I really liked that there were several examples of each style. Understandably photos were not allowed but there is a book available by Annette Gero. It's an amazing feeling to stand in front of a quilt that dates back to the 1800's. The vibrant coloured fabrics of these quilts surprised me. It's humbling to remember there were no rotary cutters, special rulers or fancy sewing machines. I sometimes wonder how much sewing was done by candlelight as I turn on my 2 lamps in addition to the overhead light in my sewing room. Another thing I ap

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My Quilt History- Part 8,  Lucky Dip

My Quilt History- Part 8, Lucky Dip

Lucky dip is a true scrap quilt! I had a couple of bags of scraps, my own and some from a friend. I sorted them into colours and just started sewing them into blocks. I really enjoyed the freedom of not having to think about measuring except for squaring up the blocks when they were finished. I was lucky to have such a great range of fun bright colours. If you've read my Quilt History posts you'll recognize a lot of the fabrics. Isn't it amazing how you can get little pieces of fabric that are otherwise useless and sew them together and it makes a quilt which is so useful and beautiful. The round circle in the next photo was the cover on the lid of a jar of jam we bought from a market while we were on holidays. A block of spots! This was the first quilt I attempted to machine quilt myself. I was using a lovely 50 year old Bernina. I didn't know how to lower the feed dogs and didn't have a walking foot but that didn't stop me. I just shoved it in and sewed,

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