Need a fat-quarter de-stash? Do it in a flash (+ giveaway!)

Love to buy fat quarters . . . maybe a little too much? You’re not alone! When your fat-quarter stash starts to teeter-totter, look to Doug Leko to inspire your downsizing (and replenishing). He just may be the fat quarter’s #1 fan!

Stashtastic!

Doug’s new book Stashtastic! is filled with beautiful lap- and bed-sized quilts that use as few as eight or as many as 30 fat quarters per project. He’s made each of his classic quilts in TWO different colorways, and the results are spectacular:

From an elegant English Knot quilt . . .

English Knot quilt
English Knot and alternate colorway

. . . to a dramatic Cathedral Ceiling . . .

Cathedral Ceiling quilt
Cathedral Ceiling and alternate colorway

. . . to easy quilts you can breeze through . . .

Easy Street quilt
Easy Street and alternate colorway

Doug’s got your fat quarters covered. He also provides tips for each project that will inspire you to amp-up the scrap factor, so you can really raid your stash!

Whether you love dark, subdued hues or you prefer light and bright quilts, you’ll find the inspiration to make these quilts your way.

Due North quiltDoug’s a well-known designer, but here are some facts you may not know about him:

  • He founded his pattern company, Antler Quilt Design, in 2008, when he was just 14 years old.
  • Doug’s been quilting since the age of six, and working in his mother’s quilt shop over the years has helped him develop his skills and refine his art.
  • After pattern testing for various designers, he began to develop his own quilt patterns.
  • He launched a full-scale design and marketing operation while he was still in high school, and continued his venture throughout college.

And you wonder where he gets his inspiration!

Here’s Doug explaining why fat quarters are his favorite fabric cut:

“Fat quarters, in my opinion, are the best size of precut fabric you can get. I know that many quilters agree. I find that the fat quarter is the one cut of fabric almost all quilters have in their stashes. It makes sense. At 18″ x 21″, a fat quarter is usually large enough to include the entire design of a print or to show the whole repeat. I love playing with fat quarters when designing, shuffling them around and swapping them for other pieces to see which fabric I like best. There are so many things you can create with them! When you want a great collection of prints, colors, and styles, fat quarters are the most economical way to achieve that desire.”

We completely agree!

So, tell us (you’re among fat-quarter friends, so don’t be shy): how many fat quarters could you de-stash right now?

Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of Stashtastic! plus a yummy fat-quarter bundle of Basic Grey Grunge from our friends at Moda Fabrics!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to play with your fat quarters today, pick up Doug’s new book at ShopMartingale.com and you can instantly download the eBook for free.


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