The original precut goes rogue (tour + giveaway)

Tequila Sunrise from Fat-Quarter QuickiesWhat are fat quarters? The original precut, that’s what! And more than any other precut, the fat quarter is by far the most versatile. Not only can you use it in its fundamental form—you can also cut it to create more precuts, like squares, rectangles, and strips.

Kathy Brown, author of a trio of bestselling books, admits to being an excellent candidate for an inaugural episode of “Fat-Quarter Hoarders,” as she’s amassed a mountain of the irresistible precuts. But as usual, a brilliant idea came to Kathy in a flash of inspiration. She invented a ruler to divvy up fat quarters into quilter-friendly pieces; then she designed easy quilt patterns using fat quarters and those quilter-friendly pieces too. A double whammy—Kathy’s genius strikes again!

Cutting plans for Carribean Cooler quilt
Example of fat-quarter cutting plans for “Caribbean Cooler”

If you’ve been following Kathy’s blog tour, you’ve been enjoying popular bloggers’ favorite quilts from Fat-Quarter Quickies. But since we’re lucky enough to partner with Kathy as her publisher, we’d like to share what Kathy has to say about her latest book—how it came to fruition, what she’s excited about, and why you’ll love her latest quilts (especially if you’re a fat-quarter hoarder yourself). So take a peek below at a few of Kathy’s musings from her book. If you’re drowning in fat quarters too—or if you’re ready to start a stash—Kathy’s here to share all the things you can do! (But note: you can make all of the quilts in Kathy’s new book with or without her Fat Quarter Cutter Ruler.)


Kathy BrownI have always loved fat quarters, and have collected them from the earliest stages of my quilting career. So I started a small stash: a fat quarter here, a fat quarter there, a pack of 5 here, a group of 10 there—whatever struck my fancy, I bought. And my stash grew.

Then one day, a new fat-quarter collection called a tower came onto the market—a whole-line-of-fabrics-cut-into-fat-quarters bundle of awesomeness. And my stash grew. The collecting became an obsession. Because it was so much fun, this obsession, I continued on with gusto! My stash grew more, and I began decorating with my fat-quarter bundles. The shelves in my studio were bursting at the seams with all the colorful wonders. I would look at them for hours on end, just dreaming of the scrappy quilts I could make.

Yet I didn’t make quilts with them. The fat quarters were so beautiful, all coordinated and tied up with pretty ribbon, that I just couldn’t bear to break into them and cut them up.

Cutoffs quilt from Fat-Quarter QuickiesMy fat quarters stayed put, beautiful and on display. The obsession continued, my stash grew, and a little nagging seed of guilt began to seep inside my fixation. Maybe this wasn’t just collecting. Maybe this obsession was a bad thing—not using what you have, just hoarding the loveliness. I pushed aside the guilt and tried to bury it deep. And yet, it surfaced again and again, every time I bought a bundle of beauty. I fought the nagging thought that I might be a prime target for the next episode of “Fat-Quarter Hoarders.”

Then one momentous day, a light bulb came on in my head: that spark of recognition, the moment of truth, that awe-inspiring flash of genius that makes you stand up and shout, “That’s it!” I had the answer to my obsession. No more guilt, no more nagging thoughts, no more watching through the window to see if the camera crews were arriving at my home to begin filming.

Cutting plans for Supponsibilities

I had a plan, a foolproof, honest-to-Gussie, can’t-fail-me-now plan. I gave the plan a trial run, and it worked. I ran it again, and it worked again. From my plan and my bundles of beauty emerged perfectly cut shapes, which turned into fabulous, gorgeous, scrappy quilts—quilts that I could love, use, share with others, and put into a book for everyone to make! I took my plan to the “experts.” They loved my plan and brought it to life in the form of the Fat Quarter Cutter ruler so that I could bring it to you. Now you, too, can take your fat quarters and make perfectly accurate precut shapes, turning them into fabulous quilts for you and yours.

How, you ask? Well, dear friends, I’ll tell you. It all starts with “A Girl, a Plan, and a Ruler.”


Fat-Quarter QuickiesWant to know what Kathy has to say next? Her story continues in Fat-Quarter Quickies! Thanks for letting us be a part of your blog tour, Kathy—and for your endless enthusiasm for super-quick and easy quilts.

How do you typically cut up your fat quarters? Share your ideas in the comments and you could win a copy of the Fat-Quarter Quickies eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Purchase the print-book version of Fat-Quarter Quickies now and you can download the eBook version instantly for free. At the affordable price of just $16.99, you get 11 patterns (that’s only $1.54 each). What a great deal for you—and for your fat-quarter collection!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Janet, who writes:

“Seems I’m collecting at this point, but Kathy has some great ideas in her book. Love “Sail Away” and I just might delve into a few FQs. Thanks for sponsoring this great giveaway.”

Janet, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

Visit all the stops on the Fat-Quarter Quickies blog tour for even more chances to win the eBook!

Monday, June 17: Tara Darr at Sew Unique Creations
Tuesday, June 18: Pam Vieira McGinnis at Pam Kitty Morning
Wednesday, June 19: Vickie Eapen at Spun Sugar Quilts
Thursday, June 20: Stitch This! (that’s us!)
Friday, June 21: Lissa Alexander at Moda: The Cutting Table
Saturday, June 22: Pat Wys at Silver Thimble Quilt Co.
Sunday, June 23: Julie Herman at Jaybird Quilts
Monday, June 24: Rachel Griffith at PS I Quilt
Tuesday, June 25: Kathy Brown at The Teacher’s Pet

Learn how to make fat quarters from yardage

Brown-Eyed Girl

"Brown-Eyed Girl"

Caribbean Cooler

"Caribbean Cooler"

Cutoffs

"Cutoffs"

Feast and Fireplace

"Feast and Fireplace"

Peepholes

"Peepholes"

Pixy Stix

"Pixy Stix"

Sail Away

"Sail Away"

Smorgasbord

"Smorgasbord"

Spinners

"Spinners"

Supponsibilities

"Supponsibilities"

Tequila Sunrise

"Tequila Sunrise"


165 Comments

  • I don’t usually cut up fat quarters until I have a pattern in mind.

    —Shawn on June 20, 2013
  • I really like the projects in this book, so cute!

    pam on June 20, 2013
  • I am still at the fat quarter hoarder stage though I am making progress with my condition. I am matching collections of fat quarters to patterns I want to make or to whom I want to make a quilt for in the future. Now to have enough hours in a day to further control that fat quarter stash. With all the wonderful collections being released by fabric designers I don’t think my stash is going to shrink anytime soon. Fat Quarter Quickies and the Fat Quarter Cutter Ruler is something I definitely NEED. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in a giveaway.

    —Audrey on June 20, 2013
  • I don’t cut them until I find a pattern that I like and then cut them according to what I need. I do love that ruler and think I need to add it and the book to my sewing arsenal.

    —Rina on June 20, 2013
  • I save them until I have a specific pattern for them, then I cut accordingly.

    —Karen W on June 20, 2013
  • I have a big collection of fat quarters, and they are the first fabrics I go to if I have a project involving lots of colors and patterns. Every time I begin to go through them, I get lost looking at all their details and pretty colors. The first thing I ever bought online was a box from Craftsy that contained 100 fats. I was thrilled!

    —Cheryl Gunderson on June 20, 2013
  • I just collect FQ I rarely use them. If I do it is for a specific quilt pattern.

    —Margaret R on June 20, 2013
  • HELLO! I SAVE THEM UNTIL I HAVE A PROJECT IN MY HEAD,OR IN A BOOK!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    LINDA on June 20, 2013
  • I use fat qtrs. for doing miniature quilts. They work wonderful for them.

    —Janet Frank on June 20, 2013
  • Sounds good to use for my growing mountains of fat quarters.

    —Brenda on June 20, 2013
  • I am still in the ‘love looking at them’ stage. I will cut them when I have a quilt pattern in mind.

    —Vicki H on June 20, 2013
  • Fat quarters are my "go to" when I see unusual fabic but don’t have a project in mind…I just like it! Amazingly, there always seems to be an occasion for the unusual fabric that puts the right spark in my project and I pat myself for having the foresight to buy it without a purpose in mind!! Sometimes it is an artsy crafty thing & other times it fits right in with other pieces I have on hand. When my fat quarter has been chiseled on enough that there isn’t much left I cut it into useable squares, rectangles & triangles that I keep in a box & slowly put them together as leaders & enders when sewing other projects. Before you know it, I have enough ready to make a quilt from those efforts. It seems like a "gift" because I really wasn’t piecing but just making leaders & enders!

    Dorothy I. Dishman on June 20, 2013
  • I like scrappy looking quilts the best. So I cut my fat quarters as I need that color or pattern. I cut just enough for each area of the quilt or project that I’m working on. I never know what’s next so I fold the material up neatly and then put it back on the shelf until needed. Love the almost daily e-mails from Martingale…keep them coming. I have learned a lot and all from home and for free. You folks are the greatest! Thank You!!!

    —Mary Ann on June 20, 2013
  • I do have one collection that I am holding on to until I find the right pattern, but every other one just goes into my stash usually by color and I will use them when I need a certain fabric to finish a project.

    —Karen A on June 20, 2013
  • I haven’t yet. I’m afraid of doing it "wrong".
    Looking at the previews of this book, I like that the cutting diagrams for the fat quarters are included.

    —Selvedge on June 20, 2013
  • I’m not consistent with how I handle my fabric. Depends on how I have purchased the fabric and what I am working on! I do think this ruler would be nice as the lines are so clearly labeled. The projects in the book are very cute. Thanks for putting my name in the hat for this nice drawing!
    : )
    June

    June @ QuiltQuest on June 20, 2013
  • I collected them for the color and then use them usually for table runner which I find is a great way to do quilting but on a small scale. I usually do strips depending on what is needed. If I get a big piece of fabric I have a hard time cutting into it! But Fat Quarters beg to be used.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on June 20, 2013
  • I use fat quarters in my art quilts. I look at them much like tubes of paint or pieces to collage.

    —Marlene on June 20, 2013
  • I typically cut up the fat quarters as I need them for a particular quilt…just the right color or print to go with the rest. I do have quite a collection of fat quarters, though most are "random" and not from whole lines of fabric! 🙂

    Bari on June 20, 2013
  • I have only used a few of my fat quarters for applique projects……mostly I just look at them!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Barbara Spurr on June 20, 2013
  • The Fat Quarter Quickies and the Ruler look fabulous! If I am making an easy, less detailed quilt, I will normally cut my fat quarter patterns by hand. If I get more ambitious, mostly in the Winter, I will get my Big Shot out with some of my dies and and run them thru the Big Shot. I know the AccuQuilt is out now; but, I can’t afford the prices. Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Lynn G. on June 20, 2013
  • FQ’s are the perfect size for art quilts – which I am just now learning to make! SO fun!

    —Josie Aune on June 20, 2013
  • Looks like a great book. Love the Sail Away pattern.

    —Lynne on June 20, 2013
  • I hoard fabric in general but I need to find an easy way to use up all those fat quarters and half yard cuts.

    —Chris Archer on June 20, 2013
  • Being somewhat organizationally challenged, I tend to use my FQs very inefficiently! I used them alot when I need a few strips as sewing the 21″ length is easier. It is also easier to cut straight! I need this ruler and the book! I have such a great stash of FQs!

    —Judi on June 20, 2013
  • The first quilt I would make from this book is the "Caribbean Cooler" – it is lovely!

    —Josie Aune on June 20, 2013
  • I collect fat quarters for a specific pattern or for the design on them and wait to cut up until I am ready to start a project. They may be cut into any shape. They make it affordable to get a variety of fabrics in a project:)

    —Lou on June 20, 2013
  • I usually cut shapes for paper piecing or for accents or accent borders from them. I have not cut them and used them into shapes to make a whole quilt.

    Mary H on June 20, 2013
  • I like to buy fat quarter of special fabrics. I recently made a memorial quilt for a friend who lost her dog to cancer, so I pulled out dog prints from my stash and combined them with pictures of her beloved and made her a small quilt. I guess they are called novelty fabrics. I love them and find I gravitate to the companies who print them. I have also used FQ batiks to get variety in a quilt I am making. If you want variety, but don’t necessarily want quantity, FQ are the way to go! If you have a small project, you can mix and match them and if you buy them "by the bunch" they come color coordinated which makes for easy paring.

    —Rosemary on June 20, 2013
  • I love Brown Eyed Girl. I don’t know if it is either the yummy chocolate and clean crisp white colors or the circles. All I know is it is an eye catching quilt and one I would love to try and attempt with any of the numerous fat quarters I too have accumulated over the years but have never taken off the ribbon binding them together.

    —Linda Zingaro on June 20, 2013
  • I don’t cut them, unless I need a particular piece to complete a color coordinated block. THAT is the problem. I mostly collect them

    —Linda V on June 20, 2013
  • When I cut up a fat quarter I usually try to keep the selvedge as a part of the remaining fabric. That way, I can keep my next cut on grain.

    —Laurel on June 20, 2013
  • I like Pixie Stick. I think my granddaughter would like it.

    Mary H on June 20, 2013
  • I’ll confess I’m a hoarder as well – this looks like just the book I need! Thanks for the info.

    —Laurel Marsolais on June 20, 2013
  • Cut such beautiful fabric? AHHHHHH. Actually I love art quilting and having FQ’s allows me to take bits and pieces, slices and dices of color, pattern and texture. I cut them up which ever way and follow any whim all my UFO need.
    JulesMcTool

    —JulesMcTool on June 20, 2013
  • This is exciting! I have FQs but hesitate to cut into them without specific instructions. Can’t wait to get the new tool!

    —Teresa F on June 20, 2013
  • I have an entire shelf of batik fq’s, and I use them when I need just that "certain splash of color". Works every time. I would love to make every single quilt you feature.

    —Ele W. on June 20, 2013
  • I don’t have a specific cutting plan for my FQ. I will typically start cutting a FQ by cutting out a size or shape for a scrappy quilt. I will cut a strip of 5″ or 6″ and subcut that into the different shapes/sizes I need for the project I’m working on and anything left get trimmed down into my fabric bins (1 1/2″, 2″ etc). The FQ then goes back on my shelf, to be subcut once again someday in the future. Once I get too small for the larger projects (5″ or over), the rest gets cut down into my fabric bins, and anything else goes to the scraps pile for string quilts or paper pieced quilts.

    —Susan Burney on June 20, 2013
  • Looks like a super book! I have plenty of fat quarters to use up, so I’ll be needing this book for sure!

    Karen in Breezy Point on June 20, 2013
  • I don’t have a big collection of FQs and most of them are still on the shelf being admired. Some have been used in small projects like purses. I need to pick some FQ friendly quilt patterns so I can use the rest of them and buy some more!

    —MoeWest on June 20, 2013
  • I love to purchase fat quarters. They are such great additions to my stash. Usually I wait until I find the right pattern and then cut them as needed. I really need a book to help me find some great patterns, the fat quarters are multiplying quickly.

    —Jill on June 20, 2013
  • I don’t cut them until I have a specific use for them, so I guess I am a horder. I did just give away a bunch for a children’s summer program, and I just had to not look at which ones were disappearing so that I wouldn’t grab them back and say, "No, not that one!" I would love a chance to win this book. Thank you.

    —Barbara Pricola on June 20, 2013
  • I don’t cut up my fat quarters until I know exactly what I’m going to do with them. No matter what the pattern is, I think the Fat Quarter Cutter ruler would be very helpful. And Creative Grids rulers are my favorite.

    —Theresa on June 20, 2013
  • With the fun patterns from this book, I can use up my FQ and have to go get more!

    —sallee on June 20, 2013
  • I got quite a chuckle from Kathy’s article, as I was just sorting my lovely fat quarters yesterday into pretty little bunches. I tend to slip them into my basket without a plan for their use, because the prints or colors catch my eye while I’m waiting to purchase the fabrics I came in for, and the cute little packages just call to me. What I need is a plan (book :-))to help me dig out from under all these fat quarters!

    —Karen on June 20, 2013
  • I also enjoy buying fat quarters of a collection of fabrics. I usually cut the fat quarters into the size needed per my pattern. I like to use 5″ squares so I can cut several squares from a fat quarter and still have enough left to make strips for a scrappy binding. I would love to win "Fat Quarter Quickies". Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

    —Sheila on June 20, 2013
  • I usually save my fat quarters, mostly batiks, for fused applique designs. Once in a while I use them for a "piano key" border when I want to make a quilt larger. I seem to be drawn to batiks and nature-inspired prints and even have a few Asian fats. Maybe I’ll make one of those window quilts or maybe just keep looking at them….. Hopefully the patterns from this new book will help with the decisions.

    —Gail D. on June 20, 2013
  • I am firmly in the "stash not slash" camp of fat quarter hoarders! I collect them, use one on a rare occasion; but never really had a plan for using them. This would be a win-win situation. Use the ones I have and then buy more. 🙂

    —Deb Mac on June 20, 2013
  • Welcome to the Fabric Hoarder Club. I just love the way they look folded and stacked so organized not like the rest of my disorganized fabric stacks. I think this book has some great ideas.

    —Barbara on June 20, 2013
  • I save my Fat Quarters until I have a project for them. Sometimes I use them in appliqué pieces. I’m still learning what colors and prints are best for me. Thanks for the opportunity to win! The book looks very interesting.

    Duane Wiley on June 20, 2013
  • I am a hoarder also. I just know I’ll use them some day but for now they are together in clear drawers and on shelves. I have kits that I have to work on too! I love to look at them!

    —Denise Cabral on June 20, 2013
  • I usually cut them as I need them, but I especially like cutting them in strips. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Sallie on June 20, 2013
  • Strips!

    —Peggy Aronson on June 20, 2013
  • Another fat quarter horder here (hangs head in shame). I don’t cut mine until I’m ready to sew something with them, but I’ve cut strips, squares, and triangles, to make stars, square in square, rail fences, anything and everything. I love fat quarters.

    —Heather on June 20, 2013
  • I don’t often buy fat quarters. If I like a fabric I have to have a yard!

    —Gloria on June 20, 2013
  • I have been a FQ hoarder too. Especially if they’re all in a bundle tied up with a ribbon. When I do use them though, it’s only when I’m actually making something and I cut pieces appropriate for the pattern. I do love scrappy quilts and having pieces already cut sounds like something I might need to try.

    —Lisa Marie on June 20, 2013
  • I do not cut my fat quarters until I am ready to use them. I usually use them for sampler type quilt blocks.

    —Sheryl Miller on June 20, 2013
  • I am a fq hoarder. I get a great thrill out of using my fq stash to
    make a quilt, I cut the size blocks needed and then return the fq to
    the stash. I am intrigued by Kathy’s ruler.

    —Joni on June 20, 2013
  • I have a HUGE collection of fat quarters and have no idea how to use them in an actual quilt. Typically I have used them for small bag and art quilt projects and cut according to the directions. I would love to win this book so that I can use of some of my "stash" in a larger quilt project. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Sharon Bourque on June 20, 2013
  • I almost always use my fat quarters in some kind of scrappy way, a piece here and a piece there. Mix and match. It’s somehow easier to cut into a fat quarter for this type of project than it is to cut into any size of yardage – yep, even a 1/4 yard. Crazy, right?

    —Sherryl on June 20, 2013
  • I have a ton of fat quarters and I never cut them until I have a project in mind. The ruler and the book would be very helpful in using some of the stash. I do like making kits for particular patterns and then sewing them when I have more time, this would really be helpful in getting that done.

    —connie on June 20, 2013
  • Looks like this idea might be just the ticket for stash busting those fat quarters – love the quilt designs and the fact that there’s not much waste!

    —Susan on June 20, 2013
  • I usually collect fat quarters individually, and use them in any scrappy quilting patterns that they’ll go with my stash.

    —Sandra on June 20, 2013
  • Like Kathy, I got my stash under way with fat quarters. I just couldn’t resist such glorious colors and designs, and knew that they would be use in patterns "to be determined" at a later date. And they were an economical way to build up some variety. I have cut up fat quarters into strips and often into my version of a custom charm pack. Works great! I just love Kathy’s Quickies, lots of wonderful designs in there!

    Susan Mulvihill on June 20, 2013
  • What fun patterns!

    —Susan on June 20, 2013
  • oh, are fat quarters meant to be cut up??? 🙂 I never can cut them up either unless I’m doing a project and need "just a little bit of a certain type of print" that would just "make" it. Then I dig into the stash and painfully take it out and agonize over cutting it, and then I delight in finding just the right piece, and go ahead and cut what I need for that item.
    I have made two fat quarter projects though. One was from the book "Fast Quilts From Fat Quarters" in which you cut first, then decide how they will go together. This is great for collections. Then one other scrappy pattern called for 30 fat quarters, so I took the ugliest ones from a batch of 100 I had bought sight unseen as a special purchase. Turned out to be one of the prettiest quilts I have ever made, and taught me alot about scrap quilting and mixing many prints and colors together.
    I would really love to try my hand at this book and ruler!

    —Madeline on June 20, 2013
  • OMG! I’m a FQ hoarder too! I usually just hoard my FQ’s but I have been branching out recently and using some in an applique quilt for Christmas:) Thanks for the chance to enter.

    —ColleenM on June 20, 2013
  • you mean you are to cut up Fat Quarters???
    Only that that twice – Turning twenty quilts but this book could make me cut up more!!
    Thank you!

    —Shirley Jobson on June 20, 2013
  • I use them in all kinds of ways, pieces for applique or cut into strips.
    I love scrappy quilts so it s a great way to include lots of fabrics.

    —brenda on June 20, 2013
  • I usually use my FQ stash for applique pieces or blocks as I stash them in colour ranges, or tentatively draw them out for particular patterns, however my stash is often taken out to look at, admire and stroke more often than not!!!!
    thanks for the chance!
    sugary hugs :O)

    Wendy B on June 20, 2013
  • Like Kathy, I am doing a pretty good job of hoarding. I have a nice stash that’s quite cut up for my favorite appliqué projects though. When the fats get to small they go into the scrapyard pile. I would love to try the ruler too!

    —Kathy on June 20, 2013
  • A ton or two of fat quarters is insulating my sewing room at the present time. A quilter can never have enough fat quarters. I only cut them when I am sure of a pattern. Usually I buy more than I should but It is impossible to match yardage after a few months. We exhange fat quarters in our guild on birthdays and that is a wonderful surprise as we choose our color choice. I like your book and it has some great projects. Hope I win. Your ruler is a "must have".

    —Connie Douty on June 20, 2013
  • My problem is separating FQ bundles. I’ll pull a FQ for a project and audition it with other fabrics. Then I freak out and quickly put it back with the original bundle where it belongs. Whew, that was close! There’s nothing more fun than shopping for fat quarters. Kathy’s ruler sounds ingenious and I’m putting it on my wish list with her books.

    Jane Cisneros on June 20, 2013
  • I buy fat quarters that I like – hopefully they will end up getting used some day. The ruler and book could help be get there.

    —diane on June 20, 2013
  • Would love to win , thanks

    —barbara woods on June 20, 2013
  • I buy FQs when I love the fabric and don’t have a plan for them. I squirrel them away. (Bought 10 this afternoon, but luckily they were from a collection).

    When I go to cut them, I typically use a pattern that features FQs, This however, I throw out the window when it comes to Kaffe Fassetts……. then they go everywhere, in any shape, in any design.

    —Chris Teague on June 20, 2013
  • I really love scrap quilts…the scrappier the better. When I cut my fat quarters I usually have a couple of scrappy quilts that I am working on so I write down on a piece of paper what cuts I need for those quilts and kind of just go from there.
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    —Cindy K. on June 20, 2013
  • Fat quarters can be used in various for me. I enjoy water colored quilts. They take squares, usually 2 or 2.5 inches. For a watercolor quilt, you need lots of different colors, scale, hues, patterns. I find having a big variety of fat quarters to cut up provides me with lots of choices and alternatives to create a watercolor.

    —Therese Bocchino on June 20, 2013
  • Mine are cut into. I’m an appliquer! I’ve never pieced one up like she does but I do like her results!

    —Patricia Hersl on June 20, 2013
  • Typically, I try to cut the longest widest pieces first to be sure I have those. The smaller pieces can be cut out of another fabric if need. Usually those small pieces can be accomodated when you cut precisely.

    —Marguerite Namdar on June 20, 2013
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    anti snoring on June 20, 2013
  • I also have a stash, plastic boxes filled with fat quarters by color then pattern that I have bought because I love fabric and color. I began buying about the time that they came out with the first turning twenty book and had plans of awesome, color coordinated quilts that I could just zip together. I have made two beautiful quilts this way. But I found out in my quilting journey that I am more of a traditional quilter and could not bring myself to cut, rearrange and sew all of my beautiful found fabric. I love the traditional looking quilts in your book. And I have wonderful containers and drawers of fat quarters in my quilt room that I can already see as finished.

    —BarbaraS on June 20, 2013
  • I love fat quarters, but I tend to hoard them as well. I love patterns that are fat quarter friendly!

    Darling Jill Quilts on June 20, 2013
  • Hi! I don’t cut them unless I have a plan. I’m collecting red/white fq’s for a red/white embroidery quilt that I’m planning for sometime in the future and I’m also collecting 1930’s fq’s and whatever catches my eye! I love to look at them and pet them and have a very hard time cutting them. They are sooo beautiful! I guess I’m a hoarder, too! The Sail Away pattern is my favorite, also. And the ruler sounds like it would be a great help! Thank you for the chance to win!

    —Dianna Whitehead on June 20, 2013
  • I love to use fat quarters in baby quilts. They are just the right size to collect and store until a pattern catches my eye!

    —Holly on June 20, 2013
  • When I find a line that I really like I will buy a FQ Bundle and find a pattern that tries to use all the FQ in a Quilt. I do not cut them until I have a quilt in mind.

    —Sandy D on June 20, 2013
  • Like so many have said, I generally just keep them until I decide what pattern I want to make with them, then cut them for the specific pattern. Since I don’t usually purchase multiples of the same fat quarter, it would be just my luck to cut them up and then find out the pieces weren’t the right size for what I wanted to do.

    —Nancy on June 20, 2013
  • I cut my fat quarters as needed for projects. Usually something scrappy, but not always.

    —Carmen on June 20, 2013
  • FQ novice here!…
    I have been in the habit of buying stash building fabrics (fabrics I like but don’t have an immediate plan for) in 1 yard cuts… And then, when I start cutting into a fabric, I’ve been afraid that I won’t have enough of it, when it’s "the perfect" fabric for some future project!! This is a feeling/habit that’s been holding me back from cutting into some favorite fabrics!!
    Recently, however, I’ve been forced by necessity to mix up some scraps of favorites… And have loved the effect that the richness of variety gives to the overall impact of a quilt!!
    I’m a convert to FQs!!
    You really CAN cut anything out of a FQ… It’s the interplay, of small amounts of many fabrics, that creates a more vibrant, complex whole!
    Thank you, for an awesome, valuable resource, in creating this "fabric magic"!!
    Pat T.
    in Michigan

    —Pat T. on June 20, 2013
  • Unfortunately, I haven’t used fat quarters yet. Have a pack of some beautiful fabrics, and looking for the perfect pattern. This book will sure be needed, need some ideas.

    —Shirley on June 20, 2013
  • I usually cut them into rectangles and squares according to the pattern

    —Karrie Smith on June 20, 2013
  • I have a lot of fat quarters in my stash. I don’t cut them until I have a specific project that determines how they will be cut. I like using them for paper piecing and small projects such as table runners.

    —Bonnie on June 20, 2013
  • I LOVE fat quarters! AND I use them. I don’t cut them until I’m ready to make a project. I donate almost every quilt I make to kids so small quilts make up quickly from the fat quarters. I make up my own layouts or work from patterns. Whichever works best with the fat quarters I have.

    —Karol on June 20, 2013
  • What a wonderful ruler, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this new book. It appears to be filled with some gorgeous designs. Just what I need for my HUGE stash!

    —Paula Schauer on June 20, 2013
  • I have to say this must be a book I look into as I don’t often cut up my fat quarters- I collect them and pet them but rarely cut them. There are some lovely quilts in this book. Your winner will love it I am sure.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna

    quiltmom anna on June 20, 2013
  • I have a drawer full of fat quarters. OK, two drawers. And another half drawer. ;> I have them organized by color so that I can find the perfect one when I need it. OK, that was the plan, but to tell you the truth, I rarely use them, because I’m just not sure HOW to use them! It seems that a FQ is either too much or too little for the pattern I have. So I need this book!

    —Barb Johnson on June 20, 2013
  • I use them in patterns that call for fat quarters or with paper piecing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. I can’t wait to read the rest of the story. 🙂

    —Cecilia on June 20, 2013
  • I usually only cut them up for "fat quarter-friendly" patterns that uses them up.

    —Deborah on June 20, 2013
  • Hi! I usually cut up fat quarters in 2 1/2″ strips after using them in a project. This way I’d have plenty of strips for other designs. I love the quilts in this collection. Great idea to have other sizes cut, too.

    —Janet Sabol on June 20, 2013
  • I use my fat quarters any way that works depending whether I am making a pieced quilt, applique or any other project that strikes my fancy. I love whole collections of quarters but am very friendly with orphaned fat quarters as well. Look forward to reviewing this new book. :0)

    —Janey on June 20, 2013
  • I am a fairly new quilter and have made two quilts using fat quarters. The first quilt was a Turning Twenty Again pattern, the second one was a Buggy Barn hack and whack. Thank you for the chance to win your wonderful book and very useful ruler. Good luck everyone!

    —Wendy M on June 20, 2013
  • I usually try to find fat quarter patterns with specific cutting instructions, or if I just need a bit, I will just cut what I need.

    —Christine Atwell on June 20, 2013
  • I bring one of my fat quarters to my quilt guild meetings for the fat quarter drawing. I use them for small projects and scrappy totes.

    —Judy Allen on June 20, 2013
  • I like to cut them up into rectangles 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —lindawwww on June 20, 2013
  • My use of FQs is pretty hit and miss so any way to organize it better would be great!

    —Pamela Reim on June 20, 2013
  • I am getting ready to quilt my first quilt, pinned the sandwich together today. I used fat quarters for 3″ blocks and HSTs. I have enough FQs for another quilt of the same design but different colors (one each for my grand children). I’m not sure yet what I’m going to use the rest of my stash for but always on the lookout for just the right project.

    —Rhonda on June 20, 2013
  • How do I cut thee,
    Let me count the ways…….What ever I need at the time for a certain project, with fusible web for applique, background for an art quilt, strips for binding of a small piece, making postcards and ATC’s, 2″ squares, 4″ squares, any size square I might need, but especially for those scrappy quilts and mystery quilts that call for lots of colors. If it can be cut for a particular project, then I’ll use it. Love how easily they store and how portable they are. Not to mention how useable a fat quarter is over it’s counterpart of a quarter yard cut. The person that started this craze for fat quarters is a genius!!!!!

    —Cindy on June 20, 2013
  • I LOVE FQs so that I don’t have to buy yardage of a collection except for the prints/colors that are needed in larger quantities to do borders, backgrounds, sashings etc. Also I use a lot in as block borders on T-shirt quilts. thanks for sharing

    —Tracy DVR on June 20, 2013
  • I use them for all things scrappy and cut hunks and chunks as needed. ☺ Thanks a bunch for the chance to win!

    —Maree on June 20, 2013
  • Have used a few FQ coordinated sets for lap quilts (Turning 20 type quilts). I also use my FQs for applique fodder, although it breaks my heart to steal bits and pieces from that cute little rectangle of fabric. Your patterns are so intriguing and beautiful and I like that you efficiently use the FQs. Hope I win and thanks for the give-away opportunity.

    —Sandra Chavez on June 20, 2013
  • As I stood before the group, with head bowed and hands folded, I humbly admitted, I was a Fat Quarter Hoarder. It started when I was making BOM’s for our Guild’s Honorees and hated cutting up large pieces of yardage fabrics for a few inches when a friend suggested I use Fat Quarters. I didn’t have any and went out to buy. What started out as one or two, here and there, escalated into 10 or 20 each time I went to a quilt store. One pale grey yardage fabric I had was no longer available except in a FQ, so everytime I found those FQ, I purchased. I did use some in a quilt, but still have over 100 left. Friends gave me gifts of FQ crate bundles or I won them in raffles, and my FQ stash continued to grow.

    My FQ are neatly stacked, by color, in a 3 drawer chest and I have well over 1000. I still use my FQ for BOM Honorees, or when I need a small piece in a wall hanging, or in a scrappy quilt, and I share when a new Quilter can’t afford a certain fabric and only needs a small piece, but I cannot, or perhaps will not, use my greys for any other reason except for special quilt projects. As I sat down, friendly hands touched my shoulder acknowledging understanding of my obsession with FQ, for they too, were now, or at one time, FQ Hoarders.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on June 20, 2013
  • I really love the Carrabian Cooler design Kathy shows us and her cutting lay-out, but I don’t have that many neuthral FQ for the block separations. Do I need to buy more FQ’s? LOL

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on June 20, 2013
  • I just cut pieces off my fat 1/4s as needed–don’t really have a plan for cutting. I can see where it would be beneficial, though!

    —Judy Forkner on June 21, 2013
  • Seems I’m collecting at this point, but Kathy has some great ideas in her book. Love Sail Away and I just might delve into a few FQs. Thanks for sponsoring this great giveaway.

    —Janet on June 21, 2013
  • I use them in scrap quilts, Bonnie Hunter has so many great patterns and Maryquilts does as well. I generally sort light, med, dark and I’m all set.

    —Chris on June 21, 2013
  • You can cut fat quarters? I thought they were just for show! Seriously, I like to make miniature quilts so my FQs have a 2″ strip missing here and there.

    —Diane on June 21, 2013
  • I save fat quarters til I’m ready to start a project…what a chicken I am!

    —Claire on June 21, 2013
  • The more modern quilts in her book are absolutely stunning. I’ve been looking for pattern that will showcase some hand quilting. There are perfect – and fat quarter friendly. What else could we ask for?

    —Andrée Faubert on June 21, 2013
  • I like the "Turning Twenty" quilt pattern for fat quarters but always looking for new fq’s ideas.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on June 21, 2013
  • Cut up fat quarters??? I’m one of those who purchases fat quarters and doesn’t cut them, thinking that someday I’ll find the perfect pattern. I love the patterns in this book and would love to use some of my fat quarters to make these quilts!

    —Kim Profitt on June 21, 2013
  • I started cutting up my fat quarters last summer. I cut them into strips of 2 1/2, 4 1/3, 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 inch strips. I have used many of them to start quilt tops for my nieces and nephews for Christmas presents.

    —Dona Cofffey on June 21, 2013
  • I nearly always cut out a 2.5″ square from each FQ for my hexie project; the remainder isn’t cut until I need it for a project.

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on June 21, 2013
  • i like to buy fat quarters because they are so cute! I wait till I have a project in mind before I cut them up. But I really like Kathy’s idea of cutting them up. Have to check out this ruler

    —Donna W on June 21, 2013
  • I don’t cut my fat quarters until I have a specific pattern in mind. Unfortunately, I have lots of them that I can’t bear to cut. I have a large collection of Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts that I just take out and worship once a week.

    KatieQ on June 21, 2013
  • I don’t cut my fat quarters until I need them. I don’t have a large stash of fat quarters. I only buy fat quarters because the shop is out of yardage or I am not sure enough about a fabric to commit to purchasing more than a fat quarter. or because a pattern specifically requires a fat quarter. I cut them as a pattern dictates.

    —Susan on June 21, 2013
  • Hello…My name is Sharon and I am at the fat quarter hoarder! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway.

    —Sharon on June 21, 2013
  • It depends on the pattern that is being used.

    —Shawn J on June 21, 2013
  • I love fat quarters and have many in my stash. In this email I was interested in the Canbbean quilt and was hoping to win your book since my husband just retired and my quilting money is greatly reduced. Thank you for this opportunity.

    —Charlotte Key on June 21, 2013
  • You mean they are supposed to be used? Generally I use them when I have a specific pattern in mind. If I have a coordinated bundle, then I aim to use them in a quilt.

    —Karen on June 21, 2013
  • I don’t cut them up enough! That’s why I need this book! Too many of mine have one applecore cut out of them … Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Paula on June 21, 2013
  • I would save them for when I have a pattern I want to use.

    —Sunnie on June 21, 2013
  • I love fat quarters and have a ton of them waiting to be used! As you can tell, I get them because I like the pattern, the colors, or both, with no specific pattern in mind.

    —Evie H on June 21, 2013
  • It depends on the project I’m making with them. Sometimes I cut them in 2 1/2 in strips then subcut them into triangles or squares to make half square triamgles. I try and waste as little as possible

    —Joellyn P. on June 21, 2013
  • I like to use them for tablerunners. Those are pretty quick projects and very satisfying to make.

    —Susan Stanton on June 21, 2013
  • There are some lovely quilts in this book. Maybe that will get me out of the Fat Quarter horder club. Love the diagrams for cutting, that would be a great help as a fat quarter is just that. Mess up the cuts and you need to reach for another fat quarter.

    —Lorraine on June 21, 2013
  • Sometimes I cut into them(fat quarters)for small projects, sometimes they are used up in those smaller projects and sometimes I just enjoy looking at them until I find the perfect thing to do with them.

    —Judy on June 21, 2013
  • I used to use fat quarters for strips and paper-piecing. Then I discovered fat quarter bundles, too. It’s hard to put down all the money up front for one whole bundle, though. I’ve also discovered a few patterns that I love for fat quarters, so it’s fun collecting and actually having patterns and ideas how to use them. Part of the problem was figuring out how to cut them to get the most of each….that’s why it’s nice to have cutting illustrations to help….like Melissa Corry’s Starburst or Camille Roskelly’s Swoon.

    Rachell R on June 21, 2013
  • I use lots and lots of fat quarters for scrappy quilts. Thanks

    —Valerie A. Clark on June 21, 2013
  • I LOVE fat quarters and have started "collecting" those that too cute to pass up. Haven’t a clue what to do with them! Would absolutely enjoy a book like this sowing me how to use the fabric to its fullest potential.

    —Cindy Stephenson on June 22, 2013
  • I Love your Caribbean quilt pattern. I love FQ because they make such a great starting point for a quilt design with all their co-ordinating prints. Thanks for sharing

    —Bonnie Larson on June 22, 2013
  • People cut them? Actually, I cut into them occasionally, but only when I really need one for a particular design – I’m a hoarder!

    —Kathy on June 22, 2013
  • Some I have cut over and over again for applique. Some have only a small piece out of a corner but most are folded to fit in the drawers of a vintage dresser.I LOVE to organize them by color.

    Michelle Harrison on June 22, 2013
  • I don’t usually cut them up, but since cleaning my sewing room and seeing how many I have, I really want to! Tge quilts featured are so cute! I would love to win :). Thanks!

    —Tiffany on June 22, 2013
  • I buy lots of fat quarters because I like variety. Once I have cut into them I cut them into strips for my scrap bin using Bonnie Hunter’s method.

    —Kerstin on June 22, 2013
  • I love fat quarters for their versatility and size. They are so handy to have available for a quick gift or a baby quilt. The book sounds like one I could really use.

    —Joan H on June 22, 2013
  • I love quilting and sewing of all types and I adore the beautiful stacks of fat quarters but honestly I am not very good at what to do with the fat quarters. I guess this book would be a great addition to my library and motivate me to use up some of the little stacks of beautiful fabric that I have collected.

    —Sharon on June 22, 2013
  • Generally I’ve held on to them until I found the "perfect" pattern, then cut the fat quarters per the instructions. But recently, I’ve been impressed with some interesting scrappy quilts that I’m looking forward to trying.

    —Pearl on June 22, 2013
  • I sometimes try to use them without cutting them – or sew first, cut after.

    —Sandy on June 22, 2013
  • I had a gorgeous fat quarter in a big pattern repeat…what to do? I used the whole piece as the center of my quilt, added a flange to accent it, and surrounded it with 6 1/2″ crazy eight blocks from fat quarters in my stash. Coordinated fat quarters would have worked as well – isn’t it fun to experiment?

    Gail G on June 23, 2013
  • Love the quilts but Tequila Sunrise really grabs my attention. Is it too late for me to start collecting fat quarters?
    Lyn

    Lyn Kaufmann on June 23, 2013
  • I cut Fat Quarters to sew blocks for community quilt for local quilt shops and cut Fat Quarters to make place mats and coasters for friends
    and family members.

    —Mary Arline Smith on June 23, 2013
  • Oh my… what wonderful ideas.. I am putting these books on my wish list..

    —Darrell Hardenburg on June 23, 2013
  • I usually cut my fat quarters up into smaller pieces just as I need them for quilt blocks.

    —Lisa McGriff on June 24, 2013
  • Cut fat quarters? I usually use them as-is (I’m a beginner)

    —Carmen on June 24, 2013
  • Just in time–I was in love w/fat qtrs, and have my stash, so this is timely because I’m working thru them (vowed to use them all), if nothing else but charm squares, they must get worked into a quilt! However, my cutting seems to take me too much time and frustration, (cutting is not my strong suit)–the book is great and the ruler too!
    cheers
    Carol

    —Carol on June 24, 2013
  • I am still in denial. I need help getting into and using my fat quarter bundles. This book looks very promising!

    —Carla Schoonover on June 24, 2013
  • I love that Brown-Eyed Girl pattern! So very cute 🙂

    —Teressa Pickett on June 24, 2013
  • Well, I cut up fat quarters however the quilt along says to do it to make a patterned block. I’m in a quilt along now with a bundle of fat quarters and will decide how to do each block according to each designer’s pattern.

    Deb on June 24, 2013
  • I have used my fat quarters for bags and for some quilt patterns I find on blogs. This book looks like I might be making a quilt from fat quarters now!

    Thanks.

    —Anne on June 24, 2013
  • I am always looking for ways to speed up any process yet stay accurate

    —Jeri on June 25, 2013
  • I save mine until I find a project for them (rarely do I find a project and then buy!). They tend to become cushions and pouches at the moment, as I haven’t really started on the quilts I want to make. I do have one stack of fqs that was one of the first fabrics I ever bought, I a bit scared to cut into them as they are so lovely!

    —Sarah Norman on June 25, 2013
  • The majority of my fat quarters are cut into strips for strip-pieced quilt patterns.

    —Evelyn on June 25, 2013
  • I really don’t cut my fat quarters up until I am ready to use them. I guess I’m afraid if I cut them, I’ll find something I want to make and will have the wrong cuts if I do it ahead of time. I just watched the video for that ruler though and have to admit it looks like a lot of fun to cut my fat quarters using that. LOL Perhaps if I had that ruler you wouldn’t find any fat quarters in my stash any longer. LOL

    —VickiT on June 25, 2013
  • I use my fat quarters for quilts and other sewing projects such as pot holders and mini purses.

    —Judy Allen on June 25, 2013
  • I usually don’t buy or cut up fat quarters until I have a project but do have about a dozen in my stash. I have used several for table runners and recently use 6 coordinating ones to make the lining for a weekender bag.

    —Carol H on June 26, 2013

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