Quilting with fat quarters (+ giveaway)

Hunter's Star quiltRegina Girard has 22 nieces and nephews, a grandniece and grandnephew, and two children of her own. Regina is Martingale’s Production Manager, and in the 13 years we’ve worked together, I’ve watched in amazement as Regina—the only quilter in her family—lovingly produced quilt after quilt for birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and best of all, new babies.

But even with a long list of family quilts to make, Regina is always one of the first to cheerfully volunteer to design and make a quilt for one of our staff compilation books. In fact, she often makes more than one. (I think she can’t help herself.) She’s even been a cover girl, her gorgeous “Hunter’s Star” (above) gracing the cover of the bestselling book A Baker’s Dozen.

Quilting with Fat QuartersSo it didn’t surprise me that Regina agreed to design a quilt (or two) for our latest book, Quilting with Fat Quarters. After all, who can resist fat quarters? As Karen Soltys says in the book’s introduction, “Who among us hasn’t had a shopping incident involving fat quarters?” I know I have, and my growing stash of fat-quarter fabrics is just one reason I’m so excited to introduce this new collection of great quilts from the staff at That Patchwork Place.

I have no idea who cut the first fat quarter (if you know, drop me a line—I’d love to find out who that clever person is!). If I had to guess, I’d say it was a savvy quilt-shop owner who first realized that a half yard of fabric cut in half widthwise yields a much more practical piece of fabric than a standard quarter-yard cut. After all, a nice chunky 18″ x 21″ is much easier to work with than a long, skinny 9″ x 42″ piece. It’s the same amount of fabric, but with oh-so-different possibilities.

Fat quarters are, well, everywhere! Virtually every quilt shop has these sweet little irresistible pieces of fabric tucked into baskets and bowls, enticingly stacked in boxes, or rolled and tied with ribbon. You can buy them in coordinated bundles or build your stash one quarter at a time. I know quilters who collect them as souvenirs when they travel, some who trade them with friends, and others who give them as gifts. My small quilt group uses fat quarters as the prize when we play Left, Right, Center. They’re nearly as common in a quilter’s sewing space as a rotary cutter and ruler.

So, what can you do with a fat quarter? Maybe the question should be what can’t you do with one? Fat-quarter quilts can be simple, like the rectangles in Robin Strobel’s quilt “Not Manly Enough,” shown below.

Or more elaborate, like the graceful traditional-appliqué quilt “Knockout Roses” by Nancy Mahoney.

Whether you challenge yourself to use only fat quarters, as Abbi Barden did in the stunning cover quilt, “Heat Wave”; use fat quarters plus a single border fabric, as Tracy Overturf did in the aptly named “Sherbet Punch”; or combine fat quarters with several unifying fabrics, as Adrienne Smitke did in her delicious quilt “Confectionery,” there’s a pattern here to suit your fabrics.

"Heat Wave" from Quilting with Fat Quarters "Sherbet Punch" from Quilting with Fat Quarters "Confectionery" from Quilting with Fat Quarters
“Heat Wave,” “Sherbet Punch,” and “Confectionery”

Like batiks? Thirties prints? Civil War reproduction fabrics? We’ve got you covered there, too.

"Ray of Light" from Quilting with Fat Quarters "Retrolicious!" from Quilting with Fat Quarters"Remembering Chancellorville" from Quilting with Fat Quarters
“Ray of Light,” “Retrolicious!,” and “Remembering Chancellorsville”

Fourteen quilters in all contributed the 17 original designs in this fabulous collection. What an abundance of creative talent we have here at Martingale, and what generosity! I’m so proud to be a part of this group. I know that the next time we put out a call for quilt designs, there will be just as many eager participants. And I’d be willing to bet Regina will be the first in line.


What’s the most fun you’ve ever had with fat quarters? Share your story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Quilting with Fat Quarters eBook! (You can also purchase the book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win a copy of the Quilting with Fat Quarters eBook! The randomly chosen winner is Kathy, who said:

“The best fat quarter fun for me is playing a swap game once a year with my special quilting friends. We meet somewhere in the mid-west and come from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconson and Illinois. Two years ago it was ugly blocks that needed to become a block for last year. We sure had some interesting results!”

Kathy, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


202 Comments

  • Without question, the most fun I’ve ever had with fat quarters was making 2 pennant garlands, one for my daughter and another for my new daughter-in-law. A couple years ago, on a whim, I purchased a fat quarter pack of pinkish, reddish fabrics along with my intended purchase. I dutifully filed away the fabrics in my neatly folded stash, and when I got the idea to make pennants for a Valentine’s Day gift, I pulled out those fabrics, quickly made a triangle shape pattern, and voila! had the CUTEST pennant garland ever. My daughter and daughter-in-law loved them. I love them. Inspiration – those darn cute fat quarters!!

    —Margaret on June 21, 2012
  • Making beach bags for each of my nine college friends who get together every two years for a week. I picked fat quarters for each bag that reminded me or looked like each of the the girls. They were a hit!

    —Deborah on June 21, 2012
  • I am actually making a quilt right now that called for quarter yard cuts. I had a Fat Quarter Bundle of Fresh Bespoken that was "speaking" to me, so I’ve been cutting it up to make a fun modern quilt.

    Jocelyn on June 21, 2012
  • I love collecting fat quarters. I use them in paper piecing and applique projects. I keep by fat quarter bundles for that just-right quilt. This book has a few beautiful patterns that would go with my yellow/grey/white/black bundle.

    —Wanda Heath on June 21, 2012
  • I seem to be a fat quarter collector! I have so many and I hate to cut them up, its fun just looking at them and buying more. I would love to win this book just to help put a dent in my collection and then go out and purchase more!!

    —Jean on June 21, 2012
  • Arghh! Too many FQ’s, need help.:-) 🙂 🙂

    —Sandra Chavez on June 21, 2012
  • I have so many fat quarters sitting neatly in baskets in my sewing room. I’m am so ready to put them into a lovely quilt. Would love to win the book. I will take all the inspiration I can get! Thank you for the contest!

    —Becky Schatzley on June 21, 2012
  • WOW! Love the variety of the quilts shown above. What a great book for shops and quilters alike. I also hostess a block swap group and I see several ideas for future swaps. Looks like a book for every quilters library. I would love to win this book, but even if I don’t it will be on my list!

    Denise on June 21, 2012
  • I am not sure if it is collapsing into giggles playing Left, Right, Center and showering the winner with a bushel basket full, or buying the brightest and craziest FQ’s from a vendor and then challenging myself to make something from them. These quilts look great -for FQ’s and more!

    Regina on June 21, 2012
  • Great looking quilts! I took part in a "Christmas in July" fat quarter swap last summer and it was a ton of fun to see what came back to me 😀 I haven’t cut them yet but it would be great to win the book:D

    —candace on June 21, 2012
  • I love my fat quarters – there’s so much I can do with them. Every time I see a pattern, I love to get them out and see what I can do with them. And what makes it so nice is that there’s always a bit left over for those scrap quilts! So, I don’t feel so bad cutting them up anymore!

    —Donna on June 21, 2012
  • At one point we had a great fat quarter draw in my quilt club – that was fun. I made some shopping bags with 2 fat quarters from a pattern I found online. They even are reversible and each have a small pocket.

    —Linda V on June 21, 2012
  • I gave my friend 50 fat quarters for her 50th birthday. I put them in a basket marked ‘inspiration’. I also included an inspirational/motivational thought in each folded fat quarter.

    —Janice on June 21, 2012
  • Fat Quarters are my favoprite of all the precuts available. I actually started just grabbing some from my stash and throwing them together in projects. So far I’ve made quilts, wallhanging, bags, totes and with kitchy stuff all by throwing some FQ togehter. Would love to see more what this g book shows.

    —Jane on June 21, 2012
  • I just finished a quilt using fat quarters I bought on a trip to Lancaster, PA. Just looking at it brings back memories of that special trip.

    —Hope Mitchner on June 21, 2012
  • I probably have more fat quarters than some quilt shops and I love making scrappy quilts with them. For some reason the more I use, it seems the fabric fairy must be replacing them as the amount never seems to go down.
    The variety of fabric makes the quilt unique, when taking a class and every quilt looking totally different because of the variety of fat quarters that people use.
    Always looking for new and different patterns that use fat quarters, would love to win the book.

    —Connie on June 21, 2012
  • I’m currently working on stash building, as well as doing some designing. Hoping to start using my FQs soon. I have designs lined out for patterns I call "raining cats & dogs", "old homestead", & "hello sunshine". Hope to have fabrics lined out by the time I have my current project done.

    Jane Smith on June 21, 2012
  • I was reading through my blog list and came upon a post "First Quilt Ever." It was a quilt along for those to make their first quilt. I had a made a couple easy quilts, but this one was easy and looked hard. It called for 10 fat quarters, binding, and backing. I ran to my stash and couldn’t believe that I found 10 that went very well together in blues, greens, and purples. I started that day! I love how it turned out!

    Garilyn on June 21, 2012
  • The best fat quarter fun for me is playing a swap game once a year with my special quilting friends. We meet somewhere in the mid-west and come from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconson and Illinois. Two years ago it was ugly blocks that needed to become a block for last year. We sure had some interesting results!

    —Kathy Gaines on June 21, 2012
  • I just had fun with some fat quarters that I used for 4th of July tablerunners. These were fun gifts for two friends. Fat quarters make it easy to use complementary fabrics together in an affordable fashion 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway. The patterns in this book look wonderful!

    Loris Mills on June 21, 2012
  • In the beginning of my quilting career I was a fat quarter fiend!! But I found myself with projects and not enough fabric. I started buying the fabric that I needed for a project and a little more to be safe. But, I lovingly petted the fat quarters when I went shopping. Along came a slew of wonderful books and it made it ok for me to collect fat quarters again! I’m a happy quilter!!

    —Charlene on June 21, 2012
  • I made a thank you gift for a friend which she could use as either a table runner or a bed runner.

    —Claudia on June 21, 2012
  • I love the idea of playing Left-right-center with fat quarters: must try that next quilt weekend……
    Mostly I love buying lots of them, and using them in scap quilts. The patterns in this book look amazing, I want to make knockout roses.

    —Jeannie on June 21, 2012
  • I made a Lady of the Lakes quilt all with fat quarters thinking I would barely have enough fabric for the block and I ended up barely using the fat quarters as the blocks were 5″. I still have enough to make another quilt! Now for inspiration to use it up!!

    —Rose Landon on June 21, 2012
  • I love fat quarter challenges. I had received a bundle as a gift and set them aside for a rainy day. Then our youngest son received a wonderful college scholarship. To thank the family providing the scholarship, I cut up the fat quarters and made a thank you quilt they will cherish forever. I received a touching thank you from the scholarship foundation dept at Duke University telling me they had never received a quilt as a thank you. The family also sent a wonderful thank you that I will cherish forever. I can’t believe they rarely get thank you notes from the students or their families. This scholarship was such a blessing for our family. I had to put my talents to work to create something as meaningful for them. The FQ designs are great. I would love to add this book to my collection.

    —Peggy Sue on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have with my fat quarters is when I open the packages I’ve ordered online and then imagine how they would look in one or the other of the quilts I have started.

    —Darlene on June 21, 2012
  • I belonged to quite a large quilt guild. We decided to exchange charm squares each month for a year. Each group had 10 members, and would receive 10 fabrics from each. I belonged to 5 different groups!! When I was done, I had more charm squares than I knew what to do with. Talk about an over-achiever!

    —Pam Smolek on June 21, 2012
  • I bought the glitter fat quarters and used them for a lining inside a purse designed by my granddaughter and she loves it. Also used the glitter fat quarters for star christmas ornaments that I also macine embroiderd on.

    —Linda Rielly on June 21, 2012
  • I’m an appliquer through and through, so my most recent FQ fun was making "Enchanted Autumn" with nothing but FQ’s. My only problem is saving them not wanting to cut them, thinking I may want this for something special!

    Mandy on June 21, 2012
  • I volunteer at a mission in south Louisiana for two months every summer. While I was here last year I won the grand prize at The Borne Quilter in Lafayette – a $100 gift certificate! I spent the whole thing on fat quarters. 🙂 I’m normally a civil war fabrics type of girl but I’m working on My Whimsical garden, a pattern which calls for all brights, and I had none. That $100 was a blast to spend picking out fat quarters! blessings, marlene

    Marlene on June 21, 2012
  • I love fat quarters and yes have used them lots of times for actual quilts but the most fun I have had with them was making a number of travel hip bags for sisters and friends. The fat quarters are just the right size for trimming down to what I needed for this little hip bag.I used coordinating fat quarters and with a bit of padding added, had the perfect carrier for a new e-book reader, passport and boarding pass. I even went for a surprize dunk in the ocean and was wearing my hip bag at the time and my camera stayed dry inside until I had time to rescue it. Fat quarters are obviously made of cotton so they are washable, absorbent and comfortable to wear. What more could anyone want. I do make quilts so would love to win your book.

    —Dianne on June 21, 2012
  • I made a tote bag with fat quarters. Each part of the bag was a different fat quarter from Prairie Paisley. Love the bag. Cindy

    —Cindy L anahan on June 21, 2012
  • I have used fat quarters in making purses. I still have a lot to use up yet and this book would help with that problem. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Jeanne on June 21, 2012
  • When the news that our first grandbaby was on the way, I just had to make a quilt. The nursery decor was not pastel, but brights. And, we would not know the gender of the baby until he or she arrived. Fat quarters to the rescue when the pattern I loved was shown in pastel pink! It has dimensional pinwheels, and I had such fun choosing fat quarters to pick up colors in the paint splatter border.

    —Pat on June 21, 2012
  • I love fat quarters and find I can rationalize buying them on a budget as souvenirs on road trips. It is such fun to use them and remember where I purchased them, and of course to incorporate fresh new fabrics into my stash!

    —Barbara Bryan on June 21, 2012
  • I love fat quarters. I buy them and I get a lot of them from friendly quilters that share on birthdays. I love sorting them and putting them in like categories. Sometimes I even quilt with them. Its just another way to fondle fabric.

    —Diane on June 21, 2012
  • Quite frankly the most fun I have with fat quarters is buying them and looking at the possible designs to make with them:)

    —SewLindaAnn on June 21, 2012
  • It’s one of the first things I pull out of my stash to make anything with: a smaller pincushion, a pillow, a totebag, a small piece for a bigger quilt, and many more times I will pull out the fat quarter selection I have. They are easy, and you end up with a lot of variety of fabric fast! Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Maria Kievit on June 21, 2012
  • I love scrappy quilts & using fat quarters is the perfect way to make something seem scrappy without having a large stash of scraps to fall back on. I enjoy taking a fat quarter pattern & changing it a bit to make it truly my own. And since not all fat quarters are created equal (especially because I pre-wash), I have to take on the challenge of modifying the cutting directions to "meet" the smallest fat quarter dimensions. This can be frustrating but also fun too when my new numbers come out just right & I get to make my next beautiful quilt top. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Joyce Mitchell on June 21, 2012
  • I love to buy two coordinating FQs to make zippered pouches with! The possibilities with a FQ bundle are endless!!

    —Becky Greene on June 21, 2012
  • A group of us has fun with fat quarters every even-numbered month at Ruth’s Stitchery in Colorado Springs. The class is called "Fat Quarter Fun," and we do have fun!

    Aunt Marti on June 21, 2012
  • I discovered fat quarters, which I LOVE using, a couple of years ago at a quilt shop. I purchased many Halloween fat quarters, and used them to make coloful and unique Trick or Treat bags. They were so cute, and the kids loved them! No two were alike, and I realized that fat quarters lend themselves to all kinds of creativity. That was fun!

    —Karen on June 21, 2012
  • I have been collecting 30’s reproduction fat quarters almost since I started quilting in 2001. (OMG! It’s been 11 years!) My original "plan" was to make a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt in remembrance of my own grandmother who passed away in 2000. Well, I’m still working on that quilt, but in the process, I have discovered that I have more fat quarters that I could possibly use in that quilt. So, I am now "branching out" with my 30’s prints. I have started using the fabrics that have already been used in the GFG quilt for other scrappy quilts that I am doing on the machine. This has been a decade of fun with fat quarters!

    —Jaci E on June 21, 2012
  • Three quilting friends and I play "poker" with our fat quarters. We have card stock cut to fit the folded fat quarter, then we make a poker deck out of the cards. When we get together, we are dealt our "hand". The next time we meet, we have attached the playing card to our fat quarter – trying to hide as much of the fabric as we can so no one can see what they are playhing for. Then we play poker with our fat quarters. It is so much fun – we are all winners!!!!!

    —Valerie on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have had with fat quarters is discovering after a couple of years and 2 moves to perm digs that I have collected over 1200 4″squares and still finding 5″ squares. OMG! How did I know I stashed those away in nooks and crannys and forgot them. As my situation changed I am now in my own home and have been going thru "material boxes" and have come across oodles of these. I have already made some large quilts out of them when I first got them but now I want to try anything different to use them up! So I convert fat quarter patterns to smaller cuts and sew sew sew! Interesting shapes and patterns and I have fat quarters stashed all over too. sigh.. It has beome an obscession..

    —diane on June 21, 2012
  • I have been having great fun with my fat quarters, I just finished a single wedding ring quilt using fat quarters, also Kim Diehl`s pie in the sky loved making that quilt with my FQ,`s in fact most of her patterns you can use your FQ`s! lately I have just been binging on them for the projects that I have had in mind.
    I actually thought I would deplete some of my FQ`s only to find I am buying MORE!!

    Deb on June 21, 2012
  • I have lots of fat quarters like everybody else. I have lots of fun playing with them. Ilike to makes stack and slash placemats with fat quarters and easy crazy style blocks too.

    —Paule-Marie on June 21, 2012
  • I am just finishing up a lovely patchwork quilt top made entirely with fat quarters. It is beautiful! I love to work with fat quarters because you can add so much more color and so many more possibilities to your work instead of just using a couple of fabrics.

    —Janice on June 21, 2012
  • I have a ball doing QALs with Fat Quarters. Limiting myself to the Fat Quarter can be a challenge for me…but fun too.

    marjorie on June 21, 2012
  • I love bright colors–the brighter, the better! I picked up a fat quarter of the brightest colors I could find and made a "matching quilt" for little ones to play on. It had two squares of each different print and was set together with a black background fabric that had bright colored shapes on it. After I made the first one – I had enough left in the fat quarters that I made three more!

    —Debby on June 21, 2012
  • Last year I collected several "vegetable" fat quarters and made potholders with them for Christmas gifts. It was so much fun finding the FQs in different quilt stores and then coordinating the colors.

    —Donna on June 21, 2012
  • I’m using FQ’s while constructing Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler — so easy to have a variety of fabrics to choose from in my stash when I look through those wonderful FQ’s!
    I also belong to 2 groups who are involved in a fat quarter birthday exchange. Can’t wait till next month when it is my turn!

    —Carol Vickers on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve had with FQ’s – that would be when I gathered 26 fat quarters over 2.5 years with the intention of making a green-grey-white and purple quilt of some kind. I have now started the qulit and am 3 blocks into a King size Wonky Log Cabin quilt. I searched high and low and bought them wherever and whenever I could and stockpiled them until now – soooo great to cut them and be using them…my little fq beauties!!!

    Amy C on June 21, 2012
  • I collected hand dyed fat qtrs for a couple of years in a color wheel of colors and values until I had 150 to use in a paper pieced quilt pattern from a well known pattern designer. It has turned out wonderfully and is at the longarm quilter being custome quilted right now. I can hardly wait for it’s return! Also use fat qtrs for my miniature quilts. Thanks for chance…..I’d be able to use up some more of my fat qtrs!

    —Janet F on June 21, 2012
  • Just HAVING fat quarters is the most fun for me….they are so neat and compactly folded…they fit so perfectly together in nice straight rows in baskets or fat quarter totes…the colors and patterns show so nicely…they are so fun to organize and re-organize…let’s see, should I arrange them by color this time, or by style, or by type…ah, the list is endless!!

    Victoria Miner on June 21, 2012
  • The modt fun I had with a Fat Quarter; I was making my grand daughter a quilt for her bed when the grand daughter that lives with me got one of the fat quarters and decided to help. As she helped hiddingin the other room with sheers and fat quarter in hand she proceded to cut, cut ,cut, and cut I looked for the fat quarter for quite some time when shecame from the other room with it cut into what looked like a million peices. I asked what in heavens name do you have there. she said I maked a quilt like you. We took the peices the ones we could salvage put her on my lap and sewed a top for her dollies. we put the quilt together and finished it up she was so happy with her quilt we made together.

    —Karen Gray on June 21, 2012
  • FAT QUARTERS!!! Love them! I keep buying them any chance I get and have fun putting them together in color families and then experimenting with them. I’ve made several quilts using fat quarters. Right now I’m putting together a quilt with black & white fat quarters and most of them have musical instruments or notes on them for a niece. I would love winning the prize book for having more patterns.

    —Ann Boehm on June 21, 2012
  • I like fat quarters because it let’s me experiment with different colors without making a big investment. My last quilt with fat quarters was a folded pinwheel design with bright aqua, lime green, yellow, and a touch of red-orange.

    —Sue G on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve ever had with FQ’s would be playing Fat Quarter Bingo At a Guild meeting years ago. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

    —Sandy N on June 21, 2012
  • I don’t usually buy FQ’s I buy yardage but I’ve just bought a big stack of FQ’s to make a plus quilt, can’t wait 🙂

    pippa on June 21, 2012
  • So far, the most fun I’ve had is collecting them! I’ve got some gorgeous FQ’s that NEED to be used. I think this book is heading straight to the top of my shopping list!

    —Kim Q on June 21, 2012
  • I use make them to make quillows. I made a striking one from black and white FQs.

    —joyce mosby on June 21, 2012
  • When I first started quilting about 12 years ago I thought fat quarters were the neatest thing. I started "collecting" them for my stash, and now I am to the point where if a friend needs fat quarters for a project I say "help yourself"! Sharing, trading and giving them away is always a way to make room for more. I’ll probably keep buying them forever!

    —Linda Jones on June 21, 2012
  • I love using fat quarters when I want to make a scrappy looking quilt, but do not want to start cutting into yardage to do it. The most fun one I had was a black and white, dimensional bow-tie.

    —Nancy (Cat Lady) on June 21, 2012
  • I started collecting black and white fat quarters. I then found a pattern that used fat quarters. What made making this quilt so fun to make was spending time with my sister-in-law, her daughter and my friend on a 3 day quilt outing. We could sew when we liked, eat when we were hungry, and just plain go to bed (usually after 2 p.m.)when we wanted to. There was must laughter and alot of sewing. The quilt did get finished and was the perfect wedding gift for my niece.

    —Rita Scott on June 21, 2012
  • I am a Fat Quarter addict!! I can’t help but get one EVERY TIME I go to a quilt shop! When doing the local shop hop, I HAVE to get one from every shop visited! My daughter calls me a "hoarder". LOL The most fun I have with them, besides collecting, is just dreaming about what I will do with them once I decide I can part with some! I would love to win this book so I can add some more dreams to my collection! Good luck, Everyone! 🙂

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on June 21, 2012
  • Fat quarters bring several kinds of fun. Fun when you discover that lovely stack. Fun when you buy them. Fun when you pet and admire them in your sewing room (usually for months). And fun when you make them into something wonderful and wonder why you waited so long. Oh, and, one other bit of super fun — when you WIN fat quarters or a book about fat quarters!

    —Lisa Marie on June 21, 2012
  • I’m still having fun with my batch of green fat quarters I won in a drawing! A ‘fat quarter keeper’ filled with every green you can think of–a whopping 120 of them. Let’s see, mmmmmmmm that comes out to 30 yards worth of green fat quarters alone!!!! Every time I need a green I have to reach no farther than my case of them. Small quilts, medium quilts, large quilts, I have lost track of how many different quilts they have gone in. And there is still enough of them for a great deal more. Am I tired of green, NO WAY. More fun for the future.

    —Cindy on June 21, 2012
  • On a Quilt Shop Hop my then 4 year old granddaughter got her free and then picked out a matching one to purchase. Two years ago we got them out and she pieced a quilt using only the fat quarters. It turned out to be a Queen size. We had it quilted and she has won a Blue Ribbon in the County Fair with it. We still have left over fat quarters we are using to make a string quilt this summer.

    —Wanda on June 21, 2012
  • Hi,
    I use fat quarters a lot. I tie things, wrap things and I even have a fast way to make a two hour table runner on my blog
    http://goodearthquilting.blogspot.ca/2011/09/two-hour-table-runner-part-one.html

    all the best,

    Carli

    Carli on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve had with fat quarters has been making bags and ebook covers. The already cut, already coordinated pieces make for beautiful purses and equally beautiful and coordinating or contrasting ebook or tablet covers. They sew easily, and you can embellish them to your heart’s content or give them a masculine flair with little trim. Sew much fun – they make me feel like a creative genius even when I’m not.

    —Robin Pinder on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve ever had with fat quarters is they were the prize in a game but we got to laughing so much that we forgot all about the game.

    —Laura on June 21, 2012
  • I would have to say the most fun I had with fat quarters was at a quilt retreat. We each brought a fat quarter for the GAME! It was LCR (Left Center Right) and was so much fun, even though I didn’t win the fat quarters in the pot.

    —Nancy Myers on June 21, 2012
  • I recently bought a FQ collection thru Jo’s Country Junction Blog on one of Bonnie Hunter’s Yard Sale Saturday’s. They got washed and put into my stash. Then I saw a quilt a long that needed 25 FQ’s and a friend at work retired. Out came 25 FQ and a quilt was made! Jo even featured it in her blog, when I asked if she wanted a picture of what I had made with the FQ’s I bought from her. She even said she regretted selling me the fabric after she saw how cute the quilt turned out!

    —Mary Ann Harpe on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have had with fat quarters was when my sister-in-law turned 50. She received 50 fat quarters from her 5 sisters-in-law. We each picked out 10 to give her. Oh the variety and the stories as to why we picked that one or this one. It was a blast.
    PS. I secretly hope I ge the same gift when I turn 50!

    —BarbaraJW on June 21, 2012
  • When I came back to quilting after being away from it for many years I found they had fat quarters!! I had never seen them before and I was so tickled ordering lots of fat quarters at really reasonable prices to build my stash with.Online ordering, fat quarters of all types what more did I need. Pattern books!!! With so many new ideas and fabric cuts I was amazed how much easier and exciting quilting had become.

    Kate Brown on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have had with FQ’s are the Birthday FQ’s we exchange in my online quilt group. This year I got all kinds of purples and golds. Right up my alley. I am looking forward to making something spectacular out of them.

    —Betty on June 21, 2012
  • Fat quarters are like lays potato chips. You can’t stop at one. I have a super easy baby blanket I make with just 5 fat quarters and a yard 1/2 of a coordinating fabric. If you are focused you can get a top done in a day. I’ve made so many I can pretty much do it without the instructions now. So when I go fabric shopping if I see 5 quarters I love I’m half way to a spectacularly easy baby blanket

    —Charlotte on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have had with Fat Quarters is making halloween bags for my grandkids and a skirt for my daughter.

    —ruth on June 21, 2012
  • I’ve had lots of fun with fat quarters, but the most fun (besides buying them) is buying the sets and appliqueing with them. It gives a contemporary, blended look that enhances the applique. It’s such a fun way to collect fabrics, isn’t it?

    —Lin Taylor on June 21, 2012
  • What could one do with a bunch of FQ and a book of inspiration?…..create some beautiful gifts or donations and finally bring the FQ stash down to a reasonable amount I’d think! The kids have re-named the sewing room the "hoarding room". Does that give you a clue? I obviously need some "help" and the book would just do the trick!

    —Julie Pike on June 21, 2012
  • My friends and I go on quilt retreat twice a year. We do a fat quarter swap each time. Everyone choose their favorite them, and we each buy a fat quarter for one another in that chosen theme. Sometimes one of us will immediately make a project with it; sometimes the fat quarters are for a future project that needs a lot of diversity. And sometimes they are just stash busters! My favorite quilt so far has been a Halloween themed quilt that I made, it was a lot of fun to use such a wide variety of fabrics.

    —Sharon A on June 21, 2012
  • I think the most fun I had with my fat quarters was giving some of them to my girlfriend for her 70th birthday so she would have 70 of them. Needless to say, it took her awhile to sort them.

    —Leann Williams on June 21, 2012
  • Well I am sorry to say that I have not yet done a quilt using fat quarters, at least not true fat quarters. I have used bits from my stash but that would be called scrappy, right? So I think I should buy a co-ordinated packed of fat quarters and go to town.

    —Karen L. on June 21, 2012
  • Hmmm, the most fun I’ve had with fat quarters? I would have to say that would have been my first quilt shop hop in Texas. All the shops were giving away 1 fat quarter of your choice and a block pattern. I gathered 13 Halloween(ish) fat quarters during that hop and plan on using them to make a very cool wall hanging and some mug rugs.
    I could use this book! I have all kinds of fat quarters stashed in my bookcase upstairs.
    Thanks for the chance to win it.

    —Lisa Cox on June 21, 2012
  • Right now I’m participating in a QAL using a bundle of fat quarters. It is my first quilt with fat quarters and my first QAL. I’ve used fat quarters for lots of smaller projects though.

    —MoeWest on June 21, 2012
  • I am buying them as gifts when my nieces come visit – when they have collected "enough" of them we are making a scrappy quilt w/ their fat quarters we have bought! thanks!

    —Lee on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have with fat quarters is when I shop my stash or a local quilt shop to find the perfect ones for my quilting friends. I think it is the most fun way to acknowledge my friends special color loves or types of fabrics without going broke! LOL
    I have never met a quilt maker who didn’t have a big grin or her (or his) face when she sees a group of fat quarters chosen just for her.
    Thanks for the chance to win what looks to be a have to have book for my collection.

    —Cathie Denney on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have with Fat Quarters is deciding which one’s NOT to buy! They are so darn cute. I have so many that I recently started bundling them together in like colors for two quilts I have planned. That was fun to do also! The book is great!

    Colleen Taylor on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have had with fat quarters was making a cute table mat for my hallway table. I like the way the variety of fabrics look in the coordinated, but scrappy table mat.

    —Jill Hicks on June 21, 2012
  • the most fun I have had with fat quarters is to use them in some applique quilts I am making.

    Carrie P. on June 21, 2012
  • My first Quilt was made with over 24 fat quarters as I made pin-wheels inside blocks with a large band for a boarder. The pin-wheels were of Laurel Burche’s Cats and Birds.
    This was the beginning of a wonderful friendship in quilting. I use stotage totes to sort all the fabrics into colors, sizes and collections. Glad to have a large walk-in closet. My new project is to find a long-arm and loom for doing the stippling on my other quilts. I fist had to pay another to do the stippling, but I would like to add my own style to them.

    —gimli007 on June 21, 2012
  • Just before the Vermont shop hop a couple years ago, my husband and I booked a trip to Ireland. I planned to check out quilt shops as we traveled around Irelande and thought there might even be another quilter or two on the tour. So I had the idea that FQs of the hop’s specially produced fabrics would be good currency to swap with Irish quilters or those touring Ireland.

    —Beth Burnett on June 21, 2012
  • I just love collecting fat quarters – particularly 1930s repros! I love the scrappy possibilities! Thank you for the chance to win!

    —Paula on June 21, 2012
  • I have fun just collecting fat quarters!! I’m a sucker for when the fabric shops assemble sets of 3 or more fat quarters together and tie with a ribbon. I fondle my quarters, I smell them and huff the fabric fumes. Someday I’ll actually sew with them.

    Terry SailingKnitter on June 21, 2012
  • the most fun i’ve had with fat quarters (so far) is constructing a log cabin quilt. it took me almost 10 years to finally get it done, but i love it! its in various shades of green, gold, and brown (with a strip or two of purple thrown in for fun) for the darks, and whites and creams for the lights. the centre squares are a rich red colour. i wanted lots of variety, so i decided to use fat quarters.
    thanks so much for the chance to win!

    —chrissie w on June 21, 2012
  • I ask any quilter can we EVER have enough fat quarters? I think not, there is sooooo much that can be done with them and I’m sure this book is full of many more ideas. I especially love the variety that you get when use use many of them in a scrap quilt, you aren’t overwhelmed by one fabric but there is just enough of anyone fabric to make it interesting.

    —Bev on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun mmmmm after collecting them by trading or purchasing is when they are all put into a project, just when I think one is rather ugly by itself it shines when put with others and the project takes on a whole new and usually wonderful look.

    —gramma on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun using fat quarters for me was deciding at the last minute to make mug rugs for gifts and using fats because their size made it easier and faster to cut.

    Joanna on June 21, 2012
  • I had a friend retiring from the Military several years ago. I took a stack and slash class that required fat quarters. I used all red, white, and blue patriotic prints and had a friend quilt it with variegated red. white, and blue thread. It was bright, colorful and extremely patriotic. Recently I saw a photo in their home and it is proudly displayed, which really made me happy!

    —Marilyn Mason on June 21, 2012
  • TWO SUMMERS AGO, WHILE PLANNING FOR MY TRIP TO PADUCAH, KENTUCKY TO TAKE AN INSTRUCTORS COURSE FROM ELEANOR BURNS, I USED AN EPIC NUMBER OF BLACK AND WHITE PRINT FAT QUARTERS TO MAKE A SUITCASE, TOILETRY BAG, LAPTOP BAG, PURSE, WALLET, CHECKBOOK COVERS, BUSINESS CARD CASES, 2 TOTEBAGS, AND A GARMENT BAG TO USE WHILE ON MY TRIP. I HAD GREAT FUN WATCHING THE PRINTS DEVELOP INTO WONDERFUL PATTERNS ON EACH ITEM. EVERYONE WHO SEES THEM WANTS TO MAKE THEM FOR THEMSELVES. I DON’T KNOW WHICH I ENJOYED MORE…MAKING THINGS WITH THE FAT QUARTERS (WHICH I HAD NEVER USED BEFORE) OR USING EVERYTHING I MADE OVER AND OVER SINCE THEN. FAT QARTERS MAKE IT EASY TO CHOOSE LOADS OF DIFFERENT FABRICS WITHOUT SPENDING MORE THAN MY BUDGET ALLOWS.

    —DIANNA HALE on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have had with Fat Quarters was a workshop with the lovely Beryl Hodges for a quilt she calls ‘Twist and Shout’. We needed to select two sets of 6 coordinated fat quarters and the resulting quilt looks like spinning stars on a background. The best part of a workshop is of course seeing the fabric and colour selections made by the other participants. All so different and simply beautiful. It was the best fun!

    —Sandy on June 21, 2012
  • I have the most fun with fat quarters four times a year! Eleven friends and I gather for our quarterly "Quilters’ Tea." We have tea (heavy on the sweets) and a fabric exchange. We choose themes about a year in advance to give everyone time to find the perfect fabric. Each participant buys 3 yards, cuts it into fat quarters and we exchange. After seven years of meeting, we’ve had a lot of different themes…some of which have even made it into quilts! Last year we added an optional DIY block of the month…the only stipulation was to use one exchange fabric in each block. Great friends, great fabric, great food…the fat quarters are extra fun to use because they come infused with great memories!

    Beth Strand on June 21, 2012
  • YES, I WOULD SAY THAT WAS THE MOST FUN I EVER HAD USING FAT QUARTERS TO MAKE USEABLE ITEMS

    —DIANNA HALE on June 21, 2012
  • My two friends and I traded fat quarters and then we each made a wall hanging – same pattern, different color placement. It was amazing how different the three wall hangings were.

    —lindawwww on June 21, 2012
  • I love fat quarters because they are easy to swap and share with friends and family, allowing me to acquire fabrics I might not have selected on my own!

    —Marya on June 21, 2012
  • Baby quilts, baby quilts, baby quilts–that is where I find the most fun for fat quarters. Making quilts for my adult sons is a close second for using fat quarters. Wahooooo!!!!

    —Janey Cook on June 21, 2012
  • For me the fun part about fat quarters is going through them to decide what to use in my next project

    Rachelle on June 21, 2012
  • Fat quarters?? – They’re fun for everything! Lately, I’ve been making little wallets for giving gift cards for friends. You can make two from a fat quarter, or you can mix and match different fabrics.

    —Laurel Marsolais on June 21, 2012
  • right now i am making a swoon quilt from a fat quarter bundle.

    craftytammie on June 21, 2012
  • I LOVE to touch and play with my fat quarters and then, iron them and place them in their appropriate tote – I try to keep my fabrics separated according to "color".

    Then, when I need that specific color or pattern…. I can dip into my colored tote and have fun, making quilts!

    Tks for the contest!

    Rosa Robichaud
    Saint John, New Brunswick
    Canada
    robich@rogers.com

    Rosa Robichaud on June 21, 2012
  • I don’t usually purchase fat quarters unless it is just the right fabric for my project and there isn’t a bolt to buy yardage from. The last fat quarters I used were for a Valentine quilt (UFO). Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Julie on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I had with fat quarters was making a baby quilt with my daughter for my daughter’s friend. Her friend was having a long awaited baby and we gathered up the fabrics. After arranging and rearranging we finally got it all together. We used a complimentary fabric for the borders and backing. By the time we were all done my daughter had fallen in love with a couple of the fabrics. We bought those two fat quarters to add to fabrics used in my daughter’s new baby’s quilt. My daughter and I got to spend lots of fun time with fat quarters and these two babies will always be tied together by not only their moms but by their quilts.

    —Judy on June 21, 2012
  • I love FQs. They are very economical for me ~~ I am able to build up a great collection of a lot of various fabrics. I love applique quilts, and all those FQs certainly do come in handy. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    —Rhonda Desgranges on June 21, 2012
  • Every year I attend a quilting retreat, and we play ‘fat quarter craps’. It’s a game played with dice. Everyone plays until there is a winner. I have won several times coming home with at least 60 plus new fat quarters. It’s great fun, win or lose. It’s a game I look forward to each year.

    —Sarah Daneke on June 21, 2012
  • I am a fat quarter junkie! I used to by them when I loved the fabric, but wasn’t sure what I would make.
    Just had to have a piece to stash away….
    Now I LOVE making scrappy quilts, and buy fat quarters for variety!
    Hope to win the book and try more patterns!

    —Shelly S. on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I had with a fat quarter was doing a stack n whack out of one fat quarter. A friend had told me she had a friend (who I’ve now taken a class from) who figure out how to do this. I laughed and said "No way! Show me!" And I was shown.

    —Cathy on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have had with fat quaters is making a quilt with a Craftsy online class.

    —Bridget on June 21, 2012
  • My mother was very sick for a couple of years. To cheer her up, every few weeks I would buy some fat quarters in her favorite colored batiks and send them to her as a surprise. When she was feeling, she helped me plan a quilt with them. I did the rotary cutting, she did the piecing. She started hand quilting it and I will finish it. It was wonderful to see her spirits pick up.

    Miichelle Harrison on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun that I had with fat quarters was with online QALs for Blogger’s Block-a-Palooza and P2 Modern QAL. I used a fat quarter stack for a collection and made all the blocks for each QAL. Then, because the fabrics fit together, combined them into one large sampler quilt. It looks fantastic if I say so myself! Thanks for the chance to win this great book! I tend to end up with fat quarters so would be great to have patterns that accomodate those fqs.

    —MarciaW on June 21, 2012
  • My first quilt was out of fat quarters – they’re hard to resist. The best part is- if you buy some in a fabric outside your comfort zone, it’s not a major investment and you don’t feel guilty cutting it up. It even works if the fabric is inside your comfort zone. I love diving into a new stack of fat quarters with my rotary cutter – and you know the quilt will be gorgeous when you’re done.

    —Jean HS on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I had with fat quarters was when my first great niece was born and I made her a Sunbonnet Sue quilt. However, it was not long before I discovered that it was less expensive and more economical to buy fabric in 1/2 yard pieces and get two for less than the price of one.

    —Jeannette Bessler on June 21, 2012
  • I think the most fun I’ve had with fat quarters is buying them. I can never seem to have too many.

    —Ginger on June 21, 2012
  • I made a quilt for my daughter when she got married. It was my third quilt.

    —Shannon Haas on June 21, 2012
  • Using fat quarters for applique for a Baltimore Album quilt.

    —Jane on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I had with fat quarters was making a quilt called The Pointless Wonder. I had so many fat quarters the quilt became a full size instead of a lap quilt. It was fun to watch the progression.

    —Sher S. on June 21, 2012
  • the most fun i’ve had with fat quarters is WINNING a fat quarter bundle. now I need a pattern. Thanks for a chance to win this book. Janita

    janita on June 21, 2012
  • Fat quarters have so many uses all of which are in the comments above mine.
    But the mix and match for me is the true fun.I make small purses for
    different charities and the fat quarter makes it soooo much fun. They only other yardage is the strap ..Stash time!!!!!

    —Darlene Joyner on June 21, 2012
  • would love to win an e-book, thanks

    —sandra b. on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve had using fat quarters was while teaching 3 college-bound young ladies how to make pretty book totes. Each of them shopped through the entire fat quarter fabric section and came up with incredible-looking bags.

    jessica on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun i have had with fat quarters is shopping for them at my local quilt shop. Since my first granddaughter arrived 3 and a half years ago i have been taking her quilt shopping. She has been picking out fat quarter for quite awhile now. She knows exactly what she likes and doesn’t like. Shes is also learning her colors with fat quarters. Izabella picks out the fat quarters and i put them into projects for her.

    —Sharon Meyer on June 21, 2012
  • I just made a Convergence quilt with fat quarters. Love Ricky Tims.

    Colleen on June 21, 2012
  • Most of my fat quarters I use for applique. Love using little elements of color, textural prints, etc to get that perfect applique piece.

    —Beth Hammergren on June 21, 2012
  • I normally cut jelly roll from FQ. 🙂

    —Hueisei on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have with fat quarters is buying ones with kids prints on them, then cutting them in half and giving one half to a friend, so we can both make I-spy’s…

    —Cathy on June 21, 2012
  • I like collecting batik fat quarters. Its my favorite fabric.

    —Connie on June 21, 2012
  • My very first quilt I ever made with fat quarters was a Turning Twenty. I used all Debbie Mumm prints and made myself a queen size bedspread which I still periodically put on my bed. I fell in love with fat quarters after that…

    —Val on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve had with FQ? Well, my mom thought that was a hilarious expression as she was a seamstress and not a quilter. For myself, realizing I can cut them up any way I want: for applique pieces, charming little pieces, and carefully into strips to match up with other strips. Fold them just right and you get four quarter circle pieces and the matching outer arcs for drunkards path blocks. Oh, the places you can go with a fat quarter.

    —Claudia on June 21, 2012
  • most fun … cutting circles and all the applique flowers and birds [by hand] to make accuquilt’s chitterchatter quilt from 16 fat quarters!

    ritainalaska on June 21, 2012
  • I have had lots of fun though out the years with fat quarters (they are a blast to build a stash) but I think the most fun was earlier this year when my group made a chemo quilt for one of our members. It all stared with a Kaufman fabric that one of the girls had miss-cut at work, feeling guilty she bought the fabric and planned to give it to our friend Leslie who had just found out she had breast cancer. We wanted to have her enjoy the fabric to the fullest so the plot was hatched. The pattern required 14 FQs, so off we went to rob our statches to match and blend with Kaufman. Over a three week period we cut, sewed and quilted in secret. We had her cousin drag her off on missions so she wasn’t at group. What we produced was a beautiful blend of pinks, oranges, blues, greens and browns that blew us away. It was the perfect Leslie quilt. It was her in fabric, it was us loving her, holding her and praying for her with our art! It’s been a year this month since her first surgery and Leslie is an inspiration with her positivity. Onto my next FQ creation, a purple and black wedding surprises this time all on my own. While enjoyable not as much fun as plotting with the girls!

    —CHRISTINA MACKENZIE on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have with fat quarters is BUYING them! When I travel I find so many new fabrics that aren’t available at home, and fat quarters is the way to go! I can get so many samples without spending too much money.

    —Laurie Fabrick on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve had with fat quarters…as a shop owner – it’s really about fun ‘memories’. We moved my Mom & Dad from NH to FL – to an ALF nearby – I’d pick them up and bring them to the shop – I’d have a kazillion fat quarters cut – and they would fold and label them for us. At the time they were 87yrs old – my Dad was not very mobile, but his mind was good and he’d ‘boss’ my Mom about her ‘folding techniques'(Mom has dementia and sometimes folding was a ‘challenge’)… but with EVERY fat qtr my mom would touch…she’d "OOH and AHH" and say "your fabric is so much nicer than mine was" (she’d managed a fabric store years ago). For two years – we were in Fat Quarter City – Daddy has since passed away – and Mom doesn’t help any more – but we still come across a fat quarter now and then with just ‘scotch tape’ holding it closed and smile, knowing Mom folded that one (she wouldn’t tell me when she ran out of labels…she’d just use a piece of tape instead! LOL) – Thanks for the memory!

    Lynn on June 21, 2012
  • Beautiful quilts and it looks like a great book! The most fun I’ve had with fat quarters is taking a whole bunch of my older fabrics and…..cutting them up into fat quarters so I had a stash of them!

    Connie Campbell on June 21, 2012
  • The most fun I have had with fat quarters is buying more and more and more, it is so easy to fill your fabric closet with all these wonderful little pieces.

    —Julie Albers on June 21, 2012
  • I love making mug mats with fat quarters and they also are great for twister projects too!

    —Kathy MacKie on June 22, 2012
  • I had fun creating a Winnie the Pooh quilt with a Fat quarter "Winnie thePooh" bundle, I had many complements Thou the quilt hasn’t been deliveed yet, I have been looking more Winnie the Pooh material since.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on June 22, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve had with fast quarters? Hmmm I think it is a toss up between making fabric flowers, making a"sling" bag and a disappearing 9 patch quilt.All three were fun! I love some of the ideas others have shared here.

    —Machelle on June 22, 2012
  • And better than BUYING them is having them gifted to you! Yup, I was gifted an assortment of 50 fat quarters for my 50th birthday. Each time I pull several for a project, I am reminded of a fun day of celebrating.

    —Lorraine on June 22, 2012
  • Totally addicted to fat quarters — always the first choice when visiting a new quilt shop. Love to sort them and dream of what pattern I will find to put them together. This book looks like it would fit the bill!

    —Josie Horner on June 22, 2012
  • Love, love, love fat quarters. Most fun is hard to say b/c I use them for so many things. But I think making crazy blocks is my favorite. I just stack them and start slicing and stacking and stitching. It really is fun. Also love to make mug rugs b/c a fat quarter is the perfect amount. And never forget how many appliques one can cut from a FQ.

    Marjorie Busby on June 22, 2012
  • FQs are great for star quilts, maple leaf quilts, baby quilts, any quilts!! I also buy them as souvenirs, great to remember an impromtu ‘shop hop’ with friends!!

    Donna Purchase on June 22, 2012
  • I have designed four quilts for my three boys and my husband. My boys and I love going to the fabric store where I let them pick out fat quarters to add to their quilts. We have very fun memories selecting our fabrics, which will be displayed lovingly throughout their finished designs…if I can ever get them completed! 🙂

    —Kimberly on June 22, 2012
  • love fat quarters you get such a variety & so many ways to use them

    —linda on June 22, 2012
  • I buy fat quarters when I travel (even if it’s the 30 mile trip to the mall). I love to see where they end up. A baby quilt, the special graduation quilt for my granddaughter or the extra fun scrap house quilt. They bring back memories of New Orleans, Kansas City or a trip to the mall. It’s what makes each quilt special and have more of "me" in it.

    —Nancy Gillard on June 22, 2012
  • The most fun I have with Fat Quarters is collecting them and adding them to my stash! I started collecting 1930’s retro prints about 20 years ago, because I would go fabric shopping with my older sister. I finally cut into them last year to make a doll quilt for my great-nieces Christmas present.

    —Jacklynn Grimm on June 22, 2012
  • At our Guild Retreats, we play "Fat Quarter Scat".
    Each Quilter brings 4 Fat quarters and one evening we play the card game "Scat". The lucky winner goes home with dozens of fat quarters.

    —Paulette Budgell on June 22, 2012
  • My most fun with Fat Quarters is collecting them! Just kidding I am presently making a quilt using a fat quarter collection and it’s so nice to have them all coordinating!

    —Donna Harry on June 22, 2012
  • My name is Sharon Scott and I am addicted to fat quarters! 🙂 I love the original Turning Twenty. I have adjusted the pattern to make Turning Twelves- great lap quilts! And Turning Nines for baby quilts.
    It is a great way to display the fabric you just hate to cut, and make great gifts!
    Thank you for the give~away. I might just find a new use for my fat quarter stash!

    —Sharon Scott on June 22, 2012
  • I’m in the "just collecting" stage like a few others, but the collection is growing and soon I will have enough coordinating colors to put into a wonderful quilt!

    —Michele Dawson on June 22, 2012
  • Making fat quarter square quilts for each of my grandchildren. Just took fat quarters and stitched them together and added fleece backings, at ages 9,10 & 11, they still have them and use them everynight. I didn’t require any quilting knowledge at the time, just stitching!

    Jean Kester on June 22, 2012
  • I love making baby quilts with fat quarters! That way I am truly limited on how much fabric I have to use!

    —Lynette on June 22, 2012
  • The most fun I had with fat quarters was collecting a great group of novelty fabrics to use to make a quilt for my grandson. I found some really cute "boy" images and made a simple 4 patch theme with frog fabric in squares between the sashing. It was fun to make and he really likes it! And that’s the best part!

    —Pam Losely on June 22, 2012
  • To be honest, the most fun I have had with FQ to date is making a Turning Twenty Around the Block quilt. It was inmy very first class I ever took and the women I met and the things I learned have stayed with me ever since. Plus, the quilt ended up being a gift for my sister who will send me pictures of her little dog Daisy, lounging and enjoying the top of the quilt (it rarely actually gets used in Florida). Definitely the most fun!

    Megan on June 22, 2012
  • My favorite fat quarter project is from "Clever Quarters" by Susan Dissmore. It is a great tablerunner that utilizes fat quarters well. I also like to put fat quarters on my sewing room cabinet as a decoration. The little stacks tied with ribbon are pretty and inspirational. No wonder I couldn’t resist buying them!

    Bonnie on June 22, 2012
  • I love collecting FQs but never know what to do with them once I have them! This would be a great book to solve that problem and let me have even MORE fun with them! 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on June 22, 2012
  • I’ll share my first thought while reading your topic question….THE very most fun I have with FT’s is being able to buy every colorway of a designers fabric collection. Prior to FT’s I would buy maybe a yard of two different pieces of the collection 😀

    —Jackie Roisler on June 22, 2012
  • i have so many FQ , and i love making scrap quilts with them.

    —Micheline on June 22, 2012
  • Fat quarters are fun because they literally invite one to be creative and make a fast/fun quilt.

    However, I give up my chance at winning the book, because I loved what "Janice" wrote on her June 21, 2012 comment!

    She wrote, "I gave my friend 50 fat quarters for her 50th birthday. I put them in a basket marked ‘inspiration’. I also included an inspirational/motivational thought in each folded fat quarter."

    Janice can be my friend anytime! I thought her gift was a wonderful idea, and including an inspirational thought inside each fat quarter took time to do, and shows a lot of love for her friend.

    I give my vote to Janice! Whooo-Hoooo! Janice, please feel my hugs!

    —Crazy Cuban on June 22, 2012
  • I love fat quarters and have quite a stash- mostly of them. I need some inspiration as to what to do with them. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Tamie on June 22, 2012
  • I have been participating in a Boomerang swap on the internet. We send out Fat eighths and our partners use it to make a block. My stash of fat quarters has really come in handy to make the blocks to send back to my partners. It is so much fun just the perfect fabric to use with their fabric. Even though their choice is very different from what I collect, I have been able to make good matches to make the blocks with.

    —Debra on June 22, 2012
  • We made a set of four baby quilts at our church out of fat quarters.
    It was amazing to see that they were all different but had the same fabrics.

    —Sherril on June 22, 2012
  • My first encounter was with the books "Turning Twenty." I immediately started collecting 20-count stacks of FQ’s! I have so many stacks! And I can’t bear to break them up. I am disappointed though. I have a ton of patterns for FQ’s (18″ X 22″) and they are sometimes only 17″ by 20-21″. AAAAHHHH! Do any of you have that same problem? Well, like all creative girlies, I make them work. Oh, and if you can’t bear to break your pretty stacks of FQ’s up…they make great decorating in your sewing room!

    —Lorie on June 22, 2012
  • I have a collection of FQs that has actually been fun to collect! I’ve made some quilts from them, but love collecting. My on-line group had a member going through a tough time, so we made her a red and white quilt. We sent FQs to a friend with the Tumbler die for her Studio cutter, and I got all the pieces, sewed them together, and sent her a quilt to help get her through the rough stuff. It’s always fun working with a variety of fabrics and doing something you know will make someone happy. I really want some more ideas for quilts, though. Thanks!

    —Maryellen on June 22, 2012
  • Most fun with FQ’s I’ve had is winning Quilt Bingo at guild retreat! This looks like a wonderful book, I really hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity!

    —susan on June 22, 2012
  • Well, while making things with fat quarters is indeed fun, Ive had fun just receiving a bundle of coordinating fabrics and tearing open the ribbon the holds it together, and resorting the FQs by color, and then maybe resorting by pattern… it’s fun just to touch them!

    —LisaT on June 22, 2012
  • One of the things I love about fat quarters are all the clever folding and displaying techniques used by shops. They add to the appeal and gives the buyer a sense of the color combinations and designs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a bundle just because I liked the way they were arranged. 🙂

    —Evelyn on June 22, 2012
  • My grandaughter love cats, I love fat quarters, so I bought fat quarters in states from PA to IL to Fl all in purple shades and found a cat pattern and made my dear grandaughter a quilt.

    —RhoTho on June 22, 2012
  • On a quilt retreat we all made half-square triangles out of light and
    dark batiks. One of our teachers gave a lesson on arranging patterns
    with lights and darks. Then we had a drawing for all the squares.
    Much to my surprise I won and had enough squares for a bed size quilt!

    Cheryl on June 22, 2012
  • I make it a point to visit local quilt shops and collect fat quarters when I travel. When the fabric becomes part of a quilt, it’s a wonderful reminder of that time and place.

    —Elizabeth Smith on June 22, 2012
  • the most fun I had was a little neighbor girl , age 5 who wanted to learn to make a doll blanket for her DOG.. I asked her what colors she liked. . She said, Binkle likes pink and purple because she loves me. Binkle is a basset hound.. Me thought, " how many fat quarters will that take to make one big enough?" . That was a great afternoon of sharing fat quarters with a 5 year old.

    —karen on June 23, 2012
  • I recently made an apron using 3 fat quarters that turned out super cute. I have been collecting fat quarters of fabric I like but don’t know what to do with them. This book would be amazing if I could win I would be over the moon happy. I might even be excited enough to do a happy dance.

    —margaret r on June 23, 2012
  • I loved making reversible small bags for grands and myself.

    —NANCY in IN on June 23, 2012
  • Most fun? Making handbags with fat quarters.

    helen-mary on June 23, 2012
  • I love to use them to make the turning 20 quilts. They work up so fast! I also love to just hoard the fqs!

    —Brenda Hulsey on June 23, 2012
  • Was a blue and white mystery quilt with way too many half square triangles. This looks like a really good book for using up some of my FQs.

    —LeAnne L on June 23, 2012
  • I had some hand-dyed fat quarters that I couldn’t decide what to do with. I couldn’t bring myself to cut into them so I pinned them to my design wall and just looked at them from time to time…Eye Candy!

    —Laurel on June 23, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve had using fat quarters is making several sets of table runners for extended family member for Christmas presents. They were so easy to work with, and combination possibilities were endless!

    Lisa Mayfield on June 23, 2012
  • I am a newbie to fat quarterdom!!!! I love love love all the fresh new designers!!!! And I am a newbie to blogdom- so I have become totally inspired. Now II collect fat quarter collections. The fat quarter books assure me that I cannot go wrong doing this, and often I design or find a pattern that I can use and then I scour the web for accompanying fabrics. At our house we have fat quarter talk…..my husband refers to the cost of things as, "Well THAT is certainly a lot of fat quarters!!!"

    —Judy Toelle on June 23, 2012
  • What’s not to love about Fat Quarters? It seems like no matter what sewing I do I use fat quarters as part or most of the fabric. The most fun I have with fat quarters is just collecting them in so many gorgeous colors and prints waiting to be made into something useful and beautiful!

    Kathleen B on June 23, 2012
  • I’ve used fat quarters to make mini bags with handles to give away as door prizes at one of the quilting clubs I belong to.

    —Jenelle Boxberger on June 23, 2012
  • The most fun I had with fat quarters was making warm winter slippers. It may be June, but that means winter here in the Southern Hemisphere. A shock to this Michigan gal’s system. Though, Australia has been my home for five years, I don’t think I will ever get used to the opposite-ness of the seasons. Thus, the thrill of warming my feet with fleece lined slippers made from pink and dotty fat quarter. I’m thinking about making a second pair…possibly blue.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

    —Deborah on June 23, 2012
  • Fat quarters give me a chance to sample colors, textures and prints. I love mixing and matching them.

    —Janet on June 24, 2012
  • One time I took some coordinated batik fat quarters and used them to wrap an assortment of a quilters tools. The smile of delight was wonderful to see as my friend unwrapped her treasures and she had a nice selection of her favorite fabrics! I would much rather use fabric to wrap gifts, it is the gift that keeps on giving!

    —Charlotte Scott on June 24, 2012
  • When I was a Girl Scout leader, our troop made a banner. I brought enough fat quarters to the meeting so that each girl could choose a fabric to trace and cut out her hand print. The girls were proud that they made their own banner and each of them was represented by a unique fabric.

    KatieQ on June 24, 2012
  • The most fun I have with my fat quarters is fondling my collection and fantasizing what different projects we could be part of together. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book, I really hope I win!

    —Susan on June 24, 2012
  • The most fun was when I made my quilt for my Mother. It was hand pieced and hand quilted. It was only my second quilt and my Mom loved it. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Cecilia on June 25, 2012
  • The most fun I have had is making a Christmas quilt block using 6 different fabrics in each block and sewing all the blocks together. You feel happy sewing it and you feel happy looking at it!

    —Carle on June 25, 2012
  • The most fun I’ve had was collecting teal black & white fat quarters for a quilt for my room. After 7 years of quilting I put my name on the list. I’m half way done with the quilt and am happy that this one will stay with me. 🙂

    —Joan Rodriguez on June 25, 2012
  • I’m pretty new to quilting, but I love it. I’ve recently done two fat quarter quilts using the pattern 5 and dime. The first was for my son’s girlfriend. We used black, white and lime green! Oh my goodness I loved it. Then my son wanted the same pattern (so they could match) so I did his with black, white and blues….it was quilted using a varigated blue thread. Let me tell you, it looks wonderful and the back (bieng black) pops with that thread!! I’ve had someone else do the longarm part of the quilt. I just make the tops!! I love fat quarters…they are an inexpensive way to way a quilt, and the variety is great!

    —Michelle Klingaman on June 26, 2012
  • I made a quilt for my grandson with bugs, fish and various other animals using FQs I had collected. It was fun using fabrics I just had to buy before I had a project in mind. Also, it gives me a guilt free reason to buy more fabrics that I have to buy without a specific end use in mind.

    —Beth B on June 26, 2012
  • The most fun I remember having with fat quarters was getting a basket full of them for my birthday a few years ago, from my wonderful husband! He went to my favorite quilt shop and asked them to hook me up with 62 different fat quarters – one for each year of my life! I think they had as much fun putting it together as I did going through them on my birthday.

    —Marilyn Goehl on June 26, 2012
  • I did two "picture quilts" for my sisters with fat quarters and pictures from our childhood. So much fun. Thanks

    —Marilyn Higgins on June 27, 2012

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