Use the fat quarters you’ve got! Patterns for 6, 8, 10, 12, or 14 FQs (+ giveaway!)

How many fat quarters does it take to make a beautiful quilt?

6, 8, 10, 12, or 14—the choice is yours!

Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

America’s favorite fabric cut gets a fun makeover in a dozen all-new patterns from popular blogger Andy Knowlton. In her happy color palette, Andy shares easy-to-sew quilts that will inspire you to break into your bundles, unfold your singles, or even cut yardage into 18″ x 22″ chunks of fabric to re-create the cheerful designs in Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts.

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts

Stars, pinwheels, arrows, and Churn Dashes are just a few of the classic motifs that get Andy’s fresh fat-quarter treatment. No more excuses and no time to lose—you’ll love reducing and restocking your stash to make these fat-quarter friendly projects.

We’re happy to welcome Andy as a guest writer today!

Andy KnowltonWhen my kids were younger they often had to go with me on my fabric shopping trips. So out of necessity those trips had to be fast! Fat quarters quickly became my favorite way to buy fabric. They’re always displayed so beautifully, and I could grab what I needed without waiting at the cutting table. We all know that the less time a toddler spends in a quilt shop, the better!

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts

As I started working on Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts, I knew I wanted the book to focus on fat-quarter-friendly projects. They’re what I’m naturally drawn to. Many of the tutorials on my blog, A Bright Corner, are written for fat quarters, and most of my previously designed patterns are fat-quarter patterns.

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts

One of my goals was for you to be able to grab a stack of your favorite fat quarters, flip open the book, and say, “I have ten fat quarters here—what can I make with them?”

Table of Contents from Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

In the table of contents above you can find a whole list of options at your fingertips. The chapters are arranged by the number of fat quarters needed, so with a quick glance you can see what you can make with 6, 8, 10, 12, or 14 fat quarters.

Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

There are 12 different quilt projects in Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts, ranging from baby size to bed size. Along the way you’ll get tips for shortcuts, fabric selection, and little tricks for making the quilts.

Another goal of mine was to encourage you to put together your own custom bundles! Do you find that you’re always reaching for the pre-bundled fat quarters from a manufacturer?

Prepackaged fat-quarter bundle
A pre-bundled fat-quarter pack

There’s definitely nothing wrong with that, and I use them all the time. But it’s so fun to get outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself a little. My book has tips scattered throughout to help you choose fabrics.

But here’s a tip that’s not in the book—one of my favorite ways to put a fat-quarter bundle together is to find a print that I love and then build the bundle around it.

Andy's customized fat-quarter bundle
Andy’s customized fat-quarter stack

In the photo above, I started with the top red floral. I then found yellow and green prints that would work well with the red print. I made sure to add in a small floral and some geometric prints for variety. To round out the group, I added two lighter blue prints, and now I have a good bundle I can work with.

Notice that there’s some navy blue in that first red floral. Instead of using that in my custom fat-quarter bundle, I chose to use it as a background—nice and bold! This ended up being the bundle I used to make Perfect Picnic:

Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

Give it a try next time you’re at the quilt shop—find a favorite print and build a bundle around it! Then once you have a bundle you love, flip open Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts and see what you can create.

Fresh Fat Quarter QuiltsThanks for the fat-quarter tips, Andy!

We have a copy of Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts to give away today! To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

What’s your preference: fat-quarter singles or fat-quarter bundles?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is usairdoll who says:

“Ahhh both are great as having a bundle you have the designer’s fabric line
but it’s also neat to build your own bundle from my stash as well as some
shopping ;-D

We’ll email you about your prize, usairdoll—congratulations!

And if you’d like to start shrinking your fat-quarter stash by making Andy’s beautiful quilts today, purchase Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version—instantly, for FREE!


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