50 Fat Quarter Makes: Blog Hop and Giveaway


I’m delighted to be part of this Blog Hop celebrating the publication of a lovely new book – 50 Fat Quarter Makes, edited by Ame Verso. I contributed 5 projects to the book, along with my fellow authors, who are also participating in the Hop – so check them out, I am proud to be in their company!

Monday 1st June – Jo Avery –  myBearpaw 
Tuesday 2nd June – Liz Betts – BetsyBetts
Wednesday 3rd June – Ali Burdon – VeryBerryHandmade
Thursday 4th June – Jesse Fincham – MessyJesse
Friday 5th June – Louise Horler – SewScrumptious
Monday 8th June – Kevin Kosbab – Feeddog
Tuesday 9th June – Emily Levey – StrawberryPatchRamblings
Wednesday 10th June – Cynthia Shaffer
Thursday 11th June – Kaye Prince – MissPrint
Friday 12th June – Ame Verso – StitchCraftCreates

Here are my makes:



Sunglasses case using 1 FQ Port Victoriana by Amy Butler.

All you fabric lovers out there will know how difficult it is to create something with just one FQ. I am so impressed with some of the ideas that the other designers came up with.



Crochet hook case using 3 FQ of Tilda fabric


Crochet hook case using FQ of Millie, Mini-star (both Country Escape) and Damask (Corner Shop), all from Tilda.

I really enjoyed working with these gentle pastels from Tilda – and I love the way that the stylist has complimented the fabrics I used with these pretty yarns and that fab crochet hook.



Fabric basket using 3 FQs of Tilda fabric


A round fabric basket using FQs of  Jane (Sweet Christmas), Kitchen Stripe (Seaside Life) and Porcelaine Cup (Christmas Play) all from Tilda

I never envisaged this for kitchen storage (in spite of the cups!) but love how the stylist has done so – it looks just right.



Cushion made with 5 FQs of Tanya Whelan fabric


Cushion made with 5 FQs of Stripe, Dots, Paisley, Amelie and Buds, all from the Delilah collection by Tanya Whelan.

I was channelling hidden shabby chic geek with this one! Wish I could steal the cushion back, along with that lovely chair.


Quick tied quilt using 10 FQs of Amy Butler fabric


Quick tied quilt using 10 FQs of  Hopscotch, Forget Me Not, Pressed Flowers (Cameo); Sprig, Zinnia, Rosebud (Alchemy); Camel Blanket, Trapeze (Hapi); Charisma (Lark); Passion Lily (Soul Blossoms) all by Amy Butler.

My intention with this one was to demonstrate a super-simple really quick picnic-style quilt, which is bagged out rather than bound, and tied rather than quilted. You could easily make this in an afternoon. I was really pleased (and relieved!) by how well the fabrics from all these different Amy Butler collections worked together.



And here are some of my favourites by the other very talented designers:


Crafter’s Storage by Cynthia Shaffer

I’m not surprised this made it onto the front cover – it’s so gorgeous and practical.



Baby Bear’s Quilt – also by Cynthia Shaffer

It amused me how many of us chose to use this adorable cute teacup fabric from Tilda!



Fabulous tea-cosy by Liz Betts of BetsyBetts

I love the graphic style of this one, and the way the fabrics work so well together.



Adorable girly skirt by Emily of StrawberryPatchRamblings

This lovely Anna Maria Horner fabric was also selected by lots of the designers. I love the deep border that Emily has added to make this skirt really stand out.




Fantastic Chevron quilt, again by Emily of StrawberryPatchRamblings

I know I probably shouldn’t say (don’t be cross fellow-designers), but this was my favourite make in the whole book. It really shows what goodies you can create with just 10 FQs. I love the colour combination and design that Emily has put together here.



I have a spare copy of this fab book to give away to one lucky winner. I am very happy to post to anyone, anywhere. So please do just leave a comment on this blog post to be in with a chance of winning. Tell me what you like about Fat Quarters (or just say – pick me!). An extra chance in the draw to anyone who publicises the giveaway on social media and LEAVES AN ADDITIONAL COMMENT to tell me about it. This giveaway will end on Friday 5th June at midnight (BST).

Lovely Jo (who has done sterling work organising this little blog hop – thanks Jo!) is giving away another copy (and gorgeous fabric – I told you she was lovely) if you want to be in with another chance of winning.

107 thoughts on “50 Fat Quarter Makes: Blog Hop and Giveaway

  1. I buy almost nothing other than fat quarter yardage. I can get such a variety of lovely fabrics. This is a great book for me.

  2. I love how easy they are to pick up and that you can get a good feel for the fabric just by looking at them.

  3. Fat quarters look so pretty whether they are sitting on your shelf or making items for the home and family. The variety you can get when buying a bundle that all match are superb.

  4. I love fat quarters because I can give myself and my granddaughters lots of fabric choices when we are picking fabrics
    Thank you for the chance to win

  5. I like using fat quarters because you can get a lot of variety and not have a lot of scraps left over. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  6. The best thing about fat quarters for me is their versatility. I can make anything out of fat quarters. While jelly rolls, layer cakes, and charms are great for many purposes, I like fat quarters the best.

  7. Congratulations! What a lovely book! I love fat quarters because scrappy projects are my favourite ☺

  8. Love fat quarters , I love to see you them stacked neatly and then rearrange them !! MY NAMES HELEN AND I’M A FRABRICAHOLIC !!

  9. I’ve shared the blog hop and your giveaway via facebook to my sewist/quilty friends, sisters:)

  10. Hi Ali, it’s been a fun hop so far and it’s really nice to meet you!
    I love your sunglasses/eyeglass case. Just today I realized while at the eye doc that I need a new one, or two or three. Looks super simple. Fat Quarters are my favorite pre-cut as they are, well, fat and roomy for the bigger things like fabric basket panels, linings. That caddy is so needed to organize my tools and I could roll up my FQ scraps and store ’em in those pockets too:) Thank you for sharing!

  11. Fat quarters – a great way to build up a stash in lots of colour ways/ prints/ blenders. Love your makes (especially the egg basket!)

  12. I am blushing now, thank you lovely lady! And I love your projects too, especially that sunglasses case, 1fq genius!

  13. Loooove Fat Quarters!!! So versatile….can make many sized cuts…and can buy such a variety of prints & colors!! Plus LOTS of great Patterns & Books on how to use in many projects! Thanks for chance to win this Awesome Book too! 🙂

  14. Looks like a fantastic book – I am always after quick makes for gifts! Fat Quarters are my go-to fabric cut – they are affordable, but enough fabric to make something with!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m fairly new to sewing but have already bought some fat quarters (such pretty designs and colours!) without any idea what to do with them, so this book sounds ideal!

  16. Great ideas for wonderful fat quarters! The perfect way to showcase what small amounts of fabric can do.

  17. Pick me, pick me! I love the way you can get a bit of each fabric in a collection by buying fat quarters

  18. I’ve often been tempted by fat quarters. They make me feel quite virtuous as they don’t cost much 🙂 I refuse to add them all up!

  19. I love your little bagged quilt – and your colour choices for the fabric – I really like your style – I’d love to win a copy of this book !

  20. I have just shared the giveaway on my FB business page too (so the post is public), Earth and Sky 😀 xxxxx

  21. The book looks wonderful, I’d love to win a copy! I’m new to sewing and find fat quarters a brilliant way to built up a fabric stash, getting lots of different designs for not much money 😉 xxx

  22. I would love to win this giveaway as we all cannot resist colourful fat quarters sitting in display boxes when we go to our quilt shops or shows.

  23. That teacup Tilda fabric is adorable – who would not just love it to pieces. Fat Quarters are such fun and I always think I can, of course, afford a FQ. I’m loving all thsese great ideas. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  24. Congratulations Ali! Fabulous projects! I really like your Crochet hook case and the round fabric basket (I failed quite a number of times at making a round basket, could never get the measurements right. He he…) I might sound funny but I like the size of FQ and the prices too, so when I go shopping I can buy quite a few of them without feeling guilty. Also the small size of FQ does make you think more carefully and creatively about what you are going to make.

  25. I have more fat quarters than I can count, so this book looks like just what I need to use some of them.

  26. I like fat quarters because they are big enough to use the fabric in several scrappy quilts; scrappy quilts are my favorite kind.

  27. Crafty friends and I are currently crafting and sewing like crazy for a pop up market to raise funds to aid another friend with rare cancer. Would love to use this fabulous looking book for ideas.

  28. I have posted on Facebook i think it is lovely to add to one’s knowledge books like this are a boom. thank you for the chance. x

  29. Have just had surgery and am fed up sitting down doing nothing this is the inspiration I need.

  30. With a new grandchild on the way this book will be a fabulous way to make things for its room using up my lovely stock of fat quarters. Thanks for letting us know about the book.

  31. Fab post Ali! And thanks for all the love 😉 What a great selection of projects from you, I especially love the patchwork basket – looks so good filled with eggs!

  32. Oh, I need this book in my life! I was a member of a monthly FQ club for a couple of years. I have 12 CD storage boxes (from IKEA), crammed with luscious FQs. I have colour grouped them and long to make use of them. With this book I could make inroads. Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. I have a problem, which item to make first!! But FQ are such a wonderful way to buy a little of each fabric in a range that you like, instead of buying a 1/2 or 1yard/metre & having it in your stash. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m tweeting & FB’ing

  34. I love that you can pick them up cheaply and do a surprising amount with them! I just made a baby quilt with only 4 fat quarters and a little bit of sashing x

  35. I love that I can add to my FQ collection relatively cheaply & with such a vast array of fabrics to choose from so it doesn’t take long to gather a beautiful selection of bundles. It’s nice to be able to make something gorgeous out of FQs.

  36. It’s little bags that I like to make with fat quarters – always useful to have some for last minute gifts

  37. Fat quarters are so versatile and a means for you to enjoy a fabric collection if your budget is limited!

  38. Love giving little handmade gifts to friends and family. How lovely to be inspired by great, trendy ideas for every age.

  39. I ditto one of the comments above. I usually buy fat quarters online so I can see what the fabric is like without having to spend loads on it first. The book looks great, well done!

  40. Thank you for a great giveaway. Fat quarters are what I usually buy when fabric shopping so this book is a great idea bank. x

  41. I love tilda fabrics. they look so yummy in your makes. I like buying fat quaters because they’re a good way of sampling some lovely prints without having to fork out for meters. After all, fabric isn’t cheap! 🙂

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