Earlier this Fall, the talented ladies over at the Fat Quarter Shop published their first book, Simply Fat Quarters. They sent me a copy to review and will be giving away two copies to my readers too. See below on how to enter.


The patterns in this book are suitable for both beginners and experienced quilters. There are 10 patterns in total, one of which has appliqué (see Spa photo below). If you can make half square triangles, these patterns are for you. Each pattern includes cutting, piecing and layout images for four sizes (crib to king size).

It is a pattern book and, as such, does not include general how to quilt instructions. However, the detailed graphics for each piecing step are extremely well done. Definitely some of the best I’ve seen. The cutting instructions are labelled with letters that are then used throughout the piecing instructions. Additionally, there are drawings showing you exactly how to cut your fat quarter to make the best use of your fabric.


Let’s look at some of the patterns, my favourite is Poppy:


A collage of various quilts in the book:

Simply Fat Quarters

This is Marbles, an excellent pattern to use for an I Spy quilt:

Marbles Quilt

Another favourite of mine, this is Retreat:

Retreat Quilt

And Zap which I think would be perfect for large focussed fabrics:

Zap Quilt

Hats off to the entire Fat Quarter Shop team, you’ve done a fantastic job on this book, and I highly recommend it. Purchase it here: Simply Fat Quarters.


I have two copies to give-away. To enter, simply leave me a comment below telling me which pattern you want to make first from those I featured above. The winners will be chosen randomly, next Friday, December 7th.

Front and back cover


Congratulations to the two winners. Please check your inboxes for an email from me.





Book Review and Give-Away: Simply Fat Quarters
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418 thoughts on “Book Review and Give-Away: Simply Fat Quarters

  • December 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I love the poppy pattern and the choice of fabrics but the apparent but probably not, complexity of Retreat has me intrigued!

  • December 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    My favorite is Poppy too! It looks so fun, new, and fresh!

  • December 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Poppy. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • December 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I like the Heirloom pattern. It looks romantic and I’ve been into romantic quilts lately. Have a super day!

  • December 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I like the Heirloom quilt the most.

  • December 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I like the last one “Zap” it has such bold and bright splashes of color.

  • December 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Zap, all those fat quaters partying in the stash box can now start partying as a quilt for all to see ;-)

  • December 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I would love to make Retreat

  • December 6, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I think I quite like Heirloom. I also really like the quilt she has on the front cover of the book.

  • December 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I really like Retreat. Wonder how many I could make using my stash, and how long would it take me?

  • December 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    i realy like marbles…think my boys will love it to.

  • December 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

    I like Poppy and Spa!

  • December 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I’m with you on the first one, Poppy, but Zap looks like it might be fun too. I’d like to use a dark background instead & make it a more masculine quilt with some greys & reds.

  • December 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Oh my gosh! (By the way, this isn’t meant to be a 2nd entry, please disregard it for that purpose.) Anyway, as I was exclaiming, the marbles quilt is perfect for me to alter into a kaleidoscope quilt! All those “balls” are perfect octagons for me to change & use as the pieced kaleidoscope blocks. I’ve been looking for some sort of pattern I could use for months! Yes! :)

  • December 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Oh yes, Poppy is my favorite! But all the quilts look delicious!

  • December 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Heirloom is definately on my list of quilts for 2013. Love this book. Thanks for the chance to win Michele! Merry Christmas too.

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