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 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I love the Retreat pattern

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I would love to make the poppy !

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I would make the pattern Marbles and use your suggestion – make it an I Spy quilt. It would be so fun!

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I love, love the quilt on the front cover!! Really would like to get this book! it looks great!!

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Retreat looks like fun to me, as I use a lot of squares in my quilting. Most of my quilts go to charity and family.

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I have been wanting to me a modern graphic quilt like Boulevard for my bed, so that’s where I’d start.

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I think I would make the Marbles quilt, and as suggested I would make it I Spy.

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I love working from fat quarters! I think I will make the Retreat quilt first!

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Poppy or retreat would be my first sewing project if I should be one of the lucky to win!

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

    ‘Zap’ would be perfect for me to use up my larger sized prints. Having fun looking at all the goodies on your site.

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

    My first choice would be the Poppy quilt.
    Next, I would do the Thistle pattern in a range of cool greys, greens and lavenders!

  • December 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Love these patterns! My very favs are Spa &Poppy! Can’t wait to give it a go!

  • December 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    What a great book! Too many choices but I really like Boulevard. I like the simplicity of this quilt.

  • December 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Oooooh, I just love the Poppy quilt! I collect 30’s reproduction fat quarters and I can just see them in this quilt. I hope I win one of these books so that I can get started on my own Poppy quilt.


  • December 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    It would be hard to decide which to make first , Thistle or Spa, but I think I would start with Thistle. Or maybe work on both at the same time. Thanks for the giveaway offer.

  • December 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I’m with you…Poppy is my favorite! Thanks sew much for this chance to win :-D

  • December 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I really like the “Spa” pattern!

  • December 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Zap and Poppy would be the first two I would start on, but gosh darn it, these ladies have done a fine job and they would surely all become quick and fast favourites for sure.

  • December 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I would make the “Marbles” one first – for my grandson – and I would likely do it as an “I Spy” Quilt. Nice quilts!

  • December 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I would make the “Poppy” quilt. What a simple but dramatic & beautiful quilt!

  • December 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I would make the SPA pattern for my grandson who loves blue!

  • December 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Since I am a beginner quilter, I would love to try making “Retreat”. I think I can handle the squares. I’m not quite ready for the others yet, but am hoping that with each new day and each new magazine and each new book, that I’ll be able to ‘master’ harder quilt patterns. My sewing teacher in junior high used to tell me to ‘try harder each time’!

  • December 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I agree with you, Poppy is my favourite.

  • December 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I couldn’t even decide which to make first!
    I love fat quarters and jelly rolls and 3 pattern are on my quilty-bucket list:
    Boulevard, because it’s striking,
    Marbles, because I want to make an I spy quilt,
    and Retreat, beause it is graphicly interesting.

  • December 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I like the pattern Zap. It is a great pattern!

  • December 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Poppy would be first on my list if I am lucky enough to win.

  • December 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    That book looks like a keeper to me! I’ve always loved fat quarters and will soon be looking for a new quilt project.

  • December 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    This book has so many great patterns. The first pattern on my list would be Heirloom.

  • December 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I would make the zap quilt, I love finding patterns to use w/large prints and this would be just the perfect one for some fabric I currently have!

  • December 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Having just returned from a quick trip visiting a friend in Florida, and now back to much colder Illinois, I would have to say that “Spa” is my favorite. The colors in the example remind me of the waves of water in the pool that I so much enjoyed.

  • December 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    The first one I’d tackle would be Thistle, and I’d do it in purples and greens (of course!) :) Thank you for the nice giveaway.

  • December 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Ew! Ew! I’ve had my eye on that book! Love the quilt on the cover!

  • December 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hi I like the big hexagons
    I like fat quarters too work with

    thank you

  • December 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I would start by making SPA with a pale grey background and then use the dark Kona solids in purples and reds.

  • December 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Truffles! Great stuff!

  • December 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I would start with Spa and then follow with Poppy.

  • December 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I love Poppy! I’ve been collecting fabrics in those colors. This quilt would be perfect!

  • December 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Definitely the Retreat pattern…it would be great in batiks!

  • December 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I,d love to do zap with Amy Butler fabrics.

  • December 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I would make Spa! So simple, yet so graceful!

  • December 4, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I would make the Poppy.

  • December 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I think that I would make Poppy first. Love the there are directions on making the best cutting use of the fq.

  • December 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I love the retreat pattern. the book looks great.

  • December 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I really like the looks of this book. Scrappy quilts are my thing.

  • December 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I’m thinking the Retreat pattern since I have a new g-granddaughter and another to be born in April, 2013. Can see using lots of pinks!

  • December 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I like the pattern “retreat”! I have lots of fat quarter bundles waiting for a good book!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

  • December 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Spa and Retreat are speaking to me. hmmm. Do we sense a theme here?!?

  • December 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I would make Heirloom. I love the pattern.

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