Fat Quarter Fun with Loose Threads

This past Thursday, I had the privilege of speaking to the Loose Threads Quilt Guild in Clinton, SC. Marilyn, the Programs chair, selected my “Cutting Up” lecture. Using step-out examples, I showed the quilters my favorite innovative cutting techniques, from “Disappearing Nine Patch” to “Stepping Up” (found on the Patterns page of this blog). From turning a straight-set quilt into an on-point set quilt to tricks for using Layer Cakes of 10″ squares efficiently. At the conclusion of the program, Marilyn and I invited everyone to the Fat Quarter Fun workshop on Saturday.

Saturday – that’s when the real fun began! We met in the fellowship hall of the Hurricane Baptist Church, way out in the country. Would you like to see pictures of the ladies at work/play? First up are Carol and Claire, chatting and laughing as they sew.

Toby made a cheerful pink and lime green quilt for a baby girl. Take a look at the stylized leaf print in the center of her blocks; Toby will also use it in the quilt’s borders.

Marge had plenty of yardage and so decided to make a larger quilt; she began with four 16″ blocks for the center.

Here’s Patti arranging her blocks on the design wall. She used flannel fat quarters for a cuddly finish and plans to place the four extra Four Patches in the border corners.

I challenged Virginia to think outside the box, to make a non-sampler style quilt. I love the results!


Linda was ecstatic to end the day with a completed quilt top. She plans to donate it to a favorite charity. The recipient is sure to love the A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 theme print with bright green and yellow coordinating tone-on-tones!

Great fun was had by all!

If your guild would like a workshop on efficiently cutting fat quarters to make Half Square Triangles, Four Patches, and rectangle units, please contact me to arrange a workshop. aby.quilts@gmail.com


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