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Fat Quarter: Home and Fat Quarter: Quick Makes! {review and giveaway}

Fat Quarter Home Cover

As a fabric addict I was pretty delighted when I heard about two new craft books from Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell. Fat Quarter: Home and Fat Quarter: Quick Makes feature 25 projects to make from short lengths of fabrics. I can’t resist buying Fat Quarters when I see pretty fabrics, and my 7 year old seems to have caught my habit too. Yes, our fabric stash is bursting with FQs but I often can’t think of projects which would use them up.

All that is about to change with the publication of these two titles.

Fat Quarter Quick Makes

Fabric stashers need never feel guilty again thanks to Fat Quarter: Home and Fat Quarter: Quick Makes! These fantastic books use leftover scraps and remnants of fabric to create decorative and useful items for the home and gorgeous gifts for friends and family.

In Home, there are practical items for every room of the house and in Quick Makes you’ll find presents for all ages, accessories and decorations. They’re packed with inspiration for those small bits and pieces of fabrics that are too lovely to throw away but tricky to find a use for. With projects for a make-up bag, laundry and wash bags to a tent tidy, bunting and festival flags, presents for baby and tablet and notebook covers, these books are great little stash busters. Each book has full step-by-step instructions, a handy tools and techniques section as well as clear photographs throughout. They are perfect for beginners as well as more experienced sewers.

I can’t wait to finish the festival flags I’ve started, using up some of my beloved Liberty stash. I was hoping to have finished them in time for today but my 5 year old has been off school sick which has seriously cramped my sewing time this week!

The authors, Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell, are designer-makers who run R&B Design, a company that creates design projects for the home. Fat Quarter: Home and Fat Quarter: Quick Makes by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden, published by GMC (£12.99, available from Follow the other participants of the blog tour for more chances to win!


Win a copy of Fat Quarter: Home and Fat Quarter: Quick Makes!

I’ve teamed up with the publisher GMC and have one copy of each book to giveaway to one lucky reader of my blog.

To enter my giveaway you must answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment on this post. There are some other bonus options too. The giveaway ends on 22nd June and the winners name will appear on this post. Good luck!

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    June 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I am currently making a hexie EPP quilt, it is a very long time in the making, all of the hexies are made and finally I am stitching them altogether.

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    Tracy K Nixon
    June 8, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I am currently cross stitching Christmas hangings on plastic canvas!

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    Spencer Broadley
    June 8, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Not a stitcher myself but the “other half” is – we like cats

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    Aunty caca
    June 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I’d love to make some cushions xx

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    June 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

    These items are beautiful! And the fact that the books shows you how to make them yourself even better! I have never been able to make things like this back at school but I could give it another go 🙂

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    melanie stirling
    June 8, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I would like to make a cosmetic bag or pencil case.My husband is much better than I am though at sewing and recently made me 2 dresses.

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    June 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    These sound like fab books, I always look at fat quarters but never know what I’d use them for! Lovely to have some suggestions 🙂

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    Alison Johnson
    June 9, 2017 at 12:52 am

    I am currently doing a cross-stitch of an American Indian, which is very complicated! I would love to learn how to do patchwork, maybe starting with a cushion but building up to a bed cover/blanket.

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    June 9, 2017 at 3:09 am

    I’m cross stitching Christmas cards for my family and tree hangings for my children.

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    Anne Bentley
    June 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I am making a needle case, I would love to help my granddaughter to make a quilt/play mat for her Mum’s new baby in November

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    Katy M
    June 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve got loads of projects on the go, next up is sewing the binding on a quilt for my son 😊

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    Angela Moore
    June 10, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I’m currently altering my sisters skirt which needs taking in.

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    Donna Caldwell
    June 11, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I’m making a little fairy costume for my little girl

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    Susie Wilkinson
    June 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    At the moment I’m being boring, it’s mending clothes. Unfortunately I let the mending pile up!

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    Kim M
    June 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Used to like Patchwork, think I will take it up again

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    Hayley F
    June 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    i’m currently stitching a sewing machine cover as i don’t like the plastic one that came with it x

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    carole n
    June 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Making some new trousers adjustments

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    June 15, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I am making a bag to carry my keys and loose change to save taking a handbag with me everywhere when I pop out. Also good for a passport – using a fat quarter

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    laura stewart
    June 15, 2017 at 11:32 am

    i wuld love to make a blanket for my friends bany due in September x

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    Ms Suan Watts
    June 15, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I’d love to make some patchwork cushions

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    Mary H
    June 15, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I’m currently making some tissue holders. I kinda feel bad as my boyfriend is allergic to my cat..

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    Annabel Greaves
    June 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I would love to make a new bag

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    Susan Hunt
    June 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Some super sized cushions

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    Andrea Fletcher
    June 15, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I have just made some garden cushions.

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    Sheena Batey
    June 16, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I am customising a summer dress adding a new belt and collar.

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    Leila Benhamida
    June 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I enjoy a bit of crochet to cover some of my tables in my living room.

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    Suzanne Jackson
    June 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Lovely giveaway thank-you

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    Caroline H
    June 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I”m just starting to make a new bean bag cover to use up some of the remnants that are cluttering up the house.

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    diana jones
    June 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    trying to finish a patchwork cushion cover

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    Clare B
    June 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I’d love to make some little hanging stuffed hearts for my friends childs bedroom and also some bunting.

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    Helen W
    June 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I’m currently working on some cushions for the living room.

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    Joanna Ford
    June 17, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I am currently making some bunting as a gift for one of my friends birthdays!

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    stuart hargreaves
    June 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Trying to make a Union Jack it’s harder than I thought. Happy birthday maam

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    Heather Haigh
    June 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I’ve just finished making a needle case for my circular knitting needles.

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    Clare H
    June 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    currently making a bird dress for my daughter

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    Emma H
    June 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I’m making a hexagonal patchwork quilt, it’s a long term project but it’s alot of fun.

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    Fozia Akhtar
    June 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I am making a handbag

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    Louise A
    June 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Used to do patchwork and I’ve always wanted to make a patchwork quilt but don’t have the time at the moment

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    Lorna Ledger
    June 17, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Something I have always wanted to make is a wallhanging with a peacock on x

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    Catherine Stewart
    June 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I’m currently completing a cross stitch for my best friend’s baby, Ethan!

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    Leah Wheatley
    June 18, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I am making a small patchwork cushion

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    Alexandra oliver
    June 18, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    would love to make a patchwork coat!

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    sarah birkett
    June 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    i AM CURRENTLY making a fidget blanket for dementia patients, takes about a month per blanket

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    Jo Carroll
    June 19, 2017 at 9:25 am

    My dream is to complete a traditional family squared quilt. x

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    Victoria Easton
    June 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Currently making a sheep!

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    Richard Tyler
    June 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    A baby blanket

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    Heather T
    June 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I’m not a stitcher but my sister-in-law makes amazing quilts

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    Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    June 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I’d like to make some different cakes and cake slices with felt for display

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    leanne weir
    June 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I am cross stitching something for my friend’s christening

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    claire glace
    June 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    About to begin a macrame project, many thanks

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    Victoria Morrison
    June 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I’m making a blanket out of old tshirts that hold memories like tour tshirts from our favourite bands =)

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    Bridget Willard
    June 20, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I am just starting to knit. A square at a time!

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    Karen Barrett
    June 20, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I have just finished making bunting for my friends garden party, plus two summer tops for my grand-daughters a pair of shorts for my grandson.

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    Cathy Tean Porteus
    June 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I’m just finishing new curtains for my daughter’s room, couldn’t resist the Liberty fabric currently reduced on their website

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    Debbie Nichols
    June 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    When I get around to it I will be making little elephant keyrings ready to give to friends at Christmas. ill be using fat quarters 🙂

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    carol boffey
    June 20, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    some new cushion covers

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    June 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I’m currently making a blanket for my friends baby when it is born.

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    Lisa Wilkinson
    June 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I’m making a blanket for my little girl

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    Clare Adams
    June 20, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I’m stitching a quilt made out of my late father’s ties

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    Melissa Lee
    June 21, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I would love to make a patchwork throw for a baby basket

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    Sue Dorking
    June 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I’m making a patchwork quilt using hexagons, it’s taking some time!

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    June 21, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Would like to make a quilt for my daughters 🙂

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    Serena Harding
    June 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Lovely makes

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    Pam Smith
    June 21, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I’m making bunting for a mini ukulele festival we’re having in our garden

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    ellie spider
    June 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I’m currently making a new cat bed

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    Deborah Bird
    June 21, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I am new to sewing, I have got a machine, I just need some material so I can start making! I will start with something easy 🙂

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    Becci Heagney
    June 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I am currently cross stitching a sepia picture of a cat sleeping – lots of golds and browns which makes it difficult, but it will look nice when I’ve finished!

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    Hannah Smith
    June 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I’ve just started going to yoga, so want to make a lovely bag to carry my mat in 🙂

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    Victoria Thurgood
    June 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    would like to make a pillow

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    Claire Farley
    June 22, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I’m making my first ever quilt as a present for my Mum

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    Natasha Mairs
    June 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I am currently trying to make my first cushion

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    June 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I’m sketching out a cot organiser thingy to go on the side of baby’s cotbed when they get here! I love buying scraps and seeing what ideas I can come up with.

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    Sarah Austin
    June 22, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    A sampler for my god daughter

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    claire little
    June 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I’m stitching an A to Z chart

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    Natalie Crossan
    June 22, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    A blanket for my daughter xx

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