Monday, March 16, 2015

Fat Quarters: Book Review and Giveaway!

I designed and wrote two projects for the book Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas. This new title is published by Lark Crafts and comes out on March 17, tomorrow!

I'm excited to share a little bit about the book and my projects with you today. Bonus: Lark Crafts has offered one copy to give away to a lucky reader! So read through the post for your chance to win this book.

Fat Quarters is a lovely collection of simple projects featuring small cuts of fabric (called fat quarters, for you sewing novices). You'll find patterns for home wares, toys, accessories, quilts and more, organized in sections. There is a nice refresher section at the beginning which provides an overview of techniques, and a template section at the end.

I embraced the challenge of working with fat quarters and tried to maximize the results for the small investment in fabric. In the pattern for Circle Hot Pot Pads, I provide two variations for making these round pot holders. Each version uses just two fat quarters. You can make a coordinating pair of hot pads (blue), or two identical ones (red).

Circle Hot Pot Pads by Jenny Bartoy

I loved creating the Fabric Baskets project. With just three fat quarters, you can create a set of two coordinating nesting baskets, perfect for knick knacks or bathroom basics. These would make a great baby gift to use in the nursery for diapers and baby lotion.

Fabric Baskets by Jenny Bartoy

I don't think I'll ever get over the joy of seeing my name in print. I'm a little giddy.

Fat Quarters is full of creative ideas from a variety of prolific and talented designers. I loved seeing familiar names like Maureen Cracknell and Shannon Cook in the book. (Please excuse the craptacular quality of these photos -- it is pouring rain here in the Puget Sound, and there is no satisfying amount of daylight to be found!)

Sewing Caddy by Maureen Cracknell

Cool Tablet Case by Shannon Cook

Projects vary in difficulty from beginner to intermediate. There are some fun and more complex patchwork projects in the book, including a few favorites of mine pictured below. I might have to try these out!

Striped Stripes Pillow by Malka Dubrawsky

Cross Roads Lap Quilt

With 50 patterns amongst its pages, Fat Quarters is a solid collection of projects in a contemporary style, that would make a great gift for a beginning sewist and a nice addition to any craft library. Who wouldn't like to make a dent in their stash of fat quarters?


Lark Crafts is giving away one copy of Fat Quarters to a lucky reader!

** How to enter **

  • Please leave a comment on this blog post. If you need inspiration, tell me about a favorite project you've sewn with fat quarters. (One entry per person, please.)
  • Make sure to include an email address if it's not included in your Blogger profile.
  • This giveaway is open until Sunday, March 22 at 8PM PST, at which point I will choose a random winner and will contact them by email.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Apologies to my international friends.
  • $19.95 value. Void where prohibited

Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. The winner is Jennet, congratulations! Look for an email from me shortly.


  1. congratulations on being published in such a great book. everyone has fat quarters!! ive done lots of drawstring bags from fat fun to use as gift wrap. hope all is well with you.

  2. This book looks great! I've made drawstring bags from fat quarters, which are great for keeping small toy pieces together for my kids. Also one of my favorite quilts was made with fat quarters.

  3. Congratulations on your book publishing. That's so exciting, and you're "craptacular" pictures are actually amazing. I use fat quarters for lanyards and keychains

  4. Yea! I need this because I cannot stay away from the remnants bin at my fabric store. Jenny, you are my hero.

  5. Wow! Congratulations on being part of such an amazing looking book! I would love to try my hand at your fabric baskets, if I won a copy. Thanks for the chance. :)