Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas

Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas

I wanted to let you know that Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas, a collaborative book published by Lark Crafts, will be released in March.  I know you all have lots of fat quarters in your stash!  Hopefully this book will give you some new ideas to use them up.  There are lots of familiar names in the contributor section: Maureen Cracknell, Beki Lambert, Kaye Prince, Abby Glassenberg, Malka Dubrawsky, Shannon Cook and more.  Projects range from items to make for babies/kids, to bags, quilts, pillows, home decor, wearables and gifts.  I have four projects in this collective and would like to share them with you today.

Hothouse Flower Pillows by Amy Friend

I might as well start with my Hothouse Pillow Set since one of my pillows is sitting pretty there on the cover!

Hothouse Flower Pillows by Amy Friend

The pillow pattern is an 18″ paper pieced block.  It makes terrific pillows but I would also love to see a quilt made up using these blocks and some soft feminine colors.  Wouldn’t that be pretty?

First Aid Kit by Amy Friend

I created a First Aid Kit for the bag portion of the book. It’s a practical item that everyone can use.  It would be perfect to hold some band aids, headache medicine, etc. in the car for those little emergencies that come up while traveling.


First Aid Kit by Amy Friend

This is a small bag but it fits quite a bit!  Someone on Instagram said that this would make a great teacher’s gift, filled with bandaids for the classroom. I think that is a great idea.

Patchwork Sewing Machine Cover by Amy Friend

If you are a long time reader, you have seen this project before.  But my patchwork sewing machine cover pattern is also included in the book. The patchwork was inspired by stitches; the cross stitch, straight stitch, and zig zag!

Groovy Vibes Quilt by Amy Friend

And finally, you will find my Groovy Vibes Quilt made from Pat Bravo’s Carnaby Street collection.  I used the 8″ Sizzix Tumbler die which makes quick work of a fat quarter, cutting 4 perfect shapes from each. I love this project idea for a fat quarter stack, so much so that this is the second quilt I have made like this; the first using Splendor 1920 by Bari J.

Groovy Vibes detail by Amy Friend

In keeping with the lava lamp shape, and “groovy” feel of Pat Bravo’s collection, I chose to quilt in what I am calling lava lamp bubbles.  I cut circles (also using the Sizzix) out of contact paper in 4 sizes and stuck them on the quilt.  Then I free motion quilted a wavy line up each column and around the circles as I came to them.  As I made the quilt, I kept thinking that it seemed most appropriate for a teenage girl.  Happily, this quilt now lives with one who is enjoying it!

You can preorder the book right here so that you can see all the other fun projects.  I  hope you get to spend some time sewing this weekend!



  1. Congrats on wonderful patterns in print!

  2. Wow, congratulations on so many projects in the book! You must be so proud of your skills. I am always on the lookout for books that utilize smaller pieces of fabric but extend beyond just quilts. I’m a long time sewist, but a new quilter, so my creative needs are all over the place. I think I’ll get this just for that first aid pattern! I just put together a first aid kit for my dog, and I already see some seriously cute possibilities brewing in my mind. See what I mean – ideas all over the place!

    Thanks for sharing what you do, you’re inspiring!

  3. Wow, Amy!!! Congratulations!!! Love the projects, especially the quilt. Great idea about lava buble quilting!



  4. Trust me, I’m jealous of the teenager :))) I love all of these things you have made! I can’t wait for my book to come. I really love the Make It, Take It book too! Now to get cracking!

  5. Great projects, Amy! I like all of them and the idea of making that first aid kit as a teacher gift is genius!

  6. Great projects, Amy! I love that little first aid pouch. My stash is mostly FQs, so I think I need this book. Congratulations!

  7. You’re a Cover Girl….you sure are pretty enough to be a real one!:)xoxo

    Love them all…especially the first aide kit. That is our go-to gift for a student graduating high school…usually we just buy one but this will make it extra special!:)

  8. Wow! Gorgeous patterns! I especially love the pillows and the first aid kit! I love the fabrics too. I wish more people included names of fabrics in their books.

  9. Can’t wait to get this book! Just pre-ordered it on Amazon! Everyone’s getting first aid kits next Christmas!

  10. Wow, I love the first aid kit – so cute with the little cross on it. 🙂

  11. Cyndi Black says:

    absolutely loved the material used in the first aid kit!!! Those pillows are gorgeous. One of the to do this year is learn paper piecing. Already scheduled for a class in March.

  12. Congratulations on having four of your projects included in this publication. Love that First Aid bag the best. Wish they would come out now!

  13. Look at you, a pillow cover girl AGAIN!!! All fabulous projects Amy. Congratulations!

  14. So exciting to be published and on the cover of the book too! I love that pillow ~ I can already see a quilt made with the blocks and the little first aid pouch ~ such a great idea!

  15. I love the first aid kid and can’t wait for the copy I just ordered to arrive.

    I want to make it as a gift and would love to get started. Can you. Give me any hints so I can get started before it arrives?

  16. The first aid kit is darling and a brilliant idea! Like your other projects too, but this is the one that really struck me.

  17. Beautiful projects! I especially love the first aid kit.

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