Fabric Friday - Fat Quarter Bundle

Fabric Friday – Fat Quarter Fun – Part 1

What was meant to be a quiet week has turned into a doozy, and on top of that my head has been particularly random when it comes to making things.

That has meant that this week’s Fabric Friday will therefore be more like Part 1 of a 2 Part special as I didn’t get a single thing finished! :)

Firstly, you’ll remember that last week I did a giveaway to get your hands on two handmade handbags that I had shown how to make on this blog. Well, I am pleased to announce that Marie Keelan and Beba were the two lucky winners! Handbags will be out to you early next week (and once I have your addresses).

Ok, on with this week’s Fabric Friday. This two-part post will be featuring (inadvertently) several projects that I am creating from two sets of Fat Quarters that I picked up at the local market a couple of weeks back.

I showed you a picture of these beautiful fabrics last week, but for anyone that missed them, here they are again.

Fabric Friday - Fat Quarter Bundle

Well, I guess that I had better get on and let you know what I ended up starting to make.

To begin with, I went to the strip club. No, no, not what you think you naughty people. I meant fabric strips. I chose four of the fabrics and cut two inch strips from them and then stitched them together along their long edges. I then cut those into shorter strips across the four different fabrics. Here’s is where I got to with that.

Fabric Friday - Fat Quarter Fun - Part 1 - Fabric Strips

There are more strips, but I thought that this pic looked quite funky. With these strips I was intending to do a strip and flip technique but I started thinking of other ways of using them so decided to set them aside until I had a final plan.

What would you do with them?

The next part of the Fat Quarter Fun that I began was working with pie wedges. Creating the templates from scratch on freezer paper and then fusing this to fabric, cutting it and stitching it together, like this.

Fabric Friday - Fat Quarter Fun - Part 1 - Pie Wedge Cushion

This is going to be a pie wedge cushion but I’m going to have to work out the circumference and sort out a number of other things before it becomes that cushion, so that got put to one side. I really wasn’t fancying any math.

I then glanced across my craft room and saw my Sizzix Big Shot and square quilting die looking all forlorn. So, I’m sure that you can guess that I got a little distracted and started cutting lots of squares. This time I chose eight different pieces of the fat quarter fabrics.

Recently I have tried to get the hang of doing quarter square triangles so I called up a video on YouTube (think I shared it on Facebook this week also) and had a watch. It seemed logical and made sense so I had a go at doing it that way.

It seems to have worked so far as I now have 4 piles of neatly sewn quarter square triangle blocks ready to sew together – in some way. Here are the neat little piles.

Fabric Friday - Fat Quarter Fun - Part 1 - Quarter Square Triangles

Now, I’m sure that you can guess that I went on to make this into an amazingly elaborate completed quilt – well, no. Clearly this was not a day for getting anything finished.

Which way would you format these into a quilt? All facing the same way, or flipping them so that some darks run horizontal and some run vertical? Would you add sashing strips to frame each square or each group of four squares?

Yep, this is the kind of thing that has been going through my mind all day.

Anyway, I set them to one side as I had another idea (for a handbag this time) so I cut some more strips and started stitching them together – I even got as far as adding a header strips and the handles to the main body!

Fabric Friday - Fat Quarter Fun - Part 1 - Fabric Strip Handbag

But I didn’t get on to make the lining yet because I got distracted by this!

Fabric Friday - Fat Quarter Fun - Part 1 - Ice Cream

Lol! Whoopsie. At least it was one thing that I DID finish! *smiles with pride* Yaaaay!

Anyway, I’ve had a great day just stitching away but next week I promise that I will be showing how I put these projects together and NOT teasing you with delicious ice cream … maybe just a cake. *sniggers*

Thanks for the quick catch up, the coffee was delicious, you must tell me what brand it is so that I can get me some.

See you next week fellow sewists!

J :)



29 thoughts on “Fabric Friday – Fat Quarter Fun – Part 1

  1. just love your mercurial flitting from one thing to another, great projects, I have lots of fat quarters and am absorbing all your shared knowledge x


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