Shape Workshop for Quilters Review and Giveaway

I was so excited when publishers at Lark Crafts asked if I would like to review the new book Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quiltersby the talented Fat Quarterly team. Just looking at the cover, I knew this would be an inspiring book.
And guess what? I was totally right.
(I love when that happens.)
And yet, this book is different than any other quilt-book I have.  It’s not only a collection of quilt patterns, but a huge selection of quilt blocks – 60! – to get your own creative juices flowing.  The book is divided into different sections by shape/motif and then includes a bunch of new blocks, plus a couple of patterns using that motif.

Many of the blocks are so unique too – which I think is really hard to do in quilting. Most quilt blocks are variations on variations of things we’ve seen and used before.  This time there is such an amazing assortment of new and different looks.

The other thing I liked is that this book has something for everyone.  For beginners, it really is a workshop – teaching basics of piecing, applique, and so on, but there is so much room for growth and there are some fabulous projects and blocks using new techniques and designs.  These projects will definitely help your skills improve and push your skills further, even if you are an experienced quilter.

I have a few offerings for you today. One is a free download of a very cool block designed by Brioni Greenberg. (I got the chance to meet Brioni at Market and she was such a lovely person. Plus, she has that wonderful Yorkshire accent – I could have listened to her talk for hours.)  CLICK HERE to get the free download pattern and CLICK HERE to get the corresponding Template.

Also, Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters to one of you lucky readers. All you need to do is leave one comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, June 30 at midnight MST.  I will randomly select a winner.  

Winner: bruinbrJune 26, 2012 11:41 AM
I totally thought it was a book of patterns! Nice to know it’s actually blocks! Fun! Thanks for the giveaway! 

For other reviews and chances to win, you can stop at these blogs as well.
6/28 Amy’s Creative Side:
7/3 A La Mode Fabric:
7/6 It’s Sew Kiki!:
7/10 Craft Buds!:
7/12 Craft Foxes:
7/16 {sew} Allegorical: <
7/18 Wrap-up Party at!


  1. says

    I am actually eagerly awaiting my copy of this that I won in another online giveaway however I have a friend who loves quilting too and I know she would adore it. She&#39;s recovering from an operation, lost a pet and her husband is out of work right now so it would be nice to cheer her up with this.

  2. says

    Yes please, I did a EPP workshop at the FQ retreat with Tacha and Brioni is was great to learn from the experts so feel the book would be a great addition – thanks for the giveaway

  3. says

    I have this ready to order – just waiting for payday :-) would be super to win it instead and get another book on my wish- list. Thanks xx

  4. says

    I love that citrusy saw blade quilt. Now that I have to make!<br /><br />Awesome work fat quarterly gang and thanks to everyone for the chance to win a copy.

  5. says

    Looks like a very desirable addition to my craft library. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy and a big thank you for the block pattern!

  6. says

    I&#39;ve been following the blogger reviews of the book it&#39;s been interesting and informative! I would love a chance to win the book! Thank you!

  7. says

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Especially with all the different blocks and tips – a good book for this beginner. Thanks for the give away!

  8. says

    This looks like a wonderful book for anyone but, especially those who are in need of help to learn more about quiltinh. <br /><br />Thank you for the download. That looks like a great block.

  9. says

    This book looks wonderful and I can&#39;t wait to see what you make from it. Yes, I&#39;d like a chance at winning a copy too. <br />Emma<br />

  10. says

    that book is on my wish list! I am really glad to know it&#39;s blocks and not patterns. I love to have just a jumping off point.

  11. says

    The workshop book looks great! Even for someone who has been quilting and sewing for a while, it is always good to get a refresher and sometimes a back to basics book helps you refine your techniques and make something easier!

  12. says

    Thanks for the giveaway of what look to be a &quot;need to have&quot; on my shelf. I am a newer quilter and I can always use inspiring quilt ideas :)<br />Rachel<br />

  13. says

    Thanks for the giveaway of what look to be a &quot;need to have&quot; on my shelf. I am a newer quilter and I can always use inspiring quilt ideas :)<br />Rachel<br />

  14. says

    Hahaha! I&#39;m going to brag to you Amy….I got all four of them to autograph my copy at the FQ Retreat in London!!:) Soooo…you can skip me if I win….or just send me something YOU made! Hahahahaha!! xoxo

  15. says

    It looks inspiring! I like the blue and orange string block in the photo – they&#39;re not shades I would have thought to match, but they look great together!

  16. says

    Looks like such a fun book ! I&#39;ve been wanting to try EPP but have been too chicken…this block is worth trying though. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. says

    I keep trying to muster the courage to try quilting, I even have some washed and pressed charm squares at the ready but I need some more motivation. As if there isn&#39;t enough on your blog!!!!! Maybe this would push me over the edge.

  18. says

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway. This book would be such fun to use for the innovative designs and techniques. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

  19. says

    Oh, I&#39;ve had my eye on this book! It looks so cool. Thanks for the giveaway, and for the free block &amp; template!! So awesome!

  20. says

    Thank you for the great giceaway! I love quilt books and Fat Quarterly! I can hardly wait to get my hands on one of these!<br />~Cecilia

  21. says

    I got a chance to browse through a copy at the library a couple of weeks ago–it&#39;s fantastic! Which means I need my own copy! :)

  22. says

    I love the Fat Quarterly blog &amp; am really interested to see their new book. Your review is terrific &amp; now I know I want &amp; need this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. says

    This book looks wonderful!! Looks different than most and I&#39;m sure would help this beginner out lots!!:) Thanks for the chance!<br />orr20004(at)msn(dot)com

  24. says

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful book!!!! It looks great!<br /><br />Thank you for the chance to win!<br /><br />sandy720 at gmail dot com

  25. says

    I am really looking forward opening this book and learning all its secrets. I am a newly self discovered quilter who is amazed by the creativity of this art. Fingers crossed and thank you for the chance to win! Cécile (

  26. says

    When is this book available for the public? I&#39;d love to get my hands on it!<br /><br />Thanks for the chance to win it!

  27. says

    What a great looking book! I love the sawblade looking block. Thank you for the download.<br /><br />Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. says

    Thanks for the tutorials you&#39;ve shared! I&#39;m about to start my first quilt (well, since that Laurel project I did eons ago). I&#39;ve been looking at your tutorials to prepare. And thanks for the giveaway!

  29. says

    Oh, I hope I win this wonderful book! I&#39;m a year old quilter, and there are so many things I want to learn, but have a hard time finding books that will grow with me as I learn. Thanks! Cindy

  30. says

    Thank you for a chance to win this wonderful book! <br />I appreciate all the time you put into your blog and am an avid reader! Cant wait to see what you create from this book!<br />Shelley<br />shellcantrell at gmail dot com

  31. says

    What a wonderful concept to have new blocks and then show patterns using them. The colors look bright and bold. Thanks for sharing about this book. K-

  32. says

    What a fun looking book….guess I need to look for it around here, and I hope to find it soon! Nini, reachable at: vicenza74 at gmail dot com

  33. says

    Thank you for sharing this new quilting book. Your pictures are always so clear and that is greatly appreciated!<br /><br />Thanks for always having such an interesting blog. Yours is the first one I check everyday!<br /><br />

  34. says

    That book looks so inspiring! I&#39;ve been looking for a book to quilt my way through and this may be it. Thanks for giveaway!

  35. says

    Put one comment on already, but for some reason it&#39;s not showing up. So here&#39;s my second attempt. This looks like a great book for my stash Amy and I would love to entered into the draw. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  36. says

    as a beginner…i am trying to get my hands on all the resources possible! i love anything with colour and great tutorials…this book looks like it has both! thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win!<br /><br />kerri (dot) mommy4him (at) gmail (dot) com

  37. says

    This looks like a cool book, thanks for sharing your thoughts and for the chance to win. <br />Best.<br />sallove619(at)hotmail(dot)com

  38. says

    How nice! I have my squares cut out for my first quilt–a simple nine patch. I&#39;ve already found myself thinking about future projects!

  39. says

    Oh how wonderful. I love books on quilting. And this looks so very cool. Thanks for the chance to win.<br />quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  40. says

    I do hope you ship the book to Australia as I would love to have the opportunity to make some quilts out of what looks like a wonderful quilting boook.<br />Thanks for the chance of winning

  41. says

    That book looks like one that I definitely need to add to my collection. I refer to my books all the time for inspiration and I&#39;m sure this one would get a lot of use.

  42. says

    I&#39;ve got some fabric I&#39;m not quite sure what to do with. This book would be an inspiration! Thanks for the review and chance to win!

  43. says

    I found your blog several months ago and have been trying to get the courage to step into the quilting world. This would be a great motivator for me! Thanks for the giveaway.<br />bethfouche at hotmail dot com

  44. says

    That book looks amazing. I am new to modern quilting and would love this as a tutorial! Thank you for the chance and for the review!

  45. says

    I&#39;ve been following you for a couple of months now, trying to get up the courage to dive into the quilting world. This is just the kind of motivation I need!<br />bethfouche at hotmail dot com

  46. says

    I have been going to school for the last 6 years and just finished getting my Associates and now I finally get to sit and sew for awhile. It is amazing how much I have forgotten and how much I want to learn that book is something I need to put on my list. Great thing to blog about.

  47. says

    I have been going to school for the last 6 years and just finished getting my Associates and now I finally get to sit and sew for awhile. It is amazing how much I have forgotten and how much I want to learn that book is something I need to put on my list. Great thing to blog about.

  48. says

    Thanks for sharing the book. It does look inspiring. I am not familiar with the publisher. Thanks for the information and the chance to win.

  49. says

    This book looks fantastic! I&#39;ve been trying to find some inspiration and this book looks like it&#39;s full of it. mdv112(gmail)

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