A “Fat Eighth” is a term that was unknown to me several years back.  It describes a bundle of 1/8 yard cuts of fabric made popular by quilters who can take small cuts and work them into their patchworks.  Our Studio Style Store began offering Fat Eighths of our organic cotton jersey a few years back after receiving  emails requesting larger pieces of the 50 colors of  fabric we offer on our two color cards.

I have since come to learn that readers of our books use these bundles for everything from appliques and quilting to inspiration for upcoming projects. (You may also now order a Color Card Sampler which has fabrics, thread, beads, fold-over elastic, embroidery floss, textile paint colors, etc.) And Stenciled Fat Eighths in our Facets pattern have become a favorite item from our Studio Style Store.

and are the basis for Quilt of the Month #4.

Follow instructions for making your own below or contact our office to purchase one of our made-to-order quilts:  +1.256.760.1090

The quilt is built by halving each Stenciled Fat Eighth piece along the longest side to create a quilt piece that is 4 1/2″ x 20” and ready to sew.  We backed each of our quilt blocks with 100% organic cotton jersey in colors Camel and Denim and added a 5” Denim colored header and a 18” Camel colored footer to create a finished quilt that is approximately 64” x 81.”  Follow instructions for open felled seams on page 29 of Alabama Studio Style to render the beautiful back as shown below.


1 bundle of Stenciled Fat Eighths (we used color card 1)

2 yards organic cotton jersey in one color for backing and header

3 yards organic cotton jersey in a second color for backing and footer

2 spools Button Craft thread

Embroidery Scissors

Sewing Scissors

18” transparent ruler

Rotary cutter

Cutting mat

Tailor’s Chalk

Hand-sewing Needles

Our Design Choices

Stenciled Fat Eighths:   Color Card 1
Backing Fabric & Header:  Denim
Backing Fabric & Footer:   Camel
Thread:  Tan

Step 1

Using your rotary cutter, cutting mat and transparent ruler, each of your Stenciled Fat Eighths in half along the 20” edge of each block and running across the grain (see Alabama Stitch Book or Alabama Studio Style for more information on finding your grainline).

Step 2

Back each of your cut Stenciled Fat Eights quilt blocks with the color of your choice. We used the color denim for half of our quilt and for the header and camel for the other half and the footer.

Step 3

Lay out your quilt blocks with their backing color in 16 rows following the illustration below.  Alternating rows, you will cut one of your blocks for each row in half  to create this “half-drop” or “brick” pattern.  Note that you require 48 quilt blocks for the layout below and will have two pieces extra.

(Header is 5″ and the Footer – shown at the top of this illustration – is 18″ plus with a 1/4″ seam allowance)

Step 4

Pin a quilt top block and a quilt backing block together and add any embroidery, appliqué or reverse appliqué desired to accent the stenciling.  We chose to add no additional embroidery but used only the stenciled blocks. as we find beauty in their simplicity.

Step 5

Begin construction by sewing the blocks from each row together using 1/4″ seams and open felling following instructions for seams from page 29 of Alabama Studio Style.

Step 6

Sew your rows together to complete the quilt.  Add a header and footer if desired and a blanket stitch all the way around the outside edge.  We used tan thread for construction and blanket stitch.


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  1. Betsy Keson

    This is gorgeous and I adore it’s simplicity! I am a young quilter and love experimenting with fabrics and patterns other than the traditional woven cottons and am eager to try this. I have a question though – do you use any batting? I appears you don’t so I am wondering is the weight of the two layers sufficient?

  2. Cathy Smith

    I am just learning how to quilt and have a question. WHen you lay the top stenciled piece on the backing, you don’t stitch anything until you stitch the top pieces together, right? The top is only pinned to the bottom until the blocks are pieced together?
    My Christmas present to myself! And obviously my winter project.

    1. Alabama Post author

      That’s correct. Lay the stenciled piece on top of the backing, pin into place and sew to the neighboring top and back. You don’t have to sew them together before construction. Happy Holidays!