Fussy Cutters Club: Book Review + Giveaway


Praise Lourdes and twelve holy hallelujahs, because I have a finish! And full stop, I owe it all to Angie of GnomeAngel and her new Fussy Cutters Club book. This is a project that I never would have attempted without her kicking me in the shins and telling me to get to work. I’m so glad she did because this has turned into one my most favourite makes! This cushion (still without a name) was inspired by her Improv-able Dream Pillow.

I have to tell you, way back when I first found out Angie was writing a book about fussy cutting, I immediately said to her, “I want to be on your book tour!” Of course, I had my own selfish reasons: I knew committing to the tour would help flex my own novelty fabrics and fussy cutting muscles. Because seriously, prior to this exercise my experience was pretty limited. Since that first exclamation I have been targeting more novelty fabrics on my stashing journeys to use for this specific occasion (and onwards).

(Hey! No judgements about my weathered cutting mat. All his wrinkles are battle scars!)

I don’t want to be just all, “Go buy this book because it’s amazing, and you’ll love it, blah blah blah blah.” Right. But. Go buy this book. It’s amazing, and you’ll love it. Or win it in the giveaway below. I don’t really care, but I’m telling you, if you have even a slight interest in fussy cutting, this book is going to help you ooouuuut. I’ve read it cover to cover, and there’s ample (yet easily digestible) chapters about process and design before you even get to the project chapters. It’s no secret that Angie has a penchant for rainbows, so you’re also gonna find a lot of that going down here, too.

There’s a lot going on in the cushion I made. A lot. And I love a lot. I wanted it to be my own nature-dreamscape, where things are going one way, and suddenly there’s clouds in the ocean. Who knew! I really felt like Fussy Cutters Club gave me the confidence to play with my novelty fabrics in this way. See those gold bits floating through the sky near the top? Those are all fussy cut out of some Cotton + Steel fabric, and then reassembled together to recreate the movement the birds are making elsewhere in the cushion. And hold on: Ignorant me didn’t even realise we could classify geometric fabrics as eligible for fussy cutting! This book changed that.

Angie is my friend, but girlfriend knows Molli ain’t about to hock her wares if they ain’t the shit. So I’m giving you absolute Truth Tea when I tell you that this book has given me new skills, ideas, and ultimately changed how I will be creating in the future. Am I gonna be using novelty whales in all my future quilts? Of course not, but I will definitely be more aware of how I can use even the slyest of novelty fabrics to give a surprising little wink, wink! Subterfuge is everything!

Also, I’ll tell you a secret if you promise not to tell anyone: this cushion is already getting a makeover! She’s obviously a diva like me, but for reasons I’ll keep under wraps a bit longer, it had to be done. Okay then, let’s have that giveaway! Normal conditions apply: US residents get a hard copy, internationals get a digital version, but you all get love from me! Leave me a comment on this blog post (not Facebook, not Instagram, not in my letter box, but right below) and finish this sentence:

“If I were a novelty fabric, I’d be …”


Fussy Cutters Club: Improv-Able Dream Pillow by Angie Wilson. Courtesy of C&T Publishing.

You can find lots of images from the book at all these other fabulous places on the book tour. Plus, if you want all the official details just head to the launch post here. Angie’s doing amazing things with special bundles, prize packs, swaps, and all that jazz. And again: Buy the book.

128 Responses

  1. Corinne Blanco says:

    I would be a bird flying free. Looking forward to seeing the book.

  2. Susan Spiers says:

    Love your pillow! WOW! A butterfly – love them on or in anything! Thank you, Susan

  3. Janna says:

    Something bright and fun

  4. Kathryn says:

    …a cute little airplane, because I’m a pilot and love flying! Love your blog!

  5. Jessica Wester says:

    Vintage medical supplies! (Nurse hat, Gauze, etc)

  6. Linda says:

    I would be flamingos waiting to be made into a lap quilt for the beach house! Yea, hurry up owner and read Angie’s book.

  7. Mary Ann Scanlon says:

    Sweet, smoochy faced bulldogs! Thanks for the opportunity to win a new book.

  8. Holly Colvin says:

    I would be some architectural supplies, or just some cool architectural elements!

  9. Roseline says:

    A pair of matching shoes and handbag( hikers and backpack )

  10. Robyn Haworth says:

    If I were a novelty fabric, I’d be a Wedgetail Eagle 🦅, soaring high & free, then dropping in on all my quilting friends for a visit both here and in the U.S.A.

  11. Mieka says:

    I would be a campfire next to the water with a sunset.

  12. Jeanette Tuttle-Hamer says:

    “If I were a novelty fabric, I’d be a kayaker”

  13. Paula says:

    I’d be a mermaid. A HR’s mermaid. That’s it. Your pillow is damn freakin’ awesome. You gave me new wings. Xx

  14. Paula says:

    I’d be a mermaid. A HR’s mermaid. That’s it. Your pillow is damn freakin’ awesome. You gave me new wings.

  15. Christi says:

    I’d be a bird. I love birds. They sing happy tunes.

  16. Lara says:

    Something cutesy, definitely Japanese kawaii. Just can’t get enough of the stuff. LOVE your pillow and your review 💕

  17. Jill says:

    I’d be little children playing outdoors on a rainy summer day.

  18. Linda Cejnar says:

    I’d be a star or sun in waves of pink and purple and gold swirls.

  19. Vicky says:

    …furry forest animals

  20. If I could, I would be an owl, up high, in a tree, looking over everyone below, on a peaceful world. If only dreams could come true. Fabulous front, and the purple back and zipper are equally wonderful.

  21. Linda Beck says:

    …a gold inlaid snowflake on a beautiful dark blue batik!

  22. Margaret Kerr says:

    I would be purple and aqua butterflies.

  23. Jen says:

    An elephant – with a perfect memory. I have just the Laurel Burch fabric for a fussy cutting project.

  24. Tina Short says:

    I would be a troll….. like in the movie Trolls. I have pink and silver hair at the moment so I might just qualify!

  25. Heather J says:

    I would be either a red fox or a peacock! Love their colouring. Great use of your fabrics in your pillow! 👍

  26. Lizzie in Sweden says:

    …I’d be…a teacup at a tea party with a duck and a heron. Hmmm, or maybe I’d be the heron!

  27. Betsy says:

    A fiesta

  28. lee says:

    I would be a Star! thank you!

  29. Liz says:

    I would be flowers! That’s what love fussy-cut, at least tô this point in my quilting journey.

  30. I would be red kites soaring – I love them so much. 🙂 Great giveaway, thanks!

  31. Christine N says:

    I would be grey white black and pink cubes of various sizes!

  32. Jan altomare says:

    I’d be all beach and sun!!

  33. Deb M says:

    Love your cushion! I would be the night sky…the Milky Way, twinkling stars, planets and a meteor here and there is a must.

  34. Suzette Sparkles Fan Brinker says:

    I would be a spotted horse running with my friends through the rabbit field with the ducks. loved seeing you and your family in Pensacola, thank you for the fun visit!

  35. Angeline Shaka says:

    I would be a sloth hanging from a tree branch.

  36. Mary says:

    I’d be a dachshund because I have two dachshund lovers in my life, and I can always use more novelty fabric featuring cute dachshunds.

  37. Jeanette says:

    If I was a novelty fabric, I would be a star way up in the night time sky, twinkling brighter than any star ever.

  38. Brenda Iwami says:

    I would be a hoodie wearing pixie placing barn quilts across the globe with a simple tap of my star tipped wand…giggling softly as I fly off to the next building. (tee-hee)

  39. Glenda Hollander says:

    I’d be a hummingbird

  40. Trish says:

    If I were a novelty fabric, I would be Siberian Huskies racing through the snow! Your pillow is awesome, by the way!

  41. Jayne says:

    I would be a firefly if I were a novelty fabric! I love to fussy cut but would love to have more guidance when I do it!

  42. Beth Conlin says:

    Oh my, foxes for sure. I have some of that whale fabric, I keep moving it around my table. Xox

  43. Linda Williamson says:

    I’d be a deer, or a fawn. I love to watch them in my yard. Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    I would be a brightly dressed elephant — in a string of elephants walking one behind the other.

  45. Sandy says:

    Fun pillow…I am enjoying reading everyone else’s posts and seeing what they chose to make!! It is a buy for sure…I am new to fussy cutting as well and learned so much!!

  46. Miriam says:

    If I were a novelty fabric, I would be words or letters. I can’t resist texty fabric. Words about nature would be nice.

  47. Miriam says:

    If I were a novelty fabric, I would be words or letters. I can’t resist texty fabric. Words about nature would be nice. Love your cushion.

  48. Peggy says:

    A pink ostrich – seriously, I have found this very item and I love it!

  49. Nancy A says:

    I would be a red and white elephant because we are University of Alabama fans.

  50. Barbara WoodsB says:

    Santa’s , love Christmas

  51. Jayne P says:

    There are so many things I could choose – but if I pick just one it would have to be cats

  52. Libby says:

    A dolphin of course!

  53. Miranda E says:

    quirky as hell, most likely with cute animals!

  54. Chris K. says:

    Paper dolls.

  55. Julie says:

    Something with elephants! I foster 12 orphan baby elephants in Kenya! I’m powerless when it comes to elephants! PS – adore the pillow!

  56. Carol San Diego says:

    I would be in Hawaii on the beach.

  57. Betty C says:

    scissors, cut cut cutting, and being very fussy.

  58. Jodie says:

    … able to be a fly on the wall (or bed) of all the best bedrooms!!

  59. Verria says:

    A frog hopping across space with my butterfly friend.

  60. Jacob says:

    Love you pillow and I’m super interested in the book. Could really be useful to a novice quilter like myself!

  61. jacky says:

    llamas just cant get enough of them

  62. Jeannine Gunn says:

    Classy and high maintenance! 😂 What a great way to use some bold prints and fabrics which otherwise are put on the back burner. Beautiful pillow cover! 😍

  63. Melissa O says:

    A shimmering heart or firework – I’m beyond blessed to be healthy and have such a fantastic family. I have so much love for them I could burst.

  64. Lesley Gilbert says:

    I’d be …. a typewriter, so someone could run fingers all over me :p

  65. Tammy Barrett says:

    If I were a novelty fabric…I would be a big ol’ cup of coffee. Not just any cup- but the ultimate Starbucks XOXO mug that my BFF got for me for Christmas…Filled to the brim, of course!

  66. Helen says:

    I too would be a cup of coffee, I seem to run best when fuelled by it . Great cushion!

  67. Brenda says:

    Maps. No question.

  68. PennyDog says:

    A dill pickle WITH A FACE!

  69. Cherie says:

    I would be a strawberry!

  70. Tamara Hutchinson says:

    I would be a movie star, of course!

  71. Julie Dunn says:

    Bunnies, lots and lots of bunnies!

  72. Katie says:

    If I were a novelty fabric I would be an eclectic collection of everything. More is better. Ya know? 🙂

  73. Sue says:

    …..I’d be bubbles & champagne glasses 🥂

  74. Nancy says:

    I would be the sky. A starry night sky.

  75. Anna says:

    I would be a moose running lose in the UP of michigan… happyness04431@yahoo.com

  76. Pam B says:

    Hiya!!! I’d definitely be dogs (chihuahuas or dachshunds), or maybe butterflies (I have them everywhere). Looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for having the giveaway, hugs!!!
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

  77. Paul says:

    If I were a novelty fabric, I’d be …”a Tula Pink Elephant”.

  78. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    If I were a novelty fabric, I’d be animals made of gears and engine parts.

  79. Tina says:

    I’d be a totally Vintage 70s print. Apples, maybe 🙂

  80. Robin RK says:

    WOW, a hard question. Reading so many good ideas above and wanting to be different with my answer…I love Linda B’s idea of inlaid gold but instead of A star I want it sprinkled thru. Add all the birds called Robin internationally on a bluish teal sky with all different clouds(of course they all sorta look like something) with lush trees here and there with a very occasional chipmunk. In case you’re designing I have other ideas (we’ll talk 🙂 ).

  81. Sue says:

    It looks like a really interesting book. If I were a novelty fabric I’d be, gosh I don’t know – looks out the window- trees

  82. Jenni Thompson says:

    A collection of Mabel Lucy at well people I used to love her illustrations as a child xx

  83. Maryanna says:

    Something cute and retro, like poodles or siamese cats. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

  84. AJ says:

    Wonder Woman – my superhero spirit animal. Lasso of Truth, invisible plane, and power cuff bracelets. Need i say more?

  85. DianeY says:

    I’d be a Hula Girl!

  86. Debbie says:

    If I were a novelty fabric I’d be zooming off to Angie’s to be made into something even cooler.

  87. Amy L says:

    I would be bright turquoise, fuchsia, tangerine and lime mutts having fun with their friends.

  88. Malin says:

    I’d be an ili Pika. High up in a mountain range quietly watching all the world around me. Seeing all the colors of a given season and witnessing the transformation of Earth. Sounds dorky but those little animals are really small and cute but near extinction so the mantra Live Life To Its Fullest has never been more true.

  89. Leanne says:

    If I were a novelty fabric I’d be glittery pink flamingos and jewel toned monarch caterpillars, two creatures my kids are currently enamored with.

  90. Laura says:

    If I were a novelty fabric I’d be a bee! Love to keep buzzy oops busy!

  91. diana says:

    If I were a novelty fabric I’d be a birdie! I’m from Oregon…land of “put a bird on it” 🙂

  92. Rhonda Inglis says:

    If I was a novelty fabric I’d be all cut up😘!

  93. Maggie Gardiner says:

    I would be the warm heart of a roaring fire on a cold, cold night.

  94. Karen Seitz says:

    A happy, running dog. Or sleeping. Or both.

  95. Beth T. says:

    A nerdy girl with big glasses and a book, with a dog on one side and a cat on the other. (And nerdy is no insult, no hate here!)

  96. Kathy E. says:

    What a great question! I would be school supplies like sharp pencils, thumb tacks, rulers, notebooks, staplers, erasers, etc. The teacher in me needs all of those things and would love to fussy cut them from fabric!

  97. marina says:

    I would be a wonky star my friends cos thats what I is…..

  98. Rita scott says:

    I would be a collection of old and ornate iron gates. They can be so intriguing.

  99. Ali says:

    Love your pillow – gorgeous!! I I was novelty fabric I would be test tubes and lab equipment and some lasers!!!

  100. Linda Bick says:

    Mouse 🐭 a fun mouse! A dressed mouse! A circus mouse! Ahhhh……the list goes on!

  101. Awesome pillow cover! I’d be beautiful fussy cut flowers, of course!

  102. Kathy R. says:

    For a novelty fabric first I would choose puppies, since my son just got a dog . Next I would pick Barracudas (the car), my husband’s favorite.

  103. Roxanne S. says:

    Beautiful Pillow Molli. If I were a a fabric I would be a beautiful mottled batik with blues, greens, aquas, and a splash of gray! I could be fussy cut for clouds, leaves, skies, and the ocean of course!

  104. If I were a novelty fabric, I’d be a cute little pig visiting and enjoying all the fun thing to do in Hawaii!

  105. Jane Stanley says:

    If I were novelty fabric, I would be a sparkly fairy sparkling happy dust over the world. Pretty neat pillow.

  106. Jen T. says:

    If I were a novelty fabric I would be a sassy kitty cat, not amused by all my human’s antics. But then again, anything with cats is awesome. 😼

  107. Marilyn Larkin says:

    If I were a novelty fabric I would be everywhere my cutters and sewers could find to put me, on table tops, quilts, bags, shirts, hats, cushions, collages, and ever so many places I am yet to think of. I would be cut apart and recreated into a myriad of wonderful things. I can’t wait for you to find me where ever you peek.

  108. Katharine Le Busque says:

    If I were a novelty fabric, I’d be …a cat with glasses reading a book.

  109. Darlene says:

    I would be a smiling grandma.

  110. Laura says:

    I would be all tiny triangles, floating across the fabric.

  111. sharon says:

    A witch, after all halloween is coming and even here in the us it would not be politically incorrect

  112. Eva says:

    Colourful! Love your pillow! Very dreamy 🙂

  113. Circe says:

    A mermaid swimming in a turquoise sea

  114. Hannah W says:

    I wouldn’t be very novel, but I’d be cute:)

  115. Kathy C. says:

    …bright cheerful fabric with happy little critters.

  116. Angela J Short says:

    Awesome little pillow. Cool book! I’d be fabric with turtles! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  117. Carmen R Wyant says:

    I’d be the Ghastlies.

  118. Barb K. says:

    I’d be an exotic plant or strange flower.

  119. Nancy says:

    I’d be Cupcakes…I just love the fun cupcake fabric that is out there! Thanks for sharing the giveaway!!

  120. O Gosh! If I were a novelty fabric I would be just like your cushion, a little country..free-flowing..pumpkins & gardens…butterflies & bees…bicycles in the rain…apple tree & flowers – Out door world welcome Me!

  121. Andrea Miller says:

    I would be a freakin’ glittery unicorn wearing a tutu!

  122. Sarah J says:

    camping in a Heather Ross VW van!

  123. Moira says:

    If I were a novelty fabric I’d be a critter, most likely a snail or cat. Love your pillow!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  124. Barbara Woods says:

    Love fussy cutting

  125. Birgit moehrer-whiteley says:

    a butterfly in many colours

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