Joanne Hillestad

The Fat Quarter Gypsy Designs

Joanne Hillestad, owner of The Fat Quarter Gypsy Designs, started her sewing journey at the age of 5. Hooked instantly, the love of playing with fabric only grew over the decades.

After 20 years as a database analyst in Corporate America, Joanne decided to follow her dreams and pursue a career around her love of all things fabric.

Combining Joanne’s fabric and her husband Mike’s wire forming ability, the Fat Quarter Pop-Up was born! This handy, collapsible container became an instant hit. In 2018, Joanne acquired the popular pattern line of Swirly Girls Design. Swirly Girls patterns are traditional with a modern flair.

Current Retreat: Craft for the Holidays 2020

Your retreat registration includes a mini-project session with each instructor. These sessions will be recorded & you’ll be able to watch them later!


Lacy Poinsettia Wreath

Join Joanne to learn how to make this cute Lacy Poinsettia Wreath! You will learn about applique on felt and using iron-on crystals to add a little bling.Goes together quickly!

Past Retreat: Sew in Your Jammies 2020


Sew Organized

Sew Cute! Sew Efficient! Sew Organized! Store your sewing and crafting essentials within easy reach. Eight pockets and a pincushion slide onto a sturdy steel frame. Uses 2 fat quarters or large scraps and stabilizer. Goes together quickly!

Joanne in Action

Joanne is such a genius of three-dimensional ideas! If you’ve wondered how she gets so much done in one day running 3 companies, it’s because she doesn’t stand still enough to get an action shot.