Sarah Fielke’s first solo book, Quilting From Little Things, is something I’ve been stalking the mail box for ever since she started showing sneaky peeks on her blog a year ago. So when the mailman finally dropped it off, I have to say, I did a happy dance. Quilting From Little Things is an absolute joy from cover to cover. Every page oozes ‘Sarah-ness’ which is a difficult quality to define but if you can grab it, harness it and make it your own you’re onto a winner! Her flair for putting fabrics together and making even the more difficult techniques sound quite simple sets this book apart from most. Sarah’s style is bright, colourful and adventurous – these projects are quilts you will actually want to make.
The book’s premise is this – ten lessons in technique, two projects for each. One dolly size quilt, one large quilt. If you’re unsure of the technique demonstrated, practise with the dolly, then move on to the biggy. Work your way through the whole book and end up with a wall full of beautiful little quilts, and enough bed quilts to keep you cozy in the coldest winter.
From dolly quilt …
To full sized quilt …
How beautiful is that?!
As with Sarah’s previous books (she co-authored the Material Obsession books), the pages are clearly laid out, with a feast of diagrams and photos. Full-size templates are included on separate pull-out pattern sheets. Every quilt in the book has a rating of difficulty, from 1 to 4, according to how many different techniques are used and how difficult those techniques are. She talks you through many of the traditional techniques you will need to master in order to become a better quilter – from simple row by row construction through to inset piecing – and covers foundation piecing, appliqué, wedges and even feathered blocks.
If you are going to buy one book this year – make it this one. Whether you’re a beginner quilter or have been quilting since you were knee high to a grasshopper, Sarah’s book will teach you things you didn’t know, it will challenge you, it will help you define your own personal style and will become a well thumbed addition to your library.
Quilting From Little Things is out now in all good bookshops and quilt shops in Australia. It will be released in the UK (and Europe) on May 2nd, and folks in the US have to wait a little longer (the release date is August for you guys). However, The Book Depository in the UK has the book available for pre-order (with the UK release date of May 2nd) and with FREE worldwide delivery. (Thanks to Amy for that little snippet of info!) Click here for more information.
Murdoch books and Sarah have generously given us a copy of the book to give away to one of our readers! Leave a comment on this post telling us what technique frightens you the most. For me it’s inset seams. I love the look, I’m just too scared to try them. I think I know what my first project from this book should be! (The give away is open to all readers – no matter which country you happen to live in!)
Good luck, and happy sewing!
Happy New Year! We hope that 2011 is filled with laughter and creativity.
The winner of the ‘Betty Dear’ bundle is comment number 66.
Hen said… Love that fabric! My favourite thing was a vintage crazy patchwork throw we spotted at a street market in the West Country. My other half had sneaked back to get it without me knowing and then there it was, on Xmas day! I now have it covering the chair in my sewing room, looking mighty fine.
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Has everyone recovered from their eggnog hangovers yet? Well, we here at Fat Quarterly have been thinking about all of our readers who may not have gotten everything on their wish list from the fat guy with the beard, so we’d like to soften the blow with a More for Me Monday giveaway sponsored by Robert Kaufman fabrics.
Inside issue 3, Tacha chats with Camille Roskelley – busy mother, fabric designer, pattern designer and author of Simplify.
Stash Books have very kindly donated a copy of Camille’s delightful book, ‘Simplify’, for us to giveaway to one lucky reader! Thanks Stash Books!
For a chance to win, simply answer the following question…
In her interview with Camille, Tacha asks Camille what her favourite colour palette is, so our question to you is…..
“What is Camille’s favourite Color Palette?”
Please email your answers to email@example.com with ‘simplify’ in the subject line. Thanks so much!
Good Luck. Entries close 24th December. A winner will be randomly drawn and announced here after this date. Merry Christmas!
…to Phyliss Singler!
You are the lucky winner of our Bari J giveaway!
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and we’ll get your fq bundle of Country Lane on it’s way to you
Inside Issue 3 of Fat quarterly, Katy had the enviable task of interviewing the fabulous Bari J & they chat about her latest collection for Windham Fabrics, ‘Country Lane’, among other fun stuff!
Bari J has kindly donated a fq bundle of Country Lane to one lucky reader! Yay! Thanks Bari J!
For a chance to win, hop into Issue 3 to read Katy’s Bari J interview and tell us Bari J’s answer to the following question….
“Tell us something only you know about Bari J Ackerman. Do you have any party tricks or hidden talents?”
Please email your answers to email@example.com & put ‘Bari J giveaway’ in the subject line, thanks.
Entries close midnight Saturday 11 December & a winner will be announced here Sunday 12th December. Good luck!
If you can’t wait to see if you won you can purchase Country Lane at The Fat Quarter Shop
winner of the Paula Ozier giveaway is:
For those of you who played along, thank you!
Here at FQ Head Quarters we really value your comments and feedback. Therefore it’s important for us from time to time to ask you, our valued customers, to help us get a better understanding of what you want from FQ, where we can improve, to consider suggestions, or just to have a pat on the back to say hey, you guys are doing OK!
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We would like to offer a little something as a thank you for taking part in the survey. Thanks to Windham Fabrics, we have a 3 fq bundles of Spa by Rosemarie Lavin just for you!
Since this is an anonymous survey we have no way of knowing who has taken part! So we have decided to do a random drawing from people who have signed up to receive our newsletter.
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Need some inspiration on how to use Spa? Check it out – John designed and created this incredible tree quilt for our Fussy Cut Issue (Issue 3) using the fabulous mix of browns, blues and greens of the delicious Spa fabrics by Rosemarie Lavin.
Inside Issue 3 of Fat Quarterly, Katy was lucky enough to chat with Paula Ozier of Paula Ozier Designs and share with us all her wonderful bold designs and prints that include Russian dolls, Maneki Neko (lucky cats) and tattoo-inspired swallows.
For a chance to win, read Paula’s article in Issue 3 and answer the following question set by Paula…..
“Where did Paula study Textile Design?”
Please email us your answers to email@example.com with ‘Paula Ozier’ in the subject line, thanks!
A winner will be drawn from the correct answers and announced here next Monday.
Good Luck! It’s such an awesome prize! Thanks Paula!!!