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!