Quilting from Little Things

by Kate on April 17, 2011

The lovely Sarah Fielke has done it again. If you thought that Material Obsession & Material Obsession 2 were fantastic quilting books then wait until you see her new offering – Quilting from little things.

Quilting from little things is nothing short of a triumph and I am thrilled to be taking part in her blog tour.

As you would expect from Sarah, the quilts featured in the book are a stunning marriage of colour and design. All include comprehensive instructions and diagrams as well as extensive notes on the basics of patchwork and quilting.

Q: How did you come about making your first quilt?
Sarah: My mum taught me to quilt. She always sewed everything, clothes and quilts, embroidery, and she knitted and crocheted besides. She bought me a little pink sewing machine when I was very small and taught me how to sew. I made lots of patchwork bits when I was little and tied them to make quilts for my teddies, and I made some lap sized quilts and things, but I didn’t make my first real, full sized bed quilt until I was much older – I made a Queen size quilt for my best friend’s 21st birthday.

Q: Which part of the quilt making process do you enjoy most?
Sarah: The hand quilting. I really love it. I love the designing and the fabrics and the machining, and I LOVE the hand applique, but most of all I love to be curled up on the couch on a cold day with the dog in my lap and something to hand quilt.

Q: Are there any other crafts you would like to try?
Sarah: I have tried a lot, including scrapbooking (NOT for me), silver jewellery and peyote beading! There aren’t any I would go back to particularly excepting knitting – I would love to be able to knit well, and make beautiful jumpers and things. At the moment my knitting stretches to very simple scarves and that’s about it

Q: Do you have any advice for the new quilters out there?
Sarah: Just enjoy yourselves. There are some great books around to help you out, and do take the time to learn some basic things about patchwork from them – you will be much happier with your results if you do. But really just not to get all hung up about it all, and just enjoy the process of making something with your hands.

Well done Sarah! Your book is beautiful (and a welcome) addition to my library. It is fantastic to see a fellow Aussie doing so well!

Giveaway: Sarah has generously offered one of my readers a bundle of eight fat quarters from her debut fabric range ‘from little things‘. The giveaway is open to all but you must have a valid email address. To enter I would like you to leave a comment and tell me in 25 words or less what YOU love the most about quilting. A winner will be drawn on Thursday 21st April.

Giveaway has now closed.

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