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Little Bits Quilting Bee: 20 Quilts Using Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters Hardcover – September 7, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811877302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811877305
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The colourful photographs, vibrant fabrics, and charming vintage-modern styling give this book a warm and inviting feel.  - Ellen Luckett Baker

Kathreen has produced a book full of original, interesting and diverse designs that don't look like pre-cuts at all. - Sarah Fielke

Beautifully written and charmingly hand illustrated. [Little bits quilting bee] begins with a look at the community aspect of quilting, from quilting bees and swaps to guilds and charity quilts. ... [The quilts] are fresh, fun, modern and inspiring.  Put together but not too put together if you know what I mean. - Aneela Hoey



Along with being super informative, if I had to use one adjective for the book, it would be cozy. There's just something about the photography and the great hand drawn illustrations that make reading this book a comfy way to spend some time! - Alissa Haight Carlton

From the Author

When I first began designing the quilts for the book, I drew upon my art and photography background to research ideas, mixing tradition and contemporary together - taking in colour, contrasts, shapes and patterns from different cultures and handmade traditions such as Japanese Shibori, Latvian embroidery, Indian architecture and Mid-century fabric design. I knew I wanted my personal style (vintage/modern and cosy) to shine through strongly - while at the same time creating young, vibrant and graphic designs - I hope I succeeded and I hope you enjoy the book!
Making 20 quilts in a short space of time is quite physically demanding - so I devised a method of sewing standing up which really saved my back. Mentally it was a challenge too - all that math! And yes I quilted all the quilts (with the exception of one) myself at home on a mid arm quilting machine.
Big lovely thank you to my husband Rob Shugg who is the genius behind the hand drawn illustrations, my two cheeky children who appear angelic in the book. And of course the fabulous photographer and stylist who made the quilts look so charming and cosy.

More About the Author

Kathreen Ricketson was the founder of WhipUp.net, the online handcraft hub, and Action-pack.com - an e-magazine for kids who want to do stuff. Her work has been featured on popular craft blogs such as Design*Sponge and Craftzine. She is the author or editor of eight books, including the Kids' Crafternoon series, Whip Up Mini Quilts, Little Bits Quilting Bee, and Brave New Quilts. She died in May 2013.

Customer Reviews

The designs in this book are full of fun - colorful, bold, bright, and fresh.
Jane Rosenthal
The book itself comes nicely bound in a durable hard cover, with the pattern pieces in an envelope on the front inside.
M.C-S.
If you get only one quilting book this year, make it this one, you'll love it!
meela

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Beejay on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because of the glowing reviews. After receiving it & reading the reviews again, it's obvious to me that no one has actually made one of these quilts yet. "Quilter's Bible" & great for beginners was mentioned. Yes, lots of info at the beginning of this book would be great for a beginner, but the quilts are much too difficult for that level. Circles, curved piecing, matching seams of angled pieces (which, by the way don't match), & applique just to name a few. My biggest complaint, however, are the so called templates. Templates are given for 10 quilts. Four are at 100%, two are at 50% and Four are at 75%. Please tell me what good a 75% template does me when it is already almost 8 1/2 x 11?

Great ideas, poor fabric (& color) choices - the hot air balloon is very cute & I will probably make it, but the color choices are so bad. This could have been an outstanding quilt, instead it's blah. The Lollypop Tree....another cute idea w/strange combinations. Why would you make the outside so muted & the center so vibrant? Illustrations for these quilts should be eliminated & pictures of the actual quilt should be shown, not just draped over something.

I hardly ever write reviews, but this book just irritated me.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sew Great on September 4, 2011
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Ricketson's latest book has a touch of artistry in the designs that is most impressive. I particularly liked several designs that would suit young boys bedrooms, simple, bold, clever and colorful. All the quilts are produced using commercially available pre-cut pieces with templates supplied for the 4 quilts that require further cutting. These are packaged in a neat pocket inside the front cover. The book will please quilters who would love to make a great quilt but are not confident about detailed hand sewing. The illustrations are very clear and helpful especially if the entire quilt is not seen in the photograph. I was especially impressed by the author/designer's talent in piecing together colors and textures that made some of the quilts look 3 dimensional. Also love her warm inclusive style of prose and the lovely story about making community quilts. Great Christmas present!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PattyLouise VINE VOICE on October 10, 2011
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This little gem of a book caught my eye because of the unique designs of the quilts within its pages.
The designer shows us unusual yet striking ways to combine really amazing prints in sort of different ways.
I just received my copy and I am still pouring over the various quilts and trying to decide which one I will begin first.
This just might be the most difficult thing about this book...actually choosing which one to make first.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By meela on November 24, 2011
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How can pre cuts be so versatile, so creative, so amazing! I always thought of pre cuts as a kind of kit or "quilt by numbers". This book sweeps that myth away with color combinations and patterns for today's quilter, while being respectful of the past. I love the way Kathreen frees us from the confines of "one pre cut pack:one quilt" To Kathreen pre cuts are the perfect way to build your stash with great little pattern and color combos that can be used in any design. Then she nails this concept down with breathtaking designs like the three dimensional "Dress Circle" using a combination of solids and patterned fabrics.

This book inspires us with quilt designs to suit all of our loved ones, even the boys, with "Squadron" and the stunning "Constructivist".
I love her friendly tone and well structured, clear instructions. The Photos are beautiful, (though I would like more) and the illustrations have a warmth only possible in hand drawn images.

If you get only one quilting book this year, make it this one, you'll love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Rosenthal VINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
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The designs in this book are full of fun - colorful, bold, bright, and fresh. I could imagine the patterns done in other color combinations, but the book doesn't present alternatives (this is not a criticism as most books don't show alternative color schemes). The directions look clear and straightforward and there are nice illustrations at the beginning of the book that would be great for a beginning quilter. My only criticism is that many of the quilt designs do not show a full picture to get an idea of the entire quilt; in other words, many of the quilts are pictured folded over furniture or rumpled up on a bed so you can't see the whole quilt. I find it helpful to have a visual of the whole quilt when I work so this seems a little strange to me. Despite this, I really like this book and feel inspired.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.C-S. on February 21, 2014
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The book itself comes nicely bound in a durable hard cover, with the pattern pieces in an envelope on the front inside. While I was pleasantly surprised as I opened the book, my surprise quickly turned into a frown and subsequent astonishment that anybody would want to show close up pictures of inaccurately pieced seams.
The hot air balloon close up is just awful...her seams do not nest, distorted and 1/4"apart. Now, I am not the super-experiences quilter but making charm square seams meet, is not THAT difficult if you cut and sew precisely. Since she used mostly pre-cuts throughout her book, cutting wasn't the issue, but rather inaccurate seams or seam allowances. Or maybe she just didn't care for matching seams? Which, as a reader, I find offending because it not only suggests a lack of appreciation for your reader, but also that the author was hurrying through her projects to meet some sort of deadline.
Since I couldn't believe any quilter would proudly display mismatched seams, I kept looking through the rest of her projects...somebody please show Ricketson how to piece precisely...it's an eyesore!
Ok, before anybody goes off on my review, I realize this is my personal preference. Perhaps some people could not care less about matching seams? Well, I am not one of them. Anybody can sew a 3x3 without matching seams, but making sure they match requires pressing, nesting or careful pinning and precision. Unfortunately, this book-again in my opinion-lacks innovation and careful execution of the projects.
I didn't particularly care for the drawing diagrams either and her intro seemed sort of redundant too. Nothing out of the ordinary n my opinion.
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