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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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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
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just purchased this book and am a little disappointed. Part of the problems in this book is the layout and pictures of some of the quilts. Read morePublished 16 months ago by KGA
Love looking at this book. Beautiful pictures & easy to follow instructions.Published 18 months ago by Natalie Girkin
I bought this book to make the prismatic quilt. This was my first full size quilt. The directions were not sufficient and although I bought the yardage it suggested in the size... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sarah Jane Pepper
It's a beautiful book! So useful and very complete the instruccion and the pic's, I can'n wait to start making some of that beautiful quilts .Published on March 15, 2014 by Rosana Gonzalez
To be honest, had I not seen this book in a bookstore before, I never would have ordered it. It seemed like a book all about quilting bees, which is not generally how I sew. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Slackermom
Fun patterns in book . Good for beginner quilter , Good basic information on getting started quilting. A good investment.Published on October 2, 2013 by donna schluter
As a new quilter, I am loving the jelly roll for quilting! The jelly rolls are teaching me color and pattern groups which I find difficult to learn by reading a book. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Debi S.