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Product Details

  • Series: Stc Craft
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584797525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584797524
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty own the popular quilt shop Material Obsession, in Sydney, Australia. They draw a huge international fan base via their popular website and blog, www.materialobsession.com.

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Very informative, easy to understand and some excellent patterns.
Karen F Bachofner
I was so excited when a saw there was a new book coming, but when I got it - it was just a new publisher and front.
Merete Vatshelle
I love taking older, more traditional patterns and using very modern, fun fabrics.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Merete Vatshelle on March 7, 2009
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First of all, I just want to say that it is a wonderful book, with lots of lovely and inspiring text and pictures. But I have to say I was a bit disappointed when I realised that it was exactly the same book as 'Material Obsession - Contemporary quilt designs', which I bought a year ago. I was so excited when a saw there was a new book coming, but when I got it - it was just a new publisher and front.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Constance L. Slack on March 7, 2009
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....if you love fabrics, admire all the new designs of fabrics on the market as well as the traditional, and just plain love the art of quilting. For three days after receiving this book, I picked it up to read whenever possible and felt my fingers itching to create any one of the quilts shown in the book. This book is not a "cookbook" of quilt patterns showing a particular look in piecework or to teach a certain type of quilting. Instead, the authors encourage the readers to ignore "boundaries" in the creation of quilts, and to follow their own instincts and preferences in the matter of fabric, color, thread, and even the mechanics of the quilting process. The resulting quilts are not heavily stylized, but have a homey, comfortable look, similar to an antique quilt.

Each quilt shown in "Material Obsession, ranging in level of difficulty from easy to advanced, has instructions for piecing using the colors shown in the quilt, but suggestions are given throughout the book about different colorways to consider in certain patterns, or pointing out that a particular color of fabric may be needed to give the quilt a certain "punch" of color. Also helpful is a statement by the writers regarding the "idea" behind the making of each quilt, which can help provide a creative spark for the readers who want to use a favorite fabric or a grouping of fabric scraps.

The book ends with a quilter's reference section, the need of which in a quilting book can often be considered debatable by an experienced quilter. However, the reference section works in this book, due to the increasing level of difficulty of the quilt patterns shown in this book, and the need for knowledge of certain skills in hand quilting, applique, and piecing shapes such as diamonds and hexagons.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mary Brown on April 17, 2010
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I love quilt books, and something just made me want to have this one. This book is beautifully done and it feels very substantial. The quilts themselves are a little too 'cute' for my taste, however, and I am not likely to make any of them. It seems like the genius of the authors is in selecting fabrics; I didn't find the actual quilt patterns to be anything particularly unique or special. They really are just traditional quilt patterns done in modern fabrics. I'm also not fond of the hand-drawn instruction pictures. Again, cute and stylish, but not as clear to follow if you're actually going to make the quilt The book is still lovely to look at, but if I had leafed through it at the bookstore, I probably wouldn't have bought it. Someone who goes in for a more feminine, cute look may like this more than I did.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ada on June 4, 2009
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The authors are Austrailian and the quilts they made are so colorful and the pattern combinations so different from my more subdued tastes that I was really inspired to "let go" and enjoy the color explosion in this book. I liked what they did with the quilt patterns with their whimsical touches. This is a keeper, especially for color inspiration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corinne Brzeski on October 21, 2009
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Modern, fresh quilts using contemporary fabrics. I was so tired of old-lady patterns, but don't yet have the confidence to design from scratch. I wish I had had this book a year ago. It's perfect - I love it. It has over 20 quilt projects, too, (no tea cozies here) which makes it a great value for this price. So pleased with this purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By niki on July 30, 2013
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Sarah Fielke is an artist, however, this book does not represent her best work. The photography is poor and the color seems "off". If you want something that makes her quilts truly shine, I recommend "HAND QUILTED WITH LOVE". It's a beautiful book that shows her quilts at their best. Color, photography, techniques...even the paper on which it's printed is terrific. I was a machine quilter, but after "HAND QUILTED WITH LOVE" I'm a convert. I'm now busily stitching with Perle cotton and loving every minute of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Blum on July 11, 2013
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After going through the book, I am a little disappointed at the amount of applique. I am a piece person and I do not like to applique. I had briefly seen the next book in this series in a fabric store and thought it looked interesting but decided to start with the first one. Nothing wrong with this one, but I think I might like the patterns in the second book better. I really was counting on the title:modern quilts with traditional roots" to be an accurate description and I am not sure it is. They still look pretty traditional to me. For what it is worth!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pds on July 23, 2011
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I must admit, had I not purchased Book 2 first I would have probably felt a little different about this book. I really was diappointed. Book 2 has some wonderful quilts, bright and really got my creative juices going. Book 1 is clearly for a more inexpeienced quilter I think. Although the quilts are lovely, they really aren't very exciting. Many are small (baby and "cot") size and there isn't guidance on how to make them bigger. Would suggest this book is for the less experienced, or the person who is just beginning to branch out into uncommon combinations of fabrics and colors. If you are "already there", save your money for the next book or purchase Book 2.

As far as my experience with Amazon, it came really fast and well packaged. No complaints there!
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