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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798804
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathy Doughty is the owner of the quilt store Material Obsession, located in Australia but renowned worldwide (materialobsession.com.au). Sarah Fielke is the editor and creative director of SEWN, an online quilting community (sewn.net.au).


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Customer Reviews

The book is well worth it for the variety of great projects!
A. Lobsiger
No, I don't like every pattern, but that's true of every quilting book I ever bought.
LuvKimono
This is a wonderful book with lots of beautiful quilts made mostly with scraps.
Bruce H. Mierke

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on December 31, 2010
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As a fabriholic, I absolutely adore the patterns in this book--the fabric combinations just explode off the surfaces of the quilts. I really like the concept of pairing the co-authors' different variations on a starting pattern--this helps me see how I might improvise my own variation in turn. If you are into traditional patchwork and wild fabrics, as I am, this book is really inspirational. Very original, unique fabric combinations.

I find the patterns to be pretty poorly written compared with other quilt books I own. Usually I can skim the pattern to get a sense of it, but these are clunky, written more in the tone of an amateur than most quilt books I've read. They also are extraordinarily labor intensive in a manner I find surprising considering how much you could do with strip quilting to achieve the same effect (in one case you are told to cut out 968 2.5" squares to create a large number of 36-patch squares--strip quilting and creative mixing and matching to achieve unique overall squares would be far more efficient). I expect I will actually go find other versions of the (widely known) patterns for my instructions and use this only for the overall patterns and inspiration.

Twice when I've read through a pattern, the quilt shown is not the same as what appears in the instructions. For "Playground Days," you are instructed that to make the corner designs shown in the photograph, you have to go out and get the "Sunburst Kit from Marti Mitchell." I found it online and it is $13, which is annoying after how much I spent for this book; also, I expect to use my quilt books for the rest of my life (I've already been quilting 20 years) and how can I expect someone else's kit to be available 20 years from now?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Libby on October 5, 2010
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This was not at all what I expected from the product description. The product description stated "The quilts were created in pairs: that is, the two quilters started with the same concept, then worked independently, producing completely different, equally beautiful results." I thought the quilters' "concept" was using the same pattern, and then by using different fabrics and the arrangement of the blocks would come up with two different looking quilts. But this is not what this book is about. Examples of their "inspirations or concepts" were "using vintage fabric", the same "lavendar fabric", "repeat block", "using left over scraps of fabric", etc. If this is what you are looking for, then this is the book for you. This book did not inspire me at all, but I did find one new pattern in the book that I did like, so it wasn't a total loss (just ended up being an expensive pattern price). Also, most of their quilts use fabrics that I found to not work well with each other. Colors that just didn't flatter each other. The quilts use fabrics that are bold and very busy. I recommend looking at this book in a book store to see if it fits your needs, and if it does, then purchase it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LuvKimono on October 16, 2010
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I really like this book, and think that it is much better than either of the authors' two previous books. No, I don't like every pattern, but that's true of every quilting book I ever bought. The two authors own a quilt shop in Australia so they have access to a very wide range of fabrics from designers like Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler and Echino, and they do use these in their quilts. But their style is their own. They interpret traditional quilt blocks in modern fabrics. The book is organized around two interpretations of each block or concept. The quilts glow with color; the authors explain their use of the color wheel and the principle of contrast that they use to achieve their results. One of my favorite patterns in the book is their graphic rendition of the Pickle Dish quilt that Kaffe Fassett interpreted in Quilt RomanceKaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance: 20 Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting (Patchwork and Quilting). Fassett did his interpretation in pinks and oranges; Kathy Doughty did hers in blacks and grays with red, yellow and orange accents on a turquoise blue background and it is delightful. Their spider web and star/hexagon block quilts as well as the two stash buster quilts they designed to use up scraps are airy and bright. The book certainly inspires me and I definitely want to make one or more quilts from the patterns they provide in the back flap of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Lobsiger on November 18, 2010
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This is the U.S. version of Material Obsession 2 which was previously released in Australia --this book contains the same content. For those who enjoyed the first Material Obsession book, MO2 is almost a "next steps" book with abundant inspiration and patterns for quilters who want a bigger challenge. Fabric selections reflect the eclectic tastes of the authors -- they make fun, unexpected choices that aren't everyday, ho-hum, matchy-matchy. The quilt designs share traditional touchstones but bring those traditions well into modern day. The book is well worth it for the variety of great projects! I want to make each and every quilt in the book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katy on November 26, 2010
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I loved material obsession when it first came out, really loved how the quilts were modern but not artsy so that they missed the feeling of an old well loved quilt. Material obsession 2 follows on from the first book and unlike many other 2nd books it doesn't churn out the same ideas - it takes the quilts to a whole new level. I think it's even better than the first book and the premise that both quilters take an idea and follow their own paths to a different quilt is wonderful.
There are quilts to suit all skill levels, so you could buy it as a new quilter and work your way through to the end picking up new skills and techniques as you go.
The basics section is clear and full of detailed photos, the paper templates are well laid out. It's my favourite quilt book of all time. I can't recommend it enough.
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