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Whip Up Mini Quilts: Patterns and How-to for 26 Contemporary Small Quilts [Kindle Edition]

Kathreen Ricketson , Leigh Beisch
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kathreen Ricketson, founder of the internationally popular Web site, presents 20 contemporary quilts from across the globe in this charming, easy-to-follow guide. From the lovely English Garden Quilt to the playful Road Transport Pillow, the projects collected in Whip Up Mini Quilts cover all sorts of themes and looks. With plenty of step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to illustrations, this book showcases an artful approach to design basics while outlining the fundamentals of quilting techniques

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About the Author

Kathreen Ricketson is founder of, which receives over 10,000 unique visitors daily. She has been featured on popular craft blogs such as Design*Sponge and Craftzine. She lives in Canberra, Australia, with her family.

Leigh Beisch is a San Francisco-based photographer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3321 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC; Spi edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042P766K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Improvisational Quilting May 16, 2010
Format:Hardcover-spiral|Verified Purchase
Making quilts has kept me entertained for more than 30 years, and this book full of fresh, fun and improvisational quilts is a welcome addition to my library. It has a wonderful and extensive introduction - basic tools and techniques are covered as well as more advanced topics such as embellishing and even fabric dyeing. There is a great glossary of quilting terms, a resource listing for books and for supply sources and a designer bio section. The format is very useful: the wire binding allows the book to lie flat and there is a handy pocket inside the front cover for the pattern sheets.
And the quilts! These little pieces really inspire me to try something new - not just to copy someone else's design and fabric choices, but to actually create my own work. The small size of these joyful works is just right to send me to my fabric stash to try a out a new idea. There are a wealth of creative techniques, including some - take a look at the Concentric Circles, for instance - that I haven't seen before and can't wait to use. There are works by some of my favorite quilt artists (thanks Victoria and Kellie!) as well as by people I'm not familiar with but will be following in the future.
Whether you are new to quilting or have been enjoying it for years, I'm pretty sure you'll find something here that will have your fingers itching to stitch up a new project - and isn't that what we all really want, no matter how many works we already have in progress? Happy quilting!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Variety and Good Quilting Practice Projects December 2, 2010
As others have said, this book covers a wide range of styles so it's likely that you'll love some of the projects and hate others. I make most of my quilts and other crafts to give as gifts so I appreciate the variety of this book. There is something for everyone.

I'm pretty new to quilting and found that many of these projects make for great practice. The smaller sizes are easier to manage in my machine and I like all of the techniques the book explores. However, I found some of the instructions to be a bit confusing or inadequate. I'm sure a more advanced quilter would not face some of the frustrations that I did.

Overall, I think this is a fun and inspiring book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and thoughtfully crafted December 11, 2010
By meela
This book is excellent for so many reasons. It's as the title says, 26 contemporary small quilts from 26 different contributors. So of course its going to be an eclectic mix of projects, how can it not be? But this is one of the books key strengths; the variety of projects will push the willing out of their comfort zones and inspire them to produce great new quilts. I'm at a loss to understand the reviewers who see this as a negative - to those I say, - get a life and try something new! you might even surprise yourself!
The mix of difficulty levels and design styles makes this a great resource for quilters at every level. But there is even more in this gem of a book, there's detailed techniques, clear concise hand drawn illustrations, even a history of mini quilts!
This is so clearly not just another quilting book. Whipup Mini Quilts is a unique, thoughtfully crafted, well executed exploration of the mini quilt. Kathreen Ricketson has really set herself a high standard in this, her first book, I cant wait to see what she does next!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING INTERESTING OR NEW HERE August 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Not a great book. I would not make any of these patterns. Author showed little imagination or creativity--a small wall quilt using precut strips sewn together brick style (offset rows), applique leaves randomly sewed to batik or light background with the "artsy" suggestion to create more interest use a variety of fabrics for different texture. Wow maybeI just expected too much. Would not recommend this book to anyone who has been quilting for awhile.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover-spiral|Verified Purchase
This delightful compilation of small quilts from designers around the world is a real treasure, beautifully produced, illustrated and photographed with clear instructions for beginners (like me) and some real beauties for more experienced quilters. A wonderful aspect of this compilation is that there are a couple of the quilt ideas that are suitable for children as first quilts. In this electronic world when children spend so much time in front of screens this is a great plus. I really loved the "Grasshopper in my garden", "A little birdie told me" and adored the contemporary design of "Powerline sky"
The writing is warm and inclusive and would resonate to women who are at home and long for an artistic outlet. I loved the line drawings and handy paper patterns in the pocket, it has inspired me to make a start on a quilt for a baby's room.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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For me, this book is a great example of what could have/should have been an amazing book that went all wrong. The author is wonderful, the contributors are all top-notch, but the projects...meeeh. Nothing new, haven't made a single project, and they don't hang together well as a collection of projects. I can completely live without this book...and you can too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love this book! I'm an experienced sewer, but one that is not too interested in traditional quilting. However the cover of this book intrigued me and I'm very pleased with my purchase. Not every design appealed to me, but I plan on trying more than half which makes this book a good value for me. What I like best about these quilts is they get my creative juices flowing. I won't recreate them as is, but will likely pull design elements for use elsewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just what my wanted
Published 9 hours ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book. Great ideas and projects
Really good book. Great ideas and projects!
Published 26 days ago by candy
4.0 out of 5 stars good for experimenting
I am not a quilter, I don't have the patience to make a traditional full-sized quilt. But I like this book and I'm glad I bought it. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by liberal sprinkles
1.0 out of 5 stars maybe TWO quilt in here worth making!
Most of the quilts in this book are so weird. There were only a few semi cute quilts in the whole book. Most looked like something a three year old drew. Read more
Published on September 24, 2011 by Megan
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed blessing - too many are ugly and are not even quilts!
Some of the designs here are so ugly! In a couple of the photos, the piece (I can't call it a quilt) is folded up, so you can't really see it - I guess they were too embarrassed to... Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by D. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, especially for beginning, nontraditional quilters
This is a fantastic book if you're a beginning, nontraditional quilter. The patterns and directions are easy to understand. The patterns are very unique, and quick!
Published on February 25, 2011 by Autumn Garrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes for a gorgeous gift!
I recently came across this in a bookstore while looking for a birthday present for a crafty friend. Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by Pam Truscott
5.0 out of 5 stars Technical and creative
What a great book. The creative combined with outstanding technical illustrations. This book is a must for anyone wanting to explore contemporary quilting. Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Edadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I am a little biased as I have a quilt in this book. Mine is the grandma's quilt. What I love about this book is that Kath has managed to curate projects from a broad spectrum of... Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Nicole Vaughan
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was looking for a book on minature quilts and came across this book. Called to have it reserved at my local bookstore. I purchased it last night and returned it the next day. Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Elanda T. Shannon
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More About the Author

Kathreen Ricketson was the founder of, the online handcraft hub, and - 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.


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