When Kathreen of Whip Up contacted me last year and asked me to provide a review for the back of her book I was so incredibly flattered! Kathreen's books are just wonderful and Little Bits Quilting Bee (published by Chronicle books) is no exception.
The best thing about doing something like that for an author is that you get to have a sneak peek of the book before anyone else has seen it! So I have been perusing this lovely book for a while now, I'm a lucky girl :)
In case you haven't stumbled over Kathreen before, she is not only the author of the wildy popular Whip Up blog, she is the author of the gorgeous Whip Up Mini Quilts, and she also has a fabulous kids magazine called Action Pack, full of projects and crafts and stuff for kids to do.
Little Bits Quilting Bee is essentially a book about how to use those oh so tempting pre-cut fabric packs - the jelly rolls, charm squares, fat quarters and layer cakes in full ranges that look so tempting and then sit on your shelf while you ponder what to do with them. It begins with a chapter about online quilting bees, guilds and groups, and talks about the community aspect of quilting. It encourages you to get involved with the quilting community - heavens knows its out there, so dive in! There's a great basics section for beginners too.
The quilts in the book range from bed size to smaller projects and use a range of techniques. What I usually don't like about pre-cut books is that they all use the same size squares, rectangles and triangles - but Kathreen manages to avoid that and has produced a book full of original, interesting and diverse designs that don't look like pre-cuts at all.
Others before me have written in depth reviews of the book so I thought I would have a little fun and ask Kathreen to answer five quickies.
What is the one colour you buy the least fabric in?
What is your favourite sewing gadget or notion?
What is your favourite band of all time? Do you listen to music or watch TV when you sew?
If you could only work with one designer's fabric for the rest of your quilting career, which would it be?
You can follow along with what's left of the tour and check out what everyone else has had to say below. US readers will also find that several of the blogs are giving away a copy of the book!
Monday, November 7 – The Long Thread
Thursday, November 10 – True Up