Thursday, May 5, 2011
Book Review: Fat Quarter Quilts
I bought these fat quarters several weeks ago from the Fennel Shed, the Farmhouse Retreat line. I am having trouble, though, envisioning them in a quilt. I found Fat Quarter Quilts (here on Amazon) in our guild library. Authored by M'Liss Rae Hawley, I thought this would be a winner as she is the "Queen of the Fat Quarter" according to her book bio.
Each pattern also is demonstrated with several fabric choices, which was very helpful for me when trying to envision my fat quarters in these quilts. Also helpful is the suggested quilting pattern, although they are better suited for a professional or long arm quilter than an ammature like myself.
Now, here is my problem. I can not picture my fabric in any of these quilts. Right now I really like the idea of open, neutral space to focus your eye on the pattern and color of the fabric used. The quilts in this book seem to require specifically for solids, tone-on-tones or batiks that are solid-ish due to the lack of neutral space. It's odd, the quilts presented here did not even stimulate me to buy appropriate fabric, so I guess not one pattern was attractive to me. Odd, I know.
Long story short (-ish) I am sure this book is great for someone, but I am not your gal. I am glad that I took it from the library and I will happily return it. It is worth having a look, but be sure you can envision your fabric in the presented pattern before buying the entire book.
I am still looking for suggestions for my fat quarter quilt. Anyone have a fat quarter-dependent quilt pattern to suggest?
Posted by Cindy at 8:43 PM
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