Today features my first Keeper book:
Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots by Sarah Fielke
I love books with pretty pictures. I think nearly all quilters are suckers for a pretty book, due to our visual nature. This one is incredibly appealing on that level.
The patterns featured range from the humble one-patch to appliqué, improvisation, and complex piecing. The instructions seem fairly easy to follow, although I would not give this book to a beginner as a how-to guide.
Here is the quilt that I made from the book, long ago, when I first strayed from art quilting into the world of bed quilts:
This is their version:
The concept is simple: choose twelve fat quarters you love, square them up, add sashing, and quilt as desired. The quilt was an excuse to practice my developing free-motion and straight-line machine quilting skills. Each block features a different quilting pattern. Despite its simplicity, or maybe because of it, this remains one of my favorite quilts.
Do you have this book? If you do, I would love to see something you’ve made from it! Or, conversely, you can tell me why you think this one is not one of your Keepers.