Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

February Book Club: Material Obsession 2

Happy February! Rumor has it that those of us in the north are in for some improvement in temperatures in February, hope that’s true.

Each month I choose a book from my quilting library to review, look at quilts and find new inspiration. This month I am looking at Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.
Anyone familiar with either of these ladies and their quilting knows that their books are filled with beautiful photography and a variety of interesting projects, mostly contemporary quilts with a strong traditional influence. Lots of scraps. Lots of color. This book does not disappoint.

I wrote about another book by Sarah Fielke that I like Here
I wrote about another book I recommend by Kathy Doughty Here

The premise of the book is centered on the two authors starting with a single inspiration and then making their own interpretation of that…whether it is a certain fabric, a theme (like medallion quilts), or a block. I just love the quilts shown above. They started with the same template shape but created two unique quilts.

My favorite, shown above, is Fruit Tingles, by Sarah Fielke. I have always love this design (I have seen it also called “rattlesnake”). Added to my to-do list!

As part of the “book club” I am challenging myself to make one  12 1/2″ block from my chosen book,

This month, I chose to make “playground days”. In the book, Kathy made an entire quilt of these blocks that is so fun and playful. You cannot go wrong with a classic pinwheel.

This is a pretty big book, with lots of projects using a variety of techniques, including paper-foundation piecing, appliqué, and templates. I would recommend it for an intermediate level quilter, although there is a full section on basic quilt-making, tools, and fabric. All of the quilts are very scrap-friendly, so if you are looking for a stash-buster, this is your book!

I have six blocks completed now for my Book Club sampler! See more of the book club posts Here.

Have a great week!

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3 thoughts on “February Book Club: Material Obsession 2

  1. Cathy says:

    I love your block. You never disappoint because you always have something spectacular to show us. Hugs, Cathy

  2. Hi,
    Thanks for the review! It seems like such a lifetime ago that we wrote that book…I have just found your blog so I also read the first review. I think you got the “authentic” concept perfectly…I love how the internet connects kindred spirits. Where are you located?

  3. Carla says:

    Isn’t that just the best book! Coincidently, I wrote a book review today on the first Material Obsession!

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