I was excited to receive a copy of Old Quilts, New Life: 18 step-by-step projects inspired by quilts from the American Folk Art Museum by Sarah Fielke from Cico Books to review. Both Kelli and I enjoyed the Material Obsession I and II, which the author contributed to, so thought we’d enjoy this as well.
Both Kelli and I were completely and totally in love with the cover quilt. We love quilts with very little white, scrappy and traditional. This one fit our taste.
The book has a great premise. Antique quilts are shown and then the author makes a quilt inspired by the antique. I really enjoyed seeing the variations.
There were quilts that we really liked in the book including this one…..
…and this one.
There are quite a few folk art type applique quilts in the book. I really love them but have yet to tackle applique in a way that I enjoy. Another thing to be aware of is that many of the quilts require cutting to the 1/8th inch….rather 2 1/2″ cuts…they are 2 5/8″
There is also a section on the back of the book that showcases how to big stitch as the quilts in the book do feature big stitch. Finishing a quilt by doing big stitch is on my bucket list of quilt projects.
All in all a fun book….I honestly think I would use it more for reading than making the quilts as I said, I’m not a applique-er…who knows, maybe someday. It was a fun read….