Book Review: Old Quilts New Life

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….

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