“Material Obsession 2” by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

This is a fun and quirky book by quilt designers Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. They also own a quilt store, Material Obsession, in Sydney, Australia. Australian quilters have been showing us wonderful  creations from “down under”  for some time now. Their style is imbued with a fresh and unique quality entirely their own. This book is no exception.

As the authors say in the forward to their book, it’s all about the process. They acknowledge and revel in the inspiration they find around them. The book is set out in ten pairs of quilts. Inspiration comes from the same design source and then each person interprets it in their own way.  Inspiration may have come from a piece of fabric, a vintage quilt, a specialized ruler, or a favorite quilt block. It’s a lot of fun to look at how differently each woman interprets the same idea.

The quilts include a variety of construction techniques, such as medallion quilts, scrap quilts, appliqué and foundation piecing. A confident beginner could tackle some of the projects in the book, but for the most part this is a book for those with at least intermediate skills. The more advanced quilter will find several projects worth the challenge as well. The instructions are complete, well-written, and accurate.

I have made one wall hanging from this book and have my eye on several others. I can recommend this book both for the fresh style and good quality patterns.