Kathreen Ricketson, founder of one of my fave websites--WhipUp.net---has written a wonderful quilting book. LITTLE BITS QUILTING BEE : 20 Quilts using Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters has a project for every skill level.
As you can see from reading my blog I only dabble at quilting and don't really consider myself a quilter but her book about using pre-cut fabric packs--which is also good for your pocket book---is full of ideas and step-by-step instructions making it a great book for crafters like me. This book appeals to both experienced quilters and novices like myself with 20 projects using your small bundles of quilt fabrics. Plus there is a pocket in the front of the book with ready to use patterns!
She has a nice chapter on creating community quilts from traditional quilting bees, to swaps to quilt- alongs. I am pleased to say that she used my story of creating a Peace Quilt (in the '80's--this story is another blog post) in the community quilts chapter so I received a free copy of her book.
You too can win a free copy of her book--courtesy of her publisher Chronicle Books---just leave a comment here with your e-mail address by Nov 20th, 2011 and I will enter you in the drawing to win your free copy! All quilters and crafters will find this lovely book an indispensable resource.
I am also participating in the book's blog tour--if you want to read what other bloggers have to say about her book, here is the blog tour list:
Monday, November 7 – The Long Thread
Thursday, November 10 – True Up
Monday, November 21 – Quilt DadTuesday, November 22 – Pat Sloan & Pleasant Home
Such an informative and beautiful addition to the quilting books canon is sure to become a classic. I really love that she includes stories of quilting bees, swaps, and quilt-alongs to remind us of how creating something lovely together really does also create community. Thanks so much Kathreen!