February 1, 2011

Our featured book this month is from author Sarah M. Bisel, courtesy of That Patchwork Place.


So cute!!!

See the feedsack-repro look of the fabrics on the cover quilt? Yet a fresh, modern sensibility? The whole book breathes fresh air into quiltmaking, combining striking fabrics, simple patchwork, and a touch of whimsical appliqué. These are projects that anyone would love to have around their house.


This is Charming Garden, which can be made using precut 5″ charm squares for even speedier results. How simple, and how charming! I love the rickrack piping and the bias striped binding. Sarah provides coaching on how to use the values within the charm pack.


How about this cute Birthday Bash? You can hang it whenever there’s a birthday at your house.

Fast, Flirty, and Fun
starts out with sections on “Color and Value” and “All About Fabric.” As the author says, ‘Nothing will do more to make or break a quilt than these artistic qualities.” Her quilts certainly demonstrate her savvy with both! Then we move on to cutting and piecing principles. My favorite one is, “Don’t use your rotary cutter when you’re tired.”

The section on Appliqué Basics includes information on fusible-interfacing, raw-edge, and wool appliqué. All on the easier side and very good methods to have in your appliqué bag of tricks.

There’s a section on quilting and finishing, and 11 darling projects ranging from wall quilts to table toppers to nap quilts. They all have that fresh, modern sensibility that is so in tune with today.

Sarah Bisel

Sarah Bisel

A fresh young face as well! Sarah blogs at Milk and Honey Designs.

If you’d like to win a copy of the book, leave a comment here on this post before 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4. Drawing open to U.S. and Canada only please.

Good luck!
Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


33 Responses to “Fast, Flirty, and Fun”

  1. Marcia Kosturock on February 1st, 2011 7:24 am

    I’m flirty and fun :) I love all of the quilts you have shown.. wonderful. Please enter me into the drawing.

  2. Ruth B on February 1st, 2011 7:28 am

    I need some fun, fast projects like these. Looks like a great book and Sarah is a cutie!

  3. Donna~ on February 1st, 2011 8:03 am

    Cute quilts! I’d love to give your cover quilt a try!

  4. Robin Gold on February 1st, 2011 8:12 am

    Thanks, Kay, this looks like a really fun book! I’d love to win this book!

  5. Susan Lorenz on February 1st, 2011 8:54 am

    I love the cover quilt! Those sashing strips in polka dots give me an idea for a current project – thanks!! Would love to win this, but I will be on the look out for it at my LQS.

  6. cheryl mclaughlin on February 1st, 2011 9:45 am

    if i don’t win it, I”m just going to have to buy it – I like it so much ;-)

  7. SewLindaAnn on February 1st, 2011 11:05 am

    I’m still laughing at the first comment, priceless! Thanks for the chance to win it. I follow her blog too!

  8. DianeH on February 1st, 2011 1:17 pm

    It was a pleasure to ‘meet’ Sarah and discover this lovely book. thanks for a chance.

  9. Colleen on February 1st, 2011 3:10 pm

    The quilts are so lovely! I would love to give some a try. thanks for the great giveaway.

  10. Lei B. on February 1st, 2011 3:15 pm

    Thank you for featuring this as the book of the month. I love the designs and it looks like a great book to add to my collection. This one is definitely going on my wish list.

  11. Sandy Raphael on February 1st, 2011 4:28 pm

    I don’t have a website, I just read everyones blogs. I have gotten lots of patterns and ideas. The book looks so pretty, if a book can be pretty! Such fresh colors. I would love to win it. Thank you.

  12. Bari on February 1st, 2011 4:33 pm

    Those are adorable quilts! I would love to win this book!

    Thanks for letting us have a peak at it.

  13. Sandra Davidson on February 1st, 2011 4:40 pm

    This looks like a sweet book and the quilts fun to do. Thanks for showing it to us/ Sandra

  14. Debbie St.Germain on February 1st, 2011 7:35 pm

    What a wonderful book, I like fast and fun.


  15. Jennifer Dancy on February 1st, 2011 9:27 pm

    Love these projects! I’ve been wanting to make a “birthday banner” – and that one is SO cute! Love the applique, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. betsy on February 2nd, 2011 2:41 am

    Kay, those projects look adorable. Thank you for the chance to win.

  17. Linda Zobrist on February 2nd, 2011 6:16 am

    Isn’t it nice to know that we have such fun and talented young folks interested in quilting! May it always be so!

  18. BARBARA on February 2nd, 2011 6:30 am

    FUN, HAPPY & ADORABLE! I would love to win this book. Great gifts to make for my adult daughters that like a more modern design than the things I do for myself and friends. Thank you!

  19. Sharon Lam on February 2nd, 2011 7:00 am

    So Cute!!! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  20. Sandy N. on February 2nd, 2011 8:18 am

    I would LOVE this book! I need some fast projects!=) Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Donna on February 2nd, 2011 8:23 am

    I love these projects – and they look so easy and fast – nice for quick gifts. Thanks for offering this book as a giveaway! And thank you for the intro to Sarah and her talent!

  22. Marion R-H on February 2nd, 2011 8:39 am

    Wow, I would love a copy of this beautiful new book. Lots of great new ideas. Thanks.

  23. PAULETTE C. on February 2nd, 2011 8:55 am

    Looks like the perfect book for quick gift ideas for the grand daughters. I’d love a copy. Mahalo!

  24. Sallie McIntosh on February 2nd, 2011 9:18 am

    God knows I need fast!!!! All those UFO’s that take weeks and weeks; I love this book and really would love to win it. Isn’t Sarah just the cutest little girl in the world, except for my 7 granddaughter, of course. haha

  25. Sandy Spence on February 2nd, 2011 10:01 am

    How cute is that…and I have a whole drawer full of charm squares that would do the trick ;)

  26. Marilyn Shulsen on February 2nd, 2011 11:38 am

    I am always looking for patterns that use charm packs. I love the cute rick rack and the flowers.

  27. anna lee on February 2nd, 2011 6:42 pm

    Fast-Flirty & Fun~ How Delightful!!
    Please add me to the mix for this drawing.
    It sounds like just what I need. The Cover looks scrumptious. Thanks so much-wishing a lucky chance :>)

  28. Cindy on February 3rd, 2011 6:34 am

    I have been quilting for over thirty years. I love seeing books and ideas from the younger quilters. So creative.

  29. Pat on February 3rd, 2011 7:31 am

    This looks like a fun book. Pretty, fast, and fun, what a great combination.

  30. Cynthia on February 4th, 2011 6:24 am

    Bright and happy quilts. Just want we need after this past week of shoveling snow and crunching icey sidewalks here in Illinois!

  31. kathy in nc on February 4th, 2011 11:11 pm

    this looks like a great sewing book
    I love that you have the best of advice
    books. Sometimes I go to the stores & I have no idea what the new things that are going om `out’ there. Ihave to thank you & your blog. I love the the `feedsack’ idea, both my grandmas really used them, 1 reused them for the family landscaping-she took them off treeas they were planted -they were around the rootsand she sewed them into sacks for them crew to put leaves & grass into. the other grandms sewed them into rugs & dress’ & curtians & everything, she was on the farm up north with not as much.. I would Love the book. ((HUGSS))

  32. Karen Wells on February 24th, 2011 12:23 pm

    I make a lot of charity quilts, plus try to squeeze out a few for family and friends. Who says retirement is boring:-)? I would love to have this book filled with fun, lively quilts to share.
    I don’t have time to be a couch potato!

  33. Lisa R on February 3rd, 2013 6:19 am

    Sarah I love your little quilts, they are so fresh and happy! I had a peak at your blog too and I did something similar to your pin boards for my design wall. My sewing room is packed so my easy going husband didn’t mind when I told him I would have to put it in the upstairs hallway by my sewing room door. The fabrics you chose for your kids pin boards were great…your very inspirational! Well done