Fabric Fives: Kathreen Ricketson, Author of Little Bits Quilting Bee

{ A view of Kath’s home studio … gorgeous! }

I wanted to take a little breather from Quilt Market coverage today to host a blog tour stop for Kathreen Ricketson. Kath, as most readers of this blog know, is the founder of the crafting uberblog Whip Up. We’ve been pen pals for probably going on eight years now, stretching back to when I was Dioramarama and she was Red Current! Kathreen’s second quilting book, Little Bits Quilting Bee: 20 Quilts Using Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters, is fresh on the shelves, and several of its patterns are going straight onto my wish list. Here are Kath’s picks for Fabric Fives, and I think they’ll inspire you as you delve into your own Little Bits quilt.

Five Favorite Fabrics in Your Stash Right Now

I actually think this combo fit so nicely together – I love the combination of the teal and the yellow and the pink, with the neutrals relaxing them together.

The grey on grey dots is a French General fabric for Moda
The pink on pink stripes is a Michael Miller basics
The purple with the bunnies is a Echino Kokka cotton/linen fabric
The yellow birch tree fabric is by Ink and Spindle
And the natural with white dots is a French linen fabric that was sent to me by a friend in France

Five Fabrics on Your Wish List

I am sort of in love with teal and grey with a touch of purple at the moment:

I am super keen to get the whole collection of Melody Miller Ruby Star Rising by Kokka
I found out about Magic Lands by Australian designer Saffron Craig recently and am ordering some asap
I am in love with anything by Nani Iro – but love these subtle spot – Pocho Spot Ocean by Nani Iro
Cloth Australia are just gorgeous designers – their fabrics are heavier weight and perfect for home decor – I am desperate for this one: Connect Peacock on Raw
I love any fabric by Anna Maria Horner – but don’t yet have this print: In The Clearing

Five Fabrics You Could (or Do) Consume by the Bolt

I love a linen/cotton fabric – and the neutrals and soft colours that are coming out of Japan are amazing. I also really love a stripe to use as a blender fabric in a quilt or a natural linen with a soft and subtle design:

The subtle blue and white stripe is a linen from Japan – it is so beautiful and soft – I only have a little left – I used it as the background of the quilts in my book.
The natural linen with the cute tree design is another Japanese fabric – and I only have a little bit left
The beige stripe is a heavy weight nubbly cotton by French General for Moda – I could use this for everything.
The natural linen with the white flower design is by Ink and Spindle – I love their fabrics and used them in one of the quilts in the book – I don’t have much left.
The red and blue large check fabric is another Japanese fabric which I purchased on Etsy – I don’t know the manufacturer.

Five Most Recent Acquisitions (and Your Plans for Them)

I am working on some teen and punk inspired quilts at the moment and bold acid colours are really speaking to me:

The two small check fabrics are these crazy punk colours – acid yellow and puke orange – I just love them together (again Japanese fabrics)
The multi-coloured stripe fabric is by Robert Kaufman
The blue and yellow fabric is by Anna Maria Horner
The yellow/orange/blue/green large check fabric is again purchased from Etsy and comes from Japan

These five fabrics clash brilliantly – definitely some sort of punk teen quilt is going to happen from these fabrics.

A Favorite Five Fabric Combo

The hand printed check fabric is by Prints Charming and is the inspiration piece for this bundle of fabric. I combined it with a delicate yet modern floral (My Folklore by Lecian) which picks up that delicious teal and mauve colour. I added the rich red-ish/blood pink fabric (Joel Dewberry) as it needed something strong to hold it together, and then added some blender solid fabrics (Breeze and 30s pink by Moda). I love this combo it is soft and pretty – but not dull – I can see it coming together in a quilt, but equally I love these colours as romantic and soft decor inspiration too!

Thanks Kath! Puke orange — ha!

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Follow the Tour:

11/7/11 – The Long Thread
11/8/11 – Craft Nectar & Comfort Stitching
11/9/11– luvinthemommyhood & Elsie Marley
11/10/11 – True Up
11/11/11 – House on Hill Road
11/14/11 – Handmade by Alissa & Hello My Name Is Heather
11/15/11 – West Coast Crafty & Foxy Art Studio
11/16/11 – Patch Andi
11/17/11 – In Color Order
11/18/11 – Kristin La Flamme & Camp Follower Bags & Quilts
11/21/11 – Quilt Dad
11/22/11 – Pat Sloan & Pleasant Home


  1. Katharine says:

    I love all the fabric combos – very inspiring!

  2. MiChal says:

    Lots of food for thought. I really need to have my fabric where I can see it!

  3. mo says:

    I loved this. That purple Echino fabric made me drool. I look forward to getting this book. :)

  4. LeAnn says:

    What a fun post! I love your color sense. The last combo is my favorite, but I like them all!

  5. VickiT says:

    Ooh that teal with tea cups is awesome fabric. I really love that fabric.

  6. Carla G says:

    Great interview! The color combos are cool! Thanks for some insight into this book! :)

  7. rosa says:

    What a lovely fabrics.I love fabrics and your review is fun.Great book!!

  8. Molly says:

    I love the fabric five interviews :) It’s such fun reading which fabrics other people love and work with. I love that polka-dotted Nani Iro fabric, too!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I love these interviews, too. I always end up seeing fabrics I haven’t seen before. So fun! (And the book looks great!)

  10. Allison C says:

    This looks like a great book!

  11. Deb says:

    Absolutely beautiful fabrics!!! I’d get much use from this wonderful book!

  12. Betsy says:

    This book looks like such a winner! That jelly roll rainbow/gradated quilt is a favorite. There are actually quite a few I’ve seen along the blog tour that look like could be right up my alley.