A Piece of Cake is the debut book from Peta Peace of She Quilts A Lot. Now I must confess before we get any further in two things: 1. I know and adore Peta and B. Peta sent me her book because I begged and pleaded to see it as soon as I could because I knew it would be good. Peta hasn’t disappointed. A Piece of Cake is filled with all the things you love in a good quilt book: beautiful imagery, great patterns and a nice little view into the mind of the author.
Peta has a distinct look and feel to her work that I envy. It’s light, bright, feminine and uncluttered – all the things that are reflected in A Piece of Cake. When I opened the book I told myself that I didn’t have time to make another quilt (I don’t) and that I would just make a cushion or a table runner. I’d just have a little nibble at the cake, so to speak. And much like my reaction to actual cake I couldn’t stop at a little nibble. In fact, as I sit here typing I’m looking at the table runner I made thinking about how I could turn it into a full quilt. (Because, hello! You can never have too many Lizzy House quilts!) I’m pretty sure I’m just going to turn it into a table runner as planned… maybe. Anyways, the point is this: it was so quick to make that I’m thinking I could fit in a whole quilt of the blocks into my busy schedule because it was so quick and satisfying to make. All the quilts in this book are like this – super quick to make and super easy when you’re looking for a quick sugar hit.
I made the Modern Spools into a table runner – well it’s a table runner size now but it could very easily become a full sized quilt. (You can click here to see it!) And it went together SO quickly. Seriously, under an hour and I had a row of this quilt cut and sewn. I just love projects that are quick and deliver big doses of colour. I chose this project because I wanted something on our dining table that showed off my favourite prints and gave a nod to my quilty habit, but seriously all of the projects in this book can be easily amended to be mini’s, cushions or table runners.
I would have loved to have had the time and patience to have given the “Square Peg in a Round Hole” quilt a go. The technique is super easy, I just didn’t have the patience or time to cut curves. (Seriously, I barely have time at the moment to put pants on in the morning!) The quilting on this quilt is sublime and was done by Fiona Bell. I love the colours that Peta chose for this quilt. It’s bright, it’s fun, it’s got such impact. This quilt would look equally as striking in a monotone palette or even a single designers fabric.
The book has a mix of projects in it from mini quilts, cushions, small quilts and large quilts. I love how Peta has broken down how to make smaller versions – perfect for making co-ordinated gifts or scaling projects up and down.
All the projects in the book can be made from layer cakes (10″ squares) which is perfect when you can’t be bothered wrangling large cuts of fabric. It also means that you can easily work with colour palettes of your favourite designers without having to think too much about will it work, won’t it work.
I rarely invest in books these days (because I get sent so many, perk of the job and all) but if I did I’d totally buy this book and put it on my shelf with pride. It’s jam packed with great quilts that are quick to make and would work so well as gifts – which is just what I need these days. It also doesn’t hurt that when I look at the quilts in this book I’m reminded of my friend and I’m instantly smiling.
Book Tour Hit List
The following bloggers are singing the praises of Peta and making her quilt, go – check them out!
- 14 August – Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane
- 15 August – Jemima – Tied with a Ribbon
- 16 August – Samantha – Aqua Paisley Studio
- 17 August – Andy – A Bright Corner
- 18 August – Kirsty – Bonjour Quilts
- 19 August – Lisa – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
- 20 August – Alison – Cotton Factory
- 21 August – Carrie – Moda Fabrics
- 22 August – Nadra – Ellis and Higgs
- 23 August – Angie – Gnome Angel <- YOU ARE HERE
- 24 August – Tara – Tara Sews
- 25 August – Jules – The Creative Retreat
- 26 August – Kristyne – Pretty by Hand
- 27 August – Kimberly – Fat Quarter Shop
- 28 August – Lissa – Moda Lissa
- 29 August – Amy – Diary of a Quilter
- 30 August – Kerry – Kid Giddy & Cat – Hello from Cat on Instagram
- 31 August – Jane – Modern Makers Retreat
- 1 September – Kate – Never Enough Hours
- 2 September – Jodie – Vintage Ric Rac
- 3 September – Sharon – Patches Indooroopilly (in store & online!)
- 4 September – Amanda – Material Girl Quilts
- 5 September – Amber – A Little Bit Biased
- 6 September – Xanthe – Wife Made
- 7 September – Rachel – Family Ever After
- 8 September – Jenny – Martingale
- 9 September – Amy – Nana Company
- 10 September – Peta – She Quilts A Lot
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