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Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner: GOLD WINNER.
—Crafts and Hobbies
Expect the best and you get it - everything a beginning quilter needs to know to get started and finish a quilt successfully is contained in Beginner’s Guide to Quiltmaking by Jeri Simon.
- 450 how-to step-by-step photos and illustrations
- 7 quilt projects
- 16 sizing and setting charts
- 6 helpful formulas
- A glossary of quilting terms and definitions
Thorough, clear and complete chapters include:
Getting Started - essential equipment and features
Choosing fabric - materials, precuts, color, value, scale and grain
Preparing Fabric - from pressing and straightening to all about seams
Cutting - Rotary cutting, sub-cutting, Left-handed rotary cutting, fussy cuts
7 Basic Blocks with step-by-step photos and text
Machine and Hand Appliqué Techniques
Assembling the Quilt Top - Straight set, diagonal set, borders
Finishing the Quilt – backing, batting, binding and basting
Quilting the Quilt - hand and machine quilting, marking, tying
Adding a hanging sleeve
Reviewer:Barbara Rhoades, July 2015
As a quilt teacher, I am forever looking for the perfect book to use in my classes. This has to be one of the best I have found. The book is broken down into sections: Getting Started, Quiltmaking Basics, Applique Basics, Assembling the Quilt Top and Finishing the Quilt. Then there are other sections: one of projects, one of quilting term and definitions and a wonderful section that has charts that tell you, among other things, the size of a square you need if you are making half square or quarter square blocks. I never remember how much to add to a square to do these types of blocks. The charts tell me so I don't have to remember.
The graphics in the sections are plentiful and large enough to see what the written words are telling you. I can't think of anything that my students would need to know to get started on quilt making that this book doesn't provide.
The projects include table toppers, wall hangings and quilts. Of course, in teaching, I tell my students that repeating the pattern from a table topper will give them a quilt or cutting a few blocks/sections from a quilt will give them a table topper. The point is there are more than just the five projects shown if you are creative.I will be recommending this book so they can have a guide when they leave the classroom.