Beginner's Guide to Quiltmaking

128 pgs; Softcover
Jeri Simon
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Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner: GOLD WINNER.
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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



Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist

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.

Review:Generation Q, November/December 2015

This is a great basic reference for the beginning quilt maker. The first 2/3rds of the book is simply one-page descriptions of everything you need to know as you start out, from applique and piecing to left handed rotary cutting tips and color value. It gets right to the important stuff with lots of pictures to guide you. There are seven projects included, ranging form contemporary to modern in style and progressing from Four-Patch and strip-piecing to Flying Geese and HSTs. What we really love are the resizing charts in the back! When you were starting out, how often did you fall in love with a pattern but not the size? Or wondered what size square you need to get a certain half or quarter-square triangle or how much yardage you needed for a certain number of triangles? It’s all right here in Jeri’s awesome charts.

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