Quilting The basics & beyond

Quilting The basics & beyond
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128 pages; Hardcover, hidden spiral
Jeri Simon
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Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA)2010 Midwest Book Awards Finalist

This thorough, clear and accurate reference guide for today’s quilter begins with equipment and supplies, choosing fabrics and colors, pressing, rotary cutting, and piecing; then, travels through the essentials of appliqué, assembly, borders, finishing, binding, labeling, and hanging quilts.

It’s all here— with practice projects and basic blocks so in no time you’re enjoying the beauty of a quilt you’ve successfully made yourself.

  • A reliable and easy-to-follow visual guide for beginners
  • A ready reference for more experienced quilters
  • Hundreds of clear, step-by-step photos
  • Projects for the beginner with progressive skill-building
  • Beginning machine quilting
  • Choosing fabrics and colors
  • Proven practice projects
  • Includes techniques on DVD  




ForeWord Reviews Reviewer: Catherine Thureson September, 2010

There’s a reason why quilts are considered heirlooms. These beautiful pieces of folk art seem to speak of history and family through every stitch. Quilt designs range from very simple to impossibly complex and making the decision to learn this beautiful craft can be somewhat daunting. Jeri Simon’s Quilting: The Basics and Beyond takes the fear out of learning to quilt, offering step-by-step instructions that will have even the complete novice creating pieces that can be enjoyed today and passed down to future generations. Photographs complement the easy-to-follow directions.

The book starts with an explanation of the tools one will need to begin quilting and offers advice on how to choose colors, textures, and patterns in fabric. The author meticulously moves the reader through cutting and sewing blocks, making appliqué blocks, assembling pieces, creating borders, and finishing a quilt. The instructions are enhanced by helpful tips scattered throughout the pages. For example: “When determining the layout of a quilt top, it helps to see all the pieces put together before sewing. This gives you the opportunity to move blocks or add another color to enhance the quilt design.” The accompanying DVD demonstrates the techniques in the book so that the reader will have a chance to see the actions involved in each step. Once the basics have been covered, the book offers instructions for making seven quilts, each one building the reader’s quilting skills.

Creating a reference for the true novice can be difficult; it’s all too easy to omit steps and procedures that are taken for granted by seasoned quilter. Simon manages to avoid that mistake. The detailed instructions and photographs, patterns with appeal to a broad range of quilters, and a DVD demonstrating each critical step make this a must-have book for anyone who wishes to learn to quilt.

Reviewer: Janice Joyner, Owner, Sisters' Scraps Quilt Shop January, 2011

I own a quilt shop in Amarillo, TX, and have taught Beginning Quilting for the last 7 years. We offer three semesters a year and usually have 16 students each semester. I have hunted for 7 years for "THE" book for my students. I finally found it with Jeri Simon's, Quilting, The Basics and Beyond. It is clear, concise, has great graphics, and a DVD to boot! Thanks to you and Jeri for publishing the best book on the market for beginning students. And yes, you can quote me!

Reviewer: Barbara Rhoades October, 2010

The very first thing I noticed about this book is that it is wire bound!! This means that it can lay flat without having to “weight” the pages down or break the binding – always a good thing when it is a book you want to keep. And who wouldn’t want to keep a book that gives you all the basic steps and even a few “beyond” steps to a craft you love to do?

As with all good crafting books, it begins with the equipment and supplies you will need to do the craft. It then goes on to explain color, value, scale, fabric grain and pressing ¼” seams, graph paper and how to check that you have the ¼” seam are on the next pages.

The next section is on cutting the fabric and creating squares and triangles whether you use strips of fabric or a “roll paper”. Fussy cutting and chain and strip piecing will be the next thing you learn from this book. Sewing different type of blocks from those you have just pieced is shown in the next section.

Appliqué is always fun especially when you learn a technique that works for you whether that is by machine or hand. Oh and don’t forget to look for the “tips” that are throughout the book set off in colored boxes.

Now that you have all your blocks created, the next step is assembly and doing mitered, scalloped or straight borders. A two page gallery shows off some of the quilts you can build and the different borders that can be used. And, of course, there is the final finishing of the quilt with backing, batting and the top forming a sandwich. Then the quilting whether hand or machine and the binding. The very final things to do to complete a quilt is a tag and if it is a wall hanging, a sleeve.

You will find seven projects to make from all that you have learned, each having a material and cutting list and all the steps needed to complete the project. I think my favorite part is the charts in the very back of the book. They cover such topics as enlarging or reducing a block size, converting yards to inches to decimals to meters, the number of squares, half square or quarter square triangles you can get from yardage, mattress and quilt sizes, number of strips or squares from fat quarters, setting triangle measurements, formulas for different border types, backing and binding size/length and size of a hanging sleeve.

The very last pages are quilting terms and definitions. Then if you feel you need a bit more “hands on” helps, put the DVD that comes with the book into your player and you have a “personal” helper. This is a great book for a quilter of any experience.”

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