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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Meredith Books; 1st edition (August 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696218569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696218569
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book for beginner quilters.
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Great pictures and easy to follow instructions!
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One of the best quilting books she has seen.
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128 of 131 people found the following review helpful By ADropofInkReviews on April 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been quilting for some time now... However, we can all use a little help now and then on a technique we're not used to using all the time. What I absolutely LOVE about this book is that they give you several different options for almost every technique out there. This book stays on my quilting table at all times! There are tons of charts on quilt sizes, triangle sizes, flying geese, etc. It's just a wealth of great information and presented in an easy to understand manner with lots of pictures.

I have looked at several other "how-to" books and have not yet found one to even come close to replacing this one. I even took it and had it spiral bound so it was easier to look through and hold my place open. It's been worth every penny and it's not even the most expensive one out there!
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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Erica K on April 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I taught myself to quilt using this book and totally recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn about quilting. There hasn't been a question I've had that it hasn't been able to answer. Each topic has full descriptions and clear color photos of each step.

Each chapter has its own table of contents, and different color side-of-page labels make the chapters easy to find just by flipping through the book. The chapters are: 1. Tools, Notions, & Supplies; 2. Fabric & Color; 3. Planning Pieced Blocks; 4. Planning the Quilt Top (with blank charts for planning); 5. Cutting; 6. Hand Piecing; 7. Machine Piecing; 8.Hand & Machine Applique; 9. Assembling the Quilt Top; 10. Batting & Backing; 11. Hand & Machine Quilting; 12. Binding & Finishing; 13. Specialty Techniques; 14. Glossary; 15. Index.

I've been to quilting groups where seasoned quilters have been taught new techniques they'd never heard before, and I'd been doing them the entire time because I learned from this book!
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Mindie on August 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm new to sewing, sewing machines, and quilting. This book is fabulous. It has great color pictures, easy-to-follow instructions, and tons of information that even I can understand as a complete beginner. I highly recommend it!
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Klytemnestra on September 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've been quilting (self-taught) for 18 months and bought this book about 6 months ago, so I'm not quite a beginner but still have plenty to learn. I use it as a reference work, but unfortunately I have learnt to use it with a pinch of salt. I made the mistake of using one of the tables for calculating how to cut a certain type of triangle. Thankfully I double-checked with a template before cutting my fabric, as the formula given was wrong, although I then had all the trouble of cutting fabric with two sets of markings on it. The formula for calculating the width of binding is also incorrect. I've not checked any of the other formulae, but I'm extremely wary of using them now.

This book has no overall contents section, which is awkward, although there is a contents page for each section at its start. It is divided into the following sections, and the pages are renumbered at the start of each section, e.g. 8-12, which again is an awkward way to do things, although it is useful that the section name is printed in the outside margin of every page.

1. Tools, notions and supplies
2. Fabric and colour
3. Planning pieced blocks
4. Planning the quilt top
5. Cutting
6. Hand piecing
7. Machine piecing
8. Hand and machine applique
9. Assembling the quilt top
10. Basting and backing
11. Hand and machine quilting
12. Binding and finishing
13. Specialty techniques
14. Glossary
15. Index

As you can see, this covers the whole process of traditional quilting fairly well, and as it's a long book, there is plenty in it. There are oodles of nice clear photographs, good headings, diagrams, charts and formulae (which may not be correct!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Quilting Book Worm on October 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Yes, this is the first book you need if you want to start quilting. If you sew a little, it will take you trough everything from fabric, color, notions, techniques and so many other things. Give yourself time to read it from beginning to end, you will be able to make your first quilt and do it right even the first time. This is not a pattern book and was not intended as one, this is a basic how to book and a good one.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Christal Anne Bardfield on February 23, 2006
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I bought this book along with many others when I started my quest for learning to quilt. This was my favorite book because it has such detailed descriptions and beautiful illustrations. I shared this book with a friend of mine who is an experienced quilter and she bought her own copy. I would say this is an excellent book for a beginner and a wonderful reference for an experienced quilter.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Pruitt on August 11, 2006
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Being still new to quilting, the most important thing to me was to find one GOOD all-encompassing book that could be referred to often for any & all questions about the many techniques, glossary terms, etc.. involved that will come up along the way. After wading through so many descriptions of these types of guide books on Amazon & at other stores, I finally decided to take a chance & purchase this one (mainly because of the consistently impressive reviews) & am so glad I did! This is just a wonderful book by any standards, perfectly laid out, easy to understand & with excellent step by step photos throughout. More importantly though, it has completely de-mystified quilting for this newbie. I feel I've got the best of instructors at my side now & can safely take the plunge into this exciting endeavor with complete confidence. It's also nice that I can now invest the rest of my money into the quilting tools, fabrics & occasional patterns instead of having to waste money on additional basic instruction guides. I believe this one book covers everything needed & will certainly become much dog-eared from use.
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