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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157120041X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571200419
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a definite MUST HAVE for any quilter's library.
Dianna Grundhauser
I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed and more nervous than even to try and learn how to piece like she does.
A. Cox
Ruth's a great technical writer and instills confidence that you can achieve her results (and you really can).
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By smithr@gene.com on May 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
Really, the best primer I've seen on curved & angled seams. Even includes a review of basic straight seams. Ruth's a great technical writer and instills confidence that you can achieve her results (and you really can). Would make a great gift for the quilter who wants to branch out into more complex seamwork. Thanks Ruth B!!
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By tsmithp on October 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book tremendously and refer to it often. Until recently, I was somewhat hesitant to try curved piecing and felt that sometimes my quilting lacked imagination. McDowell's book helped me on both counts. I'll be using this book for a long time and will wait hopefully for another book from her soon.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a book that stands alone. I was reluctant to purchase it because it only had 2 reviews, but all I can say is WOW! The sheer artistry alone is worth the price of the book. I cannot explain in words the beauty and life, as well as likeness of the subject, that the pieces in this book depict. I have not yet been able to use the techniques as I have just purchased it and am a beginning quilter as well. There is no doubt, however, that it will be nothing less than everything you need to know about expanding the basics of piecing. I am highly confident this book will teach me so much. Even if I weren't planning on quilting, which I am, I would still buy this book for its aesthetics.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A. Cox on August 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this book from the library after seeing a quilt my aunt made after attending a class taught by Ruth Mcdowell. Ruth is an amazingly talented artist, and for her to even compile and explain her techniques to us...wow! I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed and more nervous than even to try and learn how to piece like she does. But the book is definitely inspiring and one I can look at over and over again. The book is set up in such a way to be a step-by-step, hands on guide. The quilts featured in the book are fabulous and mind-boggling. This book is not for beginners to sew from, but for quilters to dream from!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynne M. Lanning on October 28, 2005
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This is a wonderful book. It really helped to unleash my creativity. I have been gathering fabrics ever since my first glance at this book, to put together my new masterpiece. I am really excited about trying some of the techniques. I don't have time to write anymore...I have to get started on my new project!!! Lynne
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Grundhauser on April 17, 2007
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This book has been out for a long time, but remains and important reference for anyone who wants to make a quilt with complicated piecing. Her technique LOOKS complicated, but is actually easy once you study the basics. It's a definite MUST HAVE for any quilter's library. My skill at piecing intricate curves, points and seams increased substantially after working with this book.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Verbeeck on February 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
I liked this book and the wonderful ways in which the author was able to transform a picture into a quilt. All her techniques to this approach were wonderful.
However if found that there was just too many pieces going on in some of the quilts for me. I appreciated knowing how she accomplished what she did and was inspired by her work...i think i will work with a few less pieces...
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