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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770434126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770434120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Quilting on the go!' is a superb book and a lot of thought has been put into how the book is organised so that you can progress with your own quilt designs. If you love the idea of sewing on the train or bus to work or in the canteen when you get there then this book is for you. Jessica shows you exactly what you need to get a travel pack together so you can hand stitch patchwork on the go. There are 18 pages of help in the 'Getting ready' section including advice on how to collate a fabric collection from thrift/charity shops, online, through fabric swaps etc, 16 pages on 'Starting to sew' with advice on tacking, what to do with the borders when you sew hexagons together and where to get the backing material. There are 42 pages in the third section, which includes ten projects: a tiny sewing kit, a hexagon cushion, a pincushion, a shoulder bag, a small pouch, a laptop bag, a falling stars baby quilt, a tanuki stripe throw, a photo frame and a travel quilt which is in the photo above. Section four contains 20 pages with features on the different designs you can sew - such as equilateral triangles and squares, half hexagons and 60-degree diamonds with interlocking background. There are then ten pages of graph paper with different patchwork shapes and designs already drawn on so you can colour in and see what works best. There are two pages of templates, one page of which features actual size templates, the other ones you will need to enlarge on a photocopier. The graphs at the back of the book and the neat organisational feel of the book are what impressed me the most. I loved the look of the book as soon as I saw it and the details inside are so exhaustive. I think you get a lot of advice for your money with this book as it's slightly thicker than average. Jessica is extremely talented and you can follow her blog 'Life Under Quilts'.-Sewingisforgirls.blogspot.com For those who don't like to be stuck in front of the sewing machine day in day out (and I'm one of them), here is a book that shows you how to quilt on the go. You can take your quilting wherever you go when do English paper piecing. Patchwork wherever you are. Carry your tool kit with you, the book shows you what you will need with you. Ideas for scrap fabric and lovely projects are included. All the techniques you need are explained in full with great photos and step by step, detailed explanations. The projects are treated in the same way and I really appreciate the excellent photos and easy to follow instructions. I love the tiny sewing kit and this is going to be my first project because I am always losing needles. Other makes include a hexagon cushion, pincushion, shoulder bag, make up bag or pouch, laptop bag, baby quilt, striped throw, photo frame and travel quilt. Lots to keep you going. At the back of the book, there are useful patterns for English paper piecing and with these you can start to make and design your own projects. It includes hexagons, interlocking backgrounds, half hexagons and squares and diamonds in different dimensions. This is a great book for all skill levels.-Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS learned to quilt while living in Hokkaido, Japan, in 2002. She loves scrap quilts, one-patch quilts, and quilting in public. She started blogging about her quilting efforts in 2006 and currently blogs at LifeUnderQuilts.blogspot.com. An active member of the NYC Metro Modern Quilt Guild, she lives outside of New York City with her husband and two children.

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Easy to follow instructions and with helpful photos.
Bookworm
I would highly recommend this book for beginners to advanced quilters, as this is such an inspiring and well written "piece'.
Cindy L Notar
Well, with paper piecing with glue you do not applique in that manner as the fabrics are already turned.
Dianne Wyman

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kathy in Texas on June 26, 2013
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I love EPP, and this is a very good EPP book, but sadly, no directions for the EPP patterns in Chapter 4. How big are the hexagon, diamond, half-hexagon, templates, etc.??? Seems a shame to get us interested, then give us no directions. Because of this omission, I would only rate the book at a 3.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pat on August 31, 2013
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I agree with Kathy in Texas. This is an excellent book with lots of photos for learning how to English paper piece, but since I already know how, I was more interested in the patterns, which there were only 2 that I was interested in and one was in Chapter 4, no instructions for the quilt. Another thing, and this is a personal preference, the front cover showed reproduction fabrics, which I love, yet none of the projects in the book used them which disappointed me too. The full direction patterns that she did give were for simple things that I made for myself years ago - sewing kit, pincushion, pillow. A beginner in English paper piecing would certainly benefit from this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bcshuks on July 23, 2013
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This book has really opened the limits of quilting for me. No longer do I need to be inside, plugged in to quilt. I have since started taking my pieces with me everywhere I go. I love the graph paper at the back of the book. So you can really expand on her ideas to make something personal for yourself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Wright on June 16, 2013
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Simple, common sense tips to start English Paper Piecing and projects from simple to more complex to stir the imagination and get started. The graph paper included will be invaluable to design new variations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Wyman on September 14, 2013
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I have a Kindle. I previewed this book on my Kindle and then ordered the hard copy from Amazon. This is the best written book I have seen in a long time. So many books today, especially when it comes to quilting, are done haphazardly enough as to make me wonder who agreed to publish it. Not this book! It is well written from both a technical and language structure standpoint. It walks you though the basics so that anyone who wanted to learn could do so from this book and nothing else. I liked her touching upon the resources out in the world. It was very informative and I have taken several of her suggestions to heart. If she does another book, and I hope she does, I would love her to focus on paper piecing with glue and paper specifically. This is a newer art form that eliminates basting completely. The author could do a great job on that art form and the resultant applique of that end product. So many times, I see a book that talks about paper piecing and then only gives instructions for the needle turning method to use to applique. Well, with paper piecing with glue you do not applique in that manner as the fabrics are already turned. I really like this author and her approach. If you are wanting to learn or just wanting clarification, I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MP on July 9, 2013
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This is a good introduction to EPP but the tools and supplies required for the method described are impossible to obtain. The resources named in the book no longer exist and the author does not reply to email requests for HELP. She is probably overwhelmed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SE Mom on June 21, 2013
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This book is a comprehensive guide to English Paper Piecing, it has clear instructions, nice projects (love the messenger bag, and the baby quilt), and great ideas on how you can use shapes for patterns in different ways. It's easy enough for a beginner, but has enough to interest someone who is already familiar with EPP. I'm very impressed with it!

Two things keep me from giving it five starts. This first is the template page for the projects. The templates are all layered on top of each other on one page, which is a little annoying if you're trying to carefully enlarge one (they all need to be enlarged 200%) on a copier. The second is that I'd like a little more information on resources. There is a page listing where to buy fabric and templates, but not noting very clearly which shops sell paper or plastic templates. On one page a picture shows a metal hexagon frame that is a great took for fussy-cutting fabrics for hexagons, and I would love one, but I couldn't find it through her listed resources.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doris Kiszely on June 11, 2013
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A new EPP quilter will find clear direction as well as resources to begin as well as hone techniques to complete their own work of art. Four stars for sure.
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