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Start Quilting with Alex Anderson: Six Projects for First-Time Quilters, 2nd Edition Paperback – August, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications; 1st edition (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157120167X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571201676
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Alex Anderson, host of HGTV's Simply Quilts, makes quilting easy and appealing for first-time quilters. In this slim volume, Anderson explains about tools (from the rotary cutter to the iron to the sewing machine), fabric selection and preparation, and basic techniques needed to begin quilting. She then offers simple but good-looking projects to utilize your newfound skills. Once you've learned the preliminaries of cutting, pinning, stitching, pressing, and finishing, you'll be ready to make any (or all) of the six quilts in the book: Rail Fence, Nine Patch, Log Cabin, Friendship Star, Flying Geese, or Sampler. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Alex Anderson's love affair with quiltmaking began in 1978, when she completed her Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt as part of her work toward a degree in art at San Francisco State University. Over the years, her focus has rested on understanding fabric relationships and on an intense appreciation for traditional quilting surface design and star quilts. Alex's mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, and grow today's quilting community. With this mission in mind, she has had the privilege and pleasure of ushering tens of thousands of new people into the world of quilting. For eleven years, she hosted television's premier quilt show, Simply Quilts, and she is currently the co-host and an executive producer of The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims (www.thequiltshow.com), an interactive website that features full production videos and is connecting quilters worldwide. When Alex is not traveling, she resides in Northern California with her husband and a new kitty, and daily faces the challenges of feeding various forms of wildlife in her backyard. Visit her website at alexandersonquilts.com.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend this for beginners.
Marion Ravenwood
My project turned out great,and I'm looking forward to making another one from this book.
TONI S JOHNSON
The instructions are great and easy to follow.
A. Nelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

133 of 133 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I do not watch t.v., so I have never seen Ms. Anderson's show. I can barely sew a straight line, but her book was so simple and reassurring that I've been a successful quilter from day one (with 8 quilts under my belt now). Most helpful was her *brief* list of supplies. Most books insist that beginners buy a million things that they may not really need. If you want to see if you might like quilting, this is probably the best book available - I've spent a lot of time now looking at a lot of others.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am completely sewing challenged, and found this book simple and easy to comprehend. After making threee of the quilts, I feel confident enough to tackle other projects in more advanced books by Ms. Anderson
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Viviana Killion on August 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was the first purchase that I made when I decided to try my hand at quilting.Alex Anderson's extremely positive and motivating text is perfectly inspirational for the first-time quilter. The projects are not difficult, but you do feel a great amount of satisfaction when you've completed one. Each project is cleverly explained.She tells you exactly how much and what kind of fabric you need for each project and exactly what to cut and how to piece it together.Easy to follow steps. I only wish she would have written more about machine and hand quilting itself. With her vast knowledge of quilting and knack for explaining things I know she could've written a section on quilting that would've proven useful and enlightening to the beginning quilter. Nonetheless I am extremely happy with this purchase. I finished my first project in 3 days!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "arot6555" on July 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
So, I decided to become a quilter (with no previous sewing experience). I bought a sewing machine, and then I went to the local fabric store. There, an extremely helpful sales associate practically threw this book at me. She said to just try the first quilt in the book (and just make a small one like the book recommends - that way you have a greater chance of finishing it!). I did, and a few months later, I had a great quilt - it looks absolutely amazing! The book was easy to understand, and by finishing the 42"x42" quilt which I turned into a wallhanging, I now have the confidence to tackle a larger project someday, AND I see the motivational piece (aka my new quilt!) in front of me everytime I enter my living room! Thank you Alex Anderson - great book!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
As a first time quilter I searched for a basic guide with colorful photographs and lots of illustrations. Alex Anderson's unitimidating book was the answer. It guided me through my first quilt, allowing me to piece a rail fence crib quilt by machine, and helping me through the hand quilting process The results were terrific, and my son sleeps under it every night!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ralbrecht@snet.net (Becki Albrecht) on September 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Alex make quilting look as easy as it is. Her directions and diagrams are concise and easy to follow. Any one of the projects would be great to start with. This book is also good for quilters who already know the basics, but want something that they can use their own creativity with.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was my first quilting book and it was really helpful. So far I have made four of the projects and one even took a blue ribbon at the county fair! Until this book I had never even spent anytime on a sewing machine. I highly recommend it.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Rogers on February 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a pretty good simple guide, but I was quite annoyed when I got to the part about the actual quilting. She doesn't really tell the beginner how to do the basic hand-quilting stitch! I figured out something on my own anyhow and I know it's just a running stitch, but the quilting stitch shouldn't be glossed over in a quilting book for beginners! I would have appreciated a diagram and something more than one or two throwaway sentences on the subject.
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