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The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide: From A to Z - Hundreds of Tips and Techniques for Successful Quiltmaking Paperback – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875969879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875969879
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This comprehensive book will delight quiltmakers. Don't even file it on the bookshelf-- keep it out somewhere handy because you'll want to reach for it again and again."--Pepper Cory, author, designer, and internationally known quilting teacher

"Reading this impressive encyclopedic reference for quilt lovers is like taking classes from 60 top-notch teachers, each offering different areas of expertise. The excellent illustrations make it remarkably easy to understand the many quiltmaking techniques described. The book is an invaluable resource for every quiltmaker!"--Bonnie Leman, founder of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine and Quiltmaker magazine

From the Back Cover

Everything you ever wanted to know about quilting!

You've hit the jackpot with this quilter's ultimate answer book. From A to Z you'll find combined wisdom from a star-studded cast of 60 expert quilters. Lavishly illustrated, this fun "look-and-learn" reference book covers every aspect of quiltmaking:

* Basic quiltmaking techniques
* Hard-to-find information on specialized techniques
* Reviews of tolls and supplies
* Basic quilt types explained and illustrated
* Definitions of terms every quiltmaker should know
* Creativity and inspiration

"This comprehensive book will delight quiltmakers. Don't even file it on the bookshelf-- keep it out somewhere handy because you'll want to reach for it again and again."--Pepper Cory, author, designer, and internationally known quilting teacher

"Reading this impressive encyclopedic reference for quilt lovers is like taking classes from 60 top-notch teachers, each offering different areas of expertise. The excellent illustrations make it remarkably easy to understand the many quiltmaking techniques described. The book is an invaluable resource for every quiltmaker!"--Bonnie Leman, founder of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine and Quiltmaker magazine

More About the Author

Ellen Pahl has had a lifelong interest in quilting and sewing. She has been a quilt books editor at Rodale Press for the past six years and lives in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.

Customer Reviews

I am a beginner quilter but this book was absolutely perfect!
Sarah
I have a treasured library but if I could keep only one book it would be this one.
Judy
The illustrations are great, the instructions are easy to follow.
J. Bockius

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

182 of 187 people found the following review helpful By LuAnn D D on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you have never sewn, or have limited experience at best-grab this book! Quilting books-and I have a huge " beginners" collection-are geared towards those who have at least grasped the basic terminology of sewing and quilting. If you do not understand "stitch in the ditch", "burying the knot", "selvage", or how the determine the "crossgrain"-start reading today! It will save you a lot of time, frustration, and wasted fabric, money, and resources. Quilting should be inspiring, fun, and relaxing-not an exercise in frustration. This book will save you the heartache of a dust gathering project. Remember that all learning involves the basics-the bulding blocks of knowledge-sewing and quilting are not the exception. Do not be discouraged by those who have been sewing for years-everyone has to begin somewhere. Peruse the other selections that Amazon has to offer. Arm yourself with the basics, and you will be confident when you begin your next project! Good LucK!
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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book a while ago because it was so well recommended here. As a beginning quilter, I figured I could use all the help I could get. However, the book languished on my side table for quite a while, because I began with the wrong expectations.

Most books for novices are "follow the bouncing ball," showing you how to create a project step-by-step. This one is different; it's more of a visual encyclopedia. So, if you're trying to learn the basics (first you choose the fabric, then you cut it, then you stitch...), start with another book before this one.

But DO pick up the Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide, because it's a truly excellent reference book. At some point, you'll have a "simple" question for which you don't know the answer, and this book seems to have them.

Case in point: I've finished a small wall quilt. (Yay!) I want to hang it up. How the heck do I do that? This book shows me several options, including how to construct a sleeve to hold a dowel, and advice about using a dowel versus a curtain rod.

It's not the first quilt book you should buy. But it's sure to find its way into your collection.
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Blumbriel on April 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is an amazing reference, and a great beginner's book, because it covers EVERYTHING. It is easy to read and understand, and interesting to just flip through as well - the illustrations are lovely and informative, and draw non-quilters and quilter's alike to it.
I also like the fact that it is not just one person's opinion on quilting - instead, each article is written by a different person, so it's almost like you are reading a mini-book written by everyone. The techniques described are simple and easy to understand, and the language is clear. Since it introduces you to a lot of different authors, you can often choose one you like, and follow their technique - find their books and enjoy what they have to offer. And if you don't.. well, there are tons of other articles to read!
this was the second quilting book I ever bought, and I consider it a great investment. The price was also great, and well worth it for all of the information that I received.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on June 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a beginner quilter but this book was absolutely perfect! I spent hours in bookstores pouring over each reference book available. This is the best one I found. Every page is in full color. This guide has wonderful pictures and step-by-step instructions to help you understand each technique. It teaches you color selection, fabric selection, quilting patterns, applique techniques... You name it, it's in here. My first experience with quilting was not as intimidating as one might think. Because of this book, I am well on my way to finishing my first project and it is BEAUTIFUL!. DO NOT PASS THIS UP!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If I could have only one book on the updated methods of quiltmaking, this would be it. Beautifully illustrated, clear instruction, and best of all, just flip open the book and "Voila"!, it is all in alphabetical order. Who has time these days to read intense dialogue, when what we really want to do is just start quilting!!! This isn't just for beginners. There is enough information to use until you wear this book out. You must have been reading my mind Ms. Pahl. Thank you!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has helped me a lot! I am a true beginner, I just learned how to use a sewing machine! There are literally hundreds of COLOR pictures and drawings that explain how to do procedures. I am making a baby quilt right now and I am teaching myself how to do it with the help of this book. All of my questions have been answered so far and I am learning a lot! There are advanced techniques included too, like the many different kinds of applique. I think if you are an experienced quilter you could get a lot from this book too.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Darling on February 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Here are some excerpts from my review of this book. You can see the complete review on the Quilter's Review website.
"If you could only buy one quilting book, which one would it be? If you're having trouble answering that question, it's because you haven't seen 'The Quilter's Ultimate Visual Guide' yet. Ellen Pahl compiled information about all areas of quilting to put in this encyclopedia of almost 300 pages.
"This book meets the usual high standards of Rodale Press, with lots of color pictures, charts, tables, tips, and excellent illustrations in full color to show how each step of each technique is done....
"Ellen worked with a different quilter for each section of this collection, clearly the best feature of the book. Ellen picked the foremost authority in each area to author that section....
"...prominent quilters who contributed to this volume include: Carol Doak, Sharon Craig, Robert Horton, Lynette Jensen, Judy Martin, Marsha McCloskey, Debbie Mumm and many, many more. The complete list of authors is a veritable Who's Who of quilting. This volume contains the best of the best and should be on every quilter's bookshelf."
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