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The Quilting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask
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The Quilting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Weiland Talbert
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Book Description

Packed with hundreds of solutions to every quilting quandary, the newest Storey Answer Book is the helping hand quilters have been waiting for. The questions quilters ask and the no-nonsense answers they need are enhanced by detailed illustrations and gathered into the friendly Q & A format that is the signature of the best-selling series.

Sure to earn a place of honor next to every quilter's sewing machine, The Quilting Answer Book is the 24/7 helpline that's always ready with clear instructions to describe an unfamiliar technique or an elegant solution to a nagging problem.

When an aspiring quilter wonders which tools are absolutely necessary for making even the simplest of quilts, she will find the answer here. If a seasoned stitcher is itching to learn a new patchwork skill, the how-to in these pages will not disappoint. The quickest, easiest way to appliqué? The best materials for batting and backing? The perfect place to use French binding? Quilters need look no further for helpful tips and hints that will put their projects over the top.

Finished quilts are works of art. Made as gifts for life's special occasions, they often become beloved keepsakes. With the proven solutions in The Quilting Answer Book, every quilt can become the treasured heirloom its maker imagines.

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About the Author

Barbara Weiland Talbert is a noted quilting and sewing author, columnist, editor, and designer whose writing has been featured in publications including Sew News and Sewing Savvy. She has extensive experience teaching sewing seminars and solving the problems of stitchers of all levels. Visit her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 5453 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1603421440
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (April 15, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PGQK5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as it thinks it is June 8, 2009
Contrary to the publisher's blurb, this is not a book that you need in your quilting library. If you have accumulated a typical selection of quilt books, as I have over my 9 years as a quilter, there is not a single 'answer' in this book that you can't find somewhere else. If you are a beginning quilter, this book will not teach you how to quilt. It has no instructions or pictures, just a few black and white (actually red and white) diagrams. It asks 'questions' like 'Can I use a rotary cutter on any surface?' and then doesn't give a definitive "for heaven's sake, NO" in its' answer. Information such as how to make a hanging sleeve or piece a back you can find in many other books. The information in areas like machine quilting or applique are better handled in books dedicated to those subjects.

Even if you did want this book as a reference, the physical format of the book was uncomfortable to me. It's a small book, about 4" x 6", and quite thick. The pages do not lay flat. The question/answer format makes it difficult to find information.

I would definitely take a pass on this book. Save your money and buy a couple of yards of fabric for your stash instead.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference September 24, 2009
While this book may not lay flat or be as big as a lot of other quilting books, I found it to be a great reference in one little volume. I do like the size because it can fit in a purse or quilting bag for on the go browsing. And, it's like having a favorite aunt explain all the terms and techniques that you know you should know, but don't. It's especially great at answering all the little questions that you may be too timid to ask experienced quilters because you don't want to look like a complete neophyte! The table of contents is very complete so you can look up anything you need a quick answer on, and the index is also very complete so that you can look up that "term" everyone's using and find out what they're talking about.

While the experienced quilter may find this book covers things that they already have in other books, I really appreciate the brevity of the explanations that answers most of the questions a beginner (and maybe even a more advanced) quilter may have. It is not an encyclopedia of quilting, or a step-by-step "how to" book, it really is what it says, "an answer book." I think it's a starting place. You have a basic question such as: "Why is quilting necessary?" (page 244), and the book gives a very concise answer which can be a starting point for you to further delve into a subject, or not. A more experienced or long-term quilter probably knows this answer already and would probably find the question / answer very basic for them -- but for someone who has never been exposed to quilting, a very simple and basic question / answer can mean the difference between launching into a new world of exploration and satisfaction, or being frustrated by reading books that claim to be for beginners but assume a basic knowledge that some people have not been exposed to.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quilting Answer Book October 17, 2009
Why do I like this little book. Plain and simple it's real handy! It offers concise, quick reference info/reminders when I am in the "middle of a project" in my sewing room. I do NOT enjoy having to pull out several quilting books from my library to cross reference techniques when I am in the midst of a challenge or need to refresh my mind. If you are starting a new project and have a question it is a quick refresher course.

This little gem, lays on my sewing table in the workroom, travels with me to retreats and motels. This book does not need to lie's a quick reference; although I have noticed that as the book is used, the spine begins to relax and my book stays open. The book feels good in my hands and I often refer to it previous to arrival at retreats, classes etc.

Does this book cover subjects that I already knew about yep! AND I've found lots of gems I didn't know about - not everyone belongs to a Quilt Guild. This little book was long over-due for a lot of reasons. It answers a LOT of questions and gives solutions to numerous problems one might face down the line.

To date this book is the best resource book out there for all level quilters and shop owners. It should be in everyone's sewing room and classroom regardless of experience. I will be purchasing 5 more books as holiday gifts. Last but not least in retreats or classrooms this book can be shared with others. Students will be ever so appreciative - including the instructor, since it will discourage whispering and distractions. As a former quilt shop owner (for 20 years) I would have kept this little book next to my cutting table. This book will save you hours of explanations at the cutting desk. The customer can read the short explanation, view the drawings at their own pace. Then more intelligent conversation can ensue from there. It's just one more reason to have the Quilting Answer Book close to you. Visit the authors website [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good answer book May 4, 2010
By RDrops
I got this book this weekend while at a new quilt shop I was checking out because none of the fabric looked that great and I always want to buy "something" when I make an effort to go to a quilt shop that's out of the way to feel like I'm supporting small business and supporting quilting as a whole.

I'm a pretty experienced quilter, I have been doing this for a few years now and I sell some of my quilts online and people buy it so I can't be that horrible right? ^_^

Anyways this book was a good read, I have a ton of quilting books and after a while they all tend to say the same thing in a different way. I must agree with other comments where the pictures in the book are kind of lacking but the content is pretty good. There was a lot of useful advice. I think I knew a lot of what was said in this book but it was good to have a refresher and cleared up some of the methods I have heard about and discussed the pros and cons of different quilting techniques.

It also has quilter's math at the end of the book which has a bunch of useful tables.

The biggest thing I got out of this book was not to clean your machine with compressed air, which is what I did because even though it looks like it's getting the lint out it's actually pushing the lint farther in the machine. Also the review on thread tensioning for your sewing machine was good, I almost always forget what to do when the tension is off, do I make the number lower or higher on my machine? Well this book answers that.

So yeah you probably know everything in this book already but it's kind of a good book to just have beside your table because it's pretty small but it has a good table of contents. I think it's a good supplementary book to get along with a how to book if you are a beginning quilter because even though this book answer questions you might have about quilting, it doesn't teach you how to quilt.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best quilting book I have bought
Published 9 days ago by Penny Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Help
Very clearly written explanations and examples will take the stress from your next quilt project. Excellent for the beginning quilter.
Published 1 month ago by AZSusan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This book is a gem. It has answers & how tos for anything I have been able to need.
I keep picking it up, thumbing through & learning more every time I do.
Published 6 months ago by Ginger Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilting Answer Book
I enjoyed browsing through this book. It will really help when I
get ready to finish my now pick Ced together quilt.
Published 7 months ago by teresa1957
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy, well written little book!
Easy to undrstand. I am a new quilter and found the hints , tips, and instructions a huge help. I downloaded the kindle edition too!
Published 7 months ago by Read A. Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little traveling book at a nice price. For the quilter i your...
Bood arrived in very good condition and in a timely fashion. I bought this as a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law who is an avid quilter.
Published 8 months ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
This is the best little help you could ever buy! It is easy to read with excellent directions and includes pictures. Referrencing with it is also easy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by St. Patrick's Lass
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quilting Answer book Saves the Day
The answer book had what I needed to complete my project. It will be my go to book for any problems I encounter in the future.
Published 13 months ago by gene mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide for New Quilters and long-time sewers
This is a handy pocket sized book filled with good information about quilting - some thins I didn't know even after sewing for more than 60 years. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joyce M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
Very helpful and useful book I'm still learning an don't have anyone who I can call to ask if doing it right. So that is why I got the book. It has been a real life saver.
Published 14 months ago by R. Moore
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