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Kids Start Quilting with Alex Anderson: 7 Fun & Easy Projects Quilts for Kids by Kids Tips for Quilting with Children Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2002

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Quilt making is a natural outlet for kids' innate creativity. Take children on a field trip to the fabric or quilt store and you'll be refreshed by their free-spirited approach to color and amazed by their fearlessness in the face of traditional quilting "rules." Just about any 9- to 14-year-old can turn out a stupendous quilt with some adult supervision and the terrific guidance of noted expert Alex Anderson's Kids Start Quilting. Stressing safety first, Anderson introduces kids to the rotary cutter, iron, and sewing machine, as well as the other essentials. She covers all the basics of quilt anatomy, explaining how to square up, cut, pin, stitch, and press the pieces, plus how to handle settings, borders, backing, batting, basting, binding, tying, and hand quilting. The seven nicely designed step-by-step quilt projects include log cabin, four-patch, saw tooth star, and sampler designs. A kids' quilt gallery features works by the six young quilters--both girls and boys--who collaborated on the book with Anderson, and quotes from the kids and photos of them at work on their quilts provide even more encouragement to other young quilters. --Amy Handy

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This volume is recommended as a beginner's book for parents who are not themselves quilters but who want to learn quilting along with their children. The host of HGTV's Simply Quilts, Anderson aims this simple instructional project book at children ages nine to 14 and emphasizes safety in working with tools like rotary cutters and hot irons. Included are seven projects, including small quilts, pillows, and colorful wall hangings. The tips for quilting with children and the illustrated instructions for using the rotary cutter are alone worth the price of the book. Consider for public library quilting collections.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571201416
  • ASIN: B0062GJZX4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Anderson is among the best in teaching quilting methods. This book is a great teaching tool for children of all ages. Alex really explains each step in detail and I learned some new tricks myself. She stresses safety while working with children as well as self-expression through fabric choices. A great addition to any sewing library!
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I love Alex but the book is a little too skimpy with only five blocks to choose from.

I am also surprised at the lack of photos on hand quilting. Hand quilting really needs way more illustrations and not just on burying the knot! Even the section on hand tying lacks illustrations!! If you put it in the book, you should show us how it is done so we can see it. A book on the basics should include the basics!

It is still a good book, but after having both books by Barbara Eikmeier I can say it isn't the best book I have seen on the subject. A nice addition after you have the others.
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I purchased this book for my 13yo niece; it was the best buy ever. It is easy to read & the projects are very easy to understand & complete.
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This book has some good, easy patterns suitable for kids that are beginners. I was hoping for more in the how to instruct kids department. I felt there could have been more in the tips department. So if you're looking for patterns, this would be a good book, but if you are looking for the how to instruct part, I would look for a differnet book. Wish I would have known this before I bought the book, but for the price, it is something that I will keep once my little student gets better at the basics.
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Simple, clear, cogent. It's a GREAT beginner's book. My granddaughters have asked me to teach them to quilt, and this is a great guide. It's project-oriented, but few children think about quilts abstractly. I especially love the example of one quilt done by several different children; it gives my granddaughters visual evidence that the fabrics they use will change the quilt. I really love this book.
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I am a librarian and I have literally looked over 50 library books on quilting, desperately trying to find anything for a beginner quilter(which I am). This is the only book that walks a beginner through the process in layman's terms with great attention to some basic quilt block patterns -probably because it's for kids. Nonetheless, it's the best beginner quilter book I've seen. I have only been sewing for 3 years now - I am self taught on a basic sewing machine. I can follow easy to medium difficulty - leveled sewing patterns for curtains, handbags, and Halloween costumes so I thought I'd try to make a quilt now. I am discouraged at the lack of beginning quilting books out there and was relieved when a library assistant (a librarian did not help me find it)pointed out this kid's quilting book...she was correct in that it's the best book out there to get a taste of making a quilt before you tackle something more detailed. By the time I get this done I will probably give up on quilting all together but as the author states it's good to start out basic before trying to tackle a huge project. Thanks Alex Anderson!!
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If you know anything about sewing, you know Alex Anderson. This is a delightful first look at quilting for the young adult or the young adult in us! Great writing and pictorals.
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