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Quiltmaking by Hand: Simple Stitches, Exquisite Quilts Paperback – April 1, 2004
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“Jinny Beyer, quilter extraordinaire, has created a book that is as beautiful as it is helpful. Never before has hand piecing been illustrated in such exquisite detail. Jinny takes you by the hand and shows you absolutely every step involved in making a quilt by hand. Nobody does it better!” —Beth Hayes, editor in chief, McCall's Quilting
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Her directions and detailed photographs make it easy for anyone who has never picked up needle and thread and her enthusiasm, on every page of the book, will build your confidence. Also, the photographs of her lovely silver needlework accessories and the insets about quilting history add to the inspiration.
If you think you haven't got time to hand piece, read this and think again.
Concepts and techniques of fabric choice, pattern drafting, all kinds of piecing, adding borders, preparing the quilt for quilting (including mounting on a frame or in a hoop), hand quilting, and binding the finished quilt are all given in exquisite detail. There are numerous extremely helpful photos showing each step of the techniques, as well as painstakingly written and very understandable text directions. In the chapter on pattern drafting, not only is there detailed direction on using graph paper and drafting tools, but also covered is using a computer drawing program to create grids and to draft and design blocks. (The author uses a program called Canvas and the detailed instructions are geared to this program, but the basic ideas are very adaptable to different software.)
If there is one aspect of this book that does not work for me, it's the chapter on using border prints within the quilt. I'm sure there are many, many quilters out there who would greatly appreciate the very detailed (and ingenious) directions on using specially printed border fabrics in multiple ways within the quilt, including mirror imaging and creating new shapes from border designs. It's not to my taste, but it is in line with the extremely high quality of the rest of the book.Read more ›
I was overjoyed last summer when I found out Jinny Beyer was going to publish this book in November. After weeks of monitoring Amazon.ca, the book became available about one week before Christmas (which I ordered immediately!). True to form, Quiltmaking by Hand, just like other books by Jinny Beyer, is detailed and well-thought out. Piecing instructions are explained in detail as well as accompanied with lots of photographs, including how to hold your needle to speed up your running stitch. She also covers other aspects like making templates, pattern drafting, creating borders, hand quilting and finishing the quilt. There are also 10 quilts patterns at the end to practice your new techniques. The little tidbits from older quilting/sewing books are fun too. Jinny Beyer will also tell you up front why certain techniques, for example, cutting fabric with a rotary blade, aren't included in the book; however, she will give you good arguments on why she doesn't.
With the help of this book, I am now piecing by hand. Am I producing a quilt top faster by hand than by machine? I'd say yes. Oh, I'll never match by speed of sewing with that of a machine. however, by hand, I complete up to 4 or 5 blocks a week with 1/2 hour here, 1/2 hour there. One block from start to finish takes me about an hour.Read more ›
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I love this book because I hate my sewing machine! I think I've sewn beautiful quilt blocks with my machine. I flip them over, and - AUUGG! Read morePublished 8 days ago by LAURANNE
Bought it for one particular pattern, but was pleased with other patterns in the bookPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best hand piecing books you could ever buy. I'm in the middle of a hexagon quilt and find set-in seams to work perfect by hand rather than by machine. Read morePublished 12 months ago by flyingpinwheel
The first quilt I ever made was a queen sized, all hand pieced and quilted quilt, and it was such a joy that it made me take that trip into the Land Of Quilts. Read morePublished 14 months ago by 1b20