I purchased this because I want to learn how to quilt and have no prior knowledge, although I have experience of using a machine. This DVD is a very basic guide to the subject. I was hoping that it would take me step by step through the process of making a simple quilt, but this was not the case. It is very slow to get started, and after endless slow panning over various quilts it starts to introduce the basics, such as materials and tools required and the general techniques used for making a quilt. The narrator talks very slowly which is incredibly annoying and made me feel like I have the IQ of a plank of wood as well as being very distracting. Patchwork, in its various forms is discussed and information given on how to form blocks. You are then taken through the process of putting the three quilt layers together including basting and either hand sewing, machine sewing or tying. Many of the quilt examples shown are somewhat old fashioned today and do not look particularly impressive even to a complete novice like me. There were several times when I found myself think "I hope I can do a better job than that!". For example, some of the stitching looks very messy and there is an example of a simple piece of patchwork consisting of 9 squares but they do not align correctly. Some information such as basting is dealt with in good detail. However, I do not think enough information is given on pressing open seams on patchwork ( I had discovered the importance of this from looking on the internet). There is no information on edging the quilt to give a finished product. The DVD is 56 minutes long but it could have been condensed. I must confess I jumped through some of it as I was not interested in the slow panning quilts on beds and racks of cotton reels in a haberdashery shop.Read more ›
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