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The Ultimate Quilting Book: Over 1, 000 Inspirational Ideas and Practical Tips [Paperback]

Maggi McCormick Gordon
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16 Dec 2002
Quilt making has provided pleasure to countless needle workers for centuries, and the skills of patchwork, applique, and quilting have been handed down through generations in most of the world's cultures. Creating a beautiful quilt is a challenge and luckily, enormous numbers of quilt makers have risen to meet it. This book features several hundred quilted, appliqued, or pieced items that fall into the broad category of "quilt". The variety is immense, enough to whet the appetite and imagination of anyone interested in making - or just simply looking at - quilts.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown; New edition edition (16 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855857553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855857551
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 21.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will satisfy any die-hard quilting fanatic. As astonishingly beautiful book at an astounding price...it's the biggest book bargain to appear in a long, long time."--"The Quilter " "Compelling, often astonishing details about each quilt...Their simplicity motivates the reader."--"Piecework"

About the Author

Maggi McCormick Gordon is an American-born book editor and consultant who specialises in needlecraft and quilting. Maggi is the author of The Book of Home Sewing, The Quilting Sourcebook, and the co-author of A Quilter's Guide to Amish Quilts. She lives in London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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It contains pictures of many quilts, gives a brief history of each quilt. Divided into sections, easy to pick up and put down.
Projects in the book are easy to follow and should not present any difficulties to a beginner.
A book to keep near at hand, not on the book shelf as you will keep dipping into it for inspiration.......... so many wonderful pictures to look at and ideas to copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Quilting Book 21 Feb 2010
As the title suggests this book has everything you need to start patchwork and quilting and lots of ideas to take projects forward.
The first part of the book deals with many aspects of the history and development of quilt making, with excellent photographs and illustrations.
The second part deals with the techniques needed to construct patchwork blocks, by hand or machine, to design a quilt making good colour choices and making different styles of quilt. Actual quilting is described, with templates and instructions, at the end. A must have for a serious quiltmaker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Quilting Book 26 Jun 2002
By Mary Wilkins - Published on Amazon.com
This very large soft cover book has hundreds of pictures of a variety of quilts. Most of these are antique quilts with their age and place of origin indicated. The history included with some of these quilts is really fascinating.

Amish quilts are discussed, pictorial quilts, Baltimore Album quilts and some of the most elegant examples of broderie perse you will ever hope to see. Folk Art quilts with some really wild lime green and orange motifs, medallion quilts, crazy quilts and of course traditional patchwork and applique are also shown. The photos are clear and large. This book devotes half of their over 400 pages to quilt history and methods. No detail was too small to overlook.

The other half covers the basic techniques and tools needed to begin a quilt. This section covers everything from notions and equipment basics to colour values, template making, rotary cutting, machine and hand piecing. Easy patterns and projects are shown as well. Hand applique is covered as well as Hawaiian quilting. There are also over 40 full size stitch patterns included that can be traced off.

This book has absolutely everything a novice or advanced quilter could ask for. If you are serious about your quilting, I encourage you to have a look at this quilting encyclopaedia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring by example 27 April 2000
By Inga - Published on Amazon.com
This is really a great book that will sharpen your desire to design and create your own unique quilts. Illustrated with countless examples of old quilts, it inspires by example rather than strict patterns and instructions.
The first part of the book offers a brief history of quilting throughout the ages and the world. Emphasis is on the different styles, techniques and patterns that emerged, and is illuminated with numerous old quilts. A distinction is made between patchwork quilts and plain and appliqué quilts. The second part of the book concentrates on explaining the overall basic skills needed to make quilts followed by instructions for specific patterns and quilting projects.
In a way, this book has it all. The wealth of old quilts shown are most inspiring for the accomplished quilter. Meanwhile the skills and instructions offered are fine for the novice quilter, who at the same time gets exposure to beautiful examples rather than only being engulfed by utterly technical and uninspiring techniques.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos and reference library, great ideas for more advanced quilter 31 Dec 2006
By Marie in NYC - Published on Amazon.com
The first half of this book is like an encyclopedia. There are great photos of quilts of various styles and displaying many techniques. The back has projects, with vague supply lists to encourage creativity (e.g., the type of fabric but not the amount). This works well as an inspiration to a more advanced quilter, but is probably not enough detail for a beginning quilter. This could also be a great "coffee table book" since the photos and quilts at the beginning are so beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quilting book 7 Jun 2009
By Nancy Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Book was as they said it would be and got it when they said I would. Will do busy witrh them again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photos 8 Jan 2013
By Kathy Alvarez - Published on Amazon.com
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Great to just look through for inspiration. Great variety of quilts of different types. The photos show great details and closeups. Highly recommend.
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