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.