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4.0 out of 5 stars Free-motion quilting at home, 3 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Beginner S Guide to Free-Motion Quilting: 50+ Visual Tutorials to Get You Started Professional-Quality Results on Your Home Machine (Paperback)
FOR WHOM IS THE BOOK?
The beginner quilter, but not the beginner patchworker. How to handle various tools and materials needed to produce a quilt top aren't described at all in this book.

THE SECTIONS AND CHAPTERS:
Section 1. Focus on quilting:
Ch.1 Machine Quilting Basics
Ch.2 Allover Quilting: loops, swirls, feathers, flames, circles.
Ch.3 Background Fillers: pebbles, cobblestones, wood grain, clams, swirls, microstipple.
Ch.4 Borders and Sashings: feathers, circles, swirls, ovals, flowers, leaves, hearts, figure 8's, S's.
Ch.5 Custom Quilted Blocks: feathers, arcs, swirls, motifs in plain blocks.
Ch.6 Quilting on Appliqué: veins, circles, swirled center.

Section 2. Six quilt projects to make:
Ch.7-12: Amazed (84"x84"), Round and Round (71"x77 1/2"), Orange Slices (64"x64"), Twisted Up (80"x80"), Daisy Drop (67 7/8" x 67 7/8"), Happy Dots (80"x80").
Ch.13 Binding

Section 3. Quilting patterns:
50 full-size patterns to use as templates.

WEAKNESSES AND STRENGTHS:
- Chapter 1 covers the basics of machine quilting, but there are almost no photos, which isn't very helpful for the visual learner. For this reason I would recommend the book to someone, who has perhaps made a quilt top or two already, but has sent them to a professional quilter.
- Swirls are mentioned in chapters 2, 3, and 4, which creates overlap. When a quilting pattern is as similar as the three presented versions, I think it would be beneficial to structure the book differently. I'd prefer to see how the same swirls could be used all over, as background fillers and in borders all on the same page of the book. In other words, I don't feel there are as many patterns as 50+.
- The quilting is presented in lovely close-ups and there are many explanations to go with them. Quilting corners of borders and on appliqué are also addressed, which deserves a thumb up from me.
- The pages of the book are clearly structured and easy to navigate. Colours and typefaces are well used.
- The six quilt projects are great practice projects for the different kinds of quilting patterns presented in the book. Some of them are quite girly, but luckily I know a girl or two, who would appreciate her very own quilt.

This book is meticulously put together and contains lots of tips and tricks on how to quilt on a machine at home, but I am a visual learner, which makes ch.1 slightly difficult to grasp for a beginner, and I also question the decision to repeat some of the quilting patterns in several places. If a friend would like to start patchworking and quilting, I'd add Elizabeth Hartman's "The Practical Guide to Patchwork" to the gift.
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