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Quilt-opedia: The Only Quilting Reference You'll Ever Need Hardcover – 11 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Spi edition (11 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250044790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250044792
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

LAURA JANE TAYLOR designs patterns, teaches quilting, and regularly attends quilting conferences. Her patterns have been published in "Fat Quarterly" and "Simply Homemade." "Quilt-opedia "is her first book. Taylor lives in the UK.

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i liked the book, very readable but, for example, let's take the christmas bauble baby quilt.....it begins by telling you to refer to block 15 in the block directory. The blocks in the block directory section are not numbered however. then' it tells you to make patterns using templates on page 188. But that page is just a chapter heading page. then to put pieces together using the "no pins curve technique".
I am still searching for the explanation for that one. So all in all, if the whole book is like that, having looked at one project at random,
I think it would be quite frustrating to use.
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Great book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 28 April 2014
By Amy Paulson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have only been quilting for 4 years. I thought I knew a lot but I really have a lot to learn. This book covers it all! Would make a great gift for the new quilter or even the seasoned quilter. I can not wait to work on some of the projects too! I have a yard of Liberty of London fabric just waiting to be used!
Great Job Laura Jane!
Thank you for an awesome book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the beginner 23 April 2014
By T. Murrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bright colors, clear photographs, easy to understand instructions, and beautiful spiral bound pages are just a few of the things to like about this how-to book on quilting. The book begins with a brief history lesson on quilting and then jumps right into the basics of quilting. Very thorough and detailed, but easy enough for the novice to understand. The last half of the book is filled with projects to practice your newly learned information. They range from simple to difficult, but the instructions are very clear with each project.

I loved the look of this book. And even though I'm not a quilter (yet), I didn't feel out of my element or confused when reading everything. The book inspired me to start a project instead of feeling overwhelmed like some of the more complicated books I've looked at.

I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 20 Mar. 2016
By bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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The photos are pretty.

But the book is disappointing. This certainly is not the only quilting book I would want. On page 39, various sewing equipment is shown without explanation of how to use. The "marker" is mislabeled. It's a seam ripper.

The projects are pretty complicated for beginners, and the book could have used some editing. For example, an editor would have asked the author to clarify the instructions for a quilters' knot on page 66. In step 1, would a beginner know which end is the tail end? In step 2, "depending on thickness" could be clarified. Does a thinner thread get fewer or more wraps?

On page 34, there's a recommendation to use bed sheets or an unpicked comforter for a quilt back. I don't know many quilters who would do this. The weave of most sheets wouldn't work with quilting fabrics. And who would want to take the time to unpick a comforter?

Another problem I have with the book is all the flipping required to do a project. Say you want to do the quilt on page 109. You have to flip to 208 to get the block directions, and then to 218 to find what the abbreviations mean. And then you have to decide which color is Col A and which is BKG.

But let's say you want to make the Jacob's Ladder block on page 208. The diagram shows purple, green, and blue elements; however, the materials list says red, blue, and cream. Worse, the directions refer to a BKG square, but don't specify which color is the background. Let the reader figure that out, which I think would be a little frustrating for a beginner. And as long as I'm nitpicking, I'll point out that step 3 says to follow the layout in the photograph. It's not a photograph: it's a diagram. Any copyeditor would have caught that. A copyeditor also would have caught errors like the one on page 115. Step 1 refers the reader to a diagram on page 107 that is actually on page 201.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource 13 Jun. 2014
By Leandra Grigsby - Published on Amazon.com
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As a new quilter - I found this to be an excellent resource that is full of handy info. You will reach for it again and again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quilting resource 4 Jun. 2014
By Capri - Published on Amazon.com
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Great quilting resource! Very thorough! I plan to buy a couple for gifts for my daughters who are just learning to quilt.
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