Quilt-opedia: The Only Quilting Reference You'll Ever Need Hardcover – 11 Mar 2014
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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 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 Job Laura Jane!
Thank you for an awesome book!
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.
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.