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Excellent for beginners and useful for internediate quilters
on 16 January 2002
This is an excellent introduction to the craft of patchwork and quilting. It is the first book I
ever read on the subject and it's one I keep going back to time and time again.
For absolute beginners just starting out on this absorbing hobby, basic terminology is
explained and the section on equipment to buy contains lots of useful advice. The step by
step account on how to design your own quilt and estimate the amount of fabric required is also very helpful.
Lots of different patchwork and quilting techniques are detailed in the book and the text is accompanied by many precise photographs and illustrations. The easy to follow instructions are most encouraging and you'll want to try out each new technique as soon as you turn the pages.
The more advanced patchworker will also find plenty of interest in this book, as special effects such as piping, prairiepoints, folded patchwork and much more is discussed.
Numerous types of applique eg stained glass, shadow, Hawaiin etc. are presented and instructions for different types of quilting, rotary cutting and speed piecing are also included.
The latter part of the book consists of a magnificent gallery of quilts in different styles. Each photograph is accompanied by the quilter's name, quilt size nd name and also a brief description of the piece. The gallery is a marvellous source of inspiration for any quilter.
I thoroughly recommend this book to both beginners and intermediate quilters.