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Excellent book for a quilting beginner.
on 24 September 2015
I purchased this book for a family member of mine who has recently got into quilting. I have been quilting for about 20 years and when recently visiting her was trying to explain to her how to plan for layouts to cut all of the fabric. She was having trouble understanding how to cut items and how to calculate how many to cut. She also was struggling with coming up with ideas beyond standard square patchwork. This book isn't long or drawn out but I feel is really good for a quilting beginner. It goes through the tools you will need, why and how they are used. It also details how to make a variety of different layout of quilts, how to cut the material and how many to make. It then goes step by step how to assemble the layout of quilt shown. Some of the fabrics in the book are a little dated, but looking at the layouts and the fabrics shown will help a user get an idea of how many colours to use or types of fabric as they can see how the finished product looks with the fabrics used in the book. The layouts aren't crazy and once you have got the hang of things, do not take a long time to make. They do challenge the typical square patchwork and allow the user to start thinking about assembly and layouts once they become more confident in more complicated assembly. I think it is excellent for a beginner and the recipient has started to better understand things through doing one of the quilts. I would highly recommend for a beginner looking to get into quilting. Starting with small kids quilts are an ideal way to practice and if you want to you can even half the layouts in the book and do half of the shown quilt just as practise and can use the smaller quilts as doll quilts. I think part of the problem with quilting for beginners is realizing how much time a full detailed quilt can take, and if you are not confident or have any real experience you will find yourself making a lot of mistakes. Making half versions of some of these quilts is an excellent way to become accustomed to quilting and get a feel for it so when you decide to make a full quilt you know the timescales and work involved and have learned from previous mistakes. Excellent buy and excellent price