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Quilt-opedia: The Only Quilting Reference You'll Ever Need
     

Quilt-opedia: The Only Quilting Reference You'll Ever Need

by Laura Jane Taylor
 

Covering a wide range of techniques for both hand and machine quilting, this gentle guide uses clear step-by-step illustrations to walk the novice quilter from the very beginnings of choosing materials, preparing and cutting fabric, through to intermediate and advanced techniques like adding edgings and displaying their work. Useful troubleshooting tips are

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Covering a wide range of techniques for both hand and machine quilting, this gentle guide uses clear step-by-step illustrations to walk the novice quilter from the very beginnings of choosing materials, preparing and cutting fabric, through to intermediate and advanced techniques like adding edgings and displaying their work. Useful troubleshooting tips are peppered throughout to help avoid common pitfalls. A directory of quilt blocks contains loads of ideas for variations, joining methods, and embellishments. Plus, invaluable instructions are given for how to draft blocks to fit the preferred size measurements of any project, big or small.

Also included are thirty projects complete with full step-by-step instructions, fabric requirements, clear photos and diagrams, plus pages of full-size templates. The hidden-spiral binding and full-color photographs and drawings make this a user-friendly resource that quilters will turn to again and again for information, as well as inspiration.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/01/2014
Quilting references are a difficult genre. There's so much information out there that a comprehensive reference would be unwieldy and overwhelming to all but the most dedicated quilters, so most authors pick and choose what to include out of necessity. But there are some fundamental skills that should be covered in depth. Quilter Taylor selects her topics well, sticking to the "need to know" skills for beginners, but the depth is lacking. For example, the section on rotary cutting—a fundamental quilting skill—is two pages long, with one page focused on cutting basics, and the other focused on cutting equilateral triangles. There are other odd disconnects throughout the book, such as a photograph of a paper-pieced quilt block incorporating flying geese illustrating directions for traditionally pieced flying geese. Over half of the work is devoted to projects and a simple block directory. The projects will appeal to quilters who embrace the "modern traditionalist" aesthetic, and include full-sized quilts, small quilts/wall hangings, pillows, and accessories, divided into simple, intermediate, and advanced skills. The block directory is simple and will be appreciated by beginners interested in learning how to create basic quilt blocks. VERDICT This book would have been more successful as a project collection—there are too many gaps to make it useful. Better all-in-one quilting references include Jeri Simon's Quilting: The Basics & Beyond, Creative Publishing's Quilting 101, and, for those who prefer a reference that emphasizes modern quilting, Elizabeth Hartman's The Practical Guide to Patchwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250044792
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
702,337
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet 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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