QuiltEssential: A Visual Directory of Contemporary Patterns, Fabrics, and Colors

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Got a question about quilting? Whether you want to know how to choose colors for your quilt, how many squares or triangles you can cut from the fabric you have, how to mix and match quilt blocks, or the difference between French quilting and sashiko—you’ll find the answers in Erin Burke Harris’ quick-reference directory of contemporary fabrics, colors, designs, and quilting techniques. Includes helpful photos, charts, and tables help you make your own design choices; guides to quilt settings, piecing styles, ...
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Overview

Got a question about quilting? Whether you want to know how to choose colors for your quilt, how many squares or triangles you can cut from the fabric you have, how to mix and match quilt blocks, or the difference between French quilting and sashiko—you’ll find the answers in Erin Burke Harris’ quick-reference directory of contemporary fabrics, colors, designs, and quilting techniques. Includes helpful photos, charts, and tables help you make your own design choices; guides to quilt settings, piecing styles, color combinations, and fabrics; and bonus profiles of popular contemporary quilters and their quilting journeys.
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Editorial Reviews

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This new book from sewing and quilting pro, Erin Burke Harris, aims to be the “go-to reference for today’s quilters and fabric junkies”…and it might accomplish just that. Harris has a fantastic knowledge of fabric, prints, pattern, color, and design, and provides information and instruction in the way of photos, charts, and tables (to help the reader make their own design choices) and guides to quilt settings, piecing styles, color combinations, and fabrics. The book also includes profiles of several contemporary quilters and recounts their “quilting journeys.”
—Quilts inc. eInsider; 9/18/13

Want one go-to book with the basic 411 about making quilts? Stop looking. QuiltEssential gives a quick take on nearly every aspect involved in completing a quilt. Can't remember the measurements of a king-size bed? Page 33. Need a translation for on-point? Page 92. Need to turn four small pieces of batting into one large piece? Flip to page 158.

Now, this is not a graduate level quiltmaking course. Erin gives the most important points to move you forward. No single topic gets more than two pages of on-target, easy-to-understand coverage. (There are plenty of other sources for deep exploration of techniques, but this reference is true to its name: essential.) Erin also highlights some amazing q-celebs (Rita Hodge, Anna Maria Horner and Angela Walters, as long as we're name-dropping) in mini-features throughout the book.

Even if you're a thread-hardened vet, this book is worthy of shelf space because it's a great quick reference for things we easily forget. Even better, give it to the next victim you're trying to convert.
—Generation Q Magazine; November/December 2013

9/18/13 Quilts Inc. eInsider
This new book from sewing and quilting pro, Erin Burke Harris, aims to be the 'go-to reference for today’s quilters and fabric junkies'…and it might accomplish just that. Harris has a fantastic knowledge of fabric, prints, pattern, color, and design, and provides information and instruction in the way of photos, charts, and tables (to help the reader make their own design choices) and guides to quilt settings, piecing styles, color combinations, and fabrics. The book also includes profiles of several contemporary quilters and recounts their 'quilting journeys.'
November/December 2013 Generation Q Magazine
Want one go-to book with the basic 411 about making quilts? Stop looking. QuiltEssential gives a quick take on nearly every aspect involved in completing a quilt. Can't remember the measurements of a king-size bed? Page 33. Need a translation for on-point? Page 92. Need to turn four small pieces of batting into one large piece? Flip to page 158.

Now, this is not a graduate level quiltmaking course. Erin gives the most important points to move you forward. No single topic gets more than two pages of on-target, easy-to-understand coverage. (There are plenty of other sources for deep exploration of techniques, but this reference is true to its name: essential.) Erin also highlights some amazing q-celebs (Rita Hodge, Anna Maria Horner and Angela Walters, as long as we're name-dropping) in mini-features throughout the book.

Even if you're a thread-hardened vet, this book is worthy of shelf space because it's a great quick reference for things we easily forget. Even better, give it to the next victim you're trying to convert.

Spring 2014 Modern Patchwork
Through excellent photography and thoughtful descriptions, author Erin Burke Harris provides a bounty of information every new quilter needs and seasoned quilters can use to refresh their skills. Beginning with fabric types, measurements and calculations, and care tips, this book offers more sophisticated information as it goes on, providing lessons on color, design, shape, and construction. The diagrams and photos are large and clear. As a bonus, readers will enjoy profiles of a handful of quilters influential in today's quilting world. Erin provides the basic information but goes well beyond it in this helpful reference book that quilters will refer to again and again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607057932
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 518,644
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Burke Harris is a wife and mother with a passion for quilting. She began sewing as a young girl and had been playing with fabric ever since. Erin enjoys exploring different combinations of print, pattern and color and finds modern quilting to be a wonderful vehicle to view these in the context of a traditional craft. Erin lives in Kentucky with her husband and two daughters. Follow her crafty adventures on her blog, www.houseonhillroad.com.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTORY BASICS
About this book Quilting tools

SECTION ONE: FABRICS Chapter One: Types of Fabric
• Calico/Quilter’s cotton
• Muslin
• Broadcloths
• Voile and Lawn
• Linen
• Denim and Corduroy
• Silk
• Wool
• Hand dyed fabrics/Batiks
• Textured fabrics

Chapter Two: Yardage and Measuring
• Standard mattress and corresponding quilt sizes
• Calculating shapes per yard
• Using pre-cuts
• Calculating sashing and borders
• Calculating background fabrics
• Calculating backing fabrics
Chapter Three: Caring for Fabrics
• Pre-shrinking vs. not
• Pre-treating for color fastness
• Aftercare
Practitioner Profiles

SECTION TWO: COLORS
Chapter Four: Color Theory
• Color wheels
• Choosing color palettes
Chapter Five: Matching Fabrics and Colors
• Matching solid colors and prints
• Combining different prints (size and scale)
• Using different textured fabrics
• Considering embellishments, backings, and bindings
Practitioner profiles
SECTION THREE: DESIGNS

Chapter Six: Shapes
• Squares and Rectangles
• Triangles
• Diamonds
• Hexagons and curved shapes
Chapter Seven: Types of Blocks
• Traditional Blocks
• Modern Blocks
• Mixing and matching quilt blocks
Chapter Eight: Block Layouts and Settings
• Horizontal settings
• Vertical settings
• Diagonal settings
• Alternating settings
• Sashing settings
• Medallion designs
• One patch settings
Chapter Nine: Styles and Arrangements
• Traditional American Patchwork
• Japanese and Shasiko
• French and Provencal
• Swedish and Hawaiian
• Freeform/Improvisational
• Collages
• Picture and art quilts
• Abstract

Chapter Ten: Sashing
• Plain
• Frame
• Strip pieced with cornerstones and stars
• Graduated color and Pieced sashings

Chapter Eleven: Borders
• Lapped
• Interrupted Corners
• Mitered Corners
• Multiple
Chapter Twelve: Embellishment
• Applique
• Embroidery
• Paint
• Trims
Practitioner Profiles
SECTION FOUR: ASSEMBLING
Chapter Thirteen: Piecing
• Hand piecing
• Paper and foundation piecing
• Traditional piecing
• Chain piecing
• Strip piecing
• String piecing
• Grid piecing
• Piecing batting
• Piecing backing fabric

Chapter Fourteen: Quilt Sandwiching
• Types of batting
• Layers of the quilt sandwich
• Basting
• Transferring the quilting

Chapter Fifteen: Types of quilting
• Hand
• Tying
• Machine – walking foot
• Machine – free motion
• Long arm quilting
Chapter Sixteen: Different bindings
• Bias binding
• Straight grain binding
• Single fold and double fold
• Using the backing as binding
• Turning right side out
• Hand sewing vs. machine sewing
Practitioner Profiles
Glossary
Index
Acknowledgments

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