Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!: The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking

Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!: The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking

by Diana McClun, Laura Nownes
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Based on the principle that a solid foundation turns beginners into lifelong quiltmakers,Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! covers every tool,every technique,every stitch,every tip,and every shortcut in machine and hand quilting—no matter how basic. An all-time classic on quilting,it is the essential handbook for the beginner and a constant companion for the experienced…  See more details below

Overview

Based on the principle that a solid foundation turns beginners into lifelong quiltmakers,Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! covers every tool,every technique,every stitch,every tip,and every shortcut in machine and hand quilting—no matter how basic. An all-time classic on quilting,it is the essential handbook for the beginner and a constant companion for the experienced quilter. This new,updated edition includes all of the features quilters loved from the first edition plus so much more! New features include: - More than 30 gorgeous designs to choose from,including 10 all-new quilt patterns - All-new photography of quilts in home settings - All-new color diagrams to lead quilters step-by-step through each pattern - Eight sampler quilts with complete instructions and patterns for 27 different blocks - Expanded coverage of color choices in quilts - Metric (centimeters) measurements - A glossary and index for easy reference Diana McClun and Laura Nownes have taught thousands of beginning quilters through classes,workshops,seminars,and nationwide television. Their book has inspired quilters all over the world and given them a passion for quilting that lasts a lifetime.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tyros and experienced quilters alike will delight in this extensive and abundantly illustrated manual by two quilting teachers. Thirty classic and two new patterns are offered, along with yardage requirements for five standard sizes, templates and specific directions for every stage of construction. McClun and Nownes advise on everything from choosing patterns and color schemes to timesaving techniques. Rich color photographs or diagrams accompany each instruction, eliminating guesswork and anticipating a novice's questions. Guidelines for adapting the book for classroom use are supplied, and interspersed ``practice exercises'' will build a beginner's confidence as well as skills. Pros will appreciate such resourceful hints as how to turn a dining-room table into a light table for tracing patterns, or how to use sandpaper to secure fabric as it is being marked. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933308340
Publisher:
Breckling Press
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second edition, Revised & Updated
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Related Subjects

Read an Excerpt

Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!

The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking


By Diana McClun, Laura Nownes, Kerby Smith

Breckling Press

Copyright © 2013 Breckling Press
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-933308-37-1



CHAPTER 1

The Essentials


A quilt is more than fabric, batting, and stitches. It is a rare and wonderful creation of the soul which expresses our personal statements, our likes and dislikes, feelings, thoughts and loves. It is a bridge that encourages friendships. A quilt supports our need for recognition, as we display it proudly to the applause of admirers. And a quilt links us with those who've stitched before and those who will follow, as a quilt gives a wordless but meaningful description of who we are and what we feel.

With this new edition of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!, we share with you the same joy and love of creativity our ancestors had. Now it's time to do what we do best — detail the construction of a quilt from start to finish, so you too can have the experiences only making a quilt can bring.


HOW TO USE QUILTS! QUILTS!! QUILTS!!!

Many quilters and teachers have told us that the reason our book has been so successful is that it meets the needs of beginners while still challenging experienced quilters to reach new goals. This new edition continues that tradition. If you are a novice, you will first learn the basics by mastering some simple yet essential skills. If you have already made a quilt, we give you opportunities to practice and improve. You will soon find out that as you sew, you develop some wonderful qualities, like diligence and patience — attributes you may not have known you possessed. And as you make quilt after quilt, you will discover your own creative gifts as you produce works of great beauty.

Our new edition of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! includes patterns that beginners can complete successfully, as well as designs an experienced quiltmaker will enjoy working with. There are 28 new quilt patterns, including four sampler quilts designed specifically for beginners. The patterns include many familiar traditional designs and geometric pieced quilts, as well as fun new looks, all with complete step-by-step instructions. Chapters on specific techniques, such as cutting, piecing, appliqué, assembly, and more provide in-depth guidance to allow you to master each skill.

The patterns are arranged in a progressive sequence, incorporating new designs and utilizing more difficult techniques as you move from the simpler patterns to the more complex. Some patterns require more precise work than others, but with care all can be completed by the quiltmaker who begins with the simpler patterns, moving onward as experience warrants. There are years of joyful quiltmaking within these pages.

You can select one of the patterns and make a quilt or you can make a variety of pattern blocks and incorporate them into a sampler quilt similar to the examples shown on pages 176 to 183. Choose one you like or make up your own combination of blocks. Using some of the quick techniques included in the book, you can complete a quilt in a reasonable period of time and move on to another one that interests you. In the last chapter, there is even a guide to building your own course of quiltmaking "lessons," which is as helpful to the self-taught quilter as it is to a teacher planning a sequence of classes.


Supplies

For your first quilt there is no need to invest in specialty tools or supplies. The basic items shown in the photograph below, plus your sewing machine or hand-sewing tools, will cover most of your needs. Later on, as your interest in quilting develops and as your budget allows, you may wish to supplement your tools with some of the items listed in the margins on this page and the next.


SIX STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL QUILTS

This series of steps will help you benefit the most from working with the third edition of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!

STEP 1 READ FIRST, THEN QUILT

Read through the entire book from start to finish to get an overall idea of the quiltmaking process. Don't jump around. Important information is not given in the first few pages but developed progressively throughout. Next, re-read the book, spending time on the Practice Exercises. These are intended as learning experiences to familiarize you with basic quiltmaking techniques before you begin your first quilt. (If you are an experienced quiltmaker, you can skip some of these exercises, but we urge you to do the ones involving time-saving techniques.) Instructions for making the quilts build on your knowledge of the techniques, including those developed in the Practice Exercises. If you complete them, you will be happy with your results.

Since this is intended as a workbook, wide margins and spaces for your personal notes have been given. The Table of Contents serves also as an index to the book, with specific page listings. It is conveniently placed at the front for ready reference. In addition, there is a complete index in the back of the book. We have highlighted Helpful Hints we feel are important. You should feel free to highlight other points yourself and add personal observations. Then, you can decide which techniques you feel most comfortable with — quick methods, traditional methods, or a combination of the two.

STEP 2 CHOOSE A PATTERN

Look through Chapter 2, Choosing a Pattern. For a positive quilting experience, we recommend that a beginner make one of the quilts requiring only strips (such as Rectangles, Somersault, and Lazy Day Quilt) as a first project. Work and become comfortable with its techniques before moving on to patterns with squares, triangles, or diamonds. If you are an experienced quiltmaker, choose freely from among the many patterns offered. Remember, the patterns in Chapter 2 are arranged in a progressive sequence, so find the level you are most at ease with and work onwards from there.

STEP 3 DETERMINE THE SIZE OF YOUR QUILT

Decide on the finished size of the quilt you wish to make. How do you intend to use it? Will it be used on a bed or as a wall hanging? Once you've determined this, turn to the pattern you selected in Chapter 2. There you will find a chart that succinctly gives you the total number of pattern blocks and suggested border widths recommended for the setting and size quilt you wish to make. You will also find convenient fabric requirements for all quilt sizes and settings.

STEP 4 DECIDE ON A COLOR SOHEME

For most quiltmakers, this is the most difficult decision. Since we can't see the finished quilt but can only speculate upon what it will look like, this is an especially difficult task for the beginner. Chapter 2 includes fabric suggestions for each pattern. Chapter 3 provides more detailed guidance on selecting colors and fabrics. Take time to read Chapter 3, as choosing the right combination of colors is one of the keys to creating a quilt that is pleasing and original to you.

STEP 5 PREPARE YOUR FABRIC

Chapter 3 also provides guidance on choosing and preparing your fabric, including pre-washing for colorfastness and shrinkage. Next, in Chapter 4, the excitement begins, as it is time to cut fabrics and prepare them for the quilt pattern you have chosen. Don't underestimate the importance of accurate cutting: if the pieces are cut incorrectly, they will not sew together perfectly. Whether you are experienced or a novice, take the time to practice working with cutting tools to make sure you cut perfect pieces every time, without wasting time or fabric.

STEP 6 MAKE YOUR QUILT

Chapters 5 through 11 include step-by-step instructions with diagrams and illustrations of the various techniques required for making the quilts in this book. Study the instructions, work on the Practice Exercises, and become familiar with every technique before beginning a quilt.

USING THE PATTERNS

Everything you need to know to make every quilt in this book is included here. Each pattern in this book includes the following:

• Color photographs of the pattern as an entire quilt and as an individual pattern block

• Fabric and color suggestions

• A size chart, showing measurements for the quilt photographed as well as a variety of bed and wall sizes

• A yardage chart listing fabrics needed for different quilt sizes, including backing and binding requirements

• A chart for accurate cutting of pieces, with minimal fabric waste

• Step-by-step instructions for making the quilt, including color drawings

• Template patterns for appliqué and paper piecing patterns, whether made by hand or machine


Along the way, there are Helpful Hints that smooth the process, reminding you of key techniques and helping with any tricky steps.

We hope you enjoy this updated edition of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! and the fresh new patterns it has to offer. We feel there is no more pleasurable pastime than quiltmaking and we hope that you agree. It is an elixir for the soul. Happy quilting!

CHAPTER 2

Choosing a Pattern


The patterns are organized from easiest to most challenging. Beginning quiltmakers are urged to begin with one of the patterns that require only strip piecing, such as Rectangles, Somersault, Lazy Day Quilt, or Nine-Patch. If you are an experienced quilter, begin wherever you choose with the pattern that appeals most to you. If you need more help on specific techniques, everything is there for you in Chapters 3 to 12.

Fabric. We have listed generous amounts of fabric in the charts. Experience tells us that there are few things in quiltmaking as frustrating as nearing the end of a quilt project only to discover that you are short of an essential fabric. Use leftover fabric to begin a scrap bag for future projects or to replenish your stash.

Cutting Charts. It is important that you cut the fabric in the order listed in the charts, so that you do not cut into a length you will need elsewhere.

Borders. We have given suggested border widths in the cutting charts. If you feel confident enough, determine your own borders and their widths. This may change the amount of border and backing fabric required.

Quilt Sizes. All are given as width x length, for example, 61" x 90". Here are some helpful measurements in planning your bed-sized quilts. Adjust borders accordingly to meet your personal needs. Each suggested size allows for a 13" drop on three sides.

Quilt Size Mattress Size Suggested

Twin 39" x 75" 65" x 88"

Full/double 54" x 75" 80" x 88"

Queen 60" x 84" 86" x 93"

King 76" x 80" 104" x 93"


RECTANGLES

Finished block size: 4" x 10"

Techniques: Quick cutting, strip piecing

Setting: Straight, vertical

Fabric suggestions: One fabric for small rectangles and four fabrics for large rectangles


CONSTRUCTION (use ¼ seam allowance)

1. Join each 8 ½" strip with a 2 ½" strip to make sets, as shown. The sets should measure 10 ½" wide. Press the seams in the direction of the darker fabrics. Remove the selvages, then cut the strip sets apart every 4 ½" to make blocks, as shown.

2. Number then arrange the blocks in pairs in each vertical row. Helpful Hint: Label the blocks as 1, 2, 3, or 4, according to your desired placement.

3. Cut the #3 blocks at the ends of vertical rows to make 3a and 3b blocks.

4. Arrange all of the blocks in vertical rows, as shown. Note that the 3b blocks are placed at the top of each even numbered row and the 3a blocks are attached at the bottom of the same rows.

5. Sew the blocks together in rows. Press seams toward darker fabrics.

6. Join the rows together, matching the center point of each large rectangle with the center point of a small rectangle, as indicated in the diagram. Note that each odd numbered row is ¼" longer than the even numbered rows on the top edge. This will be trimmed off after the final pressing.

7. Press the new seams first on the wrong side and then on the right side. Trim and straighten the top edge to complete the quilt top.

8. Layer and baste the quilt top with batting and backing in preparation for quilting.


SOMERSAULT

Finished block size: 8" x 10"

Techniques: Quick cutting, strip piecing

Setting: Straight

Fabric suggestions: Four fabrics, pairing two light with two dark


CONSTRUCTION (use ¼ seam allowance)

Make two combinations of the fabrics, pairing one of the A fabrics with one of the B fabrics.

1. For each combination, sew the 2 ½" A strips with the 8 ½" B strips to make sets, as shown. The width of the sets should measure 10 ½". Press the seams in the direction of the darker fabric.

2. Remove the selvage edges then cut every 8 ½" down the entire length of the strip sets to make blocks. Use the size chart to determine the number of blocks needed in each fabric combination. Each block will measure 8 ½" x 10 ½".

3. Arrange the blocks exactly as shown. Use the size chart to determine the number of blocks in each row.

4. Sew the blocks together in rows, alternating pressing direction.

5. Sew the rows together, matching the seams at the intersections. Press all new seams in one direction to complete the quilt top.

6. Layer and baste the quilt top with batting and backing in preparation for quilting.


LAZY DAY QUILT

Finished block size: 7 ½" x 8 ½"

Techniques: Quick cutting, strip piecing

Setting: Straight, vertical

Fabric suggestions: Variety of light, medium, and dark fabrics


CONSTRUCTION (use ¼ seam allowance)

1. Sew a 2" x 8" piece of a different fabric between each pair of 4" x 8" pieces. Press the seams in the direction of the narrow strip. The block will measure 8" x 9".

2. Arrange all blocks in rows.

3. To off-set the rows, trim 2 ¼" off the last block in each odd numbered row and the first block in each even numbered row, as shown.

4. Sew the blocks together in rows. Press all of the new seams in one direction.

5. Sew the rows together. Press the new seams first on the wrong and then right side to complete the quilt top.

6. Layer and baste the quilt top with batting and backing in preparation for quilting.


SQUARE IN A SQUARE

Finished block sizes: 4"x 6" and 4" x 8", 6" x 6", 6" x 8"

Techniques: Quick cutting, strip piecing

Setting: Straight, vertical

Fabric suggestions: One light, one dark and a variety of additional fabrics


CONSTRUCTION (use ¼ seam allowance)

1. Make Block C: Sew 4 ½" wide strips of dark fabric to 1 ½" wide strips of colored fabrics to make sets. One set is needed for each colored fabric combination. Press the seams to the dark fabric. The sets will measure 6 ½" wide. Remove the selvage edges, then cut the strip sets apart every 4 ½" to make units.

2. Sew the new units to 1 ½" strips of the same colored fabrics, first on one side, then the other, as shown. Cut the blocks apart. Press the seams first on the wrong sides and then on the right sides. Each block will measure 6 ½" x 6 ½".

3. Make Block D: Sew 4 ½" wide strips of colored fabrics to 1 ½" wide strips of dark fabric to make sets. One set is needed for each colored fabric combination for the size photographed and two sets for each of the other sizes. Press the seams to the dark fabric. The sets will measure 6 ½" wide. Remove the selvage edges, then cut the strip sets apart every 6 ½" to make units.

4. Sew the new units to 1 ½" strips of dark fabric, first on one side and then on the other, as shown. Cut the blocks apart. Press the seams first on the wrong sides and then on the right sides. Each block will measure 6 ½" x 8 ½".

5. Lay out all of the blocks exactly as shown. Sew them together in vertical rows. Press all seams toward the dark fabric.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun, Laura Nownes, Kerby Smith. Copyright © 2013 Breckling Press. Excerpted by permission of Breckling Press.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More

Meet the Author

Diana McClun is one of America’s most well-known quilting authors and instructors. During a long career as quilter and owner of one of California’s most successful quilt shops, Diana has taught at national and international venues as well as on broadcast television. She is the author of several quilting books, such as Q Is for Quilt; Quilts, Quilts, and More Quilts; and Say It with Quilts. She lives in Walnut Creek, California. Laura Nownes is a popular quilting instructor and author who has taught quilting to thousands of beginners throughout the United States. She has coauthored several books with Diana McClun and has run a highly successful annual seminar for quilting instructors. She lives in Pleasant Hill, California.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >