Quilter’s Complete Guide

I recently received from our library interloan service, Quilter’s Complete Guide by Marianne Fons & Liz Porter, a Leisure Arts book.  This is definitely one book I would love to add to my personal library.  It is filled with everything a quilter needs to know about creating a perfect keepsake.   I have the revised edition that was printed in 2002.  The first edition was printed in 1993.  It is a paperback book.

I love the color pictures and detailed information.  They cover topics from hand and machine quilting, to applique.  From cutting and laying out material to borders and more.  This book is a great addition to a home library.  You can get a small peek at what is inside from Amazon.com.

The book is available at Joann’s and I will be adding it to my wish list for my family to purchase for me.  They tell me I am getting difficult to buy for.  Happy reading and creating.


The Modern Quilt Workshop

The Modern Quilt Workshop, written by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, is a book filled with bright colorful quilts done in some very unique ways.  My favorite quilt and pattern in this book is Outside the BoxIt is a simple, yet interesting pattern that “is a play on the traditional checkerboard quilt block”. 

There are many quilt books on the market with references on “how to”.  What I like about this book that is different from other books of the same type is their explanation of “why”.  The authors go into detail on how to do something, but they also take time to explain why they do it their way.  One example is on cutting the material for your binding.  They explain why you would want to cut on the bias and when it is not beneficial to do it that way.

I am not a long-arm quilter, but the article they have in their book about purchasing and using their long-arm was very interesting and worth reading for those of you are considering this purchase.

I am anxiously awaiting their new book, Quilts Made Modern, to be available at the library.  It looks like their are a few very interesting quilt patterns in it.  Happy Quilting!

Quiltmaking Tips and Techniques

During my recent trip to my local library to pick up and drop off books that I both reserved and read, I decided to check out the quilting reference books.  I like to refresh myself  on how to go about completing each step and to look at the different ways other quilters complete the same process. 

This time, one of the books I took out is Quiltmaking Tips and Techniques, a Rodale Quilt Book.  It was published in 1994.  I have checked this book out before and I really like it.  It is a little different from other quilting books.  In this book, each chapter is filled with different hints and techniques used by many other quilters.  There are 17 chapters in all that touch on each of the topics and questions you want to know and would ask when making a quilt.  The first chapter is on Organizing an Effective Workspace.  The last chapter is on the Care, Repair, and Display of your quilt.  The book boasts that there are “over 1,000 creative ideas to make your quiltmaking quicker, easier and a lot more fun”. 

I would really like to add this book to my home library.  If you are already a quilter or you are thinking about starting quilting, check with your library for a copy.  You may find it both enjoyable and helpful.  Happy reading.

Sewing Edges & Corners

While in the library I picked up the book Sewing Edges & Corners by Linda Lee.  It is a smaller book (6″ x 9″) with a spiral binding (which I love!).  The book has beautiful color pictures (another plus) and excellent illustrated directions. 

A few of the topics covered are:  corners, piping, cording, tubing, flanges, bands, bindings, hems, and edges.  Each topic has many sub-topics included.  For example, under corners, the book covers knife-edge, box, mitered, Turkish, tassels-in-piping and knotted. 

The link I provided you with is a book review showing many of the actual pages within the book.  It is an excellent resource book I would love to have in my home library.

Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

I picked up a couple of sewing books from the library to browse through and one of them was a big heavy book by Martha Stewart called Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.  It has fantastic colorful pictures and sections on many different topics. 

I like the first part of the book with sections on fabric glossary, good things for sewing,  embroidery and even a section on dyeing.  The book also has a good number of simple projects to make with nice photos of the finished projects.  I just found the book didn’t go into enough detail for a beginner to make any of the projects and those with sewing knowledge would find the book boring, filled with everything they had already figured out.

This is not a book I would add to my library.  Although. it was nice to look through.