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Date: 3/5/13 11:18 AM

First let me say that I am a super beginner quilter. I am working on a quilt right now and have made mistakes in just the cutting alone. But thanks to the encouragement of many of you here, I have continued on with this quilt.

OK, now I have been looking on Amazon at the Quilter's Academy series by Harriet Hargrave. It's a series of books that start at the freshman level of quilting and go on.

Has anybody used these books? Are they worth the investment? Would it really help me to learn how to quilt and be good at it eventually?

Thank you!

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Date: 3/5/13 11:30 AM

There are many quilt books out there. Personally I would start with something more simple like Quilting for Dummies. It gives you all the basic knowledge then maybe the Fons and Porter book. You will learn about quilting and the techniques used. However to really learn to quilt you have to do it and do and do it.

quilting for dummies

Fons & Porter

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Those 3 books will give you all the basics and then some. They you can branch out with the various kinds and types of quilting you like, applique, traditional block quilting, modern quilting, civil war quilts etc. There is so much different stuff to do. Just keep on doing it your skills will improve. Just don't try to tackle too much too soon. And remember this is suppose to be fun.

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Date: 3/5/13 11:36 AM

I started with none of the fancy tools available today. Just a magazine article with directions I would now consider "iffy", a wooden yard stick (old and worn), pencil and scissors. It did turn out pretty good considering I did the measuring and marking on the kitchen bar!

Many quilters think H. H. is the cat's meow and she may be.

However, for a beginner, this publication by Alex Anderson will help you learn all the basics without recommendation of this or that brand sewing machine/tools.

Don't load up on quilting books or you may end up (like me) with a box full and no where to distribute that seems worthy of them.

Start with the basics and the rest will come easy; small quilts and not large ones.


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Date: 3/5/13 12:42 PM

I have the Alex Anderson one, but have not done one of hers yet. I did plan one out, but that was it.

Another good choice is this one. I made a rail fence/solid block quilt from it.
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Good luck and keep trying. Some of us are new and some very new to quilting. Some have done it for years. We all learn new things and better ways of doing things from each other.

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Date: 3/5/13 2:47 PM

Slightly off-topic but hopefully helpful. Craftsy has two free, block of the month courses going on. One is for 2012, and the other one is 2013 and still in progress. I highly recommend registering for the free 2012 course. I am an advanced beginner quilter, teetering into intermediate level and Amy Gibson has taught me a ton of cool tips that I will be using in all of my quilting and garment sewing projects going forward. If you wanted some visual instruction for free, I think you'll learn a lot.

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Date: 3/5/13 3:32 PM

What was most inspiring and helpful to me when I started quilting was the QNN website (mute your speakers if you are in a public place !!).

Originally (a few years ago), this was a free website; now it's a membership website, but it's only $24 a year.

Their video collection includes Fons & Porter shows, Quilt in a Day shows, Quilting from the Heartland and others. In addition, QNN produces original videos, including some about beginning quilting.

I particularly liked watching a video, and I liked that I could go back and watch it again as many times as I wanted to refresh my memory or take note of a specific detail or technique.

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Date: 3/5/13 3:44 PM

I got the first Quilter's Academy from my library. It's quite rule-oriented! If you're seeking perfection in quilts, my guess is that you'll find out how to do that from these books. I, however, am just in the game for fun and relaxation. I read the Alex Anderson book when I started, and it was all I needed to get going.

Don't forget your local library - sometimes it's a great resource.

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Date: 3/5/13 5:33 PM

Thank you everybody for the great responses. Everybody has such wonderful advice.

Also it was good to be reminded to enjoy quilting.

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Date: 3/5/13 5:45 PM

There was a blogger out there who was working through the Quilter's Academy books, I don't recall her name. It seemed like a very organized, regimented book and learning process - some people like that, some people don't

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Date: 3/5/13 7:32 PM

Thinking about this today.....

-) check out your local library! It's free and if the book doesn't work for you, return it. More $$ for fabric.

-) start with books or videos from more traditional quilters, as their technique and explanations are generally easier to understand and will yield a better end product.....and possibly better experience for you, the quilter. Modern Quilts look fab, but, frequently the patterns are written in a " challenging" manner.

-) initially, focus on technique: master that 1/4" seam; cut accurate; seam ripper.:D

-) loads of free videos online. Those Missouri Star folks make quilting easy!....Missouri Star has a new collaboration with Fons and Porter for a " Quick Quilting"??? magazine. Saw it at the grocery store. $9?? Pretty much identical to the Craftsy Classes on Quick Quilting.

-) charm packs ( 4x4 precut packs of fabric) are a great place to start. Super simple smallish projects: just sew the squares in pleasing combinations. A 40" wide throw will not require any piecing on the back. Nor would a simple table runner. Jelly roll's are very popular and will make a nice throw.

However.....I just saw someone's first quilt: a phenomenal paper pieced bird of paradise wall hanging! So, simple may not inspire everyone.:D

-) the BEST binding instructions are in the back of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. They run the identical instructions in every issue.

Best Wishes and Enjoy!

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