Member since 8/19/08
Date: 1/23/13 1:54 PM
I've been sewing for years and have made quilts for my kids and nieces and nephews, but they've been pretty easy and simple quilts with hardly any piecing and no free motion quilting at all. I'd really like to start quilting and explore free motion a bit. Is there a good book or two out there that you all could recommend that gives some good basics into quilting? I'd like it to include basic quilting notions/tools, free motion basics, batting recommendations, quilt designs, etc. Just a good, all around basic intro to quilting book.
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Member since 12/15/02
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Date: 1/23/13 2:13 PM
These are a few of my fav
Fons and Porter Complete guide
Quilting for Dummies
Carol Doak really anything by her
Singer quilting bible
guide to machine quilting
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Member since 1/18/12
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 1/23/13 2:56 PM
I love the Ons & Porter book. For me, it's the most comprehensive.
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Member since 12/3/06
Date: 1/23/13 3:12 PM
I'll second F&P.
I also like this site for their fabric calculator, patterns, quilt size chart and tips.
One good book will be all you need, or you will be doing what am now doing...finding them a home.
Once you get the basics down, all you will need is fabric and patterns.
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Member since 4/28/09
Date: 1/24/13 6:15 AM
I have both the Fons & Porter and Basic Quilting by Carol Doak books. While I use both, I find the Basic Quilting is a little more beginner friendly.
British Columbia CANADA
Member since 1/10/06
Date: 1/26/13 3:43 PM
I checked out a bunch from the library. Like to read off a book, rather than read info at a computer. They all had their pluses but many became too difficult, too quickly, for beginners. The Carol Doak and Alex Anderson Books seemed the most user friendly. Bought "Start Quilting" by Anderson, and it has clear logical steps.
Member since 8/14/05
Date: 1/26/13 4:26 PM
The two I found most helpful because they weren't overwhelming were:
Better Homes and Gardens Teach Yourself to Machine Quilt ISBN 1601400519
Machine Quilting Made Easy by Maurine Noble
These two books are exceedingly user friendly.So many books just whop you with so much information and look so complicated that I am sure many folks just turn off.
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Member since 4/15/07
Date: 1/26/13 5:02 PM
Harriet Hargrave has published a wonderful series of books on quilting callled Quilters Academy, and her book Heirloom Machine Quilting is a classic! I love love love her book called The Art of Classic Quiltmaking
Harriet Hargrave books
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