Book Index/Chapter headings
This is one of the Singer Sewing Reference Library books, and One I hadn't seen until I spotted it at Third Place Books, used, in Lake Forest Park, WA. I grabbed it though, because it has such helpful contents. The imprint in mine is 1992.
Quilt Basics - everything from fabrics and batting to quilt hanging in pages 9 - 39.
Fabrics & Batting
Quick Cutting Techniques
Basic Piecing Techniques
Layering & Basting a Quilt
Quilting Basics (includes an overview of both machine straight line and machine free motion quilting)
Binding a Quilt
Hanging a Quilt
Quilt Projects (and these can be modified nicely too) pages 41 - 100, including:
Contemporary Crazy Quilts
The next section is Creative Sashings and Borders pages 107 - 122.
PaperBack or HardBound?
Hardbound and sturdy as are all the Singer Sewing Reference Library volumes, and I got it at a good price - used for $6.99 in excellent condition.
Does this book have clear illustrations or photographs?
That's the terrific thing about this series - the wonderful illustrations of every step.
Would you recommend this book as a MUST HAVE?
Not a must have obviously. However, since I only want to purchase sewing/quilting books with some more versatile use than just set patterns, this book is very nice. Because there is an overview of several types of patterns, from traditional to modern, I think it is useful as a starting point to get some variety in your quilt ideas and already has helped me to formulate a few ideas of things I can do with scraps that aren't strictly following patterns. I don't want to buy lots of perfectly nice yardage and chop it up into set patterns, as much as I want to pick up various remnants, scraps and dive into my own stash of stored left overs and quilting cottons I have picked up here and there over the years. This book is also good eye candy, and one of the nicest quilting books I have found in the stores.
I found the section on binding the most helpful so far because I hadn't done that before. The large pictures made it all make more sense to me, and although there are lots of videos out there, having a book open beside me as I do things is a great help - something stationary to refer to is one thing I really need! :)
I recommend this to anyone interested in quilting - learning or as a reference for ideas and some nice patterns!