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Subject: quilting
Date Posted: 1/16/2008 1:00 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2007
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there are lots of quilting books on here and i have just started quilting.  


can anyone recommend some fun ones?  

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 9:35 AM ET
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no one? :(

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 6:37 PM ET
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I don't know if it's posted on here, but one of my favorite general reference books is Quilting: Instant Expert by Jenni Dobson. It covers a little of everything. It has a hard cover, but inside it's ring bound so it lays flat on my cutting table for easy reference.

Date Posted: 1/19/2008 9:38 PM ET
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oh thats cool.  i took the one quilting book i have to staples and they did that for me for $5. it was very worth it! :)


thanks and ill look for that book. :)

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 5:43 PM ET
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If you like traditional patchwork, I'd recommend the "Twenty Little" books by Gwen Marston (pinwheel, patchwork, Amish) for traditional blocks. Just starting out, the smaller piecework can be tedious, but these little quilts work-up fast, and they're darling. This series is inexpensive, and all of the books contain cardstock templates - a few books will give you a nice base of templates for minatures. (They're all about 20'x20" finished)

Little Quilts by Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Holt and Sylvia Johnson, offers more along the same line, however this book gives more detailed instruction and tips. It is not inexpensive.

As far as good reference material goes, "The Essential Guide to Practically Perfect Patchwork" by Michele Morrow Harer is my desk-reference of choice. This is a skill-builder!

Hope this helps.


Date Posted: 2/2/2008 2:06 AM ET
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there are just WAY too many for me to narrow it down and I don't think my faves are available here...I couldn't learn from a book though.it took me a lot of classes and a friend who liked to finish stuff to get to where I am LOL! now I can follow a pattern if it's not too complicated but not in the beginning. I'm into scrap quilts a lot now.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 5:58 PM ET
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Frayed-Edge Fun by Evelyn Sloppy is a good one for rag-type quilts (where the seams are exposed). They are great for baby quilts or lap throws, because they are so cozy. It's a good way to start quilting without having to worry about being so exact, and you can quilt as you go. Much easier method.

90-minute Quilts by Meryl Ann Butler is also a good one. It's a different way to make simple quilts that are self-binding & quilt as you go.

There are tons and tons of books out there. I checked out pretty much everything my library had. I was able to find a handful of books that I felt were good reference books or full of neat patterns and ideas. I was also able to figure out what types of quilting did not appeal to me.