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« on: April 09, 2008 05:03:53 PM »

I would like to start quilting, but have no idea how to even start. I learn best from books. What quilting book do you think is best for a newbie like me? I would prefer to start with something more modern/contemporary, because then I'll get use out of my project. (I'm not very traditional.) What is your "can't-live-without" quilting book?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008 10:50:34 AM »

Invest an afternoon at your local library. Mine has an assortment of quilting books... Mine also is advertising a little sewing meeting for all things sewing (advice, bragging, etc).

Not finished with my first quilt yet but starting to think that I should have invested in a quilting class. Saves a lot of frustration.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008 11:35:44 AM »

The library is a great place to start - you'll save money and try before you buy. . .      When I first started quilting, I learned a lot from Eleanor Burns's Quilt-in-a-day books, but they are fairly traditional.

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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008 03:58:30 PM »

I just placed a bid on ebay for modern quilt book called "the modern quilting workshop" it looks pretty awesome!

« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2008 05:19:46 AM »

I have three must haves:

1. (all time favourite) Quiltmakers magazine!
    -they have clear and step by step instructions with many different skill levels. I have 8 years worth now!

2. Big Block Quilts, I think its a McCalls publication, not sure though without going and looking.  Relatively easy quilts, few pieces, and large scale so they are done faster. Big thing when you are starting is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

3. Quilts and More, Better Homes publication.
    - all different skill levels, and lots of craft ideas as well, modern ideas and retro to boot!

These are what really got me started so I hope they help.
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2008 12:13:21 PM »

I agree with the previous poster about "The Modern Quilt Workshop", and would also recommend "Denyse Schmidt Quilts".  Both offer an approach that liberates you from the old-timey ways of doing things.
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2008 08:14:34 PM »

There are so many out there, ditto on going to the library. I am a class learner, and recommend a basic class at the local quilt shop to learn rotary cutting and the basics, then go from there. There is the Better Homes Complete Guide to Quilting that I have in my library, and the Encylopedia of Quilting, that I bought when Joanns had 40% off books. Everything else came from my library or second hand store. I am addicted to the magazines though....

« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2008 08:51:47 AM »

I made my first quilt after learning from a book called "Quilting 101".  The patterns are mostly traditional, but i found it useful as a beginner because the instructions were clear, there were lots of pictures, and it was spiral-bound, so it lay flat as I was working.  For more contemporary patterns, I second the recommendation for The Modern Quilt Workshop; it has some stunning patterns!
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2008 08:11:06 AM »

I agree with "Modern Quilt Workshop"--it's a GREAT book.  You can see a photo of the Marquee quilt I made out of that book here

Also, I like "40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts" by Evelyn Sloppy.  It's got some great quilts that look oh-so-complicated, yet are quite easy to assemble.
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008 08:11:27 AM »

I just placed a bid on ebay for modern quilt book called "the modern quilting workshop" it looks pretty awesome!
I purchased The Modern Quilt Workshop. So far, I'm in love with the patterns. Now I guess we'll just have to see if I'm any good at this quilting thing.
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