Book Review: Get Started Quilting

Patterson Kathy 225px 150x150 Book Review: Get Started QuiltingGet Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner Guide by Jessica Alexandrakis (Interweave/F+W, $19.99) tackles a commendable breadth of quilt making knowledge in a friendly, easy-to-follow format. Any wannabe quilter would be lucky to get this book as an introduction to the quilt making process. It’s sure to become a much-used reference volume for anyone just setting out on their quiltmaking journey.

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The book is divided into 3 sections: Quilting Essentials, Quilting Techniques, and Quilting Projects. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of Jessica’s quilting knowledge (though I can’t agree with her suggestion on page 21  to backstitch at the beginning and end of every patchwork piece – that’s got to add a lot of unnecessary time to your piecing!). She covers all the basics, from setting up your sewing machine and safe rotary cutting to binding and caring for your quilts. Piecing 400px Book Review: Get Started Quilting

Jessica then continues with a huge range of quilt making techniques from simple seams and English paper piecing to Hawaiian appliqué and improvisational piecing, and pretty much everything in between. There are enough tips and helpful photographs here to keep a new quilter learning through many hours of stitching fun.

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A sampler quilt featuring these blocks is one of the projects patterned in the book

If you’re a new quilter or are taking a new quilter under your wing, do yourself a favor and get a copy of this colorful, inspiring book. It’s a quilting encyclopedia all in one handy volume!

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