Beginners Guide to Quilting - Start Quilting Book Review
If you're looking for a beginners guide to quilting, Alex Anderson's Start Quilting book is a good choice.
Like a typical beginner quilting book, it starts off with a series of instructions. If you are like me, you may be tempted to bypass this section, to "get to the good stuff" like the quilt patterns.
Actually, the instructions are "the good stuff." A quilting book at this level assumes you are an absolute beginner. So, while you may be anxious to start your first quilt, take time to read through the first part of the book.
Yes, it may be boring. But what you'll learn is worth the time you take to read.
So, let's go over what you'll be getting.
This quilting book contains pages on tools, fabric, rotary cutting, pressing, basting, hand quilting (yeah!) and machine quilting.
Her supply list is on point. It is brief. It is thorough. And you can feel like you could easily purchase the items.
The keyword for this book is "fundamental." If you read all the information and follow Alex Anderson's advice, you will end up with great quilting fundamentals.
A couple of things make this beginners guide to quilting stand out.
First, there is a section on fabric. It is hard to find a beginners book that will give you through fabric selection tips.
Another good thing is the section on hand quilting. Like the rest of the book, you will get just enough information to get started. This is the only beginner quilting book this small that will even tackle hand quilting.
The book contains six projects. All are wall hangings. All include either squares, triangles or both. The book does not cover applique. A good suggestion would be to go through all the patterns from front to back.
The fabric selection for these quilts really makes the difference. These are not some practice projects that will sit in the back of a closet.
You will want to put these on display.
What could be improved on:
There is an easier method to attach binding than what is presented here. Every time I've used this method, it looks bulky on the edges.
Also, the author assumes you know how to slip stitch. I don't. (Is this where I admit that I never took Home Ec?) It is why I machine stitch my bindings.
I only mention this because I am the type of person that one thing would stop me from buying the book. I would say in my mind - I can't finish it so I'm not going to buy it.
There's an easy fix for this, though. Just machine stitch your binding down. Use the invisible thread for the front of your quilt. Done.
All in all, this is a great book for your quilting library. It is also a great book to give to someone who is interested in starting to quilt. It is both thorough and encouraging which makes this quilting book a winner.
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