Quilt in a Day Log Cabin Pattern by Eleanor Burns - Beginner's Review
Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin Pattern by Eleanor Burns is a great book for absolute beginners and a good reference book for quilters in general. It oozes with step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures.
You may be thinking, yeah, but there's one quilt pattern. But, you can work off this one pattern for years if you had to.
I've made lap quilts, baby quilts and mini quilts from this one pattern. The book contains the fabric requirements for different sizes from a wall hanging up to king size. Plus, there are layouts galore.
For the absolute beginner, you'll get a list of supplies you'll need for your very first strip quilting project. At first glance, the list may seem intimidating, but this supply list will last you a long time.
The actual strip quilting instructions are detailed with a picture to demonstrate every single step.
Most folks I know are fine when it comes to finishing a quilt top. They get scared, however, at the actual quilting and binding or finishing the quilt.
The Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin Pattern book details instructions on how to finish a quilt two different ways. You can either machine quilt or quick turn and tie. Both have step-by-step instructions.
The book does not cover hand stitching. But with a title called quilt in a day, you can kind of expect that.
Other projects included in the book are a pillow sham and a tote bag. Yeah! These are basic instructions that you can use for other quilt patterns. See why I love this book?
When it comes to machine quilting, most quilt books for beginners only mention stitching in the ditch (stitching in the seam of your blocks to give it an outline effect). This book suggests quilting lines. The difference in batting choices are also discussed.
I was able to move on to individual quilting patterns from this foundation because the book was short enough to not be overwhelmed, but detailed enough to tell you everything that you need.
Alas, all is not perfect.
There is not an emphasis on pressing your blocks as you are piecing. Pressing makes a difference. I was surprised to discover this after I came back to the book to make a mini-quilt. Another nitpick is that the binding strips are not cut on the bias.
And, uh, a first-time quilter would not care about either one of those things. I used this book to make my first quilt and even without bias-cut binding strips and blocks unpressed until the end, it turned out fine.
Bottom line – this book can get you help you finish your very first quilt totally on your own. It is a book you can not pry from my quilting library.
Note – I used a picture of my own copy for this one. I consider it to be well-loved.
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