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Thread: Book suggestions for a beginner?

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    A dear friend of mine received a gift card to Barnes and Noble and she wants to get a first book on quilting.

    What would you suggest she get?

    I thought Quilter's Complete Guide would be good, but it's out of stock.

    Ideas?

    I'm going to give her the link to this page--her name is Angie.

    Hi Angie! :D

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    The quilters Ultimate visual guide is a fantastic book! I just saw it at Barnes & Noble the other day.

    I got mine last year and have learned a lot from it!

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    How new is she to quilting? Does she need to learn terms and techniques or just easy blocks for a beginner?
    I looked at the B & N site, 1032 quilting books!! I looked thru the first 300 but gave up after that :lol:

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    Great Question, barnbum....Love the Egg Money Quilts but first bought Your Guide to Quilting from JoAnns, Back to the Basics by Pat Yamin, and a couple of books with lots of blocks to choose from (one is 500 and the other is 101 I think).You can NEVER have enough books!! :D
    HI ANGIE!

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    I like QUILTS! QUILTS!! QUILTS!!! -The Complete Guide To Quiltmaking- by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes and also The Essential Guide to Practically Perfect Patchwork - Everything You Need to Know to Make Your First Quilt by Michele Morrow Harer. This last I have as one section of "The Big Book of Quilting"

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    I just recieved Better Homes and Gardens
    Complete Guide to Quilting
    and I think its neat ! Its set up like their cook books. I don't know if you can purchase it in bookstores yet though.

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    Barnbum,
    Please check your PM 's. Thanks :lol:

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    My first book was Quilts!Quilts! Quilts. There are a few editions of it. MIght be able to find a good one on-line used for a few dollars.

    I also bought a BHG Magazine w/ 200 quilt blocks. It has them organized by type w/ simple instructions included. So far, this has been a wonderful guide.

    HTH,

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    I had a difficult time rotary cutting accurately, and happened on the book Rotary Magic by Nancy Johnson-Srebro. It's available on several websites, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon (less expensive on Amazon.) It covers the basics of cutting, piecing, pressing and finishing plus has 12 projects - all written in an easily understandable and cute way. I have the Fons & Porter book, but it was too much information for me as a beginner (its definitely one for the library, tho!)

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    Watch lots of videos. QnnTV is really good but costs $24 a yr.
    It is worth it for a beginner. It has all the experts and every show they make. Except Simply Quilts.
    QuiltersTV is free but dosnt have the selection that QNNTV has.

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