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Thread: books that are a must have

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    Ok, I am thinking of building my quilting library. There are a few must haves like a good over all pattern book, a indepth teck book and maybe a good styles book. What books do you consider good one to get or must have for a new quilter?


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    Anything by Eleanor Burns because she doesn't leave anything for you to wonder about. She covers everything.

    Material MiMi

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    After reading on this site about the quilting catalog I ordered one on Ebay. It was the best thing I have ever ordered. It covers everything. Couldn't put it down.

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    I'm really glad that I got this one:

    The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide: From A to Z-- Hundreds of Tips and Techniques for Successful Quiltmaking

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    I second the El Burns books. She is the best.
    I have a lot of her books. She taught me how to quilt and how to use the easiest methods.
    Lots of her videos on line.
    Here is a free site for videos. http://quilterstv.com

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    littlehud is this the book?
    The Quilter's Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide by Meg Cox

    I ordered it as a selection from my book club. I did not care for it at all. I think it's because I read every quilt magazine published for years and this book seemed like rewritten articles I remembered from the magazines. The book has good information as in dept articles about quilting are not in the quilting magazines like they use to be.

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    Even though she's very (excuse me) anal, I really like Sally Collins books. She's very detail oriented and really walks you through the process. With her it's all about the process, and how she teaches it demands excellence and really improves your techniques.

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    Oh BTW I am a bookoholic so keep them comming more the merrier. I asm thinning out my libraray of other books so have space to add for new hobby. :D

    I shall check into all mentioned here.

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    I think that Harriet Hargrave's books are staples - Heirloom Machine Quilting, The Art of Classic Quiltmaking, and Mastering Machine Applique.

    I like all of Judy Martin's books, even the really old ones. I have only purchased one by Eleanor Burns, and I didn't care for it at all, but I know others who love her books.

    When I started quilting I checked a lot of books out of the library. If the book was really useful, I purchased it to keep on the shelf. I find most of my books on Amazon.com, some at JoAnn's with coupons.

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    Elenor Burns, definitely ...
    And, for a subscription, I recommend "Quilt" magazine.
    I buy them and then hoard them. One day, I decided to actually sit down and read one of them. I could not believe all of the things that I had missed through the years. Good pictures, scrappy seems to be the theme of the series, and for pure inspiration, "QUILT" beats most of them. However, do be prepared to be transported back in time when they want you to make half square triangles by cutting out two triangles and then sewing them together .... but, Elenor Burns "EGG MONEY QUILTS" or "STILL STRIPPING AFTER 25 YEARS" will give you enough quick techniques to compensate for "QUILT"s very basic beginning lessons.

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