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    Best Starter Book for Quilters

    My niece is rearing to start quilting. What does everyone recommend as "the best" starter book? I had a MiL who lent me books, patterns and suggestions. Then Eleanor Burns and her strip quilting books became my guide. What do YOU recommend?
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    My go to book is Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting. Joann's usually have. Of course there are always a ton of video's and other information on line.

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    Fons & Porter's Complete Guide to Quilting is good. Also one called Your First Quilt Book - Or It Should Be, by Carol Doak. And Alex Anderson's books are great.
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    can't vouch for anyone else but this has been my most used book in the last 10 years, great for beginners
    http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide...homes+quilting

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    I used Alex Andersons books to start. they are great

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    I love "Quilting for Dummies". Basic and elementary. I use it often

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    Someone told me that the series Quilters Acadamy by Harriet Hargrave is wonderful. Volume one would be for beginers
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    The Singer book on beginning quilting is a good one too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spokanequilter View Post
    Fons & Porter's Complete Guide to Quilting is good. Also one called Your First Quilt Book - Or It Should Be, by Carol Doak. And Alex Anderson's books are great.
    All of these are good! See if you can look through them before buying. You might find one of them is better for you than the others.

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    Harriet Hargrave's Quilter's Academy Vol. 1, Freshman Year: A Skill-Building Course in Quiltmaking
    http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Acade...ilters+academy
    This is the first in a series of 4.
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    Eleanor Burns books are great, they are like step by step lessons.
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    I am a self taught quilter that started back in the late 90's with Eleanor Burns books. Her books take you through all the steps for completing a quilt with lots of pictures. Now there are so many videos if you have questions about how to do something.

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    In addition to a good book, it is also very helpful to watch all the youtube videos. Some people really benefit from seeing and hearing in addition to readying......I personally think Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt company it an excellent, non-fussy teacher......Your Niece (age ?) would really benefit was all of the above, and from you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I also can recommend the Quilters Acadamy by Harriet Hargrave. I lend mine to new first time quilters.

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    Fons and Porter Complete Guide to quilting and Alex Anderson books are the best ones I used.

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    I still refer to this book when i question something.

    First-Time Quiltmaking learning to quilt in six easy lessons.

    I bought it at Joann's with a 50% off coupon and have loved it ever since. I think I've had it for three years. It answers the questions a beginning quilter will have and shows you how to make several simple quilts.

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    Go to Quilt In A Days website and watch videos of Eleanor Burns. She is the best for beginners.
    Also Quilterstv is a great website with lots of videos that are free to watch.

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    Eleanor Burns books -- they have the best detail for a beginner. As far as general information, the Better Homes and Gardens book is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spokanequilter View Post
    Fons & Porter's Complete Guide to Quilting is good. Also one called Your First Quilt Book - Or It Should Be, by Carol Doak. And Alex Anderson's books are great.
    I agree with the Fons & Porter book. I think it's wonderful!
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    I use Alex Anderson's and Elenor Burns. But I would really recommend a beginning class. Maybe because I am such a hands on person and I have to see it done and then do it myself that after taking a class it is easier to understand wof, fat quarter etc. you know " quilt talk".

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