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    Book to help a beginner

    If you were to give a beginning quilter one book to help her learn some of the tips and techniques involved in making a quilt, what book would you recommend?
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    "Quilting, The Complete Guide" by Darlene Zimmerman is a great book. It tells you about everything and how to do it. It's also a great reference guide.
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    I like the dummy books.....Quilting for Dummies. Very basic and a good teacher

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    Egg Money Quilts by eleanor burns... various patterns and techniques and excellent instructions and pictures
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    Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting. I still look up things in this book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Till-U-Wilt View Post
    Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting. I still look up things in this book.
    This is my favorite all purpose book too. Great photographs. Also there are plenty of free videos on line.
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    Quilter's Academy Freshman Year: A Skill-Building Course in Quiltmaking
    by Harriet Hargrave & Carrie Hargrave http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Acade...ilters+academy
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    I think I would want to know the style of quilts this person was attracted to, and get a beginners book featuring that style. I like contemporary quilts, so bought a book with some simple patterns that I really liked. Since then, I've gotten books that are more technical, but the book I ended up with was very basic and just what I needed to get going.

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    Any "Quilt in a Day" book. Eleanor Burns is so good at teaching beginning quilters.
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    You could also try a craftsy class for beginners. Once I understood the basics, I bought books that focus on a particular type of pattern or technique.

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    I'm with Paper Princess - the Harriet Hargrave series Quilter's Academy are the absolute best! The books take you from the basics - how to cut - and how to sew an accurate seam - how to get the size block you need, etc. The book then gives you projects to work on with each lesson you learn. This is a series of 6 books (book number 4 should come out in a year) that takes you all the way to designing your own quilts.

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    My favorite is "Your First Quilt Book....or it should be". I still refer to it all the time.

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    Eleanor Burns, great instructions and easy to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Quilter's Academy Freshman Year: A Skill-Building Course in Quiltmaking
    by Harriet Hargrave & Carrie Hargrave http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Acade...ilters+academy
    I am another fan of the Quilter's Academy series. What I like about this series over some of the other books mentioned is that Harriet and Carrie really explain the reasoning behind tips and instructions.

    I took a day long class from Harriet in May. It was a fabulous experience.

    Cheers, K

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    Better homes and garden's complete guide to quilting. I have over 60 quilt books, always go back to this one for reference on anything
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    The Quilting Answer book is a brilliant little book. I bought this after I'd been quilting for about a year - wish I'd bought it sooner!
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