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    Can anybody tell me what quilting book will help most as a I'm wanting to start quilting

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    do you want to learn hand quilting? machine quilting? need to start with piecing? there are many many beginner books covering a vast array of techniques- do you already piece- and need to learn to quilt? do you sew already? have a good (relationship) with a sewing machine & the tools involved? or need to start with what supplies are needed? & how to use a machine? we would love to help but need to know exactly what you are wanting to learn to do.
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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
    My first quilt book was Eleanor Burns - still stripping after 25 years. her instructions are very clear.
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    Welcome from Milwaukee. Look at books at JoAnn's (or any other LQS) and choose one that contains what you want to learn. I'd stay away from paper piecing until you get more confident. Start with 9 patch so you can learn about seam allowance and which way to press the seams over. Then you can branch out from there. Good luck. Oh, P.S., You can use your 50% off coupons at JoAnn. Some of those books are expensive.

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    Harriet Hargrave has put out a wonderful set of books set up like college levels. You start with freshman year and get lessons in beginning quilting with some wonderful patterns/projects that reinforce the lessons. then you go to sophmore year and one to senior. they have pictures and clear instructions.

    she also did a combo book with sharyn craig that is also excellent.

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    Harriet Hargrave has put out a wonderful set of books set up like college levels. You start with freshman year and get lessons in beginning quilting with some wonderful patterns/projects that reinforce the lessons. then you go to sophmore year and one to senior. they have pictures and clear instructions.

    she also did a combo book with sharyn craig that is also excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine George View Post
    Welcome from Milwaukee. Look at books at JoAnn's (or any other LQS) and choose one that contains what you want to learn. I'd stay away from paper piecing until you get more confident. Start with 9 patch so you can learn about seam allowance and which way to press the seams over. Then you can branch out from there. Good luck. Oh, P.S., You can use your 50% off coupons at JoAnn. Some of those books are expensive.
    Good points, look thru the different books to see which has what you need.
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    in my opinion Happy Endings by Mimi Dietrich is the best book on binding. also check you library check it out first and if you like get it.
    Last edited by tatavw01; 03-05-2012 at 05:08 PM.

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    Better homes and gardens guide to quilting, my fave, not a pattern book, but great reference for math, or when you have questions on techniques

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    Highly recommend "Mastering Precision Piecing" by Sally Collins. I call it the "piecing primer". After reading the book, and viewing the DVD (recommend that as well!) my piecing improved by leaps and bounds. I wish I had it from the beginning ... I too was self taught.
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    I know of several quilters who only do paper piecing [PP] because it works for them. No need to match seams, just plain 'ol sewing. So, if that is the way you want to go ... do it.

    I personally prefer regular piecing and matching seams and such. I don't see why anyone would want to PP a log cabin block. But, that is just me being me.

    If there is a LQS with a beginning class or a teaching guild near you, try it. Though be aware that not all quilting teachers are really good and you can get some misinformation.

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    Hi again sorry I want to machine quilt although I can machine I have not done so for about 25 years and have just treated my self to a new machine such I'm over the moon with I've always wanted to quilt but with 3 kids and 3 jobs there weren't enough time in the day then I had my fourth child who's stops me in my tracks I'm now a stay at home mum my eldest is 21 and my youngest is 2 so I think noes the time to start I need all the advice I can get as I've never don any quilting before but always had great admiration for those who do all advise is soooo welcom

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    By the way I ment to thank u all for ur responses didn't expect so many new to all this forum stuff just made my first blogg too so really pushing the boat out now hehehe x

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    The most useful book I own was put out by Joanns it's Joanns complete guide for quilting. It covers everything plus different techniques. Measurements and tells you the difference between all the supplies. With a coupon it's under 15.00! I still use it.
    http://www.amazon.com/Your-Guide-Qui...9&sr=8-1-fkmr2

    Heres a link to see what it looks like. Good luck and I hope you find one that suits you!
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    Welcome! You have some great starting points! Keep is informed of ur progress!

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    Welcome to the board and welcome to the wonderful world of quilting!
    As you can see you will get many answers and many ways to start quilting my recommendations would be for you to learn the basics then find your way to what you enjoy doing. Find a group (a quilting guild or small home group that might be able to help you) Enjoy your time and happy quilting!
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    This is my favorite, has everything in it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Better homes and gardens guide to quilting, my fave, not a pattern book, but great reference for math, or when you have questions on techniques

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    I am with Dolphyngryl...BH&G's Complete Guide to Quilting is the easiest to follow, basic to advanced including South Paw directions and my go-to book whenever I have a technical question.

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    I was lucky enough to get the Better Homes and Gardens complete Guide for $5 on clearance at Borders. Its good for reference but for making quilts Eleanor Burns is the easiest to follow. Watch her videos on her website quilt in a day and click on television video, lots of videos to watch.
    Last edited by Rose Marie; 03-06-2012 at 06:20 AM.

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    The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide
    A Rodale Quilt Book
    Ellen Pahl, Editor
    From A to Z-Hundreds of tips and techniques for successful quiltmaking
    Over 700 How-To Illustrations

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    My favorite beginner's book is "Your First Quilt Book...or it should be!" I still refer to it. Welcome to the wonderful world of quilting!

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    I always recommend Fons and Porter's Quilter's Complete Guide as an excellent referencer for newer quilters.

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