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Old 12-13-2014, 12:24 PM
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If you could only have one or two quilt books, what would they be?

I am looking for some recommendations for a sort of all-purpose quilting book. I just started to quilt a few months ago and have taken one beginner class and completed a couple of small lap quilt projects. My husband and I are moving to a farmhouse up in the hills in Ecuador at the end of the month and I won't have access to a quilting shop, so I have to take everything with me that I'll need to use.

I have an old Singer 15-91, so I can't do any fancy stitches, just straight stitches and I have really enjoyed piecing quilt tops but have only quilted with rows of straight stitches. I haven't learned how to FMQ yet and only bought one quilt pattern to take with me.

Thanks for your recommendations!
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:49 PM
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My favorite go to book is "Quilters Complete Guide" by Fons and Porter. It seems to have everything you ever wanted to know even after 25 years.
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:56 PM
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Will you have access to the Internet? The videos from the Missouri Star Quilt co. on youtube are a good resource.
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:57 PM
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I agree with Susie!!!!
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Old 12-13-2014, 01:01 PM
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I can recommend two ...

"Quilting for Dummies" believe it or not is an excellent resource. Very good for a beginner who is self taught. Covers everything from buying fabric, using the right needles and thread in your machine, various tools to use. It will take you from selecting fabric and patterns all the way through binding your quilt.

Once you get the basics down a great book to hone the skills and improve accuracy is "Mastering Precision Piecing" by Sally Collins. I call it the "primer" for piecing. I also highly suggest the accompanying video along with the book.

You really can't go wrong with these two.
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Old 12-13-2014, 01:20 PM
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"The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide" by Ellen Pahl, Editor. I use this book all the time. It is set up in alphabetical order and has well over 700 how-to illustrations. It's like having a quilting teacher with me all the time.
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Old 12-13-2014, 01:45 PM
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Quilter's Catalog. This has been out for years, so is not completely up to date as far as web info listed in it. Still, it's got so much other information, it's a great book, especially for the price. The name is misleading, as most people think of "catalog" as a shopping tool while in the title, it means a reference. http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Catal...=1418506893064
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Old 12-13-2014, 02:16 PM
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Yes, I will have internet access (and I am very thankful for that). I just won't have access to any fabric stores or mail service. I bought as much material and as many rulers as my husband would let me and they all went in our shipment last week along with my sewing machine.

Thanks a bunch for your suggestions, I'll look these up and get something ordered.
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Another vote for susie's suggestion - quilters complete guide - my dog loved it enough to chew the corner off so it gets an extra paw vote.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:10 PM
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Vote #3 for Quilters Complete Guide. Love it!
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