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Thread: Quilt book dilemma

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    I am a new quilter. I ordered a book from a book club I belong to.

    501 RotaryCut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins. It has color pictures, templates and six different finished sizes for each block.

    You have to figure out how much fabric you would need, and how to put the quilt blocks together. Would this be difficult? I don't know if I should send it back or keep it and use it after I have made a few quilts. The price of the book was $13.00

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    $13 isn't much for 501 patterns. I"ll bet that you'll use it again. If not, sell it here, on Amazon, on Ebay, or Half.com.

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    I have that book...it's a good resource!

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    I have that book and paid double for it. I think you should keep it for your collection. It is a great book.

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    I would get a book more dedicated for beginers and save that one for later. Once you learn how to assemble blocks you will understand the book. My mom gave me that book and I use it all the time. Give yourself time to learn more.

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    Thank everyone for their input. I will keep it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy_M
    I am a new quilter. I ordered a book from a book club I belong to.

    501 RotaryCut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins. It has color pictures, templates and six different finished sizes for each block.

    You have to figure out how much fabric you would need, and how to put the quilt blocks together. Would this be difficult? I don't know if I should send it back or keep it and use it after I have made a few quilts. The price of the book was $13.00
    My sister has this book and it has been used by both of us. You can figure how much fabric is needed for a whole quilt by finding out how many square inches of the fabric is in one block and then just multiply. I would hang onto a book that was only $13.00. That is a good deal.

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    I started with "Quilts, Quilts. Quilts" but there are lots of wonderful books out there. Each one has a different focus.

    Just like a fabric stash - there will be a book stash at some point.

    ...and yes, the 501 blocks is a great resource.

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    You got a good deal on the book.

    I have the It's Okay if You Sit on my Quilt book. That explains a lot, and might be a help as you start.

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    I have that book also, keep it, you will be glad lyou did as you gain more knowledge!!

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    For the beginner quilter I tough I had then to get the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt book at JoAnns. It is at other places too, but $19 there and you can watch for the 40% or 50% off coupons. It starts you out from basic.
    Color , scale, needles r or left hand cutting. It has work pages in the book and it a wonderfullllll beginner book.
    When I worked the Viking booth there I ordered them by the dozen and had then in our booth for I sold so many. I always use it for new quilter classes.

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    For me, the first book I started with was by Eleanor Burns quilt in a Day. She explains eveything very well and has pictures to show you just how and what to do. She has published many books and most quilt shops or Joann's has some of them. Good Luck and keep on quilting

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    If you live anywhere close to a library, start there. The newer books will show you rotary cutting and the older ones beautiful quilts using templates. Have fun and also see if you can find a beginner quilting class going on somewhere or a friend that already quilts or YouTube has just as many short clips.

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    I have this book, and two others by her. I have used the book many times over and love it! You paid a great price. It retails for close to $30.00. I think you should keep it.

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    I'm sure it will be a great book to keep for your quilt library. Remember, you won't always be a beginner. Some of the things that may seem confusing now won't be after you get some quilting under your belt. When I first started, everything overwhelmed me, but as I try more things I find I'm developing some sense about a lot of it. Just keep on quilting!

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    That's a great price for such a good resource! I'd keep it... I started quilting after picking up a mag called 'Quilt', I still have every issue I bought. Oh yes, you'll have many stashes... fabric, tools, patterns, books, magazines..... and surprizingly, it'll never be 'too much' LOL! You better get a bigger room!

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