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    Ok. I am working on building a basket of quilt supplies for someone who is just starting quilting and thank you for all your ideas in an earlier post.. Now if you could choose only one or two quilt how-to books to have, which would it be? Thank you
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    My first quilting book was by Fons & Porter. I still have it. The name is "Quilters Complete Guide."

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    Carol Doaks- Your first Quilt Book ( or it should be) it has a red cover :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mltquilt
    My first quilting book was by Fons & Porter. I still have it. The name is "Quilters Complete Guide."

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    Ditto! Clean, concise directions.

    You might also add in a list of links to helpful pages such as

    Quilterscache.com and

    http://quilting.about.com/od/stepbys...ke_a_quilt.htm

    Just two of many.:)

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    "Quilting for Dummies" if she's just starting. Covers everything from fabric, thread and needle choices, seaming, batting, quilting. I picked it up about a year or so after I started quilting and found easier ways to do stuff and bad habits that I aquired that I didn't know were bad habits.

    After that - a book with several easy patterns in it. Perhaps a Log Cabin book as there are so many different ways to put the same block together. Also teaches pretty elementary piecing that given the right color choices/placement can still have that WOW effect.

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    What a great present!

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    Quilts, Quilts, Quilts The Complete Guide to Quilt Making

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    Alex Andersons book for new quilters is so easy my 11yo grand. understood it. I am not sure of the name but they just redid it and brought it back out due to requests.

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    I agree, the Fons & Porter book is excellent. Nancy Zieman's bvook is also great for a beginner.

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    Better Homes and Gardents complete guide to quilting. I has many pictures and gives several ways to do the same thing. I have been quilting for 3 years and just went back to it today for find out how to do scalloped borders.

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    All of the above books mentioned are great books for beginners. I myself have the Fons and Porter Complete Quilting Guide, and a Leisure Arts book, "Learn How to Quilt" that I used when I first started. I had no one to help me so learned all I did from these books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mltquilt
    My first quilting book was by Fons & Porter. I still have it. The name is "Quilters Complete Guide."

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    I agree. This one is the best. I refer to it often.

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    Judy Martin's Log Cabin book. Good clear instructions for lots of beautiful quilts.

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    :wink: Forget the books- give her a link to this site :thumbup: LOL

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    What a precious friend you are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marand
    Ok. I am working on building a basket of quilt supplies for someone who is just starting quilting and thank you for all your ideas in an earlier post.. Now if you could choose only one or two quilt how-to books to have, which would it be? Thank you
    MA

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    Great idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    :wink: Forget the books- give her a link to this site :thumbup: LOL
    :thumbup:

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    I like the better homes and garden complete guide to quilting

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaw
    Quilts, Quilts, Quilts The Complete Guide to Quilt Making
    This was my first quilt book too. I still have dog-eared pages with patterns that I want to do from that book. It is my go-to book since I am still a newbie at quilting. Very easy to understand. The other book I bought at the same time is called, "Start Quilting with Alex Anderson" - 3rd edition.

    Those were my first two books, and am still using them even now.

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    My first quilting book is Better Homes & Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Alex Andersons book for new quilters is so easy my 11yo grand. understood it. I am not sure of the name but they just redid it and brought it back out due to requests.
    I used this book, she has several out, but it's great, has several different block patterns, so you get a real sampler option.

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    I used "Quilting - the Basics and Beyond" by Jeri Simon. It has clear and practical color illustrations - even some left-handed ones!!! - and it stays open on the table because it is ring-bound inside the hard covers. It has some nice little projects in the back but I haven't tried them as I would rather flub up on my own and then search the Board for videos and tutes.

    Not that you asked... but my advice to a beginning quilter is - don't try to take it all in at once! Let each quilt be something new to learn and don't be afraid to explore and try things. I pull out and redo my mistakes - things I can correct on the second round most of the time - but I've learned to accept my skill level and seek to improve it over the long term, and I get a lot of joy from the process.

    My son might say that's his golf philosophy LOL!

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    I like the dummie books. Quilting is for Dummies. That and the idiot books lay it all out very simply. I think they are a good addition to the more professional beginner quilting books. My first quilt is from a block out of the Dummie book.

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    "Perfect Piecing" by Karen Costello Soltys (Rodale's Successful Quilting Library) a series. This book has many experts in the quilting field contributing to each chapter, all arranged in paragraph form with a photo for nearly every paragraph. It really covers so many important tips & pointers for a beginner to intermediate quilter. It is very readable in short bits, due to the layout, & not overwhelming to a newbie. It is not a pattern book.
    I agree with 'SueSew', try something small at first, maybe a pillow (or hotpads, mugrugs), learn a little as you go, be forgiving of your learning curve & enjoy the discovery.

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    Log Cabin by E. Burns

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    I think after you decide on a how to quilt book - I think you should put in a sampler book that includes directions on how to put your blocks together.
    Then put in an Elm Creek Quilters novel. Great books to read.
    Just my idea

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