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The Bee-All and End-All - Featuring 12 step-by--step
The complete quilter's companion and essential
resource, jam-packed with information, supplies, expert interviews,
techniques, community and inspiration.
- All the tools of the trade: rotary cutters, sewing machines,
longarms, and design software; fabulous fabrics and where
to find them; and if you're just starting out, everything
that belongs in a quilting basket.
- The online world made manageable with a guide to the
most useful blogs, websites, e-mail lists, free patterns
- National and regional shows, guilds and the best retreats
and quilt museums.
- Batting parties, tutorials on fabric dyeing, and a breezy
history of the quilt boom.
- Profiles of twenty top teachers - including television's
Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, Esterita Austin
and her award-winning landscape quilts, and Ruth B.
McDowell, known for her bravura technique.
- This is a book to help every quilter deepen and grow
- keep it as close as your stash of fat quarters.
About the Author
Meg Cox, a former reporter for The Wall Street
Journal, is the author of The Book of New Family
Traditions and The Heart of a Family: Searching America for
New Traditions That Fulfill Us. She serves on the board
of the Alliance for American Quilts and lives with her family
in Princeton, New Jersey, where she belongs to the local
Table of Contents
Chapter One - Who Quilts Today and Why
From novices to art quilters, quilters of color
and the men at the sewing machine, contemporary
quilters come in all stripes. Today's quilt boom
has taken the craft to a new level. Plus, a comprehensive
guide to quilt guilds, from finding kindred spirits
to The Order of the Fat Quarter.
Chapter Two - Sewing Now: Tools, Technology,
Whether you're making quilts by hand or by machine,
here's everything you need to know about sewing
from designer thimbles to room-sized longarm sewing
Chapter Three - More Revolutionary Tools
Rotary cutters, fabric paints, and powerful design
software: The technology of quilting has come a
long way from scissors, needles and thread. Photo
transfer, fabric dyeing, fusibles and applique,
plus a beginner's guide to the extraordinary online
Chapter Four - Fabulous Fabric and Where to Find
From the cotton field to the sewing room fabric
is at the heart of quilting. Famous (and fabulous)
fabric shops: the best online retailers for rare,
vintage and international fabrics; how best to store
your stash; and a Q&A with fabric designer Amy
Fabric Lingo: A Glossary
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Chapter Five - Great Teachers: So Many Ways to
It's never too late to learn new skills and a great
teacher makes every easier. From student etiquette
to 24-hour classrooms, there's something for everyone.
Twenty Top Teachers
Alex Anderson, Esterita Austin, Sue Benner, Eleanor
Burns, Jane Dunnewold, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Kaffe
Fassett, Diane Gaudynski, Becky Goldsmith, Harriet
Hargrave, Melody Johnson, Libby Lehman, Ruth B.
McDowell, Sue Nickels, Bethany Reynolds, Elly Sienkiewics,
Ami Simms and Rick Tims
Chapter Six - For the Beginner
Step one: Get thee to a fabric shop! Here's a primer
on buying fabric, putting together the ideal tool
basket, finding the perfect space for quilting,
the proper care and storage of your quilts, and
the four secrets to quilting success
Chapter Seven - Putting It Together
A step-by-step guide to the creation of a quilt:
making the top, choosing the batting, binding the
"sandwich," finishing it off by machine
or by hand and displaying your handiwork.
Twelve Projects from Notable Quilters
Need a Gift Next Week Tied Quilt, Jo Cox's Crib
Quilt, Showcase Your Stash Tote Bag, Kiss Quilt,
Meg's Bag, Kaffe Fassett and Lisa Prior Lucy's Rosy
Quilt, Quilted Keepsake Greeting Cards, Wild and
Crazy Fused Ornaments, Scrappy Peter and Paul Quilt,
Fruit Tart Pincushion, All That I Am Pillow and
Falling Leaves Wall Hanging.
Chapter Eight - Shoot It, Show It, Ship It and
A scrap basket of quilting formations: Finding traditional
block patterns; what quilters need to know about
copyright law; and how to name, hang, photograph,
ship and show your quilt. A guide to festivals,
shows, retreats and celebrations. What quilt judges
look for, tips from a top quilt collector and more!
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