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The Quilter's Catalog

The Quilter's Catalog, A Comprehensive Resource Guide, by Meg Cox answers all your quilt-related questions. It is an essential resource, filled with information, supplies, expert interviews and technique.

The Quilter's Catalog
A Comprehensive Resource Guide

Author: Meg Cox
Pages: 598
Page size: 6 W x 8 H inches
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Cover: Soft Cover
Item Code: 4E0600
Weight: 2.0 lb
MSRP: $18.95

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The Bee-All and End-All - Featuring 12 step-by--step projects

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 and podcasts.
  • 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 quilt guild.

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Quilt History 2

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, Techniques

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 machines


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 quilting community.


Chapter Four - Fabulous Fabric and Where to Find It

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 Butler.

Fabric Lingo: A Glossary

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Chapter Five - Great Teachers: So Many Ways to Learn

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 More!

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!

Additional Resources 559
A Glossary of Common Terms 567
Bibliography 573
Metric Equivalencies 577
Index 578

Showcase Your Stash Tote Bag

Rosy Quilt

Quilted Keepsake Greeting Cards


Wild & Crazy Fused Ornaments

Fruit Tart Pincushion

Scrappy Peter & Paul QuiltAll That I Am Pillow

InformationQuiilting by Hand
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