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Quilting for dummies
Fall, Cheryl.
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Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
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Includes index

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TT835 .F3353 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT835 .F3353 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT835 .F3353 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Everyone loves a quilt - those big, cozy hunks of fabric and filling have been warming cold toes and hearts for generations. And quilting is certainly not for squares - it's a fun way to be creative, and make something that you and your family will snuggle up to for years! In days of yore quilts were made mostly from leftover scraps, but most quilters today are fabri-holics. Sure quilts are useful, but they 're also works of art, and you'll want yours to look really special. With tips for designing patches, quilt blocks, and putting it all together, Quilting For Dummies introduces you to the wonderful, colorful world of fabric and thread - you'll be hooked!

There are as many ways of making a quilt as there are quilters, and this book has something for you whether you're a beginner or a wiz with needle and thread. There are tidbits, tips, and hints galore that will nudge you along. The book will help you:

Come up with a plan of attack- and charge ahead Baste, stitch, and bind like a pro Find projects to try Use clever shortcuts Shop online for great quilts Display your finished masterpiece

The down-to-earth advice in this book will bring you up to speed on all the key sewing techniques, and have you whipping out your own cool patterns in no time flat. Quilting For Dummies covers these topics and much more:

Finding the right fabric Creating and using templates The ins and outs of threads, needles, and other gadgets Assembling the quilt sandwich Quilting by hand - and by machine The wonderful world of mini-pillows and wall hangings The secret life of lap quilts Appliques Finishing touches In addition, there 's a list of quilting resources, charts to help you with common yardage cuts, well-placed illustrations, and step-by -step instructions for each project that will ensure your future as a quilter unfolds with ease. Get your needle-nimble fingers ready - your search for the ultimate quilting source ends here!

Author Notes

About the Author Cheryl Fall is the author of seven sewing and quilting books. She has also written over 800 articles on various sewing projects and other crafts for Country Living, Family Circle, McCall's Needlework, and many other magazines.

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Library Journal Review

Given the popularity of IDG's "dummy" books, it would seem that Americans are either suffering from a massive inferiority complex or are supremely confident of their ability to learn any subject from auto mechanics to rocket science. Either way, public libraries would be wise to purchase this book, which is an excellent introduction to patchwork, applique, and quilting, as well as a good refresher course for the intermediate quilter. Starting with a simple hand-quilted pillow, Fall leads the reader step-by-step through 16 colorful practice projects, working up to a quilt for a twin-size bed. Touches of humor, tips, and reference information (such as "Batting 1000," a table comparing different brands of batting) hold the reader's attention. Recommended generally for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part I Planning your Masterpiece
Chapter 1 What Makes a Quilt a Quilt?
Chapter 2 The Piece de Resistance: Fabric
Chapter 3 A Patch in Time: Designing Quilt Blocks
Chapter 4 Creating and Using Templates
Chapter 5 Playing with Blocks and Borders: Which Way Should They Go?
Part II Sharpening Your Sewing Skills
Chapter 6 Threads and Needles and Gadgets, Oh My!
Chapter 7 Cuts and Creases: Pressing Matters
Chapter 8 Positively Perfect Piecing
Chapter 9 Do You Know the Way to Applique?
Part III Ahead at the Finish: Quilting the Pieces in Place
Chapter 10 The Plan of Attack: Deciding How to Quilt Your Quilt
Chapter 11 Assembling the Quilt Sandwich
Chapter 12 Ready, Set ... Quilt! Hand and Machine Quilting Tips
Chapter 13 Finishing Touches: Bindings and More
Part IV Completing the Circle: Projects to Try
Project 1 Hand-Quilted Starburst Pillow
Project 1A Trapunto Mini-Pillow
Project 2 Appliqued Bluebirds Breakfast Set
Project 3 Pink Tulips Breakfast Set
Project 4 Blue Star Placemat and Hot Pad Set
Project 5 Pastel Nine-Patch Wallhanging
Project 6 Pieced Flower Pots Wallhanging
Project 7 Pieced Hearts Wallhanging
Project 8 May Baskets Wallhanging
Project 9 Traditional Basket Wallhanging
Project 10 Pieced Blossoms Lap Quilt
Project 11 Winter Holly Lap Quilt or Wallhanging
Project 12 Scrappy Pines Lap or Nap Quilt
Project 13 Rosy Wreath Quilt
Project 14 Scrappy Bloomers Wallhanging or Lap Quilt
Project 15 Snow Crystals Pieced and Appliqued Lap Quilt
Project 16 Caribbean Dream Quilt
Part V The Part of Tens
Chapter 14 Ten Museums with Great Quilt Exhibits
Chapter 15 Top Ten Cyber-Sites for Shoppers
Chapter 16 Ten Time-Saving Quilting Tips
Chapter 17 Ten Tips for Displaying Your Art
Appendix: Resources for Quilters
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