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Quilting For Dummies

Published: February 27, 2006

Overview

Quilting is a fun hobby — but where do you begin? Get the know-how you need to create beautiful quilts and decorative quilted items 

If you’re interested in taking up quilting as a hobby or simply looking for new project ideas, Quilting For Dummies is for you. From selecting fabrics and designing a quilt to stitching by hand or machine, this friendly guide shows you how to put all the pieces together — and create a wide variety of quilted keepsakes for your home.  

You may think you need some sewing experience before you can start cutting and piecing, but that’s simply not the case. You can use this book even if your sewing expertise stops after threading a needle. Quilting For Dummies starts at the beginning, helping you to gather the right quilting tools, fabrics, and thread. From there, you’ll design your quilts and sharpen your sewing skills. Finally, you’ll see how to piece your quilt together and add all the finishing touches.  

The book contains illustrated examples, step-by-step instructions, plenty of projects and patterns, plus helpful advice on 

  • Performing simple stitching maneuvers  

  • Selecting the right quilting fabrics and threads 

  • Creating new templates to produce original patterns 

  • Designing your masterpiece 

  • Learning new sewing techniques and quilting fundamentals 

  • Making sense of quilting software 

  • Saving time with rotary cutters and other cool tools 

  • Quilting by hand or machine 

  • Getting creative with applique 

  • Choosing new sewing machines and materials 

Quilting For Dummies also features more than a dozen  patterns for projects to get you started and information on quilting software and internet resources. Discover quilting timesavers, ideas for displaying your creations, how judges of quilting contests review the quilted art, and so much more! 

Quilting is a fun hobby — but where do you begin? Get the know-how you need to create beautiful quilts and decorative quilted items 

If you’re interested in taking up quilting as a hobby or simply looking for new project ideas, Quilting For Dummies is for you. From selecting fabrics and designing a quilt to stitching by hand or machine, this friendly guide shows you how to put all the pieces together — and create a wide variety of quilted keepsakes for your home.  

You may think you need some sewing experience before you can start cutting and piecing, but that’s simply not the case. You can use this book even if your sewing expertise stops after threading a needle. Quilting For Dummies starts at the beginning, helping you to gather the right quilting tools, fabrics, and thread. From there, you’ll design your quilts and sharpen your sewing skills. Finally, you’ll see how to piece your quilt together and add all the finishing touches.  

The book contains illustrated examples, step-by-step instructions, plenty of projects and patterns, plus helpful advice on 

  • Performing simple stitching maneuvers  

  • Selecting the right quilting fabrics and threads 

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Creating new templates to produce original patterns 

  • Designing your masterpiece 

  • Learning new sewing techniques and quilting fundamentals 

    • Making sense of quilting software 

    • Saving time with rotary cutters and other cool tools 

    • Quilting by hand or machine 

    • Getting creative with applique 

    • Choosing new sewing machines and materials 

    Quilting For Dummies also features more than a dozen  patterns for projects to get you started and information on quilting software and internet resources. Discover quilting timesavers, ideas for displaying your creations, how judges of quilting contests review the quilted art, and so much more! 

    Quilting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

    Quilting results in pieces prized for both usefulness and beauty. The long history of quilting offers ages-old tips, and modern technology throws in some shortcuts, if you want to take them. But the lingo hasn’t changed very much and tips for choosing quilting fabric remain practical as well as creative. Knowing how to apply common fabric yardages to quilting is useful, and so is having a list of all the materials that go into a finished quilt.

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