Hi there — have you all had a good weekend? It’s been beautiful weather here — a teaser for spring and I think I might be over my snow fever. I’m still not ready for yardwork though!
A few weeks ago, the nice people at FSB Media asked if I would review a copy of The Quilter’s Bible and I said yes. I’d seen pictures of this beautiful cover, so I couldn’t resist. (I love that cover quilt!)
The Quilter’s Bible is 256 pages full of most everything you’d like to know about quilting. It’s divided into 5 sections: Getting Started, Patchwork, Applique, Quilting, and Finishing Off.
The Getting Started section contains lots of good information about tools, fabric, templates — mostly everything you need to be a quilter. There’s even a two-page spread on using technology in quilting, which is something you won’t find in older quilt books LOL!
As you might expect, the Patchwork section is the largest section. There are lots of pages showing different block types (I found a few new blocks I’d like to make.)
There are also many technique pages that show you how to construct blocks. Obviously every block can’t be covered, but the instructions vary from the more basic to even some tricky blocks.
A lone star quilt is on my someday list.
The cathedral window is on that list too.
There’s lots of good information for putting the blocks together. All the details are explained — from block settings to the proper way to measure borders before cutting your fabric.
I forgot to take a picture of a sample page from the applique section, but the format is the same as the other sections. All of the “standard” applique methods are discussed, along with some not-so-common methods like Hawaiian, Applique Perse (known as Broderie Perse here in the U.S. — which I always thought was Broderie Purse, so I learned something!), and Shisha.
The quilting section is comprehensive too. Techniques include hand, big stitch, sashiko, long-arm, and many more. Not only does the book explain how to do the actual quilting, there are also sections on choosing quilting designs that flatter your quilt.
Here’s the page on whole cloth quilting — another technique on my someday list.
The finishing off section contains fun ideas for binding and finishing quilts, to include techniques for hanging sleeve placement. There’s also a page of useful information like half-square triangle formulas, diagonal measurements of squares, etc.
There are lots of “Make It Now” projects throughout the book too, to give you practice on a technique that has just been taught. Shoot, I can’t possibly tell you all of the pop-outs and techniques and projects. This is a really nice book — all of the pages are color and the paper is heavy. It’s a wonderful resource for all quilters — and especially if you’re a beginning quilter. One thing this book is not though — it’s not a pattern book for making a specific quilts. And, imho, that’s a great thing! This book contains all the info you need to go off and create a quilt of your own, which is just how I like it. And, as a bonus, there’s some really pretty photography. I love this quilt (see previous lone-star mention!)
So the verdict? Highly Recommended!
Aaannnnddd, the good news is that the nice people at FSB Media said that if I pick a winner, they’ll send one of you a copy of this book! (The bad news is that you must be in the U.S. or Canada to enter — sorry.) Please leave a comment if you’d like to win your own copy of The Quilter’s Bible and I’ll draw a name on Saturday, March 26th.