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You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners

In the spirit of Rosie the Riveter’s can-do attitude, authors Gardunia and Oddie have teamed up to present the ultimate beginner’s handbook! Sew 36 quilt blocks with ideas and methods for setting the blocks into a quilt. Step-by-step instructions begin with explaining the basics of color choice and ¼" seams. If you have never pieced a quilt before or have only a beginning knowledge base, this book is essential. Each chapter offers three block patterns increasing in difficulty--easy, medium, and challenging-- with the goal of learning a skill and then practicing various adaptions to improve your technique. Chapters include every facet the new quilter needs to know: half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, Flying Geese, wonky piecing, improvisation, foundation paper piecing, curves, One-Patch blocks, applique, inset seams, hexies, and even the Compass and Feathered Star! Quilt finishing instructions are included as well. Make quilts both large and small with instructions given for numerous quilt designs using some or all of the 36 blocks.

Item Number: 1698
By: Leila Gardunia, Marlene Oddie
From: American Quilter's Society (May 11, 2015)

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In the spirit of Rosie the Riveter’s can-do attitude, authors Gardunia and Oddie have teamed up to present the ultimate beginner’s handbook. Sew 36 quilt blocks with ideas and methods for setting the blocks into a quilt. Step-by-step instructions begin with explaining the basics of color choice and ¼" seams. If you have never pieced a quilt before or have only a beginning knowledge base, this book is essential. Each chapter offers three block patterns increasing in difficulty--easy, medium, and challenging-- with the goal of learning a skill and then practicing various adaptions to improve your technique. Chapters include every facet the new quilter needs to know: half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, Flying Geese, wonky piecing, improvisation, foundation paper piecing, curves, One-Patch blocks, applique, inset seams, hexies, and even the Compass and Feathered Star! Quilt finishing instructions are included as well. Make quilts both large and small with instructions given for numerous quilt designs using some or all of the 36 blocks.
SKU 1698
Weight 1.20 pounds
ISBN 978-1-60460-183-1
Binding Softback
Number of Pages 112
Number of Illustrations 130
Dimensions 8.50" x 11.00" x .35"
Publisher American Quilter's Society

Customer Reviews

Great reference book for all levels! — Review by Patty
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Great book for beginners or anyone that needs a refresher on sewing quilt blocks. It starts with basic blocks, such as log cabin, half-square triangles, and flying geese. It progresses with more difficult blocks, such as wonky nine-patch, paper-pieced blocks, applique blocks, Hexies and more. There is also a chapter on finishing a quilt, assembling, quilting, binding. It's a very though resource! (Posted on 3/25/16)
Can also serve as a resource for experienced quilters — Review by Patricia Mesker
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This book accomplishes just what it sets out to do. It provides beginning quilters with the skills needed to reach their full potential. It can also serve as a resource for experienced quilters who may not use a particular skill often enough to become proficient at it. In my case, that would be foundation paper piecing, curves and inset seams. The book provides three block projects of increasing complexity for each of 12 different quilting skills. The blocks can be finished into a king-sized sampler quilt, and directions for doing so are provided, as is a CD containing full-sized templates and foundations. This book will help turn readers into confident quilters. (Posted on 5/21/15)
Excellent reference for beginning quilters — Review by Kathie
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All of the basics are well-covered in this excellent book for beginners from the importance of value for a successful design to rotary cutting to the finishing touch--the label. Don't let the cover fool you. Block instructions go beyond traditional piecing to include foundation paper piecing, hexagons, and turned and raw-edge appliqué by hand and machine. Once these techniques are mastered, the authors challenge with those more complex, such as inset seams and feathered stars. (Posted on 5/17/15)
A Great Gift Book for a New Quilter — Review by Linda
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What a happy surprise to pick up this book and realize that I’m acquainted with the author, Leila Gardunia! She and Marlene Oddie have done a great job creating a comprehensive book that introduces new quilters to many aspects of quiltmaking. From learning the importance of an accurate quarter-inch seam, piecing basic and advanced blocks, to foundation paper-piecing and English paper-piecing, and binding finishes, they’ve covered it all. The inclusion of a CD, for printing templates, makes it an even better investment. You Can Quilt! is the perfect book to give to a new quilter who will find it a great reference for a variety of skill-building techniques. (Posted on 5/16/15)

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