Get Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner’s Guide by Jessica Alexandrakis
Published: Interweave (July 21, 2015)
This is called “The Complete Beginner Guide.” I would have to say I think this is the most complete, non-intimidating quilting book I’ve encountered. Clear photos, exciting and modern fabric choices, and concepts made clear, this book is exactly what a beginner quilter needs to get them started on their adventure.
The book includes information on different categories of fabrics, how to sort and cut your fabric, how to pick colors and prints, and how to combine and match those colors and prints for an overall appealing project. It shows how to press seams, demonstrates a variety of hand-stitching techniques and applique methods. It covers circular pieces, paper-piecing, and step-by-step instructions on how to piece together the demonstrated blocks for the best and cleanest results. It also shows the finishing and quilting process, making bias binding, and even information and tips on how to wash your quilt. Suffice to say I was impressed.
Full of information, beautifully put together, and inspiring, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any new or beginner quilter.
About the Book
An all-in-one guide to contemporary quilting techniques for beginners!
Quilting can often seem complicated and overwhelming, but it truly is a craft that anyone can do--taken one step at a time, this fantastic hobby is really quite easy. Get Started Quilting takes readers on a steady path to learning the essential quilting techniques, tricks, and tested methods of quilt making, focusing on one skill at a time.
About the Author
Jessica Alexandrakis learned to quilt while living in Hokkaido, Japan, in 2002. She loves collecting fabric, piecing scrap quilts, and quilting in public. Jessica is the author of Quilting on the Go, Get Started Quilting, and The Complete Quilter. She lives outside New York City.