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All Things Quilting with Alex Anderson


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Alex Anderson seeks to educate, inspire, entertain, and grow today's quilting community. A longtime host of the TV show Simply Quilts, she is also executive producer and co-host of the web TV's The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims. Alex lives in Northern California. and


This is one of those books every quilter should have in their quilting library. It is not being released until after I submit this article to my editor, I do not own it, but I do have something every similar in my reference materials. It is a go-to book when you are trying to remember something not necessarily new, but you have not done before, or you need to refresh your memory. Even with my experience, I still refer to my book. Alex's book will have the advantage that it is brand new, so products mentioned are current. The pictures included are wonderful, if not inspiring! This book is a complete quilt-making class from beginning to end. The Canadian Quilter, Autumn 2015 Prolific quilter and TV host Anderson (Scrap Quilting with Alex Anderson) has been quilting for over 35 years, and her expertise shines in this extensive guide to the quilt making process. All of the basics are included, such as supply and fabric selection, tips for cutting and piecing, and instructions for quilting and binding. Anderson also includes in-depth explorations of pen-and-paper quilt block drafting and the mathematics of quiltingtopics that are rarely covered in most foundational quilt making books but are essential for those interested in turning their ideas into physical items. Instructions for applique, hand-quilting, and hand-piecing are also included, and these slow-sewing techniques are experiencing a renaissance as the contemporary quilting boom moves beyond the essentials. Overall, it's like taking a master class from an expert quilter who not only knows the material but understands the best way to teach others. VERDICT This thorough yet not overwhelming guide is ideal for novices, but experienced quilters will find it a useful reference as well. Library Journal, July 2015 Let Alex Anderson be your quilting guide with her new comprehensive book of quilting techniques. Filled with inspiring quilts and beautiful how-to photos, quilters of all levels will find the expert information they need to make their next project. Quiltmaker, January/February 2016 For the new or wannabe quilter on your list, a thorough how-to book is a lovely gift idea. Alex Anderson is a go-to resource for all-things quilting, and her latest book, All Things Quilts, is just the book a new quilter will enjoy reading. Alex offers lesson on fabrics, color theory, rotary cutting and more, the basics that all quilters learn putting their first project together. The book is packed with photos, from colorful diagrams to step-by-step action shops that help illustrate a given technique. For someone who would love how to put a quilt together from start to finish, All Things Quilts is the book for them. -- Lish Dorset, 12/8/15 This is a comprehensive introduction to patchwork and quilting. It begins with the anatomy of a quilt, terms such as block, pieced and sashing are explained. It progresses through equipment, fabric and drafting patterns to binding and adding a label. The advice for rotary cutting and piecing is given clearly. It is well illustrated with photos. There are no instructions for blocks but there are techniques for tricky Y seams and curves. Quilting, both hand and machine, are explained well. In fact it is almost impossible to find any areas that are not covered. It is an encyclopaedia of patchwork and quilting. It is my Book of the Month. British Patchwork & Quilting, March 2016 Don't know how to quilt? Want to learn but can't get to classes? Here is a superb book to help you along the journey. Few sit down and create a masterpiece straight away, but this book will certainly iron out a few wrinkles. Learn all about materials, tools and techniques. Found out how to design, draft, cut, piece, applique, construct, quilt and finish. Expand your quilting horizons no matter what your skill level. This is not just about tips and measurements, this book encourages you to play and think before committing. Includes great photography and easy to follow instructions throughout. An absolute classic., 12/31/2016

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