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Make Your First Quilt with Alex Anderson


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Tools Fabric Choosing Fabrics Grain of the Fabric Preparing the Fabric Checklist for Making a Quilt The Basics Rotary Cutting Cutting Strips Cutting Squares and Rectangles Cutting Four-Patch Pieces Pinning Stitching 1/4" Seam Allowance Seam Ripping Setting Options The Quilt Sandwich Backing Batting Layering Basting for Machine Quilting Machine Quilting Marking Tools Marking a Basic Grid Machine Quilting Supplies Machine-Quilting Stitches Project Instructions Appendix About the Author

About the Author

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 a short and sweet, compact yet comprehensive guide to making a quilt for the first time. It is an A5 format of just 48 pages, but manages to pack in 1 quilt block, 12 layout options and 4 sizes. This is a superb visual guide to making your very first quilt. It also lies flat, leaving your hands free. It is super easy to follow with very clear instructions and photographs. You'll learn how to use a rotary cutter, see the tools and supplies checklist, find tips on choosing and preparing fabrics, discover the basics of quilting such as cutting and piecing, making a quilt sandwich and marking a grid for machine quilting. You are then ready to follow the project instructions to make a quilt with or without a border. This book is a little gem for any beginner quilter., 6/13/16 This is a relatively slim bookonly 47 pagesbut it's packed with a lot of valuable information for the new quilter. Not everyone has a friend or mother who can show them how to make a quilt, and not everyone is close to workshops or classes. What makes this book very useful is that there are headings and diagrams throughout, making it easy to find what you are looking for. Plus it doesn't overwhelm you with information. While all the basics are covered, the reader won't get bogged down with too much detail. After all, the aim of the game is to get in there and make something! The central project, Crossroads, is a very pleasing design that will appeal to all abilities. This is a handy reference for new quilters or anyone looking to brush up on their skills. Down Under Quilts, Issue 176

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