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5 Best Beginner Patchwork Books

I’m often asked to recommend books for someone just starting out, so in no particular order, I’m going to list what I think are the best beginners patchwork/quilting books – hope you enjoy my selection!  They’re all available from amazon uk –  if you want a closer look just click on the photos.

1. Beginner’s Guide to Quilting: 16 Projects to Learn to Quilt

by Elizabeth Betts

Learn how to make beautiful quilts with this comprehensive guide to patchwork and quilting for beginners. Covers all aspects of quilting from piecing and applique to quilting and binding. Choose from 16 simple projects, each focusing on a different technique, from bags and cushions to table mats, wall hangings and bed quilts.

Clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions accompany each project, making them all suitable for even a complete novice. The book also includes a quilting glossary explaining common quilting and sewing terms.

2. First Time Quilting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide: There’s A First Time For Everything

by Editors of Creative Publishing
Learning how to quilt has never been simpler! Enjoy this beginner’s guide that takes you by the hand like a personal instructor and teaches you how to quilt. Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for all the basic quilting techniques will have you creating projects like pillows, wall quilts, and even table runners in no time. Eight simple projects will introduce skills like cutting pieces with rotary cutter and mat, sewing blocks and quilt tops with precision, adding sashing and borders, basting the layers, hand and machine quilting, and binding; skills you will use often as you continue to learn.

3. Quilting for Beginners: A Start-up Guide to Creating Your First Quilt

by Anna Audley
Quilting is a fun activity that explores the creative ability of an individual. If you wish to give a personalized gift to a loved one that has a part of you and have carefully sewed together to create something exclusive in the truest sense of the word for that individual, then making a quilt is just the thing for you. It is often said that quilting is both a skill and an art. While selection of patterns, designs, colors and fabrics to put together a piece will test the artist in you, following the multi-step process is a skill, like no other. This book explores the different facets of quilting and throws light on each step you will need to undertake in the process.
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4. Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting

Picture this – more than 50 quilting designs to create modern quilts with classic style! Natalia’s instructions are illustrated with detailed photos that make it much easier to get beautiful results on your home sewing machine. Tips for choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine are included. After you’ve practiced, show off your new free-motion skills with six delightfully geometric quilt projects.
*Clear step-by-step photography takes the mystery out of free-motion quilting
*Learn how to quilt all-over, as background filler, on borders, and on individual blocks
*Loops and swirls, feathers and flames, flowers and vines, pebbles and more!
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5. Quilting for the Absolute Beginner

by Search Press
Cheryl Owen’s guide is the ideal tool for the complete beginner to quilting. Step-by-step instructions and the spiral, hands free format enable you to practise and master each technique more easily. The book covers all the quilting equipment and tools, terminology and techniques, and includes a selection of attractive simple projects specially designed for the beginner.
If you’re serious about learning Patchwork & Quilting then why not check out our beginner online courses. Follow along online and track your progress on our dedicated online learning platform – The Creative Classroom.

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