For all those puzzling "how-to" questions, this is a great reference book to keep on hand on your quilting table! With page after page filled with hundreds of tips from expert quiltmakers, you will find something useful, creative, and inspiring in every chapter.
Sixty leading quilters and editors of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine share over 1,000 tips to help speed up your quiltmaking and make you more efficient. The book starts out with a basic, yet important concept: before you begin, you need and organized, effective workspace. Tips in this section go from storage and organizing ideas for your sewing room to how to organize "on the go" or traveling projects.
You are then guided through subjects like color and fabric, drafting patterns and designing quilts, rotary and traditional cutting, machine and hand piecing and appliqué, quilt settings and borders, quilting designs and hand and machine quilting, along with an entire chapter on finishing techniques, which includes signing and dating your quilts. Another chapter is dedicated to special techniques, like special edges, dust ruffles, pillows, and yo-yos. Last, but not least, an entire chapter is dedicated to the care, repair, and display of quilts.
Examples of tips highlighted on the back cover:
* Why you should bring a kaleidoscope or pair of binoculars to the fabric store to help choose colors
* The quick trick for shortening your rotary cutting time (hint: it's all in how you fold the fabric)
* How skateboarders' grid tape and plain old duct tape can make rotary cutting easier than ever
* An ingenious way to transform pages from a magnetic photo album into reusable appliqué templates
* How changing to a different size needle can instantly improve your hand appliqué
* The time saving way to baste together a quilt sandwich
* The best way to erase penciled quilting marks (surprise-- it's a cotton T-shirt!)