With more than one million books sold, the author who taught the world to quilt is back again! Internet and television personality Alex Anderson’s "big book" of quilting includes indispensible, straightforward advice—essential tools, binding basics, and easy-to-understand piecing and appliqué. Become a master of hand and machine quilting, and finish with professional touches that will turn you into a confident, lifelong quilter. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced quilter, this must-have compendium will find a permanent home next to your sewing machine!
Quilting is a fun hobby -- but where do you begin? From selecting fabrics and designing a quilt to stitching by hand or machine, this friendly guide shows you how to put all the pieces together -- and create a wide variety of quilted keepsakes for your home. We'll have you in stitches in no time!
Discover how to
* Select the right fabrics and threads
* Design your masterpiece
* Use quilting software
* Save time with rotary cutters and other cool tools
* Quilt by hand or machine
* Get creative with applique
Do you believe rules were meant to be broken? If so, this improvisational quilt-as-you-go technique is for you. Instead of dealing with precise paper patterns and cutting measurements, you'll learn how to piece fabric onto small, manageable batting blocks. Let your creative juices flow as you quilt directly on the blocks (not the entire quilt!), whether in large abstract zigzags or small structured stitches. After the blocks have been joined, all you need to do is add backing fabric and binding, and—voilà—it's finished!
Bestselling author Judith Baker Montano is back with a new comprehensive stitch guide that will take you beyond traditional embroidery. She’ll show you how to create stunning landscapes and seascapes by applying fine art principles to your fabrics, threads, and fibers. Learn how to use these materials with other embellishments to convey lifelike trees, flowers, ocean corals, and more with 60 stitches and 67 stitch combinations. Learn artistic embroidery techniques for building layers, creating dimension and perspective, and blending shapes—translate your favorite snapshot of any landscape or seascape into fiber art!
• 14 sophisticated floral appliqué projects include pillows, table runners, and small tapestry-style quilts and wall hangings
• Full-size templates for 45 appliqué flowers, 2 butterflies, and 5 borders
• Stitch up the projects as shown, or mix-and-match patterns to create your own masterpiece
Plant an indoor garden with a bounty of lyrical appliqué designs. All the project patterns are interchangeable, so you can create endless combinations of flowers and leaves. See how color-saturated cottons, vibrant silks, and tone-on-tone chintzes breathe new life into botanical appliqué.