July 27, 2015

Quiltmaking Essentials

Quiltmaking Essentials 2
I am telling you, mitered corners still elude me. When working with them I still need to refer to directions, even after all these years of quilting. It is probably because I don't use them in all my quilts, but some borders won't look good without them. I wish I had someone next to me right as I am doing it...

... but the next best thing is a good reference book. Quiltmaking Essentials 2 by Donna Lynn Thomas covers not only borders but also backings, bindings, sashings, and quilt block settings with lots of diagrams and photographs of quilts illustrating the different options. It is a wonderful resource for your library, particularly for those times when you make beautiful blocks but have no idea where to go from there.

Or, let's say you like the blocks of a quilt pattern but wish you could set them another way (am I the only one?): Donna shows you options and guides you with detailed and easy-to-understand instructions. You will also learn how to calculate border width, how to sew on-point quilts, unequal size block settings, how to bind scalloped borders... You get the idea!

I am going back to my cutting table to practice mitered corners again. After reading Donna's explanation, I am confident I learned it once and for all. I will keep the book nearby just in case...

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