I was not surprised how spoiled for choice I was either. I always find just what I need, which this time was the Encyclopedia of Quilting (revised). This fantastic book truly starts at the beginning by going over the history of quilting, which I found both interesting and inspiring. The pictures in the history section show some really awesome quilts as well.
Next it covers the basics, this section I have read a few times. It explains the parts of a quilt, planning, and preparations, including supplies and even ways you might find inspiration. The fabrics section is so jammed full of information that is all so new to me - I am sure I will be revisiting this a million times as I plan my first quilt project. The one thing I know for sure is that as I read this book, my shopping list is growing wild!
I do have a sewing machine that I have tried to use in the past with no luck so, I really love that this book includes information for both hand quilting and machine quilting. I am not saying I won’t speak to my machine again, but I think it is fabulous to have the option of working either way. The techniques and styles sections are very thorough and make me super excited to think of all the possibilities. There are even beyond basics techniques too so this will be a great resource for people who have experience with quilting as well.
Once you have absorbed enough to feel ready to get started, there is a projects section too! There are projects here that are so user friendly like a scarf and appliqué pillow. There is even a blanket that is marketed at the easy skill! The projects range in skill level and cover a lot of techniques. They have machine and hand projects, as well as small and large projects. In addition to all of the projects, there is also a huge section of patterns that you can use to design your own pattern.
Since this is my first and sewing is so intimidating for me, I am still in the extra secret planning phase. I am thinking of a small quilt or wall hanging to start off with. And as many of you know, when I start something new I like to do it right because I usually go all in! I feel like I am prepared now with this fabulous resource in my corner. Have you quilted before? I would love to hear about what you made!
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