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All things quilting with Alex Anderson : from first step to last stitch

Anderson, Alex, 1955-2015
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 all-in-one 'big book' includes essential quilting tools, binding basics, and a visual guide to piecing and applique. Master both hand and machine quilting, and learn professional touches to become a confident, lifelong quilter. No matter your experience level, this must-have guide will find a permanent home next to your sewing machine!
Lafayette, CA C&T Publishing, [2015]©2015
175 pages : colour illustrations ; 28 cm.
Includes index.
Machine generated contents note: Anatomy Of A Quilt -- In The Sewing Room -- Sewing Machine -- Shopping for a New Machine -- Caring for Your Machine -- Your Physical Setup -- Tools and Notions -- Fabric And Color: Choose It And Use It! -- Fabric Grain -- A Few Words about Quality -- Three Keys to Successful Fabric Selection -- Color -- Value -- Character of Print -- Alternative Strategies for Choosing Fabrics -- Fabulous Focus Fabric (or Favorite Designer) -- Capture a Style or an Era -- Caring for Your Fabric -- To Prewash ... or Not? -- Where and How to Store It -- Drafting: Have It Your Way -- Drafting Blocks Based on Grids -- Drafting Non-Grid-Based Blocks -- Drafting an Eight-Pointed Star -- Drafting a Hexagon (Hexie) -- When Hexie Size Doesn't Matter -- When Hexie Size Does Matter -- Subdividing the Hexie -- Rev Up Your Rotary Cutter -- Safety First -- Basic Rotary-Cutting Technique -- Squaring Up the Fabric -- Cutting Strips -- Magic Numbers -- Cutting Squares --Contents note continued: Preparing Individual Appliques (Hand or Machine) -- Preparing Individual Appliques (Hand Only) -- Preparing the Background for Applique (Hand or Machine) -- Hand-Applique Techniques -- Basic Applique Stitch -- Needle-Turn Applique -- Buttonhole-Stitch (Blanket-Stitch) Applique -- Reverse Applique -- Machine-Applique Techniques -- Invisible-Stitch Applique -- Customizing Stitches -- Raw-Edge Applique with Buttonhole (or Blanket) Stitch -- Putting It Together: Settings And Borders -- Settings -- Gallery of Settings -- Borders -- Design Considerations and Proportions -- Intended Use -- Squaring Up the Quilt -- Measuring for Borders -- Cutting and Grainline -- Stitching Borders -- Border Options -- Butted Borders -- Mitered Borders -- Partial-Seam Borders -- Borders with Corner Squares -- Pieced Borders -- Self-Bordering Quilts -- Scalloped Borders -- Applique and Quilted Borders -- Choosing And Marking Your Quilting Design --Contents note continued: Free-Motion Quilting -- Stipple Quilting -- Practice, Practice, Practice -- Tying Your Quilt -- Finishing Touches -- Binding -- Straight-Grain vs. Bias Binding -- Figuring Binding Length -- Double-Fold Binding -- Preparing the Quilt for Binding -- Binding with Squared Corners -- Binding with Mitered Corners -- Binding a Zigzag Edge -- Binding a Scalloped Edge -- Faced Edge with Hanging Sleeve -- Folded (Flat) Piping -- Prairie Points -- Adding a Hanging Sleeve -- Making a Label -- Caring for Your Quilts.Contents note continued: Cutting Rectangles -- Cutting Half- and Quarter-Square Triangles -- Half-Square Triangles -- Quarter-Square Triangles -- Cutting 45® Trapezoids -- Cutting an Isosceles Triangle in a Square -- Background Triangles (A) -- Isosceles Triangles (B) -- Cutting Equilateral Triangles -- Cutting 45® Diamonds -- Cutting Bias Strips -- The Ins And Outs Of Piecing -- When You Need Templates -- Adding a Seam Allowance to Drafted Patterns -- Machine Piecing -- Pinning -- Stitching -- Pressing Matters -- "Unsewing" (a.k.a. Seam Ripping) -- Machine-Piecing Techniques You'll Want to Know -- Strip Piecing -- Sew-and-Flip Method -- Secret Star-Point Method -- Y-Seams -- Sewing Curves -- Paper-Foundation Piecing -- Sizing Fabric Pieces -- Creating Patterns -- Sewing -- Sewing Units into Blocks -- Hand Piecing: English Paper Piecing -- Cutting the Shapes -- Piecing the Shapes -- All About Applique -- Preparing for Applique --Contents note continued: Basics of Good Quilting Design -- Basic Quilting Strategies -- Other Sources for Quilting Designs -- Ideas for Creating Your Own Motifs -- Eight-Section Designs -- Twelve-Section Designs -- Soft, Curved Lines -- Transferring the Design -- Straight-Line Quilting -- Stipple Quilting -- Preparing To Quilt -- Housekeeping -- Choosing and Preparing a Batting -- Choosing and Preparing the Backing -- Piecing the Backing -- Basting -- Basting for Hand Quilting in a Hoop -- Basting for Machine Quilting -- Ready, Set, ... Quilt! -- Hand Quilting -- Placing the Quilt in a Hoop -- Selecting a Thimble -- The Quilting (Rocking) Stitch -- Preparing to Stitch -- The Quitter's Knot -- Thimble on Middle Finger -- Thimble on Pointer finger -- Thimble on Thumb -- Finishing and Burying the Knot -- Machine Quilting -- Adjusting the Tension -- Handling Bulk -- Starting and Stopping -- Anchoring -- Machine-Quilting Technique -- Straight-Line and Simple-Curve Quilting --
9781607058564 (paperback)
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