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350+ quilting tips, techniques, and trade secrets : how to be better at what you do / Susan Briscoe.
Title Variants:
Three-hundred fifty plus quilting tips, techniques, and trade secrets :

how to be better at what you do
First U.S. edition, Updated edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2018]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Quarto Book"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
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746.46 BRI Book Adult General Collection
746.46 BRI Book Adult General Collection

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The ultimate reference book for all quilters.

Quilt to impress using 350+ Quilting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets to perfect your quilting creativity and skills.

350+ Quilting Tips is here to help you master all the techniques you need to create a beautiful, professional-looking quilt. With this indispensable resource, full of color photographs and step-by-step tutorials, you can learn all the inside knowledge you'll need to make quilts you can proudly display or give to your very best friends and family. Whether you are a beginner or just eager to perfect your skills, this is the perfect companion for any level of quilter.

Taking you through the entire process of quilt making from start to finish, 350+ Quilting Tips is packed with essential techniques explained using specially commissioned, detailed step-by-step instructions and artwork. Each topic is self-contained on one to two pages and arranged in a logical, easy-to-follow sequence. Plus, there are troubleshooting tips along the way just in case you run into a quilting kerfuffle! In addition to useful basics, like how to plan a design or chain-piece strips together, you also learn everything from practical finishing and embellishment methods to exciting new techniques like how to digitally print on fabric.

Drawing on years of teaching experience, expert quilt maker Susan Briscoe is the perfect guide to help you create a beautiful, personalized quilt to cherish.

Author Notes

SUSAN BRISCOE is a professional textile designer, author, and teacher specializing in patchwork and quilting. In addition to teaching, she also judges at national quilt shows.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
About this bookp. 9
Choosing equipmentp. 10
What you really needp. 10
Your sewing machinep. 12
Quilting gadgetsp. 14
Choosing and preparing fabricsp. 16
Selecting patchwork cottonsp. 16
Special fabricsp. 18
Preparing and storing fabricsp. 20
Dyeing your own fabricsp. 21
Printing your own fabricsp. 24
Your photos on fabricp. 26
Color confidencep. 28
Color creations in practicep. 30
Tricks with contrastp. 32
Prints and patternsp. 34
Working with quilt patternsp. 36
Using a patternp. 36
Designing with traditional blocksp. 38
Planning a block quilt designp. 40
Style genresp. 42
Quilting inspirationsp. 44
Cutting skillsp. 46
Rotary cuttingp. 46
Making templatesp. 48
Fussy cutting and kaleidoscope effectsp. 50
Patchwork techniquesp. 52
Machine patchworkp. 52
American patchworkp. 54
Easy blocks with squares and rectanglesp. 56
Improving your piecing speedp. 58
Seminole and string patchworkp. 60
Easy trianglesp. 62
Flying Geese variationsp. 64
Easy foundation piecingp. 66
Further foundation piecingp. 68
Puzzles and weavesp. 70
Inset seams and mitersp. 72
Curved seams and inset circlesp. 74
Freehand curvesp. 76
English paper piecing: portable patchworkp. 78
Assembling the quilt topp. 80
Japanese folded patchworkp. 82
Appliqué and embellishment techniquesp. 84
Appliquép. 84
Fused appliquép. 86
Freezer paper appliquép. 88
Needleturn and reverse appliquép. 90
Hawaiian appliquép. 92
Bias strips appliquép. 94
Broderie persé and shadow appliquép. 96
Embellishmentsp. 98
Crazy patchworkp. 100
Techniques for texturesp. 102
Batting and bastingp. 104
Battingp. 104
Making the quilt sandwichp. 106
Quilting designs and techniquesp. 108
The quilting patternp. 108
Hand quiltingp. 110
Machine quiltingp. 112
Long-arm machine quiltingp. 114
Quilt-as-you-gop. 116
Sashiko and kanthap. 118
Hand quilting with other stitchesp. 120
Corded quilting and trapuntop. 122
Big stitch and tyingp. 124
Binding and finishingp. 126
Types of edge finishesp. 126
Applying lapped bindingp. 128
Mitered and curved bindingsp. 130
Turned, wrapped, and faced edgesp. 132
Invisible-edge finishp. 134
Labeling your quiltp. 136
Quilt group funp. 138
Groups and projectsp. 138
Making a group quiltp. 140
Shows and exhibitionsp. 142
Your quilt group's exhibitionp. 142
Visiting a large showp. 144
Entering a competitive showp. 146
Preparing your exhibition quiltp. 148
Care and storagep. 150
Estimating fabric quantities and math referencep. 152
Useful addressesp. 153
Glossaryp. 154
Indexp. 157
Creditsp. 160