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Quilting VISUAL Quick Tips

ISBN: 978-0-470-28911-2
224 pages
January 2009
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Quilting is an old but still very popular art. From Amish country to cutting-edge, quilts of various styles appeal to crafters of all different backgrounds. Quilting VISUAL Quick Tips is an excellent resource for beginners as well as experienced quilters, providing step-by-step instructions for a wide variety of quiltmaking techniques. Perfect to throw in a tote bag and take along to a quilting bee, this book's photo-intensive format makes complex tasks seem easy to accomplish.
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Table of Contents

Quilting Necessities.

Fabric Facts.



Color Basics.

More about Color in Quilting.

Color Relationships.

Fabric Cutting Basics.

Cut Fabric Using Templates.

Cut Fabric with a Rotary Cutter.

Working with Squares.

Rotary Cut Squares.

Cut Squares from Fat Quarters.

Chain Piecing.

Design a Checkerboard Place Mat.

Hand Sew Squares.

Machine Sew Squares.

Design a Top with Squares: Four Fabrics.

Design a Top with a Novelty Print.

More Design with Squares: Six Fabrics.

Four-Patch and Nine-Patch Blocks.

Create Four-Patch Blocks with Strip Sets.

Create Nine-Patch Blocks with Strip Sets.

Create Four-Patch Blocks without Repetition.

Kitty Corner Four-Patch Block Pattern.

Four-Patch-on-Point Pattern.

Nine-in-Nine Patch Pattern.

Nine Patch with Sashing and Posts Pattern.

Working with Rectangles.

Rectangle Math with the Broken Bricks Pattern.

Traditional Log Cabin Block Building.

Traditional Courthouse Steps.

Variations on Courthouse Steps.

Introduction to Strip Sets.

Basics of Strip Sets.

Sew a Fence Rail Quilt Top.

Strip Set Log Cabin.

Cut Strip Sets for Log Cabin Blocks.

Variations in Log Cabin Design.

Stack of Coins.

Split Rail Fence.


Cut and Sew Half-Square Triangles One at a Time.

Cut and Sew Half-Square Triangles in Groups of Eight.

Get the Points Right.

Pinwheel Star.

Bright Diamonds.

Jacob’s Ladder.

Diamonds, Sashing, and Posts.

Quarter-Square Triangles.

Quarter-Square Triangle Block with Three Fabrics.

Ohio Star.

Double Half-Square Triangles (Flying Geese Unit).

Using Half-Square Triangles.

Flying Geese Quilt.

Wild Goose Chase.

Joining Blocks Diagonally: Setting on Point.

Straight Set versus Setting on Point.

Lay Out the Quilt Top.

Sew the Quilt Top.

Crazy Quilting Techniques.

Create a Crazy Quilt Block.

Scrap Crazies.

Stack and Slash.


Fusible Appliqué.

Finished Projects.

Appliqué with Interfacing.

Needle-Turn Appliqué.

Finished Project.

Appliqué Patterns.

More Piecing Techniques.

Fussy Cutting.

Sashing with Posts.

Sashing without Posts.

Sashing between Blocks.


Batting, Backing, and Basting.

Choose Fabric and Cut Backing.

Measure for Backing.

Choose the Right Batting.

Natural versus Synthetic Fibers.

Make the Quilt Sandwich.

Hand Baste for Hand Quilting.

Plan Your Pin Basting.

Tying and Quilting.


Hand Quilting Supplies.

Hand Quilting Patterns.

Quilting Design Layout.

Hand Quilting Basics.

Machine Quilt with a Walking Foot.

Long Arm Quilting.


Color Choices.

Prepare a Quilt for Binding.

Bias Binding Strips.

Attach Binding Strips.

Finish Binding.


Quilting Math.


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Author Information

Sonja Hakala is a writer, editor, and book designer. She is the editor of American Patchwork: True Stories from Quilters and the author of numerous articles in national publications. She is a partner in White River Press (whiteriverpress.com) and frequently teaches workshops on writing and publishing. She lives with her family on the White River in Vermont where she quilts, gardens, kayaks and hikes as often as she can. Sonja welcomes you to visit her Web site: sonjahakala.com
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