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PLANET PATCHWORK QUILTING BOOKBRIEFS, #8

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BookBriefs provides subscribers thumbnail descriptions and reviews of new (and sometimes not-so-new) quilting books on the market, along with links to where the books can be purchased through The Planet Patchwork Quilters' Bookstore. (Just click on the title.) All prices listed are retail. We offer discounts on most books.


These seven books were written to complement "Your First Quilt Book (Or It Should Be!)" by Carol Doak. Individually,they provide essential instruction into specific techniques. Together, they form an invaluable reference tool for quilters of all skill levels.


Basic Quiltmaking Techniques for Borders and Bindings
Mimi Dietrich
That Patchwork Place, 1998, 78 pages
msrp: $14.95


Binding has always been my least favorite part of making a quilt - all the pieces tend to get away from me, seemingly possessing minds of their own. It's a skill which most of the books I've previously come across seem to take for granted. Here, Mimi Dietrich covers the basics and the mysteries of both borders and binding, for which I am profoundly grateful. 

Besides going through the various techniques step by step (with frequent grayscale diagrams) this book provides several projects, showcasing the different styles, with which to try your hand. These are accompanied by a gallery of full page color photographs.


Basic Quiltmaking Techniques for Curved Piecing
Paulette Peters
That Patchwork Place, 1999, 78 pages
msrp: $14.95



I've written about this book before, but it seems fitting to include it here with its companions. This was my first experience with curved piecing, and it was a surprisingly painless one. Over half of the book is devoted to projects, wall hangings, pillows, table runners and such, all sized to be attainable as a weekend's, or even an evening's, accomplishment.



Basic Quiltmaking Techniques for Divided Circles
Sherry Reis
That Patchwork Place, 1998, 78 pages

msrp: $14.95


Sherry Reis appears to understand the intimidation many of us feel when confronted with divided circle designs in patchwork. The beginning of this book may feel a little like a geometry lesson, but it's a lot more friendly and fun than your high school geometry class.

The text is cheerful and encouraging, and helpful diagrams grace every page. There are also six projects which use the basic techniques in a variety of ways: grandmother's fans, Dresden plates, mariner's compasses and more. This is the author's first book.


Basic Quiltmaking Techniques for Eight-Pointed Stars
Sherry Reis
That Patchwork Place, 1999, 94 pages
msrp: $14.95



A variety of eight pointed star designs are presented here, along with careful consideration of the techniques involved. The text and diagrams in this book, along with the practice provided by the seven projects, should enable you to explore many of the other eight-pointed stars in the galaxy of quilting. It is well written, fun to read and full of helpful tips.


Basic Quiltmaking Techniques for Hand Applique
Mimi Dietrich
That Patchwork Place, 1998, 80 pages
msrp: $14.95



This is a book which takes nothing for granted, even including instructions on how to thread a needle (page 20). Actually, it contains a large variety of useful information, even for those (like me) who are inexperienced in the art of applique. A variety of projects are suggested. My favorite is "School's out", with its cheery fish (photo page 50, instructions page 40). There is also a section describing how to design one's own quilt, and all of the blocks in this
book are the same size so as to be easily interchangeable.



Basic Quiltmaking Techniques for Machine Applique
Maurine Noble
That Patchwork Place, 1998, 80 pages
msrp: $14.95


Starting with a basic discussion of the satin stitch, Maurine Noble walks the reader through dealing with all the parts of a typical applique shape: what to do on straight edges, inside curves, outside curves, angles, and more. Illustrating all that are excellent close-up black and white photographs of an example in progress. 

Then you're ready for the projects. There's a delightful variety of projects from which to choose. Personally, I'm drawn to the cat (photo page 41, instructions page 33) and the fantastic animals in "Dream Creatures" (photo page 48, instructions page 67), but I think there's something for every taste here.


Basic Quiltmaking Techniques for Strip Piecing
Paulette Peters
That Patchwork Place, 1998, 78 pages
msrp: $14.95


No survey of basic quiltmaking techniques would be complete without some discussion of strip piecing. Paulette Peterstakes us through this fun technique, from the cutting of the strips to the finished project. Besides the projects included here, she gives us the tools necessary to apply this technique elsewhere, pointing out that even an eight-pointed star can be converted to a form using strip piecing (page 13).


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