Book Review/Giveaway: First-Time Quiltmaking


I received First-Time Quiltmaking – learning to quilt in six easy lessons recently from Landauer Publishing for review and one of my readers will win it!

First-Time Quiltmaking
First-Time Quiltmaking

From the publisher: One of the most popular introduction-to-quilting on the market is now available in a new soft cover edition. Containing all of the same valuable information, and the same full-color, step-by-step photos, First-Time Quiltmaking is still one of the best learn-to-quilt books available!

First-Time Quiltmaking presents just what a beginner needs to know to get started.ย  First-Time Quiltmaking includes four simple projects for beginners to learn what they need to know to get started and successfully create their first quilt.

The book contains the following six easy lessons:

  • Beginning basics
  • Preparing the fabric
  • Sewing accurate seams
  • Assembling the quilt top
  • Making the quilt sandwich
  • Finishing the quilt

The book also includes a glossary of quiltmaking terms, some first time quilters, and a gallery of first-time quilts.

First of all, the layout of this book is easy on the eyes. This is a biggie for me. Being a former graphic designer, a book can be real pretty but if I have to strain my eyes to read it, it’s worthless.

I also love pictures. There are lots of nice clear pictures showing steps and finished pieces.

The chapters cover everything the reader needs to know and more. For example, in the first chapter on beginning basics it includes fabric tips including shopping for quality, identifying pattern, choosing color, establishing value, finding focus, and recognizing grain. So it’s real complete.

Here is a spread from Lesson 2 on preparing fabric.

What you need to know about preparing fabric
What you need to know about preparing fabric

And another spread on my favorite (or really what I need help on) on binding in Lesson 6 Finishing the Quilt.

What you need to know about binding
What you need to know about binding

I would have loved to have this book when I was quilting. These are the basics and perfect for those beginners or even some rusty quilters. If you want to make your first quilt, this is an excellent resource to take you step-by-step from beginning to your finished piece.

First-Time Quiltmaker contains 112 pages, retails for $21.95 and available through your favorite bookseller or quilt shop or direct from Landauer Publishing.

Do you have an aspiring quilter on your Christmas list? Or do you want to add this to your bookcase? You can win it just by commenting on this blog post. Commenting via email, on Open Salon or Facebook will NOT enter you in this contest. You must comment to this blog post on the Bloombakecreate blog to be entered in the giveaway. The deadline for this giveaway is Monday, November 26, 2012 at 8 a.m. CST. Due to postage costs, if you are not a US resident and would be willing to pay the cost of postage over US cost, please feel free to join in on this giveaway. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation. The giveaway prize being offered is the review copy I received.