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The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker: 12 Quilt Projects

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Quilting Basics with Modern Flair .12 quilt projects for beginners, confident beginners, and intermediates .Explore different options for each project-make it with just two colors or scrappy, make it vintage or mod, make it soft or playful. .Alternate colorways included with each project show you how swapping out fabrics can change the look of the same block. .Learn how to ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Stash Books (first published October 1st 2010)
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Jan 29, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft-quilting
I admit, I was skeptical that I'd learn anything new from this book, especially after I read the introduction and saw she had been quilting for 10 years, while I've racked up more years than that. But I was wrong and I found a few things I hadn't seen before, like great corners to add to small quilts for easy hanging (page 19), some good ideas for fussy-cutting (page 28), and some great stuff on binding that will make my next project much easier (pages 40-44).

I also really like how she gives di
Sep 01, 2011 JayeL added it
Shelves: quilt, 2011
I am really looking for a comprehensive basic guide to quiltmaking. I am beginning to think that such a book does not exist and may not be possible to create. Granted, I haven't read every single book purporting to be a "comprehensive guide". Why do I care? I want my students to have a resource to which they can refer when they get stuck. The resource should be comprehensive, basic, detailed and POSITIVE. Skills are important, but the quilt police are not. I want to get people to their sewing ma ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Ciara rated it it was amazing
i LOVED this book! i realized after i bought it that it's the same book i paged through last summer when i was looking for quilt ideas for the baby quilt i was going to make for ramona. elizabeth's "snapshots" quilt inspired me to try fussy-cutting. that quilt is still not finished & i'm not wild about how it turned out, but now that i have more sewing experience (including quiltmaking) under my belt, i realize what i did wrong. i was impatient & i was trying to cut corners & speed u ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Priscilla rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Hartman’s Blog is FUN and so is her book "The Practical Guide to Patchwork". In the introduction Elizabeth points out that “a quilt is something you’re likely to work on for weeks or even months. There are many steps, each of which may involve learning a new technique.” I was delighted to see that Elizabeth shows the steps in the quiltmaking process in a way that makes it fun and interesting. The first three chapters cover the basics on how to plan and construct a quilt for start to fi ...more
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Elizabeth Hartman has written an excellent book for quilting beginners. As in her blog, the writing in The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker is friendly, the instructions clear and she makes it look achievable - an important point since quilting can be intimidating in so many ways.

Hartman covers the basics of patchwork and quilting very succinctly, giving instructions and suggestions for materials, tools, fabric choices, color combinations, adjusting pattern size
Jan 01, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
When you look at a quilting book there are some that are completely your style and you end up keeping them forever and paying a ridiculous amount of fines at the library until you return the darn thing and buy it.

Elizabeth covers the basics helping a novice quilter along from start to finish. Full of helpful hints, an amazing attention to detail, and an type A organization style that seriously does it for me. Seriously, home organization stores, fabric and office supplies do it for me. Sorry, I
Jan 17, 2011 Skoo rated it liked it
I think this is a very approachable book for quilt owners and wannabes to own. The pages aren't horribly busy. I like that I own some of the fabrics she uses in her book. The projects all seem to realisitic for the sections they are in, and I'm inspired to make some quilts I haven't made in a long time like Fenced in, and I want to try Rain or Shine.
As a mostly self taught quilter I found some useful tips and explanations on how to use some of the "new" tools, like binding clips. I own them, b
Mar 12, 2016 Susie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Not all of us are people who make things. Sometimes what stops us is the unknown, the untried, the unfamiliar. Elizabeth Hartman sets down all the basics of quiltmaking in this book. From gathering supplies to color theory to choosing fabric to quilt construction to quilting and binding, she explains it all in easy to understand steps.

I am impressed by the clarity of Hartman’s explanations and instructions. I especially appreciated the sidebars that she calls “tips.” I am a self-taught quilter.
May 02, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
A beautifully-composed look at the basics of quilting. Projects are contemporary and fresh--lots of white and light gray backgrounds to show off clean, brightly-colored designer prints--and the language is friendly and approachable. Reads very much like an extended post from Hartman's enjoyable quilting blog "Oh, Fransson!" Won't take the intermediate quilter far, but would make a great gift for someone new to the craft who doesn't want to make "grandma quilts."
Jun 16, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I have been quilting for 10 years and I still found information that has helped me improve my quilting. The text is well written and easy to understand. The project section has easy to follow instructions and advice, not to mention options. An excellent choice for a beginning quilter or a seasoned quilter.
Feb 26, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it
Shelves: do-it-yourself
Nice illustrations and pictures. Also, the book lists lots of resources for ideas and fabric sources online. I like the additional ideas for each quilt.
Jul 01, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: quilting-sewing
This is such a helpful book for a beginner like me. I also love how Hartman shows several different colorways and variants for each pattern.
Sep 25, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a book to teach you quilting and you're not an old blue hair who's interested in making something yet another flying geese/Ohio star/sawtooth quilt, this is a great book. The instructions are clear and the tips are great; things that make quilters argue like the pros and cons of pre-washing fabrics are presented evenly. It's like having a good friend who wants to tell you how to make a quilt. The patterns are varied and interesting, and having someone pay as much attention ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
This book is a great beginning for new quilters. Lots of pictures, clear directions and tons of inspiration, the projects seem approachable and interesting. With a jump-in attitude, a newbie, like me, gets all the encouragement needed to start.
I would have liked to see more information on the machine quilting aspect. Different motifs, where and how they might be used might be necessary information closer to completion of a quilt.
Overall, an informative, inspiring beginning to the quilt making pr
Dec 10, 2011 Lesley rated it really liked it
OMG I love this book. I wish I could find fabrics like these locally (that didn't cost an arm and a leg) to make something similar. I will have to get this book again. This is certainly more of a patchwork than traditional quilting with some quilts shown, which doesn't detract from how beautiful the quilts are that are shown. If you have some lovely fabrics and want an idea of what gorgeous quilts that can be made with that fabric, this book is for you.
Emily Leathers
Dec 28, 2011 Emily Leathers rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any beginning or intermediate quilter, or an advanced quilter wanting to learn about modern quilts
I really enjoyed Ms Hartman's approach to quiltmaking - modern, flexible, and most importantly with an emphasis on enjoying yourself and making quilts that reflect your own individual taste.

Lots of great photos, lots of beautiful fabrics. Very useful, very detailed instructions about basic quilting techniques. Also very detailed instructions for each quilting project.

I'll add a more detailed review when I've completed one of the projects.
Apr 11, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafty
I love the layout of this book. It starts with the most basic of basics and explains some things about quilting that other books take for granted. If you've never even touched a piece of fabric before in your life you'll be able to figure out how to quilt using this book. The photos and colours are fantastic and the instructions are easy to follow. Highly recommended for quilters of all experience level, especially beginners.
Mar 08, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: sewing
This book is fabulous. I knew nothing about quilting until I found this book. The writing is helpful and the pictures are wonderful. Elizabeth is a master at teaching you what is what in the quilting book. Plus, all of the prodjects are beautiful and something one would actually want in you house. A must for all parties interested in sewing and quilting.
Leila T.
Oct 07, 2011 Leila T. rated it it was amazing
Um, I might need to own this book. I've read the whole thing and it might be perfect. Or it WOULD be, if only it included a comprehensive, detailed list of every fabric she used in every one of her quilts, extra/alternative blocks included. I have nerves from reading it in bed, unable to get up and start making these with my (nonexistent) fabrics.
Michelle BF
Feb 22, 2011 Michelle BF rated it really liked it
Shelves: craftybooks
There are lots of quick projects I plan to use for gifts. And I finally have an idea for my "To Kill A Mockingbird" fabric I found.

The Practical Guide to Patchwork
Apr 26, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: craftycrafty, 2012
The intro section in this book is fantastic -- not too stuffy or fussy the way some books **coughcoughhargrave** are. I was a smidgen less enamored with the patterns -- they are nice, just nothing must-make, and they include the dreaded "quilt as desired". Still, this would make a fantastic gift for a new quilter.
Nov 29, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect for someone who wants to learn how to quilt. I taught myself how to quilt, primarily by using the tutorials at the author's blog, Oh Fransson. There are several quilts in this book that I'm planning on making.

The book will also be fun and inspiring for experienced quilters too.
Jul 13, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
I liked the descriptions of techiniques in this book. Particularly the description of how to do the binding which is also discussed in this blogpost: However, I didn't get terribly excited about the patterns. But, as a technique book, this is great.
Apr 13, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: sewing
Finally, with the help of this book I was able to properly figure out what was going on with my mitered corners on my quilt bindings. Hooray! I refer back to this one all the time when I have some kind of basic quilting question or when I've forgotten how to do something.
Feb 09, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: craft-quilting
The author's blog gives better information on quilt-making basics (especially color theory), and she uses the exact same free motion quilting pattern on every single quilt! Compared to a book like Material Obsession, this one just isn't as beautiful or inventive.
Apr 18, 2011 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: quilting
This is a visually appealing book. It provides a good, basic overview of quilting. It's not a book I would use often enough to own, but I'm glad to have it available in the library.

I find the Little Leaves pattern especially interesting.
Mar 06, 2013 Joan54 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-again
I really enjoyed this practical guide full of lots of helpful ideas.
I plan on referring to it again.
I like the quilt called snapshots on page 51.
I really like the unique ideas she has for the back of the quilt.
This is a book I should buy!
Dec 03, 2012 Jeannine rated it liked it
Shelves: sewing-quilting
A colorful book with beautiful photographs. Great introduction to "modern" quilts, though I wasn't as excited by this book as the others I've recently read (Sew to Swap and Block Party). Still, a great reference book to have on hand.
Feb 10, 2011 Molly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sewing
A fabulous book from the always-wonderful Elizabeth Hartman! Great patterns in a range of difficulties that I know I will come back to time and time again. An excellent resource to have on your quilting bookshelf!
Jan 12, 2015 Candy rated it really liked it
Shelves: quilting
Over all, I think this quilt maker is too precise for me to be her follower. But I do love the Kitchen Window quilt and "Little Leaves". I'm just reading about quilting now, so I may end up being totally precise myself!
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