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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi-binding
  • Publication: 24 August 2016
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211648
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 210x228 mm
  • Illustrations: 1000
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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A-Z of Quilting


The ultimate resource for beginners and experienced quilters by Country Bumpkin & Country Bumpkin

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Book Description

A cohesive guide to quilting for beginners or established quilters, with clear step-by-step instructions.

A comprehensive guide to many of the techniques, tools and tricks involved in creating beautiful quilting projects for any occasion. Clear, photographic step-by-step guides describe how to prepare a template, how to bead or embellish, all the way through to the final binding stages. Part of the prolific Search Press Classics A-Z of Needlecraft series.

Table of Contents


      5    General Information

      6    Materials




      7    Tools

Cutting tools



Templates and stencils


Hoops and frames



Other tools

    11    Pressing and starching

    11    Caring for your quilt

    12    Sizes of quilts

    13    Preparation

    14    Templates

Making templates for piecing by hand

Making templates for piecing by machine

Using templates for piecing by hand

Using templates for piecing by machine

    16    Cutting out

Using a rotary cutter

Cutting strips

Cutting squares and rectangles

Cutting half-square and quarter-square triangles

Cutting diamonds

Trimming points

Cutting without templates

    19    Creating the quilt top

    21    Patchwork and piecing

    21    Patchwork blocks

    23    Piecing by hand

Straight seam

Butted seam

Set-in seam

    26    Piecing by machine

Straight seam

Chain piecing

Butted seam

Set-in seam

    29    Sewing curves

    30    Foundation piecing

    31    Strip piecing

    32    English piecing

    33    Log cabin

    35    Crazy patchwork

    37    Seminole patchwork

    38    Appliqué

    38    Preparing shapes

Using paper-backed fusible web (or appliqué paper)

Using templates

    42    Hand appliqué

Blanket stitch

Slip stitch

Stab stitch

Needle-turn appliqué

    46    Machine appliqué

Satin stitch

Zigzag stitch


    47    Bias tubes

Tube with the seam allowance on the outside

Tube with the seam allowance on the inside

Double-fold tube

Appliquéing the tube

    49    Broderie perse

    50    Shadow appliqué

    51    Reverse appliqué

    52    Fabric manipulation

    52    Cathedral window

    55    Ruching

Grid ruching

Circular ruching

    57    Prairie points (or shark's teeth)

Individual prairie points

Multiple prairie points

    60    Slashing and chenilling

    61    Tucking

Spaced tucks

Blind tucks

Graduated tucks

Centred tucks

Undulated tucks

Bubble tucks

    64    Suffolk puffs

    65    Yo-yos

    67    Embellishing

    67    Embroidery

Blanket stitch

Blanket stitch long and short

Chain stitch

Detached chain

Feather stitch

Fly stitch

French knot

Herringbone stitch

Pistil stitch

Stem stitch


    75    Beading

Attaching a bead

Attaching a string of beads

Attaching a circle of beads

    78    Assembling the quilt top

    78    Blocking

    79    Setting blocks together

    80    Sashing

Sashing without cornerstones

Sashing with cornerstones

    82    Borders

Measuring for borders

Butted corners

Square corners

Mitred corners

    86    Quilting

    87    Marking the quilting design

Stencils and templates

Perforated patterns


Using masking tape

    90    Attaching the batting and lining

Preparing the lining


Basting with safety pins

Basting with thread

    93    Quilting by hand

Knotting the thread

Starting and ending off the thread

Quilting without a hoop or frame

Quilting in a hoop or frame

    97    Quilting by machine

Starting and finishing

Trimming the tails of thread

Quilting with the feed dog engaged

Free motion quilting

    99    Straight line quilting

Quilting in the ditch

Outline quilting

Grid or cross-hatch quilting

  100    Echo quilting

  100    Corded quilting

  102    Trapunto

  104    Tying



  106    Finishing

  107    Squaring the quilt



  108    Making binding

Joining bias strips

Making continuous bias binding

  110    Attaching binding

Attaching doubled binding with butted corners

Attaching single binding with butted corners

Attaching doubled binding with mitred corners

Attaching single binding with mitred corners

Making rounded corners


  120    Backing turned to front

  121    Adding a hanging sleeve

  122    Glossary

  123    Index

  128    Acknowledgements

About the Author

About Country Bumpkin

Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, renowned Australian publishers of embroidery books and magazines.

About Country Bumpkin



Another classic reprinted with a new cover. Every quilter, no matter how experienced, needs a resource of some kind and this book is suitable from beginner up. Many quilters get into a groove of block quilting or applique, but this book shows all methods and techniques of quilting. Step by step instructions, clear photos and a wealth of information mean that you cannot fail. So whether you are a traditional quilter or a contemporary quilt artist, you'll find everything here you need if you do not have the previous edition. Includes general info, preparation, quilt top, quilting and finishing. Find information on using templates, cutting, types of piecing including advanced techniques such as cathedral windows, tucks and ruching. Embroidery stitches are also included. Enough information to introduce you to each technique so that you can use it. If, for instance, you are wishing to become really adept at machine quilting, you would perhaps need to buy a book on this aspect, but there are enough examples and the technique is explained well enough for you to give it a try. Makes a superb gift for a novice. Slim enough to carry to a class too.

Diane Chandler

I have been dabbling in quilting for a little while, then I got this book and now it's moved to anther level. I love it. The description and pictures are very clear and easy to understand.

Crochet Addict UK

This is a book that is jam packed full of so much information that it's ideal for everyone from a beginner quilter
to an experienced quilter. I love this set of book published by Search Press. They bring together everything you need to know and put it in a format that is super easy to follow.
Not only that they supply clear and easy to follow pictures so it makes everything so much easier. I love this set of book published by Search Press. They bring together everything you need to know and put it in a format that is super easy to follow. Not only that they supply clear and easy to follow pictures so it makes everything so much easier. The book starts by going through the materials and tools you will be using. This even includes how you will care for your quilt once it's complete. The book then moves onto preparation. This is so important as if you start correctly it makes the rest of the process easier. The book takes you through all of the different process you can use so that no matter what you will be able to find the information you will need. Whether you are piecing by hand or by machine. As a newbie to quilting this book is invaluable. It makes everything seem so much easier. You can take it step-by-step and then it doesn't seem as daunting. The pictures are so clear with the instructions that you can easily see the process you are following. Even sewing curves doesn't seem as daunting. The pictures are so clear with the instructions that you can easily see the process you are following.
Even sewing curves doesn't seem as daunting. The book even takes you through the embroidery
techniques you may use on your quilt. So everything is covered to make it so much easier for you to complete your quilt. Even the smallest techniques are covered so you don't have to worry about anything.
I love the fact that everything is covered so that whether you want to quilt by hand or by machine you will have the techniques you will need. There is so much packed into this book I can't cover it all. It's just so helpful!

Alison Crabb

Starts with the basics from selecting fabric to choosing the best tools with useful tips like using glass headed pins to avoid the risk of melting plastic ones when pressing your work. This book really does cover everything up to and including how to launder and store your finished quilt.

Step by step instructions with each step illustrated making them easy to follow even if you have never quilted before. Instructions are given for hand piecing or machine piecing. Appliqué techniques covered include shadow appliqué and reverse appliqué and even Broderie Perse. There is a whole section on embroidery with beautiful step by step illustrations of various stitches for even the novice to tackle with confidence.

As well as instructions for piecing your patchwork the book gives instructions for preparing and attaching batting and lining. Ideas for hand and machine quilting through to binding the finished project.

For me the best features of this book are the clear illustrated step by step guides to techniques I knew and those I was not familiar with. I also particularly like the inclusion of text boxes with hints, tips and interesting facts about quilting. The £12.99 cover price represents good value. If you only buy one quilting guide this would be a good one to buy covering basic to advanced it will serve you well over time not just as a starting point.

Carole Williams

This book is really well thought out. Clear instructions with detail, good photos, enough examples and added notes to be interesting. Although I have quilted for many years there were still things that I gained by having this book beside me. Glossary and terms explained. Good idea for a standard reference book.

Christine Hutchins

I'm quite an experienced quilter, having been sewing for over 30 years. There are still aspects that I need a reminder with, and this book fulfils my requirements. I took it along to my quilting group, where there are ladies of all abilities - some quite new to quilting, some have been doing it for some time, and they all said how useful and clear it is. This book takes you through all the aspects of quilting, from preparing your equipment, preparing for making a quilt, to the quilting, binding and finishing the quilt. There are clear instructions with photos, so you can see the different steps, and the instructions are for hand and machine piecing. I like the inclusion of different types of patchwork, - different blocks, shadow and reverse applique, ruching, and also of embroidery stitches and attaching beads. The presentation is good, and the size and rounded corners of the book make it an ideal size for keeping by the machine for reference. The only thing that is not covered, is adding a label to the back of the quilt - but labels could take up a book by themselves!

If you need a handy reference guide - this is the book for you. Well presented, a step-by-step guide to making a quilt, this should be close to every quilter's hand - it will stay open, and makes for an interesting read with the hints, tips, quotations, and flower pictures.

Mary Malins

I really loved this book and found it informative and educational. Every step was so clearly explained and full of visual photography which inspired me to start quilting again. Some great tips also from preparing to start your quilting, which weight of fabrics to use and how to move forward with more technical templates. Also, gives good ideas for finishing and display.
Certainly, I would recommend this book for any quilter, beginner or experienced.

Sarah Dennis

I am a beginner when it comes to quilting (although I have been sewing for many years). I have read quite a few quilting books but never really "got it". The A-Z of Quilting starts with a list of items needed for quilting so you are clear from the start exactly what you need and can gather everything before you start your project.

Then comes a section on templates, I have never read a quilting book which goes into such detailed information regarding templates. The emphasis on taking the time to make sure your templates are accurate makes a lot of sense.

The instructions, combined with the colour pictures, explain very clearly how each component should be cut, pinned, stitched and assembled. There are many techniques that I have not seen in other books.

The section on embroidery stitches, again, is very clear with well written instructions and photos showing each stage of the stitch.

This is a very helpful book and I now "get" quilting

Carol Mellor

 Found this a very informative book on quilting. It answers every question you could think of and is beautifully illustrated with step by step pictures from the most basic techniques to the more advanced so it will suit a novice or a more experienced quilter. I would certainly recommend it.

Lyn Lewis

A really useful book which gives you a great introduction to virtually everything your likely to ask questions about.
However it is also a perfectly sized aide memoir for anyone with some previous experience too
I really liked the slightly different size of this book, not quite as deep as an A4 and just a little wider,
making it easier to hold in the hand.
Clear illustrations and concise explanations so I happily recommend this book.
I had never seen instructions for circular ruching before and will be trying that out straight away!

Pam Butterfield

i think this book is great it is for beginners and experienced quilters .lots of new ideas and tips along the way .very easy to understand with good clear instructions on how to do things .would definitely recommend this book to my friends

West Country Embroiderers

Newsletter 63, Summer 06

Never too old to learn a craft.

I was enthralled and couldn't put the book down.

The size is just right to hold.

Instructions were clear and informative from very basic design to more complicated.

Clear diagrams and pictures to follow the instructions.

This book is a must for needlewomen to have on their shelves.


Jan 06

The latest in the popular A-Z series of books focuses on the intricacies of quilting and will prove a useful reference book for quilters of all levels and experience. The guide opens with a general section covering the materials required, useful tools, and how to clean and store quilts. This is followed by a detailed step-by-step photo guide covering every aspect of hand and machine quilting from creating templates to finishing and binding...There are a variety of methods for creating the quilt and attaching the layers by hand or machine...The final section covers squaring the quilt, binding it and adding a sleeve to hand the finished masterpiece! The clear photos, straightforward instructions and spiral binding make this a useful book to keep by the sewing machine.

Workshop On The Web

Dec 05

If you are new to quilting, this is a good book to start you off. It has lots of step-by-step photos which, although small, show the processes very clearly. The book covers everything: preparing the fabrics, piecing techniques, manipulations, embroidery stitches and embellishments. There is a good section on finishing which offers a variety of indings and ends with a hanging sleeve for display. The glossary of quilting terms is good and the photography clear and colourful.

Patchwork & Quilting

Feb 06

Filled with almost 900 full colour step-by-step photographs this guide provides a great introduction to every aspect of creating a quilted project. Starting with the basics of what materials and tools are required, you are taken gently through how to go about creating a quilt top, how to sandwixh it and finally to quilt and finish it, whether by hand or machine. An ideal book, both for beginners or those who would find use for a comprehensive reference guide.

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