Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Book Review

No quilting going on here this week due to my hand injury. (and its killing me I tell ya!) I go to the doctor today so hopefully I will at least have some idea of what it is and whether quilting will make it worse. I can endure a little pain no and then but I don't want to do permanent damage. In the meantime I thought I'd post about a book I really like - no affilliation, just admiration!

When working on the baby quilt a few weeks ago, because the borders were cut from a panel and were "directional" so to speak, I needed to miter my borders. I've mitered borders before but sporadically enough that everytime I do it I need to look at instructions again. So after looking at the instructions in the pattern and in another book on my bookshelf and not liking the methods they suggested I pulled out this book by Darlene Zimmerman. She has, in my opinion, the perfect method for mitering borders. She also has the perfect method for joining the beginning and ends of binding - not to mention how to do scalloped borders, prairie points, etc.

So, what is your favorite quilting "reference" book?

Have a pieceful day!


Cheryl said...

Sorry to hear about your hand, and hope it is only a temporary thing.
Thanks for the heads up about that
book. I haven't seen that one, and I will definitely be picking that one up. One of my favorite
all time books is Quilts, Quilts, Quilts. It's an oldy and might be because my sweet little quilt group that I started with some 20 years ago always referenced back to it, but I sure have used it a lot over the years.

Teresa said...

I am interested in the book too. I will be checking to see if I can get a copy through them. I get so confused everytime I have to join those binding ends.

I have quite a collection of quilting books, but normally go to the net when I am looking for something, what's up with that?

Finn said...

Hi Caryn, wanted to pop over and thank you for your nice comment at my blog. And yes, save those UFO's long enough and they are bound to serve some purpose or another. Seeing how vintage many of them are, helps me feel better about my sins...LOL
Sorry about your hand, hope all is better soon.
My most used reference book(of quilting) is the Fons and Porter Complete Quilting Guide. I use it for almost everything I can't remember.
Neat blog you have..keep up the lovely work. Hugs, Finn

nicky said...

Hi Caryn, Thanks for visiting my blog. I am sorry to hear about your hand. That happened to me at the start of the year and i did not want to rest it but i was glad that i did because it was very painful. My favourite quilting reference is a book on how to draft blocks by Jinny Beyer. I got it from a second hand bookshop for $4AUS and its brilliant.

susan said...

sorry to hear about your hand, hopefully it clears up soon. i dont really have one book that i go to, unfortunately, since my laptop is always on i usually just look there for info i need, even tho i have my share of quilting books!!!

Ginger Patches said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're injured! Thanks for the book's funny I was just looking at that book on Amazon, but ordered her book on 30's quilts instead! I will have to put it in my cart for next time! My favorite all around reference book is Quilts, Quilts, Quilts, I bought it years ago when I took my first quilting class! I have to many to list of favorite books on Machine quilting!

Lily Boot said...

Oooh! I too have recently bought this book - throught ebay actually - and it is an excellent resource. She is a very talented stitcher and I cannot wait to try the prairie points.