Thursday, April 16, 2009

Essential Quilting Books - Borders and Bindings

Okay, I’ve made 20 blocks. Now what do I do with them? The following books are a great help with both inspiration and how-tos; they help you take your work beyond the beginner’s simple, straight border to finishing touches that really enhance your designs and showcase your creativity.


The Quilter's Edge, by Darlene Zimmerman - This book includes lots of photos of actual quilts from the author’s own collection. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with all your 30’s reproduction fabrics, you’ll find plenty of answers here as that is Ms. Zimmerman’s forte. But there is lots here on how to calculate for pieced borders, make perfect fit binding, measure and bind a scalloped edge, make and attach prairie points, as well as setting options for blocks. If you have ever been “gifted” with a set of blocks and wondered what to do with them, you will find ideas here.




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Beyond the Blocks, by Nancy J. Martin – This book is a great help in taking your quilts beyond basic using more unusual but still traditional settings and borders. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in the quilts used as examples and the instructions are top-notch. It tells you how to measure for pieced borders, how to make a border with a mitered corner, unusual settings and sashings (I particularly like the courthouse steps sashing example), and so on. Nancy J. Martin founded Martingale $ Co., publishers of That Patchwork Place books.

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Borders, Bindings and Edges, by Sally Collins – This book covers just about everything to do with borders and edges and includes more advanced and complicated options than the previous two books. Techniques include narrow and pieced borders, pieced corner triangles, use of border prints in borders, curved edges, appliqu├ęd swags in borders, piped and bound edges. I recently went back to this book looking for ideas for a medallion style quilt. Ms. Collins own work typically consists of very small blocks set into wall-hanging size quilts but the techniques covered in this book easily translate to larger quilts.

1 comment:

happy zombie said...

This is WILD... someone asked me about my scallop and the binding, and I told her about Darlene's book, but that the name had escaped me. And not 20 seconds after I send off the email reply... I see this post. That is WILD!

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