Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, Quilting & Applique also serves as an excellent refresher course. This handbook offers the perfect introduction to quilting by hand or machine, with advice on equipment, materials and techniques. Readers will find straightforward instructions, clear step-by-step diagrams, and traceable templates for a variety of patch shapes. All major quilting and applique methods are introduced, including sashiko and kantha quilting. Three simple practice projects are provided for making coasters, a felt needle case, and a classic frame quilt. The book also includes advice on displaying and caring for finished quilts, plus a glossary of quilting terms.
Martha Preston was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Her interest in patchwork and quilting was aroused when she unearthed a red and white pinwheel quilt belonging to her grandmother. She completed Part 1 of her City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting in 1995 and has been an avid quilt maker ever since. She specializes in hand-quilting and especially admires the designs of the Welsh, Durham, and Amish communities.