Title: A Beginner's Guide to Rag Quilting
Author: Christine Mann
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Available at: Bookstores worldwide
Retail Price: $24.95
Page Count: 128
Genre/subgenre: Crafts and Hobbies/Quilting, Crafts and Hobbies/Patchwork
Special Features: Spiral binding and three bonuses: two rag pillow patterns, two quilting needles, and four fabric quilt labels.
12 Quilts Easy Enough for Complete Beginners
....Plus Two Bonus Pillows
In A Beginner's Guide to Rag Quilting, longtime quilter and bestselling author Christine Mann introduces readers to one of quilting’s most popular and most accessible styles: rag quilting.
With a guide to basic techniques and 12 easy starter quilts for readers to make, this book will appeal to people of all ages who enjoy making beautiful things with their hands.
Inside the book, readers will find:
Interview Questions and Answers
Q. What’s the most surprising thing about today’s quilters?
If you ask people to picture a quilter, most people think of a white-haired grandmother. They would be surprised to meet some of the new generation of young, educated, and affluent quilters who see quilting as a way to bring a handmade touch to their high-tech lives. Connecting with friends and family by making something unique and personal – then showing off what you made on Instagram – is important to today’s quilters. Quilters young and old are buying books, clothing, home décor, food, and other things for themselves and their families.
Q. What’s the most popular style of quilting?
My readers say they are most interested in pieced quilts (quilts sewed together from small pieces of fabric). Beyond that, there are so many different styles of quilting out there today that it’s hard to single out one as the most popular. Some of my favorites include include modern quilting, which uses simple, bold, geometric shapes and colors borrowed from modern art; 1930s-style quilts, which use fabrics copied from original quilts of the period; and traditional Amish quilts, which embody the Amish philosophy of simplicity, humility, and usefulness.
Q. How long does it take to make a quilt?
Small quilts like potholders and table runners can be made from start to finish in an afternoon. The simplest quilt pattern in A Beginner’s Guide to Rag Quilting (an easy baby quilt) takes about three or four hours. Larger or more complicated quilts take longer. The quilts in my book are designed to be quick, easy, and fun, even for people who don’t know a lot about quilting.
Q. Are rag quilts really made from rags? Some of them are – rag quilting is part of a proud quilting tradition of turning used fabric from clothes, blankets, sheets, and other everyday items into something beautiful and new. Rag quilts are the ultimate eco-friendly form of quilting. But not all rag quilts are made from rags – you can also go to the fabric store and buy the fabric to make them.
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Christine Mann is the author of four best-selling books for beginning quilters. She has sold more than 40,000 books since publishing her first quilting guide in 2014. She is also the founder of the blog NewQuilters.com. Christine lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and a flock of backyard hens.
Christine Mann is the author of four best-selling books for beginning quilters. She has sold more than 40,000 books since publishing her first quilting guide in 2014. Her mother taught her to sew when she was quite small, but she didn’t start quilting until she was a stay-at-home mom with a new baby and a desperate need for a creative outlet. She had always loved quilting fabric and all its beautiful colors and prints, so she bought a sewing machine on impulse and made her first quilt. A few years and quite a few quilts later, she went to work as a writer for a major quilting and crafts publisher, then started a quilting blog called NewQuilters.com. She has been writing about quilting ever since. She loves to answer questions and help readers solve quilting problems. She invites readers to visit her blog and follow New Quilters on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.