Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Quilt Essential by Erin Harris

Erin Burke Harris is a highly regarded patchwork/quilter and general sewist, as well as a long time blogger at House On Hill Road (one of the first blogs I subscribed to way back in 2006). Erin is now also a published author with the release of her debut novel Quilt Essential.
Quilt Essential: A Visual Directory of Contemporary Patterns, 
Fabrics, and Colors by Erin Harris
Quilt Essential is quilting reference book, the kind that I would have found very useful as a beginner quilter and is still relevant now as a go-to resource and guide for all things fabric and quilting.

The book is divided into four main sections:  Fabrics, Colors, Designs, and Assembling.  Each section is packed with useful information. For example, the Fabric Section covers:
  • Types of Fabrics
  • Yardage and Measuring - calculating quilt size, fabric requirements, batting, background and backing fabric requirements, shapes per yard, using pre-cuts.
  • Caring for Fabrics - including advice on pre-washing fabric and color fastness.

I also really like the comprehensive Design section which includes information on block layouts and settings, sashing and borders as well as a brief history of quilt styles (ie traditional, Japanese, Hawaiian, Provencal, Amish) all with beautiful images to provide inspiration.

The last section (Section 4 Assembling) includes all of the "how to" information: general piecing, basting, quilting and binding instructions all with clear photographs which I am sure beginner quilters would find very useful.  In fact, it is more than just instructions as it includes information on making quilt backs, types of batting, styles of quilting, and binding (straight, bias, single fold, double fold).

Quilter Profiles - Kajsa Wikman (left) and Anna Maria Horner (right)
Profiled throughout the book are a selection of well-known quilters/bloggers each with personal stories of their quilting journey and their inspiration.

I have received one free copy of Quilt Essential directly from the publisher to give away to one lucky RPQ reader.

To be part of the draw please leave a comment on this blog post (email me if you are unable to leave comment - redpepperquilts at gmail dot com - and I will leave a comment on your behalf.

The draw will take place at 11 am (Australia EDT) on Friday 29 November 2013 at which time comments to this  post will be closed. The winner will be announced by edit to this blog post and will also be contacted by email.

Thank you for all of your entries!
The lucky winner is:

Congratulations Nicole!  Nicole has been contacted by email.

My congratulations to Erin on the publication of such a comprehensive quilting resource and reference book.


Quilt Essential by Erin Harris is available from Amazon.

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