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Runner Up: Best Patchwork Book
If you’re going to learn the difficult craft of patchworking, you’ll want to learn from the best in the business. Alex Anderson, the author of Start Quilting with Alex Anderson, has produced over 12 quilting books and is a best selling author as well as the host of an online quilting show. This book is often used a teaching guide by quilting instructors, so it’s an excellent source to learn from. Not only does she provide you with tons of traditional patchwork design ideas, she guides you through the elements of making a quilt as well as the tools you’ll need to make your first quilt and tons of quilting designs. She guides you through the steps with a friendly voice that makes patchworking the stress-free activity its supposed to be, even when you’re dealing with the difficulties of learning a new craft.
If you’re looking for a guide with modern quilt designs that will last you for years, you may be disappointed that you are seeking more advanced designs once you’ve finished this book. But don’t worry, if you’re just learning to quilt, you’ll have no trouble getting your money out of this purchase.