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Has anyone thought about how quilts are commonplace in everyone’s lives? The history of quilts actually goes back to 3400 BCE and they were part of early culture. The Art of Quilting for Beginners: The One-Stop Reference Guide to Making Quilts by Freya Gates takes readers on a fascinating journey by tracing its roots back to ancient times and speaks about how contemporary crafters have managed to keep the tradition alive. Everyone knows what a quilt is and quilting is done to create bed coverings, art quilt wall hangings, clothing, and a variety of other products. The book covers many aspects of quilting, including its benefits, the equipment to get started, basic steps on how to quilt, the tools used in quilting, common quilting methods, and other useful tips about the craft.
The Art of Quilting for Beginners is informative and it is also a sort of revival to quilting techniques tied to American history in many ways. Freya Gates speaks about the effect quilting has on the enhancement of brain functions and how it works for many as a stress buster. The colors, shapes, patterns, and cutting stimulate the brain. The pictures shared add color to the book and will show readers the different types of quilting that have been developed in many countries. The process of hand and machine quilting is discussed, as well as the pros and cons. This is definitely a handy guide for those readers who want to try their hand at quilting. What I like most about the book is the manner in which the author has dealt with the topic; it is crisp, neat, methodical, detailed, and easy to understand, and the steps to make a quilt have been explained very well. This book is worth having on a personal bookshelf for those who want to try their hand at quilting or start a quilting store.