Piecing: Expanding the Basics
"The best primer on piecing that Ive seen yet
instills confidence that you can do (complicated seams) with a little
practice. A great technical writer!"
-- A reader from Quiltart.com
"If I could only have one book on piecing, I would treasure this
Completely delightful from cover to cover!"
-- Piecefully Yours Newsletter
"This is pure piecing, and Ruth makes it so easy that anyone
can be an expert
This will be a well-used resource in your library."
-- Quilters Newsletter Magazine
"An excellent "how to" book. I enjoyed this book tremendously
and refer to it often. Until recently, I was somewhat hesitant to
try curved piecing and felt that sometimes my quilting lacked imagination.
McDowell's book helped me on both counts. I'll be using this book
for a long time and will wait hopefully for another book from her
--A reader from Santa Cruz, CA
"Really, the best primer I've seen on curved & angled seams.
Even includes a review of basic straight seams. Ruth's a great technical
writer and instills confidence that you can achieve her results (and
you really can). Would make a great gift for the quilter who wants
to branch out into more complex seamwork. Thanks Ruth B!!"
-- A reader from San Francisco, CA
"Starting with the basics and advancing to difficult challenges,
this book contains actual sewing examples that will improve anyone's
sewing, design technique tips, and patterns. I recommend this book
for anyone who is beginning to quilt, wants to quilt, or is an old
-- A reader from Austin, TX
"Ruth McDowell's piecing is so complex, so sinuous, that it is
often mistaken for applique. In her book Piecing:
Expanding the Basics, she gives an inside view of the process
she uses to create her art quilts."
"Piecing: Expanding the Basics
by Ruth B. McDowell will appeal to traditional and contemporary quiltmakers
Since piecing the simple landscape provided in the book,
I am eager to design my own project, and the information provided
in Piecing will provide excellent reference."
-- Nine Patch News
"My quilting friends think that Ruth McDowell is top-drawer,
and after reading and enjoying this book I can understand why
only is Ruth a master at this, but she writes about it clearly so
that even a novice can understand the basic premise."
"If you have been teetering on the edge, trying to make yourself
leave the safe harbor of totally traditional patchwork, give Piecing
a good hard look. It may open a whole new world for you."
-- Virginia Consortium of Quilters