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Quilting Basics by Micheal Caputo - A review

Book review of Quilting Basics

There are many ‘quilting for beginners’ books out there and when I first heard of this book I wasn’t sure it would be anything different from the others.  I am pleased to report I was very pleasantly surprised, this book is fresh, modern and brilliantly illustrated.  Plus it covers lots of fab techniques like English Paper Piecing, reverse applique, quilt as you go, foundation piecing, portholes and more. 

Diagrams from Quilting Basics

It is presented as a series of workshops, each one covering a new technique.  Each workshop also comes with a project to get you to practice the technique.  I’d say the selling point of the book is the great photography and the brilliant illustrations.  Each technique and project comes with colour illustrations for every step making them easy to follow (see above).   It’s great if you are a visual learner like me.

There are several projects and techniques I want to try in the book including the quilt as you go box pouch and the porthole placemats.

Quilted oven glove project from Quilting Basics

I’ve already made the quilted oven glove (pictured above).  I found the instructions easy to follow and the book has full size templates in the back so no faffing around with resizing.   In the book it’s an English Paper Pieced oven glove but I skipped that part as I wanted a quick make.

I can tell that I will be referring to this book regularly and making more projects from it.


Find the book on Amazon here

Read one of the workshops from the book – Sewing Curves – on our site. It’s a great taster of the book.

Quilting Basics by Michael Caputo, published by CICO Books (£14.99)
Photography by Penny Wincer © CICO Books

How to sew curves when quilting