This is an outstanding guide to the essentials of quiltmaking - from the terminology to block construction, rotary cutting to machine piecing, and much more! This information-packed book of tips and techniques is a must-have resource for new quilters - and a handy refresher for not-so-new quilters. Author, teacher, and piecing expert Donna Lynn Thomas covers all the basics in this easy-to-use guide to successful quiltmaking. You'll learn the about basic concepts of quilting; the benefits of accurate and efficient rotary cutting, and how to do it; the importance of careful pressing and what effect it has on your piecing; how to construct blocks properly; and tips and tricks for easy machine piecing. Also included is a chapter that explores and explains special sewing techniques.