Accolades for
Piecing: Expanding the Basics

"The best primer on piecing that I’ve seen yet…(Ruth) instills confidence that you can do (complicated seams) with a little practice. A great technical writer!"
-- A reader from

"If I could only have one book on piecing, I would treasure this one…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."
-- Quilter’s 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 soon."
--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 pro."
-- 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 alike…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…Not 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
©2001 Ruth B. McDowell