Calling all Quilters!

on January 16 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 334 Comments

We’re busy preparing for Quilting Month. We’ve rounded up an amazing group of contributors, prepared some fun projects for us to all do together, and found some of the best resources plus a lot of inspiration.

Today we’re hoping you’ll tell us about your favorite quilting books. They can be great resources for either technique or inspiration, for big quilts or little, traditional or modern… We want to hear about them! We’ll compile a list to share during Quilting Month. We’re giving a Sew,Mama,Sew! surprise pack of eight fat quarters to two people who leave their quilting book comments on this post. Yippee!

Today’s quilt is from Eren’s great-great Aunt Grace. Eren provides some information about the 1800’s quilt on her blog, This Vintage Chica, and the post also includes a wonderful discussion about quilts and their importance in her family’s life. She writes, “Quilts were not built to live in closets. They were meant to be used and used and used…”

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334 Responses to Calling all Quilters!

  1. Linda says:

    I like Fons and Porter – Love of Quilting magazine

  2. Rebecca says:

    I really like Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and Anna Williams – lots of cute projects and fast which is always a bonus! But I find that most of my inspiration comes from quilting magazines and blogs – I like to make current patterns, and seeing all the new fabrics really gets me inspired.

  3. Karen says:

    My favorite quilting book is 101 Patchwork Pattens by Ruby McKim. When I first started quilting I’d go to the library and copy pages out of that book. Later I found a copy for sale in a second hand store and bought it. It has what I like to call “old timey” quilt patterns. No rotary cutting or fast techniques, but templates and good sound sound quilting advice.

  4. Dorte says:

    Kaffe Fassett’s Caravan of Quilts – I do not own it myself, but it is soooo inspiring!!!!

  5. Rachel says:

    I’m a beginner, and like many others, I love Denise Schmidt Quilts, though more for inspiration and general instructions. I’m not sure about tracing and cutting out all those irregular pieces! I’ve looked through and must buy last minute patchwork gifts–I especially love the less last-minute projects. There are some beautiful modern quilts. Finally, thanks to everyone who recommended Modern Quilt Workshop. I’m going to look for it!

  6. Zainab says:

    I love ” The practical encyclopedia of quilting and quilt design”. It’s full of great projects!! Wonderful book to look into when you need some inspiration 🙂

  7. Samantha VanDerPuy says:

    I got “Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson for Christmas and I’m LOVING it!!!
    SHe has super fun ideas, some new, some old, some new twists on old ideas. She oranizes each chapter by how long the projects will take, starting with Less-than-2-hours, all the way to More-than-12-hours. Also included are templates for the patterns ued n the book, and an awesome supply list! I’m sure this book has been mentioned more than once……as well it deserves!

  8. Kelli says:

    I probably get most of my inspiration from the magazine American Patchwork and Quilitng, but I have really enjoyed “All about Quilting from A to Z” as an interesting read and as a reference.

  9. Maria L says:

    My favourites are Kaffe Fassett’s books!

  10. Janice says:

    Denyse Schmidt Quilts and Make your own Contemporary Quilts (

    Love the modern twist combined with the comfort of a quilt.

  11. Katie says:

    I looove Denyse Schmidt’s book. It has great projects and wonderful directions. Plus I just adore her style.

  12. I have two favorite quilt books. The first is Block by Block, New Techniques for Machine Quilting and Assembly by Beth Donaldson published 1995. It’s a great book for a beginner, lots of tips and a ton of quilt block patterns. The second book is In Love With Quilts by Leisure Arts and published in 1993. This book is full of beautiful quilts to make. It includes quilting templates as well as the block templates. It also has other projects like pillows, wall hangings and even christmas items like ornaments and a tree skirt.

    I love my books for the reasons stated above…but the biggest reason I love these two books the best is because my Grandmother, who passed 13 years ago, gave them to me. My Grandmother was an incredible sewer who made all my Mother’s clothes (and they looked store bought) and countless items donated to her church for charity. She made beautiful quilts that, unfortunately, I don’t have any of because she alway gave them away. My Grandmother was a phenominal seamstress and if she felt that these two books were important for me to have, then they are truely special books!

  13. claudia says:

    My choice is Denyse Schmidt Quilts, 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects. I have yet to make a full quilt but am so inspired by her designs. I also love the small quilting projects in her book. They’ve helped me to strengthen my confidence for making a quilt! I plan on beginning my first quilt very soon.

  14. Stephanie says:

    One of my favorite books is Listen With Your Eyes by Jan Urquhart. What I love about her approach is the simple way she shows how to work visually with scrap fabrics, and use simple construction techniques for some absolutely stunning scrap quilts.

  15. jennie says:

    I luse Quilting the complete guide by Darlene Zimmerman for checking on how to do things. I really like Denise Schmidt’s book as well.

  16. Sara says:

    Gosh – I’m seeing my favorites here, so I’m not sure this is original, but I also have found both great tips and tons of inspiration from Denyse Schmidt Quilts and The Modern Quilters Workbook by Ringle and Ker. These are the only books I own, but I have found myself checking out the Fons and Porter Complete Guide to Quilting when I have a technical question.


  17. Mary Jo says:

    I’d really like to second (or third, fourth) the Denyse Schmidt book. It reminded me how quilting can also fit a very hip, modern, functional aesthetic and not just the very traditional, “quilty” style made by the older women in my family.

    But more than anything else, I really got fired up and super-inspired by The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. The combination of quilts as fine art, the humility with which they were made, the use of whatever they had on hand, and the rich legacy that was passed on to generations of women in their families all combine to be a really powerful story.

  18. Sara says:

    First of all … can I just tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog? I check it every day, multiple times a day! (don’t tell my boss!) ;o)

    i am so very excited about Quilting Month! I inherited a number of unfinished quilts from my mother, and have been busy recently getting them finished. It’s given me the bug! i can’ wait to start on some new fun projects and am looking forward to all the great things you have in store for us in February!

    As for quilting books … I have a TON that I inherited from my mom, and I really haven’t had time to peruse all of them. But, one that I use a LOT is called The Quilting Bible (Singer Sewing Reference Library). It is a good basic reference book with great pictures and diagrams on everything from picking colors, to cutting correctly, to binding, with lots of great projects and patterns as well. I find myself looking things up in it often, even if it’s just for the reassurance that I’m doing something right!

    I have also heard that the book QUILT IT! by Barbara Chainey (I think) is excellent, and gives you great insight on how to choose a quilting pattern that will complement your quilt top.

    Waiting patiently for February to arrive … Sara

  19. Rachel says:

    Last year I wrote my undergraduate senior thesis on quilts, quilting and quilters throughout American history and across four different cultures. While it is not a technique book, nothing was more informative or more inspirational than the work by Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof. The Pieced Quilt: An American Design Tradition (1973) was based on the 1971 quilt exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This exhibition traveled the world and is responsible for elevating quilts to important artifacts of social and cultural history and for blurring the line between “art” and “craft”. I love it! It’s available through libraries, ebay and, but probably not your neighborhood bookstore. It is a monumental piece of work, and I think all quilters would greatly benefit from reading it and examining the pictures.

  20. carmell says:

    i like the Quilter’s Companion and Quilter’s Edge

  21. Eskinose Kisses says:

    I found a fun quilting book at the library. It’s called “Quilting with the Muppets”. It’s great if you have a Sesame Street fan in your house.

  22. Amy says:

    I’ll add in my vote for
    Technique: “Quiltmaking by hand” by Ginny Beyer
    Inspiration: The Modern Quilt Workshop by Ringle and Kerr and “Make your own Contempory Quilts” by Pieroni

    Philosophy: “The It’s Okay If You Sit on My Quilt Book” by Hopkins
    “That Dorky Homemade Look: by Boyer

    I also like the “Scrapmania” book and “Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple rectangles” by Turner and Rolfe

  23. Jodi Renshaw says:

    I have to narrow it down to 2??? Ok, well I am crazy in love with the “Quilted Memories” by Leslie Riley. I am also a huge fan of “Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson.

    Thanks for asking 🙂
    ~ Jodi Renshaw

  24. Katiegirl says:

    Hi! I’m a first time commenter here! I love the blog. My mom is a quilter, but I haven’t done any quilting yet. She started a quilt for me a few years ago, but has since started her own quilting business, so she had to put mine on the back burner. She just gave me all of the pieces of the quilt so I can work on it! I’m excited and a little scared at the same time!! So far all I’ve done is re-iron the pieces, but I’m going to start piecing it together soon!!! 🙂 Thanks for the blog!!!

  25. Mary says:

    Kaffe Fassett’s “Kaleidoscope of Quilts” is my current fave book. The photography is (of course!) stunning and I love the use of different scale prints (something I struggle with) and color combos that I would never think to try.

  26. Kristi Van Os says:

    My new favorite is Simple Pleasures by Beth Ferrior of Applewood Farms Publication. She has sneaky piecing tricks that she teaches that are just wonderful along with simple applique. She is very inspirational.

  27. Robyn says:

    I just made my very first quilt using Amy Karol’s “Bend the Rules Sewing” – I know it’s not a true quilting book, but my quilt turned out amazing, and it’s totally made me crazy for quilts.

  28. Christiane says:

    My favourite quilting book is “Collaborative quilting” by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. It is suitable for beginners and experienced ones as well and fires your inspiration.
    The book I got hooked on quilting was Rosemary Wilkinson’s Weekend Quilts-out of print now.

  29. MichelleW says:

    The Underground Railroad Sampler by Eleanor Burns. I like the historical aspect of quilts and this book includes the history of the different patterns, as well as construction details.

  30. Kristin says:

    I am a complete beginner quilter, so I have no books to share. But I will certainly be looking up these titles at my library.
    I have a question, what is a fat quater?? Please no laughing, as I said I am a total beginner and really looking forward to quilting month.

  31. kjerstiye says:

    denise schmidt. she inspires me by her use of quilting in interesting non-quilt ways.

    kaffe fassett. colour. it’s all about colour with kaffe, isn’t it?

  32. Pamela says:

    My mother gave me several books from her quilting library. Right now two of my favorites are: SMALL TALK by Donna Lynn Thomas and FAST PATCH by Anita Hallock. They’re older books but have inspired me.

  33. judy d. says:

    My favorite is The Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide, edited by Ellen Pahl…it’s a great reference with pictures to walk you through -currently helping me bind my finally finished quilt.

  34. Patches says:

    I just got Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. I am just beginning to sew and several of the projects are beginner-friendly – plus the photos are great!

  35. Ellen says:

    ==Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

    ==Anything by Judy Martin – I love her blocks and color/fabric selections.

    ==cyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman – a comprehensive resource on quilt blocks and their sources.

  36. Amy says:

    I have one quilting book and I really love it. The photos and quilts in it are beautufl and just so amazing! It is called The Quilter’s resource book.

  37. Lesley says:

    Who could go past the Jennifer Chiaverini novels for inspiration. Still chasing 4 books I have not read yet. My other favourite is The Quilt Room, patchwork and quilting workshops. Compiled by Pam Lintott and Rosemary Miller, ISBN 1852381647. This book covers so many techniques, styles and challenges for the beginner and advanced quilter.

  38. Claudia~L says:

    I am new to quilting, and to be honest, I wouldn’t even had started if not for Denise Schmidt Quilts book. It is colorful, and has bold contemporary quilts. I am kind of turned off by most quilt books out there – but after saying that, I have to admit that I’m not looking for advanced techniques. I just eye candy – it helps inspire me to want to make something.

  39. Heather K says:

    A really really great quilting book……
    Not so much for patterns but all the questions you can possibly encounter while sewing your quilt is….. The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide. I have turned to this book so many times and I always find the answer I am looking for! Check it out!!! GREAT BOOK!

  40. Ruth says:

    When I moved to South Africa I wanted to make an quilt that reflected my new surroundings. I’ve found “Quilt Africa” by Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker to be truly inspirational.

  41. 1. Denyse Schmidt Quilts was absolutely the book that helped me get on the quilting train. I love it, I love her carefully careless style, and the technical advice was very useful.

    2. Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts was my most recent addition to the library and utterly worth it for not only the projects (superb) but the color advice.

    3. My favorite garage-sale quilting book find is Weekend Quilts, which has excellent mid-80’s photography and even better tips on shortcuts. If I didn’t have kids, I’m sure I could finish a queen-sized quilt in a weekend with their tips.

  42. Beth says:

    I am a lover of all the 1930’s patterns. The book that I am into right now is “Quilt Revival by Nancy Mahoney” I want to make all the quilts in the book. Need to work on the fabric stash.

  43. Samantha says:

    I started out with a book called bundles of fun by Karen Snyder. I found it to be really helpful as a beginner, with instructions about everything from cutting squares to preparing binding.

  44. Nancy says:

    I like Kodansha’s “Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match.”

  45. Ruth says:

    I enjoy the Gooseberry Patch quilting books. Not every project in them is overwhelmingly wonderful, but there are many charming things, including some small projects (like black cats made from old tights) that are not too scary for a knitter-trying-out-sewing like me!

  46. Water Works says:

    Amish Crib Quitls from the Midwest which details the collection of Sara Miller. Beautiful artwork and pictures. I love the idea of the crib quilt being passed through the family.

  47. Dawn B. says:

    I recently purchased Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. Although the title maybe deceiving there are many wonderful quilts in the book and its beautifully presented. It seems to be a popular choice!

  48. Reese says:

    I really have like Fon”s and Porter”s Complete Guide to Quilting. It’s a great reference and doesn’t get out of date.

  49. Stephanie says:

    I’m brand spanking new to quilting but am very (very) excited about the challenge!
    I’ve heard Amy Butler’s books are just beautiful. I’ve seen it and agree.

  50. Lauren Stone says:

    My favorite book is one that I haven’t purchased yet. I love The Modern Quilter’s Workshop. Every time I go to the fabric shop I pick it up and go through it. I am a very new quilter and haven’t been brave enough to buy it yet. I have just done a couple of easy things that a friend gave me. I do go get Quilts and More by Better Homes and Gardens. I go get that as soon as it comes out. It always has such cute ideas.

  51. Elizabeth says:

    I just bought Last Minute Patchwork Gifts and I love it! I will be starting my first quilting project and this book has a lot of useful tips (plus great pics and detailed instructions!)

  52. Ann-Margret says:

    I don’t buy a lot of quilting books or magazines anymore because I find so much inspiration on the Internet, but hands-down I would say the most inspiring, beautiful, colourful, un-intimidating, HAPPY quilting book I have ever come across is “The Simply Joys of Quilting” by Joan Hanson and Mary Hickey. The photos are brilliant, the instructions simple, the stories behind each design inspiring and even amusing at times. The authors don’t assume you’re an expert, but they also don’t assume you’re an idiot! 🙂

    I’ve made one quilt based on a design in the book, but I’ve also referred to the book for colour combination ideas. I have a bunch of other resources but if I need a breath of fresh air, I just pull that book off my shelf. Never mind that I’ve practically memorized every qulit in there already! 🙂

  53. Moonbeam says:

    I am completely in love with Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. Her background in art is evident in her innovative color choices, gorgeous choice of photography, and inspiring quilt patterns. I have not tried a quilt from this book yet, but I have made the coasters, which I guess technically counts as my first tiny quilt! I can’t wait to get started on one of her beautiful quilt patterns. Everything is written in a concise, clear and understandable way so us beginners feel quite at home. She has this amazing ability to combine a reverence for tradition with the energy of innovation – brilliant!

  54. Courtney Havenwood says:

    My favorite quilting books? Two by Jean Ray Laury:

    Applique Stitchery
    Quilts and Coverlets

    These two combine practical information with eye-watering inspiration. The combination of photos and sketches perfectly illustrate the accompanying text.

    When reading these books, Laury holds your hand as she encourages you to have confidence in your abilities … and to stretch beyond your current limits.

  55. I just recently purchased Quilter’s Dozen Plus by Janet Selck. It is a wall hanging for each month. I am currently working on February, I hope to complete all 12.


  56. Dee says:

    My favorite quilting books are the Watercolor Quilts books by Magaret and Slusser. The inspiration I found in these books launched me as a quilter–and fabric collector!

  57. Trish says:

    I adore miniature/doll quilts and children’s quilts but I don’t own a lot of quilting books. My favorites are;
    Picture Play quilts
    Big Book of Small Quilts (For the Love of Quilting)
    How to improve your quilting stitch

  58. alison says:

    A quilting book I’ve had forever is “Debbie Mumm’s Quick Country Quilts for Every Room” by Debbie Mumm. I have only just started 1 project from this book, as this year I’ve decided is the year to stop being afraid of quilting. So far so good – easy to follow directions. I’ve read every project in this book over and over again and all the projects sound doable. I like the fact that the projects are supposed to be quick, because if quilting is as hard as I imagine it to be I will likely end up doing what I always do – putting the project aside to come back to and that may take years.

  59. Diane says:

    I really like Quilter’s Complete Guide by Fons & Porter as a go-to informational book.

    Plain & Fancy: Vermont’s People and Their Quilts As A Reflection of America by Richard Cleveland and Donna Bister. It has great inspiring photos of old-timey quilts and their people.

    Hearts & Hands: Women, Quilts, and American Society by Hedges, Ferrero, and Silber. An excellent historical look at women quilting in the US. It has great vintage photos.

    Pick me! Pick me!

    Looking forward to Quilting Month…

  60. Rita Maldonado says:

    I know it’s not a “how to” book, but I love The Quiltmaker’s Gift.

  61. Anya T says:

    I just finished “Quilty as Charged; Undercover in a Material World” by Spike GIllespie and recommend it as a fun read for all quilters, beginner to advanced.

  62. sunshine says:

    sorry forgot to put my first quilt book was it’s ok if you sit on my Quilt. I love that book still jsut for the sheer number of quilt block patterns in it.

  63. sunshine says:

    This is so neat that you do things like this all the time. Such a lovely quilt pictured too.

    take care

  64. Stephanie says:

    I am a new quilter being that I joined a quilting group at my local community center last spring. We are currently taking a hiatas til this coming spring but I would love to be able to take some new fabric in for my new project. Also, I love your blog and am looking forward to February’s Quilting Month!

  65. geek+nerd says:

    I love Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects. The instruction is not intimidating, and I refer to it again and again.

  66. Margaret Jordan says:

    Small Quilts by The Vanessa-Ann Collection. I made a quilt from the book for my grandson when he was born. It has hearts and boy figures. I put his name, date of birth and weight and length on the hearts. I signed it using my new title Grandma.

  67. Tina says:

    I’ll have to chime in with Denyse Schmidt and Last Minute Patchwork gifts as well, My goal is to make every project in both books…someday!

  68. Emma says:

    Really looking forward to quilt month. My favourite book and the book I refer to the most often is The Art of Classic Quiltmaking by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig. This is a great book that seems to cover just about everything a quilter would need. And it has lovely photos too.

  69. Dawn says:

    I hit the jackpot for Christmas and received the Modern Quilt Workbook as well as Denyse Schmidt Quilts!!!! As far as inspiration goes, these two books will have be busy for a while!

  70. Melanie says:

    I have to say that the all time best quilting book I have ever bought is Lee Cleland’s “Quilting makes the quilt”. In this book are 12 projects, which have all been completed and quilted in 5 different ways, showing how differnt quilting affects the overall appearence of the quilt. Unfortunately though this book is now out of print and can be tricky to find.

    Other favourite books include Denyse Schmidts “Quilts”, “Simple Quilt” by Yoshiko Jinzenji and “Passionate Patchwork “by Kaffe Fasset.

  71. Liz Reese says:

    i don’t have a book suggestion. i am new to all of this and wonder if i have the patience to quilt. it seems like such a long process, but the end results are so amazing! i am inspired by some many quilters. good look to the winner!

  72. Jennie says:

    I own Denyse Schmidt Quilts and Amy Butler In Stitches. I have probably paged through them a million times to look at the pictures. I appreciate the basic quilting techniques they teach and the variety of projects. I also had checked out Last Minute Quilted and Patchwork Gifts from my library and enjoyed that one as well.

  73. Violet says:

    I’ll have to say (along with many others) that the Denyse Schmidt Quilts book and the Modern Quilt Workshop book are current favs. I’m just starting to quilt though I am interested in more contemporary quilts so these 2 books looked like the obvious choices for getting started.


  74. Kathy says:

    My all time favorite is Little Quilts All Through the House, by Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt and Sylvia Johnson. It helped me with choosing colors and the small blocks were do-able and finish-able and need less fabric than full sized quilts. I also couldn’t live without the All in One Quilters Reference Tool, I am math challenged and it has charts for all the possible sizes, numbers of blocks, yardage, binding, no figuring out required.

  75. Erica says:

    I’m dreaming up a quilt for my daughter’s room and am being very inspired by ” Covered With Love”, bright cheerful quilts for kids of all ages.

  76. Jodie says:

    One of my favorites is: Quilts, Quilts, and More Quilts by Diana McClum and Laura Nownes.

  77. Cheryl Wacks says:

    I love all of Mary Lou Weidman’s books, but my favorite is “Quilted Memories”. It is so inspirational and she makes it easy for even a beginner quilter. Lots of color and ideas.

  78. Katie H. says:

    I already saw it mentioned on here but I loved the lap quilt from Bend the Rules sewing. Perfect first quilt project. I also liked the Quilt it Kit by Denyse Schmydt (sp?). Clearly I’m a beginner but these both really gave me a lot of courage and excitement to get started.

  79. Greta says:

    I love Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts and Denyse Schmidt Quilts. They have upbeat and fun designs with helpful instructions for beginning quilters!

  80. Jill says:

    My favorite quilting book is “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson. I picked it up as a Christmas gift to myself and I loved reading it. It has such beautiful photos and such fantastic projects that I find myself returning to it to look through again and again. It has already inspired me to enjoy making some simple gifts for friends instead of frustrating myself by planning projects I will never be able to finish in time.

    I like the fact that the book shows a lot of different techniques. There are whole cloth quilts, applique quilts, patchwork quilts and other simple projects. There are instructions for tieing, machine and hand quilting, as well as some clever ways to quickly hold a quilt together with machine stitching. She writes a helpful, freeing chapter on colour choice to start the book, and ends with lots of practical instructions.

  81. It has already been mentioned, but my favorite is Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. There are so many projects that I want to do in that book. Another current favorite is Stash-Buster Quilts by Lynne Edwards. I have had the Sheep in the Meadow quilt and bag on my “Want To Do” list for a while now. I can’t wait for quilt month, maybe it will inspire me to actually get quilting!

  82. alicia says:

    I love Amy Butler’s book (and her fabric!). I saw a quilt in there that I will one day make–I just have to learn how first. 🙂

  83. Kristin says:

    Better Homes and Gardens has a book of “Two Color Quilts”. They’re so simple, but so beautiful.

  84. Kara says:

    My favorite is Denise Schmidt Quilts, but it is my only quilting book, so does that count? I sure like it a whole lot 🙂

  85. Libby says:

    I just checked out Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts at the library and I love several of their projects. It’s perfect to start out on to get your feet wet so to speak.

  86. Katie says:

    Hmmmm…. My current favorite is Collaborative Quilting by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran. Yum, yum, yum!

  87. webfrau says:

    I have four wonderfully inspirational books that I love.
    Blending photos with fabric by Mary Ellen Kranz & Cheryl Hayes
    Ricky Tims’ convergence quilts
    Creative tucks & textures by Jennie Rayment
    A Laurel Burch Christmas – I’m so glad I have this now that she’s passed on – wonderful xmas projects with her own unique twist.

  88. amelia says:

    the denise schmidt quilts book is really inspiring and inviting, especially for those with no previous quilting experience.

  89. Julie C says:

    My current favorite is 10-20-30 minutes to Quilt by Nancy Zieman. Quick fun quilts! and some good quilting shortcuts.

  90. Jane says:

    I tend to gravitate toward quilt books that have a strong color theory approach… one of the most difficult part of the entire process for me. I have enjoyed many books on the subject, but my new favorite is ‘Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop’ by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Lots of examples of variations in hue and value… very helpful. Their other book ‘The Modern Quilt Workshop’ has more patterns, less theory… still wonderful!

  91. Sheryl-lyn says:

    I really love any of the books by Eleanor Burns. Her latest one with the flowers and vines is different than many of the others I have seen.

  92. Lori says:

    My favorites are the Denise Schmydt books! Fabulous. Every time I look, it is just like the first time. Truly inspiring. 🙂

  93. Deb says:

    My new favorite book (that I also see listed on several of the other comments) is Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. I received it for Christmas and already have some projects lined up to try! I’m looking forward to quilting month!

    If you’d like to see a quilt my 24-year old daughter made me as a surprise for Christmas, click the link that follows:

    She didn’t need a quilting book – she looked at an advertisement in a gift shop catalog and figured out how to do it! It’s not vintage – yet – but it sure holds much love! I LOVE IT!!

  94. Carrie says:

    Oh, Bend the Rules Sewing is good fun and I also like Denyse Schmidt Quilts.

  95. Amy Hodge says:

    I have only just started quilting but am really falling in love with it (that photo above is gorgeous!). The only book I have so far is “The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide: From A to Z” and I am finding it to be a wonderful resource as well as a very interesting read.

  96. Mean Mommy says:

    I’m a big fan of Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects, too! I’m new to quilting, and many of the projects in this book are great for beginners.

  97. Megan says:

    Definitely Fons and Porter’s Complete Guide to Quilting – I made my first quilt from a pattern in it when I was in high school, and then returned to it 10 years later to make my second quilt. Traditional, but in a good way.

  98. Pearl Hadden says:

    Denyse Schmidt Quilts is a current fav. I also love to look through thrift stores and library book sales for older quilt books, especially patchwork primers of the 70’s. Everything from my childhood is new again or maybe I never left!

  99. Tina says:

    Hello! Thanks for the contest! My favorites are Color Harmony for Quilts and The Modern Quilt Workshop, both by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle. I went to their quilt camp in Chicago. They are great!

  100. micki says:

    I’m in the process of teaching my 9 year old daughter to sew. She’s done a simple a-line dress so far. Meanwhile, she wants to learn quilting. A great book with sewing basics and basic quilting instructions is Sewing Fun for Kids: Patchwork, Gifts and More! by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith. The instructions are clear and the projects are fun. It starts with basic paper and machine practice, sewing terms and then graduates on to bigger projects. It even comes with templates.

  101. Jill says:

    I really like
    Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and Anna Williams. It gives great projects in addition to quilts. I’m an amateur, but I think there are projects in it for every level.

  102. Amanda says:

    Right now, I’m really enjoying the Denyse Schmidt quilt book, Modern Quilt Workshop, Last Minute Quilted and Patchwork Gifts and I’m in the middle of the Easy Lap Quilt from Bend the Rules Sewing.
    For technical advice and “know-how” I usually turn to A Quilter’s Complete Companion.

  103. Diane says:

    I”m a big fan of Linda Franz’ Quilted Diamonds. She shares great tricks for hand piecing small awkward shapes and making them look beautiful. And I gain great inspiration from her projects as well.

  104. This quilt is absolutely lovely. I’m looking forward to Quilting Month!

    Discovered Sew Mama in Nov and have been checking virtually daily since.


  105. Sharon Gollman says:

    I have never quilted before so I bought The Better Homes and Gardens Guide to Quilting. It covers every step of quilting from start to finish and each step is clearly illustrated. I also love everything from Kaffe Fassett for pure inspiration.

  106. Kristi M says:

    I would have to say for inspiration the best books are Gee’s Bend and Denyse Schmidt’s Quilts. I absolutely love the non-traditional patterns and the colors are unique.

  107. Carolyn says:

    I have 2 favorite quilt books…..
    “The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide”, Ellen Pahl, Editor……it has the answers to my quilting questions and “Easy Machine Quilting”, Jane Townswick, Editor…….great instructions and inspiration for machine quilting.
    These 2 are kept within reach when I’m quilting.

  108. Molly says:

    The quilting book I refer back to all the time is called The Samplers Quilt by Diana Leone. It’s an old book I found at my Mom’s house years ago and I have no idea if it’s still in print. It’s easy to understand and very “non-threatening” for a novice like me. I love your site and get very inspired looking at the the great projects and interesting blogs!

  109. Amber says:

    How fun – ok I (along with many others) love Denise Schmidt’s “Quilts” but I also love this book called “Quilts” by Ruth Van Haeff. I picked it up for $7.99 at Costco a while back and just love it. The isbn is 1592236928. Can’t wait for Quilting Month!

  110. heather t says:

    Several years ago I picked up “That Dorky Homemade Look” by Lisa Boyer – what an awesome book about accepting your imperfections, laughing at yourself, and moving on. Of course, she is a quilter, but this book applies to so many things – crafting, parenting, life. Love it.

    I am a thoroughly beginning quilter. I have made one quilt – the lap quilt from “Bend-The-Rules Sewing” by Amy Karol. Excellent clear instructions resulting in a great-looking quilt without nine million little pieces to make you (me) crazy(er).

    And one of the ways I learn new crafts is by reading books written for kids. So here are two I picked up recently: “Quilting” from the Kids Can Do It series, written by Biz Storms. Lots of fun sewing projects, not just quilting. “The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days” by Mary Cobb is an easy-to-read history of both pioneer times and quilting, with many illustrations of traditional quilt blocks and non-sewing projects for kids.

  111. The Modern Quilt Workshop is my fav also!

  112. Jennifer says:

    For inspiration and history mixed with some patterns, I really like ‘Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking & the Great Depression’ by Merikay Waldvogel. It’s filled with quilts that I wish my grandmother had made for me.
    Another good one for patterns and lovely photos is ‘How To Make An Amish Quilt’ by Rachel and Kenneth Pellman.

  113. Carolyn says:

    As a quilter of almost 30 years, let me count the books which inspire me….but that would take forerver. So as a lover of all things traditional, I’ll name any books by Marsha McCloskey, Ellie Sienkiewicz, Barbara Brackman, and Judy Martin, who spins a twist on the traditional.

  114. Any of Kaffe Fassett’s book is a delight for the eyes. His quilts are so colorful and beautiful.

  115. Kelly G. says:

    I am agreeing with all the Denyse Schmidt lovers

  116. Janice says:

    The quilting book I love most would have to be Dear Jane by Brenda Papadakis. Brenda’s obsession with Jane Stickle’s beautiful civil war era quilt became a labor of love, drafting the patterns, making her own copy, writing a journal to Jane, and that love spread all over the world. All you have to do is check the Janiac list at to get a feel for what it has become. I’ve only made a few baby quilts at this point but I’ve begun working my way through this book in the effort to create my own Baby Jane.

  117. Cara says:

    Oh – I have to add another – Dorky Homemade Quilts by Lisa Boyer. That book and the Gee’s Bend exhibition coming to town convinced me to just relax and enjoy making the darn quilts despite the many imperfections. Allowing me to actually finish my first quilt and move on to others.

  118. Cara says:

    I originally bought The Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide as a resource for figuring out how to bind a quilt, etc. But, I’ve actually found it is one of my most inspiring quilt books, with information on Biscuit Quilts, Seminole Patchwork, White Quilts and dozens of variations of techniques we see all the time that really personalize a quilt when you add the twist. It doesn’t include blocks, but it causes me to want to branch out from the blocks. (I’m still building up to anything really exciting.)

  119. Polly Carman says:

    Quilt books… how fun. I have a list here of all the ones I was unfamiliar with and am on my way to the library web site.

    I have many, a new favorite is:
    the impatient patchworker by jayne emerson

  120. Nabbi says:

    For several years I’ve been very interested in Korean pojagi/bojagi and have several books on it. I’m currently doing my first pojagi “workshop” and completed two projects. I’m now starting on my third. Just recently I’ve also been interested in contemporary quilting and got “Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts” for Christmas from my husband. I love it and plan to make a quilt for my little boy for when he moves into his big-boy bed!

  121. Stacey says:

    The book that most inspired me of late is “Nancy Crow” by Nancy Crow. Not only are her quilts amazing works of art; her ideals behind making the quilts helped me explain the passion to people who don’t necessarily understand the compulsion to create.

    “I identify who I am with my art work…in other words, I love the work, the experience of making each quilt. It’s my life, my life’s work! I feel lost not doing art, unsatisfied, anxious, bored. Everything else in comparison seems not terribly important. That is not to say I don’t love my two sons or my husband. I love them dearly but I cannot live through other human beings but rather I feel I can live only through using the talents or gifts I was given and to that end, I have always had a sense of time running out.

    I believe in just doing it and not looking for excuses because who really cares in the end?
    No one but oneself.” – Nancy Crow

    When I read that part of the book, I felt like she was writing about me and with that made me realize I was not alone in the need to express oneself creatively through quilting (and hopefully not feel as guilty about supper not quite being ready on time).

  122. Lyndsay says:

    My favorite book is “Happy Hour” by Terry Atkinson. I’m a new quilter and I’ve found this book has really pretty, fast and simple quilt patterns with color photos. Plus, the directions are super easy to follow. Love it!

  123. Stefanie says:

    I know this one has been mentioned but Denyse Schmidt is my favorite no questions, hands down!

  124. Catherine Muirhead says:

    I’m a first timer- Don’t know if you include you Canadian friends, but if so, count me in!

    My favorite quilting book is Heirloom quilting by Hariet Hargraves. She covers so much and it is like a little Quilt Bible for me!

  125. EmmyLizzy says:

    I can often be found drooling over Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in the Sun. Although pretty much all of his books have this same effect. Also, I try to read “Mother Earth and Her Children – A Quilted Fairy Tale” to every little one I come across in hopes to start em quilting early!

  126. Chris Aiton says:

    My favorite is an older book titled Patchwork Pantry by Suzette Halferty and Carol Porter. I love all of the different styles of quilts they show and the fun recipes that go with them. I’ve made two of the quilts in the book and hope to make more.

  127. heather w. says:

    I always like Elenor Burns Quilt in a Day books. The log cabin being my favorite. It is an easy step by step instructional book and it was the book I used to make my first quilt! It is kind of “old school” but easily brought up to date with cute fabrics!

  128. Fanny says:

    One of my favorites is “The Directory of Quilting Techniques” by Caroline Rodrigues is a wonderful full of block ideas and sewing techniques. When something isn’t coming out right, it’s the first book I turn to for a tip or trick.

  129. shaz says:

    I love “A Fine Line” by Melody Crust and Waldron Tewell (2002). It goes beyond the ‘quilt top’ design to explore designs in your quilting stitch. It has great examples and shows the effect of more than one type of stitch on a particular quilt top (effectively done using copies of the top and black marker). It really extends my thinking about my quilts and gets me out of the ‘safe’ stipple stitch option.

  130. cathygaubert says:

    Patchwork Folk Art (Using Applique’ & Quilting Techniques) by Janet Bolton is such a gorgeous, inspiring, and informative book. If you have never seen her work, you definitely owe it to yourself to find one of her books. The ISBN for this one is 0-8069-1320-7. Hooray for quilt month! I am ready to be inspired. 🙂

  131. Kim says:

    Piec-lique Curves The New Way by Sharon Schamber is a good one. Even if you don’t use her patterns, the techniques for curved appliqué are pretty neat.

  132. Amy says:

    My favorite quilt book is the Leisure Arts book Relax and Quilt. I love the pictures, the stories, and quotes that are pieced together to make the patchwork that is this book. I pull it out just to read it quite often!

  133. Alissa says:

    So many replies that I’m certain to not be the first to say so, but for me it’s got to be “Denyse Schimdt Quilts”. Though I recently picked up “Japanese Quilt Blocks to MIx & Match” and it’s wonderful too! So many modern and lovely patterns in both books…

  134. Challice N says:

    That quilt is beautiful. I made dh a log cabin CA king size quilt as my first quilt. I think it turned out rather well.

  135. Margaret says:

    I am fairly new to quilting and I love Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gift by Joelle Hoverson, too. My grandmother was a quilter and I loved to watch her work when I was little. I only recently started up myself and am loving it.

  136. Debby says:

    I make vintage looking quilts so I love all the state quilt documentation books. I use them for color and fabric choices and design. My favorites are from Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont. I also like Barbara Brackman’s Clues in the Calico and Kiracofe’s The American Quilt.

  137. Kati says:

    i loved stash envy… it’s a classic.

  138. Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts is my absolute favorite! I just started quilting and I have to say, this book really inspired me. I never thought I would be one to quilt but while taking care f my grandmother I came upon many, many unfinished quilts pieced together by her and I cannot wait to wrap myself in something she started with her loving hands.

  139. Sarah says:

    I love all the fabulous eye-candy books by Kaffe Fassett, Denise Schmidt, etc., but for me the hardest part of quilting is the quilting and finishing phase. As I am not inclined to do hand-quilting, the most useful book I’ve used is: _Easy Machine Quilting: 12 Step-By-Step Lessons from the Pros, Plus a Dozen Projects to Machine Quilt_ by Jane Townswick, Editor. Once the piecing is completed, it has been so helpful to have a book that does more than instruct you to “baste, quilt, and bind”and explain how to miter corners for the nth time!

  140. Jessica says:

    I’m a sucker for “Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson, but I’m also quite taken with “American Quilting and Patchwork,” a lucky find at the used bookstore in my neighborhood.

  141. Jody says:

    My two favs are Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects
    Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts

  142. Kahne says:

    101 Rotary Cut Quilts is one of my all-time favorites. There are so many different designs and they have pictures of finished quilts from all different time periods in beautiful colors. The patterns are well laid out and easy to follow. Some use whole yardage and some use fat quarters, and they even have quilting templates at the end. It is a must have – fun to flip through and dream up ideas. Besides, I love the rotary cutter.

  143. Nicole says:

    I have a few current favorites:

    The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide by Ellen Pahl
    The Idiots Guide to Quilting (my first quilting book and it really does help lay out the basics)
    Last Minutes Patchwork and Quilted Gifts
    and lastly I borrowed the Denyse Schmidt book from a friend and it is beautiful! I think I may have to buy that one too!

  144. Cara says:

    Although not necessarily a quilting book, Childhood Treasures:Handmade Gifts for Babies and Children by Caroline Zoob contians immense inspiration for adding personalized embroidery to your quilts and has many soothing photographs of lovely old quilts.

  145. Regina says:

    I enjoy paper piecing so A Quilter’s Ark by Margaret Rolfe has been a great resource. To be honest, I get most of my ideas and patterns from the internet or quilting magazines rather than books, and take the book money and spend it on fabric instead.

  146. Sequana says:

    I have referred to “A Fine LIne” by Melody Crust and Heather Waldron Tewell so often that it’s getting quite dog-eared.

  147. sarah says:

    Sally Collins’ The Art of Machine Piecing (which I’m STILL trying to get the hang of!) and Georgia Bonesteel’s Lap Quilting series. They’re more for technique than actual patterns, but I like to look at magazines to get inspiration for pattern ideas. Magazines and…

  148. Kathleen says:

    One of my all-time favourites is Joen Wolfrom’s Color Play, Joen has a great eye for colour! Another fave is Quilt Toppings by Melody Crust. Of course the book simply titled Quilts, by Karen S Stone is good too!

  149. MdG says:

    I don’t have a favorite quilting book, but I snatch up a copy of Better Homes and Garden’s Quilts and More whenever it hits the magazine stands. Great articles, projects, and basic quilting instructions. They use the most fabulous fabrics in their projects as well.
    Although, re-reading through some comments, I do have to give a vote to Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. Tond of wonderful projects I have to put on my to-do list.

  150. lauren says:

    Gee’s Bend/ The Architecture of the Quilt is my current favorite source of inspiration, but I also really love the Denyse Schmidt book. One day I really want to start buying Japanese books on the subject, too!

  151. Katy says:

    My Grandmother gave me her old quilting books. One of my favorites is an older Better Homes and Gardens book called American Patchwork & Quilting. It has tons of great blocks and applique patterns. You just have to ignore the 1970’s clothing and some not-so-great color combinations. But it does have good instructions.
    Thanks for all the other great inspiration,

  152. Angela says:

    I am new to quilting, but so far it’s:
    Amy Butler’s IN STITCHES for inspiration, THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO FREESTYLE EMBROIDERY by Christine Marsh for embellishment, and Better Home’s COMPLETE GUIDE TO QUILTING for technique.
    I am also very inspired by what I find on the internet, by viewing your contributer’s blogs.

  153. Suzanne says:

    I love Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. It has a modern flare and a wide variety of projects. And of course, Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! is a classic too.

  154. Julia York says:

    I love ‘Landscape in Contemporary Quilts by Ineke Berlyn. It really opened my eyes to quilts as beautiful works of art as opposed to extremly beautiful works of craft if you understand what I mean.

  155. Stephanie says:

    Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! : The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking by by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes has been a great resource for me the last 15 years of quilting. The fabrics and colors seem a bit outdated now to look at the pictures, but the information is still great.

  156. Becca says:

    I have two – Playful Patchwork Projects by Kari Pearson & Friends and Quilts, Quilts, and More Quilts by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes.

  157. Kirsten says:

    Simple Scrappy Quilts, by Nancy J Martin – lots of nice ideas, with plenty of flexibility. I dislike patterns that require you to go out and buy these Exact Fabrics you see in the picture here…. this book does the opposite of that, to me.

    I also like Fat Quarter Friendly, by Fons and Porter. Yeah, can you tell I get bored easily and don’t like to make things that are too matchy-matchy?

  158. Christina G. says:

    I am only just learning to quilt (and to sew, for that matter) so I don’t yet have an absolute favorite book.
    However, I do enjoy “Start Quilting with Alex Anderson” as well as Amy Butler’s book (which is more about sewing than about quilting.)

  159. Ginny says:

    I’ve always been too intimidated to try quilting but I recently bought Denyse Schmidt’s QUILT-IT KIT for 75% off and am quite excited about trying out some of the projects. I want to do the eyeglass case first and the pillow too of course since it came with the fabric for it. Most of the projects look simple enough and the color combos are great. After that I want to make a doll quilt for my daughter,

  160. terri moore says:

    yippee! i cannot wait for quilting month! posted a pic of a book on my blog called “little quilts” by alice berg, mary ellen von holt and sylvia johnson…several people commented and/or emailed saying it looks like fun! have a new tute posted on my blog as well…sew, mama, sew! rocks…what did i do with myself before i found it???!!! =)

  161. renee says:

    I’ve just begun learning to quilt and have only done one so far but the books i like right now are:

    1. Quilting magazines – these are great and come with templates and techniques. I found a discarded copy at the library and that’s what got me quilting.
    2. Little Quilts everywhere is a great little vintage find.
    3. Favorite Feedsack Quilts is great for inspiration and ideas for feedsack material and reproduction fabrics which i adore.
    4. Quilt Encyclopedia is a fantastic resource and a very interesting read about everything from materials to technique and history. Love this book.
    5. Block Magic is a fun one too.

    There’s so many more! There’s a block one that i love and can’t find the name now

  162. Tara says:

    Just last night I was inspired by The Uncommon Quilter!

  163. Sarah S says:

    “Your first quilt book ever, or it should be” by Carol Doak. This is one of the best books for basic quilting knowledge. If you’ve never quilted but want to start, find this book!

  164. Barbara says:

    I’ve got so many books of quilt patterns but one of the very first I was given when I originally got into quilting was At Home with Thimbleberries Quilts. Not as modern (or fashionable) as some mentioned here I think but I do love the warm colours, simple patterns and I think the instructions are so good especially if you are beginning.
    For quilting technique though I have Harriet Hargrave’s Heirloom Machine Quilting and Quilt Savvy by Diane Gaudynski. Botrh excellent with plenty of tips on fabric, batting, needles etc etc.
    I’m going to be very busy looking up some of the other books mentioned here!

  165. kara says:

    Oh, probably last minute patchwork and Denyse Schmidt’s book. They are fun and versatile. Also Make Your Own Contemporary quilts. Quilting doesn’t just have to be for your grandmother!

  166. Funda says:

    My favorite quilt book is not about how to make quilts but how women come together while making quilts. The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. Actually all of her books are really great.

  167. renee says:

    oh my you guys get better and better!

  168. Aradi says:

    Quilter’s Complete Guide by Fons/Porter. I have only just started trying to figure it all out and its been the most helpful. I havent gotten to the point of looking for projects yet.

  169. shelli says:

    So the book – right. So far, “Quilt as Desired,” by Charlene C. Frable ROCKS.

    SO many quilt books tell you how to “piece,” but FEW have a whole book, if at all related to doing what one does once you have your “sandwich.”

    This is an invaluable resource.

  170. Jessie says:

    Denyse Schmidt Quilts is my favorite since it gave me “permission” to think of quilts as fun modern accessories and art, not just as my mother’s country-style bedspreads. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but my point is that Denyse’s book helped me see quilts in a whole new fun way that can be applied to almost every aspect of one’s home.

  171. Lisa Boyer says:

    My favorite quilt book of all time is “The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art: An Oral History” by Cooper and Bradley. If I could only own one quilt book, it would be this one.

  172. Tina M. says:

    “Even more baby quilts”
    ISBN: 1564772829
    — hands down the most user-friendly book. The fabric choices aren’t what I’d pick, but the instructions are easy to follow, precise, and these quilts look spectacular made up in non-juvenile fabrics. 🙂

    They’re all easy to quadruple for bigger size quilts.


  173. froghair says:

    wow — this is a veritable who’s-who of quilting books, isn’t it! Which makes it all the more surprising that my current favorite, Make Your Own Contemporary Quilts by Karen Hemingway hasn’t shown up yet. Some really original ideas and fantastic color combinations in there!

  174. shelli says:

    Me, I’m a novice quilter. But I’ve been doing Amanda Jean’s Quilt-a-long. It’s SO fun! Pictures on my flickr pages.

  175. Barb Anderson says:

    I have been referring to Fons & Porter for basic info, as that is what I need the most right now! I have been stash building for a long time, and have just started quilting! (I’ve been sewing clothes for myself and my 4 children for almost 40 years!) ]]

    I love this blog, and look forward to seeing the inspiration each time I log in!!!!!

    Thanks for your effort, it is appreciated!

  176. Karen says:

    Probably the quilting book that I’ve used the *most* is “Even More Quilts for Baby: Easy as ABC” by Ursula Reikes. The designs are pretty, simple and don’t take too long… perfect for baby quilts.

    Recently I got the Modern Quilt Workshop, and not only do I really like the designs (they’re really refreshing after seeing a lot of the same stuff over and over again), but I like a lot of the color theory and practical tips. I really love that they encourage quilters to do their own quilting. I think it’s sad to see someone work hard on a beautiful quilt and then have someone else finish it.

    I’m also newly inspired by Kaffe Fassett’s “Glorious Quilting”. I haven’t made anything out of the book, but I love the quilts and photography.

  177. Rebecca says:

    Some of my most used books would be Block Magic and Block Magic Too! by Nancy Johnson Srebro. She has such beautiful designs, easy instructions, and each design has directions for many different sized blocks!

  178. Trina says:

    Another vote for Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. I want to make just about everything in it. Especially the beautiful color wheel quilt.

  179. Amy Gillian says:

    I like the cooment that Quilts shoulde used and not in closets. That’s why I like “The It’s Okay if you sit on My Quilt Book” by Mary Ellen Hopkins!

  180. Bonny Gillmer says:

    Karen Snyder’s book, Bundles of Fun. I think I’d like to make every quilt in the book…all using fat quarters!

  181. amandajean says:

    I love denyse schmidt’s quilt book.

  182. Marianne says:

    Definitely “Dear Jane” by Brenda Papdakis! This has spawned a mini-industry of quilters either reproducing Jane Stickel’s quilt or using it as a jumping off point. My other must-have is Judy Hopkins “Around the Block,” traditional blocks in various sizes with rotary cutting directions. I turn to it again and again.

  183. Lola says:

    Anything by Fons and Porter…even their magazine!

  184. Tabitha says:

    I love the Buggy Barn Quilts books that use the sisters’ crazy method. They’re a great way for a beginner to get started and complete a quilt that is easy and very forgiving, but doesn’t look that way. Because the Buggy Barn sisters go for a scrappy look, they’re patterns are great for reducing a stash and experimenting with different color combinations. I also love the way they sometimes skip the borders, because they’re anxious to get the quilt finished.

  185. mamafitz says:

    I like M’Liss Rae Hawley’s books: Fat Quarter Quilts, More Fat Quarter Quilts, and a third one that I can’t remember the name of. Those fat quarters are like candy when you go in a shop, and it’s nice to have a book that has designed quilts specifically for FQs.

  186. rachel says:

    I really liked Magic Stack-N-Whack Quilts by Bethany Reynolds. The quilts are fun and simple (my first quilt was one of these!) and yet the designs still look really cool. It really highlights the pattern of fabric and gives it a whole new look. I really recommend it to anyone interested in making a kaleidescope style quilt.

  187. Michelle says:

    haha i first read your title to say calling all quiTTers, and I was like hmm.. i guess there are a few projects i’ve quitted,… hahaha
    Anyway, my favorite book would probably be Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts cuz its the only one I have so far. But I’ve made numerous things from it already.

  188. Stacy says:

    Last-MInute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts
    Joelle Hoverson

    I treated myself to this book over the holidays, and it did not disappoint. I consider myself to be somewhere between a beginner and intermediate quilter, I know the basics, but still have a lot to learn. This book has it all, great basic quilting instructions and tips, stunning projects with beautiful photography, and simple yet informative instructions. There are dozens of books out there with beautiful projects, but this is the first one I have read in a long time with instructions that I could follow with ease, providing the necessary information, but not so complicated and long that I feel lost or incapable following them. I have completed one project (Someone to watch over me), it was challenging, but in a positive way, and the time assessment was accurate. It is my favorite piece I have ever created. I am looking forward to tackling the color wheel wallhanging very soon, when I have the time and funds to really select some great fabrics!

  189. Pauline says:

    Anything by Kaffe Fassett for inspiration, I love the way he puts fabrics together. I use the Better Homes and Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks over and over and right now I’m enjoying a sweet book I got for Christmas called “quilt” with designs by Ruth Van Haeff and Janine Flew.

  190. Sara says:

    Although this book doesn’t just deal with quilts. It has a few ideas. Midwest Modern by Amy Butler is very inspiring!

  191. Becky says:

    I’m rather a beginner quilter (did it 30 yrs ago and just picked it back up again) so I am devouring “Quilting 101”. The projects are quick and easy and confidence-building. Just what I need right now!

    I am excited for quilt month!

  192. ann says:

    Two of my favorites are “Make Your Own Contemporary Quilts” and “Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match” by Susan Briscoe. ..and of course, the Modern Quilt Workshop.
    I’m still working on my first quilt but I can’t wait to try some of the other designs i’ve seen.
    Fun thread!!

  193. Katie says:

    I recently took out 3 great books from the library by Harriet Hargrave. They are: “Machine Applique,” “The Art of Classic Quiltmaking,” and “Heirloom Machine Quilting.” I’m excited to get going! Although I’m just going to practice on cheap fabric before I delve into anything crazy. Have you seen the April 2008 Amy Butler fabric? It’s gorgeous!

  194. Lil' d says:

    I’m still trying to get the courage up to try quilting. I think my first attempt will probably be the lap quilt from Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Carol, as I’ve heard others say that it’s a nice simple one to start on.

  195. First of all that quilt is unbelievable. Its so beautiful on so many levels.

    I have so many favorite quilting books its hard to list. But I will tell you my first quilt book I bought that has inspired me for years and I still pull it out and love to look through it. I love Mary Mashuta and her twin sister. They are fabulous with color and inspiration and I have all their books.

    Cotton Candy Quilts is just a favorite of mine. It isn’t all instructional or patterns but its inspiration and choice of fabic education, too. There is one quilt I have made in there at least 15 times with different fabrics (and sold most of them).

    I had an opportunity to meet Mary and hear her lecture and have a great lunch at the Utah Quilt Guild Week last year. It was inspiring and such a dream of mine to meet her. Reading that book started me on my great pathway with quilting. I took my dog-eared, greatly used book and had the luck of Mary signing it for me.

  196. Hjordi says:

    I don’t have it yet but I’d really like to get the Big Book of Quilting. And I have and love Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts and Bend-the-rules-sewing.

  197. Sarah says:

    As a beginning quilter, I like Fons and Porter’s Quilter’s Complete Guide for its good basic information. I also use their magazine (checks out from our public library!) for good ideas and realistic ratings on projects (the easy projects truly are easy).

  198. Cindy Rutledge says:

    My favorite reference book is The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide. I have used it so many times for help on different techniques. It covers a wide variety of techniques in an easy reference format.

  199. Kari says:

    Another vote for Modern Quilt Workshop, although one book can’t be all a quilter would want. Lately, I also like Laps from Fats, Simplicity by Plaids and Prints, 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts and Happy Hour. Good beginner books are BHG’s Complete Guide to Quilting (great for comprehensive view) and First-Time Quiltmaking: Learning to Quilt in Six Easy Lessons (easy to digest for a complete novice, but the projects in the end of the book aren’t the best).

  200. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a newbee to sewing, so I don’t have a book suggestion, just a quilt month suggestion… Please please include some quilting how to’s in quilt month to inspire some of us who have not yet delved into that, somewhat daunting area, of sewing! Thanks!

  201. Joanna says:

    I just picked up Denyse Schmidt Quilts after hearing about it so much. I can’t wait for quilt month and attempting something a bit more complex than the little crib quilt I made a while ago. And a bunch of fat quarters to get me started wouldn’t hurt!

  202. holli says:

    Bend The Rules Sewing has a lap quilt that is sooo great!!! Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts is pretty great also…

  203. Stephanie says:

    I have really enjoyed the quilting projects in Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted gifts and Denyse Schmidt Quilts.

    That quilt is absolutely breathtaking!

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for quilt month – one question – will there be a chance to have a Q&A session?? That would be really helpful. Thanks!

  204. Bean says:

    Eren’s family quilt is gorgeous!! I hope one day to be that skillful… 🙂

    these are my favorites…
    “Vintage-style Quilts: 25 step-by-step patchwork & quilting projects using old & new materials” by Flora Roberts
    Mini Quilts from Traditional Designs by Adele Corcoran

  205. kate says:

    I loooove Kaffe Fassett’s “Quilts in the Sun” right now… loving all the quilts in there. yum!
    of course like us all just wish I had more time and money and I could make them all!!

  206. Gina says:

    “Creative Quilts” and “Contemporary Quilts” both by Sandra Meech are on my list for inspiration. Not traditional quilting patterns, but real artwork in my opinion.

  207. Alyssa says:

    The Ultimate Quilting Book: Over 1,000 inspirational ideas and practical tips by Maggi McCormick Gordon – this book is great because it not only covers many quilting techniques, but also historical quilts with oodles of gorgeous pictures (even when I don’t have time to quilt, I like just looking at it!)
    Quilts Galore! Quiltmaking Styles and Techniques by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes – lots of visual instructions and patterns
    Better Homes and Gardens 101 Full-Size Quilt Blocks and Borders – you don’t have to enlarge any of these patterns – seriously, they are full sized!
    Amy Butler’s In Stitches – who doesn’t love this book?

  208. LouAnne says:

    A handpiecer of crazyquilts for some time, I hold a special place in my heart for Alex Anderson’s beginner’s book called (I think) “Start Quilting”. It helped me overcome my fear of traditional piecing and guided me through my very first “sane” quilt top. I still recommend it to beginners when asked where they should start.

    I have since stocked my library with many other books, but still go back to Alex’s beginner book’s techiques when I’m unsure of myself in someway dealing with a more complicated pattern.

  209. Michelle says:

    I love scrappy quilts, so Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth is one of my favorites, and for handwork I love Linda Franz’s Quilted Diamonds Book 1 and 2, and for whimsical quilts that tell a story, Mary Lou Weidman’s Quilted Memories.

  210. erin says:

    I suggest either “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quilting” by Laura Ehrlich or “Your First Quilt Book (Or It Should Be) by Carol Doak. They both are beginner books, obviously, but it helped me with a few things and I have been making quilts for a few years!

  211. Harriet says:

    One of these days I WILL learn how to quilt. I am glad that there’s a link to some beautiful projects on this site!

  212. LauraJ says:

    After an exhaustive online search, which took all of 15 minutes, I found my favorite quilting book. sadly I don’t own the book but my local library does. I borrow it once a year.
    The book is The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort. I just love the history and the pictures in this book. Every quilter who loves quilting should have this book!

  213. I’m also in love with Denyse Schmidt! I just saw this at the bookstore and put it on my wishlist:
    Quilt-It Kit: 15 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects by Denyse Schmidt

    Which goes on with these three, also at the top of my wishlist:
    Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects
    Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts
    In Stitches by Amy Butler

  214. kathryn says:

    For inspiration: “Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match” by Susan Briscoe, Kaffe Fassett’s “Quilt Road” and “Passionate Patchwork”, and “The Quiltmakers’s Gift” by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail deMarcken.
    For reference: “The New Sampler Quilt” by Diana Leone

  215. Jenny says:

    I like the books by Jean and Valori Wells (mother and daughter). I have “Stitch ‘n Flip”, “Everything Flowers”, and “Garden Inspired Quilts”. A friend has “Radiant New York Beauties” and it is stunning.

  216. Celeste says:

    Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts is just lovely–lots of small quilt-inspired projects for a novice like me!

  217. Emily says:

    Passionate Patchwork and Glorious Patchwork by Kaffe Fasset are the 2 books I come back to over and over for bed quilts. My all time favorite art quilt book is Quilts and Influences by Nancy Crow. It was the first quilting book I ever bought, in 1991. An oldie but goodie!

  218. Tina says:

    I also adore The Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide, edited by Ellen Pahl. It explains bunches of techniques with diagrams and pictures that clear up all kinds of difficult-to-master skills. The contributors are brilliant quilters: Carol Doak, Jeana Kimball, Lynette Jensen and Roberta Horton among them.

    Your First Quilt Book by Carol Doak is another favourite reference. It has all kinds of beginner information that I somehow manage to forget every time I start a new project. Her explanations and diagrams are simple and easy to understand.

    For sheer number of patterns (some are classics I’ve seen in other, more-specialized volumes) is Leisure Arts’ Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns. So many ideas, so little time!

  219. Well, I think any quilt book I’ve looked at has been useful in some way, but the ones I love to look at most are Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects, and any of the Gee’s Bend quilts.
    Hey, thanks for asking!
    Melissa Averinos

  220. Mandy says:

    I really, really love Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolfe. All the pieces are uniform, but there is so much variation!! I have made several quilts using the techniques and patterns in this book, and they have all been incredibly different but so pretty. This is really great for stash fabrics and remnants, and also excellent practice for composition and color techniques.

  221. About five or six years ago I wanted to learn how to quilt, I had made a few blankets when I was younger but literally knew nothing about binding, backing or finishing so I bought “Kids Start Quilting with Alex Anderson”. Don’t laugh, I figured if kids could do it, I might be able to pick it up quick. Lol! I do have other favorites now, but this one taught me the basics an I made a lot of baby blankets from this one.

  222. Michele says:

    I too liked the “Quilter’s Complete Guide” by Fons and Porter…I also tivo their show on PBS…they have so many helpful tips/tricks for a newbie like me!

  223. Annika says:

    Not a quilting book, but I was given the courage to try by reading Bend-the-Rules Sewing. I just got Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts and it looks sure to be a favorite for years to come. I also have a wonderful booklet I found at a yardsale called “Tall Moon” by Mary Tendall and Connie Tesene. It is templates for applique and ideas for putting sweet quilts together.

  224. sarah says:

    I’m really in love with Denyse Schmidt Quilts ( )

    Great projects and clear instructions.

    I also have a doll quilt tutorial on my blog that you are more than welcome to link to:

  225. jackie bloom says:

    Hi best book for new quilters “It’s OK to sit on my quilt” book. Easy basic block, fast piecing and nice short cuts. For color and inspiration any book by Kaffe Fassett. Best of all visit your public library, take out all their quilt books, see which ones you keep taking out and buy them!!!

  226. emily says:

    i’m a fan of the denyse schmidt book.

  227. Debbie says:

    I love to read about the history of quilts and quilting and so I gain a lot of inspiration from the great variety of state quilt documentation books and other historical quilt books. My favorites for now are probably “Legacy: The Story of Talula Gilbert Bottoms and Her Quilts” by Nancilu B. Burdick and the companion pattern book “Family Ties: Old Quilt Patterns from New Cloth” by the same author. I also love “Remember Me: Women and Their Friendship Quilts” by Linda Otto Lipsett. Needless to say I like to use a lot of traditional patterns in my quilts!

  228. jenclair says:

    I have several books that I love, but one that I enjoy just paging through time and again is Collaborative Quilting by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. Beautiful pictures, bright and cheery quilts, and lots of good instruction.

    I must get a copy of Denyse Scmidt’s Quilts, though, because I adore therm.

  229. Cat says:

    I’m going to add my “me too” to Bonnie Hunter’s scrappy patterns on her website and to Emily’s love of The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide. Bonnie’s patterns are fun and easy. The Quilters’ Visual Guide gives great instructions for a variety of techniques. I refer to it just about every time I bind!

    I also love Ellen Replogle’s Laps From Fats books. Fun, beautiful quilts all from FQs! Who doesn’t love FQ quilts??

  230. Lynn says:

    I really love Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts, and Denyse Schmidt Quilts for all around general good quilting books. I also have a Gee’s Bend book for inspiration and I LOVE to flip through any of Kaffe’s books too.

  231. Austen says:

    I taught myself to quilt – from scratch – with the “Complete Guide to Quilting” from Better Homes and Gardens. It’s great: clear explanations, lots of pictures, and step-by-step instructions on everything from planning a quilt top, to piecing, quilting and binding it (plus all the steps in between). Lots of information on specialty techniques is included, too. Five years later it’s still my go-to when I have a quilting question.

    Inspiration-wise, right now I’m looking at Joelle Hoverson’s “Last-minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” and Denyse Schmidt’s book pretty often! Can’t wait to see what Quilting Month has in store.

  232. Shari van der Grijn says:

    It appears I’m in good company here….
    Denyse Schmidt – Quilts
    Bill and Weeks Ringle – Modern Quilt Workshop (and their Color Workshop book)
    And then I’ll add…
    Sally Collins – Precision Machine Piecing
    because I think it’s important to recognize at least one technical aspect book!

  233. Becca says:

    I love the Singer Quilting Bible and Fons and Porters Complete Guide to Quilting. Both of those were so helpful when I made my first quilt and I still refer to them to this day.

  234. Maggie says:

    I like Your First Quilt Book by Carol Doak for the basics since I’m learning but my absolute favorite is 5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone which is basically a giant pictorial list of blocks. I love it.

  235. Bailey says:

    Many years ago, my sister and I decided to make our first quilt together. We shared the expense of all the supplies and carefully chose our fabrics. Since we were complete beginners, we bought the book, “Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking” by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. They discuss how to choose a pattern and select colors, and then guide you through all the steps that follow. There are beautiful full page photos of about 30 different quilts with all the measurements and construction notes. It was a good place to start. Looking forward to quilting month!!

  236. I really like the Denyse Schmidt book Quilts, which is a pretty good book I think for a more beginning quilter.

  237. Hashi says:

    The most inspirational quilting book I own is “Art and Inspirations” by Ruth B. McDowell. The author takes quilting to a whole new level of painterliness (is that a word?). Gorgeous eye candy, and inspiration for painting and collage, not just fabric crafts.

  238. Lauren says:

    I don’t even quilt, but Denyse Schmidt makes me want to.

  239. jane says:

    Mine is traditions with a twist – i don’t even own it but so many brilliant ideas have come from people who recommend that book, from the disappearing nine patch, to a trip around the world. I love that book just by its reputation

  240. Yvette says:

    Apart from the ones already mentioned, two other books I have enjoyed are

    Baby Patchwork – small quilts and other gifts by Gianna Valli Berti which has the absolute cutest baby quilts and totes, bottle covers, pj holders and other accessories to match and

    Patchwork Picnic by Suzette Halferty and Nancy Martin – each quilt comes with a recipie to match the theme of the quilt. Love it!

  241. Korie says:

    Not too original here either, but my favorites are:

    ~Denyse Schmidt Quilts
    ~Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts
    ~Bend the Rules Sewing

    A book I recommend simply for the visual aspect is the Japanese craft book – Machine Made Patchworks. Even though it is in Japanese, I have been inspired by the designs.

    Can’t wait for Quilting month!

  242. molly says:

    I am very new to quilting — just finished my first quilt. I used Amy Karol’s “Bend the Rules Sewing”. Not entirely a quilting book but good for a beginner like me!

  243. Delaina says:

    Quilting month? Fabulous idea – can’t wait!

  244. Sarah says:

    Since I am crazy about vintage fabric, I like Feedsacks! By Edie McGinnis. So much beautiful fabric!

  245. Ginger says:

    I love
    Denyse Schmidt Quilts
    The Modern Quilt Workshop by Ringle and Kerr
    Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

  246. Janet says:

    I bought a copy of “Quilts in the Tradition of Frank LLoyd Wright”, intending to make something for my brother who is a Wright freak. I chickened out due to all the long skinny black pieces that appear to be involved in the quilts. But I still flip through it regularly!

  247. Kim says:

    I just received Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts over the holidays. I am so excited about all the quilting possibilities! I have to finish a few other projects first though, but then that book is my next inspiration for sewing.

  248. meredith says:

    i am SO excited. i can’t wait – i’ve been wanting to learn how to quilt for a long time now! i recently checked out a book at the library about quilting so i’m all ready for quilting month to start!

  249. Karen says:

    I have enjoyed using Eleanor Burns’ Egg Money Quits.” I love how she uses the reproduction fabric and she has great short cuts!.

  250. Ruth says:

    When I first started quilting, the “Quilter’s Complete Guide” was such a big help for me. This book has wonderful illustrations and explanations, and I still refer to it often.

  251. Cheryl says:

    I like “Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter” by Katie Pasquini Masopust, which has very educational lessons in modern “art” quilting. Very good for a beginning art quilter.
    I also love “Baltimore Beauties and Beyond” by Elly Sienkiewicz, which teaches you applique methods, and has the most wonderful traditional Baltimore Album Quilt patterns.

  252. Michele C says:

    I have several quilting books, but I did enjoy Denyse Schmidt’s, Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects. The ideas were new and fresh, and I had recently seen her work in a magazine so had sought out the book and was excited to try some projects. I made a quilt inspired by her “Drunk Love” design that was raffled off by a South Carolina charity group at a benefit dinner. Isn’t that the way it goes? My ONE finished, very cool quilt, given away and raffled off. I hope someone is cozy under that thing. I have another Drunk Love unfinished top that I intend to have quilted professionally or do by hand myself. I think it will look so great done that way. — Michele

  253. Heather says:

    I helped my mom and grandmother quilt as a child/teen. I never really picked it up. Recently I made a wall hanging quilt for a friend. I just winged it with advie from my mom. Since then I have made a few simple baby quilts based on the simple quilt pattern in Bend the Rules Sewing. For Christmas, my husband bought me The Quilter’s Recipe Book by Celia Eddy. I has basic to complex patterns as well as helpful information on the basics.

  254. Toña says:

    You ladies must read my mind – I am so into quilts and quilting right now. For inspiration, check out the recently published “Mother Earth and her Children: A Quilted Fairytale” It is a children’s book – the illustrations are all from an AMAZING quilt.

  255. edina says:

    I like Denyse Schmidt Quilts – great for a beginner like me!

  256. Mama-E says:

    I know it is really basic… but Last Minute Patchwork Gifts had great small projects and simple quilts for beginners.

  257. Andrea says:

    I just recently purchased “LAst Minute Gifts: Patchwork & Quilted Gifts” and it has some super quick quilting projects. They are perfect for a beginner like me or somebody who wants to whip something up fast.

  258. I’m a beginner, so I’ve loved “The Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide”, with Ellen Pahl as the editor. It has over 700 how-to illustrations, which are great since I don’t have anyone around to show me things.

  259. sara says:

    I’m not a traditional quilter, and I do love quilting “outside the block”! So, my favorite fun book is Quilted Memories by Mary Lou Weidman. BUT, my all time favorite book (the one that made me WANT to quilt is “Glorious Patchwork” by Kaffe Fassett.

  260. jane weston says:

    My favourite book has got the be The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide: From A to Z. ( editor is Ellen Pahl) It is a compilation of tips and techniques from some of the pros with great pictures. A must have on the quilter’s book shelf!

  261. Anamaria Anderson says:

    So many to choose from! Kaffe Fassett’s books are always good for inspiration; his designs are wonderful in layers of prints or simpler solids. An older book that’s worth looking for is Roberta Horton’s Scrap Quilts.

  262. Sarah says:

    Ditto on Stash Envy!

  263. Nada says:

    My favorites include Denyse Schmidt Quilts, Amy Butler’s In Stitches, The Mdern Quilt Workshop, various Japanese Craft Books w/ISBN #s instead of titles, the Fall/Winter 2006 issue of BH&G’s Quilt Sampler (so many I want to make in this one), and Last Minute Quilted Gifts. My current, log-languishing WIP is the Scottish Stars quilt from the afore-mentioned issue of Quilt Sampler. The entire top is to be done in fabrics I picked up in Tokyo last year, and I’ve been browsing Sew Mama Sew for the perfect backing…

  264. Tracey says:

    I love Modern Quilt Workshop for inspiration. I was so tired of even the traditional quilts I’ve always loved, and this book is so refreshingly different. While I haven’t made anything from it, yet, I find it really inspiring in terms of my fabric and pattern choices. It just makes me happy!

  265. Coralee says:

    My favorite quilting book is “Make Your Own Contemporary Quilts” I borrowed it from the library and fell in love with it.

  266. Michele says:

    Oh yea! Now you’re singin’ my song. Quilts, quilts, glorious quilts.

    As for quilt books I like
    *”Nickel Quilts: Great Designs from 5″ Squares” by Pat Speth(this is a great book to use as a base for a fabric swap, etc. There’s also a companion book by the same author – both have very clear instructions and great designs)
    *”Whitework Quilting” by Karn McTavish (whole cloth quilts are so elegant and McTavish makes it seem like a real “no brainer” that anyone can do)
    *Carol Doak books (she seems to THINK geometrically and makes some really complicated looking blocks super easy to make)
    *”Crooked Cabins” by Pat Sloan (This is a very freeing quilt method…NO MEASURING of any kind!)

    I could go on and on, but really I think there are just so many good ones out there right now and also great resources on the web like
    Quiltville’s Bonnie Hunter (tons of free patterns, ideas, etc for scrapquilters)

    I can’t wait for Quilt Month…I just LOVE QUILTS!

  267. Karmela says:

    I’m joining the chorus for Denyse Schmidt, whose designs are soooo inspiring, and Last mInute quilted gifts. The photos are lovely and the projects are beautiful AND attainable! I always curl up with these books when I need inspiration. I also picked up Stash Buster Quilts by Lynne Edwards, which has beautiful, modern quilts. I highly recommend, even if the instructions seem to skip an occasional step in the Buster book. Great projects, though.

  268. Lisa says:

    The most treasured quilting book on my shelf is “Liberated Quiltmaking” by Gwen Marston. Her free style of piecing has inspired me to make several satisfying art quilts. The book is unfortunately out of print, but copies can sometimes turn up in the charity stores.

  269. jennalou says:

    I think my favorite at the moment is Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. The project range from very simple to ornate and time consuming. Each time I close this book I feel such inspiration.

  270. Ceri says:

    I’d highly recommend the “Quilter’s Complete Guide” by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter, which is a fantastic basic reference and explains everything very well, and for those looking to hand-piece and hand-quilt, “Quiltmaking by Hand” by Jinny Beyer, which completely changed my sewing style — I’m much faster now!

    Another reference I often use is called “Drafting and Design Simplified” from a series called “Rodale’s Successful Quilting Library”, edited by Sarah Sacks Dunn — I picked it up on a whim at a book sale, and I’m so glad I did because I’m now able to draft just about any block I want, and it’s also a great reference for resizing and adapting designs.

  271. Heather says:

    “Quilter’s Complete Guide” by Fons and Porter was the best resource I could have found as a new, self-taught quilter. I still find myself referring to it occasionally.

  272. Pink Sky says:

    My recommendation would be
    “Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)” Great when I was a total beginner last year.

    I’m also enjoying Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts, The Art Quilt Workbook, and Denise Schmidt Quilts.

    I love the gorgeous quilt in the photo, too! 🙂

  273. Toni says:

    I love books – especially quilting books. My first book was The Complete Quilting Book, by Fons & Porter (before they became a household quilter’s name). And I always recommend it for the new quilter. My last quilting book I purchased was Mimi Dietrich’s Favorite Appliqué Quilts (which was also autographed) and while I’m not a serious appliquer (yet), this book is wonderful with colorful images and great details and just beautiful projects.

  274. Kerri says:

    I’m a beginning quilter, inspired to start by Denyse Schmidt’s books and fabrics. Classes start next week and I can’t wait!

  275. Grace Sheppard says:

    I love the Denyse Schmidt and Amy Karol as well. Another great one for young quilters (or inexperienced quilters, like me) is SImply Sewing by Judy Ann Sadler (KidsCan Press, 2004). The same publisher does a great range of craft books for kids from about 8-14 or so.

  276. Jenna says:

    i love Denyse Schmidt Quilts. she has great designs, fun projects, and great tips for all quilters.

  277. Angela James says:

    I’m a brand new quilter so I’m short on knowledge and execution of ideas, so I appreciated the easy ideas in the book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. On a side note, I’m writing all the other recommendations down because I need all the help I can get!

  278. irene says:

    I have only two: Better Homes & Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting and Denyse Schmidt Quilts. I love both and always have them out when quilting. Denyse’s is great for basics with great illustrations and easy steps to follow. The BH&G book has tons of quilt ideas and techniques many of which I would love to try- someday.
    BTW- I am SO excited you are doing quilt month. I’m about to start my first KING-size quilt for my sister and am scared to death! The largest size I’ve done so far is a Full so this project is HUGE for me. I know I’ll be able to count on you guys to give me great tips and resources to help me through. I can’t wait!

  279. Mika says:

    My all-time favorite is the Modern Quilt Workshop. I love the design-focused approach that the authors take, and I love how the projects are designed around learning new technical aspects of quilting (piecing curves, etc.). I like their advice to consider the quilting design and thread color when selecting fabrics, and I love how they present each project with several color palette examples, to get the creative juices flowing.

    For technique/construction details and brush-up, I usually turn to Modern Quilt Workshop or Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! I can never remember the widths of bias binding strips. Both books have useful how-to sections that show how to construct binding using various methods.

    For machine quilting, I love Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks, by Sue Nickels. I’m still building my machine quilting skills, and this book is packed with tips for success at free-motion quilting as well as straight line machine quilting. The sections on the order/direction in which to quilt and how to package/repackage the quilt are useful, and so are the practice pages (trace the design to get the idea of the path of the needle).

    A new favorite of mine is Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in the Sun. I don’t tend to do quilts with as many prints and vivid colors as his quilts, but the ones in that book are gorgeous. They are photographed (in the sun, of course) in beautiful settings that fit perfectly (color-wise and texture-wise) with the quilts, such as a brick walkway, a tiled roof, a mural on the side of a wall. It truly is a treat for the eyes.

  280. Angela says:

    Oh boy, quilting books. One of my favorites. Ok — some of my all time favs:

    Cut Loose Quilts by Jan Mullen (great instructions on making “wonky” blocks)

    Liberated String Quilts by Gwen Marston (also for wonky quilts — very liberating too :0))

    Patchwork Puzzle Balls by Jinny Byer (totally addictive relatively quick projects — all done with handwork but ohhh — I’ve made DOZENS of these)

    Current favs (for inspiration and just plain yumminess of photos):

    Denyse Schmidt’s book

    Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts

    The Moderrn Quilt Workshop

    All three have some great ideas for quilts and color composition.

  281. Amy says:

    Either quilters love it or they hate it, Paper-Piecing. But a book that I love which takes some of the fear out of the process and is wonderful for beginners is, “300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks” by Carol Doak. What is fabulous about the book is that it comes with a CD-ROM that allows you to print any of these 300 blocks to a number of different sizes. The inspiration is huge and the possibilites are endless!

  282. Jen says:

    Besides “Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects” — which is so great — I also love the Kaffe Fasset quilt books: Quilts in the Sun, Museum Quilts, and Kaleidoscope of Quilts. They are so inspirational.

  283. Stephanie says:

    One of my favorite books is The Modern Quilt Workshop by Bill Kerr and Weeks Kringle. It has a lot of simple, modern designs that I always find inspiring when I look for a new project. What’s really useful about the book is that they include needed supplies information and measurements for every size of quilt (baby through king) for each pattern so you don’t have to do the math yourself if you want to make a different size. And because I always have a hard time visualizing a pattern in different colors (who can make it exactly like the picture?!), it shows you the quilt in different colorways. This book is worth every cent!

  284. Siew says:

    I’d have to toss the Denyse Schmidt book for colour and pattern inspiration that fits into any style.

  285. Beth says:

    When learning to quilt I found “Instant Expert: Quilting” by Jenni Dobson on the clearance rack at a book store. It’s been a really nice reference, and a good starting point for the necessary vocabulary!

  286. Jennifer says:

    Modern Quilt Workshop hands down! Great patterns, inspiration and technique discussions. I also like some of the patterns in Denyse Schmidt Quilts but find it less of a “pure” quilting book.

  287. Jennifer says:

    Modern Quilt Workshop hands down! Great patterns, inspiration and technique discussions. I also like some of the patterns in Denyse Schmidt Quilts but find it less of a “pure” quilting book.

  288. angela says:

    As a beginner quilter, I would have to say my favorite book so far has been Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking, by McClun. It has been the most helpful!

  289. Jill says:

    I agree with the Denyse Schmidt and Amy Butler comments. Both designers and directions on making their quilts have been lovely. Most of what I know about quilting I haven’t learned from books. I was lucky enough to have a mother who helped me make several quilts for myself and a great-aunt who taught me techniques as she told stories about my dad and grandpa. They were the best “books” from which I learned quilting.

  290. Apple Cyder says:

    My favorite is also Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects. Your blog is excellent. Keep up the good work!

  291. nikkapotamus says:

    My favorite is the “Japanese Folded Patchwork: Techniques, Projects and Designs of a Unique Asian Craft.” Everything is hand sewn and the results are stunning. I’ve made a hexagon bag or two (or 7) and several other quilts from this book.

  292. joyce says:

    I am a huge fan of Collaborative Quilting by Gwen Marston and Freddie Moran. They do wonky quilting in multitudes of amazing colors.

  293. katrin says:

    My all-time favourite is “Make Room For Christmas Quilts” by Nancy J. Martin.
    The quilts shown in this book are adorable, and only two of them are really “christmas only”, the others can be made and seen all year round.
    Also, it’s a wonderful inspiration because it has beautiful photographs and inspiration about how to display your favourite quilts.
    I have some newer books too, but I really don’t think they can be compared to this one 😉

  294. Karen says:

    Oh, for me it has to be the classic The It’s Okay If You Sit on My Quilt Book by Mary Ellen Hopkins. It demystified quilting for me nearly 20 years ago and I have used method of deconstructing blocks to simplify ever since. It’s a real keeper.

    I also love Pat Willens’ Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns and The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide by Ellen Pahl ~ for sheer inspiration and motivation.

    These three ladies have forgotten more about quilting than I’ll ever know.

  295. Debora says:

    I constantly refer to two books by Sharyn Craig. The Art of Classic Quiltmaking by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig is a wonderful overall reference and inspiration. Great Sets by Sharyn Craig is an invitation to do something interesting with “orphan” quilt blocks.

  296. Elizabeth says:

    I’ll add to the chorus about Denyse Schmidt Quilts and The Modern Quilt Workshop. Weeks and Ringle have another great book called Color Harmony for Quilts, which has recently been updated as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop. (I haven’t seen the new one, but the original is great.) Kaffe Fassett’s Glorious Patchwork and Passionate Patchwork are also fantastic, particularly for anyone interested in color and/or wanting to take on a challenging project. I’d recommend Jean Wells’ Patchwork Quilts Made Easy as a perfect beginner book. Susan Briscoe’s Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match also has some amazing stuff in it — particularly if you’re looking for something with a less “country” feel.

  297. Gina says:

    The Quilter’s Complete Guide by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter (Leisure Arts, 1993) is an excellent resource for beginners who would like to learn various quilting skills like applique and beyond. It has both hand and machine quilting information. While it does have patterns, it is mostly instructional. It was recommended to me by Fern who taught me how to hand quilt. My sister gave me a great book for Christmas this year that I have been salivating over. It is in Japanese and is called, Suzuko Koseki’s Patchwork Quilts (ISBN 4529041824). There is a botanical quilt to die for in this book. Thanks!

  298. Elizabeth says:

    Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts
    by Joelle Hoverson

    It is a fabulous inspiration for adhd crafters like me who want to start now. Buy fabric now. But have a limited amount of time.

  299. Valerie says:

    I just checked out the BIG BOOK OF QUILTING (Krause Publishing) from the library and think it is a pretty neat “go to” book for tips, tricks, techniques, photos, etc.

  300. StarXLR8 says:

    I received “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” for Christmas. It includes very beautiful projects, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. Between this book and the Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog – I am set for projects this year!

  301. mj says:

    I love Modern Quilt Workshop, Denyse Schmidt’s book, Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts and right now I’m working on a lap quilt from Bend the Rules Sewing. But right now from the library I have a Quilts of Gees Bend book and Simple Contemporary Quilts that I keep looking through over and over (and will probably end up buying!). I have a couple of vintage books from thrift stores that I like looking through for inspiration, too- the classic blocks will never go out of style and there are always ways to make them look fresh by choosing modern fabrics and using principles from the Modern Quilt Workshop.

  302. Heather says:

    My favorite quilting book so far, since I’m relatively new to quilting, is Alex Anderson’s Baby Quilts with Love. I made the Baby Crackers quilt in pinks for my first daughter (1st ever quilt!) and I’m thinking the Baby Baskets for Baby Girl #2 (due in just 4 weeks=)). I found the book easy to follow instruction wise and it labels whether the quilt will be easy or not so you have some idea of how complicated it will be.

  303. I’m a machine quilter, and Harriet Hargrave’s machine quilting book really made machine quilting possible for me. The book I have is out of print, but she’s got several – any would be great!

  304. Beth says:

    I love anything from Kaffe. I’ve also found the quilts from the Modern Quilt Workshop to be easy and fun. There are so many variations to try within the relatively simple quilts in that book.

  305. amy says:

    as a *very* new quilter, I’ve been hunting for a good book with the basics about quilting. While i look for that I am being inspired endlessly by “Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts”

  306. Shelly says:

    I love The Quilting Bible: The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting. It’s a great book for beginners and uses actual projects to show techniques along the way. It’s more traditional than trendy, but I love having it on hand for a reference!

  307. sara says:

    Modern quilt workshop is probably my new favorite book although I still get a lot of inspiration from Denyse Schmidt’s book and a couple of Japanese quilting books I have. Singer has also put out a few books just on machine quilting that I keep around as a resource.

  308. adele says:

    I have never actually created a quilt before, nor intended too, but after seeing (and later ordering) Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts, I can’t wait to get started. Projects range from easy to hard (at least for me) and the writing and photography make me smile. Since then, I have been scouring the Internet for inspirational blogs and am so happy to have found something I hope will become a new creative outlet for me.

  309. Nicole says:

    My two favorite books right now are Denyse Schmidt Quilts and Last Minute Patchwork Gifts. Their use of color and pattern are extraordinary. Both books have instructions which are clear and concise enough for beginners.

  310. kirsten says:

    i really like ‘Quilts from The Quiltmaker’s Gift’. It’s GORGEOUS, the quilts are well-designed, and the directions are seriously easy to follow. A very well-done book. I’ve made one or two from it, but would like to make all of them! There is a sequel, too, but I haven’t checked that out yet.

  311. Tex says:

    That is one gorgeous quilt, and I don’t usually like blue. What a lovely heirloom. I have some lovely well used quilts–as Eren says, they were meant to be used and used and used and these obviously were. I just can’t bear to part with them even though they are in tatters.

  312. Cate says:

    I like Machine Quilting Made Easy by Marueen Noble. It won’t have much to teach to experienced quilters who are also very familiar with their sewing machines, but I thought it was great for transitioning from doing it by hand. There are a lot of things discussed that you might not think of considering, like stitch tension.

  313. K says:

    I really really love Sew, Mama, Sew! I enjoy so much reading and looking at all the wonderful stuff. One of the quilting books that I love is Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter by Katie Pasquini Masopust and Brett Barker. Although, I pretty much do everything by “feel” I love the exercises in this book. The book is full of wonderful examples and it is great for anyone at any level.


  314. Marcia Kerstetter says:

    Can’t wait for quilt month! I don’t have a large quilt book selection but the one I have used the most is “Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!!! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking” by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. The other publication I use regularly is not a book but is Quiltmaker magazine. I save ever issue and use them for patterns more than any other resource. And may I just say…I totally love this blog!

  315. Ila Kool says:

    Lovely quilt!

    I have two book favorites: Little Quilts “Around the House,” for quick little gifts; and “Traditional Quilts, Today’s Techniques” from Debra Wagner, for excellent technique guidance, especially bindings.

  316. Brecken says:

    Any of the foundation paper piecing books by Carol Doaks. It makes those of us who have issues with corners and cutting love quilting!

  317. Right now my favorite quilting book is Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects. It has quilt projects and other projects that introduce quilting. I also love the vintage Better Homes & Gardens craft books. They are very seventies and have projects and ideas that aren’t seen in modern craft books. When using modern fabrics with these vintage patterns the quilts can be beautiful.

  318. I’m sure this will be a popular choice, but i LOVE Denyse Schmidt Quilts. Serious eye candy, and offers small projects for the novice quilter.

  319. Sarah says:

    Mine are probably going to be some of the most common listed… But I love Last Minute Quilted Gifts and Amy Butler’s In Stitches, and Denise Schmidt’s Quilts. I think I use them most because visually they please me so much too, it’s not a chore to read about technique!

  320. So far, the only quilt I have made has been the lap quilt from Amy Karol’s Bend the Rules Sewing. It turned out great and the directions were very clear. I especially appreciated the clarity of making and sewing on the binding. My son (the recipient) LOVES the Full Moon Forest fabric, and I gave it to him with a copy of the book “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” which is full of inspiration in itself!

  321. Stephanie says:

    I love the Denyse Schmidt Quilts book.

  322. Emily S. says:

    I like “The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide: From A to Z– Hundreds of Tips and Techniques for Successful Quiltmaking”. I’m a visual learner, but can’t afford to take many classes so I like books with tons of pictures.

  323. Maria says:

    Denyse Schmidt Quilts. It provides small projects for beginners and some complex ones for advanced quilters. I love her approach to color.

  324. Kristin L says:

    “The Fabric Makes The Quilt” by Roberta Horton completely changed the way I looked at quiltmaking. It was years ago and I don’t know if the book is still in print, but I still love leafing through my copy.

    I think that “Quilter’s Complete Guide” by Fons and Porter has the best explanations for beginners, is easy to use, and has a wealth of information. The projects may be traditional, but the skills are universal.

  325. Jan says:

    For scrap lovers, Bonnie Hunter offers a ton of free patterns on her website and also speaks and teaches to guilds in the southeast part of the country. Her quilts are amazing and she’s so prolific!
    Judy Martin’s book “Knockout Blocks and Sampler Quilts,” is one of my favorite go-to books of all time.

    Handmade Christmas was so great, I can’t wait to see what Quilting Month will bring.

  326. Linda says:

    I don’t own a lot of books, but was blessed with two as Christmas gifts. Comfort and Joy by Brenda Riddle and Simple Traditions by Kim Diehl, and yesterday a friend sent me Prairie Children and Their Quilts. All three of these books will be put to good use. I love the simplicity of the Comfort and Joy book and the little tid bits of information that Brenda shares. I’m making my first quilt book quilt from Simple Traditions at the moment and thouroughly enjoying the journey. As for the Prairie Children and their quilts book, it’s wonderful to be able to read some of the history/stories behind the little quilts.

  327. Katie says:

    I was really into quilting when I was growing up. I made my mom buy all the necessary supplies: mats, rotary cutter, etc. But after heading off to college, I got away from it as a hobby. Until recently. I stumbled across Denyse Schmidt Quilts. This book reminded me of how wonderful and satisfying quilting is while also speaking to the more modern tastes I’ve grown into. It offers projects ranging from the small to the large, but I most enjoyed the inside tips from Denyse. Her appreciation for solid fabric has really revolutionized my approach to selecting fabrics.

  328. Rebekah says:

    My two favorites are
    Denyse Schmidt Quilts
    The Modern Quilt Workshop by Ringle and Kerr

    I use these books all the time

  329. Laura says:

    I love Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects . Simple patterns and fabulous designs.

  330. Rachel says:

    Oh! This is an easy post to comment on. In no particular order, I like Applique Delights: 100 Irresistible Blocks from Piece O’ Cake Designs by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins. It book offers so much flexibility. You can make the applique block any size. The blocks look fun and interesting without being overly complicated.

    I also like The Modern Quilt Workshop: Patterns, Techniques, and Designs from the Funquilts Studio by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle. If you want to make quilts, but don’t want them to look like your grandmothers then this is the book for you. It’s a great source of inspiration.

  331. tanaya says:

    Right now I am completely enamored with:
    Art quilt workbook : exercises & techniques to ignite your creativity.
    by Dávila, Jane.
    ISBN: 0010058767756

    Great step-by-step directions with photographs to help you with many techniques for art quilts. So many of these can be applied to traditional quilts as well. It has really opened my eyes up to some new possibilities.

  332. Sarah says:

    Stash Envy, by Lisa Boyer. Stories about quilters and the quilting life. Very funny and lots of good info for the beginner.

  333. meg says:

    I really enjoy the inspiration and instruction in The Modern Quilt Workshop; I find myself referring to it again and again. For some of the little technical information that I always seem to forget between quilts, I also keep the Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting handy.

    I’m so looking forward to Quilting Month! I bet it’s going to be a lot of fun.

  334. Lindsay says:

    I recently picked up a book called “The Quilter’s Block Bible” by Celia Eddy. It’s full of basic and complex quilt block patterns. I haven’t had a chance yet to dip my toes fully into this one yet, but I’m very excited to!

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