On January 16 we asked our readers to comment with their favorite quilting books. We had 334 comments, with most people recommending at least two titles! We tallied the “votes” and below are the top 10 favorites. There were a lot of ties within the top 10, so other than the first two clear leaders, they are in no particular order.


Denyse Schmidt Quilts

by Denyse Schmidt

From the Publisher: In Denyse Schmidt Quilts, the ultimate resource for the home quilter, Schmidt reveals the secrets behind her most popular designs. Thirty projects range from the simple to the challenging, from patchwork slippers and aprons to tote bags and pillows to her beloved quilt patterns, offering something for every level of quilter. Schmidt reviews the fundamentals of quilting and provides easy-to-follow instructions, patterns, sewing tips, and an artful approach to design basics. With engaging wisdom and beautiful step-by-step color photography throughout, Denyse Schmidt Quilts will inspire beginning and skilled crafters alike to embrace this age-old tradition with a new and modern twist.

Note from Kristin: Be sure to stop by on February 13 to read Beth’s interview with Denyse, and again on February 14 to see a fun project from this book.


Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts

by Joelle Hoverson

From the Publisher: The book—designed for use by both first-time and longtime quilters—features 30 patchwork and quilted projects organized according to the amount of time it takes to complete them: less than 2 hours, 2 to 4 hours, 4 to 8 hours, 8 to 12 hours, and 12 hours or more. The gifts are inspired by Amish, Appalachian, and Japanese quilting traditions, among others, and range from easy pillowcases and covered scrapbooks to simplified (but heirloom-worthy) log cabin and crazy quilts. Hoverson also shares an overview of her approach to color as well as the tools and techniques she used to complete the projects in the book.


Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!: The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking

by Diana Mcclun and Laura Nownes

From the Publisher: Based on the principle that a solid foundation turns beginners into lifelong quiltmakers, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! covers every tool, every technique, every stitch, every tip, and every shortcut in machine and hand quilting–no matter how basic. An all-time classic on quilting, it is the essential handbook for the beginner and a constant companion for the experienced quilter. This new, updated edition includes all of the features quilters loved from the first edition plus so much more! New features include: – More than 30 gorgeous designs to choose from, including 10 all-new quilt patterns – All-new photography of quilts in home settings – All-new color diagrams to lead quilters step-by-step through each pattern – Eight sampler quilts with complete instructions and patterns for 27 different blocks – Expanded coverage of color choices in quilts – Metric (centimeters) measurements – A glossary and index for easy reference Diana McClun and Laura Nownes have taught thousands of beginning quilters through classes, workshops, seminars, and nationwide television. Their book has inspired quilters all over the world and given them a passion for quilting that lasts a lifetime.


The Modern Quilt Workshop: Patterns, Techniques, and Designs from the Funquilts Studio

by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr

From the Publisher: Prepare to be inspired. This book shows novice and expert quilters alike new ways of planning, designing, and constructing contemporary quilts. The Modern Quilt Workshop takes you through every step of making a quilt, encouraging you and challenging you along the way. Youll learn basic principles of quilt design, as well as new technical skills that will make your quilts more beautiful, more durable, and more fun to make.


Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide: From A to Z–Hundreds of Tips & Techniques for Successful Quiltmaking

by Ellen Pahl

From the Publisher: This comprehensive guide brings you quilting tips from 60 of the most well known names in quilting. Presented in an A-to-Z format, it coversfoundation piecing, machine quilting, rotary shortcuts, and much more.


Kaffe Fassett’s Kaleidoscope of Quilts: Twenty Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting

by Kaffe Fassett

From the Publisher: In Kaffe Fassett’s Kaleidoscope of Quilts, Kaffe offers the reader a range of 20 individual designs that feature both the new fabrics in Rowan’s patchwork range and some firm favorites. Photographed against the glittering backdrop of the Mediterranean island of Malta, these quilts echo the bright sunshine colors in a glorious array of new designs from both Kaffe and his team, Liza Prior-Lucy and Pauline Smith. With each quilt comes illustrated step-by-step instructions with colored diagrams, a ‘flat shot’ photo, and the quilt template.

Note from Kristin: Our readers loved all of Kaffe’s quilting books. We chose only one to display here. Whether you choose Kaleidoscope, Quilts in the Sun, Quilt Road, Glorious Patchwork or Passionate Patchwork, it seems you can’t go wrong.


Quilter’s Complete Guide

by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter

From the Publisher: Quilter’s Complete Guide was first published in 1993 and has gone into reprint over 16 times. Fons and Porter are the most recognizable experts in the quilting industry. They are the authoritative guides through all the latest trends and technological advances in the quilting world.


Bend-The-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew

by Amy Karol

From the Publisher: Author Amy Karol, whose Angry Chicken is one of the best-loved craft blogs on the Web, brings stitchers everywhere a down-to-earth introduction to sewing, including thirty projects so adorable and cool they’ll inspire anyone to pick up a needle and thread.

Written with Amy’s characteristic warmth and flair, you’ll find information on basic equipment and supplies, advice on choosing and using fabrics, and a fantastic section on techniques. In addition, Amy walks readers through easy, inspiring patterns designed for the fashion-savvy crafter. Playful, modern projects, which include pillows, aprons, and purses, help novices master sewing skills while providing immediate sewing gratification — and confidence. Best of all, Amy explains what’s easy, what’s hard, and when not to sweat the small stuff.


Collaborative Quilting

by Fredd Moran and Gwen Marston

From the Publisher: A bold and unconventional tribute to artistic collaboration by two internationally recognized, award-winning authors. Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston have made beautiful quilts together despite their physical distance from each other—the stunning photos of their many creations prove it. They reveal the secrets of their success, including how to bridge style differences and use each person’s strengths to best advantage. Freddy, an expert in color, discusses her specialty, while Gwen talks about design principles. In addition, each artist offers ten personal tips and structured and unstructured projects to try, as well as ideas for putting them all together. A gorgeous gallery of quilts is sure to inspire needleworkers to combine forces.


Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt

by Paul Arnett

From the Publisher: In 2002, Gee’s Bend burst into international prominence through the success of Tinwood’s Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibition and book, which revealed an important and previously invisible art tradition from the African American South. Critics and popular audiences alike marveled at these quilts that combined the best of contemporary design with a deeply rooted ethnic heritage and compelling human stories about the women. Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt is a major book and museum exhibition that will premiere at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), in June 2006 before traveling to seven American museums through 2008. The book’s 330 color illustrations and insightful text bring home the exciting experience to readers while displaying all the cultural heritage and craftsmanship that have gone into these remarkable quilts.


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