Ten Great Books for Quilters

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When you have a lot of time on your hands (or hand, as in my case) a good book is better than gold. And since I have had a fair bit of time to read these past few weeks after suffering through not one, but two back-to-back hand surgeries, I’ve managed to read a few that have been piling up on my bedside table. So, I thought I’d share a list of some favourites. This list is by no means complete – there are plenty of good quilt related books out there that I haven’t read yet – and they are in no particular order, either. I only hope there might be one or two titles you haven’t read yet, and might want to pick up for your long weekend reading enjoyment!


Intuitive Colour & Design – Adventures in Art Quilting
By Jean Wells
Think outside the block and look what happens! Jean Wells gives you the assignment of your life: put away your ruler and use your inner vision to design and piece spectacular, free-form quilts you’d never have guessed you could create. You will never see quiltmaking in the same way again!


The Quilter’s Apprentice
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Jennifer Chiaverini’s bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series starts with The Quilter’s Apprentice, a timeless tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole, and begin the legacy of the Elm Street Quilters.


The New Ladies’ Art Company Quick & Easy Block Tool
An easy-to-use reference guide that includes 110 authentic blocks from America’s first mail-order pattern company, the Ladies’ Art Company. Each block has instructions for five sizes, design details, construction diagrams, inspiration blocks, and even a project! The projects will be a breeze with helpful design hints specific to each block, including pairing them with plain alternate blocks, creating secondary patterns, and (with half of the blocks!) using precuts. Make the blocks your own with line drawings ready to fill in with your own colors, plus values-only blocks to spur your creativity, then fly through construction with easy rotary-cutting charts, yardage requirements, diagonal measurements, and more.


Quilting Modern – Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts
By Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen
From two pioneers of today s modern quilting movement, “Quilting Modern” teaches readers how to use improvisational techniques to make graphic contemporary quilts and quilted projects. Explore seven core techniques and multiple projects using each technique, presented with detailed instructions. Authors Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen offer step-by-step advice on quilting basics, tools, and materials and share their knowledge of color and design.


Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters
By Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher, and John Q. Adams
The authors of Fat Quarterly, the wildly popular ezine on quilting, share the secrets of their quilting success in a collection of 60 quilt blocks and 12 quilts and projects, with a helpful introduction and coverage of basic techniques. Each chapter offers 10 colorful quilt blocks, instructions for a full-size quilt and a smaller project, plus all the necessary templates. Both a trusted guide and an inspirational workshop, this is a perfect resource for all quilters, especially members of traditional and online quilting bees.


Sunday Morning Quilts – 16 Modern Scrap Projects
By Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison
Celebrate great fabric by using every scrap. Are scrap piles wreaking havoc in your sewing space? Not sure what to do with all those tiny bits of gorgeous prints you hate to part with? Modern quilters Amanda and Cheryl share a passion for scraps-they’re here to help you get creative and sew new life into every last little piece. Your Sunday mornings just got a whole lot cozier!


Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt
By Pat Sloan
In this third book of her beginner-friendly “Teach Me” series, Pat quides us step-by-step through walking-foot and free-motion quilting techniques. Novice quilters take note: you’ll be confidently quilting in no time. Experienced stitchers: you will discover the joy of finishing your quilts. The projects in this book are super cute from an appliqued cat wall hanging to a stripped table runner– complete with quilting suggestions and tips.


Wedding Ring (A Shenandoah Album Novel)
By Emilie Richards
Needing time to contemplate her troubled marriage, Tessa MacRae agrees to spend the summer helping her mother and grandmother clean out the family home in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. But the three women have never been close. Helen, the family matriarch, is domineering and sharp-tongued. Nancy, Tessa’s mother, appears to be little more than a social climber. And Tessa herself is in turmoil following a family tragedy that has affected them all.
Now, with the gift of time, Tessa’s eyes are opened, and she begins to see her mother and grandmother for the flawed but courageous women they are. As she restores a vintage wedding ring quilt pieced by her grandmother and quilted by her mother, the secrets that have shadowed their lives unfold at last. And each woman discovers that sometimes you have to clean house to find the things you thought were lost forever.


The New Hexagon – 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece
By Katja Marek
Unlock the possibilities within hexagons and make your own unique blocks. Learn the glue-basting method of English paper piecing and use it to create exciting designs. You’ll enjoy relaxing handwork as you incorporate hexagons into decorative projects.


The Splendid Sampler – 100 Spectacular Blocks from a Community of Quilters
By Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson
Join the Splendid Sampler community with a comprehensive collection of very special 6″ blocks created and shared by more than 80 of today’s most innovative designers. There’s over 100 eye-catching designs that use a wide range of techniques. You’ll be inspired as you browse this amazing book, plus each block includes two colorways. You can make a bunch of 6″ mini blocks, or design your own quilt using these blocks. Includes five inspirational quilts and full-sized templates.