I believe most of us crafters can’t resist a good book, they are a great source of new ideas and I just love adding how to quilt books to my collection!
Things have come a long way since the book in the image was published in 1921. Thousands have been published since then and I’ve put together a list of my top 5 favorite quilting books.
Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)
If you’re new to quilting then Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!) by Carol Doak should be in your collection. Carol Doak is well known in quilt making circles and she is the author of many quilting books. She has also appeared on the covers of many magazines including McCall’s Quilting.
This book covers all the basics, from quilting terminology, to choosing fabrics and putting it all together. Even if you’re an experienced quilter this book is good for brushing up on the basics. You can buy Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)here
The Quilter’s Bible: The indispensable guide to patchwork, quilting, and applique
I’ve mentioned this book before in another article but it’s worth mentioning again, it really deserves the name of The Quilters Bible!
Much more comprehensive than the previous book, it goes from the basics to more complex procedures, such as
- Celtic Quilting.
- Kantha Quilting’
- Making designs.
- Corded Quilting.
- Needle-turn applique.
- Much much more!
If you are a total beginner to quilting I would still recommend Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!). The Quilters Bible is a good follow on from this.
Quilting On The Go
If you like to carry a quilting project around with you, maybe for:
- sitting in the park on a fine day
- as a passenger on a long journey
- when visiting friends
- joining in a sewing group
then Quilting on the Go is the perfect book for this.
Chapter 1 takes you through getting ready with subjects such as preparing a travel toolkit and making the most of scraps.
Chapter 2 moves onto the cutting, tacking, through to assembling and finishing.
Chapter 3 has s number of useful and pretty projects, such as a laptop bag and a travel quilt. Chapter 4 is all about English paper piecing patterns, hexagons, 60 degree diamonds and squares, flowers, leaves and more.
Chapter 4 is all about English paper piecing patterns, hexagons, 60 degree diamonds and squares, flowers, leaves and more.
And finally, Chapter 5 gives some useful resources and a glossary of terms.
Encyclopedia Of Classic Quilt Patterns
The Encyclopedia Of Classic Quilt Patterns is exactly what the title suggests. It has step by step instructions for 101 favourite American quilts.
With beautiful color illustrations and photos, classic patchwork techniques, and applique designs this is a great book to move onto after learning the basics.
It comes highly recommended by from Amazon readers with 4.8 out of 5 stars.
This is one book I don’t have in my collection, but it is added to my wishlist!
Free How to Quilt Books
Better Homes and Gardens: Complete Guide to Quilting
And finally, the last of my top 5 how to quilt books from Better Homes and Gardens
I like this book simply because it covers everything! There are a few issues with it, there isn’t an overall contents section so it can be a bit tricky navigating to the section you want to find. There are also a couple of errors in the formulas for cutting.
Having said that, everything is covered well with beautiful glossy photographs and clear diagrams and charts.
This book is a great one to keep beside your quilting workstation and one reviewer even had hers spiral bound!