|Air drying some quilts on a nice day.|
I decided to put together a list of the best quilting books I have ever bought or received as a gift. These are books that I have returned to time and again throughout my years of quilting. I couldn't possibly be where I am today without these books sitting on my shelf.
- Plaids & Stripes by Roberta Horton
- Whimsies & Whynots: A Playful Approach to Quiltmaking by Mary Lou Weidman
- Out of the Box: Unleash Your Creativity Through Quilts by Mary Lou Weidman (a follow up)
- Spectacular Scraps by Judy Hooworth
- Transitions: Unlocking the Creative Quilter Within by Andrea Balosky
- Quilting With Style: Principles For Great Pattern Design by Gwen Marston & Joe Cunningham
- Setting Solutions by Sharyn Craig
- Great Sets by Sharyn Craig (even better than previous book)
- Around the Block by Judy Hopkins
- 501 Rotary-cut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins (a more comprehensive follow-up book)
- Collaborative Quilting by Gwen Marston & Freddy Moran
- Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again by Gwen Marston & Freddy Moran (a follow up of previous)
- Wednesday's Best by Cheri Saffiote of Indygo Junction, Inc.
I also have many other books that I love to look through time and again by authors such as Barb Adams & Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs, Sue Spargo, Kathy Doughty & Sarah Fielke of the Material Obsessions 1 & 2 books, Mary Mashuta, several Amish style Quilt books, Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosies Quilt Co. , Kim Diehl 's books and of course lots more books by the incredible authors Roberta Horton and Gwen Marston.
I love books that encourage spontaneity, individual expression, the telling of stories, freedom from restrictive quilting rules, and the basics to finding and building personal creativity. Pattern books alone cannot begin to cover all the information life-long quilters crave.