Rule Breaker's Blog

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My favorite quilting books right now

How does a person even choose?! There are so many wonderful quilt books to be found. They can be roughly categorized into four groups:

  1. Quilting techniques (from beginning to finishing). This includes books which help you learn how to use quilting tools.
  2. Pattern books (further subdivided into books focused on pre-cuts, block diagrams, patterns based on certain methods like applique, stack-n-whack, and many more)
  3. Design and Inspiration
  4. History

Here are the books that I am currently enjoying:

  • Liberated Quiltmaking II by Gwen Marston - I love the concept of no rulers. This book is very freeing to the mind. My personal favorite is the liberated star!
  • Intuitive Color & Design by Jean Wells - Love it. I don't know what else I can say. This makes me want to quilt with solids and let the colors speak for themselves.
  • Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke - This book has patterns that range from simple to complex and incorporate a variety of fabrics. If you aren't sure what to do with the large scale or whimsical bright patterned fabrics, check it out.
  • The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking by Jane Brocket - This book is like the older and slightly more conservative sister of Material Obsession showing a variety of  patterns that are very accessible and appealing.
  • Country Threads Goes to Charm School - This is a new release with quilts that have the cutest names ever. Even if you don't like the fabrics used, they can be easily translated to other types.
  • Scrap Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett - This book will be around for a long time. The patterns are based on the use of 2 1/2 " strips but you could use any fabrics from your own stash cut to the proper width.

Posted: Thu, Sep 9 2010 4:25 PM by Rule Breaker with 1 comment(s)