Nevermind a step-by-step pattern--just show you how to do it and you'll take it from there! The more tools in your quilting tool belt, the better. You'll take those tools and create beautiful quilts with them, no hand-holding needed. Consider these three books for your next quilting adventure:
Kansas Troubles Quilters Prairie Life by Lynne Hagmeier: learn a fun Layered Patchwork technique that skips tricky points, mismatched seams, and bulky seam allowances.
Text It! by Sherri Noel: discover a variety of ways to add words and sayings to the quilts you make (7 different fonts included!).
Stash Statement by Kelly Young: Learn to piece your scrap fabrics together (even those you thought you'd never use) to create one-of-a-kind quilts--any scrap will do!
Give you a book full of start-to-finish patterns and you'll quilt the day away! You're good at following directions and like to stick to the designer's vision of a quilt, although sometimes you might add a touch or two that's distinctly yours. No muss, no fuss--and you have a stack of finished quilts to show for it. Look to these books for pattern-packed fun:
The Big Book of Lap Quilts: Get a whopping 51 patterns for the always-popular lap quilt--designs for every day, seasons, holidays, and special days abound.
The Big Book of Little Quilts: Colossal creativity abounds in this BIG book of little quilts! Get a whopping 51 patterns for quilts 40" square or smaller
The Big Book of Table Toppers: Long and skinny or short and wide, modern and minimal or traditional and scrappy, the 56 toppers in this book fit any table.
You've got lots of techniques under your belt and you've made lots of quilts from patterns--add a little fresh inspiration to take your next quilts to the next level! Seeing what others have accomplished in your craft can light a creative fire under you. So indulge in books by artists that speak to your heart--any of the beautiful coffee-table books below will motivate you to reach for needle and thread.
Yoko Saito through the Years: experience the magnificent work of one of the world's most esteemed quilt artists in this retrospective of a Japanese master quilter.
American Quilt Treasures: delve into an exploration of 65 of America's most remarkable quilts, selected from the largest public collection of quilts in the world.
A Common Thread:
Revel in this dazzling, self-curated collection of Gwen Marston's masterful body of work, presented in stunning photography for the first time ever.
When it comes to quilting for you, old school is where it's at! There's something about quilts from our sisters of the past that capture your heart and spark your imagination. Traditional block patterns, a vintage color palette, and LOTS of scraps inspire you, so look to books that bring the past to life when you're ready to make your next quilt. Our suggestions:
Step Back in Time by Red Crinoline Quilts: Learn streamlined techniques for creating 13 vintage-inspired quilts, along with fascinating true stories from the 1800s.
Beyond the Battlefield by Country Threads: make-do style comes to life in 14 quilts, each paired with period photographs and fascinating true stories of unsung heroines of the Civil War.
Vintage Legacies by Carol Hopkins:
pay quilting tributes to Southern belles, men's work shirts from the Civil War era, First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln, and more.
Everyone has to start somewhere--and beginning quilters like you will quickly find lots of friends to show you the ropes. From sewing your first patchwork block to finishing your first applique, from piecing a quilt top to machine quilting and binding, an adventure awaits--and these stellar teachers will help you through every step!
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt: Pat's easy-to-follow instructions make it fun to create nine simple quilt projects--even if you're an absolute beginner.
Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs:
discover skill-building projects that move from simple squares to stitch-and-flip corners, half-square triangles, and more.
Easy Layer-Cake Quilts by Me and My Sister Designs: Whip up 11 quick-and-easy quilts in a jiffy, even if you're a total beginner! Quilts are created expressly for your favorite 10-inch-square precuts.
Got scraps? Drowning in scraps? Something’s taken over your sewing space…and it’s scraps? You’re just waiting for the right inspiration to use those scraps, right? You need scrap-quilt patterns that’ll motivate you to sort, play, and stitch until your scraps are actually gone (or at least until you can create more), and all that’s left are beautiful, colorful quilts, chock-full of the fabrics you love. Look to the books below for smashingly successful scrap quilts!
Scrap-Basket Bounty by Kim Brackett:
let the scrap-basket sewing begin! Create stunning scrap quilts with 16 patterns plus 3 setting options for each quilt--48 projects in all.
Oh, Scrap! by Lissa Alexander: Want to think like a scrap quilter? Learn from a master! Enjoy page after page of tips for making dazzling scrap quilts bursting with colors, prints, and textures.
Stashtastic! by Doug Leko: make beautiful lap- and bed-sized quilts with fat quarters--those fun little cuts of fabric that are just right for sewing super-scrappy quilts.