I've listed the Quilting Books I own with comments about their contents.
These are only my own humble opinions and I'm sure many would not agree with all of them.
Many are now out of print but you might try to get any that sound useful to you through your local inter-library loan program or check used book stores.
A really good book.
Each chapter is a workshop in a different technique.
Try fabric collage or an irregular shaped quilt.
The workshops on crazy patchwork and on applique are really inspiring- so many ideas on new ways to use these old techniques.
Transparent overlay and texture are explored. Learn ways to master the Mariner Star pattern, Drunkard's Path and a Crazy Pieced Cube.
The quilts shown are beautiful.
A gallery of 32 story quilts with design information and techniques given by each artist.
Lots of techniques and inspiration for making pictorial quilts.
Most of the quilts shown have an underwater theme.
Thirty Seven different Cat templates and craft projects to use them
The line drawings for the cats are a little rough but useable.
A really good basic book on quilting. It has many of the tradional
pieced blocks as well as comprehensive applique details.
Directions for making 10 different quilts as well as patterns for quilted clothing and household items are given.
Michael James is well known for his innovative quilts and for
This is one of his early books on quilt design and construction. A really good book that covers a lot of topics and techniques.
I go back to this one often. It has many very modern designs as well
as traditional patterns. Instructions are clear enough for beginners
but interesting enough for advanced quilters.
I especially liked the chapter on working with curved pieces and using tessellations in designs.
Lots of fun ideas for using quilting in dolls, hangings, clothing,
I liked the technique of dyeing and printing custom fabric or even painting pictorial scenes to quilt.
Shows good techniques with really fun designs.
Mostly wall hangings and smaller projects. She draws on solid fabric
with quilting stitches very effectively.
I'd like to use some of her sheep designs for the Fiber Guild.
The 96 color plates and 59 black and white illustrations show the
exceptional graphic merit of quilts.
A feast for the eyes along with interesting history of American quilts and their makers.
I won't go into the discussion of craft vs Art but to me these are true works of Art.
A good book with templates, design and techniques for piecing with triangles.
I ordered this one sight unseen and find it rather simplistic and of
doubtful design quality.
I did enjoy the Applique Gallery in the back showing some very nice designs by various Fiber Artist.
Features Scrap Quilts with great photos, patterns, templates and
This series of books features quilts with a common theme every year. They also have a section on quilts using traditional patterns and another called Quilts Across America showing various quilts with information on the artist.
Several quilts made by Guilds are shown and finally a Designer Gallery where more modern cutting edge quilts are displayed.
This one features Sampler Quilts. I made "Hidden Sampler" designed by Susan Stein and shown on page 14.
This year has lovely Quilts with Star patterns.
Quilts with flower motifs are featured.
Basket designs are spotlighted in this issue.
Fans and more Fans are shown.
This is the last one in the series that I have and it features
I find the instructions in this series excellent and I also find lots of inspiration for original quilts by looking through them.
Nice instructions for making 17 small quilts that would work well as wall hangings or as doll quilts. They might also adapt well to use on clothing.
A fun book to read and it has great photos and instructions.
This is another of my favorite books. I frequently checked it out of the library untill I found a copy at a used book store.
An intersting book that uses various projects to help get you
thinking about doing your own original designs.
It covers composition, color, styles, fabric choice, and quilting.
There are 5 chapters at the end with projects you can do for practice.
Gives instructions on making 30 traditional pattern quilts.
During the Centennial Celebration for the Statue of Liberty a
featured event was the Great American Quilt Festival.
Groups and individuals in every State were asked to design and make a 3 foot square quilt that they felt represented their State.
These were then assembled into a 1000 foot long banner. This book has photos of those quilts and tells the story of how and why they were designed and made.