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MrsBoats 11-07-2011 10:15 AM

Rec me a book, please! Or, y'know, several...
For me, half the fun of any new hobby is collecting the books that go along with it. Keeping in mind that I am a beginner (that is, beginning quilter, experienced with sewing), please rec me your favorite go-to quilting book. I'm looking more for patterns and ideas--particularly patchwork and strip quilts--than I am how-to's, since I have several of those already.

So go ahead, hit me!

Panchita 11-07-2011 10:43 AM

I enjoy the pattern books by Jennifer Chiaverini - I like the patterns, and I also like the tie-in with her fictional Elm Creek books.

For inspiration I love Country Living's Country Quilts (one of the first books I got, so may not be in print any more) and otherwise I just tend to delve into whatever looks good.

Have you tried the quilting/sewing section at your library? Could be good to experiment and see if you actually want to commit to buying a book (depending how up to date their selection is!)

Stitchnripper 11-07-2011 10:53 AM

Eleanor Burns' books and the Better Homes and Garden Complete Guide to Quilting

Lori S 11-07-2011 10:54 AM

You can never go wrong with any of the books that Eleanor Burns write, Her patterns are clear and give the best possible directions for a great quilt.
If you are looking to branch out a bit ... dip your toe into paper piecing ... Carol Doak has the best books with loads of patterns and clear step by step instructions. I could never part with any of the books I have that she has written.

ScrappyAZ 11-07-2011 11:14 AM

When I first started quilting, I bought every book that was geared toward beginners. Books like "Idiots Book for Quilters", "Your First Quilting Book"....you get the idea! If the ad or book said I should have it, I bought it. I'm sure those clerks at the bookstore saw me coming!

Keep Them In Stitches 11-07-2011 11:17 AM

Eleanor Burns is my favorite. I am looking forward to her new one.

ywoodruff5 11-07-2011 11:18 AM

Darn.....wish you had posted this about a month ago. I just got rid of more than 100 quilting books to my local charity. Some of my favorites are the ones put out the the Dutch Quilter......dutchquilter.com.

MrsBoats 11-07-2011 03:38 PM

Wow, Eleanor Burns is very popular! I'll definitely look to see what the library has by her. Anybody else I should look for?

Grandmama 11-07-2011 03:56 PM

Eleanor Burns is great, especially for beginners. Follow her directions page by page and you'll have a beautiful quilt in no time!

Rose Marie 11-08-2011 05:39 AM

Not only are Eleanor Burns books the easiest to follow but her videos to go with the books are great.
go to the television/video button where the media theather has lots of videos. I really enjoy her block party videos.

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