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Thread: Top 20 Quilting Books - what would you choose?

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    Hi everyone

    Before I go beserk on Amazon and choose unwisely, please may I have your suggestions for books.

    I like tradional style quilts and I like to rotary cut, machine piece but hand & machine quilt.

    I think I need:

    Block books
    Technique Books
    Pattern Books
    Jelly Roll/Layer Cake Patterns
    Fat Quarter Patterns
    Pattern Books
    Anything else you can think of girls!!

    All suggestions welcome,

    Love Ells xx

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    I really liked Fons and Porter "Quilter's Complete Guide" It really breaks everything down step by step with very clear pictures and directions. It gave me the confidence to branch out it all kinds of directions with my quilting.
    Julie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie's free time
    I really liked Fons and Porter "Quilter's Complete Guide" It really breaks everything down step by step with very clear pictures and directions. It gave me the confidence to branch out it all kinds of directions with my quilting.
    Julie
    I have that one and was going to put it up for sale next week. I have others as well

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    Before you buy, go to your library and look at the books you're thinking of. I'm always amazed at how different my opinion is after I've taken the time to look through them. I've ended up buying ones that hadn't occurred to me and not buying ones that looked so good online. Everyone's taste is different so it's hard to buy by someone else's idea of what's good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie's free time
    I really liked Fons and Porter "Quilter's Complete Guide" It really breaks everything down step by step with very clear pictures and directions. It gave me the confidence to branch out it all kinds of directions with my quilting.
    Julie
    I use this book all the time and have learned so much from it. It is more of a technique book.

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    My need for books change as my skills and interests change. At the moment I look for all things paper piecing and design more than patterns or blocks.

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    In no particular order:
    Setting Solutions
    It's OK to Sit On My Quilt
    The Art of Machine Piecing
    The big book of scrap quilts
    101 fabulous rotary cut quilts

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    I would go to your public library - to check to see what they have - Pam Bono has a couple of great Rotary cutting books - Carol Doak PP - Love Fons & Porter depends on what style you are looking for.

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    better homes and gardens complete guide to quilting(my favorite go to book

    Encyclopedia of classic quilt patterns

    Big book of quick rotary cutter quilts by pam bono

    Easy machine quilting

    Fast and fun machine quilting

    The essential sampler quilt book by lynne edwards

    Applique workshop

    These are ones I use quite a bit or juts have a lot of good patterns

    applique I love anything carol armstrong or bea oglesby for patterns

    Carol doak for paper piecing

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    http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Compl.../dp/0848724666

    Fons and Porter Complete Guide

    Quilt in a Day books Eleanore Burns. I especially like the Log Cabin book and the Under Ground Rail Road book.

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    When I teach basic piecing, I generally get one of the Eleanor Burns books. She does a great job of illustrating and describing methods. Also, I love the Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide. See it here http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Ultim...6558451&sr=1-1 It gives very good descriptions of all types of quilting and is one I loan out to beginning quilters to get them acquainted with different styles of quilting.

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    Harriet Hargrave's books on machine applique and machine quilting probably taught me more than any other books did (but I have tons of other books as well!).

    I agree with looking through books at the library. Also look at bookstores. Sometimes a book is completely different than you think it will be; it helps to actually see it first. (Also check online. I have run across portions of Harriet Hargrave's book online.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    http://www.amazon.com/Quilters-Compl.../dp/0848724666

    Fons and Porter Complete Guide

    Quilt in a Day books Eleanore Burns. I especially like the Log Cabin book and the Under Ground Rail Road book.
    Eleanor Burns has free shipping this week.

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    I was in the same spot as you when I first started quilting. A lady at the LQS I shopped in told me to go to the library and look at the books there before I made a purchase. She said it would give me an idea of what I might really need.

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