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    I have to do most of my shopping on-line and I've already ordered several books, but some of them have not been quite what I expected. Still no loss, I love books and will enjoy them at some point.
    I just wondered, what do you think some of the best quilting books are? What are your personal favorites and if you have time, why do you like them?
    Thanks!

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    My favorite book is the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Guide
    It has everything you need! It is a large binder book with individual chapters. From measuring fabric to all the "how to's" you'll ever need. Well worth the price!!!

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    Good Question!!!

    I have a shelf of favorites! Here's a couple:

    1. For first time quilters, who are learning on their own: Carol Doak's "My First Quilting Book". It's full of good info, from how to do things, explaining all the little tricks and things that aren't in other books. Plus the book is so humourous, it's simply fun to read.

    2. To learn paper piecing - Any of Carol Doak's books on paperpiecing. She explains things really really well, and has a few tricks she passes on. Again, humorous. It's not intimidatin when you read it and do it. Carol is one of the top experts in paper piecing in the land.

    3. Marsha McClosky books. She has a couple. I like them for the quilts in them, the instructions and the easy to follow guidelines in making different sized quilts from the same patterns. Also has a great 'basics' section.

    4. Again, for new beginners and/or those who need 'results' fast or they get discouraged: try any of Eleanor Burns "Quilt In A Day" books. Clear explanations, great sketches and photos. And will teach you exact 1/4" seaming, how to lock seams, etc. Get quilts pieced fast. Have something to show off fast. Once you master them, it's easy to 'move on' to more challenging piecework, paperpiecing or applique.

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    My two favorites are:

    Egg Money Quilts
    Still Stripping

    Both are Quilt in a Day books.

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponline/books.asp

    Also her Log Cabin is great too.

    You might be able to find these at Amazon or Ebay also.

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    All of Judy Murrah's books and The Quiltmaker books.

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    My favourite book is "The Essential Quilter" by Barbara Chainey. I've learned a lot about hand quilting, the British Quilting Tradition and wholecloth quilting by the book and there are lots of beautiful pictures in it.

    Another favourite is "Traditional Quilting" by Mavis Fitzrandolph. This book is out of print for a long time and it was first published in 1954. I love the black and white pictures and the description how quilters worked at that time without all the helpful notions and easy to handle materials we have today. It's so interesting to read about the quilting history.

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    My favorite is titled "The Big Book of Scrap Quilts". It has dozens of patterns in it.

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    Barbara Bachman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

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    My favorite is the book that has the pattern in it that I am searching for. Depends on what quilt I want to make!!

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    One of my favorites I bought last year was Rotary Cutting Revolution by ANITA GROSSMAN SOLOMON It has great shortcuts for beautiful block patterns. http://makeitsimpler.blogspot.com/

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    My favorite is Mary Ellen Hopkins "Its OK If You Sit On My Quilt". It's an oldy but goody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter
    My two favorites are:

    Egg Money Quilts
    Still Stripping

    Both are Quilt in a Day books.

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponline/books.asp

    Also her Log Cabin is great too.

    You might be able to find these at Amazon or Ebay also.
    My vote too; love Elenore Burns. Have to include Quilt Blocks on American Barns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    My favorite is titled "The Big Book of Scrap Quilts". It has dozens of patterns in it.
    I'm with maryb119. I want to make about 10 quilts from this book!! It's published by Oxmoor House.
    I also like 'The Border Workbook' by Janet Kime. Lots of borders and how to size them to your quilt.

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    I found it.... http://quiltinaday.com/theater/3100/3104.html

    just a thought..... several people have mentioned Eleanor Burns books and she has a wonderful place somewhere here on the net showing exactly how she makes many of the quilts people mentioned here... i am a visual person.. and really enjoyed it... just to a search for "quilt in a day TV".. free
    Quote Originally Posted by Plain Jane
    I have to do most of my shopping on-line and I've already ordered several books, but some of them have not been quite what I expected. Still no loss, I love books and will enjoy them at some point.
    I just wondered, what do you think some of the best quilting books are? What are your personal favorites and if you have time, why do you like them?
    Thanks!

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    That Better Homes is a good book, especially for reference, for about everything. I like it, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziC
    My favorite book is the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Guide
    It has everything you need! It is a large binder book with individual chapters. From measuring fabric to all the "how to's" you'll ever need. Well worth the price!!!
    I love that book!! It stays on top of my sewing table!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    My favorite is Quick Quilts From Your Scrap Bag by Leisure Arts. I have made several quilts from there and it is a great book to help rein in your scraps and use them. I love the Judy Martin books and then there is a Quilting 101 that is a great book for beginners, comes in handy for me even though I am an intermediate quilter.

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    My latest favorite which changes every day...is Summer Gatherings...because I can't wait for summer and I love the homespun type of quilts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plain Jane
    I have to do most of my shopping on-line and I've already ordered several books, but some of them have not been quite what I expected. Still no loss, I love books and will enjoy them at some point.
    I just wondered, what do you think some of the best quilting books are? What are your personal favorites and if you have time, why do you like them?
    Thanks!
    I have a few E. Burns, just because of the simplicity of the instructions, but, right now I think my favorite one is Judy Martin's Log Cabin, because it gives you a new twist on a old favorite.

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    The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide edited by Ellen Pahl is my go-to when I can't remember how I did or should do something. It covers everything from fabric selection to binding.

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    Mine is "Quilter's Complete Guide" by Fons and Porter. It was my aunt's book, then my mother's and now IT IS MINE - ALL MINE!!!!!! and it is just great. It goes from starting quilting all the way through to where I will never get. Edie

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    I could never get very accurate piecing until I bought the book SquareinaSquare by Jodi Barrow. It does waste some fabric but it is as accurate as paper piecing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie
    Mine is "Quilter's Complete Guide" by Fons and Porter. It was my aunt's book, then my mother's and now IT IS MINE - ALL MINE!!!!!! and it is just great. It goes from starting quilting all the way through to where I will never get. Edie
    I have to agree that the Fons and Porter book is just about the best one for beginner quilters - it's the one I use and recommend when I teach an 8-week beginner class. Having been a quilter for more than 20 years, I would find it much too difficult to choose my "favorite" - I love pretty well any book about quilting!!

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    My first lesson was how to draft a quilt block so I like:
    5500 quilt blocks and Nancy Martins perpetual quilt block calendar- Carrie Hall is good to. Moosegirl

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    The one I use the most is The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide from Rodale Press Inc. It has everything in it and lots of pictures. Wouldn't let it go for love or money!!!

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