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Thread: What are your favorite quilting books?

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    I think the best way to know what quilt books/patterns to buy is to ask other quilters what they love. My favorite at the moment is Rolling Along. It has patterns for jelly roll strips. What are your favorites? I'm always looking for new books and patterns. I think I may have a problem, ha ha. Too many patterns. No, that's not possible, is it?

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    Gee, this is a hard one. I love Stacked Posie Supreme, if you really get creative with the fabrics you can create absolutely stunning results. I also love Stack n Whack and One Block Wonders which are pretty much the same. For quick and easy quilts I really like Reversible Quilts Two At A Time.

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    Quick Star Quilts & Beyond by Jan Krentz will be my next quilt book purchase. I saw a preview of this book and knew I had to have it. The patterns are great.

    Bonnie Hunter blogged about this book and I found it at a used bookstore. It's a real treasure. Legacy: The Story of Talula Gilbert Bottoms and Her Quilts by Nancilu Burdick



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    I buy used books- I like the 80s and early 90s. They are more like patchwork and I just like looking at the time honored favorites. I subscribe to some magazines too, but find they may be keyed to a certain fabric line.

    I like to sit in my sewing room and just flip through pages upon pages of patterns. What I thought was difficult last year, may now be in my comfort level.

    Barb

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    I have many of El Burns books. She is the best teacher and her patterns are always right. Love her methods.
    My first book was Stack The Deck by Karla Alexander. Easy to do like the stack and whack.
    Billie Lauder books are great for new methods but not well written.

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    anything with eleanor burns....... \quilt in a day

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    I can'r narrow down a quilting book right now. Lately I have been doing a lot of embroidery,hand, and applique. I have found a couple of Australian magazines that i love. Currently I am working out of a book called "An Angel Story" by Anni Downs. The other dayIwas able tp purchasr a mag. called "American Homespun". It is full of patterns for embroidery,quilts, and other crafts. I wish we had magazines here in the states like it. I tried to order it but $159.00 is a little much for a year. I'm still searching for more. They just seem to have what I like in their magazines.

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    I have gotten more use out of my "Quilt in a Day" log cabin pattern book, by Eleanor Burns. But I do love to make several differnt things also. The D9P block is also a favorite. :D :D :D :D

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    I've gotten some great ideas here. It's always nice to see what others recommend. I love the quilt in a day log cabin book also. My first two quilts were from this book. I've been reading a lot on this board about the disappearing 9 patch. I just got back from buying fabric to make one. I love the scrappy look so this one is perfect. My mind is always two or three quilts ahead of my body. ha ha

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    i have found so many great , traditional and new, patterns on the internet, free for the downloading, that right now my favorite quilting book is one from my own quilting library that i could sell.

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    I just picked up today " Baltimore basics" by Mimi Dietrich.. Its Shadow fault.. :lol: She has been showing us her pics and I just had to get a book so I can try this later (someday) :-o Plus I like the Dear jane Quilt book.. another one of those for someday..LOL
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    I get caught up in so many classes and ideas from you gals. That's why I have so many WIP I guess. I really like anything El Burns does and The One Block Wonder books are my favorites too.

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    Lord I love them all......way to hard to choose one...

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    Traditions with a Twist is a good book for beginners. Basically "Trip around the World" patterns with different variations, Boston Common, etc. Good strip piecing quilts. I've made many.......

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    I have so many that I love. Hmmmm, my newest favorite is Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I bought it at Borders and fell in love with the really neat way to use jelly rolls. I'm cutting out two right now.

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    I just bought Bonnie Hunt's book, "Scraps and Shirttails". You can get it on her website, Quiltville.com.
    Cheryl

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcathie
    Lord I love them all......way to hard to choose one...
    I'm like you Cathie, I love every book that I get. I have so many now that I wouldn't be able to pick out a favorite.

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    I have several favorites: "Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts? a Leisure Arts book edited by Patricia Wilens. Debbie Caffrey has several great books--"Open a Can of Worms" , "Shape Up Your Fat Quarters". Joen Wolfrom--"The Visual Dance" is a wonderful reference for creating and designing--like taking an art workshop.

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    While not always the easiest patterns, the directions are great and the results fantasic, therefore I like Judy Martin books/patterns. There are so many I like I know I will never get them all done. Her book on Log Cabin variations is great and most are not that hard but look-out the results are out of this world.,

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    I LOVE Applique! But my most favorite book I go back to time and time again is Carrie Hall Blocks by Bettina Havig

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    "Quilter's Complete Guide" by Fons & Porter is a great book. Also Rodale's "Fast & Fun Machine Quilting. Both are full of excellent tips and ideas.
    Gloria

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    You guys are giving me great ideas. I'm making a list! You realize I won't have money to pay my bills next month, ha ha.

    I love looking at quilting books and magazines and getting inspired.

    Thanks and keep the ideas coming!

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    My favorite magazine is Australian Patchwork & Quilting for eye candy.

    My favorite how-to books are by Eleanor Burns, and for applique

    the Better Homes & Gardens 1001 full size patterns, projects and

    ideas book. Oh, and love the Piece O'Cake books for applique.

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    Ah, I just loooove books, so this post is bookmarked already.
    Beautiful borders, backings and bindings by Jill Reiber and Margaret Sindelar.
    Color Magic for Quilters
    Anka's Treasures by Heather Mulder Petersen
    Romance with Quilts by Paula Vaughn
    Clever Quilts Encores by Susan Teegarden Dissmore
    Collection of Classic Quilts by Lynette Jensen
    Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns a Better h + g book
    Time for An Irish Chain by Smith and Mulligan
    Block Explosion by Cindy Casciato
    Best Loved Designers Weekend Quilts & Crafts
    Quilter's Mix and Match Blocks over 200 project ideas by Leisure Arts
    Amazingly Simple Star Quilts by Jeanne Stauffer + Sandra L. Hatch
    Quick To Stitch Weekend Quilts + Projects by House of White Burches
    300 Paper Pieced Designs by Carol Doak

    yup, I love books, cause this is just a sprinkling, but probably the ones that come quickest to mind. Now to go look some up...quick turn the radio up...(drowned out the NO, voice, lol... :wink: )

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    My two newest are my fav's right now. LOL!

    "Applique the Basics and Beyond", By Janet Pittman (I had my quilt store order it for me after seeing my neighbor's.) Two customers in the quilt store ordered it by the time I left. Great Book!

    And "Machine Quilting solutions" by Christine Maraccini I just Love her simple instructions and graphics.

    I won the whole set of Jodi Barrows, "Square in a Square" books and her rulers last fall at the local quilt show. So, I ordered the video to go with. I want to try some of them soon. Looks interesting and fast.

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