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Thread: Your Top Three Favorite Quilting Books

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    Super Member jillaine's Avatar
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    I'm in a "top-ten" (or five or three or one...) mood these days.

    Today I'd like to hear what your top three favorite quilting books are. And if you can't keep it to three, don't let the limit stop you! ;-) The point here is to compile a list of favorites.

    -- Jillaine

    Mine are:

    1. Singer's _Quilted Projects & Garments_. (http://alturl.com/2hydx) This was a great book for me as a beginner and I have made the Shadowed Square Lap Quilt MANY times in a variety of fabrics. The book teaches basics, offers a variety of squares-- has a sampler quilt-- and uses lovely fabrics.

    2. Jane Hall & Dixie Haywood, _Firm Foundations_. (http://alturl.com/of2ew). This is the book that introduced me (unsuccessfully) to paper-piecing (or what they call foundation piecing). I love the variety of blocks, and the collection of quilt samples is inspiring.

    3. Debbie Caffrey, _Another Can of Worms_. (http://alturl.com/krmyz). Great technique, great instruction, great fabric and examples. Variety.

    Honorable mention goes to Rebecca Wat, _Fantastic Fabric Folding_ (http://alturl.com/ur42u), from which I've made no quilt, though I have made a few of the sample pieces. It's inspirational.

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    I love the ABC Tumbling Blocks by Marci Baker. It's how to make tumbling blocks WITHOUT y-seams (http://www.amazon.com/ABC-3-D-Tumbli.../dp/0965143961).

    Also her Oh My Stars. Same idea, no y-seams (http://www.amazon.com/Marci-Bakers-O...d_bxgy_b_img_b)

    And Boo Davis' It's Okay to be Square. She's made very cool designs without triangles/diamonds/etc (http://www.amazon.com/Dare-Square-Qu...9259540&sr=1-1)

    Amazon links since they're easy to find, not because I'm telling you to buy them ;)

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    I will have to check these out.

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    Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!

    It's Okay to Sit on My Quilt by Mary Ellen Hopkins

    Pattern Play (I think ) by Doreen Speckman

    I've actually READ most of these three books.

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    1. Quick Quilts from your Scrap Bag-Leisure Arts
    2. Anything by Judy Martin
    3. Quilting 101 by Singer

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    Knockout Blocks and Sampler Quilts by Judy Martin
    501 Quilt Blocks by Better Home and Gardens
    Quick Method Quilts by Leisure Arts

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    Wow, a well read group here!

    I love the Leisure Arts books,
    Mary Ellen books
    OBW (right now is my fav)

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    "Big Book of Scrap Quilts" - Oxmoor House - I want to make about 10 quilts in here
    "Doubledipity: More Serendipity Quilts" by Sara Nephew. If you do OBW, you need this quilt to use up all those leftover hexes.
    "The Border Workbook" by Jane Kime pieced borders & how to fit them to YOUR quilt.

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    Square in a square (and all things) Jodi Barrows
    Quick Trick Quilts by Billie Lauder
    French Braid Quilts by Jane Miller
    And my favorite: all the quilters here that I have "borrowed" ideas from.

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    Too many to decide on right now....will check back later on this response.

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    I like the Better Homes and Gardens "501 Quilt Blocks" best of all, just because it has such a great variety of blocks. I've used Georgia Bonesteel's "Lap Quilting" a lot, just for the block patterns, and now that I'm hand quilting, it's useful all over again.

    Third place may belong to "The Essential Sampler Quilt Book" by Lynne Edwards. I haven't made anything out of it yet, just got it, but it has good instructions for blocks that use close to 40 techniques.

    I love to do samplers, so anything that has a lot of blocks is going to be something I like. :)

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    Quilters Complete Guide by Fons and Porter. Another is OBW. And any book by Eleanor Burns.
    Sue

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    1. Borders by Design-Paulette Peters. I refer to this often. It's a comprehensive guide to creating beautiful pieced borders.

    2. Around the Block with Judy Hopkins. 200 rotary cut blocks in 6 sizes.

    3. Mariner's Compass Quilts - Judy Mathieson. How to draft your own compasses plus several beautiful patterns and projects. I own this, but it's still on my "To Do" list.

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