The term “quilt” is derived from the Latin word “culcita” which means “a stuffed sack”. The word carries two meanings. First and foremost, it is used as a noun, meaning three-layer bedding. The word is also used as a verb which refers to the act of stitching three bedding layers in such a way that they hold up together.
The act of quilting which is simply considered a hobby today was a necessity back in the early years of American colonization. At that time, most American women spent their days weaving and sewing bed covering for utmost comfort in harsh winters. Colonial women used to be quite creative with their quilting as they patched up together some of the loveliest cloth quilts which are inspirational to date.
If you enjoy quilting or want to take up quilting as a new hobby/passion, here are some top quilting books to read.
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1. My First Machine Patchwork Book: Sewing Projects
This book deals with the basics of quilting, making it the best manual for beginners.
It guides readers about choosing and preparing fabric, drawing around a template, and sewing patches together to make a flag or pillow. Later, the book delves into patchwork blocks with different shapes, sew appliqué, etc.
The easy and simple language makes this book an ideal pick for children who are learning to quilt!
2. Kaffe Fassett’s Sew Simple Quilts & Patchworks: 17 Designs Using Kaffe Fassett’s Artisan Fabrics
Interested in both quilting and sewing? Get this wonderful guidebook of quilts and patchworks by the “King of Color” and renowned fabric designer – Kaffe Fassett.
Along with his competent team of designers, Kaffe has created innovative yet simple designs that will make you a pro at quilting and sewing in no time!
3. Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern: Fresh Techniques for Busy Quilters
Are you someone who likes to swim against the stream? If that’s so, this book is just for you. Break the conventions by learning how to improvise quilting by yourself.
Instead of following traditional paper/fabric patterns or cutting measurements, set your own rules. Let your creative juices flow and be your own quilting boss.
4. Turnabout Patchwork: Simple Quilts with a Twist
You probably don’t know this but easy-to-sew blocks can effortlessly turn into jaw-dropping quilts. How is that possible, you may wonder? Get this book to find out!
You will be surprised that some of the most advanced quilts can be created out of the simplest quilting technique. Some of those techniques do not even require slicing!
Nothing could be easier than that, right?
5. Sunday Best Quilts: 12 Must-Make Quilts You’ll Love Forever
Every quilter has a list of “special quilts” that they wish to make someday. Two well-acclaimed designers and influencers, Sherri McConnell and Corey Yonder, give a sneak peek into the list of quilts they always dreamt of creating.
Out of six unique quilt themes (star, pineapple, scrappy, Christmas, red and white, and Courthouse Steps), both designers come up with a dozen of amazing quilts which amateurs can gain inspiration from.
6. Jiffy Quick Quilts: Quilts for the Time Challenged
There is no denying that quilting is a time-consuming activity. But with this book, you will discover how some quilting projects can be finished in a week, or in some cases, just a day!
So, all those people out there who may be afraid that their quilts may take forever to get completed should get this book now.
7. The Big Book of Lap Quilts: 51 Patterns for Family Room Favorites
This book boasts 51 patterns for unique quilt designs that you can create in any season – holiday, special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
8. Improve Your Practice: Free Motion Quilting
This brilliant book by Mitzie Schafer is a writer for three types of quilters – those who are too scared to quilt their own quilt tops; those who may have tried quilting but thought they failed; and those who just want to give it a try, no matter how well or worse they do.
This book perfectly guides how to prepare your machine for quilting and the tools you will need to create the best quilt cloth of your life.
9. Step-by-Step Texture Quilting: 65 New Free-Motion & Walking Foot Designs
With step-by-step instructions to more than 60 designs and patterns, this book is perfect to help you learn to quilt like a true artist. Christina Cameli’s quilting approach will help you primary your quilting projects quicker than you imagine. You will learn to choose the right fabric along with fun, colorful textures for your quilting.
Pick this workbook whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro!
10. 501 Quilting Motifs: Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting
For the invaluable insight into quilting, this collection is apt for you.
It comprises 501 quilting motifs, intricately chosen from over 26 years of Quiltmaker magazine. Isn’t it worth the investment?
The good part is that the book contains motifs that can be hand quilt as well machine quilt. Pick your category from a number of options like feathers, flowers, vines and leaves, seasonal and holidays, geometric and designs, and lots more!
11. Stitched So Sweet
Simple, graceful stitching stays in season all year long! And this quilt book teaches the art to sew everyday beauty from lovely flowers to buzzing honeybees, to delightful pumpkins, to everyone’s favorite snowmen.
Touches like wool appliqué, prairie points, and big-stitch quilting elevate the beauty of each project. From the unique patterns and designs, you can create lovely table toppers, mix-and-match pillow covers, comfortable bedding, framed embroideries, etc.
12. Quilting Planner: 6″ x 9″ Idea and Planner book with designated prompts for 60 Quilt Projects
Do you have plenty of quilting projects lined up? Is it getting hard for you to manage them all? If you answered in the affirmative, then this book is for you.
With Quilting Planner, you can plan out your quilting projects and keep a track of your record. The planner is large enough to document about 60 quilts, with each quilting work recorded on 2 full pages.
13. It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Fabric: Quilting Log and Journal for Tracking Quilting Projects
If you are a quilter by profession, this is a journal that will come in handy.
Record your quilting progress in this creative journal and keep a track of your work every day. This journal and log is about 8 ½ inches x 11 inches and consists of 110 pages. Its compact size and lightweight make it easy to carry the journal wherever you go.
Every page has a space for a quilt name, its details, a place to try swatches, and a sketching pattern grid.
14. Civil War Remembered: 19 Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics
This book enlists the best fabrics of the Civil War time!
Get inspired by an array of gorgeous quilts in varying sizes, shapes, and textures. Also, learn step-by-step instructions to create these stunning designs all by yourself.
15. String Frenzy: 12 More Strip Quilt Projects: Strips, Strings & Scrappy Things!
Are you all about creating quilts from scraps? Then this is the book that you need to get your hands on.
Hunter walks readers through brilliant ways for creating quilts from leftovers – be it small or big pieces of chunks, hunks, or strips.
To create one-of-a-kind quilts, buy Stringy Frenzy today!
16. Shizuko Kuroha’s Japanese Patchwork Quilting Pattern: Charming Quilts, Bags, Pouches, Table Runners and More
This quilting book is a fusion of American art and craft with authentic Japanese patterns and designs. The book features 19 sampler blocks which can be used to make different kinds of quilting projects.
The step-to-step instructions come with vivid diagrams that make everything pretty and easier to understand.
17. Classic to Contemporary String Quilts: Techniques, Inspiration, and 16 Projects for Strip Quilting
Whether you like classic patterns or modern ones, this book shows how to create both kinds of quilts.
This is a step-by-step guide on how to successfully create traditional and contemporary quilts using just scraps, strings, and selvages.
18. Love Flying Geese
Every quilter is familiar with the famous “Flying Geese” method. This approach is popularly applied for the creation of customary and modern quilts. The result always turns out to be an incredible array of looks and motifs, with varying sizes, shapes, and complexities.
To learn about this quilting method, get your copy of Love Flying Geese.
19. Debbie Shore’s Sewing Room Secrets: Machine Sewing: Top Tips and Techniques for Successful Sewing
Debbie Shore’s Sewing Room Secrets presents you with 10 amazing machine sewing projects to engage in. The focus of each project is machine sewing to help you primary the art of sewing and make you more confident in that department.
With the help of tips and tricks, you will ace machine sewing in no time!
20. Welsh Quilting Design
Do you admire Welsh quilts?
If yes, then it’s time to get this comprehensive guide as it touches upon popular Welsh quilting patterns and designs. Note that Sandie has been creating Welsh quilts for over 20 years, so you can trust her expertise.
21. Modern Quilting: 25 step-by-step projects for cool and contemporary patchwork and quilts
While quilting is quite an ancient craft, it is still popular around the world.
“Modern Quilting” includes 25 contemporary designs with an array of bold and vibrant patterns and fabrics. With this step-by-step manual, upgrade your old, basic quilting designs to a whole new, trendy level.
22. Creating Art Quilts with Panels
With simple panels, you can produce astounding works of art such as embellished seasonal panels, gorgeous florals, and ethereal panel replicas. And this book is your ultimate guide to convert ordinary fabric panels into out-of-the-box quilts!
23. The Quilting Arts Idea Book: Inspiration & Techniques for Art Quilting
This valuable resource is everything you need to bring one-of-a-kind quilts to life.
The Quilting Arts Idea Book is packed with step-by-step tutorials, graphic images, and tips and advice from artists all around the world.
24. Free-Motion Quilting from Ordinary to Extraordinary: 3 Steps to Joyful Machine Stitching in 21 Days
Challenge yourself to finish any free-motion quilting project in just 21 days! But fret not, this easy-to-follow workbook will help you achieve your goal.
In the process, you will learn how the ultimate choice of fabric, thread, and machine enhance your quilting experience, moving you from ordinary to extraordinary.
Here’s your chance to hone your quilting skills while enjoying the creative learning process. Make the most of it!