Quilt Books

Written by Abby Luttrell
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Quilting has become tremendously popular in the last ten years, and there are a variety of quilt books on the market, both as reference tools and how-to books for beginning quilters. Two good books for beginning quilting are the New Quilting and Patchwork Dictionary, by Rhoda Ochser Goldberg, and the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, compiled by Barbara Brackman. These two reference works are full of drawings, photos and diagrams. They will orient the beginner about quilting history and the styles and traditions of quilting patterns.

Reference Quilt Books

Carrie Hall Blocks, edited by Bettina Havig, features 800 historical quilting pattern blocks, all in color. Looking through this book is a slice of Americana, as women's history is revealed through the types of quilts that were popular in different historical eras. A more modern reference for quilting is Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978-1996, bringing us up to the latest craze in this most traditional art form. Another popular book on contemporary quiltmaking is Not Your Grandmother's Quilts by Marci Baker.

There are quilt books on specific quilting fabric lines that are often put out by the designers themselves. One such series is the Thimbleberries series, the latest of which is Thimbleberries: Maple Valley, by designer, Lynette Jensen. This has nine quilt designs featuring her new fabric line.

There are also "Know Before You Sew" reference cards available, providing the beginner with quick answers to commonly asked questions. For example, there are answer cards on rotary cutting, saving strips, simplifying binding, and how to paper piece fabric. Lastly, there are some wonderful books available if you are interested in heirloom sewing. Martha Pullen is the author of many how-to books, such as Antique Cutwork Machine Embroidery and Elegant Sewing for Baby. The Internet is your best source for quilt books; be sure to check recommended sites.

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