I know, I know, you can find everything on the internet. But I’m a book person. I like the weight, the smell, the tactile experience of a book. I like notes in the margins. I like finding dog-ears and pencil marks in used books, and guessing what the previous owners had liked based on those discoveries. I like the single-mindedness of a book. No pop-ups, no distractions.

I’ve collected quilt books since I started quilting in 2011. Over time, the collection has shifted away from patterns and now leans more heavily toward techniques, history, and inspiration. I pick them up off of “free for the taking” tables. People give them to me. I browse through used-book stores and library sales. I buy them from the speakers that come to lecture at the local guild, or when I take a workshop at a show. And, of course, I buy some new when they catch my eye at the quilt shop.

The collection is always changing, so this virtual bookshelf will be updated whenever possible. Over time, I’ll add links to the posts where I used patterns or techniques from a particular book. And you should know that each of these images is an Amazon affiliate link, so if you make a purchase after clicking one, I’ll earn a small percentage from the sale (at no additional cost to you).

Although I’ve done my best to sort the books into categories, they aren’t listed in any particular order.

If you have questions about any of these books, please e-mail me and I’ll do my best to find an answer.


Basic Skills | Reference | Patterns & Projects | Improv | Quilting | Inspiration | Making Art Quilts | Fabric & Surface Design | Color Theory | Quilt Design | History | Around the World | Other Sewing | Activism | Creativity | Mindfulness | Business | Children’s Books

Basic Quilt-Making Skills


return to category menu

Reference


return to category menu

Patterns, Projects, and Skill-Builders

Traditional

Modern

Pre-cuts

Curved Piecing

Appliqué

Quilt-As-You-Go

Foundation Paper Piecing

Mini Quilts

Upcycled Quilts


return to category menu

Improv Quilts


return to category menu

Quilting


return to category menu

Art Quilt Inspiration


return to category menu

Making Art Quilts


return to category menu

Fabric and Surface Design


return to category menu

Color Theory


return to category menu

Drafting and Design


return to category menu

Quilt History


return to category menu

Quilting Around the World


return to category menu

Other Sewing


return to category menu

Quilt Activism


return to category menu

Creativity


return to category menu

Mindfulness


return to category menu

The Business of Quilting


return to category menu

Children’s Books


return to category menu
Check out these recommended quilt books to learn a new technique, find inspiration, or discover more about quilts in general!