We love quilting and patchwork – it’s quite simply the most fun you can have with fabric and a sewing machine. If you’ve ever thought about making a quilt but haven’t quite got around to it yet a great way to start quilting is with a book and there are some great ones out there.
Most quilt books feature techniques as well as quilt patterns and smaller projects so you can learn as you sew. We’ve selected our top 10 quilt books for you here so we’re sure you’ll find something right for you.
This is the ultimate guide for all quilters, whether you are learning or already have some experience. It is the perfect reference tool for all aspects of patchwork and quilting with technical information and step by step guidance for everything from English paper piecing to applique to hand quilting. As well as the very in depth technical content it also includes over 15 quilting projects.
Techniques covered include quilting basics such as making a quilt sandwich, hand and machine quilting, basting and binding a quilt. Other techniques include big stitch, sashiko, free motion, corded and stuffed (trapunto) quilting. There are instructions for over 100 different patchwork blocks, with detailed instructions for different kinds of piecing such as English paper piecing, foundation piecing and strip piecing. Techniques for applique are also included which cover different types of applique such as needle-turn; reverse, inlaid and shadow applique as well as using freezer paper and fusible web.
Jelly rolls are rolls of pre cut strips from a whole line of fabric which is usually around 40 strips. They are perfect for beginner quilters because having ready cut strips gives you a head start on whatever project you are doing. Unless you love the idea of spending a considerable amount of time cutting up fabric to specific measurements, jelly rolls have already done the job for you!
The patterns in Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts have been cleverly created so as to use one jelly roll each, with the addition of fabric for borders and backing. There are 10 stunning sampler quilt patterns to make from over 50 patchwork blocks, each using just one jelly roll. Each quilt designs comes with full step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams, with alternative colourways for added inspiration. The Pick ‘n’ Mix section at the end of the book even shows you how you can create your own unique sample quilt designs by combining the quilt block patterns in different ways.
3. Blanket Stitch Quilts
Lynne Edwards is an extremely experienced quilter and quilt tutor who has been teaching quilters at her workshops for decades and is the author of numerous quilt books. In this book she shows readers how to make eight full sized quilt designs, as well as four small co-ordinating projects. Each project employs a unique applique technique devised by Lynne which is very simple and easy to follow and creates fantastic quilts. In addition readers will find comprehensive instructions for working blanket stitch – a very easy and satisfying stitch – by hand and machine, as most modern sewing machines have a blanket stitch setting.
Learn how to make beautiful quilts with this comprehensive guide to patchwork and quilting for beginners. Author Elizabeth Betts covers all aspects of quilting from piecing and applique to quilting and binding. Choose from 16 simple projects, each focusing on a different technique, from bags and cushions to table mats, wall hangings and bed quilts. Clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions accompany each project, making them all suitable for even a complete novice. You will learn all the basic quilting and patchwork techniques including lots of piecing techniques so you can start making your own quilts straight away, including: strip piecing, chain piecing and half square triangles. The book also includes an incredibly useful quilting glossary explaining common quilting and sewing terms.
Lynette Anderson is internationally renowned in the quilting world and her distinctive style of applique and hand stitching is widely admired. If you love the idea of quilting projects with lots of hand sewing for motifs and decoration, this is the book for you. There are instructions for all the techniques, including the embroidery stitches, that Lynette uses for the projects, as well as full sized templates for all the makes.
The projects include a table runner, wall hangings and larger quilts, as well as smaller, quick-to-stitch gifts. Beautiful fabrics, fresh colours and cute designs are enhanced by a collection that captures Lynette’s quirky style.
Quilt experts Pam and Nicky Lintott show us how to make clever quilts with layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs that look complicated but are actually quite simple. The book contains 17 beautiful projects, from lap quilts to full-sized, and shows you how to get the most from irresistible pre-cut fabric bundles. Each quilt is made from one jelly roll, layer cake or charm pack (or a combination of these items) making the projects both quick and economical.
There are instructions for exciting blocks with stars, triangles and even machine-pieced hexagons. Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations make creating stunning quilts from these desirable fabric bundles accessible to quilters of all abilities, even newbies!
This is a larger collection of quilted and stitched projects by Lynette Anderson, best selling quilt books author and fabric designer. Lynette’s country cottage garden provides the inspiration for this collection of 15 beautiful projects, from quick-to-stitch applique designs that make ideal gifts to larger wall hangings and bed-sized quilt patterns. The stunning designs combine charming hand embroidery with traditional patchwork and quilting techniques. Beautiful fabrics, warm colours and a homely feel are enhanced by a book design that captures Lynette’s heart-warming, quirky style.
If you’re looking for a beginner quilt book with lots of hand stitching, this is for you. Lynette includes all her techniques for hand sewing, patchwork and applique and guides you with step by step instructions and diagrams. It also includes a comprehensive guide to the embroidery stitches she uses.
Lots of people interested in patchwork and quilting worry about how to combine different prints and colours of fabric to make something beautiful. This book explores the idea of colour theory specifically for quilters. It explains all the different colour theories and how they can be used within patchwork to make stunning quilt blocks. There are also 12 stunning modern quilt projects including full sized bed quilts, bags, a sewing machine cover and cushions.
The authors are the creators of online quilting ezine Fat Quarterly which is aimed very much at people new to quilting. This book would make a brilliant reference tool for colour and print combining for all quilters.
9. Quilter’s Desk Diary
This is a practical week-to-view diary illustrated with beautiful quilting photographs, as well as hints and tips from top quilting authors.This colourful organizer will provide creative inspiration throughout the year – each weekly spread features a month quick glance overview and ample room for notes, as well as a beautiful full-page image of an inspirational quilt. The diary features up-to-date information about international quilting exhibition organizations and events, as well as key national competitions, so quilters will always be able to find out what’s going on near them.
Best selling quilt authors, Pam and Nicky Lintott, are the experts when it comes to jelly roll (pre cut fabric strips in a roll) quilt patterns. In this best selling book they show us how to turn gorgeous jelly rolls into fabulous quilts, each of which can be made from just one jelly roll. This book features unique advice on making the most of these fantastically versatile pre cut fabric bundles, which are perfect for beginner quilters. They also include ideas and advice on adapting the quilts to your existing fabric stashes so you don’t have to go out and buy a jelly roll if you don’t want to although the patterns will be more straightforward if you do. The step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams ensure that untying your beautifully rolled fabric will be the first step to quilting heaven!