5+ Quilty Reads
March 24, 2017 in News
Make a Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern (1978)Quilting legend and the Queen of Strip Quilting, Eleanor Burns is no stranger to print media. This book was self-published in 1978. Since then she has been sharing her quilting knowledge with quilters of all skill levels with over 150 books and patterns and the TV Show Quilt in a Day. Add this book to your collection to learn how to create a log cabin quilt with easy to follow step-by-step instructions and illustrations. The 20th Anniversary edition includes new layouts, finishing techniques, and photos. Check it out here.
Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt: Learn the Basics of Walking Foot and Free-Motion Quilting (2016)Pat Sloan is known as "The Voice of Quilting" and has been published in over 30 quilting titles and major quilting magazines. As an author, pattern designer and host of American Patchwork & quilting podcast radio, she shares her love and knowledge of quilting through a variety of channels. In her most recent book, Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt: Learn the Basics of Walking Foot and Free-Motion Quilting, she provides details on walking foot and free-motion quilting techniques so any quilter can confidently stitch up their next masterpiece. This is the third installment of her beginner-friendly "Teach Me" book series. Learn more about this book here.
Fabulously Fast Quilts (2014)Owner of Diary of a Quilter and pattern designer, Amy Smart began sewing and quilting at a young age. It wasn't until later in life where she began sharing her passion with others when she was able to connect with others online who shared the same passion for quilting. In her first book Fabulously Fast Quilts, Amy shares tips and tricks to creating complex-looking quilts. With her techniques, you can create these quilts in no time at all. This book also includes 12 versatile designs that can be created with a variety of fabrics. Grab your copy here.
Modern Heritage Quilts: New Classics for Every Generation (2016)
Owner of Amy's Creative Side, pattern designer, and author; Amy Ellis loves to sew! She taught herself how to quilt and has been writing books and patterns to inspire others in their quilting journey. In her most recent book, Modern Heritage Quilts: New Classics for Every Generation, she transforms traditional piecing skills with a scrappy twist and rethinks traditional blocks to create new modern classics. Plus, get additional tips and tricks from Amy and other designers to learn more about scrap quilting. See what else this book has to offer here.
Other recommend reads: Think Big: Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18" Blocks (2014), Modern Neutrals: A Fresh Look at Neutral Quilt Patterns (2013), & Modern Basics II: 14 Easy Patchwork Quilt Patterns (2013)
The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting (2016)
Educators and bloggers, Liz and Elizabeth Evans share more than a last name. They share a passion for teaching others to sew. Since the start of their blog, Simple Simon and Company, they have written for different magazines including Quilty and Sew News, and have designed fabric for Riley Blake Designs. In their book, The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting, they give classic patchwork a modern makeover. This book was made for beginners, but quilters of all skill levels would enjoy learning more about their beloved craft. The sisters-in-law
s include tutorials and tips on all you would need to know so you can start and finish the quilts. Learn more about this inspiring read here.
Quilt with Confidence (2008)
Host of the popular PBS television series and tv's longest airing sewing and quilting program, Sewing with Nancy, Nancy Zieman has expertise on all things sewing. Whether its sewing garments, embroidery projects, or quilts, she is a definite go-to for learning. She's also a designer for The McCall Pattern Company and Clover Needlecraft. Not only does she share her knowledge online and through her television series, but she has written tons of books. One of her most popular books, Quilt with Confidence is a must read. This book was written for the beginner quilter in mind however, it provides a firm foundation in quilting fundamentals including techniques, tools, and supplies. Helpful hints fill all 144 pages which makes it a staple among quilting books. See what else this empowering read offers here.
Other recommended reads: Quick Column Quilts: Make 12+ Bold and Beautiful Designs in Half the Time (2014), Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z: Your Source for Sewing and Quilting Tips and (2011), & 10-20-30 Minutes to Quilt (2000)