Books, glorious books! I am a bit of a book freak. I love to buy books - particularly quilting books lately. So, I was really excited to hear that today Moda's blog, The Cutting Table is celebrating National Book Lover's Day as well. They've asked their designers to share our favorites with you, the ones that inspired us to start quilting as well as our what we are reading right now.
I can't remember the first quilting related book that I bought, but I know that the best reference guide I've ever found is the Fons and Porter Quilter's Complete Guide.
When I first started quilting, I snagged a copy at Half-Price Books and referred to it often as a beginning quilter. Another amazing reference, if you can find one is the Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. It's out of print now and I don't own a copy, but my local library has one and I've checked it out several times. They are pricey on Amazon since they are really hard to find, but it's got something like 4,000 individual quilt blocks and, if you are a budding designer, I think it's an wonderful jumping off point for quilt design. Also if you are an EQ user, which I am, you can buy this entire library as a supplement to your software. I've got this on my holiday wish list!
I usually wait for a JoAnn's 50% off coupon for my book buying to make it a little more affordable, but when I can't find them there, I end up buying online. My most recent quilt book purchase from Joann's was Piece O' Cake's Quilt a New Christmas.
This book is primarily applique - I really want to learn to do more applique and I took Becky Goldsmith's class, which was wonderful. Her projects are just fantastic! My favorite quilt in the book, and one that I consider a "bucket list" quilt is this one. It's not even a traditional Christmas design, but what a gem! I need to really master my applique before I attempt this many circles.
My most recent online (Amazon) purchase was Liberty Love.
From this book, I drool over the Marcelle Medallion quilt. I couldn't find a good pic of the quilt from the book, so here's one of my favorite renditions by, Hyacinth Quilt Designs.
And then, an all-time favorite book which is a staple, in my humble opinion, if you are going to get into hexagons is Hexa Go-Go. It's got great in-depth directions on making hexagons with several different methods and then a TON of fantastic projects.
I've already made the Cat Tails Quilt and blogged about it, but isn't this rainbow quilt just a.maz.ing!!
I would love to know what your favorite quilting book is - happy National Book Lover's Day!