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Best Quilting Books To Add To Your Library

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Ready to get inspired and step up your quilting game? If you are looking for a book to bring you to the next level then the following 10 quilting books are ones you should consider. From patterns to inspiration and new techniques, these books offer a little something for everyone. Any of these books would look great on your shelf or make a perfect gift for your favorite quilter.

Our Top 10 Favorite Quilting Books

1. Better Homes and Gardens: Complete Guide to Quilting

Better Homes and Gardens: Complete Guide to Quilting, More than 750 Step-by-Step Color Photographs

Pages: 352
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Type: Instructional

Ideal for both beginner and expert quilters, the Complete Guide to Quilting by Better Homes and Gardens teaches you how to master just about every quilting technique, tool, fabric, seam, block, knit and stitch.

If you’re just getting started with quilting or looking to improve your skills, this is the right book for you. You won’t find any patterns inside, but you’ll learn a lot about technique. The instructions are clear and well-written, and the colored photos make it easy to follow along. This is one of my favorite books on quilting that I own.

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2. The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting

The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting: How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects

Pages: 128
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Type: Instructional and projects

In The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting, author Joanie Zeier Poole teaches readers how to use their home sewing machine to make quilts that look like they were made by hand. This thoughtful and thorough guide will teach you how to: work with different weights of batting and fabric, use decorative stitches, and save time with helpful tips.

Ideal for beginner and intermediate quilters, this book will help you achieve professional results and also includes fun projects that will show off your new skills. The author owns Heirloom Quilting Designs and has had a passion for quilting her entire life. This is one of the best quilting books you will find on machine quilting.

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3. Quiltmaker’s 1,000 Blocks

Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks: A Collection of Quilt Blocks from Today's Top Designers

Pages: 528 pages
Skill Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate
Type: Inspirational and instructional

From the well-known Quiltmaker magazine, 1,000 Blocks covers a wide range of block-making techniques, including foundation-pieced, applique, pieced and mixed techniques. The quilting book also includes helpful information, like yardages and features settings, to help turn your blocks into stunning classic and modern quilts.

We love that this book comes with PDF templates and a bonus CD to help us along in our quilt-making adventures.

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4. The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt

The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them

Channeling the strength of the women lived through the Great Depression, The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt is a wonderful book for quilters who enjoy a bit of nostalgia and appreciate a time long gone.

Pages: 272
Skill Level: All
Type: Pattern and project

What we love about this book is that it’s about more than just quilting; it’s about appreciation of history. While scrolling through the pages, you get the pleasure of reading through real-life letters published in Farmer’s Wife magazine.

This book features a queen-size, 99-block sampler quilt that’s inspired by the letter written in the magazine. The quilt uses reproduction 1930s fabric, too.

Each block contains detailed instructions for the template piecing and rotary cutting (if applicable). The nice thing about this is that you can piece the quilt whichever way you want. A CD is included, too, with all of the patterns featured in the book.

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5. Jiffy Quick Quilts

Jiffy Quick Quilts: Quilts for the Time Challenged (Annie's Quilting)

Pages: 48
Skill Level: Beginner
Type: Project and pattern

If you’re like me, you get excited about quilting projects and want to get them done – like yesterday. Jiffy Quick Quilts is your go-to book for quick but modern and stylish quilts. Every single project in this book can be made in a single weekend.

There are 20 total projects in this book, and 10 of them have sizing options. With simple but beautiful patterns, this book is ideal for beginner quilters. This is one of my favorite quilting books to give as a gift.

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6. Jelly Roll Quilts

Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam Lintott

Pages: 128
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
Type: Instructional and projects

Just as its name implies, Jelly Roll Quilts teaches you how to turn jelly rolls into quilts. And each quilt can be made from just one roll.

We like that this book takes a different approach to fabric, and the author – Pam Lintott – offers plenty of advice on how to use fabric this way. Tips are also provided on how to adapt quilts to your stashes.

The diagrams and step-by-step instructions make it easy to create unique and beautiful quilts.

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7. Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares

Charm School―18 Quilts from 5" Squares: A Beginner's Guide

Pages: 128
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Type: Project and pattern

Want a book that offers a lot of inspiration? The Charm School – 18 Quilts from 5″ Squares book has more than a dozen quilts made using 5″ squares. Simple but beautiful, these projects are great for beginners. The author, Vanessa Goertzen, takes the guesswork out of piecing your quilts.

For each project, you can use pre-cut squares, or cut your own from your stash.

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8. Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister

Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Pages: 32
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Type: Project and pattern

Featuring quick and easy quilts, Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister makes a great quilting gift for the beginner in your life. This book features 12 stunning quilts that are simple yet elegant.

Each project teaches you new skills. When going through the patterns, you’ll move from squares to strips, and some of the designs have stitch-and-flip corners, pinwheels and more. These patterns are great for quilting retreats or for weekend projects.

We love that these projects are simple yet beautiful, and quilters of all levels can tackle these patterns with ease.

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9. Free-Motion Machine Quilting

Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3: 61 Designs to Finish Your Quilts with Flair

Pages: 144
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Type: Project and instructional

Interested in free-motion machine quilting? This is the book for you. Free-Motion Machine Quilting by Lori Kennedy teaches you how to use your sewing machine to quilt creative designs – without frustration.

The book is a complete visual guide to this fun but challenging quilting technique. Lori includes easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of photos to guide you along the way.

You’ll learn how to quilt motifs, including swirls, flowers, zigzags, animals and more.

We also like that this book has a spiral binding that allows for easy hands-free use.

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10. Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Machine Quilt: Learn the Basics of Walking Foot and Free-Motion Quilting

Pages: 96
Skill Level: Beginner
Type: Instructional and project

Author Pat Sloan teaches readers how to use their sewing machine and the walking foot to create beautiful free-motion quilts. Pat is a well-known designer and teacher. She even has her own radio show.

Teach Me to Machine Quilt is a great book for beginner quilters, and includes plenty of fun projects to create.

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Click here to see our list of sewing books we recommend for beginners.

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