It's National Book Lovers Day and we're celebrating with our favorites. Sewing, crafting and quilting books are plentiful and are fabulous resources to have in your personal library. Many of us have used them over the years to learn new skills and techniques, referring to them time after time.
Here are a few of the books that we have used and loved. Some are new, some have been around a while, but they are all excellent sewing and quilting books.
Free-Motion Quilting: Choose & Use Quilting Designs for Modern Quilts
by Angela Walters (Stash Books, 2012)
For anyone interested in learning how to do free-motion quilting, whether on a domestic machine or a longarm, this book is a great addition to the book collection. Angela teaches twenty-six designs and encourages you along the way with her characteristic optimism, making it fun to try your new skills on all sorts of projects.
Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew
by Alexia Marcelle Abegg (Stash Books, 2013)
Elisabeth says this is her go-to lately and she's made a couple version of both the Marcelle Medallion quilt and the Michelle My Belle dress. Abegg is a patternmaker (you can find her at Green Bee Designs) and her knowledge shows through in the book's clear and complete instructions.
Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots
by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke (Steward, Tabori & Chang, 2009)
One thing that stands out from this book is that it's clearly written by quilters for quilters. The Quilting Basics section is full of good advice. The patterns are easy-to-follow and inspire you to reach beyond the sample quilts and make the designs your own, something we can't hear often enough as new and seasoned quilters.
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
by Martha Stewart (Potter Craft, 2010)
This is Teresa's go-to book for quick I-just-need-to-sew projects and last minute gifts. It's stuffed full of Martha-style advice with plenty of techniques and tips to keep you going back to it. There are quilts, but it's the variety of projects and ideas that make this one for the sewing room shelves.