Friday, August 14, 2020

5 Must-Have Quilting Books

Need inspiration for quilt designs on your next quilt? Or maybe your looking to expand on the quilt skills you've already mastered, or want to learn new ones. Then look no further than my top 5 Must-Have Quilting Books. 

5 must have quilting books as suggested by QuiltFabrication


The list includes timeless books on free motion quilting to quilting with rulers, for both domestic and longarm machines. This list has something for every level of quilter, from novice to experienced, with ideas for quilting common blocks, using templates and rulers, and border ideas. These books are not going out of style any time soon!

For a peek inside the book, click on the links - there's usually several pages available for viewing to get an idea of what's inside. And there's a giveaway - keep reading!

5 Must-Have Quilting Books

1. Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book by Amanda Murphy (affiliate link)

free motion quilting idea book by amanda murphy

This book is at the top of my must-have quilting books. Amanda has put together lots of designs for commonly pieced blocks: churn dash, courthouse steps, drunkard's path, eight-pointed star, log cabin, irish chain, sawtooth, pineapple, kaleidoscope, and wedding ring just to name a few. The designs take the guess work out of what to quilt, providing ideas for numerous shapes and blocks. Definitely a book every quilter should own.

2. Shape-by-Shape by Angela Walters (affiliate link)

shape by shape quilting book

Angela, a self-taught modern longarm quilter, put together a book full of quilting designs for numerous pieced shapes. Though an older book, I still consider it one of my go-to books for quilting ideas due to it's more modern, free form designs.

3. 501 Quilting Motifs from QuiltMaker magazine (affiliate link)

501 quilting motifs by quiltmaker magazine

This book is for the more traditional quilter who wants to place motifs in the blocks and borders of the quilt. Full of a variety of themed motifs, there's certainly one to fit any style of quilt. 

In fact, I recently used the Holly Wreath motif on my Reindeer Wreath quilt. I traced the motif onto paper and cut out several copies. Before starting the quilting, I laid them on the quilt to decide on placement,

then put tape on the backside to hold them down so I could easily stitch around them. A very easy process suitable for a domestic or longarm machine. See this quick video, Quilting with Templates, to see it done on a longarm.

4. Shape-by-Shape Collection 2 by Angela Walters (affiliate link)

shape by shape collection 2 quilting book

Shape by Shape Collection 2 expands on Angela's first book with even more designs for pieced shapes. Both books include background fills and border ideas, plus lots of tips for varying the designs to make them yours. 

5. Rulerwork Quilting by Amanda Murphy (affiliate link)

ruler work quilting idea book by amanda murphy

And just like Angela, Amanda's companion book full of ruler work designs gets my final vote into the 5 Must-Have Quilting Books. In this book, she covers multiple designs with straight or curving lines, adding creative fills to really bring out the quilting designs. Definitely a terrific resource for combining lines and free-motion fills.

And here they are, my 5 Must-Have Quilting Books. I hope they become yours too!

5 must have quilting books

But wait - there's more! In addition to these 5 Must-Haves, I have an additional list of 5 quilting books, in case those above aren't what you're looking for.

6. Step-by-Step Texture Quilting by Christina Cameli (affiliate link)

step by step texture quilting by christina cameli

If you love negative space, and the unlimited choices of texture for that space, then consider keeping this book close to your machine. Full of fantastic free-motion texture quilting, this book has so many designs, it's hard to choose. Last year, I quilted wood grain and fog onto Helen's Halloween quilt.

7. Next Steps in Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner (affiliate link)

next steps in machine quilting by natalia bonner

This book encompasses the best of both worlds, especially for the domestic machine quilter. Quilting designs here include both free motion and straight lines, but quilted with a walking foot. Of course, these designs are also suitable for the longarm quilter too.

8. Straight Line Quilting Designs from numerous designers (affiliate link)

straight line quilting designs

This is another go-to quilting book, specifically with ruler use in mind. Use the designs as is, or get creative and quilt free-motion designs inside.

9. The Ultimate Guide to Rulerwork by Amanda Murphy (affiliate link)

the ultimate guide to rulerwork by amanda murphy

Another of Amanda's great books, this one takes ruler quilting to the next level. It's more than straight lines here - Amanda uses a variety of rulers with different cuts and curves in them to achieve completely custom looks. She gives tips on buying specialty rulers, and advice on planning out quilting designs. 

10. Walk, Jog, Run by Dara Tomasson (affiliate link)

walk jog run quilting book by Dara Tomasson

This is a new-comer to the quilting book lineup, and is perfect for the quilter just starting out with free-motion quilting. The book includes patterns for several quilted projects, and each one has 5 quilting design options to choose from.

To read a terrific review and see more project pictures from Walk, Jog, Run, check out the Best Kind of Exercise - The Quilting Workout blog post.

Giveaway time!

With all of these great resources, are you ready to jump into quilting your next quilt? How about a giveaway to get you started? C&T Publishing has generously donated a copy of Walk, Jog, Run to give away to one lucky reader. Contest is open now until August 31, 2020, to the continental US only. Sorry, no Hawaii, Alaska, or international entrants at this time.

The winner will be announced at the Sept 2 Midweek Makers.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Midweek Makers #240

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Time to show off those projects we're working on! For me, it's revisiting a quilt I designed in June for my backpacking-loving son.

Midweek Makers on a camping scene by QuiltFabrication

I was hoping to have it at least started (and finished) by now, but so many other projects came up that it took a back burner on the camping stove. Though I liked my original tent design, something about it bothered me. 

green trees and an orange tent by QuiltFabrication
                                                                      VERSION 1

It doesn't make me feel like I am there, and it's taken me 6 weeks to figure that out. So I redesigned the tent (version 2) and feel much better about it.

I've sent both ideas to my son, asking him which he likes, and would appreciate your input too. Leave a comment as simple as Version 1 or Version 2, making sure which is which. And sorry for all the watermarks. After having images of my quilts stolen to make cheap knock-off versions, I'm a bit more careful about my pictures.

Let's move on to to see some stars. And not only on the quilts below, but in the sky. If you live in area that will have clear, dark skies, the Perseid meteor shower is peaking August 11 and 12 with up 100 shooting stars an hour - wow! I'll probably be in bed at the best time, but hopefully I'll sight a few during my early morning run. Until then, let's see some stars on  quilts.

from Sew Preeti Quilts,

Tony Ray quilt by Sew Preeti Quilts

from Sewmotion,

Christmas bunting from SewMotion

and from Quilting and Learning.

star block from Quilting and Learning

What's your share this week - come link up!

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Happy Quilting!

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Free Quilt Blocks

Time for a road trip! A virtual one that is.

United States map and quilt blocks for Around the Block hop

If you're just joining in, it's week 2 of Around the Block, a block of the month blog hop that runs for a year, and full of free quilt blocks featuring the 50 US states and territories. Each week there's a new journey to a different state, along with state facts and trivia. And of course, a free quilt block pattern that relates to that state, along with extra goodies and rafflecopter giveaways.

Since this is week 2, we're taking a trip to Alaska. This beautiful block is brought to you by Appliques, Quilts and More, and features silhouettes of both Alaska and a dog sled from the Ididarod race.

yellow Alaska with blue dogs and sled by Appliques Quilts and More

If you missed week 1, it's right here! Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio created this applique block, called the Heart of Massachusetts, complete with a little heart to place within the state.

Heart of MA quilt block by Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio

For the free downloads, rafflecopter giveaway, and other goodies, please visit the designers of Massachusetts and Alaska:

Week 1 - Massachusetts - Dragonfly's Quilting Design Studio

Week 2 - Alaska - Appliques Quilts and More

Want to be sure you collect all of the blocks over the year? There's several ways to do that.

  • For a complete list of all the designers and links to the free blocks as they come out, visit Check back there each week for the new block.
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Coming up next:

Week 3 - Washington from Kissed Quilts

Week 4 - California from Always Expect Moore

Safe travels around the United States, and Happy Quilting!

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