I was looking for a specific quilt book in my personal library today, and ran across these three applique books that I go to time after time. They are so enjoyable because of the beautiful and unique applique patterns, and for the individual ideas each pattern contains. If you are looking for books on applique for your personal library, I recommend these.

Books everywhere

Maybe I am the only one, but there was a time I bought so many books with any kind of quilting theme, especially if they were at library sales. I had piles of dusty quilting books everywhere and rarely took the time to dig through them – it was overwhelming.

And tastes change over time, and the book collection did not reflect that. What a mess (reminds me of the scrap problem I have).

I decided to take the time to go through the piles and look at each carefully and ask these questions for each book:

What prompted me to buy the book (one particular quilt, the cover, the author, etc.)?

Would I really utilize the book for patterns or ideas?

Was the book a duplicate for one already in my collection?

I sold or gave many of them away that I really had no interest in.

three applique books that remained in my personal library

The Best of Jacobean Applique by Campbell and Ayars. Published by AQS, it contains 140 pages of beautiful photos and well drawn patterns. There are great directions and suggestions for putting the blocks and top together.


Floral Abundance: Applique Designs Inspired by William Morris by Makhan. Published by the Patchwork Place, it has 80 pages of directions to make the quilt on the front cover. The pieces can be used individually in another applique project.

Floral Abundance: Applique Designs Inspired by William Morris

The 1776 Quilt: Heartache, Heritage, and Happiness by Holland. Published by Breckling Press, it has 160 pages of suggestions, directions, and templates. There are so many individual pieces that could be used in other quilts. The quilt itself has a fascinating and unusual story.

The 1776 Quilt

Suggestion to you:

My book suggestion to you is to be choosy. Buy quilt books that inspire you and that you will refer back to time and again. Many quilting books can be borrowed from guild or public libraries – if you keep going back to a certain book or books consider buying it for your personal library.



Author: IndianaQuilter40

Made first quilt by myself in mid teens. Addicted to quilting. Love using simple quilt patterns and giving them a twist so they are my own....Live in central Indiana. Raised in Montana. Have traveled and worked all over US and in Germany. Certified medical coder, HIM manager, and medical record auditor. Married for 30+ years to a wonderful guy who likes my quilts. We have grown children and starting on grand-kids.


  1. I do an appliqued wall hanging pretty much yearly so am always looking for new ideas and patterns. The books in this post look really interesting. Thank you for suggesting.

    1. You are welcome for the suggestions. I really like applique, but do very little of it because I am so slow at it. Happy quilting.

  2. I’m amazed at all the information there is on this quilt blog!! Seldom do I encounter a blog that is both educating and engaging so thanks for all the work and time you spend on this blog. I rarely do a pieced quilt, but I love applique. I guess it is my passion in the quilting world. Thanks for these book suggestions.

    1. You are so very welcome for the suggestions. Hopefully you will find some inspiration for a new applique from one or all of them. Happy quilting.

  3. Thanks for suggesting these books. I have been looking for some different applique patterns and these look like fun.

  4. I am new to your blog and am working my way through all the posts. So impressed with your simple way of explaining what you did to make each quilt. I will look for these applique books at my library. Do you offer classes?

    1. No, I do not teach classes – way out of my comfort zone. Libraries are such great resources for quilt books – I sure use my local one too. Happy quilting.

  5. Applique is my favorite. I make my own patterns. But I keep applique books around for ideas and will be looking these books up. Thanks for sharing.

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