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.
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.
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.
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.
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.