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Having books or magazines on hand for those days you are struggling to get moving on a project, are sick, or too tired to do actual sewing. I thought I would share my current three favorite quilting books.

Being on the lookout for books or magazines that have good patterns or ideas I can use is a constant activity when I am out. I encourage you to purchase a few books for your own personal library that you can use the patterns, or that inspire your quilting journey.

Hopefully, these three favorite quilting books will give you some ideas for your own personal quilt book library. For some other suggestions, go here.

Books to inspire and encourage:

The Thimbleberries Guide For Weekend Quilters - great photos and easy to follow directions.
Great photos, and easy to follow directions. And if the project takes longer than the weekend, no problem.

The Thimbleberries Guide for Weekend Quilters by Lynette Jensen. A nice book. I have not made a complete quilt from this book yet. But I have used pieces of several quilt patterns to make other quilts.

It’s fine to do that – I do not have to use an entire pattern and neither do you. Pick and choose what you like.

Back to Square One - One of my all time favorite quilt books.  Lots of ideas, photos, and directions.
One of my all-times favorite quilt books – lots of ideas. Great photos and directions.

Back to Square One by Nancy Martin – I have used a couple patterns in this book and been very satisfied with the photos and directions. The versatility and infinite number of ways there are to make a quilt from triangles are many. And this book covers many of them.

Classic English Medallion Style Quilts - a really nice book with good photos and directions.
Really nice book with good photos and directions.

Classic English Medallion Style Quilts by Bettina Havig. This is a wonderful resource for those of us who like old time English quilts. They have a look and style all their own.  It contains great ideas, photos, and patterns.  I have not made an entire quilt for any of the patterns yet, but I have used parts in quilts. 

My bucket list has two quilts from here to make before I die.

Magazines I subscribe to:

There are many quilting magazines available in the USA and around the world. I have simply chosen these two to subscribe to:

Love of Quilting

Primitive Quilts and Projects



  1. i am not new but not an experienced quilter and i want to add a few basic quilting books to help me learn. thank you for showing a few of your favorite quilting books on the blog.

    i have been reading your old quilting blog for several years. the new blog is better and i am so happy to have found it too. lots of info between the 2 blogs for encouragement and learning.

    can’t wait to see what your next project is.

    1. Hi Sammie,

      I am so glad you are finding the blogs an encouragement on your quilting journey. Visit often or subscribe.

      It has taken me a long time to build a personal quilt book library – there’s so many quilting books and magazines to pick from that it can be daunting to narrow down to what is useful to me (or you) personally.

      Stay well during this time of sickness and have fun quilting.


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