Suggested Reading List
- General how-to books
- Books with patterns and how-to information
- Other books of interest
- Children's literature about quilting
General how-to Books
Quilter's Complete Guide
by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter
This book tells everything you could ever want to know about all aspects of piecing and quilting. It is well illustrated with photographs and drawings. I recommend this book if you are new to quilting and my directions haven't been enough to give you the big picture.
Quilting by Machine
Singer Sewing Reference Library
Also a good overview of quilting methods, with an emphasis on machine methods. You won't find directions for hand sewing or tying quilts.
Quiltmaking Tips and Techniques
by Jane Townswick
Includes information on every topic imaginable, with great little how to segments followed by timesaving techniques.
by Mimi Dietrich
That Patchwork Place
Complete and detailed information about binding and finishing your quilt. I refer to this book often.
Shortcuts - A Concise Guide to Rotary Cutting
by Donna Lynn Thomas
That Patchwork Place
A great resource for cutting pieces quickly and easily. Wonderful if you are just learning to use a rotary cutter.
Books with patterns and how-to information
Quilting Together: How to Organize, Design, and Make Group Quilts
By Paula Nadelstern and LynNell Hancock
This out of print book is a gem worth finding, especially if you plan to make several group quilts. The first hundred pages are an extensive album of group quilts along with stories of their creation. The second section gives detailed plans for designing and coordinating a group quilt. The third section is a well written primer for beginning quilters. The fourth section describes the specific to how to lead a local or long distance group in creating a quilt, including sample letters and ideas for fundraising.
by Judy Martin
Moon Over the Mountain Publishing
Mostly about making a dozen or so specific quilts, but includes a good how to section and 72 traditional patterns, some of which are the ones I recommended. This was my first quilt book ever.
Other books of interest
How Not to Make a Prize-Winning Quilt
by Ami Simms
The main reason I recommend this book is because it will help you keep your sense of humor. The quilts I've made with students, more than any others, tend to take on a life of their own. This book will help get you through it!
Imagery on Fabric
by Jean Ray Laury
C & T Publishing
A really fantastic book that will give you more ideas than you can ever use for putting pictures on fabric. This book includes details of all the ideas I have suggested.
Hands on Dyeing
by Betsy Blumenthal and Kathryn Kreider
I haven't discussed dyeing fabric with your class, but if the idea sounds interesting, this is the book to use.
Children's literature about quilting
Betty Reynolds has an excellent list of children's literature about quilting.
Also check out Barbara Robson's list of children's books about quilting.
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