I’m a book lover, I just can’t resist a good book and that extends to my quilting life too. Back when my kids were small, I use to review the latest books for a shop I worked for and quite often the books I reviewed would come home with me. My biggest collection is of needle turn appliqué books, I used it as research to find my perfect technique and there are quite a few Machine Quilting books as well because I love to machine quilt my quilts. But I have to say that many of my quilt books are just eye candy and are simply for inspiration.
When I first started quilting there wasn’t YouTube videos but occasionally a book would have a DVD with it which showed the techniques in the book I have quite a few Karen McTavish books which have DVD’s and its amazing to see how she does what she does not just see the evidence in the book.
There are a few quilters, that I just have to have their latest book. Mostly they are Aussie designers and people I have attended classes with. I really love Sarah Fielke eye for colour and her books are a must (though sadly I haven’t done one of her classes). I really love her latest book and have put a couple of the quilt in it on my to do list. The book is called “Old Quilts New Life” and she offers a traditional and modern take on nine antique quilts. I have to say it isn’t always the modern take on the quilt that I love the most, especially the applique quilts it is usually the traditional variation that take my fancy.
I know books are expensive but really quilting books never really age they are resource investment and investment in your craft. A technique from a few years ago will still be current today, the Karen K Stone Quilts book is one I have probably have had for 15 years and her use of colour and the techniques she uses are still relevant today. A popular colour pallet may change but the inspiration that you find in a quilting book will last for years.
Sadly space is a premium now so I don’t collect as many books as I use to. If I go to a class and the teacher has a book I have to get it and get it signed to make it just that little more special. And the book is a reminder of the class and the techniques learnt.
So next time you are in your local quilt shop check out their book stash, you might find your next inspiration there you will definitely find a resource that will last for years and years to come.