What’s Your Personal Quilting Book Library Like?

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.

Focus on Applique | Personal Quilting Book Library

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.

Millefiori Quilts 2 | Personal Quilting Book Library

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.

Old Quilts New Life |a book from my Personal Quilting Book Library


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.

Signed by the teacher

Karen Stone Quilts

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.

Sue Spargo Creative Texturing

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.

Amanda Bergamin

About Amanda Bergamin

Amanda has been quilting for 20 years and sewing most of her life having learnt from her mum and nana. She started Seabreeze Quilts about 5 years ago designing patterns for her etsy shop. Her favourite technique is needle turn applique, but she also uses machine applique, machine quilting (she quilts all her own quilts usually by machine) and machine piecing. No matter how long Amanda has been quilting she know the value of classes and learning from others. As well as teaching beginners classes, Amanda always makes sure to take at least one or two classes a year, as there hasn’t been a class she has attended where she has not learnt something new from the teacher or other students. Over the last two years she has run a free BOM on her blog seabreezequilts.blogspot.co.nz. Patterns for the month are available for free then up for sale in her etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/seabreezequiltsoz for a small price so you can catch up if you want to join in.


  1. Love those books but like me, mine took up so much space and you have to DUST them. In my my last decade so looking in the library for inspiration and as Auckland has changed city wide with libraries there are thousands to choose from so I pick the one I like and the book goes back! No cluttering, hahaha!

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