Quilt Books You Should Buy

After hitting quilt market, I ran into a few new books and notions that I am totally excited to use, read and sew with.  Today I thought I’d share a few of my favorites.  Now is the perfect time to get them and they are just hitting the market and stores.

To help you out– just in case you are looking around for some inspiration and projects to get working on….here are some that are on my top list!

quilt books to buy

I have touched each of these books and actually own them all now….. they are fantastic.  I am totally excited to browse a bit more and pick a few projects to start working on.

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase a book via the link, I will earn a commission, enough to buy maybe a fat quarter.  I love these books and that’s why I’m sharing them.*

Quilt Books You Should Buy This Year


I met Shannon and she is a delight.  She loves to use her little bits…and let me tell you the end result is so my style!  This is a great book for digging through your small pieces you have been saving and putting them into something fun and new.

A bit about the book:With its easy stitching techniques, Scrappy Bits Applique, shows how simplicity can produce dramatic results. You’ll learn a fresh and fast “scrappy” approach to quilting, using a fast raw-edged technique. Guided by step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to intuitively choose, cut, and sew bits of fabric to create a collage of unique images and textures. Included are eight engaging quilt projects to try out your new skills.

Buy Scrappy Bits Applique Now!


For anyone that has a little collection of panel fabric, this is for you!  It goes through different ways you can cut them up, or block them out, or just border them with simple steps.  Not a whole lot of math is needed and you are taken through step by step.

A bit about the book:Explore all the possibilities you have when you work with fabric panels with this guide. Learn to Quilt with Panels takes quilters on a creative journey showing them step by step how to use panels in quilts or as design elements simply by cutting them apart and incorporating them into quilt setting. This book shows options the quilter may not have thought of and also teaches how to start with an idea, then graph and design it, actually do the math, and finally complete it. This book is destined to be a go-to resource

Buy Learn to Quilt with Panels Now!


Susan was on the panel of Coats and Clark with me and let me tell you she knows her stuff!  Like her I am obsessed with wool blankets and this book is so fun.  It’s chock full of projects you can make with them. Great for new wools or older ones.

A bit about the book:

These patterns are for making home goods and accessories that are like no others. Author Susan Beal, working in partnership with Pendleton Mills, presents a collection of modern heirloom projects to sew and enjoy for generations.

From the sweet, simple primer on techniques (working with wool fabrics, hand-stitching, machine sewing, and quilting) to each individual project’s detailed instructions (with tips on cutting, pressing, top-stitching, hand-tying, and more) Susan’s passion for sewing shines through. Each project is rated from 1 sheep to 3 sheep, according to difficulty, and there are helpful box-feature guides throughout—helpful advice for everything from substituting fabrics to matching plaids to fabric care. On every page, readers will discover just how gratifying sewing can be.

Buy Hand-Stitched Home now!


I met a few of the contributors for this book and they are so talented and fun!  It’s full of fantastic projects and is a great book to add to the collection that you can refer to and use your scraps with.  There is a variety of patterns included and styles.  There is something for everyone!

Recycle your scraps. Is your mountain of scraps in danger of toppling? Now’s your chance to make fantastic, edgy quilt designs from your beloved fabric remnants of past projects. The new and inventive patterns in Scraps, Inc.: 15 Block-Based Designs for the Modern Quilter will help you piece together your treasured scraps into a stunning new quilt.

15 budget-busting, modern quilt designs. This project-based book features 15 unique quilt designs by well-known designers and it is aimed at the experienced modern quilter. Save money as you sew by piecing together stunning new quilts from your stash of fabric scraps.

Buy Scraps, INC now!


Nothing to say other than Nancy Zieman rocks. Love that she is always designing something new.  I love this book for it’s simple and fun designs. Great for any sewer at any level.

Modern. Streamlined. Quick.

The benefits of quilting with columns are clear: in very little time, you can piece together a stylish, no-fuss quilt. This fresh approach to quilting from author Nancy Zieman is perfect for first-time quilters and anyone looking for a change from traditional quilt designs. Start small with the Dotted Columns Wall Hanging or go big with the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt–with 13 quick and easy projects to choose from, you may just make them all!

  • Detailed instructions and illustrations for each project.
  • Overview of essential quilting techniques.
  • Tips on how to use the Quilt to Give pattern as a community outreach project.

Buy Quick Column Quilts now!


I was lucky enough to hang out with Amy while at market.  Love her!  This book is totally awesome and is great for getting quilts done pretty quick because the quilt block itself is bigger.

A bit about the book:

From best-selling author Amy Ellis, this collection features 10 original graphic blocks incorporated into 24 fabulous projects for home decor. Choose from simple, practical designs in a book that’s brimming with variety and value for all skill levels.

  • Achieve a cohesive look; each block is featured in a coordinating set that includes a quilt, pillow, and bed runner
  • Create designs that showcase your fabrics; all blocks finish at 18″ and are easy to mix and match
  • Follow clear instructions that include finishing options for pillows; create a covered zipper, an envelope back, and bound edges

Buy Think Big now!

Check out who I met and what I saw with the Quilt Market recap.


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  1. Mary

    30 October

    So fun to be at Market and see all the new stuff! I love books, thank you for your generosity. Hand-Stitched Home looks intriguing.

  2. Jill Redding

    30 October

    These books all look great! I am a book junkie! Thanks for sharing

  3. I have so enjoyed seeing what everyone brought back from Market! One of these days I hope to go to, but thanks so much for sharing the fun with us! I would really love to look through Scraps Inc – my focus next year is going to be getting my scraps out of a bin and into lovely quilts! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Sandy Bailey

    30 October

    I love reading your blog and have learned so many techniques and gotten too many ideas to every complete in my lifetime. Thanks!

  5. Chiska

    30 October

    I think my favorite book so far is the Scrap Inc. book. I’m intrigued by a few others, but that sounds like it’s up my alley.

  6. Mary Jane Cardwell

    30 October

    I enjoy lots of books and am interested most in Quick Column Quilts

  7. Evie H

    30 October

    The Scraps, Inc. would be a welcome addition to my library. My scrap pile isn’t quite toppling over, but it is getting bigger. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Jeanne Hughes

    30 October

    Love the panel book. Have lots of indigo panels from Japan that would be great yo work with!

  9. Dottee O.

    30 October

    Wow and Wow!! These new books look amazing!! I want to get back into sewing quilts again and the book on column quilts looks perfect for me!! Thanks for sharing your Market adventure with us!

  10. katieQ

    30 October

    I’ve got my eye on Hand-Stitched Home.

  11. tiff w

    30 October

    I love all the books, but I’m on an applique kick right now and that book would be fantastic to win!!! Thanks for the chance =)

  12. Rina

    30 October

    So far it’s Mi Amor Legacy Applique. I usually don’t do much applique but this book is making me want to do more. Scraps Inc and Hand Stitched Home look to be two books that need to be added to my to get list.

  13. Melissa

    30 October

    I love quilt books and these look like some great books.

  14. Jacqueline VH

    30 October

    The Scrap Inc. book is screaming my name! Gotta have it!!!
    I really enjoy reading your blog and all the great tutorials!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

  15. LINDA

    30 October

    HI, really like Amy Ellis’s book “Think Big”!
    Thanks for a neat giveaway!

  16. Lori M.

    30 October

    Hi Becky, glad that you liked your time at Quilt Market…..I would love to win Quick Column Quilts, and all the other too………….

  17. Wendy B

    30 October

    hard to pick a favourite, but ideas for panels would be wonderful I’m thinking……..so hard to come up with ideas sometimes….the mind just goes blank, so they sit there……need some inspiration! :o)

  18. Sarah

    30 October

    My favorite quilting book this year has been the books by Kim Diel, Simple Appeal, I think particularly lovely.

  19. Pam S

    30 October

    I don’t won it yet, but my favorite book so far this year is Shannon Brinkley’s Scrappy Bits Applique. All the reviews and photos look great. Thanks for sharing these new books!

  20. JoNell

    30 October

    My favorite book this year has been Vintage Quilt Revival

  21. Veronika

    30 October

    I am torn between scrappy bits appliqué and scraps inc! They both looks so fun- I am waiting for all the quilting books on my radar to be available at my library, so I haven’t bought any this year. I am very interested in quilt as you go made modern though.

  22. John Hutchens

    30 October

    my favorite book this year is Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern: Fresh Techniques

  23. Cindy Dahlgren

    30 October

    I would probably have to choose panel quilts. I buy them often, but find them at rummage sales even more often. cdahlgren at live dot com

  24. Chris

    30 October

    Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics published by Martingale is a winner in my book. Some great patterns in here.

  25. Penny

    31 October

    i always think I have got a handle on my scraps…then the pile seems to grow as if I fertilized it! Maybe these books will show me how to tame the pile!

  26. Rita S.

    31 October

    Any of Kim DIehl’s Books. Love all her applique.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  27. Lee

    31 October

    I am just starting a quilting library – I love the look of the Think Big! thank you!

  28. Marcy

    31 October

    It’s always great to have book reviews before choosing.

  29. Janie

    31 October

    My favorite book would actually be my quilting magazines. I can’t choose just one, because I like them all. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Stephanie D

    31 October

    Think Big has really caught my eye! Thanks

  31. Cathy

    31 October

    Always on the lookout for a great book. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Betty Harden

    1 November

    I would love to add Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman’. Love quilting books and magazines. Thanks for the opportunity.

  33. Carla S

    1 November

    My favorite is quiltopedia.

  34. Renata

    1 November

    Favorite books this year deal with actually quilting the quilt. Quilt motifs


    1 November

    The Hand Stiched Home looks like it would be full of inspiration.

  36. Lori Morton

    1 November

    Have been watching Sewing with Nancy on PBS…Love the Book she has shown on Triangles, today she did one from her Columns book! Awesome!! Love Sooooo many books this year, my Wish List is loooong. Would love the Think big book you have listed too. & any book about scraps..YUM! lol

  37. Amy Caldwell

    1 November

    I am in love with the Scrappy Bits Applique book. I have just recently started learning applique for some of my quilt projects, and always wondered how I could use small leftovers for something productive. Today (Nov. 1st) is my birthday,,, what a treat it would be to win. Thanks for the great tips and info on your site too!!

  38. Shannon

    1 November

    love the book recommendations.. I will check them out!

  39. Julie A.

    2 November

    I really like the Learn to Quilt with Panels book…would love to win it.

  40. Gill

    2 November

    I like the Column Quilts book – would love to win it!

  41. Mara

    2 November

    I’ve been a little disappointed with my sewing books, Think Big, looks great.

  42. Sarah J.

    2 November

    I have been really looking forward to getting my hands on Scrappy Bits Applique– such amazing projects we shared on the blog hop! Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Helen

    2 November

    A new book is always good for inspiration!

  44. June

    2 November

    What fun books! I haven’t collected very many as I’m getting ready to get house painted and new carpeting, but in this list Scraps Inc and Nancy’s Quick Column Quilts have caught my eye. Thanks for the chance!

  45. Mary

    3 November

    I’ve been eyeing The Handstitched Home for a while now! Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Agnė

    3 November

    Great books’ collection! I was looking for some new book for the inspiration, so I have to read more about them and to chose some 🙂

  47. Michele T

    3 November

    Great selection of books… I’d love to add Think Big to my library!! Thanks!

  48. Lisa Marie

    3 November

    It’s hard to pick a favorite book, but one that I got recently and like very well is “On the Run Again” by Heather Mulder Peterson. My first project from the book was a big success.

  49. Dawn Jones

    3 November

    Quilt as You Go is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Cecilia

    3 November

    My favorite book this year is Shape by Shape by Angela Walters. Thanks for the reviews, I like Think Big and will be adding it to my wish list.

  51. Karen J

    3 November

    Since we’re getting ready to build our retirement home, my go0to book is “Where Women Create”

  52. Mary D

    4 November

    I bought 4 of Material Obsessions books this year and love them all. I am planning for a couple of projects from 3 of the books.

  53. Jacklynn Grimm

    5 November

    I have quilt book wish lists on Ebay and Amazon for my husband if he feels like buying me something! I like Think Big! I follow Amy’s blog. Thanks for the chance to win!! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  54. Kim M

    5 November

    Loved the look of Scrappy Bits Applique during it’s release blog hop!

  55. Nicole Sender

    5 November

    I think Quick Column Quilts is my favorite book of the year.

  56. Mom C

    5 November

    I think it’s called Optical Illusions. Happy Quilting Melissa has a great quilt in it that I want to make. Thanks.

  57. Pauline Perry

    5 November

    Scrap Inc is my favourite book this year – love scrap quilts.

  58. rosa

    6 November

    Hard to pick only one but one of my fav is Amy Ellis’s book “Think Big”.Thanks!

  59. GwenH

    9 November

    I just happened across your website earlier today from a Craftsy facebook post , I enjoyed looking at your applique, embroidery and tutorials.
    If I were to pick one book I would pick Learn to Quilt With Panels, I have so many panels, and there are so many new ones coming out that are so cute and I have no idea what to do with them, so this would be an awesome book for me.
    Thanks for the giveaway, glad you enjoyed Quilt Market, I bet it is amazing!

  60. Becky

    10 November

    Thanks Gwen for stopping by and glad you found it helpful! I love panels too– have a quick tutorial coming up! Make sure you stop by to find out how to sew with them.

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