Quilt Blocks Quilt Books

{National} Book Lover’s Day

 Did you all know that today is National Book Lover’s Day?  The ladies over at Moda Fabrics have put together a fun quilty event to celebrate!  Complete with the opportunity to win some great books!  Make sure to pop on over to check out all of the other blogs participating.

All of us Moda Bake Shop Chefs were asked to talk about quilting books that have influenced our quilting.  For me, these are two books that I use often.  They are a great source of inspiration and such a neat look into the history of quilt blocks.

Both books are set-up similarly, the have block pictures and their original publication date–many dating back to the early 1900’s.  The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Designs has B&W illustrations:

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

And 5500 Quilt Block Designs is in color:

5500 Quilt Block Designs

Both books are a wealth of information.  And I always have a few of my fave blocks bookmarked(with fabric of course!)

Now, I love a good thrift store.  You can always find some of the best things when you hit a couple thrift stores.  When I visit thrift stores I always check to see if I can find any old quilting books.

Now, they might not look like much..and they  might smell a little funny…and the fabrics certainly aren’t up to date.  But I bet if you browse thru them you’ll see some blocks you recognize.

And some of the quilts are downright “modern”.

I typically don’t buy a lot of brand new quilting books–they really have to know my socks off.  But, I knew that Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley was a must have.

If for no other reason than the great photography and dreamy fabric combos–It is a feast for the eyes.

So, there you have it.  A wrap up of some of my old favorites(some very old) and my current new favorite.

Make sure to pop over to The Cutting Table to check out the giveaway!

Comments (11)

  • Thanks for sharing your favorite quilt books.

  • I’m loving the colorful quilts especially the really modern one (with circles) you showcases. Thank you for sharing.

  • Ha! I’m glad I’m not the only one who uses fabric to mark my favorite pages. And I adore old quilt books and magazines. Fun to see that you like to pick up old quilting books!

  • Really neat to see your book collection! I think I need gives to look at the older books, but you’re right, they are packed with inspiration!

  • I had a set of books called Key to a Thousand Quilt Patterns, and it was so great! Well, I still have it, but it’s in storage in Phoenix and I’m in Tennessee. I understand the appeal and the help of the two books you mentioned.

  • I’m jealous of your Brackman book. If you’d like to pass it on…just sayin’. Anyway, thanks for sharing your choices. I like some of the older ones, too!

  • Book sales! That’s where I get my bargains from, plus thrift shops too and occasional garage sales. So much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  • The quilt block designs looks like a book I’d spend hours studying!

  • I love seeing what other books are favorites for quilters.

  • It’s amazing how much difference color makes in a book. I have a few quilt books that are in black and white. They are still fun. Thanks for sharing your inspirations.

  • I actually have all but one of the books you mention!

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