When I look through my bookshelf, it's no surprise that sewing and quilting books dominate the collection. I frequently add new titles to my stash, particularly when it comes to modern machine quilting!
If you're like me, with so many machine quilting books, magazines and resources to choose from, you might need a little help selecting. Beginners and intermediate quilters who'd like an all-inclusive reference book will appreciate these books.
Although this is certainly not a comprehensive list, the books here represent some helpful guides which include inspirational quilting patterns, free-motion techniques and advice for finishing a quilt!
For those looking for a comprehensive machine quilting book, a good choice is The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting: How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects (St. Martin's Griffin). Author Joanie Zeier Poole shares photos and helps readers understand the best supplies to use for machine quilting, like fabric, batting and needles. Joanie's background in heirloom quilting shines through in this book, which also includes projects to practice your newfound skills.
If you learn best with a visual aid, the step-by-step photos in The Quilting Bible, 3rd Edition: The Complete Photo Guide to Machine Quilting (Creative Publishing International) will help you understand every aspect of quilting. This machine quilting book serves as a great reference for beginners as well as experienced quilters, who can draw inspiration from the colorful wall quilts scattered throughout the book as well as the 40 included quilting projects.
If you are interested in expanding your cache of modern machine quilting designs, check out the book Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters (C&T Publishing). Angela's adventurous quilting style and continuous-line quilting patterns work great for a longarm or home sewing machine. Working with free-motion swirls, squares and points to blended designs, you'll learn how to blend designs and find draw inspiration from the quilt top itself to inspire your quilting.
Machine quilters who also do other types of sewing will appreciate this all-in-one guide from one of the sewing world's most esteemed experts. Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z: Your Source for Sewing and Quilting Tips and Techniques (Krause Publications) shares techniques from applique to basting quilts, binding by machine and by hand and other quilting options. Illustrations and easy-to-follow numbered steps make this a great go-to machine quilting book with bonus extras, like tips for installing a zipper.
Leah Day's excellent self-published book 365 Free Motion Quilting Designs is the perfect companion piece to the free quilting videos she shares online at her blog, The Free Motion Quilting Project. Although the machine quilting book doesn't share step-by-step tutorials for each pattern, the photo book is a great reference to keep next to your sewing machine, so you can choose the right design for your next project.
To dive in deeper to 50 of Leah's free-motion quilting designs, you can sign up for her online Craftsy class, Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 1. The course covers stacking, pivoting, branching designs, independent and echoing designs as well as all over quilting designs.
What's your go-to machine quilting book? Do you look for anything specific when rating quilt books (photos, illustrations, projects, techniques, etc.)?