I recently decided to take up quilting because I really wanted to make my son’s baby blanket myself. While I have done some sewing, I never tried quilting since it always looked so intimidating! It turns out that quilting really isn’t that difficult. I was able to teach myself patchwork quilting and needle turn appliqué with a few books, online tutorials, and some advice from the wonderful ladies at the Cotton Shop. My baby blanket turned out so well that I’ve decided to keep going, and I even made my husband a quilt for Christmas! Here are some helpful books to begin quilting:
COMPLETE GUIDE TO QUILTING
By Better Homes and Gardens
If you already have a project in mind and just need help figuring out how to get it done, this is a great comprehensive resource. I really like using this book as a reference guide. It contains easy to follow step-by-step instructions for a wide variety of techniques, making it easier for you to turn your vision into reality.
ALL THINGS QUILTING WITH ALEX ANDERSON: FROM FIRST STEP TO LAST STITCH
By Alex Anderson
My favorite thing about this book is that all of the instructional pictures demonstrate the steps for both right-handed and left-handed people. It even color codes the cutting material so that it’s easy to visually pick out which one is which. This book is also a comprehensive guide; although it is structured to walk you through each stage of your quilt rather than serve as an index for techniques.
QUILTING BASICS: A STEP-BY-STEP COURSE FOR FIRST-TIME QUILTERS
By Michael Caputo
This book is set up a little differently. It gives all the preparatory information first, and then skips to the end with binding and caring for your projects. Then it uses twelve workshop projects to teach all of the in-between stuff. The advantage here is that you’ll end up with lots of practice on small projects instead of practicing on an important quilt you have in mind.
VISUAL GUIDE TO PATCHWORK & QUILTING: FABRIC SELECTION TO FINISHING TECHNIQUES & BEYOND
By Stash Books
Aspects that make this book especially helpful are the quilt block tables that explain what size to cut your shapes in order to make different sized blocks, and detailed photographic instructions for different appliqué techniques for both hand and machine sewing. I especially appreciated that the hand-sewing instructions included pictures for both right and left-handed sewers.
QUILT AS DESIRED: YOUR GUIDE TO STRAIGHT-LINE AND FREE-MOTION QUILTING
By Carlene C. Frable
Different than all the other books listed, the main focus here is the actual quilting part of the project. It offers detailed instructions for quilting with straight lines, and quilting free-motion patterns on a regular domestic machine. Each quilting design also has a benefits and drawbacks box, which will help you decide on a design that will work for your project.