5 Essential Books for Beginning Quilters

We at RST are definitely book junkies. Quilters inherently tend to accumulate a stash of fabric. It is just a part of our personality. Books are another temptation that tend to pile up in the corner of the studio.

Books for quilters can actually be a great reference tool. I have picked five books for beginner quilters to have on their shelf as a back-up sewing buddy. Even seasoned quilters sometimes have a “how do I do that again?” moment and could put one of these to good use!

Elizabeth Hartman's The Practical Guide to Patchwork

Elizabeth Hartman’s The Practical Guide to Patchwork¬†

This is the book I hand most of the new quilters that come in my shop. It is easy to follow, covers all the bases and is simply just a really pretty book. The visual appeal makes it a great book to introduce younger sewists to quilting.



Quilting 101 by Creative Publishing

This is the epitome of a step-by-step classroom in a book.  This book also includes a DVD with video tutorials and a PDF version of the book.



Alex Anderson’s Start Quilting

This is another great 101 book, and Alex Anderson is a rock star. Enough said.



The Best of Quilty, Beginner Friendly Quilts

Quilty is a fabulous magazine geared at new quilters with a modern edge. This is an awesome springboard after you have finished your first quilt.



Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

This book exposes quilters to the modern aesthetic and improvisational piecing. It is so well written that this should be one of the first books anyone puts on their shelf.


1 Comment on 5 Essential Books for Beginning Quilters

  1. Michele Norman
    September 11, 2014 at 11:04 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks for a great list! I’ll start collecting these. Looking forward to your quilting class on the 20th!