Wednesday, January 18, 2006

My Favorite Quilting Books

1. Color Confidence for Quilters by Ginny Beyer--This was the first book I read, and though I don't like her color "look" any longer, her ideas were an eye opener. I still remember her "dark dark" and "bright accent" ideas.

2. Anything by Alex Anderson. Her designs are the only ones I have followed completely. I love the simple blocks and the scrappy fabric look. Fabric Shopping with AA gave me great ideas on combining fabric and color, and Simply Stars has excellent, clear instructions on piecing. I've attached my version of her basket quilt.

3. Joen Wolfram's books Color Play and The Visual Dance. Stretches the mind for color and design ideas.

4. Sharyn Craig Great Sets and Setting Solutions. A great inspiration for creativity in putting blocks together. I like her approach of giving "roadmaps" instead of cut and paste patterns.

5. Mary Lou Weidman, A Quilted Memory (?) This inspired me to try some folk art, picture quilts.

6. Diane Gaudynski, A Guide to Machine Quilting. I just read this, and it was incredibly helpful, although my free motion quilting still has a long way to go.

Any book or magazine with pictures of Japanese quilts. The workmanship and design is constantly inspiring. Their quilts look so different from ours that it is refreshing to see them. I can look at them endlessly and still find something new.


Tracey said...

That is a *gorgeous* quilt, Kay. Sadly, I don't have any of the books that you had on your list (except for a couple AA's). :o( Gonna have to work on that.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Lovely basket quilt Kay! Great start on your blog - I started mine on a whim and now really love it! Thanks for stopping by mine - by leaving a message I was able to find yours!