No matter how useful the internet gets, I’ll never think that quilting books are obsolete. There’s just something about having the information you need right at your fingertips, so that you can continue working on your quilt without having to get up and look at your computer. There are a few types of quilting books – instructional books, pattern encyclopedia, and quilting magazines – that I would recommend for quilting success.
The first type of book I would recommend are the how-to manuals or instructional books. These books are full of techniques and tips to better your quilting. There are also lots of ideas for quilting, in terms of patterns, stitch types, and fabric selection. Instructional quilting books are also an asset to help you know what materials you need to be a quilting master and how to select the very best in materials.
An absolutely essential book is an encyclopedia of patterns for quilting. In it, you will find patterns which range from those for beginners all the way to truly difficult patterns. You can get ideas about patterns you may not have thought of so that you can make those or design your own patterns similar to these. Pattern encyclopedias also give direction on how to make these patterns, so you will have a great head start.
Finally, I recommend quilting magazines, either as a subscription or individual issues. Quilting magazines cover the range of what you will need as a quilter. There are instructional sections so that you can learn new techniques or improve on existing ones. There are also lots of patterns, either classic ones or those submitted by readers. Quilting magazines are also a great way to find out about current quilting products and read reviews.
I hope I’ve convinced you that quilting books are essential to any good quilter. I know they’ve been helpful for me, and I hope they will be for you too.