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10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

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When taking up a new craft it’s always hard to know where to begin. And this is especially true with quilting. There are so many choices which make it difficult for a new quilter to know where to turn.

What a quilting beginner really needs to be successful are two things: Inspiration and Instructions.

Because of this, I’ve created a list of the 10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners. All of these books are filled with truly inspirational ideas, but they really deliver with their high quality instructions.

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

If you truly desire to learn quilting then these books will put you on the path to becoming a successful quilter. 


10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

I’ve listed these books in order of simplicity so you will know where to start.

Or you can check your local libraries and discounted book sellers because a few of these books have been out a while.

Let’s learn how to quilt!

Teach Me to Make My First Quilt

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

I really love all of Pat Sloan’s Teach Me books because they start with the very basics and this is a great one for learning to quilt. It covers tools, fabrics, and seam allowances. The projects are things like a simple 4-Patch quilt, 9-Patch quilt, and a Log Cabin. It then allows you to expand your skills with a Friendship Star and Sawtooth Star quilt.


Beginner’s Guide to Quilting

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

This books shows you how to make beautiful quilts and is a comprehensive guide to patchwork and quilting for beginners. It covers all the basics of quilting from piecing and applique to quilting and binding. There are 16 simple projects that focus on different techniques. The book also includes quilted project like bags, cushions, table mats, wall hangings, and bed quilts.


The Practical Guide to Patchwork

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

This book focuses on the modern aspect of quilting and uses bright and clear colors. The simple instructions guide beginners and intermediates alike through the entire process of creating fun and useful quilts that they’ll be proud to call their own. This book is best for someone with a basic knowledge of quilting. 


All Things Quilting

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

This book has it all and I consider it an all-in-one book. It includes instructions to master both hand and machine quilting. Plus you’ll learn professional touches to become a confident, lifelong quilter.


Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

Quilt-As-You-Go is a method of quilting the blocks before attaching them. It is a great way to quilt in small spaces and this book is full of creative projects. The book includes clear instructions for simplifying quilting larger quilts.


Charm School 

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

Charm School is one of the best books about using precuts that I’ve ever seen. It takes precut charm packs and turns them into beautiful quilts. I highly recommend trying precut charm packs as a simple way for beginners to have quilting success.


Teach me to Applique

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

It’s no secret that I love appliqué. I even wrote an eBook for beginners! However, appliqué in a quilt is a different technique and this book introduces you to quilting appliqué and shows you all the steps to create a amazing appliqué project. Perfect for beginners.


Smash Your Precut Stash

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

If you have a stash of charm squares, jelly rolls, and fat quarters then this is your book. It will help turn those projects-to-be into finished quilts!


No Scrap Left Behind

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

She had me at scraps! Amanda Jean Nyberg is truly a scrap whisperer, turning seemingly useless scraps into beautiful quilts. Before I began quilting I had a huge stash of scraps. I longed for ways to put them into quilts and this book gave me the inspiration I needed to just get started making quilts.


Teach Me to Machine Quilt

10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners

After you’ve made a quilt top or two (or ten) you’re going to need to quilt them. This books takes all of the scary out of machine quilting and makes it a possibility. The book has everything you need to know to get started machine quilting.


If you’re serious about learning to quilt, these books are a great place to start. They will give you the tools and confidence you need to cut up fabric and turn it into something new!

Happy Quilting!

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7 Comments

  1. I just started making quilt im happy with it. I’m going to make another one. I would like to thank you for this great patterns.

  2. “Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting” is like a quilter’s bible. That book and a few friends taught me everything I needed to know to get started and grow.

  3. Thank you for this. These books look beginner friendly! I have made a couple of quilts but I consider myself still in the beginner category. I’m not aiming for perfection but I can use all the tips I can get. I prefer friendly instructions rather than the “Quilt Police” making strict rules. I also like to have written instructions, videos are sometimes hard to follow. Thank you for giving us these suggestions, I see 2 that I am excited about finding!

  4. Love this list Leslie…I have half of them already, but I’m going to check out Pat Sloan’s books… As long as I can get them in the UK! ?

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