Best quilt books of the year: your top 10 of 2014

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Time to reveal your top 10 quilt books of 2014! Read on to find out which books made the cut. Which bestsellers do you own—and which are must-haves? Click on any cover to save a book to your wish list at ShopMartingale.com.

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Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

#10: Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

Why it’s a winner: A staggering 64 quilt patterns for most every precut you own—or will ever own.

Praise via Amazon.com: “I have loads of Jelly Rolls, charm packs, and fat quarters. I swear this book was made for me. A compilation of the best precut quilts…a super addition to your quilt library. ”

Check out the variety in Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics >

My Enchanted Garden

#9: My Enchanted Garden

by Gretchen Gibbons

Why it’s a winner: Hand-dyed wools and quilting cottons combine in magical floral scenes, perfect for slow sewing.

Praise via Amazon.com: “…the most beautiful and fanciful appliqué projects I’ve ever seen.”

See the stunning main quilt from My Enchanted Garden >

Strip Savvy

#8: Strip Savvy

by Kate Henderson

Why it’s a winner: Kate’s traditional/modern meld breathes new life into the term “Jelly Roll friendly.”

Praise via Amazon.com: “No more excuses…I’m going to grab my Jelly Rolls and get sewing!”

Discover 18 new reasons to unroll those Jellies >

501 Quilting Motifs

#7: 501 Quilting Motifs

(softcover edition)

Why it’s a winner: More than 25 years worth of quilting motifs from Quiltmaker magazine guarantee you’ll have hand- and machine-quilting ideas for life.

Praise via Amazon.com: “If you do any of your own quilting…this book is a must have.”

Never run short on quilting inspiration again—see more >

Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs

#6: Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs

by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

Why it’s a winner: Start a quilt, finish it quick, feel accomplished—this fun book helps beginner and expert quilters reach that goal.

Praise via Amazon.com: “I’m a quilter with 30 years of experience and I don’t always want an involved quilt. I am making a baby quilt from one of these patterns. It’s going quick and I’m really enjoying the experience.”

Browse all 12 quilts—which one will you whip up first? >

Animal Parade

#5: Animal Parade

by Cheri Leffler

Why it’s a winner: Frolicking frogs, mischievous monkeys, frisky foxes, and more steal the spotlight in downright darling quilts.

Praise via Amazon.com: “How can anyone resist the facial expressions of the animals—how does she capture so much whimsy with fabric?!”

Koalas, owls, and penguins too! >

Fabulously Fast Quilts

#4: Fabulously Fast Quilts

by Amy Smart

Why it’s a winner: Amy’s shortcuts for pretty quilts save time and effort—and result in projects that never touch the UFO pile.

Praise via Amazon.com: “‘Modern Buzz Saw’ is my favorite pattern and Amy’s ingenious way of making the blocks is alone worth the price of the book.”

See all 12 patterns, including the favorite “Modern Buzz Saw” >

Here Comes Winter

#3: Here Comes Winter

by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

Why it’s a winner: You loved ’Tis the Season so much, this design team went back to the drawing board to create more cozy quilts for the chilliest season.

Praise via Amazon.com: “Simple piecing, chunky appliqué…warm, country-style projects.”

See all 19 projects from Here Comes Winter >

Civil War Legacies II

#2: Civil War Legacies II

by Carol Hopkins

Why it’s a winner: Seventeen more stunning patterns for your Civil War stash that are small in scale and and perfect for those vintage-looking scraps you can’t bear to toss.

Praise via Amazon.com: “These downsized quilts demonstrate Hopkins’ flawless ability to combine colors and prints.”

Envision your Civil War stash in 17 quilts >

Simple Appeal

#1: Simple Appeal

by Kim Diehl

Why it’s a winner: Kim’s newest designs are fat-quarter and fat-eighth friendly—in other words, scrap friendly! Pair classic blocks with Kim’s one-of-a-kind color flair.

Praise via Amazon.com: “Everything about this book is delightful… there seems to be a certain amount of soul and love apparent in her quilts.”

See all the projects in Simple Appeal >

Congratulations to all of our authors who made the top-ten list this year!

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What’s your favorite quilt book of 2014? Share your pick in the comments!


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