My favorite book isn’t a book: our acquisitions editor explains


Karen-BurnsFor me, picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite child. I don’t have a “favorite” child, nor do I have a favorite all-time book, but I do have favorite projects I want to work on at any given time.

For instance, when I’m getting ready for a quilt retreat (where I talk a lot and need to have not-too-intricate work because sometimes wine is involved), I really like John Q. Adam’s book Beyond Neutral. Many of the projects use fat quarters and show off some of the beautiful fabrics I have. The quilts are large, easy to piece, and fun to make. I’ve made five quilts out of Beyond Neutral and have a few more cut out, waiting for me to go on another retreat.

Cape Lookout quilt from
Beyond Neutral

I also like the chunky appliqué that Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks of The Quilt Patch are known for. Jeanne and Shelley’s designs have appealed to me since they released their first book, Tis the Season. I decorate for the holidays, so my favorite book from The Quilt Patch ladies changes with the seasons. I’ve made a number of quilts from Tis the Autumn Season and Here Comes Winter. I have many projects earmarked from their newest book, Here Comes Spring.

Books by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks (aka The Quilt Patch)

I also like handwork and have made a number of projects from Gail Pan’s Patchwork Loves Embroidery and Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery. I’ve also spent many happy hours working on projects from Robin Kingsley’s book Snow Happy.

Clockwise from top left: embroidery projects from
Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery, Patchwork Loves Embroidery, and Snow Happy.

Of course, I love browsing through machine-quilting books too. As a long-arm quilter I’m always looking for new ideas and information. One of my go-to books has become The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. Both Angela Walters and Christa Watson share a multitude of information, and their designs are timeless. Christa Watson’s book, Machine Quilting with Style, also offers wonderful designs that I refer to often.

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting and Machine Quilting with Style

Oh, I could go on and on. I haven’t even begun to mention all of my favorite baby-quilt books (we have lots and they are all great!). We also have many books that use precuts (which I have LOTS of), and I use them often. Oh, and who doesn’t LOVE a Kim Diehl book? I can’t begin to pick a favorite from her “Simple” series. I’ve made a number of quilts from Kim’s books, and I want to make more.

So, back to picking my favorite book. Obviously, I don’t have just “one” favorite. It always depends on what it is I plan to sew on any given day.

What are your sewing plans today? Tell us in the comments. Happy quilting!




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