Announcing YOUR top 10 quilt books of 2017 (+ big BIG giveaway!)

Christmas is almost here. We want to wish you all the merriment and happiness you can handle this season!

Whether you’re wrapping gifts, baking goodies, or doing a last-minute sewing sprint, we want you to know how honored we are to be a part of your creative life. Thank you for staying connected with us, sharing your stories, and inspiring us to do our best work.

Our last post of the year at Stitch This! is one of our favorites. Why? Because we get to count down our TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR—the books YOU voted for every time you bought a new book. And we also get to give a copy of every top 10 book away to one lucky winner! Will it be you? Let’s start the countdown—which includes reviews from quilters like you!

The Big Book of Strip Quilts: Start with Strips to Make 60 Stunning Quilts
For scrappy strips, stash strips, and the Jelly Rolls on your shelves come a whopping 60 patterns from some of today’s brightest designers—Kim Brackett, Kathy Brown, Amy Ellis, Melissa Corry, Kate Henderson, Rebecca Silbaugh, Sue Pfau, Julie Herman, Gerri Robinson, and more. All for just pennies per pattern!

“My goodness! 60 projects in one book! This is a strip quilter’s haven, using all those 2½" strips that we all have. Martingale does a great job with illustrations so that there aren’t any questions on techniques. There is something for everyone in this 224-page book. Strip on!”

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That Patchwork Place® 2018 Quilt Calendar

We sold out of our 2018 calendar last Friday—but you may still be able to get your hands on one at your local quilt shop or online! Our “TPP” calendar will show off your love of quilting year-round, and you can sew along each month too: the calendar features 12 gorgeous quilts PLUS a 28-page pullout booklet that includes directions for making every project.

“This large wall calendar is filled with page after page of colorful photos of quilts. Each month features a different color palette and pattern. Oh, and speaking of patterns, all the patterns and directions for each quilt are included in a booklet in the back so you can make each project as the months go by.”

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Simple, Fun & Quickly Done: 18 Easy-to-Sew Table Runners, Bags, Pillows, and More
Terry Atkinson

No one needs a hobby that adds more stress to life! That’s the spirit that guides Terry’s simple-to-sew designs, from toppers and pillows to quilts and bags. She’ll inspire you to master the zipper, the tote, and other dimensional projects—with her easygoing approach to learning, you can’t go wrong.

“This book has a really nice variety of projects that are as cute as they are handy. They also include some really fun dimensional elements like twisted pleats, rosettes, and DIY chenille. You will be sewing up all sorts of super-cute projects you will enjoy using as much as you did making.”

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Jo’s Little Favorites II: A Classic Collection of 15 Small Quilts
Jo Morton

Quilting icon Jo Morton returned this year with more exquisite little quilts that have previously been available only to her devoted club members. Gorgeous styled photography captures 15 quilts reminiscent of days gone by, while close-up photos reveal every scrappy choice Jo makes. Like Jo says: if you want to make them all, make them small!

“A beautiful collection of small quilts to decorate your home through the changing seasons. Patterns include instructions that even a beginner quilter will have no trouble understanding. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves small quilts.”

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Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3: 61 Designs to Finish Your Quilts with Flair
Lori Kennedy

If you need to fill up a quilt quickly—and you want your quilting to be as much a part of your quilt’s personality as your piecing—let Lori lead the way! Learn to quilt flowers, leaves, tiny houses, and other whimsical motifs Lori is known for on your home sewing machine. And Lori’s setup routine guarantees you’ll achieve success right from the start.

“I looked through the pages and thought, ‘Yes, I can do this.’ This book has spiral binding: I kept it open on the page I needed next to my sewing machine as I could easily refer to it when I did not know where to go next when I attempted one of the motifs. Sweet!”

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Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites: 12 Captivating Scrappy Quilts
Carrie Nelson

This curated collection of popular patterns from Miss Rosie—aka Carrie Nelson—is absolutely stunning, and the quilts are fat-quarter friendly! A dozen bed-sized patterns are written as if Carrie’s sitting beside you, telling you why she did or didn’t do something (and why you may want to follow her lead). The book features all the witty prose quilters love to read when Carrie’s wearing her other creative hat—as blogging and social-media guru for Moda Fabrics.

“So many charming projects to choose from! I think my family is afraid I may never take the sewing machine off the dining room table . . . and the photography makes me want to be a farm girl!”

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Simple Harvest: A Bounty of Scrappy Quilts and More
Kim Diehl

Kim’s 11th “Simple” book is packed with projects, decorating ideas, and even recipes—a one-stop book for capturing the cozy feel of fall. Want to make something quickly? Try Kim’s mini penny garland and the cutest little needle keep you’ve ever seen. Want to re-create one of Kim’s masterpieces? Her October Twilight and Harvest Tapestry quilts will take your breath away. And you can put those appliqué fears to rest—Kim will make you a convert with her invisible machine-appliqué technique.

“You get the whole nine yards in this book. Gorgeous photography displaying lovely project after lovely project, mouth-watering recipes, and darling ideas for decorating your home for fall. The instructions are detailed and easy to follow, with links for printing full-sized patterns. I am going in search of more Kim Diehl books.”

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The Splendid Sampler: 100 Spectacular Blocks from a Community of Quilters
Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson

Pat and Jane started The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along with a shared idea: to bring the whole world together to quilt. And with help from quilters across the globe, that’s exactly what they did. More than 28,000 quilters have joined the sew-along—100 quilt blocks, 80+ designers, and 12 months of sewing fun! The Facebook group is still going strong, so get the book, share your blocks, and experience the joys of quilting with a very special community of quilters.

“This book is based on a sew-along with more than 28,000 quilters that joined the group on Facebook. One hundred blocks, 83 designers, and 12 months to share inspiration, techniques, and stories. If you feel stuck and you are looking for more and different ideas, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this book.”

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The Big Book of Table Toppers: 56 Patterns

The 13th book in our “Big Book” series includes 56 projects for tables, walls, chairs, and gifts: quick, fun, and so easy to display. The book is divided into two sections—toppers and runners—and then there’s the designer power! All of your favorites are here: Kim Diehl, Country Threads, Jo Morton, Me and My Sister Designs, and many more. Each design is featured in beautiful styled photography, a perk that’ll inspire you to sew to your heart’s content (all for only 50 cents per pattern).

“A fun book of table toppers. Eye-catching cover. Something for the beginner up to the more experienced quilter. Fifty-six designs with lots of photos and detail. Nicely diagrammed! Love the variety of table toppers. Something for every season. A must for my collection.”

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Simple Friendships: 14 Quilts from Exchange-Friendly Blocks
Kim Diehl and Jo Morton

Kim and Jo bring their signature styles together in a book bursting with exquisite quilts to make with friends. The results are breathtaking! Instructions include options for making an entire quilt solo and making just one block at a time (perfect for swaps). Friends, guilds, bees, and more—invite everyone to sew, swap, and build lasting friendships while stitching these dazzling quilts!

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. Kim and Jo have definitely outdone themselves. If you love quilting and love quilting with friends even more, you will enjoy the idea of swapping blocks to make any of the projects in this book. The book gives you great guidelines to follow for a successful block exchange. First thing I had to do was make the darling pin cushion from page 90 from a leftover orphan block. Trust me, you will love this book.”

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So, what was YOUR favorite quilt book of 2017? Share your pick in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into our random drawing to win our TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR! We’ll choose one winner two weeks from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year to you, from us. We have LOTS more inspiration coming your way in the New Year—let’s meet up here again in 2018 for more stitching fun!


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