Announcing YOUR top 10 quilt books of 2018 🏆 (+ big book giveaway!)

Christmas is almost here, and 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 TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR—the books YOU voted for every time you bought a new book. And we also get to give away a copy of every top 10 book to one lucky winner! Will it be you? Let’s start the countdown, which includes five-star reviews from quilters just like you.


The Big Book of Table Toppers The Big Book of Table Toppers

“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.”


The Splendid Sampler 2 The Splendid Sampler 2
Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson

“I love The Splendid Sampler 2! The fantastic blocks still measure 6″ so you can mix blocks from both books to create your own masterpiece, or make all the blocks from The Splendid Sampler 2 and have another gorgeous sampler quilt. This book would make a great Christmas gift, as beginners and veteran quilters alike will enjoy the new blocks.”


Stitches from the Yuletide Stitches from the Yuletide
Kathy Schmitz

“As with all of Kathy’s other books, this one is fantastic! The projects are beautiful and the directions are clear and easy to follow. This book is just lovely and one sure to be enjoyed by anyone who owns a copy.”


Jo's Little Favorites III Jo’s Little Favorites III
Jo Morton

“I love the individual quilt stories that go along with the pictures of the quilts. Not only do you get instructions on how to make these little quilts, but the author also gives you suggestions on how to display them. After looking at the pictures and reading the stories, I am impatient to get started making some of these lovely quilts to display in my home.”


Start with Strips Start with Strips
Susan Ache

“This is one book that I will be making ALL of the quilts inside. The photography and styling beautifully shows off these gorgeous quilts, and the pattern instructions are very well written and easy to understand and follow. I enjoyed the tips from Susan Ache on how to sort and store the 2½" strips so that they will be USED. A must-have book for any quilter’s library, from the beginner to the advanced! I hope that Susan Ache will be working on another book soon!” [We’ll spill the beans—she IS!]


Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts
Compiled by Lissa Alexander

“As I looked through this book over and over, I thought, “Now that is clever!” and so this book lives up to its subtitle. The projects are varied and clever, using interesting techniques. The instructions are well illustrated and clear. These are traditional patchwork designs, which happen to be my favorite.”


Stashtastic! Stashtastic!
Doug Leko

“Sometimes I spend the same amount and get one pattern. Here you get a book full of doable patterns that look hard but really aren’t. The directions are clear and use quick techniques. I plan to use the Stripology ruler to further speed up the cutting process. The book also offers an alternative color combination for each pattern.”


Patches of Blue Patches of Blue
Edyta Sitar

“This is a beautiful book of inspiration! The quilts are unique and eye-catching. I may not make them, but this is a beautiful picture book. Blue is my favorite color. Until seeing these photos, I would not have thought of using some of the appliqués they used. You could make these quilts in your favorite color if blue is not your color. Amazing quilts to create and to admire!”


Oh, Scrap! Oh, Scrap!
Lissa Alexander

“Lissa Alexander’s book of a dozen terrific scrap quilts ranging from beginner to intermediate level captured my imagination. What sets this book apart is how she explains what she did and why, with many useful tips and techniques. Nicely written, easy-to-follow instructions make this one a keeper near my sewing table.”


And now for the #1 book of the year . . . drumroll please!

Simple Whatnots Simple Whatnots
Kim Diehl

“Kim Diehl does it again. This is an amazing collection of little quilts that would surely keep a maker busy for months! The projects are so creative. ‘I wish I had thought of that’ came to mind several times while I paged through the book. I received my copy just yesterday and I have already cut out two of the projects and started a third. Don’t hesitate to take a chance on this book. You will not be disappointed.”


So, what was YOUR favorite quilt book of 2018? Share your pick in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered into our random drawing to win the TOP TEN 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 2019 for more quilting fun!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Jan, who says:

“Loved Scraptastic!, want to make every quilt in the book.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Jan—congratulations!


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