Bring on the Books 📚 It’s National Craft Book Week! (+ FREE printable!)


“Reading is dreaming with open eyes.”

Hey, book lovers, this is YOUR week—It’s National Craft Book Week! There’s no better time to celebrate the printed page . . . especially when those pages are packed with patchwork!

If you’ve got shelves full of quilting or other craft books (ahem, like we do), let them lead you on a creative adventure this week. Here are three ideas to get you back in touch with your inspiration, your imagination, and the authors you adore.

1. HIT THE BOOKS

Head to your bookshelf, choose a craft book you love, and make something new! Create a project for upcoming celebrations like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or the 4th of July. Or simply make a project as a salute to National Craft Book Week! It’s the perfect excuse to carve out time for your creativity.

2. SHARE YOUR BOOK CRUSH

Crazy for a current book? Share it with other creative souls on social media! Post using the hashtag #NationalCraftBookWeek so we can find you and the book you’re loving right now—you could win TEN MARTINGALE BOOKS OF YOUR CHOICE if you post your book pick to Instagram or Facebook during National Craft Book Week!

Latest craft-book crushes!
Books Martingale employees are currently crushing on (clockwise from top left): Production and Marketing Services Specialist Regina with
Hope’s Journey; Senior Customer Service Rep Cornelia with Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2; Director of Marketing Karen with Yoko Saito through the Years; and Book Designer Kathy with Start with Strips.

3. TREAT YOURSELF!

Download, print on cardstock, and cut out the FREE bookmarks below; then use them to mark the projects you’ll be making from the next craft book you buy. May we suggest these new books from Martingale? Browse away!

Free printable bookmarks
Download your free bookmarks at this link.

However you celebrate National Craft Book Week—by making that project you’ve wanted to make, by tackling that technique you’ve wanted to master, or by sharing books you love with a friend—we hope you’ll find the time to curl up with a good book soon! (Right: Martingale Content Director Karen says, “Who can choose just one?)

How many shelves do you have dedicated to your crafty books? Tell us in the comments!


102 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I have one book shelf packed tightly in the living room that is about 3 feet long packed tightly – I used to have 2 shelves and decided it was time to share the ones I no longer have interest in and I have donated them to the public library to their used book store to earn money – I’m 66 and have no family member to pass quilting books too so I thought this would be a good thing to do rather than collect dust.

    Karen on April 22, 2019
  • I have two small shelves for craft books.

    —Sabrina van Ginkel on April 22, 2019
  • I have 23 shelves of quilt books! Arranged by author and kept on a spreadsheet to keep track of them (hopefully!)

    Sara on April 22, 2019
  • How many craft books????? Oh, my goodness!!!! I have over 400 quilt books, then there are doll making books, jewelry books, costume books, design books, embroidery books, embellishing & surface design books and then the miscellaneous craft books. I am one sick woman, but I love my books!

    —Janet on April 22, 2019
  • I am embarrassed to say that I probably have enough books to start a bookstore. That said, I have four shelves of just books with many more books that share space with my fabric. Martingale is very well represented on my shelves. Your team just keeps putting out "must have" books! Thank you.

    —Donna on April 22, 2019
  • 5 shelves – mostly quilting.

    —Judy Patrick on April 22, 2019
  • I have four shelves of craft books, and probably some not on shelves!

    —Margaret Hynes on April 22, 2019
  • I’m down to about 4 1/2 shelves of quilt books. I love books, especially quilt books! I’ve donated many of my older quilt books to my 2 quilt guilds. Martingale books are my favorites because they are so well done! The pictures are always gorgeous, instructions clear, & just overall wonderful!

    —Jan B. on April 22, 2019
  • 4 shelves in the Embroidery Room, 1 in the Quilting room and that big stack in the floor. Oh dear, soo many good books!

    —Vicki on April 22, 2019
  • Too many. I enjoy reading quilt books. I need to give some away, but I now I won’t. 🙂

    —Kay on April 22, 2019
  • I used to have two bookcases for all for my quilt and craft books. I have recently culled through my books and decided to pass along to others about six banker’s boxes full of quilting books. So now I have about a bookcase and a half. I have catalogued my books by author for easy reference. I do so love learning new techniques by all the wonderful authors and companies like Martingale. Keep up the good work!

    —Ann West on April 22, 2019
  • I have a large library. At least 3 book cases with 6 shelves each and then have more than fit on the shelves. Love books.

    —Peggy on April 22, 2019
  • Love craft books! I have at least 3 shelves full, not including ones still in boxes from the last move. When the local library sells retired craft books, I’m there! Also estate sales and swap sites are good for finding books with all kinds of creative ideas!

    —Mary Gonzales on April 22, 2019
  • I have 4 shelves full of books, and stacks of books laying around

    —Hilda Krebs on April 22, 2019
  • Tengo 2 estantes de hermosos li ros que compro cuando viajo o encargo a familiares.
    No llegan muchos a Argentina. Los amo!!!!
    Los miro y disfruto muchísimos.

    Translation: I have 2 shelves of beautiful books that I buy when I travel or order to relatives.
    Not many arrive in Argentina. I love them!!!!
    I look at them and I enjoy them very much.

    —Graciela on April 22, 2019
  • About 6 shelves. Had 2 bookcases–but I had to downsize. HA!!

    —Melissa S Hess on April 22, 2019
  • I have two bookcases with 8 shelves stuffed with quilt books in my quilt studio.

    —Barbara Daniel on April 22, 2019
  • Quilt books, oh my GOODNESS!!! I have enough to open a quilt bookstore! I am now finding myself buying the same book again! I have 3 IKEA bookshelves filled with quilt books, and I LOVE each one. I also have two more shelves by my cutting table filled with Christmas books. But I am all on the look out for a good book.😁

    —Norma on April 22, 2019
  • I have a whole bookshelf!

    —Delinda on April 22, 2019
  • I have at least four shelves of quilt and craft books, plus others that are stacked for browsing. I love all the ideas and patterns that are published for us to enjoy!

    —JUDY HUNSBERGER on April 22, 2019
  • I am limiting myself to two shelves of quilting and knitting books. I’m trying to follow the adage One In, One Out. If I get a new book and it doesn’t fit on the shelves, I have to go through and find one that I no longer use, won’t ever use, wonder why I bought it in the first place, etc. If it’s a quilting book, I donate it to the library of the New England Quilt Museum. If it’s knitting or some other craft, I offer it to members of my quilt guild or donate it elsewhere. If I don’t limit myself this way, my sewing room will be taken over by books as well as by fabric, thread, etc.!

    —Dottie MACOMBER on April 22, 2019
  • Goodness, I see that I am not alone in my book collecting. I have 2 large bookcases with 3 long shelves each in them–all full–some on top and more in other spots around the house. I also have 2 rooms for all my quilting, sewing, etc. I have donated and given away a number of them–just sent some to a cousin in another state. Sharing helps spread the joy of our many types of crafting. Thank you for the high quality of the Martingale books.

    —Margaret on April 22, 2019
  • I have one shelf full but at least 4 piles of books on the floor probably 1′ tall. Love to learn new & creative techniques, trying to cut down my stash but keep seeing new fabric that I would love to acquire. A quilters downfall. Happy craft book week!

    —Sandra Guthridge on April 22, 2019
  • OMG….so embarrassed (not)with my book collection. All quilting books whether it be a magazine or a reference book I just love looking thru them for inspiration. We have recently moved house and my Hubby has threatened NEVER to move another one of my quilting books ever again !!!
    I SO LOVE QUILTING BOOKS …………….

    —Barb Dwyer on April 22, 2019
  • Hi, I have two shelves devoted to my craft books in my sewing room, but can always make room for more books! I love to read-and dream-through craft/quilting/embroidery books.
    Thanks so much!

    —Laurel Smith on April 22, 2019
  • Hard to tell. I have so many and they fill many nooks and crannies in my studio, plus piles of magazines. I love looking at quilting books and it is hard to part with them. There’s always at least a few next to my comfy chair. I need a bigger studio!

    —Karen Christensen on April 22, 2019
  • I have an entire bookcase(5-shelf)full of quilt books with a few craft books thrown in.

    —Jody on April 22, 2019
  • Too many! It’s bad!

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on April 22, 2019
  • I have a whole bookcase and for reasons beyond my control, ie I keep buying more, I need to get another one 🤭

    —Sarah on April 22, 2019
  • According to my husband, "way too many"!

    —Vickie Keith on April 22, 2019
  • 5 shelves – 95% quilting. Moved 3 years ago and cleaned out before packing. There was probably another whole shelf that was donated to library.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on April 22, 2019
  • Just started this adventure at 72. Pray I have enough years to make multiple quilts for family & friends. Ordered 6 books through Martingale to go with my 30 years of magazine cut outs of quilt & appliqués. Not a ton…enjoy reading the books, but now it’s time to start doing. Need to find one with full instructions as I will doing full gamut….through hand quilting. My favorites so far, The splendid Sampler & Cottage Style Charm….mix of quilt & appliqué. Wish me luck on this venture. Love your site… Donna

    —Donna Molter on April 22, 2019
  • At least 10 plus 6 tubs. How to book junkie!

    —Maria Goetz on April 22, 2019
  • Just started this adventure at 72. Pray I have enough years to make multiple quilts for family & friends. Ordered 6 books through Martingale to go with my 30 years of magazine cut outs of quilt & appliqués, so part of a shelf so far. Not a ton…enjoy reading the books, but need to put them down & start doing. Need to find one with full instructions as I will doing full gamut….through hand quilting. My favorites so far, The splendid Sampler & Cottage Style Charm….mix of quilt & appliqué. Wish me luck on this venture. Love your site… Donna

    —Donna Molter on April 22, 2019
  • I FINALLY un-boxed the bulk of my quilting & sewing books and organized them on 2 new shelves in my sewing/guest bedroom! It is so nice to view the titles and pick the ones I want to peruse! I still have room for some more books, hooray!

    —Kathleen Dalecio on April 22, 2019
  • I have two shelves of quilting books, and 3 shelves of quilting magazines, and I SO enjoy the inspiration packed between their covers. Every so often I go through my magazines, and if they no longer inspire me, I pass them on to other quilters or my hospital thrift shop.

    —Carol on April 22, 2019
  • I am fond of books in general. However, quilt books take the top of my list after the Bible. There is always new techniques to learn or patterns to try. Just cannot have too many.

    Joy on April 22, 2019
  • I have 2 shelves but I have been giving some away or donating so I can make room for new ones.

    —Mary on April 22, 2019
  • I have two long shelves in our bedroom and four shorter shelves in our computer room for my quilty and crafty books, most of them are from Martingale!

    —CORKY on April 22, 2019
  • At least 25 shelves of books plus 10 drawers of patterns. I’ve done a lot of different needlework and crafts starting at age 5 when I learned to sew. Over 65 years I’ve made everything I needed for gifts or to sell for a little extra money. Still doing knitting,crochet, and quilting.

    —Cheryl Romano on April 22, 2019
  • I am glad I am not the only one with too many quilt books…2 bookcases-5 shelves each…sometimes buy a second copy not knowing I have one already which goes for a donation to the quilt guild and have tried doing a spreadsheet to keep track but I do love my books-always get some inspiration from reading them. Next step to weed out the older and some technique books that just not my taste anymore. Jeannie

    —Jeannie on April 22, 2019
  • I have 3 tightly packed shelves of quilt books after a recent clean out! I also have several books on a to be notified list. There’s no possible way I have enough years left to
    Make that many quilts but I know I will continue to buy, read and enjoy!

    —Carol on April 22, 2019
  • I’m down to three small shelves as I recently donated a large numbered craft books to my local library to sell. Hopefully other crafters found some bargains.

    —Deb F on April 22, 2019
  • How many shelves? Try bookshelves…..I have four full size bookshelves dedicated to my craft books, which are kept in a room established as a personal library. I work in several craft mediums so I have a lot of books and refer to them regularly because I am always making something, often more than one thing at a time. Creating is my sanity! :o)

    —Cheryl R. on April 22, 2019
  • 20 shelves and counting.

    —Lerlene Nevaril on April 22, 2019
  • I have 12+ shelves of quilting, sewing, and craft books. When ever I’m looking for a project to sew or teach, I just look thru mu "Library"!
    I still look for more books with new techniques and ideas. You are never done learning! I have enough books for a library, which I hope my kids will donate to some day when I pass.

    Lois Levenhagen on April 22, 2019
  • At last count, I had five shelves of quilting and embroidery books (in excess of 200) plus a number of digital format books. I am seriously going through them slowly to pass on ones that relate to techniques I don’t care for or I question why I bought it. Someone else will love them and then I’ll have room for new books. 🙂

    —SandyMay on April 22, 2019
  • We moved about 7 years ago and I had to downsize my books at that time, so I went from about 8 large shelves to 2 small ones, which did grow to wherever I found room. I recently lost my husband and must move again so I have to once again downsize, but I packed all my quilting stuff and will go through it as I unpack and reorganize. My head isn’t into it now.

    —Roz Aglnik on April 22, 2019
  • I am proud to say that I have 8 book shelves of quilt, craft books. Almost of them quilt books. On a nice day I will take a few of them outside, sit in my swing seat and enjoy visiting with old friends in the pages. Mary Ann

    —Mary Ann on April 22, 2019
  • I have an entire bookcase – 5 shelves worth overflowing with quilting/crafting books.

    —Irene on April 22, 2019
  • I have five dedicated book cases – not all shelves are devoted to books- there are magazines, patterns, even some fabric. I love quilt books.

    —carol on April 22, 2019
  • I have a small space, I store them in a milk crate. Now, machine embroidery is another story.

    —Judy Thompson on April 22, 2019
  • Lots of shelves! One for the quilting/sewing books in the sewing (guest) room. One in the family room for the "pretty" books. Several in the basement for all the others covering knitting, kid’s crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking & papercrafts.

    —Linda Harper on April 22, 2019
  • A number of shelves of books, and lots of plastic boxes of magazines, mostly quilting, some crochet and knitting and papercrafts.

    —Susan Ikin on April 22, 2019
  • Only half a shelf so far. But I’m using two of the books in a couple of projects right now. It feels nice that they’re not just fun to look at

    —Missy g on April 22, 2019
  • I have two shelves for sewing/quilting books and now going on three.

    —Denise V. on April 22, 2019
  • Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…….. Probably 8 and that doesn’t count the magazines or patterns.

    —Judy Purcell on April 22, 2019
  • Five 34″ shelves in my office embroidery room and three 48″ shelves in my sewing and crafting studio. Geeezzzz … I never actually figured that out before!

    —Kristine on April 22, 2019
  • I realized I was filling up bookcases I went digital. I have over 300 digital craft books…and always getting more. So I don’t have to worry about bookshelf space any more! I have at least 2 bookcases of physcial craft books and I love all my books. But digital books are best. I can print off the instructions, write on the pages without worry, spill tea on the pages and just reprint. LOL
    I love carrying around some books on my tablet and just reading and trying to select the next project. Books are so inspirational…
    But Digi is the way to go…

    —Val Bourque on April 22, 2019
  • 3 book shelfs..love my books..happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —AnnaLutz-Brown on April 22, 2019
  • I only have one shelf, but many books by many designers/authors, and several have been signed, I love looking at them.

    Susan Brewer on April 22, 2019
  • I have five shelves full of binders, books, patterns, magazines all for my crafts. Quilt books, embroidery books, fabric dying, multi media ideas, Quilting Arts, Stitch, drawing. water colour, paper crafts, Stenciling…..

    Carol McClelland on April 22, 2019
  • I don’t count my shelves, but by bookcases. Currently two 6 feet units and there is another that is 3 feet.

    —Beth on April 22, 2019
  • At least 6 shelves full of inspiration. I love Martingale books

    —Mary Crowther on April 22, 2019
  • Hi, I have 3 book cases here filled with all kinds of craft books, but mostly beading. Then at the farmhouse which the renters finally moved out of after 25 years!, and I made it into my hobby house, has 1 book case full of books and 2 shelves of dvd,s. I love to learn, I’m 65 and I still learn something new everyday.

    —Charlotta on April 22, 2019
  • I have six full size bookcases filled with art/craft books. Quilting, garment construction, doll making, embroidery, drawing, painting, spinning, weaving, jewelry design, polymer clay, wreath making, photography, etc. I seriously need to purge!

    —Sandy on April 22, 2019
  • I have given away about half my books—finally admitted
    I would never make as many as I liked! So I am down to just one shelf.

    —Gee on April 22, 2019
  • I have whole cabinet devoted to my quilt books. What can I say, I’m obsessed. LoL!!!

    —Kim carron on April 22, 2019
  • TOO many!

    —Janet on April 22, 2019
  • I have one queen-sized bed shelf, but I typically put the book with the fabric and store it in its own individual case away from the book shelf. So I don’t really know how many books I have. I know I have purchased books twice before because I couldn’t find the book when I wanted to make another quilt from the same book.

    —Janelle L. Bucher on April 22, 2019
  • 1 long one and my Magazines are in 1 drawer of my file cabinet, )the other drawer has UFO"s and the patterns to go with them (some in books)

    —Elizajane C on April 23, 2019
  • I have 6 large bookcases filles to overflowing with my quilting & craft books & magazines. Plus numerous stacks without shelf space. I could fill another 2 bookcases easy. How many is too many? Obsessed? Maybe!

    —Pam on April 23, 2019
  • I have craft books and magazines in every room in my house except the bathroom. Stacked on shelves, in rolling plastic bins, on shelves and inside desk drawers. Can’t help my self when it comes to collecting them!

    —Carole on April 23, 2019
  • OMGoodnes, Is this a "true confessions" posting site? I’m not good at revealing my obsessions. I have the most wonderful collection of quilt books!3 bookcases devoted to my love of looking and dreaming and planning, Vintage and repro my favs. Always have room for more to love. Since we are confessing.. I have the fabric collected, also.

    —Pat Mosley on April 23, 2019
  • I have many shelves dedicated to books about crafts, many meters of enjoyment

    —A. Bouwman on April 23, 2019
  • I have one very full shelf in my bookcase. The rest have fabric loaded. I think that is a good balance.

    —Patricia newhouse on April 23, 2019
  • I have 7 shelves of craft books and 10 or more books stacked up on my sewing table.

    —Pam on April 23, 2019
  • Shelves? I have craft books and magazines piled everywhere, in almost every room of the house! As I’m going through them picking out patterns and making some headway, they seem to somehow procreate themselves! (My husband is less than amused.)

    —Teri D. Gailey on April 23, 2019
  • Two shelves+two filing cabinet drawers. Of course there are several out and about my house,too.

    —Pam Peterson on April 23, 2019
  • I have so many sewing and quilting books that I’m embarrassed to say. But I love and appreciate every single book I have. I even have a reading nook and chair by the washer and dryer where I can flip through my books while I wait for a machine to finish up.

    —Kris Valle on April 23, 2019
  • True confession time again? I have to admit to having at least 12 shelves, running onto the floor in several rooms. I do love books.
    .

    —Stephanie Woodward on April 23, 2019
  • Mmmm, should I really admit the number?? Let’s just say that I could easily run a little library from my home ;).

    Monique Adams on April 24, 2019
  • How many shelves? Should be how many bookcases. I have a commercial 5 shelf bookcase that is full of quilting/craft books and now over-flowing into a new bookcase. PLUS, I have a bookcase just for my quilting magazines.

    —Patricia on April 24, 2019
  • I have a desk with hutch, and am using the two shelves, plus the top for my crafting ( sewing and quilting) books. I also have a HUGE Rubbermaid container that holds the rest of my crafting books.
    Within six months, I am transforming my 15×8 ft. garden shed into my sewing she-shed that will have a couple of 10′ shelf for all my crafting books and magazines.

    —Kim Mcwhorter on April 24, 2019
  • I have an entire bookcase of books and magazines plus a few shelves in another bookcase and at least half a dozen plastic tubs. I LOVE crafty publications!

    —Lisa England on April 24, 2019
  • I have more than I have room for! Probably about 8 shelves full. They are my guilty quilty passion. As long as I have the pattern for every quilt that I want to make I’m happy. I know that I won’t make them all…but I could!!

    —Renée Welton on April 24, 2019
  • 2 shelves in the studio and a couple in the closet!!!!

    —Ali in Alabama on April 25, 2019
  • I have “weeded” out a lot of books, donated to senior center so down to 4 shelves now

    —LizAnn Lizotte on April 26, 2019
  • I have one full shelf of quilting books, almost all of them from Martingale!

    —Jennifer on April 26, 2019
  • I have a couple shelves. When I get a new book, I give one to library for their book sale. I did have a lot more. I love books, eye candy.

    —nancy seitz on April 26, 2019
  • I have shelves in different cabinets and baskets and stacks of books, no rhyme or reason as to how they are shelved.

    mandy whalen on April 26, 2019
  • I LOVE quilting books! I have learned so much from them. They inspire me!

    —Carolyn Fulmer on April 26, 2019
  • You can’t have too many books, craft or otherwise. I have at least five shelves of craft books and some are tucked away in various other places. I keep thinking I should thin them out then I just can’t part with any of them as I sort. I need to have fewer crafting interest. Sigh…..

    —Kathleen on April 26, 2019
  • Don’t know how many shelves my books would take up as they are stored in boxes since our move. It would most likely be at leastb6-8 shelves though. Love my books.

    —Cindy on April 26, 2019
  • I have three shelves dedicated to my craft books, however I just downsized not to long ago (previously I had a closet full)

    —Kathryn Smotryski on April 26, 2019
  • Oh my, confession time again, lol. I have two jam-packed 48” shelves of craft books plus drawers and stacks here and there all throughout the house.

    —Gail K on April 26, 2019
  • Currently 6 shelves worth, but that’s after I gave half of my quilting books to the quilt quild library. I’ve got to spend my cash on something, I don’t drink, do drugs, or gamble… my money must go somewhere 🙂 Books and fibers are my drug of choice.

    Thank you …Kay

    —kay on April 26, 2019
  • I have nineteen shelves very packed with craft books.

    —Mary on April 26, 2019
  • I have 3 shelves dedicated to my books and would like so many more. Love even looking at the pictures and how they are used to decorate with. So much inspiration!!!

    —Nancy on April 27, 2019
  • I have 2 almost full book shelves, but when I finish my current project, we are going to rearrange my sewing room, move one large cabinet into the guest room, and build more shelving. A lot of that will be filled with fabric and boxes, but who knows — there may be space for some special books that I want to keep closer to my sewing machine.

    —Nancy A on April 27, 2019
  • I have my books mostly on 2 shelves in my back bedroom. However, I find them stashed EVERYWHERE! Love the books to use as inspiration.

    —Kathie Feller on April 27, 2019
  • I have four shelves of quilting books, plus a couple of baskets I keep at hand with the books I’m reading at the moment. I also have a couple of notebooks with patterns I have purchased or downloaded and printed. I’m seeing a lot of people saying they are embarrassed at how many books they own, but I’m not. I turn back to my books for inspiration often, and sometimes find new ideas in books I had previously thought I’d outgrown, when my skills improve, or I am inspired by something new, or want to make a quilt for someone whose taste matches the style of that author. Occasionally I pass along a book to someone else if I know I am simply not interested–if it wasn’t what I thought it was when I bought it. For now, I have room to keep these books and learn from them, so I am not embarrassed about them.

    —Beth T. on April 27, 2019

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