You have spoken! Our top 10 quilt books of 2016 (+ BIG BIG giveaway!)

Our annual top ten list is here! Today we reveal your favorite quilt books of 2016—the ones you voted for every time you bought a new book. So thank YOU for being a passionate quilt-book lover!

Which books reached the top of the list? Read on to find out—then enter our BIG giveaway to win them all (a $309.88 retail value)! Click on any cover to purchase a book or save it to your wish list at

Civil War Legacies III#10: Civil War Legacies III: A Treasury of Quilts for Reproduction-Fabric Lovers
Carol Hopkins

Madder reds, poison greens, cheddars . . . if you’re like Carol Hopkins, you never toss a Civil War scrap. Pat yourself on the back for saving them—they’re perfect for these jaw-dropping quilts from the crowning jewel in the Civil War Legacies series. review: “WOW! I have the other two books in this series as well and I love them all! This is one of those books that makes you want to dig through your scraps and make every quilt . . . earned a place among my very favorite quilt books!”

See all the quilts from volume III >

Striking Strip Quilts#9: Striking Strip Quilts: 16 Amazing Patterns for 2½"-Strip Lovers
Kate Henderson

Kate’s so clever at transforming 2½" strips into fresh designs that stitch up quick—and we mean quick. Most blocks in Kate’s quilts measure between 12″ and a whopping 36″ square! review: “I love this book, amazing projects. I bought two books by chance, both from Kate Henderson . . . and they are the best. I’d recommend it to everyone.”

See more striking strip quilts >

Stitches from the Garden#8: Stitches from the Garden: Hand Embroidery Inspired by Nature
Kathy Schmitz

Sprinkled among Kathy’s spectacularly embroidered nature scenes are her charming hand-drawn sketches and watercolors—each page is as inspiring as the projects you can create.

Five-starsShopMartingale review: “I have been poring over this beautiful book! And as a surprise (to me) the embroidery projects are simple enough for someone like me, who is a beginner.”

See more garden stitches >

Moda All-Stars: Scraps Made Simple#7: Moda All-Stars: Scraps Made Simple – 15 Sensationally Scrappy Quilts from Precuts

What’s so simple about these scrappy quilts? They’re precut friendly—getting a sensationally scrappy look is a cinch. Use precuts, stash fabrics, precious scraps, or a combo. The choice is yours and the quilts are gorgeous! review: “Loved how all different cuts of fabric were used, not just scraps but Jelly Rolls, fat eighths, fat quarters, charm squares, Layer Cakes, and yardage. I particularly liked the scraps of wisdom questions that were answered by each designer.”

See more simple scrap quilts >

Snow Happy#6: Snow Happy: Whimsical Embroidery Designs to Mix and Match
Robin Kingsley

These sweet little snowmen have melted our hearts—and yours! Hand stitched in beautiful bluework embroidery, these charming, practical projects will spread warmth and good cheer throughout the frostiest time of year and chase away those winter “blues.”

Five-starsReview from ShopMartingale: “Robin’s new book is beautifully written and laid out. I especially appreciate her tips throughout the book! Robin’s darling designs will keep you smiling while you stitch.”

See more adorable snowmen >

The New Hexagon#5: The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece
Katja Marek

Katja has wowed thousands of quilters with not one, but two quilt-alongs based on her bestseller. If you’re a part of the hexie craze—or if your hex-curious—this inspiring book of EPP blocks is essential.

Five-starsReview from ShopMartingale: “Excellent book, I am hooked. I so appreciate the careful instruction Katja uses throughout. Now back to stitching!”

See the blocks and projects >

Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery#4: Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery: Hand Stitches, Pretty Projects
Gail Pan

Gail’s sweet designs are a delight to see and a dream to embroider. Join her signature bird, leaf, and vine motifs with adorable holiday scenes, from happy elves and angels to heartfelt sayings that will inspire the Christmas spirit.

Five-starsReview from “Darling embroidery and festive quilt patterns are perfect to deck your halls, and your friend’s and family’s as well. These projects make great gifts . . . the embroidery patterns could be used on all sorts of projects.”

Get into the holiday spirit! See more >

Jo's Little Favorites#3: Jo’s Little Favorites: Timeless Quilts from Scraps and Fat Quarters
Jo Morton

Jo hosts her popular Jo’s Little Women Club to share her love of vintage-style quilts; this sentimental collection spotlights lovely little quilts from the club’s early years. Jo also shares her unique tips for decorating with small quilts. In short, you’ll fall in love.

Five-starsReview from “This book of little quilts is a little gem. Patchwork is simple, directions are clear, and designs are beautiful. Jo hit it out of the park with this book!”

See more from Jo >

Simple Christmas Tidings#2: Simple Christmas Tidings: Scrappy Quilts and Projects for Yuletide Style
Kim Diehl

Kim’s first-ever book dedicated to the holiday season will have you dreaming of the next December and wishing for snow every year. Seriously, are you itching to stitch those adorable Scrap-Basket Stockings as much as we are? There’s still time!

Five-starsReview from “This book exceeds my expectations because it not only includes nice quilt projects but because it also gives us a glimpse of who Kim Diehl, the person, is through recipes and projects and the stories behind them.”

See Kim’s inspiration for Christmas >

Moda All-Stars: All in a Row#1: Moda All-Stars All in a Row: 24 Row-by-Row Quilt Designs

A whopping 24 popular Moda designers each created a row in her signature style, and you’ve been rowing along with them ever since! With classic, seasonal, and whimsical rows to choose from—plus nine blender rows to finish quilts with flair—the creative combinations are unlimited. Thank you for making All in a Row #1!

Five-starsReview from ShopMartingale: “This book is so versatile! I love the rows together but separately they would make beautiful quilts. I am using one block for pillow covers! Great idea to have all the designers work together!”

See all 24 rows and how to use them >

Visit our Bestsellers page to see Martingale’s top-selling knitting, crochet, and sewing books of 2016.

Now, have we got a doozy of a giveaway for you today!


We’ve got 17 beautiful books to give away—our little nod to all the creative fun on the way in 2017! For you chance to win first, second, or third prize, tell us in the comments:

What’s your favorite book of 2016?

We’ll choose three random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and stay tuned for more inspiring books coming from Martingale in the year ahead!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing!

Our third prize winner is Marsha, who says: “Love any Kim Diehl book… her work is beautiful.”

Our second-prize winner is Gladys, who says: “I like scrappy quilts, The New Hexagon would be my choice.”

And our grand-prize winner of ALL of our top 10 books of 2016 is Judy, who says: “Civil War Legacies III, but I love all Carol’s books!”

We’ll email you about your prizes, winners—congratulations!










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