National Book Day: Our Favorite Quilting Books

Today some of the people who work with Moda are putting together blog posts honoring some of their favorite quilting books.  You can find them at Moda’s the Cutting Table Blog.  We thought we’d join in and show you a few of our favorites.

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Both Kelli and I are HUGE Bonnie Hunter fans.  We love scrappy quilts and let’s just say it, she’s “the queen of scrap”.  We constantly use her books and sew her quilts.  She really helped influence us by helping us understand designing.  She is the basis of the scrap users system that we use.  All of her quilts use that same scrap users system.  It’s a win-win.  She showed us how to save scraps and then designed awesome quilts to use them.  The majority of the quilts we make that aren’t our designs are Bonnie Hunter’s designs and they come from these books of hers.

Her easy application of basic quilt math has really been influential in helping us design our own quilts.  We love all of her books and there isn’t one we wouldn’t recommend.

Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time!
  From this book we have made Nine in the Middle, Blue Ridge Beauty (this one is Kelli’s, I have one started too), Crab Apples, and Hopscotch Butterscotch. **Update**my Blue Ridge Beauty is finished.  You can see it here.

String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!  From this book we have made Smith Mountain Morning (Kelli finished one and I have one started), Roll Roll Cotton Boll, Jamestown Landing, and Orca Bay.

Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-pupose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”  I can say that I have made wonderful use of this quilt book.  We’ve  made three of Perkiomen Daydreams quilts.  That’s the quilt in the photo below.  It has 10,000 pieces!!

We’ve also made Cactus PatchHand Me Downs, and Bargello in Plaid (all made with shirts).  Kelli has Virginia Bound almost finished and I have one started.  This is a quilt book that was definitely worth the money.


Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green
.  From this Kelli has Fair and Square almost finished.  That’s the quilt below.  I have Criss Cross Applesauce (made with shirts) and Carolina Christmas done.  I have Pineapple Crazy started (Oh I would LOVE to get back to it!!)



Of course I wouldn’t be completely honest if I didn’t say one of our favorite quilting books is Sweet Celebrations with Moda Bakeshop Chefs: 35 Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarters, Charm Squares & More.  Why is that one our favorite…because our design is in there of course!!

Here are our quilts from the book.  It’s a fun design as you can make TWO quilts at the same time!

Hop of over to Moda’s blog The Cutting Table and see what other great quilting books other Moda designers recommend…and a little heads up…they are giving some quilting books away too.


15 thoughts on “National Book Day: Our Favorite Quilting Books”

  1. There’s no better inspiration than Bonnie Hunter and her scrap quilts. I have finished Easy Street Mystery quilt and have Smith Mountain Morning in process. They are fun, challenging and great designs. She also has wonderful helps on her website.
    I guess now I have to buy SweetCelebrations!

  2. I think we all agree Bonnie rocks! My mother(80 yrs young), sister(new quilter) and I love scrap quilts . Her inspirations are endless. Love Jody’s quilt. Cruised her blog this morning with my coffee. Seems her energy is boundless. Praying for her and her family.

  3. I love Bonnie’s blog and all of her books but have yet to finish a quilt yet. You are inspiring. Loved Jody’s quilt. Praying all goes well for her.

  4. I’m a fan of Bonnie Hunter too. Love scrap quilts. Will have to get Scraps & Shirttails II – love Fair & Square!

  5. I totally agree on the Bonnie Hunter inspiration. I don’t own any of her books (yet), but her very generous blog has me hooked. Your Perkiomen Daydreams blows me away. I love your two quilts in the Moda book as well! They’re gorgeous!

  6. Found the link to this post on Bonnie’s blog and came to take a look. Wow – you have made some awesome ‘Bonnie’ quilts – thanks for sharing all the individual links. I’ll have to check out your blog more often :)

  7. I love Bonnie Hunter as well. She is a born teacher, explains everything so well. I love all her tips and techniques and I love, love, love, Quiltcam! I would love to be able to attend one of her workshops, and someday I will own all her books.

  8. I must say you have good taste…Bonnie K. Hunter is fantastic and her designs work for everyone…scrapper or not…

  9. I too am a Bonnie fan. I have made a couple of her quilts and have roll roll cotton boll in progress. I am lucky e nought to get into her classes here in the Dallas area on New Years so two more Bonnie creations will be in my collection. Her energy is amazing and wish her much success in everything she does.

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