Thrifty Finds: Quilting Magazines and Books

Monday I ran to town to pick up a prescription.  Of course, that had to include a trip to the thrift store.  I ended up coming home with a stack of quilt magazines and quilting books.

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I’ve told you prices are so good at our thrift store.  Magazines and paperback books are 25 cents.  Hard cover books are 50 cents.  I bought three hard cover books that didn’t make it into the pictures.  I was especially excited because there were copies of the old Quiltworks magazines.  Those are my long time favorite.

When I go to bed at night I typically read a quilt magazine and then go to sleep.  This stack should keep me busy for a LONG time.

My favorite in the bunch so far is this book.

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Here is a sample page from the book.  A block is shown then shown in different color ways.  Then there is a page that you can color in and design the quilt however you’d like.

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Some of the color ways they come up with for traditional blocks, I have never seen.  It’s really fun.

I know someone will ask, so I am adding an Amazon link for the book, Patchwork Quilt Design and Coloring Book.  I could easily see myself printing extra blank pages for kiddos to color too.

Hubby tells me I need to quit dragging stuff home…and I should but honestly, it fun entertainment for me to look at old quilting magazines…besides, he drags plenty of stuff home too.

What are your favorite old magazines or quilt books?  I’d love to be on the look our for your recommendations.

10 thoughts on “Thrifty Finds: Quilting Magazines and Books

  1. Linda

    RIGHT NOW MINE IS QUILTMAKER. CAN NOT LOOK AT WHEN I’M WANTING TO GO TO SLEEP. ALL I THINK ABOUT IS WHAT FABRIC I COULD USE IF MAKING A QUILT THEY PICTURED.
    LOVE ALL YOUR FINDS.

  2. Jocelyn

    What a great find! You might mention to your hubby that you saved him BIG bucks, over the price of a new magazine :-) Fabulous to start your Christmas.

  3. Pat C in Washingon

    In my family the Goodwill, St. Vinnie’s and every manner of thrift store were known collectively as “Mom’s Favorite Store”. We were sure that the car was somehow magically programmed to drive us there, even in the days before GPS. But we kids loved to go there too, because for a dollar you could buy a big sack of yarn and knit a scarf 3″ wide and 9 feet long in gosh-awful colors and mom would tell you it was beautiful and she’d wear it hiking. She was that kind of mom.

  4. Michelle

    Of the older magazines, Traditional Quiltworks is one of my absolute favorites. There’s another one I can’t remember the title of right now (Cut and Sew might be in the title — or might not), which I also really like for the traditional quilts. And, of course, Miniature Quilts! I’ve never made an itty-bitty quilt, but after that ornament I made earlier this week, I might finally have the nerve to try! :-)

  5. Diane

    I love any old quilt mags I run across, usually at garage sales. I think I usually get to the thrift stores too late for any quilty deals here. Must be a lot of thrifty quilters in my area! I love American Patchwork and Quilting and have probably found a quilt I’d like to make in each issue. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at Traditional Quiltworks. I’ll have to check them out if I ever run across them. Great find!

  6. Linda v

    I sure wish we had a thrift store like yours. Our Goodwill charges $3.00 (soft cover) – $5.00 hard cover for books. It is outrageous to me!! I don’t bother to even look at those prices!

  7. Linda Hodges

    Great buys. Never get quilt mags or books in our “charity” store here in my area of the UK. Generally, books are charged for from pennies to pounds, each store has their own pricing guide. I have noticed that the cost of goods in these store is starting to rise rapidly. I looked at a jacket in one store last Saturday and the store was charging more for this than it actually cost when it was newly bought from the original store. Can you believe it!

  8. Mary K.

    I love thrift stores! I even have that same book.it sure is fun looking through it and dreaming of future quilts.

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