National Book Lover’s Day

Today is National Book Lover’s Day. Are you a Book Lover?


Moda is doing a blog hop to celebrate National Book Lover’s Day.  They asked us what book inspired us to start quilting. While I confess, that it wasn’t a book that inspired me to START quilting, there are books that draw me into quilting more and more.

Probably the first books that inspired me were ones from my Grandmother’s personal library, like Patchwork Simplified or Complete Guide to Needlework. I used to have Complete Guide to Sewing, which is really wonderful sewing book. Sadly, it never made it through our move to Maryland a few years ago. I have reached for it several times only to remember I no longer have it. Sigh. But I digress. Back to my Grandmother’s personal library. I would sit in the hallway, in front of the book shelf and thumb through her how-to books. The images were often not in color.

The books were absolutely dated to the 70’s by designs in them.

The ideas were fairly simple because this was well before rotary cutters and specialty rulers. And the ones that did have color, heavily used calicos and washed out fabrics.

There was something wonderful about the feeling I had sitting at Grandma’s house and looking through her books. I have a couple of them now. Either she gave them to me, or I sought them out to have in my own personal library. They are by far my favorite books. I find myself thumbing through them over and over.

Of course, there are also contemporary quilting books that inspire me to quilt. One of my favorites is Simplify by Camille Roskelley. I had to buy it when it first came out. The colors were just so bright and cheery. The patterns are fairly simple and the photography is lovely.

Is there a book that inspired you to start quilting? What is your favorite quilting book?

Stop by the other bloggers on the hop and see what books inspired them to start quilting. Also stop by Moda The Cutting Table for your chance to win one of 6 books to inspire you!