Wyatt’s World: Quilting Collecting‚ÄîBasics and Inspiration

Quilting may be the next big craft movement, and even if not, the art and craft of quilting is a core subject. Make sure you own Quilter’s Complete Guide by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter (and track it down if not), That Perfect Stitch: The Secrets of Fine Hand Quilting (2d. edition) by Dierdra McElroy, Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and Anna Williams, Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects by Denyse Schmidt, The Modern Quilt Workshop by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle, The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide by Ellen Pahl, and anything by Kaffe Fassett.

To grow your collection, consider these not-to-be-missed new titles:

  • Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts by Rayna Gillman (C&T Pub.)
  • Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison (C&T Pub.)
  • Quilts from the House of Tula Pink by Tula Pink (Krause Pbns.)
  • Transparency Quilts: 10 Modern Projects by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr (C&T Pub.)
  • Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration by Denyse Schmidt (SCT Craft)

Finally, for some added inspiration check out these two amazing quilt shows:

  • The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
  • Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts: The stunning exhibition of the American Folk Art Museum that ran for only five days last year is a wonder of quilts and design. See it here and here (view the slide show at the bottom of the page) or buy the app. Be sure to keep an eye out for the exhibition book, which is promised in a few years.
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net


  1. Nann says:

    “May be the next big craft movement”?
    This is the 2010 industry survey — it’s biennial, so watch for the update this spring. http://www.quilts.com/newHome/news/viewer.php?page=../../pressreleases/y2010/2010Survey
    I wrote a Developing Collection column on quilting that was published in LJ about 5 years ago. The recommendations are still valid. I can add many more if anyone is interested.

    I would be remiss if I did not also mention the ALA BiblioQuilters. We collaborate on quilts that are sold to benefit the Chris Hoy Scholarship sponsored by the Exhibits Round Table. Our efforts since 2000 have raised over $5000. Don’t miss the 2012 quilts @ ALA in Anaheim!