Book Review Tuesday: Quilt Essential

Recently,  Stash Books/C&T Publishing had a sale where they were selling books for $5-10. Of course, I had to take advantage of the sale. One of those books I purchased was “Quilt Essential”, a book I had never seen before….somehow I missed it.


quilt_essentials_lgTitle:  “Quilt Essential”
Author:  Erin Burke Harris
Publisher:  Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-793-2

This book was not what I expected, but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. This is probably the best quilt reference book I have read, so far. I wish this was one of the first books I had purchased when I started quilting a year ago.

The book is made up of 4 sections.

  • Section 1: Fabric
    This section covers, in-depth, types of fabrics – quilting cotton, muslin, broadcloth, voile, calico, flannel, lawn, linen, velvet, denim, corduroy, silk, wool and hand-dyed fabrics. It also includes yardage and measuring (cutting and calculating various shapes, sashing/borders, and batting) and caring for fabrics.
  • Section 2: Colors
    Starting with the basics on color theory, this section then goes into more detail with matching fabrics and colors; how to combine prints and textures.
  • Section 3: Designs
    Detailed information is provided on the various shapes that we use in quilting, with information on angle types and examples of how to use the various shapes.  I love the chapters on traditional and modern quilting and how to combine the block types. The various quilt types/styles that people have created, is a great collection for inspiration and introducing people to the various styles….such as  Japanese Sashiko quilts, Hawaiian quilts, Art quilts, Abstract quilts etc. Finally, this section finishes off with various sashing and border techniques and embellishment options for quilting.
  • Section 4: Assembling
    This is the core quilting techniques chapters. Again, such great details and photos explaining various piecing techniques, quilting techniques and binding options.

One of my favorite parts of the book, is the highlighted quilters and fabric designers, that are covered. I love the descriptions of their body of works and where they find inspiration. It is great to get to know some of the more prominent folks in the industry, a little more. These highlights, are great for breaking up all that detail/reference material and personalize it more.

The book is full of details, a great read whether you are new to quilting or not. It could easily be used as a general sewing reference, as well. This would be so great for a school library…I thinking of donating a couple to my son’s elementary school. This book for me is definitely a 3 star book, for sure.

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No project this week, as the book is not a project book.


Sponsoring this give away is Stash Books, who will provide the winner an electronic copy of Quilt Essential.  All you need to do is leave a comment on what quilting information you would like more information on.  There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday, 15th April after 6pm.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on right side menu).

43 thoughts on “Book Review Tuesday: Quilt Essential

  1. cdahlgren2013

    2. I would like more info on how to do monochromatic quilts without them looking “flat” when you get done.

  2. Lizzie

    3. Burning questions for me are how to baste effectively and how to be sure the walking foot is doing what it should. Taken precisely from my learning level at this point! Thanks for another honest review!

  3. Amy C

    10. I seem to have missed this book too – thanks for the review. This sounds like a good book to buy 🙂

  4. June @ QuiltQuest

    15. I’d like more information on organizing work space, and I guess time. I was sewing a little everyday, then I don’t know what happened. Now all I do is think about it. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Wanda Dotson

    16. I’d like more information on quilting on a sewing machine, and tips on how to make it less stressful. When free motion quilting I feel like the machine is in control and I really don’t want to take out any stitches with a seam ripper.

  6. Helen

    20. I need more practice doing machine quilting beyond straight line stitching so tips on that would be great!

  7. Jamie B

    35. Been sewing forever, however new to quilting, I would love little tips on things like corners/points. I’m doing the Gypsy Wife QAL, too, and was so thankful for all the tips on keeping my points. Thanks! Jamie

  8. Mara

    36. I need color help, I always think I am picking great colors and then I look at other peoples colors and well any help would be appreciated.

  9. jessibethviera

    40. I would love more information on Binding, I’m not so good at it and I have seen and try stuff but still I don’t love it.


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