Color and Value

The WAQG owns some excellent books to help quilters choose colors and fabrics for dynamic quilts. Some of these books explain color theory. Others show quilters how to use techniques to create spectacular special effects based on color combinations. Our library also has several books featuring redwork, and quilts in specific color families. Updated July… Read More Color and Value


The word “patchwork” has several definitions, and can mean any stitchery in which smaller pieces of fabric are sewn together to create a larger pattern. Here, patchwork is distinguished from applique, so the books in this list deal with geometric shapes joined to make blocks—such as squares, triangles and diamonds—and the quilts made by combining… Read More Patchwork

Sewing Curves

Many quilters go for years making quilt after quilt, always using straight lines–and avoiding curves.  But when you’re ready, the books listed below show several methods of piecing curves into beautiful patterns, with pins or without.  Updated July 8, 2019.   Barber, Barbara.  Foolproof Curves:  Quilts with Bias Strips & Continuous Paper Piecing.  C&T Pub.,… Read More Sewing Curves

Special Techniques for Cutting, Folding and Design

These books all demonstrate a special technique or design–fabric folding, tessellation, “stack-n-whacking” six or more thicknesses of fabric at once, combining fabric pieces to create new designs, and much more.  These books can be found in the yellow cabinet alphabetically, by author. Alexander, Karla. Stack a New Deck: More Great Quilts in 4 Easy Steps.… Read More Special Techniques for Cutting, Folding and Design