About 3 or 4 years ago, believe it or not, I got really into making quilts. I'm not really sure why. I think it was similar to when I started this blog - I just needed a creative outlet. I used to sew when I was a kid and I have two very crafty grandmas. I have a sewing machine and I was seeing classes around town so I thought, well I'll take a class and see where it takes me.
For about a year I loved it. I made two baby quilts and I probably would
have continued if it weren't for the fact that living in San Francisco is not conducive to leaving a sewing machine out all of the time. Maybe if I didn't have roommates or never wanted to eat at my dining room table but taking the sewing machine and setting it up and taking it down every time I wanted to use it really made me consider whether or not I really wanted to sew. Also when you quilt it involves lots of ironing boards and believe it or not those are big space hogs too. :)
At any rate, the point of this blog is the books that I found incredibly useful through my quilting journey (no matter how short lived). The first was the most basic but the most useful. When out of class but having a basic question (as I always did) this book would always answer it!: 'Learn to Machine Quilt' by Sharon Chambers
After awhile you want some inspiration beyond the standard quilt and this book was great for it's wonderful, modern ideas of what else to make: 'Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects'
Finally, you will inevitebly have some scraps lying around and want to make some gifts for people that don't take a week/months of time to throw together. This book was great at offering beautiful and fun ideas: 'Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts' by Joelle Hoverson
I always enjoyed making these quilts and think that I will again pick this up once again when I have a really big house but that day is far off. So for now, I had to leave this hobby behind, but not forgotten.