I agree with Maria that choosing a "favorite" quilting book is difficult. I have many and love them for different reasons. When thinking about my pick, Fresh Quilting by Malka Dubrawsky came to mind. As I picked it up again, I was reminded why I love this book-- her self described style of "improvisational, fearlessly colorful quilting" is beautiful, challenges my own use of color (or lack of), and offers a welcome reprieve from the stark white of this very long winter!
The book has several smaller projects like pillows, a children's book, and coasters that allow you to try some new techniques without committing to a quilt. The patterns in the book range from very simple to advanced, making this a book you can grow into as a quilter. I also love how she quilts her projects. The patterns are simple (mostly a variation of straight line quilting), yet they really add depth and change the way your eye sees the shapes and patterns of the piecing.
|"Nate's Quilt" uses simple log cabin piecing, great for a beginner|
|The Modern Baby Quilt provides an opportunity to challenge yourself with y-seams|
Unlike many of the books in my library, I can say that I finished a project from this book! I made the Indigo Needle Case for the Jay McCarroll Habitat Fabric Challenge. It was fun to make and is a handy way to organize various sizes of knitting needles.
|My Indigo Needle Case|
Mostly, I enjoy paging through the book to see how she pairs such bold colors together in a way that strikes visual harmony. I know that I don't know how to do this, but hope that someday I will be as fearless with color as Malka is!