Podcast 181 – All About Books!

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Here is a list and links to the treasures that I have found recently. Enjoy!

•    Album Quilts of Ohio’s Miami Valley by Sue C. Cummings
Tang comp •    Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899, the birth of America through the eye of a needle

•    Wisconsin Quilts – History in the stitches by Ellen Kort with Maggi McCormick Gordon


•    Quilts of the Oregon Trail by Mary Bywater Cross
61gB9f-vxVL._SL500_AA300_-1 •    The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt – letters from 1920’s farm wives and the 111 blocks they inspired – by Laurie Aaron Hird

•    The American Quilt: A history of cloth and comfort 1750-1950 by Rod Kiracofe

•    American Quilts: The Democratic Art 1780-2007 by Robert Shaw


Schiffer books has a huge catalog of books. Lark books, too.

Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts by Biz Storms and Mary Elizabeth Kinch

Making Memories, Simple Quilts from Cherished Clothing is by my friend, Deb Rowden.


If you want a direct line to Deb, check out her blog, Thrift Store Quilts.

C&T Publishing

  • Surface Design Essentials by Jane Davila
  • To Be An Elm Creek Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Calling Cards: Connect with Style by Trice Boerens — look at the bottom of the blog for a surprise!

Kay MacKenzie’s Dolls and Dresses to Applique


Barrington Medallion pattern by Karen Witt of Reproductionquilts.com

Quilts of the Shelburne Museum, postcards

The Goddess of the Last Minute by Robbi Joy Eklow


Check out the vidcast — Bonnie McCaffery with Robbi!

Marie Bostwick’s new book, A Thread So Thin will be released in April!


What treasures I found at my local Library!

•    Jinny Beyer’s Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns

•    Masters Art Quilts by Martha Sielman

•    Art Quilts, a celebration of 400 contemporary designs

•    The Orlofski’s book: Quilts in America


Audiobooks to listen to while I quilt:


The Physick book of Deliverance Dane

deliveranceDaneBookQuilt DVD’s:

  • The Quiltmakers of Gees Bend
  • A Century of Quilts
  • The Art of Quilting
  • The Great American Quilt Revival

Cottage Quilts in Fresno — oops, sorry – I said the shop was Quilt Cottage.

51uCRWLgieL._SL500_AA300_Sew Cute Couture by Gail Doane — these darling clothes are in sizes 6 months to 12 years. Patterns are included in the book.

The Scientific Quilter podcast – Darla McFarren

Mark’s new podcast info can be found on his blog here.

Add a comment below for a chance to win:

Kay’s Dolls and Dresses book, KAren Witt’s Barrington Medallion pattern and one that I forgot to mention… a copy of Calling Cards! So 3 fabulous prizes. The winners will be drawn on March 27th.

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Dolls and Dresses to applique

32 thoughts on “Podcast 181 – All About Books!”

  1. Enjoyed your podcast as always, Annie. I appreciate you keeping me company tonight as I cut fabric for my next project. I, too, love my quilt books and learning about some I don’t have. Best wishes to you and family.


  2. Wow! It would be cool to be able to read all these books.
    I loved the Literary and Potato Peel Society Book. I bought a copy and lent to a friend who lent it to a friend and now I am not sure where it is. I need to get it back…
    Thanks for being back in the podcast business and for all the info. I really look forward to your adventures and admire all the work you do.
    Jo Vandermey
    Beamsville, Ont

  3. The library and podcast suggestions on podcast 181 were terrific. I kept trying to write them all down and was pleasantly surprised when I made my first visit to your blog ( I wanted to enter the drawing) and found most of the suggested resources listed.
    I enjoy your podcasts. Your upbeat tone always brightens my day.
    (This is my third attempt at sending this message.)

  4. So glad you are recording podcasts again! I love listening to them and it keeps me motivated and up to date. I don’t have time to watch tv so podcasts are my entertainment. I appreciate you!!

  5. Thanks for the book lists. I started reading Marie Bostwick after you mentioned her in one of your podcasts and really enjoy her books. I donate my copies of her quilty books to my local library for cataloging because they only have her other novels.

  6. Annie,
    Thank you for all the book ideas and dvds. I will be off to the library tomorrow for sure!!
    Good to hear your voice again!

  7. Great podcast Annie – I was almost afraid to listen as you’ve in the past turned me on to several authors (and I subsequently HAD to buy their books – you even introduced me to Twilight – long before anyone knew what that whole phenom. was!).- LOL! All good though – thanks for these great suggestions. Sometime too, I’ll have to tell you about my husband’s family connection to L.M.Montgomery and the “Anne..” books…but that’s for another time!

  8. I so relate!!!!! I had to give up my audible.com subscription for the same reasons. What a great idea to go to the library. I’m on my way! I need to check out that little girls dresses book for my Annie. What about smocking them with Texture Magic?

    Love you,


  9. I enjoyed your podcast about the book reviews. Libraries are a great source for quilting and crafting books. I often find a project that I want to make out of numerous books that are at the library. Through my library I am able to download books onto my ipod. I don’t even have to go into the the library to get them. I believe it is a national library program.

  10. I got my charm from you today! It even came on a chain! I didn’t expect that. It is really nice, thanks Annie for the gift with my donation for your great Podcasts! I always enjoy them.

  11. Annie, what a lovely podcast. As a former librarian, I really appreciate your book reviews. I agree, the library is a great resource. You can enjoy their books for free and buy them later if you really can’t live without them. My library has the Orlovsky book, too, as well as Jinny Beyer’s first book. Even in black and white they are still enjoyable. Thanks for all you do!

  12. Yay!!! I love to hear about new books. And I really like the idea of Calling Card.

    -debby siccardi

  13. Yes, I too love our library. I scan patterns from the magazines so I don’t have to store an entire magazine for one good pattern/article. I also love to go to library book sales. I found a stack of quilt magazines for 25 cents each! I then don’t mine giving them to others to enjoy or donating them. Thanks for a great list of books to check out.

  14. what a great podcast, Annie. I have the Quilts of the Mormon Migration book too, I even got it signed by the author (this was right when I started quilting). I love your library discussion–I need to see if I can get quilting magazines from my library. I have some suggestions for podcast topics, I’ll email you soon!

  15. You combined my two big loves quilting and reading so I enjoyed your podcast very much! I will definately look to see what my library has hopefully the Emily of Blue Moon videos! I can’t wait to hear more about your new book! Please tell us the details as soon as possible. Thanks also for the info on the new podcast. You however will remain my very favorite podcaster with your cheerful, uplifting voice and funloving personality!

  16. Annie – What a great compilation of books. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this podcast. I will use it as a reference like I do your podcast about fabric manufacturers. You must have a wonderful library.

    Cambria is such a cutiepie. How can you stand being so far away?

    Thank you again for all the information.

  17. Annie, I really enjoyed your review of all those wonderful books. I bought Jinny Beyer’s new book at Connecting Threads and with shipping it was only $35.00! Another way to find out of print books is at the boutique tables at quilt shows. I found Jinny Beyer’s book Scrap Quilts for only $2.00!!! And, yes, alot of the quilts were in black & white! Judy

  18. So glad to have another podcast! Missed you! Thank you so much for reviewing all of these books!

  19. Okay, I’m not trying to cheat (honest) but I just heard you talk about getting magazines from the library. I do something a little different. Every few weeks, I take an afternoon and go to Barnes & Noble. There I get a cup of Earl Grey tea (and sometimes a slice of cheesecake) and look through every quilt magazine they have that is not wrapped in plastic. That way I know ahead of time which ones I would like to purchase and I’ve seen all the new stuff.

  20. What a ton of incredible information, Annie. I hadn’t thought of the library to find some of those older books, but I’m going to try it. I also have read the Marie Bostwick’s books – can’t wait for the new one.
    Please keep this podcast going for us, Annie. You always have such great ideas, fun places to visit and how to use the web to find fascinating things about quilting.
    Love you!

  21. As always, I enjoyed your podcast. I’ve been enjoying them since I discovered them last summer.

  22. So glad to hear your podcast again, they keep me company while I sew. Today I am trying to finish 150 flying geese units that will be part of the border on a Thimbleberries quilt. Loved all the book suggestions.

  23. loved the book selections and the podcasts!!! audiobooks are the best, my son loves them too.

  24. I never thought to look through the DVD section at our local library as the selection is so very small. Guess what I found at my local library? The Art of Quilting, a PBS Home Video. The girls from the Chicago School of Fusing put on a good show. Thanks for sharing your favorites. By the way, I am new to listener to podcasts; yours is one of my favorites.

  25. Thanks for the podcasts. I don’t respond very often and tend to listen quite a while after they are released. But I enjoy every one. They help to inspire me. Thanks for the reminder about the library. I used to go to the library all the time, but haven’t lately. I’ve always found great finds there.

  26. Thanks for another great podcast! I always enjoy listening while I’m driving or sewing 🙂

  27. What a great list of books and the like! One thing that I’ve found that I love is on my library’s website. They have downloadable books! I can “check” them out with my library card online and download it to my MP3 player. I’ve listen to many books that way (ie, Twilight series and other books you’ve suggested). Audio books are such a great resource! Thanks again for the list!

  28. I know I am too late for the giveaway but I just wanted to say I am loving your podcasts. I have only just discovered podcasts and have plenty to catch up on but yours are always so fun and informative, I love books too so this was a great one. My library is very much like yours and I live out of town so it is very handy to be able to do things online and know that they will be waiting for me after my 40min drive.
    Thanks for a wonderful addition to my day.

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