Staff Favorites – Books

There are a lot of exciting new books at Connecting Threads! It is hard to choose what to write about, so I chose a few stand-out favorites. If you click any of the book links below you can look at inside images of the books on our website. Our staff also writes reviews on books they love that you can see on the book page.

There are a lot of great new quilting books that I would love to add to my reference library. Walk – Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot by Jacquie Gering is one of my favorite machine quilting books that has come out recently. It is loaded with valuable information, good clear instructions, and stunning designs. You will get to know and really understand how to use your walking foot to achieve fantastic results. Expand your skills with your walking foot! There is so much more you can do with it than you ever imagined.


Cottage – Style Charm has beautiful and fun applique and embroidery projects that feature spring and cottage-style motifs. Many of the projects would make great gifts. It makes you want to whip something up for a special friend of for yourself. In fact, Laraine wrote a blog post about it and can’t stop making things from the book–she loves it so much! It’s contagious because now I want to buy it.


Start Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters DVD isn’t technically a book–it is a DVD that you can watch–but it includes a free eBook, so I’m stretching things a little and saying it is a favorite book. Angela Walters is a talented quilter and author. Her quilting is so beautiful I can only dream about quilting like her. She is so inspiring! There is a lot to be learned from her if you want to free-motion quilt!


  1. Becky Schultz - March 10, 2017

    I started out FMQ on my domestic and when I got my longarm I would go back and forth between the two different methods of quilting. I find the longer I longarm the more difficult it is to FMQ but I still enjoy it. I will have to check out the walking foot book. As for Angela Walters…LOVE her and her techniques!

  2. Suzy F. - March 11, 2017

    Love Angela Walters’ approach to FMQ – sketching to train the brain to see where to go next to fill the spaces before even starting on the machine. I’ll have to check out Walk. I’m new to FMQ and am fascinated by how the choice of design alters the look of a quilt.