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Martingale has a series of quilting books with dozens of patterns in them.  These books are larger than most of their published pieces, but are great resources for improving your skills in specific areas.

Let me tell you a bit about each of them and show you photos provided by Martingale.

 This book is jam-packed with table runner ideas. With the 56 toppers in this book you can surely find some that will fit your table topper needs.  Several different styles include seasonal and holiday-themed projects as well as designs to complement your home decor. 

This book is jam-packed with table runner ideas. With the 56 toppers in this book you can surely find some that will fit your table topper needs.  Several different styles include seasonal and holiday-themed projects as well as designs to complement your home decor. 

Wow!  Sixty patterns in this book to make from 2 1/2" strips.  Cut your own or use a Jelly Roll from Moda.  So many styles and sizes to choose from for beginners and experienced quilters alike.  And all of these by top designers!  Look at just four of them below.

With small quilts I guess you can fit more patterns in one big book!  Top designers contribute to the 87 different baby quilts included here.  This makes it a real bargain per pattern.  Modern and traditional, patchwork and applique, all skill levels provided for -- keep this on hand to whip up a shower or birthday gift.  I picked out this foursome below to give you a sneak peek.

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 Scrappy quilts -- lots of us love them.  I think they're more fun to make.  Use fabrics from your collection or pick up some precuts -- there are patterns for everything.  With a selection of 77 projects from Civil War to 1930s, traditional to modern, and country looks, these quilts range in size from 28" x 36" to 99" square.

Scrappy quilts -- lots of us love them.  I think they're more fun to make.  Use fabrics from your collection or pick up some precuts -- there are patterns for everything.  With a selection of 77 projects from Civil War to 1930s, traditional to modern, and country looks, these quilts range in size from 28" x 36" to 99" square.

 The house quilt is on my bucket list.

The house quilt is on my bucket list.

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For the lovers of reproduction fabrics (to me that means the antique look) of the 1800s there is a plethora of patterns here for you to explore.  Now this is what patchwork quilting is!  This book includes 58 quilt patterns that will take you back in history.  It includes quilts for all sizes. Have lots of reproduction fabrics in your stash?  You will love this one.

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Make the same block over and over again and use it throughout the quilt.  That is what this book is all about.  You'll be amazed at how many times you can make this work.  Sound boring?  The color selections will make it fun by making each block different.  Sound easy? The repetition will give you experience and confidence to perfect those piecing skills.  57 quilts by top designers.

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This book combines patterns from authors Pat Speth and Charlene Thode from their previously published books, all in one volume here!  Take your 5" squares, add a bit of background to some, and look for a pattern among the forty projects included.  You can even find directions for 4" and 6" squares, too.  No limit to the fabric genres.

Aaah... fat quarter quilts. One of my favorite fabric cuts to begin with.  Sixty-six different patterns, time tested and proven.  Find one of our many fat quarter bundles, or gather some that you have at home.  Then sit down with a cup of tea and select a pattern.   

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Well, that should be enough to get you started!  Which of the books above appealed to you the most?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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