I have two main weaknesses when it comes to impulse purchases: cookbooks and crafting books. I enjoy both types of books for the same reasons: lovely photos, clear instructions combined with personable narratives, and the chance to daydream of a world in which I create beautiful dinners every night and make heirloom quality crafts for all family and friends. And once in a while I even get off my butt and actually use them to cook or make something :)
Some craft books are definitely better than others. I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you so if you're interested in a certain craft you wouldn't have to waste your precious time scrolling through reviews on Amazon and waffling over your options. Benefit from my wasted time and money!
First up, quilting. I started quilting about two years ago and while I love looking at quilting books for inspiration the book I keep going back to for its clear instructions and photos is The Practical Guide to Patchwork* by Elizabeth Hartman.
The how-tos in this book are great; I still pull it out every time I bind a quilt to double-check that I'm doing it right :) You can find tutorials that cover the steps of quilt-making online, but I like having a book that I can refer to again and again.
Besides the basics of making a quilt, Hartman includes instructions for 12 quilt projects. I haven't made any of the quilts yet, but they're modern and stylish and a great source for inspiration. I particularly like how Hartman includes alternate color schemes for each project.
If you're looking for a book to help you start quilting, The Practical Guide to Patchwork is a great choice.
*This post isn't sponsored in any way, but those are Amazon affiliate links.