Buying printed quilt books has become less popular in recent years. Several publishing houses have gone out of business. When I have a big sale of my stuff, books are hardly given a glance, even though older books provide much more reference material than current books.
Here are four books I love and turn to frequently. If I had to pare my library down to the few I absolutely couldn't do without, here they are :
In no particular order:
1. The Art of Classic Quiltmaking by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig
2. Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, Third Edition by Barbara Brackman:
There is also a stand-alone software version of this book for your computer, both PC and MAC called Block Base +. It allows you to print out any of these blocks in any size you like. It can be used with Electric Quilt, a quilt design software I would be lost without, but it does not have to be used with EQ--it works separately.
3. The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer: