5 Quilt Books Chris English Thinks Will Inspire You

We’re back with Chris English, a quilt maker based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in the UK. Chris makes his quilts from predominantly found and recycled fabric. He loves shopping at flea markets for fabrics to use in his work. You can follow along with his work on his Instagram @afullenglish, where he shares videos on IGTV about his techniques and philosophy. Chris was also recently featured in the new Uppercase book, Quilted. Today, Chris is sharing the 5 quilt books he finds to be the most inspiring to his work, and he thinks you’ll love them, too. Welcome back, Chris!

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5 Quilt Books Chris English Thinks Will Inspire You

I love reading about art, design, and quilting. I have a few go-to books that I use if I get stuck in a creative rut…

Unconventional and Unexpected American Quilts Below the Radar by Roderick Kiracofe

– A beautiful book, full of amazing quilts and essays.

Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything (And If You Can’t, Look Again) by Paul Smith

– Sir Paul Smith is a UK fashion designer whose work is British, but with a twist. He uses colour and print to create amazing work and this book talks about his process. Really cool.

Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980 by Toby Mott and Rick Poynor

 – I love the punk approach. Anyone can form a band, start a record label, or a zone. I think this is true of quilting. The DIY visuals of this book are also great — super powerful, and full of bristling energy.

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood

– Sherri is one of my favourite quilters and I was super excited to chat with her in Nashville at QuiltCon. The book is full of ideas and approaches to quilting. Super inspirational.

The Quilts of Gees Bend by William Arnett, Alvia Wardlaw, et al.

– Another beautiful book full of inspiration and amazing quilts. I use this book all the time.

Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us, Chris!

For more with Chris English, check out our interview: How to Quilt with Found and Recycled Fabric According to Chris English. And be certain to follow along with Chris’ work on his website, and on Instagram @afullenglish.

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