National Book Lover’s Day!

Finally,  a day for us…the book lovers of the world!   You know who you are!  You get lost in Barnes and Noble and forget the time.  Sometimes you buy a book you can’t resist, only to find out when you get home that you already have it.  You curl up with a good book every chance you get, and I bet you’ve even been known to read while you’re cooking dinner.

I love books so much, I turned our Living Room into a library!  Bookcases line each side of the room, and comfy chairs are tucked into in each corner.

You’ll find everything in my library from the book that started me quilting years ago…

…to the Stitch Zakka book that I have a little project in…

I buy any book published by Country Living…

…and I collect every embroidery book I can find .

I love all of the “Material Obsession” books…

…and books by Harriet Hargrave are the best reference books ever!

Everyone in our family loves books.

Chelsea likes to read about Chihuahuas…

And she also loves books about Christmas Decorating!

She’s trying to understand Crazy Quilting so she studies every book she can find on the subject.   

BOOK LOVERS DAY is sponsored by Moda Fabrics so hop on over to the Moda blog and you can enter to win 6 new books.  You’ll also find links to other Moda designers, talking about books on their blogs!   Then sit back, have a cup of tea and relax for a bit with your favorite book.  Oh, and tell me  what you’re reading now and later today I’ll give away two “Stitch Zakka” books!

It’s a great day when you can read a good book.


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  • Joan - I love Quilts!Quilts!! Quilts!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - She is such a good dog! Love your library.ReplyCancel

  • Michele T - I love all kinds of books too, especially quilt and sewing ones for inspiration!! Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Jill - I have a few of those same books! I love your bookcases, books decorate a room in the best way. I’ve not read a Stitch Zakka yet. I’ll have to see if my book store carries them. Right now I’m reading “Call the Midwife”.ReplyCancel

  • Beth T. - I just received Judy Hopkins’s 501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks in the mail, so I’m poring over that, dreaming of the incredible sampler quilts I’ll make. (Right now my plan is to work on three at once. Crazy, no?) Thanks for sharing the book love and for the chance to add to my library.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie L - I’m reading Elegy for Eddie, a Maisie Dobbs book by Jaqueline Winspear. Try them, you’ll like them.ReplyCancel

  • pat sloan - I learned from Quilts Quilts Quilts too!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Vink - Haha I love Chelsea reading! Great photo. I’m currently reading At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks and Vogue Knitting magazine! Thanks for the chance to win this book!! I love all the designs in it and fuels my multicraftiness needs ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Quilts Quilts Quilts was also one of my first books along with Harriet Hargrave’s Machine Quilting. I hear that Nownes and McClune will have a new book soon.
    My current favorites are those by Bonnie Hunter, the Scrap Queen. Also I am drawn to books by Elizabeth Hartman.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - I keep a small pile of books on my night stand … mostly quilting related books. However, I’m currently reading At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks.ReplyCancel

  • Glynis - Your library is gorgeous, would be hard to do with an e reader. Can hardly wait to read the new Louise Penny book due out this month.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - I love your beautiful style and lovely home. One of my favorite quilt reference books is Around the Block. I often use it when looking for a block to use in a project. I would love to improve my stiching skill with the projects in Stitch Zakka. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Kunz - Like Chelsea, I also love to read books about Christmas decorating. I’m enjoying Moda’s Sweet Celebrations book ~ so many fabulous projects ~ and also a summer beach read, Sea Glass Island by Sherryl Woods. Love your Living Room Library. :)ReplyCancel

  • PAtricia G Hayes - HI Anne, Indeed would love to visit into your living room library. Surely would love to proud owner of one of your give-aways. Indeed I just love a bookstore and never mind losing time there, just lock me up for the overnight.
    I have embroidery books, crewel books, crochet, knitting, rug braiding books, quilt books of course, and all the other “hand do” books. Also furniture refinishing, decorating and on and on, appears i love books too, huh!
    Just finished reading “The Sons of Fortune,” by Jeffrey Archer. An old one I agree it is , however the best I have read in a long time. He is a great writer and this should be one up your alley. Let us know if you enjoyed it or have read it. I see he another one in bkstores now.
    chelsea is adorable.
    Patricia GReplyCancel

  • Robyn B - I just started Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Amin. It’s LOVELY!!ReplyCancel

  • SueAnn Wirick - Right now I am between books but I have promised my rail road loving nephew I’d make him a quilt from the Hobo Quilts book and he get’s to pick out what he wants the quilt to say. It’ll be our secret as to what the quilt says.

    I do agree that Harriet Hargraves reference books (school books) are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Jacklynn Grimm - The quilt book I’m reading now is Pretty in Patchwork Holidays, to get the jump on Christmas gifts. The non-quilting book I’m reading is Bossypants by Tina Fey – she’s my favorite comedian.ReplyCancel

  • Sue P - Love the pictures and thanks for the great give away. Currently, I am reading the Kill Room a Lincoln Rhyme novel. Not very literary but a good summer read. I have a stack of about 6 more books from the library to read.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Right now I’m reading a book on trying to get better sleep that a blog reader of mine sent to me. But crafting wise, I have been perusing Ayumi’s Patchwork Please book!ReplyCancel

  • LINDA - Hello,inspecting and soon using “Winter Twitterings” redwork book by Pearl Louise Krush! Just love to do redwork for Christmas projects! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • denise daniel - Wow! I love your library. I really like the shelves you built…might have to copy them for my workroom. :)

    It’s hard to pick just one book that I like. I have learned a lot from Harriet Hargrave’s books. Plus this is funny — I have a quilting friend named Harriet and her husband is named Hargrave. !!!

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    blessings, denise :DReplyCancel

  • Donna Ross - I love books. I love it when you tell us about books. When you asked us for new authors or what books we are reading, I find it so informative. I picked up new authors to read from that list. Thanks for the pictures of you collection of books.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - I am a fanatic book reader and an English major so I have about a zillion books. Right now I am reading everything I can find about Santa Fe, NM as I’ll be moving there in the next few months! This also means I have to pack up my zillions of books….ReplyCancel

  • pam - i am reading “the cat whisperer” by mieshelle nagelschneider
    although my cat is very old, it is never too late to learn more

    would love to win.ReplyCancel

  • Becky S - I just got a copy of Camille’s Simply Retro, so I have been reading that. I also have been enjoying the Sept. 2013 issue of Country Living.
    Thanks for the chance to win. I love your pretty library!ReplyCancel

  • Vickie - Just discovered your blog today because of the Moda site. I love your sweet blog. I have read one of the Stitch Zakka books but not the one you have pictured. I also love embroidery. I am currently reading “Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches” by Jan Eaton.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - Today I just finished a novel called A Different Sun by Elaine Orr and I’m going to start on Call the Midwife this evening. I also just read Goodnight Moon to my new grandson, does that count? It’s never too early to be read to.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - I’m reading a couple of books right now :) Summer reading for m 8th grader is “The Giver”, and she told me I HAVE to read it too. I’m in the middle of a Nora Roberts beach book, and I’ve been reading a book about crochet too. I love the shelves on both sides of the room idea – might have to steal that when we move in a few months!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - I just finished reading “Cottage for Sale. *must be moved” by Kate Whouley. I have 7 other books on my nightstand, and a couple unread ones in my Kindle. I don’t have a favorite quilt book, but, like you, lots of favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy B - I have wanted to do the same thing in our living room, love how yours look! Just got Simply Retro and am enjoying it. Also picked up The Friday Night Knitting Club at a garage sale recently that will be my next read. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Becky in Georgia - I’m reading the latest quilt magazine to find it’s way into my mailbox, Quiltmaker. I’m reading Ladies’ Night Out By Mary Kay Andrews and listening to Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomober. Love the photo of your book shelves and chair. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Evrard - I love to read and usually have several books going at once. Right now I’m reading “Blood and Beauty” by Sarah Dunant. It is about the Borgias. I also really love quilting books of any sort.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - You’re a book collector, too! I wish I had an extra copy of Carole Samples’ CQ book, I’d send it for your collection.ReplyCancel

  • shaun - I love books! Novels, quilting books, reference books, I love them all. My favorite quilting book is whatever I am currently making a project from. Thanks for the chance to add another book to my collection!ReplyCancel

  • laurel - oh man, what am i reading now? my kindle is chock-full, but i have “seams to me” by anna maria horner on my nightstand.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne Moore - I too am a book lover. I am reading Lisa Kleypas’ Crystal Cove. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I see that Chelsea is an avid reader!!! Good dog! I love reading any books but I really love to mull over quilting/sewing/craft books. Zakka is one of my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna - I’m reading The Case of the Borrowed Brunette by Erle Stanley Gardner, a Perry Mason mystery. I also have a book by Kim Brackett on scrap quilts. So two of my favorite things are covered.ReplyCancel

  • Mary ONeil - I just finished Homicide and am starting The Watchers which is about Elizabeth I. Unfortunately my dogs don’t read, let alone sit as well as Chelsea!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Jenkins - I’m currently reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. It’s wonderful! And I’ve never met a cookbook/quilt book that I didn’t have to look through for inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - I am reading a non sewing book currently. Kill me Again by maggie Shayne. But I bought a new quilting book today. More 90- Minute Quilts by Meryl Ann Butler. It looks really good. Ohh I have been wanting a Stitch Zakka book forever. I am gonna cross my fingers & toes on this one. Thank you for the chance to enter.ReplyCancel

  • Therese Bocchino - Oh Anne, I love your collection of books. I too have Harriet Hargrave’s reference book. It probably was one of the first books that I could go to & have things explained so clearly.
    Now I am reading & joining the blog hop of Tula Pink’s- 100 Modern Quilt Blocks- City Sampler. Learning & enjoying it so much!ReplyCancel

  • Robbin - I enjoy a good book too. I kind of chuckled because in the last pic Chelsea looks like myself when I start reading, a little bleary eyed and sleepy. Your library is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Josefina - I love your library. I wish I could do the same to my living room. It truly is amazing how most everyone referred to Quilts, Quilts, Quilts. I got the pattern to my first quilt from it – the heart quilt. Then later I made the Gingerbread House quilt. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Vicary - We have so many of the same books..must have started quilting about the same time. I’m reading A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick..involves a quilt shop of course. I do a lot of hand embroidery and love it…I’ve never seen the book you’re offering to give away, would be thrilled to win. Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration! A faithful follower..piecefully yours.
    Pittsburgh, PAReplyCancel

  • Sally from CA - I’ve followed you for a long time, and love your postings–esp when they include Chelsea. I too, have shelves full of quilting and related books. I would love to win the book you are giving away, that has your project in it. Oh, and right now I am reading ‘Sweet Salt Air,’ by Barbara Delinsky. It’s a perfect summer read–takes place on the coast of Maine.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Oh my I’m drooling over your bookshelves. beautiful. Right now I’m reading 2 books: Cloud Atlas (a real book) and Still Alice (on my Kindle). thanks for a chance at the giveawayReplyCancel

  • Joanne Moore - Oh Gosh Anne I am with Chelsea! I have always wanted to try a crazy quilt. You got me hooked on Dresden Plates. How about a quilt along with crazy quilts? hint..hint… CindyBear Airedale terriorist would love to join as she loves embroidery floss and whatever else she can grab..presently my rubber glove from the kitchen..gotta go…ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - Love your library. I’m reading “The Power of Now” – it’s very enlightening.ReplyCancel

  • Christie and Shels - I have three books going! The Grand Tour is about Agatha Christies tour around the world , has lits of great photos! The Vault of Walt has lots of great stories about all things Disney. Last but not least I’m re-reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and just started Outlander. So many books, so little time!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carmen - I just finished “The Hotel On The Corner of Bitter & Sweet” and what a sweet, touching story it was!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Kellam - I am reading A Fine Romance by Susan Branch. She and her husband went on a 2 month trip visiting the English countryside and she kept a journal. It is full of photographs and her wonderful watercolor illustrations. The most exciting to read about were her visits to Hill Top Farm, home of Beatrix Potter and Jane Austen’s Chawton. It is a FABULOUS book!ReplyCancel

  • momto1 - Your choices look great! I agree with the Harriet Hargrave comment – her books are packed with information. I’m currently drooling over Rocco Dispirito’s Now Eat This Diet book (am I the only one here who reads cookbooks for entertainment?) but I can’t wait to get the new “Big Book of Nickel Quilts” by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode. I’ve pre-ordered it, and since I can’t have it right now, of course, I’m obsessed with it.ReplyCancel

  • janita - I’m reading my Material obsession book :) Dreaming of quilts! Thank you for a chance to win. Love your library ! JanitaReplyCancel

  • Nancy of IN - I am reading Wedding Quilt by Emilie Richards. I am in two book clubs-one online and one where we meet at a coffee shop. Most of these gals go to my church. We are discussing Family Secrets by Tracie Peterson. I most listen to books while I read or when driving.ReplyCancel

  • Lndia - Chelsea reminds me of my little chihuahua who always got between me and the book I was reading. I would be delighted to receive Stitch Zakka. Currently I’m reading RC Sproul.ReplyCancel

  • Tania - I’m loving the new website look, just gorgeous! I’m reading the third installment of the Cobbled Court Quilts series ‘Threading the Needle’.ReplyCancel

  • Gemini Jen NZ - Oh my gosh, I am highly envious of your gorgeous bookshelves, that is what I would call “Jenny-heaven”! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Lee - Thank you for the fun post and I am reading Skip the Borders by Julie Herman for quilting and Dan Browns Inferno – pretty intense read but good historical fiction! thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Huffman - Wow, it looks like you own a bookstore. Would I love to peruse your books! It would take days@ReplyCancel

  • Karen K - I love books too! All kinds…quilt books, cookbooks, fiction, etc. I love Simplify by Camille Rosekelley. Ordered recently Foolproof Machine Quilting to help with my finish. I am new at this. I love your livingroom/library.ReplyCancel

  • Susan K - If I could talk my husband into it, I’d put bookshelves in every room. I finally made a spreadsheet of all the books I own. I add new books as I buy them and mark if I’ve read them, if they’re hardcover, paperback or ebook. I have a Nook that I bring when I travel as I often read a couple of books a week. On plane trips when I can’t have my Nook on, I bring quilt magazines.
    Currently I’m reading some old Ellory Queen short story magazines I found in a box.
    I have the Quilts!Quilts!Quilts book too. It taught me a lot of techniques.ReplyCancel

  • Trisch - I have been “reading” Hexa go-go in hopes of getting cute ideas for the Hexies I love making!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - I am currently reading Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick and have two books in waiting The giving quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini and Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews. Its fun to see what everyone is reading. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I’m a book lover too! I have books in just about every room of the house. Chelsea looks adorable reading her books. So sweet. Right now I’m reading You on a Diet and Color Mastery.ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - I’m reading BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey, a hand-off from my daughter. Seriously funny, laugh-out-loud fun!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Barlow - I am currently reading Maggie Sefton’s book “Cast On Kill Off”. It is a knitting mystery series. I also am a collector of books dealing with any type of fiber arts.ReplyCancel

  • pam - LOVE the book theme – who knew there was a national book lover’s day. currently i’m reading the revised fundamentals of caregiving. there is a fabulous sense of humor with the characters. puts a smile on your face but yet has a wonderful message. can’t wait to reach the end… well, maybe not. it’s sometimes bittersweet to reach the end of a good book.
    THNX for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Judith - I would love to read Stitch Zakka! Looks like a great collection of some talented people’s ideas. Currently I am reading A Quilting Life…wonderful ideas! Thanks for the give-away.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Beier - Glad to meet another quilt blogger, who loves books and cats too.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Thanks for sharing your inspirations. I have lots of books and can spend hours and hours just looking at books. It is fun to see the various inspirations. My first book was sampler quilt book by Georgia Bonesteel. It’s in the attic with the unfinished king size quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Books! I love them! I have about 40 pages left in Winter of the World by Ken Follett, the second book in his Century Trilogy. I also listen to books on tape in the car, almost done with Sing you Home by Jody Picoult. And I got 2 new quilting books in the mail today- Friendship Triangles by Edyta Sitar and Applique and Embroidery by Janice Vaine. Lots of good reading ahead!ReplyCancel

  • Laurel box - What a cutie Chelsea is. She has good taste in books.ReplyCancel

  • Lia Domingues - Oh, I loved this post!! :-D
    My hapinness is that my home has plenty of space for fabrics and books, many books!
    Now I’m reading again Twelve golden threads, of Aliske Webb, such great lessons to life we can learn from her quilt lessons… :-D