There are plenty of ways to get your quilting information, projects and entertainment. We have free quilt patterns, great quilting video tutorials, blogs to help you become more accurate and efficient in your quiltmaking, and access to all of our magazine issues with previews of featured patterns and projects. These are just some of the ways to get the latest and greatest information about quilting and to find your next quilting project. Another way to get your quilting fix? Books! There are many types of quilting books out there, so I thought I’d show you some of my favorites: adult coloring books. If you haven’t given them a chance yet, take a minute to see why they’re so popular. People love these for a reason!
Coloring books are the perfect way to flex your creative muscles and, think about this for a moment, they are amazing stress reducers! They help your mind to focus on one thing at a time, limiting the mental noise that swims around our heads on an everyday basis, and to create an overall calm. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? We have put together some coloring books for quilters – calming and exciting all at once!
Jim Shore’s coloring book is the newest addition to our growing collection. It features 50+ beautiful angel illustrations, including traditional, inspirational, and seasonal themes in a unique folk art style.
Here are some of Jim’s thoughts on this coloring book, what he calls “a real labor of love”:
“No matter what else I have going on, whether I have five projects in the hopper or 20, I’m always working on an angel. Angels are a staple in my art…Each one has a special meaning to me; they’re an insight into what I was thinking and feeling at specific moments. This book is a collection of my favorites. I think as you go through it you’ll be able to see why.”
The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt Coloring Book takes designs from 70 classic quilts and allows you to make them your own. This book features time-honored quilt blocks filled with details that only quilters can appreciate. The nostalgia of period fabrics shines through in this coloring book, which is quite impressive, especially for those who own the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt Book showcasing 55 letters from The Farmer’s Wife 1922 magazine and 111 traditional 6″ quilt blocks. Making these quilt blocks your own is like becoming a part of that moment in history!
Last, but not least, the Tula Pink Coloring Book offers 75+ of Tula’s signature designs. Whether you’re familiar with Tula Pink, or you’re just now hearing about her, you’ll appreciate this coloring book and its outstanding illustrations: intricate paisley, whimsical nature scenes, lush animal prints and more. The cover speaks a thousand words – you can only imagine what else is in store!
Two of these coloring books are available as digital downloads: Jim Shore’s Angel Coloring Book digital download and The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quit Coloring Book digital download. But, if you’re like me when it comes to coloring and artwork, I like to have the bound book with paper that stands up to crayons, colored pencils, chalk, or markers. The download works great for those that don’t mind printing the pages on their home printer. Sometimes it’s convenience that rules the day!
Whatever your choice, these coloring books are an exciting and fun way to express your creativity, calm your competing thoughts, and work on quilts in a different way. Have you tried adult coloring books? What did you think? Tell me about it in the comments below. Let’s compare stories!
If you’re interested in seeing more of Jim Shore, take a look at Fons & Porter’s Quilting Traditions with Jim Shore. A new issue hits newsstands on August 2, 2016, so keep an eye out! We’ll have it up on the website for you.