When you reach for a book about quilting or fabric art, what would you like to find?
For example, do you want how-to as in how to do a new technique or how to replicate a project provided in the book? Books like Stack n Whack or Flip Flop Piecing or Crazy Quilts etc.
Or do you prefer collections of artists and their work such as the 500 Masters series by Lark that features many of our friends and teachers?
Or perhaps a combination of how-to and eye candy? I was fond of the annual American Quilts publications that came out in the 1980s that included photos of authors, their featured quilt and some how to info.
Maybe a product discussion such as what threads to use when machine quilting or doing thread painting? Or an overall book of sewing machine use? Needle choices? Fabric discussions -- texture, color, design, even thread count and ...?
Or more internal inspiration which gets the authors/writers to explain what inspired a piece?
Or maybe various artists taking a design or technique and producing something of their own. I quickly think of the AQS book about The Ohio Star that produced an amazing assortment of quilts from Ohio Star chickens to the abstract and beyond.
Please tell me what you'd like to see in a quilt/fabric art book.