A Life With Quilts Book by Melanie Traylor

southern charm quilts

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I want to spend everyday making quilts. Some days that might mean I sneak in fifteen minutes, and some days are ALL DAY LONG. I'll take whatever I can get. A day with my hands buried in fabric or fiddling with patchwork is a day well spent.

I wrote this book for the beginner quilter who has just fallen down a rabbit's hole. I wrote it for the seasoned quilter who needs a little fresh inspiration or a look into other ways of making. I wrote it for the quilter who just wants to look at yummy photos and hear a bit of rambling from a fellow quilt maker. I wrote it for my grandma whose well used hands would pet her quilts and tell me where the fabric came from. I wrote it for us, I wrote it for YOU.

  • A soft cover wire bound book will be mailed to you.
  • Patterns are all beginner friendly and play with color combinations.
  • Skills that are required are straight line sewing, making flying geese and snowballing. THAT'S ALL!
  • Some of the quilts are quite quick and some may take a bit longer.
  • My favorite part of this book is that it comes with FIVE quilt patterns (no side projects, just quilts!).
  • Smallest pattern is 60x60", largest pattern is 76x96".
  • Patterns included are Mariposa, Lulu Louise, Sassy Granny, Hello Posy and Attic Window.
  • All patterns are illustrated. If you like the look of my usual patterns, the book patterns are just like them. Very easy to understand and read!
  • There are 64 pages in the book.
  • All patterns are fat quarter friendly, except one.
  • I've tucked methods, memories and ramblings within these pages.
  • I will be running quilt alongs for each of these patterns in 2022.
  • Use #ALifewithQuilts for sharing on Instagram.
  • Find the coordinating quilt labels here.
  • Want more details about the quilts? See this post here.



Copyright - Book and patterns are for personal use only.  No duplication or sharing is allowed.


You may sell quilts created from this pattern on a small scale as long as you credit Southern Charm Quilts as the pattern designer.


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  • 5
    A Life With Quilts Book

    Posted by Charlenea Bryant on Mar 14th 2023

    I love this book. It is the first quilt book I have read cover to cover! Every pattern is totally doable and so lovely. Great advice for me as a relatively new quilter(2 years now). I am also really drawn to Melanie's style and colorways. I have looked at this book many times since it arrived and always feel like I'm sitting with a really good friend.

  • 5
    A life with quilts

    Posted by Bridget Thomas on Mar 8th 2023

    Love the book, it’s beautiful simple easy to read and informative.

  • 5
    A Life With Quilts

    Posted by Susan on Mar 6th 2023

    Lovely book - great pics, info, and directions for the lovely quilts on the cover. I highly recommend it :)

  • 5

    Posted by Nancy Marques on Jan 22nd 2023

    One of the loveliest quilting books I’ve ever read. The pictures are so beautiful and the print is vibrant. I love the little inserts about the author and the little extra bits aside from patterns. I have it on my coffee table because it’s so stunning - it adds a bit of charm to our living room. The patterns are clear the photos beside the instructions are very clear, I just love this book ! And the spiral binding was very thoughtful! Can’t wait for her next quilting book!

  • 5
    Beautiful Book

    Posted by Teri Nicoll on Dec 11th 2022

    I love everything about this book.

  • 5
    A Life With Quilts

    Posted by Pj Jough-Haan on Dec 10th 2022

    Lovely book! Excellent balance of pictures and text. Instructions are easy to follow. Well written.

  • 5
    Life With Quilts

    Posted by Kay Holt on Oct 12th 2022

    Melanie, I love everything about your book and gifted one to my sister who loves it too. I love how you talk about your own quilting journey as I am a new quilter and have some frustrations about my quilts. I am hooked though and plan to keep perfecting my cutting and sewing. Oh yeah, nice touch with the spiral binding. Kay

  • 5
    Book Life with quilts

    Posted by Edna Bradley on Sep 21st 2022

    Love this book. Pictures are beautiful. I love the pages being a little more thick. Absolutely great book.

  • 5
    A Life With Quilts

    Posted by Donna Lee on Aug 13th 2022

    I purchased the book specifically for the Posey quilt, but after looking at the book, I do plan to work on a couple other of the quilts. I purchased my fabric from Melanie and love using it with the Posey quilt.