March 15 is National Quilting Day–a day to celebrate the art of quiltmaking. If you enjoy quilting, Manhattan Public Library has hundreds of books on the subject, from hand quilting to machine sewing and applique. Simple contemporary quilts : bold new designs for the first-time quilter by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader is a comprehensive introduction to quilting adapting modern, creative ideas and time-saving tips. Essential skills every quilter should know are found in Quilts A to Z : 26 techniques every quilter should know by Linda Causee. For books on other aspects of quilting such as Sashiko, watercolor or strip quilting, check our card catalog or ask at the reference desk.