The Ultimate List of AudioBooks for Quilters

Audiobooks for Quilters

When I was young, I frequently got in trouble for staying up too late with my light on (of course reading!). Looking back, I’m sure my parents were glad that reading too much was the only trouble I was getting into!

Books are magical, they create new ideas, broaden your perspective, make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

A List of Favorite Audiobooks

There are two hobbies (if you can call them that) that I’ve always had: reading and quilting. Combining the two was relatively easy with the advent of audiobooks which were largely unavailable when I was young (yikes I sound like my parents!).

If you’re a reader like me, you’ll love this blog post. Dedicated to some of my favorite (and favorites of friends) books to listen to while quilting, or read when not quilting!

If you have any favorite audiobooks, share them in the comments so we can all see your recommendations.

I’ve broken the recommendations up into sections, feel free to find the section you’re most interested in!

Audiobook Recommendations for Quilters

  • Favorite Mystery/Thriller
  • Autobiographical/Entertaining
  • Favorite Business Books
  • Favorite Romantic Comedies


  • Favorite Quilting/Sewing Books
  • Favorite Cookbooks

I can’t wait to share more, some I’ve listened to, others I own or have rented from the library. Remember to share your favorites too!

Favorite Mystery/Thriller


Favorite Business Books

  • Fans First By: Jesse Cole Probably one of the greatest business books ever, if you haven't seen the Banana Baseball team, you're in for a treat and this book is focused on giving value to your customers, so wonderful!
  • Traffic Secrets By: Russell Brunson Russell has a few books, I've only listened to this one and it was good, I liked his point of view, definitely worth a listen.
  • Big Magic By: Elizabeth Gilbert So fantastic, really anyone who designs or does something creative for work should be required to listen/read this. It's cathartic and inspiring to hear about her journey to creative freedom.
  • Resolving Conflicts at Work By: Kenneth Cloke Joan Goldsmith I was assigned this book during my MS degree and it was life changing. I still use so many of the techniques they talk about, in life, business, etc. 
  • Steal like an Artist Also should be required, it's wonderful to be released from the toxic idea that the world has enough art, enough quilt patterns, enough ABC, the world also needs YOU and your unique interpretation. 
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People By: Dale Carnegie Classic, my brother loves this book and makes everyone read it. 

Favorite Romantic Comedies

  • Any book (too many to list!) by Mhairi McFarlane I'm not kidding, Mhairi is literally my favorite British author, her books are INCREDIBLE, fun, witty, mostly clean (for moms out there listening with kids!) and really just a ride. I live for her new releases. 
  • Sweet Magnolia’s books By: Sherryl Woods I mean... there's a reason Netflix picked up these books, they're equal parts sugar and southern charm. I love them. 
  • The Selection Series By: Kiera Cass Young Adult fiction is seriously some of the best, it's not overly complicated, or dark. This is a great example of a fun and interesting story. 
  • Crazy Rich Asians By: Kevin Kwan So good, and even better then the movie, which is hard to beat!
  • Persuasion By: Jane Austen This specific version is read by Francis Pugh so there's that. I remember reading this on a long bus ride from Florence to Rome and I finished it right as the bus pulled up, that letter though (excuse me while I go sob tears of joy). 
  • Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare I fell in love with Shakespeare after taking a Shakespeare class in college, but more specifically this story. I don't know why, but I just love the premise, it's a fun story that always has me laughing. 

Favorite Parenting/Improvement Books

Just for Fun: Books That Are (Probably) Better as Books

Favorite Quilting/Sewing Books

Favorite Cookbooks

I hope that this list of audiobooks (and books!) keeps you busy and entertained while you work on your next quilting projects! I've listened to or read most of them and they're some of my favorites.

I'll add more to the list throughout the year so check back ocasionally to see new audiobooks that have been added. 

Happy reading (and by reading I mean listening!)


Thank you! You are someone who knows that we quilters love to listen to books! Really appreciate the new choices. Like all things, sometimes I get in a rut. Happy Spring, eventually.
Quiltd Studios replied:
Yay for books!! They really are the best, I love sneaking away to my sewing room to quilt and listen to a good book, it’s heaven!

Pam Brown

There are some items that interest me, but for later. Is it possible to get it in about 1 or 2 month?
Quiltd Studios replied:
Yep, this blog post will be here forever so come by whenever you are looking for a new book!


For the romantic comedy lovers: anything by Christina Lauren, but my favorite is “The Unhoneymooners.”
Quiltd Studios replied:
That’s so funny I almost added The Unhoneymooners!! I’m so glad you mentioned it!

Cassie Gallagher

Loved you for creating a listen along list while we sew; so, adding my few cents.
Sue Monk Kidd, the MERMAID CHAIR
An wife/mom/daughter awakening into female alpha with language rich enough you’ll have to lick your fingers when you hear her combinations. The story may be a familiar motif but oh darlin not this way!

Stephen King, BAG OF BONES, is not only the writer’s favorite (also mine) but so much so he narrates it. He KNOWS where he wants the dramatic pause! And this one has a sense of suspense that’ll make you realize you’ve taken your foot off the pedal and are holding your breath! Not your typical horror story but ghosts and mystery with a grieving husband, oh yes!

Kate Quinn, The Huntress, suspenseful and powerful feminine lead as are in all her books.

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Quiltd Studios replied:
Oh my goodness so many wonderful recommendations, I can’t wait to look them all up and add to my Libby list!! Thank you for sharing :)

Linda Lee Morgan

This is an awesome list & kind thing to do. I use audiobooks for my walks, also. Thank you! Another great series in the murder mystery category is Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny. Love the narrator’s voice.
Quiltd Studios replied:
I love murder mysteries (as long as they aren’t too dark, I’m a weenie), so I’ll have to look that one up! Thanks for the recommendation!

Beth Schluep

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