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For Your Entertainment: Podcast, Book, Show, and Movie Recommendations to Keep You Company While Quilting

Most quilters I know enjoy watching or listening to something while they’re stitching along, but sometimes we can draw a blank on WHAT we want to keep us company. In the hopes of starting your Fall and Winter (or Spring and Summer) off with plenty of entertainment, here are a few of my favorites!

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Podcast, Book, Movie, And Show Recommendations to Keep You Company while Quilting with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Okay, Rockstars— here’s an interesting plot twist on quilting education— what entertainment should you choose to keep you company while you’re busy stitching? I think most folks are either Team Watch or Team Listen, referring to whether they prefer to watch a show or movie or listen to books and podcasts. Personally, I’m extremely auditory and like to keep my eyes on my work, but I’ll turn on a good movie or show if I have a particular amount of chain piecing to do or lots of pressing, etc. Thus, I’ve included lists of my favorites from all of these genres.

Note Bene: if the audiobook and podcast lists seem brief for someone who claims to be on Team Listen, it’s because I tried not to flood y’all with every entrepreneurial thing I enjoy. If entrepreneur resources are your jam, too, feel free to reach out for more suggestions!


(Available on iTunes, etc)

  • Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield (business/ entrepreneurship)

  • The Chris Hogan Show (personal finance, retirement planning)

  • Key Life with Steve Brown (religion and faith)

  • Creative Pep Talk with Andy J Miller (creative mindset/ creative business)

  • Building a Story Brand with Donald Miller (business/ personal development— a great source of book recommendations)

  • The Off-Kilter Quilt with Frances Dowell (quilting lifestyle)

  • The Quilt Fiction Podcast (quilt fiction)

  • Simple. Handmade. Everyday. with Kristen Esser (quilting lifestyle)


(possibly available through your library via an app like Libby; also available on Audible)

Many of the books I’m about to list are personal development and mindset books. If you are seeking more confidence (in quilting and in life in general), I highly recommend you try some of these. Your self-talk and what words you put in your brain matter, so fill it up with encouragement that reminds you that you are a ROCKSTAR!

  • Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (personal development/ mindset)

  • Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis (personal development/ mindset)

  • Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle (faith and creativity)

  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (personal development and creative journey)

  • When by Daniel Pink (personal development and planning)

  • Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller (marketing)

  • Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa (personal development/ mindset)

  • Start by Jon Acuff (personal development/ mindset)

  • The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling (fiction)

  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (autobiography)

  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero (personal development/ mindset)

  • Grit by Angela Duckworth (personal development/ mindset)

Other Books

(Books I love but haven’t listened to on audio; yes, I have an absolute weakness for British Lit)

  • The works of JRR Tolkien (especially The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)

  • The works of CS Lewis (Narnia, of course, but also Till We Have Faces, Surprised by Joy, The Screwtape Letters, God in the Dock, etc)

  • The works of Madeleine L’Engle (The Time series, the Austins series, The Crosswicks Journals, etc)

  • The works of Charles Dickens (including A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Oliver Twist, etc)

  • The works of Charlotte Bronte (especially Jane Eyre)

  • The works of Agatha Christie

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  • The Anne Series by LM Montgomery

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • Hamlet by Shakespeare


  • The Harry Potter Movies (fantasy; I’m still not sure they live up to the books, but they’re good company)

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (fantasy)

  • The Avengers and other movies in the Marvel universe (fantasy)

  • You’ve Got Mail (Rom Com)

  • Hitch (Rom Com)

  • The Last Holiday (Rom Com)

  • Bringing Up Baby (Rom Com)

  • Anne of Green Gables with Megan Follows

  • The Secret Garden

  • The Sound of Music


(most available on Amazon Prime or Netflix)

  • Endeavor (mystery)

  • Inspector Morse (mystery)

  • Inspector Lewis (mystery)

  • Downton Abbey (historical period drama)

  • Monk (mystery)

  • Psych (mystery/ comedy)

  • Bones (mystery)

  • Burn Notice (mystery/ spy drama)

  • The Big Bang Theory (comedy)

  • Young Sheldon (comedy)

  • How I Met Your Mother (utter absurdity but there’s lots of them, they’re reasonably good company, and you’ll learn pop culture references like the Cockamouse and the blue French horn)

All right, Rockstars— some of you think this list is miles long, and some of you (maybe?) have taste as all over the place as mine and have already tackled all of these. Regardless, it’s YOUR TURN— leave a few of your favorite recommendations in the comments!