The ultimate reference and resource book for both hobbyists and professionals who are fascinated by the innumerable variations offered by this time-honoured craft. This book will inspire you with the infinite possibilities of the quilt block and will set each one in its fascinating historical and sociological context.
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The established system of categorizing blocks is explained, with selected examples of quilt blocks from different categories clearly described and illustrated so you can begin drafting, designing, and making your own block patchwork right away. Whether you want to use the examples given here, or decide to draft your own block, you'll have lots of decisions to make about the layout, colours, fabrics and methods - this book is packed full of advice, hints and tips to help you on your way.
Previously published as The Quilter's Block Bible 9781903975480
100 Traditional & Contemporary Quilt Blocks. This book is something akin to a patch worker's dictionary. It is a dense, compact publication. The first forty pages are a brief guide to patchwork which have been written succinctly by someone who really knows their stuff. The remainder of the book is a collection of blocks, split into sections by type. Each page follows the same layout; the history of the block, a difficulty rating, construction order, a breakdown of the shapes in the block, an image of a complete single block and a group to show how they work when pieced together. There is so much information packed into this book but I can't help feeling that there is something missing. I cannot see how you might photocopy the pattern pieces from the book and this means you would need to draft the blocks yourself to work out what you need to cut. This does mean you could make the blocks any size you like, but the work involved might be too much for a less experienced patch worker. Of course it might be that being a little short n the old grey matter I ma missing something obvious!? I have seen other quilt books were the cutting sizes are given for a 12" block, but can also be adapted if necessary and I have to say that I think that is a more useful format for this type of book.* Jennyflowerblue.blogspot.com *
This a compact book which I found was small enough to carry around but big enough to see all the blocks clearly. There is a short but concise section at the start to introduce you to all basic elements of quilting (from choosing fabric, tools and equipment to piecing and stitching), and then each block is laid out on a double page, with a short explanation of history, other names, usual colour schemes. There is also a grid showing how many templates you need and how the pattern is formed, plus colour photos of a finished quilt and detail, so that you can see a finished product.
The 100 blocks range in complexity (using 1-3 scissor symbols to demonstrate difficulty) and include 1-9 patch blocks and other layouts (stars, hexagons, fans, applique). It is an excellent selection, especially for the beginner, due to the wide range of styles. I found one reference to size in a note about how traditionally, blocks measure 30 cm (12"), so a complete beginner may be intimidated at having to calculate measurements for template size and fabric requirements. Having said that, I felt it was a good range of styles and well explained, with clear graphics, and a nice size to take along with you to fabric shops or quilt shows when your stash just isn't enough.* Workshop On The Web *
Offers clear guidance for beginners and experts with a how-to-use section and a comprehensive list of symbols. This is the ultimate easy to use reference book for those interested in creating individual quilts or trying out a new block. Each of the 100 entries features a colour photograph of a block, therefore indicating the use of light and shade in order to get the best effect. This is a fantastic research book and a perfect spring board to get your ideas running.* Fabrications *
You can learn how to make 100 different quilt blocks with this useful book. No matter your level of expertise, there is a block for you plus everything necessary to enable you to use it, bar the materials and tools. Arranged in groups of patch number and other common features, it is easy to find what you want quickly especially with the thumbnail pages. Each block has a couple of pages where its history is briefly outlined along with alternative names, then there are small drawings of the shapes you will need, what they look like put together in a diagram, in a fabric block and in a larger set of blocks. Each block is graded for difficulty (there are three grades) and often some alternative piecing variations are given too. I like the way it showed the simplicity of quilt making without the mystique, allowing the quilter to get down to the practical part almost immediately. Before the blocks there is a substantial section on most aspects of this type of quilting, including a brief history, what you need to own, making templates, working with color, the actual sewing part, making up quilts and even designing on a computer. There is even a section at the back of places where you can buy the necessary fabrics, and tools if you live in the UK, US or Australia. All in all, I was impressed with such a user-friendly book and would recommend it to anybody who wants to make this type of quilt.* Myshelf.com *
An easy-to-use reference for hobbyists and professionals interested in creating beautiful and individual quilts. The aim is to inspire readers with the infinite possibilities of the quilt block and it sets each one in its fascinating historical and sociological context. The established system of categorising blocks is explained with selected examples of quilt blocks from different categories clearly described and illustrated so the reader can immediately begin drafting, designing and making their own block patchwork. There is a chapter on tools and equipment, followed by advice, hints and tips to assist with layout, colours, fabrics and methods. Each of the 150 entries features a photograph of a block with diagrams and instructions on how to construct. Blocks are divided into one, four, five, seven, nine patch, stars, hexagons and octagons, squares-in-a-square, curved, fans, log cabin and applique. The author provides clear guidance for beginners and more experienced quilters with a 'how-to-use' section and a comprehensive list of symbols.* Sew Today *
Celia Eddy discovered patchwork in the 1970s and was fascinated by the infinite design possibilities of mosaic pattern. She has been quilting ever since and is also a keen researcher of the hisotry of patchwork and quilting in American and Brisith traditions. Celia is Acting Heritage Officer and coordinator of The Brisish Quilt Study Group, and a member of The Quilter's Guild of the British Isles. In between giving lectures and writing articles on quilt history, tradition and designs, Celia runs her own on-line quiling and patchwork magazine, Quiltstory (www.quilt.co.uk). She has wirtten articles for various quilting magazines including The Quilter and Magic Patch, and has co-written The Quilter's Handbook.
The ultimate easy-to-use reference for anyone interested in creating beautiful and individual quilts
Each of the 150 entries features a photograph of a block with diagrams and instructions on how to construct it
Clear guidance for beginners and more experienced quilters with a how-to-use section and a comprehensive list of symbols