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Oct 13 There cannot be a quilter on the planet that would not want this book. Subtitled 'The only quilt block compendium you'll ever need', with 500 blocks, it is no idle claim. Quilters of all levels and skills will find plenty of use. There are five themed chapters: blocks for everyone; simple blocks; intermediate; shapes and pictures and patterns. Each block is photographed (this is a small book so photos are small), has written instructions and block variations. Templates are included but need enlarging. The introduction shows all the techniques you need. There are also twenty projects to get you started using the blocks. I love the broken dishes tea towel. The Amish quilt doorstop and tablet case also attractive. Economy Square is one of my favourite blocks, I also like Tumblers, Flying Geese, Ohio Star, Windmill, Diamond Square, Christmas Tree and Wild Goose Chase to name a few. You'll find favourites such as pinwheel, log cabin and nine patch. The Stars, Circles, Curves and Flowers section impressed me the most, with Daisy, Electric Fan, Friendship Star and Pictures in the Stairwell as well as other, more contemporary designs. The variations are also very useful. Neat and compact, you can take this book to quilt classes or use it at home. I would have preferred a book that lays flat. Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts Dec 13 This book contains enough quilt blocks to keep you quilting for a lifetime! There is a great combination of classic and more modern blocks, plus for many of the blocks they show you a few different variations. The actual book itself is the size of a quilt book which is a quirky idea. At only 6 inches square it is very portable so easy to take to quilting classes and groups. The downside of this is that the text and some of the photos are pretty small and most the templates require enlarging. There is an introductory section with basic quilting and piecing techniques as well as a guide to the abbreviations used in the book. For each block there is a photo of the finished block, cutting instructions for the fabrics and details on how to piece them. There are also 10 projects included in the book to give you ideas of how you can incorporate the blocks into projects other than quilts. Projects include a book bag, pot holder, gadget case, needlebook, craft bag and thread basket. A useful reference guide for quilters. Sewing Directory, The
About the Author
Lynne Goldsworthy is a modern British quilter, who quilts and works under the name Lily s Quilts. She has had her quilt patterns published in books and magazines, as well as designing quilts for fabric companies. She is one of the team of four modern quilters who run Fat Quarterly, the online modern quilting magazine. She also co-runs and teaches at the Fat Quarterly London Retreat. She belongs to the East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild and also has her own informal Kitchen Guild of local, modern quilters who gather around her kitchen table to discuss important things such as new fabric lines, new quilts being made and the price of a cup of tea. You can find her quilts, free tutorials and daily musings on modern quilting on her blog: http://lilysquilts.blogspot.co.uk/ Kerry Green has been sewing from an early age and is happy making quilts, clothes, bags in fact anything stitchy. She designs paper piecing patterns with graphic vintage themes as part of the Sew-Ichigo design team, and her patterns have been published in a range of quilting books and magazines. She has a quirky, scrappy style and her love of vintage fabrics gives her work a traditional meets modern feel. Teaching has always been a big part of her life and she is a class leader at the Fat Quarterly retreat, as well as at the Sewing Directory regional meet ups. She shares her sewing tips, free patterns and tutorials along with her vintage finds on her blog: http://verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk/
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The content is OK but the size of this book was a surprise. 6inches square approx. The print is small. I think this should have been mentioned in the description. I rarely buy a book without a ''look inside this book'' option. I would not have purchased it if I had been able examine the content first.
There are 500 quilt block examples, so buy this book if you are beginning from scratch with your quilting. It could be a source of inspiration / reference. As for the claim that it will be the only quilt block compendium you will ever need...not so sure about that.
A beginner might find some of the instructions insufficient without some guidance from someone in a class or group.
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This format is bit small to see and use easily. I would prefer a bigger format and think it would make the book more useful.Published 3 months ago by Izzi
Pictures on the small side but need a bit more time to work out all the designsPublished 5 months ago by Deborah Bullen