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500 Quilt Blocks: The Only Quilt Block Compendium You'll Ever Need Paperback – 11 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (11 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844489671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844489671
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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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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I must have missed the part in the info for this book that said... so tiny that some people may need a magnifying glass to read it.

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.
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Here's why: 1. Irritating use of abbreviations e.g. Col = colour, diag = diagonal. This is either laziness on the part of the authors or the printers but does not make for easy use. 2. Limited instructions on how to build the blocks. 3. And this is the major drawback, your iron is one of your best tools when you quilt and how you press the seams can make the difference between a good quilt and a bad quilt. The authors only have a few inches on pressing and say it's up to the quilter to decide so no recommendations for the individual blocks based on their presumably vast experience. If I'd seen this book in a shop rather than on Amazon, it would have gone back on the shelf.
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This book is very small, the writing and a lot of the pictures tiny. Even on the larger pictures it was impossible to see what shapes actually made up the block. Abbreviations were also hard to understand without constantly going back to the front of the book. I returned this book for refund.
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I already have 2 quilt block pattern books which I really like.I sent for this for a friend as a gift and it was too late to send it back and order another as I needed it the next day. I found the illustrations too small and the book not as inspirational as it could have been.My friend is only just starting to do patchwork so she was pleased to receive it but I know I could have don better.Will make it up to her by getting her a better one for her birthday.
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At first I thought the instructions too brief but then I saw that more detailed instructions were given elsewhere in the book. It is great for ideas, and an experienced quilter could simple use the block idea without the detailed instructions in any case. There are even some projects to make using some of the blocks. Had I bought this ages ago I would not have bought some of the other books I have. This one covers such a lot. It even tells about binding and how to mitre the binding corners.
A beginner might find some of the instructions insufficient without some guidance from someone in a class or group.
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Perhaps I did not read the details before I ordered this but the book is tiny and so are the illustrations. I would not recommend this to a beginner quilter. The basic blocks are shown and then variations on the block which are useful. It does not go into great detail on completing these blocks. The templates needed to make the blocks are shown but have to be enlarged 200 per cent. I will find it very useful but would not recommend it for a beginner.
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I wanted a book that was going to tell me how to construct all those quilt blocks I see on the Internet but have no idea how to put together - and it does just that! It has a simple layout - this is the block - this is how you make it. No frills, just a straight forward 'how to' guide. It is a small book which actually suits me as I will carry it in my handbag and look through it whenever I'm waiting somewhere or bored in the car. However, this is not for a beginner. You need a basic knowledge of quilting to use this book effectively.
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A nice neat book easy to handle. Each block has instructions for constructing it. However I think this is probably better for a quilter with some experience. Some of the details require a knowledge of quilting to 'see' how the block would look in a finished quilt. There is a good introduction with details about the fabrics and stitching etc. if you are new to quilting please read the intro as it will give you a lot of help. I would recommend this book.
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