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Block Party--The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog, & 12 Improvisational Projects Kindle Edition
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I can't recommend this book highly enough! It is a must-read and must-own for modern quilters or anyone interested in learning more about modern quilting. I'd give it a sixth star if I could!
"Block Party" takes the traditional quilting bee, a gathering of women to work on quilts together, and updates it for the internet age. Twelve quilters (who also blog) join together for a virtual quilting bee. Each month, one quilter sends fabric to the others, along with general instructions for the size and type of quilt block she is requesting. The others create blocks and send them back, and the original quilter combines those blocks, along with her own, into a full-size quilt.
The book is divided by month, and each month features photographs and instructions for creating each different block: half-triangles one month, nine-patch the next, dresden plate another, and so on. The reader ends up with ideas for 12 different types of blocks, all with a modern, often wonky sensibility. Each chapter also visits with the individual quilter/blogger, with a one-page profile about what drew her into quilting and her background. The book contains general instructions for putting quilts together, including information about color, fabric selection, construction, and binding. It also contains tips for setting up one's own virtual quilting bee.
I'm really enjoying reading and re-reading "Block Party." There are some interesting ideas for quilt blocks, lots of inspiration in the many photographs and styles of quilts represented, and good tips on quilting construction. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who loves modern-style quilting, unconventional piecing, or who is looking for inspiration to dive into their fabric stash.
I love the idea, but wonder how it works in reality. So much of creativity is ruled by inspiration, so for me it would be a little difficult to create a block that I wasn't 100% behind. And what about slackers? I've never been in a group of 12 people without at least one person who just can't get their act together.
Never the less, Block Party is an awesome book! It's full of inspiring quilts. The instructions are a little light -- you need a little sewing experience and quilting knowlege to complete a project. But I don't think Block Party is a hard core how-to kind of book. The design inspiration is fantastic-- it would be easy to use the quilt designs for your own creation -- or as a spring board. Basically these bee-ladies suggest throwing convention out the window and embrace creativity and have fun! Love it!