500 Quilt Blocks


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Covers all the techniques you'll need to get quilting, including Cutting, Stitching, Making the Blocks and Appliqué.
CHAPTER ONE: Blocks for Everyone
Here you will find traditional quilt blocks suitable for all abilities.
• Economy Square block with four variations
• Log cabin block with four variations
• Pinwheel block with four variations
CHAPTER TWO: Simple Blocks: Squares and Triangles
The simplest quilting blocks are showcased in this chapter.
• Flying geese block with four variations
• Double 9-patch block with four variations
• Windmill block with four variations
CHAPTER THREE: Intermediate Blocks: Squares and Triangles
Increasingly complicated blocks to practice techniques from Chapter Two:
• Diamond Square block with four variations
• Jacob's ladder block with four variations
• Amish cross block with four variations
CHAPTER FOUR: Stars, Circles, Curves, Flowers
This chapter focuses on more intricate shapes for quilt block motifs.
• Diamond star block with four variations
• Dresden Plate block with four variations
• Morning Star block with four variations
CHAPTER FIVE: Pictures and Patterns
Picture Blocks such as animals, letters, numbers and houses can be found in this chapter.
• Boat at Sea block with four variations
• School House block with four variations
• Wonky Crosses block with four variations

About the Author

Lynne Goldsworthy is a modern British quilter who quilts and works under the name Lily’s Quilts. She is a regular magazine and book contributor as well as being the co-author of 500 Quilt Blocks. She co-runs the online quilting magazine Fat Quarterly, who also organise quilting retreats in the UK. www.lilysquilts.blogspot.co.uk. @lilysquilts (Twitter)


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*

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