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100 Traditional & Contemporary Quilt Blocks

By Celia Eddy

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Other Information: 350 Illustrations, color
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 February 2010
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

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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

About the Author

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 ( She has wirtten articles for various quilting magazines including The Quilter and Magic Patch, and has co-written The Quilter's Handbook.


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 I'm sure any quilter would be pleased to own this book. I'd say the contemporary designs are still modern traditionals as opposed to ultra modern. Lots of ideas. Easy to use and a good 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 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 A great reference guide that any quilter would be proud to own. This book explains the categorisation of blocks with accompanying examples of blocks from each category. It gives you the difficulty rating of each block along with the history and the breakdown of the pieces of the block and how they fit together to for the block, allowing you to get started on drafting your own block. The book is well illustrated and gives a clear guidance for both beginner and experienced quilters alike.-The Sewing Directory

EAN: 9781844485574
ISBN: 1844485579
Publisher: Search Press Ltd
Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.8 x 1.3 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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