- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806977493
- ISBN-13: 978-1402714825
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5,500 Quilt Block Designs Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
The big problem is the oft-repeated claim that the "patterns are easily drafted..." Well, no they aren't. The designs do not even necessarily show the edges of the patches that need to be cut -- for example, Odd Fellow's Cross is shown with patches normally pieced from three triangles displayed as though they were a single odd-shaped patch. This is true of many blocks, where there is no indication of seams. There is no hint that some parts of the blocks may be appliqued rather than pieced. Nor is there any suggestion about grain lines for the pieces, the best order in which to combine them, the traditional set of the blocks, or any construction details or suggestions whatsoever. Although I have made a dozen quilts, and generally drafted them from drawings in books, I don't think I will be able to make any quilts just from the drawings in this book.
One of the neat things about this book is that each pattern has numerous traditional names listed. If you have a quilt and would like to identify it, you will probably be able to -- if you are willing to browse through 5500 blocks in order to do so.Read more ›
The book has a small preface, and a great index, but otherwise is all blocks! It is broken up by unit format (four-patch, nine-patch, picture blocks, etc.) It is a terrific service that Ms. Malone has done by gathering all these patterns into one place.
Unfortunately, there are a number of things that could have made this book fantastic that were overlooked. First, besides the format (there are over 1100 nine-patch blocks), there is no apparent order to the blocks. They could have been organized alphabetically, by complexity, number of pieces, similiar blocks together... Also, there are many blocks that are repeated, (some with the same name!) but just in different colors. Example, pg. 132, the first two blocks are identical except for the colors used, although the color *pattern* is the same. In my opinion, they are the same block and it is up to the quilter to put in the colors s/he wants. If all such repetitions had been eliminated, there might be many less blocks, making this book less mind-boggling to flip through, and also would be easier to find ALL names for the same block in one list. Many of these identical blocks are NOT on the same page so it is hard to say how many there are, but I've come across several.
Even more troubling, I have seen blocks that are colored incorrectly, traditionally speaking. It makes me wonder whenever I see a symmetrical pattern with asymmetrical coloring, whether is accurate or a simple error.Read more ›
There is a very wide range of different styles and the blocks are fully indexed at the back of the book.
This book is absolutely superb and once it is in your collection you will probably not need any other collection of patchwork block drawings.
Beginners will need another book to complement this one because no actual finished quilt patterns are provided nor are there any instructions on how to make a quilt; Lynne Edwards's "Sampler Quilt" series would be an excellent partner as her books cover many different techniques.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now this is a block compendium that is worth having in your library. Beautifully presented and organized. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandra Walker
So inspirational! I love to paper piece and it is so easy to take the blocks out of this book and make it into a paper piece pattern for precision. I highly recommend.Published 4 months ago by lynnsthings
There are so many patterns to chose from that I decided just to browse to get an idea of what I would like to make. Read morePublished 7 months ago by WriterGirl
Though there are no measurements, the layout of the blocks is clear and scaling is relatively easy. Best, there is an almost infinite variety to the blocks, most of which are... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Sanford