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5,500 Quilt Block Designs Hardcover – October 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • 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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By Rebecca Haden VINE VOICE on May 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The first thing that troubled me about this book was the fact that the block designs are all shown only as single blocks. There is no indication of how the blocks look when put together into a quilt. Unless you have much more skill at visualization than I do, you will have to draw out multiples of the blocks in order to see the patterns that will appear when the blocks are set together for a quilt. Still, with such an enormous number of block designs, it might have been difficult to fit in this additional information.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book because I am making a queen-size sampler quilt for my mom and wanted to find block patterns that would pay homage to the many wonderful aspects of her personality and life - and in three different sizes! This book has given me many ideas and options.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
This hardbacked volume contains a huge collection of patchwork blocks each of which is carefully drawn and appropriately coloured on the computer. The author's source and a pattern name is given in each case and the blocks are sorted into the usual patchwork categories of four patch, nine patch etc.

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.
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This is exactly what I was looking for! It's not a How-To book - it's just the blocks. The author summed it up perfectly, "As I became more proficient at quilting, I realized I didn't need the entire pattern, just a sketch of it." I was doing the same thing Maggie Malone was doing, collecting and filing patterns, and now she has put together this terrific book of just that - the patterns. Each pattern falls into a grid (3x3, 6x6, etc), and with drafting experiencing, can determine how to cut the pieces/templates. So this book is not for the novice, but with experience of making quilts from instruction books, you'll get the hang of how to make your blocks from just the patterns, too!
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