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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Pub (June 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607051974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607051978
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Block Party is a lovely book for those who want to start quilting, but feel somewhat intimidated by the scale and precision of the craft. Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks, both lovers of modern quilting, formed a virtual quilting bee, where twelve quilters from all over the U.S. shared the process of making twelve quilts over the course of a year. The book shares the patterns, color stories, and processes of making for all of the quilts, along with stories of how these quilters helped each other grow new skills and feel connected through making.Block Party encompasses relaxed approaches to a number of time-honored quilt block designs, including the Nine Patch, Roman Stripe, and Dresden Plate. Step-by-step photos explain how to make each block, and an illustrated chapter on basic assembly covers backing, binding, and various quilting methods. Beginners should find everything they need to dive into quilting.What's perhaps most interesting here, though, is the collective story o

About the Author

Alissa Haight Carlton is a founding member of The Modern Quilt Guild and blogs at handmadebyalissa.com. Kristen Lejnieks is a successful attorney, mother, and quilter.    

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She can't wait to start a project out of this book.
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I highly recommend this book to any quilter at any skill level.
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The instructions are well written and easy to follow.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rina A. Stein on May 27, 2011
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Just got this book yesterday and it is just the best! I have a bunch of quilting books, but I was looking for some new and fresh ideas rather than the traditional quilting patterns. The authors use some basic traditional ideas as a jumping off point and give chapter after chapter of fresh, beautiful examples with some excellent advice on color choices. I am INSPIRED to make all of the quilts in the book. I definitely recommend this book. Also, the pics are beautiful :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alissa R. Wright on June 6, 2011
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I absolutely LOVED this book! I buy and use a lot of quilting books, but this is the first one that I read cover-to-cover without skimming over anything, and the reason is that it has, in addition to beautiful, illustrative photos and clear, concise directions, a great narrative through-line! I loved reading about how these twelve women, each in far-flung locations and with different lives and tastes and aesthetics, came together to make this 21st century version of a traditional quilting bee work. I am eager to try out all of the techniques in this book, especially the modern take on hexies. This is also the first time that paper-piecing techniques have ever made sense to me, and I've read dozens of descriptions and tutorials on them in the past.

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!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on June 8, 2011
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Here are fresh ideas, month by month to create blocks and quilts. This book is also about getting together with like-minded people and producing quilts from blocks made by each member of a 'quilting bee'. Instead of cutting on the straight many pieces are cut wonky. The designs include log cabin, squares, triangles, strips, stripes and more. Contemporary fabrics have been used and both the ideas and projects have great wide appeal to a good age range and ability. This book includes clear instructions, good photography, tips and techniques on achieving a professional result. I really liked this book. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. VINE VOICE on May 30, 2011
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I'm relatively new to quilting, and found myself charmed and fascinated by what some call the "modern" quilting aesthetic -- use of solid and nearly solid fabrics, sashing as a design element, off-kilter or "wonky" piecing, pieced quilt backs, free-motion quilting, use of some of the exciting new fabrics out there. So I was very pleased to see that "Block Party" had finally arrived in stock.

"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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BOOK REVIEW VINE VOICE on September 4, 2011
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I was amazed that so many professional women were in this book. I'd find it hard to be an attorney and put myself out there to the public that "I Quilt" so kudos to the designers for putting themselves out there as in hey, I can be a professional and I can also enjoy the domestic arts and be proud of it! Every single design in the book was awesome by the way, my all time favorite was the modern hexagon quilt! The only disappointment I had was that each of the women who wrote about their experience in the bee focused on the technical challenges - the basis for their relationship was to share ideas, and support each other's artistic development. I kind of miss the idea of real women getting together and sewing a quilt top for someone in their social circle. The book doesn't have the same vibe as Mason Dixon Knitting where two gals who met as bloggers met up in real life and blogged together about their knitting experiences. I've been in a virtual bee before and found that the huge discrepancy in quilting skills left me with more blocks that were wonky rather than ones that I could use. However, these ladies were all superb sewists and each one ended up with their own gorgeous quilt so this is a great example of a bee where everyone's skill sets were matched (or seemingly so)and everyone ended up with a fantastic quilt in the end.
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