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Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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After a highly anticipated wait from my quilt shop custom order of this popular publication, I was quite disappointed at the content.
1) The block construction assumes you are making just one block. There are no short cuts. It will having you piecing tiny squares instead of providing instructions that might be helpful like sewing several strips together then cutting.
2) Lots of repeats. I felt short changed that one block only differed from another by an embroidery design.
3) Difficult to image what an entire quilt would look like with the one block view. The beauty of many quilts is the flow of the blocks creating an image. This books leaves it to your imagination.
4) Sick of grey. I know that the color grey is popular in the modern quilt movement, but really...throw in more chocolate brown. I was pretty sick of the grey.

The text of the book points out that its purpose "could be" a sampler. In that case, some of the above issues may not be relevant I will give you that.

For a better modern quilt resources, I suggest anything by Elizabeth Hartman, including her wonderful blog at [...] which includes some of the very best information, ideas and free patterns. I also enjoy checking out with the Portland Modern Quilting guild is up to as they seem to be the very heart of the modern movement. Just my 2 cents. Happy quilting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2012
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No block book should ever be without diagrams showing how the blocks look in a quilt yet this book has none. It's hard to tell whether the blocks will actually look good set in a quilt.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2012
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Yes, there are 99 blocks - some may require specific fabric (owl prints,dogs,etc), some were very complicated, some were easy, some were ridiculous, some were 'okay,' and a few were spectacular; but all were just displayed in just the one block - you never got an overall idea of how it would look in a finished multiple block quilt (unless you are naturally blessed with that ability.) It would have been nice to see how at least a few completed projects would look. Also the fabric needed was sometimes in quarter yards, but many patterns with many pieces had 'inch by inch' measurements for every piece -- those seemed to be the ones I liked, but to calculate how much yardage I would need for a quilt is more than I want to do. The book is nice to look at, but it is really not practical unless you like the tediousness of calculating yardage, copying patterns from the back of the book (many require enlargement, and you know how well pages from books hold true when xeroxing - there will be some 'warpage' from the book binding) and figuring out just how multiples will look when you get done. If they make another version, I would put the patterns on a 'pull-out,' at least the ones that need magnification. All in all, out of the 99 blocks, I would do only 3 from the front cover that drew my eye to the book and 1-2 more from the inside. I cannot recommend this book for people looking to make an uncomplicated quilt, but it was lovely to look at.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2011
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I just got this book today and it is awesome. 99 blocks designed by a variety of quilters. Lots of clever ideas for design and color. Each block is designed for 12" finished so an album quilt is possible. I can't wait to start sewing. Recommended for all those who like contemporary styles.Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I agree with several of the reviewers. This book is very inviting by it's name, however, the monotony of the blocks left me hungry for more. I'd have liked more unique designs, not just adding buttons to embroidery to make it a new 'block'. The book was just okay.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
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Many of these blocks are very interesting, and there is a great variety in technique, style, and difficulty. The directions seem clear also, although I haven't tried any.

However, the book is very thin on helpful information about what a block might look like when make into a quilt, what kind of setting might be effective, what kind of value contrast would work. An experienced quilter or someone with quilt design software can figured this out of course, but many quilters like more help. It is especially needed here since these modern blocks are so unfamiliar. The editor seems to have left it to the individual designers to offer suggestions instead of doing some work herself. Disappointing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
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I just recieved this book today after much anticipation. The book is lovely. The blocks are all done up and photographed with bright modern prints and the instructions are clear and precise. There seems to be a wide breadth of different blocks including a few I that I have always wondered... how did they do that?? My only criticisms are the fact that there are more like 95 blocks. There are at least 3 blocks that are repeated in the book with different names and different fabrics only (i.e. Checkers vs. House on the Hill and Mouse in the House vs. Birdsong plus a couple of others) and the fact that all templates at the back of the book need to be enlarged, some as much as 200% which means a trip to Kinkos. Otherwise I'm happy with the purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
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If you've been quilting for years, you probably find that books on block design are largely re-hashes of one another. I have to say that the designs here certainly give a new twist to our old favorites. Presented in retro fabrics or with a splash of novelty fabric that you might not have thought to incorporate, you see a whole new world of possibilities to patchwork.
HOWEVER I felt some of the designs were just too basic to merit inclusion. Also while some blocks are described as looking striking when repeated over a large area, no illustrations are given to help you envisage it.
NB I just began making one of the blocks entitled 'On the Plus side' by Emily Cier (the jigsaw-look one on cover) and realised 4 rows in that the measurements given are all wrong, so had to work out my own.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
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The Modern Blocks book is really lovely. It is compiled by Susanne Woods and contains 99 quilt blocks contributed by various well known designers like Pat Sloan and Susan Brubaker Knapp. Some of the blocks are traditional blocks with new fabrics like the Cathedral Window variation called Stone Cathedral on page 180 (also top left on the Book Cover), some really are new, modern blocks and most of them look suitable for even beginning patchworkers.
The photography is wonderful and the instructions are clear. My favourite blocks from the book are the Arrowhead block on page 18, the Box Kite block on page 32 and Exuberant on page 62.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2012
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I think there are some blocks that I may try, but I thought the majority were uninspiring or made with traditional fabrics. With a title of modern blocks, I thought that I would find some inspiration. Mostly disappointed.
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