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The Quilter's Album of Blocks and Borders : More than 750 Geometric Designs Illustrated and Categorized for Easy Identification and Drafting Paperback – September, 1986


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About the Author

The Quilter's Album of Blocks & Borders is the most comprehensive, most usable collection of patchwork designs ever assembled. Each of the over 750 geometric designs, illustrated and categorized for easy identification and drafting, is drawn in clear, artistic detail, and there are scores of tips for innovative uses of fabric, many of which are graphically demonstrated. In this book, patterns are not only indexed by their various names but also organized according to their type of design. The categorization, such as fourpatch or seven-patch or hexagonal, is the revolutionary system that Mrs. Beyer set out in her first and instantly popular book, Patchwork Patterns. In this companion volume, she has compiled and categorized more than 1,000 quilt names. And she has included a handy seethrough plastic insert printed with a grid of each of the eight categories. By laying this grid sheet over the drawing of a block, you can easily match block to grid and thus see how to draft it. With this book Jinny Beyer becomes the first author to pay more than glancing attention to border designs; there are 145 included here. She also reveals the secrets of her own innovative and subtle use of fabrics, the hallmark of her prize-winning work. Her clear explanations and ingenious illustrations can teach more about combining fabrics than years of formal classes. In her effort to make her Album as comprehensive as it is well organized, Mrs. Beyer spent countless hours searching for the oldest published source for each pattern. Her sense of debt to generations of quiltmakers who have gone before – usually unnamed and unsung – is so deeply felt that she has dedicated this book to them. A truly useful dictionary, a pioneer attempt to document historical patterns, a survey of border designs plus an exciting short course on the effective use of fabrics -- all these contributions make The Quilter's Album of Blocks & Borders a must for anyone who creates with geometric design.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Press Inc. (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914440926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914440925
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jinny Beyer, whose signature line of quilting fabrics is distributed worldwide by RJR Fabrics, is one of the world's premier quilt designers. She is the author of 11 books, including Designing Tessellations, Quiltmaking By Hand, and Jinny Beyer's Color Confidence for Quilters. She teaches nationally and internationally and her annual seminar on Hilton Head Island is one of the most popular quilting classes in the United States. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia.

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This book helps break down those complicated blocks into the math they are.
Beth North
One was 101 Patchwork Quilt Patterns by Ruby McKim, and The Quilter's Album of Blocks and Borders by Jinny Beyer.
Gyrmalcyn
Being able to clearly see the divisions of a block with the use of the overlays Jinny provides is so helpful.
Carly in SC

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book for the beginner as well as the advanced quilter. It's a wonderful reference book on quilt blocks. Use it as a springboard for designing a contemporary quilt or for creating your own heirloom.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gyrmalcyn on May 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been quilting for over ten years now, and have run into only two books that were so comprehensive for referencing quilt patterns and name. One was 101 Patchwork Quilt Patterns by Ruby McKim, and The Quilter's Album of Blocks and Borders by Jinny Beyer.

I especially like Jinny Beyer's book because the blocks are separated by their basic grids, like nine-patch, four patch, etc.. The book also came with a plastic template to overlay on other patterns to determine their basic grids. I don't know if the softcover versions of this book come with that, as I've only seen the hardback version.

All of the patches are listed by by the name and date they first appeared. Most also have other, folk names listed for them, so if you're looking for a specific block, look for it in the index by the name you know it by.

I would highly recommend this book for the quilter who enjoys making traditional quilt blocks, as I do.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Peck on September 7, 2001
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The first was Ruby McKim's.
I made a lot of single blocks out of this book, I think friends still have denim--lots of variations on indigo--pillows made at the time.
I learned how to analyze a block, draft the pattern.
This book won't help you with the nuts and bolts of sewing.
It won't help you visualize a whole quilt. But I expect that this book still holds up as a block book. Everyone needs at least one. After I worked with it for a while I forever lost my shyness about drafting patterns in almost any size, three inches to 25.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bryan McGucken on December 10, 2009
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This book has a large number of geometric blocks, both the old patterns and new (to 1986) ones, with a bit of quilting history. If you're uncomfortable with math, though, it can be intimidating, since she includes no measurements and the drawings are only a couple inches wide. It might help to also get your hands on her quilting by hand book, which explains the math involved better. But, so long as that challenge interests you, this book is well worth its price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Webwench on February 24, 2013
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If you love geometry, this is the book for you! I found it works very well for the way I think about patterns and it helps me create better, more complex quilts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KML on December 31, 2013
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I was expecting some drafting information; but received history, color and values instead so that was fine! also my copy is in black and white???? Definitely did not expect that! I don't think I would have bought it if I had known that.
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By Jack's Mum on May 29, 2014
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There is a nice selection of blocks and borders, but no instructions on drafting. I was looking in particular for directions for drafting a New York Beauty with double arcs. There were blocks similar to the NYB, but absolutely no directions or guidance on how to draft circular blocks. Granted, this is an older book, but if the buyer is looking for "how to draft", this is not the book that you want.
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Another very usefully thorough and extensive book by Jinny Beyer. I really appreciate all the research she has done to find and put together this reference book of designs for borders; it is in fact the only one I have found especially for quilters! Actually anyone interested in geometric border designs should have this in their library.
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