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501 Quilt Blocks: A Treasury of Patterns for Patchwork & Applique (Better Homes and Gardens Cooking) Paperback – January 22, 2002

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Subtitled A Treasury of Patterns for Patchwork & Appliqué, this comprehensive book is just that--250 pages of pattern-block diagrams accompanied by concise construction directions and small color photos of the made-up blocks in well-chosen colors. In addition, a prelimary chapter gives instructions for about 15 projects, and a tips and techniques section outlines the basics for making the blocks and the projects. Whether your tastes run to the more traditional (nine-patch, star, basket, or pineapple variations, among many others) or the more experimental (appliquéd orchids, cacti, or heraldic designs, for example), you're likely to find something of interest here.

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501 pieced and appliquid quilt blocks, easily customized for unique, personalized themes.

40 step-by-step projects for using blocks in the form of wearables, personal accessories, and home and seasonal decorations.

Illustrated with more than 500 full-color photos and 600 line drawings.

Contains extensive ideas -- from tea cozies and pillows to clothing and full-size quilts.

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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Cooking (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens; 1 edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696204800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696204807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is my all time favorite pattern book!! If I could only afford one pattern book, I hope that is not so, this would be it! Loaded with 250 pages of patterns for patchwork, appliqué and many are easily adaptable to foundation piecing. Blocks are shown in 4" size but I have enlarged them on a copier with great success. Each of the blocks are shown in clear concise color photos. There are many wonderful themes scattered throughout the book, including: Teatime, Thirties, Flowers, Noah's Ark, and every holiday you can think of. The Preface offers 40 different projects you could make with these blocks, including wearable art.
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As a beginning quilter I love seeing all the different blocks with the names. It's a great reference guide. However, I don't like the fact that the blocks are so small and the patterns don't give you cutting instuctions or seam allowances. The color photos of the finished blocks are really nice to have, but the sewing in the photos is not very good quality and it gives the impression that the blocks may be difficult to make.
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This is a great block pattern book. However as a beginner quilter, I have a hard time using this book to it's full potential because many of the patterns are a difficult and translating these blocks into a quilt requires some experience in figuring out how much fabric you'll need. I am definitely keeping the book and I'm sure I'll use it more when I'm a bit more experienced. I would recommend it to intermediate and advanced quilters.
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Format: Hardcover
This book gives diagrams for 501 4 inch blocks and a few examples of how to make these into quilts. The 4 inch blocks cover traditional designs such as sawtooth, friendship star and attic windows, a wide variety of floral designs, sunbonnets, block for each month of the year, holiday themes, hearts, Christmas, Easter, Santas, Halloween, trees and leaves, birds and butterflies, building blocks, ships and planes, stars, baskets, alphabet, numerals, juvenile, cats, sewing and southwest inspired blocks.Simple instructions are provided. Many blocks lend themselves to foundation piecing.
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Format: Paperback
When looking through this book ,you cannot help but imagine all the projects you could make with it. The variety of subjects of the blocks, makes it very flexible and will enable you to make a quilt on almost any subject. It also covers a good variety of patchwork, and applique. For anyone who knows the basics of these arts, this book would be a very useful and addictive reference guide.
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The book just arrived. I am new at quilting. There is every applique design you could ever want to use. The other block designs are just beautiful. If I could only have 1 book to use, it would be this book. The directions are clear and very easy to understand. I can't wait to get startedf!!!
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I was looking for a book with quilt blocks and you are thinking basic quilt blocks are 8x8, 9x9, 12x12. Well, there are 501 quilt blocks, but they are only 4x4 finished! Plus... it says there are patterns. Again, yes there are patterns but they are the FINISHED pattern and YOU have to use tracing paper to trace them and then YOU have to make sure you add 1/4" seam allowance to the pattern piece. Being 4x4 finished...the "pattern pieces" are very small. I honestly don't see how anyone could sew these tiny little things. I am a mid to advanced quilter and I can't do that. The blocks are detailed and involved...some applique patterns. It does say on the introduction of the book that the blocks are 4x4" but most sellers don't include that in their description...understandable that they don't, they can only say so much and if they aren't a quilter, they would have no idea about this issue. So if you want tiny little patterns, then this is the book for you, but if you want nice size quilt blocks to make a usable quilt...definately...don't buy this book! The seller was fantastic in understanding this and refunded my purchase so I would recommend this seller
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I had no idea that this was a book of 4" blocks when I ordered it. It is exactly what I needed since I am focusing on smaller quilts. Has full size blocks that can be traced for foundation piecing. Some great ideas for projects. I highly recommend it for all quilters but especially for the quilters who like smaller projects. It is truly a "treasury" and belongs in your library.
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