Monday, 21 October 2013

500 Quilt Blocks

If you haven't got your hands on a copy of this little book yet, you really should, or at the least pop it on your Christmas list.  I've now had time to have a good look through mine and get making already.

The copy I have is the sweet UK paperback edition from Amazon.

Now I have to admit, I have many, many sewing and quilting books and patterns, and I rarely read the general How to blurb any more, so I have not read right through that part of the book, but that is not a bad thing.  I wanted to get straight to the pretties!

Where I think this book really excels is that there aren't great wordy, repetitive explanations for each step of each block, just cutting instructions and a tip or two if it is not obvious.  I love that.

If you aren't at the stage where you can look at a block and de-construct it in your head, then fear not, abbreviations and full instructions are there in the blurb so you will never be lost on how to, but once you are confident, you do not have to pick through pages and pages for the bits you need.

As you would expect from Kerry and Lynne, all the fabrics used to illustrate the blocks and projects are gorgeous, and they show the block variations off beautifully.  I so want to make all the projects, and for an instant fix, I opted for the cute pincushion...

I pulled solids to match an AMH scrap I had, and used Sketch in Mist and another scrap of Black yarn-dyed linen for this little cutie.

See that Koala chappie, a recent pressie from Salley down under.  He does a great job, and remedies my only niggle, which is not unique to this book, there's no little ribbon book-mark thingy.  I hate creasing my book spines, so something to mark the page between cutting stages is a must for me; if you have a spare marsupial or substitute at the ready, there'll be no stopping you.

So that's my tuppence worth, but honestly, I think you should just buy a copy, or better still, get someone-else to buy you a copy, and find out for yourself.  I know that this is going to be a valuable point of reference and inspiration to me for, like, forever!

Now I need to get back to some bigger projects, these mini-diversions are all well and good, but I am hoping for a big old quilty finish some time soon; there's just the small matter of piecing backing, basting, quilting and binding to sort, so maybe not that soon, but for tonight, my stuffing arrived; all 3 kilos of it!



  1. You're right, it is a fab book, I'm already a big fan, and i've only had mine for a few hours!

  2. I'm still waiting for mine to arrive!

  3. Yep I agree, a great wee book! Jxo

  4. And there I thought I was the only anal retentive that hated creasing her book spines!

  5. Right, Christmas list it is then.

  6. I ordered mine a couple of days ago - the paperback edition is ridiculously inexpensive when you think you spend that on a coffee and a sandwich! The mule shall be bringing it next month all being well :) Your pinnie is gorgeous mais bien sur!

  7. Tape flags. You need some of them to mark pages until your hearts content. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:3M_blue_Post-it_tape_flags.JPG

  8. Got mine this morning. Think I'm going to save it for tonight for some uninterrupted devouring! Love your pincushion x

  9. Can't wait to get my hands on this one, it's def on the Christmas list. Love the pin cushion and l'm looking forward to seeing a quilt finish soon!

  10. Just got my book last night and I want to try that pinnie too!

  11. Sweet pincushion! I have run out of room for more craft books so this will have to stay on the wish list for a while longer :)

  12. This book has so many great blocks and little projects. I see a quilt along in our future


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