Blocks, Borders, Quilts! A Mix-and-Match Workbook for Designing Your Own Quilts
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Blocks, Borders, Quilts! A Mix-and-Match-Workbook for Designing Your Own Quilts
By Sunny Steinkuhler
Gifted by Martingale
Reviewed by Kathryn Wright, Editor of FaveQuilts.com
Sometimes, all a quilter needs to get motivated to start their newest quilt pattern is an amazing quilt block pattern, and you'll find plenty in Blocks, Borders, Quilts! A Mix-and-Match Workbook for Designing Your Own Quilts. This big book has been uniquely organized with the potential to provide quilters with not only a series of classic quilt block patterns, but also encourage individuality with a series of custom borders, templates, and constructions techniques that will allow you to make a quilt pattern that's totally you.
There's no book quite like this. Author Sunny Steinkuhler provides readers with a well thought out approach that will give beginner quilters guidance in regards to the creation of their first quilt blocks, as well as give more experienced quilters the space to experiment with the templates and patterns, mixing and matching them to create something entirely new. All one needs to do is flip to one of the offered sections on quilt block designs or border ideas, and get started. With the "Medallion Template" that Steinkuhler encourages readers to utilize when building their blocks, piecing together the quilt block of your dreams will be so easy.
Sections including quilt block patterns, "12" Blocks" (pg. 13) and "6" Blocks", have both original and classic designs, with each broken down into small illustrations. Though these patterns do not have full instructions, the charts provided tell you how you should cut and measure everything, and uses labels within the illustrations to make sure you know what you'll be working on. Each project also specifies which foundation piecing pattern you can use, referring to the big collection in the back of the book. You can familiarize yourself with a lot of terminology when it comes to the names of more well known block patterns, and see how these patterns can be combined and varied in order to create your ideal block pattern.
What makes this book stand out even more is its approach to adding borders. You're given 4 entire sections on borders with plenty of shapes, motifs, and piecing techniques to highlight the colors and patterns within your quilt block. Every part of your quilt block is seen as important here.
There's no other book like Blocks, Borders, Quilts! A Mix-and-Match-Workbook for Designing Your Own Quilts, and no quilter should pass this up. Whenever you're in need of some inspiration or a little guidance for your next quilt pattern, just open this up and you'll find your answer in no time.
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