Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Building blocks

This book is something akin to a patch worker’s dictionary. It is a dense, compact publication. The first forty pages are a brief guide to patchwork which have been written succinctly by someone who really knows their stuff. The remainder of the book is a collection of blocks, split into sections by type. Each page follows the same layout; the history of the block, a difficulty rating, construction order, a breakdown of the shapes in the block, an image of a complete single block and a group to show how they work when pieced together. There is so much information packed into this book but I can’t help feeling that there is something missing. I cannot see how you might photocopy the pattern pieces from the book and this means you would need to draft the blocks yourself to work out what you need to cut. This does mean you could make the blocks any size you like, but the work involved might be too much for a less experienced patch worker. Of course it might be that being a little short n the old grey matter I ma missing something obvious!? I have seen other quilt books where the cutting sizes are given for a 12” block, but can also be adapted if necessary and I have to say that I think that is a more useful format for this type of book.

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