A bounty of easy quilt blocks for your eBookshelf (+ sale!)

Posted by on March 28, 2016, in quilting & sewing, ,

Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

Along with a sharp rotary cutter and a trusty seam ripper, quilt-block books are a quilter’s best friend. Not only are block books great reference tools, they also provide a delightful smorgasbord of inspiration. Today’s sale includes four must-have eBooks bursting with patterns for fun and easy quilt blocks. Whether you want to make a simple quilt with one repeating block or a show-stopping sampler of 50 completely different blocks, these books will spark your creativity with endless options and ideas.


25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks: Projects and Inspiration from Katy Jones

25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks boasts a bevy of block patterns perfect for mixing and matching. You’ll find classic favorites, such as the Shoo Fly, mixed in with author Katy Jones’s own fun and quirky block designs, such as the cheeky Stash ’Stache. Click here to see a delightful sampler made from all 25 blocks. Amazon reviewer Darcy says: Five-stars “I was so pleased with the variety and versatility of the blocks Katy put together . . . it is going to be hugely useful in my studio. Lovely book!”
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Quilt Block BonanzaQuilt Block Bonanza: 50 Paper-Pieced Designs

If you prefer making quilt blocks with a bit more complexity to the design, paper piecing is your best bet for precision and consistency. Bestselling author and paper-piecing master Nancy Mahoney has included 50 different paper-pieced block patterns in Quilt Block Bonanza, along with helpful ideas for planning quilt layouts. And don’t be shy if you’re new to paper piecing! It’s easier than it sounds and actually simplifies the process of making many classic blocks.

Here’s an example of one of the blocks in the book, along with the striking layout that results when you combine them:
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Large-Block QuiltsLarge-Block Quilts: 16 Quick and Easy Quilt Patterns

Large-Block Quilts features easy super-sized quilt block patterns ranging from 12½" to 24″ square, so you can easily stitch up a quilt top in a snap. Pieces of Eight (below) consists of just nine big blocks, but at 54″ square, it’s big enough to be a cozy throw or lap quilt.

Amazon reviewer libertythreads says:Five-stars“I love this book! The blocks are large and you can make a quilt in a short amount of time. The instructions are very, very good and walk you through each step. I highly recommend this book for any level quilter.”
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Blocks, Borders, Quilts!Blocks, Borders, Quilts! A Mix-and-Match Workbook for Designing Your Own Quilts

In Blocks, Borders, Quilts!, Sunny Steinkuhler includes almost 100 block patterns, as well as dozens of border designs that make it simple and fun to design your own completely unique quilt. Check out some examples of quilts our staffers created using Blocks, Borders, Quilts! here.

Amazon reviewer BarbaraLyn says: Five-stars “Are you someone who never follows a pattern or just begins with no specific pattern/block in mind? This book will give you all kinds of ideas on what design to use to create a quilt, wall hanging, table runner, or even just a pillow.”

Here are a couple of Sunny’s sample Medallion-style quilt designs. The possibilities really are limitless!
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Do you like to design your own quilts based on a block? Or do you prefer to follow a whole quilt pattern to the letter? Tell us in the comments!


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