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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine

SewCalGal is always looking for good tools for quilters, especially when they help to create beautiful quilts and other projects. As many quilters enjoy incorporating interesting blocks into their projects, and many have enjoyed the 100 Block Challenges, by Quiltmaker Magazine, I was delighted to learn of the new book "200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine: Original Patterns from Today's Top Designers".  And, I'm delighted to be able to share insights with you today about this book. 
Martingale - 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine
This book was created by Quiltmaker magazine, from their 100 block challenges, and published by Martingale/That Patchwork Place.

The  block designs in this book are displayed in full color and each block shows  designer name and  website, along with instructions for you to make the block.

The book also includes a "bonus CD", which includes full-sized  appliqué and foundation-piecing patterns that you can print as needed.  All blocks finish at 12".

Block designs range from simple patchwork to applique, foundation piecing, hand embroidery, and even include some yo-yos. There is also a section that shares insights on block settings, as well as a great block index that is very user-friendly.
 Designs from 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine Designs from 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine
{above} "Happiness in a block", by Teresa Fields, "Hummingbird Haven", by Cathy Van Bruggen.

You'll find blocks from many amazing designers, including, but not limited to:  Eleanor Burns, Karen Combs, Scott Murkin, Heidi Pridemore, Jackie Robinson, Gundrun Erla, Bonnie Hunter, marsha McCloskey, Jo Morton, Carrie Nelson, Anita Grossman Soloman, and so many more of your favorite quilt designers.

Kay Mackenzie (by Kay Mackenzie) shared  a cute Watering Can design.

Sharon Craig shared "Payton's Star".

Vickie Eapen (Spun Sugar Quilts) shared a cute "Infinity" Quilt block design.

Karen Brow (Java House Quilts) shared "Croaklore", a cute whimsical frog.

Bonnie Hunter shared a cute block called "Birthday Girl".

Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Mattingly shared a delightful block design called "Delicato".

There are many amazing designers that have shared quilt block designs in this new book. Some of the designers that caught my attention include:  Eleanor BurnsEmily CierCarol DoakJoanna Figueroa
Kimberly JollyPearl PereiraWendy Sheppard, and Pat Wys.

I hope you'll have a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop or at Martingale's online store.  I think you'll like it.  SewCalGal definitely recommends this book for any quilter that wants to build a good quilt library and for those that enjoy having great resources to help providing inspiration for selecting quilt beautiful quilt block designs for your projects.

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Dana Gaffney said...

My favorite is Karen Brow's, no surprise there, but they are all wonderful. Are these all new blocks that haven't been in the 100 Block books? Thanks for the info.

Sally in WA said...

Thanks for sharing the info on this book. Looks like its something I might be interested in getting at some point.

wackywoman said...

What a great book. I collect heart blocks so I can pull something out when you need a healing heart block. That watering can is adorable.

Quiltingranny said...

I love looking at the creativity of the designers, but haven't purchased any new books in awhile, trying to use the ones I have, but I enjoy your sharing with us because I learn so much!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Looks like a great book. I'll be looking for it at one of my shops. Thanks. Stay cool.

Connie said...

Looks like an amazing book! One of the first books I had was by Eleanor Burns!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Estou inovando...fazendo alguns blocos tradicionais e modernos que deveriam ser feitos a máquina,todos em papel inglês,vou procurar este livro,Obrigada.Beijo grande.

The Quilted Dog said...

Looks like a great addition to my quilting library!