Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns

Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns

Last week on Flickr there was a discussion about a quilt block that led to the book Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Amanda was kind enough to post a photo of the block in question and as soon as I saw the inside of the book, I was *very* interested.

This book is really amazing. It is not glamourous. There are no finished quilt photos in front of historical barns. But it is an excellent reference. The book is divided into type of quilt block. Each page is as below – quilt blocks sketched on the right, quilt block name and occasionally known origin on the left. There have to be thousands of blocks in this book. It’s a good reminder that there are probably no quilt blocks that have not been done before. LOL I love that the book has the name of the blocks so I can just Google the name to find instructions.

Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns Inside

My mind is racing with ideas to use this book. Maybe pick a block a week to make and walk through it here? Maybe use it for a quilting bee and have everyone pick a block from a page? I’m not sure…but I can’t wait to get started with it.

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I’m also excited to share that my Kaleidoscopic Kites quilt and free pattern are featured today on Quilt Story! Pop on over there and check it out! Quilt Story is a fun blog that features a different quilt each day and it’s a great way to learn about fellow bloggers.




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    Becky M

    May 4, 2011

    oh wow, thanks! I just placed a request from my library for this one.

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    May 4, 2011

    You wrote “Kaleidescope kits quilt” and I got all excited that there was a kit for this beautiful quilt pattern! I seriously have been looking for it for 20 minutes or more and I finally realized you meant to write “kites”… ugh! haha 🙂 At least you can be assured that its a really lovely quilt if the search for a kit kept my attention so long hehe. Thanks for sharing the lovely pattern with us for free! This is def. going on my to do list.

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      May 4, 2011

      Oh no Tiffany! LOL Sorry about that! 🙂 Off to fix it before causing anyone else grief! LOL

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    May 4, 2011

    saw you on quiltstory and had to drop by to say hello 🙂 you make beautiful things! i’m a new follower. 🙂

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    May 4, 2011

    Next time you do a quilting bee or whatever (is that where people send you the fabric and you do a block a month and send it back?) can you let me know if there is an open spot? Sounds like fun! Also, loved this part of your blog: “There are no finished quilt photos in front of historical barns.” LOL! Aren’t the cool finished photos the best!

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    May 4, 2011

    This is a great reference book. I have often paged through it. I missed the discussion. Where can I find it?

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    May 4, 2011

    I bought Barbara Brackman’s book 18 years ago when it came out. I had been quilting for about two years then, and when I found this book, I thought I had found the Holy Grail. The cross references are so valuable and important for every quilter to know – you must have this book in your library. I read it just like I read cookbooks –
    I may not make everything in it, but it just such a pleasure to read. Get yourself a copy!

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    Lynelle Slade

    May 4, 2011

    Having worked previously as a technical editor and editor of several Australian patchwork mags this book was our bible. It is such an amazing resource! And a great starting point for a new project!

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    May 5, 2011

    Oh that book looks great. I will check into that! Thanks Faith.

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    May 5, 2011

    that looks like a very cool book! I don’t buy many sewing books, but I may need to get my hands on this one.

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    May 5, 2011

    You probably know, but just in case, Barbara Brackman has a blog here: http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/ She is often very funny. Sometimes she refers to the book. Also the mysteries of dating quilts, reproduction fabrics, etc.

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    May 8, 2011

    I saw that book at my workshop on Saturday; it is pretty impressive, isn’t it?

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    May 9, 2011

    Congratulations on having your Kaleidoscope Kites quilt featured on Quilt Story! It’s a fab quilt pattern… and I couldn’t wait to start. I have the finished blocks laid out on my “design floor” and will begin sewing them together after work this week.

    Thanks for sharing such a cool quilt pattern!

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    Brenda Alley

    April 24, 2013

    I am interested in purchasing this book only if it addresses copyright status of each block. If you have been lucky enough to have seen the inside of this book, please let me know if it lets the reader know about copyrights.