Quilt block books are without a doubt the most used items in my sewing library. I collect them here and there, although most are simply a collection of hand drawn quilt blocks without patterns. They have always been a huge source of inspiration when it comes to designing modern traditional quilts. Today I’m sharing a new book on my bookcase, The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson.
Publisher Lucky Spool sent me this copy of the book to check out, and the first thing I noticed (which I have come to expect from all Lucky Spool books) is it’s beautiful.
There are 50 block patterns in the book. The patterns are different combinations of common units throughout the book (such as HST, QST, diamond in squares, flying geese, paper pieced bursts, curves, appliqué petals, and more). There are directions for changing the sizes of these units (6 sizes), so you can “cook up” your own unique quilt blocks.
There are quilt mock ups for pairing blocks together to form finished quilts, as well as several sampler quilt patterns.
I made 6 blocks from The Quilt Block Cookbook – Starboard, Campfire, Second Star, Pumpkin Pie, Icebox, and Halo. My quilt top was created using a portion of the Point Taken sampler finishing instructions. I’m thinking of adding three more blocks to make it a square.
The Quilt Block Cookbook is 176 pages, a majority of those are devoted to patterns. There are recipes (patterns) to make 50 blocks, 7 sampler quilt patterns, 6 perfect block pairing quilt top mock ups, and 7 templates to photocopy or scan and enlarge/reduce as needed in your pattern. I went ahead and scanned all the templates before starting, so they would be ready for me when I picked my blocks.
I really enjoyed Amy’s book and just couldn’t stop making blocks! It is available on Amazon or check your local quilt shop!