This book is the ultimate source of inspiration for quilters, whether they enjoy modern or traditional designs. There are instructions for 500 different quilt blocks suitable for the complete beginner through to the advanced quilter. We have included traditional blocks, variations on traditional blocks, new, original, and modern blocks. We have used a wide selection of fabrics and a huge variety of color and pattern combinations in the hope that you will be as inspired by the fabric choices as you are by the finished blocks themselves. Whether you are starting a new project from scratch, joining a quilting group, thinking of designing a quilt of your own, or interested in trying new ideas, we hope you will find plenty of inspiration in these pages.
The art of piecing and quilting goes back centuries and it has seen a revival in recent years with the increased popularity of homemade over store-bought items. The internet has also breathed new life into the quilting community, with quilters able to share ideas and inspiration around the globe through blogs, social media, and photo-sharing websites. In past times, local quilters would get together in a quilting bee to make a joint quilt; quilters now join worldwide groups online to sew blocks for each other and make quilts from the blocks they have received.
This revival has coincided with a whole new generation of quilting fabric designers. New fabric lines are shown twice a year at places like Quilt Market and at festivals, and quilters worldwide clamor to get their hands on the exciting new designs. In 500 Quilt Blocks we have mixed new, old, vintage, and modern fabrics to inspire you to try unexpected combinations of your own.
Alongside the 500 blocks in this book are 20 projects, each one made from a block featured in the book. We aim to give you examples of how you might use these blocks to create something for your home or as a gift. From small projects like decorated dishtowels or pincushions right through to bed-size quilts, there is a project for everyone at all skill levels. We hope you enjoy this book as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Lynne Goldsworthy and Kerry Green