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In one volume, quilters will find 200 classic blocks that they can use to hone their sewing skills, in block exchanges or to create wonderful block sampler quilts. In this impressive collection, the author organizes the blocks in groups of 2 × 2, 3 × 3, 4 × 4, and 6 × 6 grids with instructions and math provided for 6-, 9- and 12-inch blocks. This book is a block library that will be quilters’ go-to source for reference, inspiration and instruction.
With the exception of a few that were designed by the author, the block designs are all nearly 100 years old. Some designs are still sewn to this day, but many deserve new recognition and use by today’s quilters.
Includes instructions on constructing half-square and quarter-square triangles, flying geese, square-in-a-squares and parallel blocks.
- A browser’s delight: the four-color photography provides color and fabric-choice inspiration to quilters, and each block’s evocative name recalls quilting’s rich history.
- Clear instructions and expert advice: exploded diagrams of each block make construction a snap without special rulers. Tips on fabric selection, color choice, cutting pressing and sewing
- No math: The author provides accurate dimensions for each cut so that quilters can easily size their blocks for 6-, 9- or 12-inches
Foreword Reviews, Cozy Up Special Section, Winter 2016 issue
In Block Genius, Sue Voegtlin aims to take the guesswork—and the math—out of quilting for quilters of all skill levels. She does this by providing exploded diagrams for more than 200 quilt blocks worked on grids of 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, or 6x6 blocks that can produce 6-, 9- or 12-inch squares.
The book includes tips for success and tutorials for making common shapes used in the blocks such as half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, flying geese, and square in a square, as well as sewing partial seams, parallel seams, adding corners, adding triangles to a square, and sewing triangles in a row. Each of the blocks is shown in a sewn swatch and a diagram that explains how to sew the block together, making it easy for newer and experienced quilters to choose blocks to practice with or pull together for projects.
Ideas for setting blocks in a quilt are given at the back of the book to further inspire readers to make their own projects from the given blocks.
This is an easy, no-math, low-stress way to get started quilting or to make a quilted project fast without having to measure or think about what sorts and sizes of pieces are needed.
A Compendium of Quilts Blocks, by Penny Haren. Checker News Blog, September 26, 2016
Block Genius by Sue Voeglin provides everyone with the skills to dissect blocks into units that are easy to piece in multiple sizes. Most of the 200 blocks are classics but there are a few added bonuses designed by the author herself!
The blocks are divided into sections that play well together- those based on two, three, four and six grids. Then measurements are provided to cut and sew them into six; nine; and twelve-inch blocks.
Over a year in the making, this book is a true labor of love! Sue is an amazing photographer – and therefore has a phenomenal sense of color. Seeing the blocks in different colorways makes this a resource guide that is a pleasure to browse as well. Here is just a sampling of the treats that are hidden inside.
Clear instructions and exploded diagrams make cutting and sewing these designs a breeze. But, there are detailed instructions on how to make half-square triangles; quarter-square triangles; flying geese units; square in a square and parallel blocks.
Many of the blocks are old favorites but many of them are antique blocks that deserve a spot in the sun once more. This is a reference guide that is destined to be a must have in every quilter’s library!