I think I will just do a brief post instead of taking Labor Day off. So, here is an oldie (Amazon.com tells me I purchased this in September of 2009), but, to me, and essential book: The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters by Jinny Beyer. And here is the Amazon Associate link:
This book is a valuable resource that I have used many times to learn about specific blocks and their histories and their alternate names. I use the various indexes all the time to learn about the different blocks (although I will admit that I don’t use them quite as much now as I did back when I was working my way through Marsha McCloskey’s Block Party: A Quilter’s Extravaganza of 120 Rotary-Cut Block Patterns. I do love learning about the history of the blocks and their names!
Rather than babble on (or whatever the written equivalent is) about this book, let me tell you what is included by listing the different sections here.
- Part 1: A Primer on Pieced Blocks
- Part 2: Square Blocks
- Part 3: Hexagon Blocks
- Part 4: Continuous Pattern Blocks
- Part 5: One Patch Blocks
- Part 6: Miscellaneous Patterns
- Appendices (Where you find out lots of historic info!)
Each section of blocks contains many, many different blocks based on their grids.
This book was sort of out of my league pricewise when I originally purchased it, listing at $35 then, but it has gotten even pricier since then. Sorry to recommend such an expensive book – but for me it really was a worthy expenditure.