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Mar 28

Books on Monday – Block A Day

It’s the fourth Monday in March, so it is time for Books on Monday! Today we are looking at Block A Day: 365 Quilting Squares for Patchwork Inspiration! by Lucinda Ganderton. (Yes, that is an Amazon Affiliate link and yes, using it to purchase this book will help support this blog.)

Yes, this book is exactly what it sounds like, a collection of 365 blocks and the directions and templates for making them. I think this would be a good book for a beginner (or at least close to the beginning of a person’s quilting career), because there is a variety of quilt blocks and techniques and a very good introductory section. It is also a spiral bound book, which has a definite upside. Here’s a list of what is in this book:

  • Introduction
  • How the Book Works
  • Quilting Fabrics (which has a brief section on color)
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Cutting Out the Patches
  • Rotary Units
  • Sewing the Blocks together
  • The Patterns (Finished blocks are 12″ x 12″ and directions are given for both rotary and template cutting for each block. 12″ is a little larger than I usually like to work with, but resizing can happen.)
  • Templates
  • Index
  • Author Biography and Acknowledgments

I had a brief moment when this book first arrived of wanting to do one of every block, but then I remembered how quickly I got tired of doing that with , and I thought better of pretending to commit to such a big job.

I suggest buying yourself a copy or buying one for your closest newbie quilter who wants to design her/his own quilts and likes the idea of samplers.

Quilt on!

2 comments

  1. aqjaye

    I am confused about the beginning of the review. Is the book using templates or are there rotary directions for blocks as well? How does this book compare to a book like _Around the Block_?

    1. Gretchen

      All of the above. Really. There are directions for making the blocks either way.

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