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The quilter's album of patchwork patterns : more than 4050 pieced blocks for quilters / Jinny Beyer.

By: Beyer, Jinny.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Elmhurst, Ill. : Breckling Press, 2009Description: vii, 488 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm + 2 transparency sheets.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781933308081; 1933308087.Other title: Quilter's album of blocks and borders.Subject(s): Patchwork -- Patterns | Quilting -- PatternsDDC classification: 746.46 Summary: A visual encyclopedia of quilt block designs that provides quilters, designers, researchers, and patchwork enthusiasts with a comprehensive tool for finding, identifying and drafting more than 4050 unique patterns.
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Providing quilters, researchers, and design enthusiasts with a comprehensive tool for finding, identifying, and drafting more than 4,000 unique patterns, this encyclopedia of quilt block designs presents a method of categorizing designs that eliminates duplication and allows quilters to understand exactly how each one is constructed. Each design is analyzed in terms of the grid on which it is drawn, making it easy recreate the pattern in any size or color scheme desired. Each block is thoroughly researched and listed according the original name and date of publication. Double names and duplicates are cross-referenced for easy use. Packed with information and inspiration, this also contains photographs of full quilts, as well as a detailed bibliography and indexes.

Transparencies located in pocket on inside back cover.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

A visual encyclopedia of quilt block designs that provides quilters, designers, researchers, and patchwork enthusiasts with a comprehensive tool for finding, identifying and drafting more than 4050 unique patterns.

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Library Journal Review

This encyclopedic guide to quilt blocks collects over 4000 designs, both contemporary and historic, with color samples and drawings for each block. Translating the information from the book to a workable design requires knowledge of quilting technique, but intermediate and advanced quilters will appreciate the quantity of options available, as well as the intelligent organization. This book is as useful as a reference guide to the history and development of patchwork as it is for quilters looking for a distinctive design. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Beyer, one of the leading quilters in the US, has taught and written widely on the subject. In 1980 she issued Quilters Album of Blocks and Borders, with 532 pieced block designs and 212 border designs. In this new volume, Beyer has expanded the collection to over 4,050 patterns. The book is a treasure trove for quilters, crafters, and artists. The author has arranged the patterns in a hierarchical manner. Blocks are divided by format (square, star, etc.) and by design (four patch, nine patch, etc.). Square blocks are also divided by grids, ranging from a 2 x 2 inch to a 15 x 15 inch base grid (some are larger). The book provides a color sample of each block with its popular name and, if known, designer or source of first publication and date. The block's design is repeated in a black-and-white line drawing. Beyer has included gridded transparency sheets to help users see the underlying patterns. This makes the book more than just a checklist of blocks and doubly important to its users. Not only is it an album of ideas, it is a pattern book that can be copied. Additional features include quick references to popular patterns (leaves, flowers, etc.) and appendixes of block sources. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General audience and professionals/practitioners. N. J. Quinlan Nova Southeastern University

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* An amazing amount of meticulous research elevates this compendium from a ho-hum aggregate to one that inspires and engages. Well-known quilter and prolific author (a dozen titles, such as Quilting by Hand, 2004, and Patchwork Puzzle Balls, 2005) Beyer pored through newspapers, catalogs, patterns, and magazines of the 1800s and 1900s to prepare illustrations along with grids, dates, and multiple names of more than 4,000 quilting blocks, the foundation of this genre of stitching. Yet providing that resource wasn't enough; Beyer enhances her encyclopedic reference by featuring mini catalogs of like-minded design styles, like bow ties, airplanes, the Red Cross, and kaleidoscope blocks. She also details her sources with commentary and explains how she categorized the blocks. Worthy of any quilting (and quilter's) library.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist