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“The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns” by Jinny Beyer

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

If you can own only one reference book on quilting, this is the one to have. There are more than 4050  pieced blocks featured in the book and each block is illustrated in color. The blocks are organized by style (square, hexagon, etc.) and according to grid type. There are instructions for drafting your own designs using blocks in the book and for how to draft your own blocks. The instructions are thorough, clear, and well illustrated.

Each block is accompanied by the historical reference indicating its earliest documented appearance as well as alternate names for the block. Each block is shown twice – once in a larger color picture and again in a smaller line drawing that more clearly shows how the block is drafted. As an aide to finding familiar blocks, quick reference sections are scattered throughout the book. If you are looking for basket blocks they may be drafted on different grids and therefore will appear in various locations. The quick reference guide makes finding all the airplane blocks, for example, a cinch to find.

Appendices at the end of the book categorize blocks further according to origin (Ladies Art Company, Laura Wheeler and Alice Brooks, Nancy Cabot, Nancy Page, Kansas City Star, Jinny Beyer) . You are able to look up a block by name in the alphabetical index at the very end of the book. And of course, sprinkled throughout are beautiful full-color photographs of Jinny’s quilts.