Pub: Search Press(UK)
Ideal for patchworkers, quilters and sewists looking for ideas and inspiration, this book contains designs for 20 mini blocks, all measuring just 5 inches square, and all constructed from basic shapes including squares, triangles and rectangles. Mini quilt blocks are ideal for making small patchwork projects such as bags, pincushions, coasters and place mats, for incorporating into larger blocks, or for forming motifs within a larger quilt design.
Each project consists of a photograph of the block together with three diagrams showing variations, giving a total of 80 block designs. Each project is accompanied by the number and size of each shape in the block and instructions on the order in which to put the shapes together. General techniques at the start of the book will include how to cut out the shapes; how to layer and back the block and add an edging; and how to incorporate the block into a larger design. Instructions for cutting the basic shapes to create a 5 inch block are provided, with outlines marked on for creating 3 inch squares too.
I love the 20 to Make series and each time I am always amazed at just how much goes into these fabulous books.
Mini Quilt Blocks is brilliant and I have made each block to accompany my review.
The blocks are small and simple to make, but are absolutely beautiful. Choosing a colour scheme for each block is the best part, and as you accomplish each one you will find your expertise grows and grows.
This is a fabulous book for beginner quilters, it covers each process, such as cutting your pieces, piecing them together and also handy hints and tips are given, so you really cannot go wrong. If you are already an advanced quilter this is a book that you find fun and the finished quilt is just divine.
The blocks are approx 5 x 5 inches. All very different and cover a whole range of sewing skills.
Highly recommended, it is the perfect stash buster and absolutely worth a day or two sewing.
I decided to make all the blocks from this book.
This is a perfect stash busting project. Small pieces of fabric are all that’s needed.
Each block is shown with a visual step by step and also come with written instruction. Sizes of the pieces needed are listed and each piece is stitched with a 1/4 inch seam.
Here are my first three blocks.
You can see they are not very large, and with the beautiful colourful pictures you will find inspiration as well as a lot of quilting know how.
The seams of each block are pressed open, this helps reduce bulk and keeps your blocks looking beautiful. I have a small craft iron beside my sewing machine and I find this is perfect for these small pieces.
The blocks do not take much time to make. To cut and sew each piece took about half an hour. Ensure you set each piece to the picture BEFORE you sew it together. It is very easy to misplace a piece and it saves unpicking 😦
So!! Two days later…..
I have stitched all 20 quilt blocks. They have been trimmed and pressed and ready to turn into a beautiful quilt.
I love them and I am pleased how they have turned out. I must admit some were easier than others, but I had no problem understanding the process.
After an hour or two I have now ‘sashed’ my quilt.
I think the black looks striking, and shows the blocks off perfectly. I used a 2 inch sashing so now it just needs to be ‘sandwiched’ and quilted.
It is not a large size, but it’s perfect for a lap quilt for granny.
Happy Quilting x
Carolyn Forster started making quilts when she was a teenager and went on to study Textiles at the University of Bath. Since graduating, she has taught patchwork and quilting both in the UK and the USA and has had her quilts featured in a number of books and magazines, including Fabrications, Popular Patchwork and Patchwork and Quilting. Carolyn lives in Tunbridge Wells, UK with her husband and son.
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