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Book reviews: 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks (vol 2) and 501 Quilting Motifs

Katy Jones presents 25 six-inch blocks that feature a range of styles, from traditional to brand new in 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks (volume 2) for Martingale publishers.  All the basics are spelled out in great detail, making this an excellent beginner book: you'll learn paper piecing, and applique (both by hand and by machine), if you're not already familiar with these techniques.  Even though the bulk of the book concentrates on just presenting the blocks, there are four projects included just to give you some ideas on how to use them!

Known for her creative use of color and pattern-mixing, I think you'll enjoy Katy's book if you are looking for some new block ideas and like to work in this more traditional way.  Here are a couple more blocks to help you decide:

The second book that I want to share with you seems like a good companion for the first: it is 501 Quilting Motifs by the editors of Quiltmaker magazine.  This is a reference book which will help you learn to select and transfer appropriate motifs to your work.  It contains so many categories of quilting motifs that it will likely amaze you: flowers, feathers, vines and leaves, seasonal and holidays, children and teens, geometric designs, and much more.  Below is a sample page:

Photo credits: Martingale, photographer Brent Kane

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