If you're looking for a block book filled with blocks made with gorgeous "modern" fabrics and lots of options, this is the book you've been waiting for. It's the book l've been waiting for!
I have a dozen books filled with quilt blocks - pieced, applique, rotary cut, templates, easy, complicated and everything in between. The books range from those with simple black-and-white hand-drawn sketches - Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia - to computer-generated colored renditions of classic blocks - Maggie Malone's 5500 Quilt Block Designs. Some books give cutting instructions for one size of block - Marsha McCloskey's Block Party - while others come with options for various sizes of blocks - Judy Hopkins' Rotary Cutting block books. They're all wonderful resources.
But 500 Quilt Blocks by Lynne Goldsworthy and Kerry Green is the first book that factors in the way that most of us like to work - trimming down triangles, cutting from scraps, mixing up value placements to change the look of a block, and mixing up the parts of the blocks to create a variety of blocks from the same basic units.
The title of the book states that it is "the only compendium of quilt blocks you'll ever need". Okay, if you're going to have just one block book, this would be the one to have, especially if you're into the colorful, cool fabric being used by today's "modern quilters". Even if you're not, I still think this book is an absolutel must-have for every quilter's library if for no other reason than no good library can have just one block book. 500 Quilt Blocks is colorful, contemporary and thorough - it includes simple blocks and complicated blocks, wonky modern blocks, English Paper Piecing, foundation paper-piecing and curved piecing. The small projects are perfect for experimenting with a block, trying something new or just using up some wonderful scraps.
I found myself going through it back to front, front to back, over and over again, just to see if I'd missed something. And to look at the yummy fabrics - those alone will inspire any quilter to head to their workroom... and the quilt shop. So do I recommend this book? Affirmative! And do I think you should buy it? Absolutely! In fact, stop reading this and order it already! :)