The McCall’s Design Star Challenge – has been a challenge! We have been given the task of taking two traditional blocks and incorporating them into a quilt. We can re-size them – but if they are square they have to stay a square – if round – have to stay round, etc… – We can have multiple sizes of the same block – but only 2 traditional blocks. Gee – what blocks to choose from??? Which blocks are allowed????
We were given 3 books and told – if it’s in one of these books you can use it. The books are Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman – AQS 1993, 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone – Sterling Publishing 2004, Encyclopedia of Applique by Barbara Brackman C&T Publications 2009.
I had seen these books but never bit-the-bullet to buy them – I thought “I will never need these!” (What’s the saying “Never say never” ) So when I was on vacation I picked up one of them and then ordered the second block book – I haven’t picked up the Applique book – because I don’t do that and I think I will never need it (OK – amazon.com here I come – order another book!)
I was amazed at the information that these two books hold. They have been very useful to me in trying to pick the blocks that I will be incorporating into my quilt – if you don’t own them – you should really have a look at them and consider buying them – because you never know when they might come in handy (just like that extra piece of material that you really don’t need but bought anyway and discovered 2 years later it was the perfect fabric for the quilt you are working on now- but dang – it isn’t available now and you wish you had bought the full 2 yards way back when!)
But on a serious note – what resources do you find helpful when you are designing a quilt? Inquiring quilters want to know! Drop a note in the comment box and share your resources with others.