Book Review: Modern Blocks, 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers (Compiled by Susan Woods)


I was excited to get this book. After reading it, I have mixed feelings as to whether I like it.

As for the positives, the book delivers exactly what it says. Each block is featured (and beautifully photographed) on the left side of the fold, with full instructions on the opposite side.  Template patterns are at the back of the book. Most of the blocks are designs I have never seen before, although many of the designs are quite simple and wouldn’t be difficult to create.

The blocks are all 12.5″ and include a variety of techniques — piecing, applique, embroidery and paper-piecing. Each block is designed by a different modern quilter. There is a lot of variety and this book would be a great starting point for anyone who wants to create modern quilt blocks.

I think the book would be enhanced if it delivered more information about the modern quilt movement, as well as a short biography on the block designers. I would also have like to seen some of the blocks sewn together, even though it is out of the scope of the book to have finished quilts.

My big criticism — and this is just personal taste — is the fabrics. These blocks all look like they were made from fabric from the designers’ hippie era, where matching print polyester pants with a different print top was considered fashionable. I just did not find many of the combinations pleasing.

Overall, I rank this book 3 out of 4 stars! You can see the book, and read additional reviews, at the link below.


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