Gather your favorite fabrics and stitch magnificent 4" x 5" blocks! Enjoy trying your hand at a wide range of distinctly different quilt blocks - 182 in all - from stunning yet simple blocks to intricate paper-pieced designs!
We've done the math for you, taking the effort out of resizing traditional square blocks into attractive 4" x 5" blocks!
Learn how to assemble your blocks into a one-of-a-kind sampler quilt!
Includes tips to help you set up a fun block exchange or club with friends!
"As a quilter and quilt designer, I am always drawn to quilt block books as a source of inspiration. The 4" x 5" Quilt Block Anthology by Carol Hopkins and Linda Koenig stands out as a unique addition to my quilt library because the blocks are a rectangular 4" wide and 5" tall. Many of the 182 blocks are recognizable as elongated versions of common blocks – others are less familiar. The blocks are shown in Civil War era fabrics but could be sewn in any style. Instructions are included for all the blocks including templates or paper-piecing patterns when needed. The story behind the accumulation of the 182 blocks is interesting. The authors have been part of a quilt group for over 25 years; each year they have some type of block exchange. In 2015, the challenge was to make 4" x 5" blocks in Civil War reproduction fabrics in a palette of black, blue, red, and double pink. The quilters soon found they needed to modify traditional blocks or design their own. This book is a compilation of the blocks they shared and the various samplers made from the blocks. I am eager to add this book of unusual blocks to my collection and I think others will enjoy it as well.
– Ann of Connecting Threads
"182 blocks that are not square, how cool! This book evolved from a challenge in a quilt group and then grew thus creating 4" x 5" blocks that are either never seen before or changed from a traditional block. Does the creativity ever end? Not in this book. Each page diagrams one of the block and easy to understand instructions. The authors also encourage block clubs and exchanges along with how to get started. These ladies provide a wealth of information to not only get quilting but how to get others involved too! Really good book to have, I highly recommend it to include in your library."
– Suzzie Schuyler
"There is an amazing collection of rectangular blocks in this book. I have been making square quilt blocks forever and was delighted by the unexpected variety, beauty, and creativity revealed on each page!
What began as a block exchange with Carol, Linda, and three other friends with the purpose of creating 4"x 5" rectangular blocks using reproduction fabrics in blue, black, red, and double pink, culminated into a selection of 182 unique blocks ready to be featured into a sampler quilt, or used on their own in a repeat pattern.
Each page has a photograph of the block, diagrams, and easy-to-follow instructions. A must-have, to use with reproduction fabrics, or any other fabrics you love."
– Denise Russell