Have you heard of the Block Books? Technically these books are magazines published by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. However I think of them more as books. Each publication contains a total of 10 patterns for quilts, bags, table runners, pillow or other quilty projects. Each pattern also has an accompanying story to go with it, and if you search the pattern name on Youtube, there is a video tutorial as well. Best of all, in my opinion, there are no ads, it is just a book of patterns, stories and tips.
The Block Books feature precuts. We all tend to have a stash of layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls and mini charms (who can resist those cute little squares). The patterns in the Block Books give you some inspiration to either pull a precut from the ever growing stash, or head to the quilt store to pick a new one.
I love sewing quilts from these books. The instructions are written well, with lots of pictures. And if I ever get stuck, watching the short video clears the confusion right up. I have made several of the quilts, and though some of them look difficult they are easier than they appear.
Occasionally the pattern calls for a specific tool or template, and we have several of the MSQC templates in stock.
Esther just reordered every Book, so we have all 22 issues in stock right now. Issues 1-6 of Volume 1, 2 and 3, and the first 4 issues of Volume 4. So now is a really good time to go through the ones you have, make note of any you are missing and come in and complete your series. Or maybe you do not have any of these books, now is a good time to start your collection. Working out to less than $8 per book they are also very affordable. Plus they look really fun in your work space as well.