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Block Genius

Over 201 Pieced Quilt Blocks with No Math Charts

In Block Genius, Sue Voegtlin aims to take the guesswork—and the math—out of quilting, for quilters of all skill levels. She does this by providing exploded diagrams for more than 200 quilt blocks worked on grids of 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, or 6x6 blocks that can produce 6-, 9- or 12-inch squares.

The book includes tips for success and tutorials for making common shapes used in the blocks, such as half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, flying geese, and square in a square, as well as sewing partial seams, parallel seams, adding corners, adding triangles to a square, and sewing triangles in a row. Each of the blocks is shown in a sewn swatch and a diagram that explains how to sew the block together, making it easy for newer and experienced quilters to choose blocks to practice with or pull together for projects.

Ideas for setting blocks in a quilt are given at the back of the book, to further inspire readers to make their own projects from the given blocks.

This is an easy, no-math, low-stress way to get started quilting or to make a quilted project fast, without having to measure or think about what sorts and sizes of pieces are needed.

Reviewed by Sarah E. White

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