So, I have to admit it, when Lucky Spool posted something on IG months ago talking about publishing their first cookbook, I fell for it hook, line and sinker. I was excited too because I like to cook! However, the actual project, The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson, was not a let down by any means. It’s a beautiful, hardcover book with 50 block patterns, or recipes, and unique sampler quilt layouts to showcase the blocks. Amy has figured out the quilt math for you and provides you with many options so that you can use the blocks in a myriad of ways and make them your own. That’s just what I decided to do.
I had recently made a paper pieced owl block of my own design (pattern can be found in my book, Intentional Piecing: From Fussy Cutting to Foundation Piecing). I enlarged it to 16″ and pieced it using Maureen Cracknell’s new collection called Nightfall. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the block and was pondering some sort of medallion when The Quilt Block Cookbook arrived at my doorstep. I added a 2″ border so that I could surround the owl block with 9″ blocks.
I used the Plus One Block from Amy’s book. I was so happy to see that she had the templates for the orange peel applique in a number of sizes so there was one that was just right for my 9″ block even though the recipe was for a 12″ finished block.
The quilt backing is a fun mishmash of the rest of the Nightfall Collection.
I’m really happy with the way the design worked out. The appliqued leaves on this block are just perfect with the owl. I added one leaf on the otherwise plain corner blocks to make a sort of ring around the owl. They lend the perfect softness to the design, balancing the pluses.
I think my favorite part of the book, besides the beautiful photos and Amy’s inspirational blocks, are the truly unique sampler layouts. Often, I find sampler quilts a little too busy and like to see the blocks have some room to breathe. Amy handles this beautifully–here is one example, the Princess Cut Quilt. She has incorporated negative space into many of the layouts too, requiring fewer pieced blocks–I can see this being really helpful for those stacks of bee blocks that we all have hanging around waiting to be made into quilt tops!
I believe that I will turn to this book again for inspiration and am happy to add it to my quilt book shelf. I think you would enjoy it too. It can be purchased here.