Sue Voegtlin, Lan­dauer Pub­lish­ing Soft­cover $24.95 (144pp), 978-1-93572-690-6

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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.

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