501 Rotary-Cut Blocks

501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks

The blocks were taken from her three earlier block reference books ('Around the Block' published in 1994, 'Around the Block Again' published in 2000, 'Once more around the Block' published in 2003). These earlier books contain 200 blocks each.

Unlike other block reference books, Judy Hopkins doesn't just content herself with listing the blocks, but provides template-free rotary cutting instructions in 6 sizes for each block. Every block gets half a page of standardized description which is easy to follow and contains all necessary information for cutting and sewing: three images showing the components  and the order in which they should be pieced together, the recommended colour values, grid information and - most important of all - the sizes of the squares to be cut.

It is highly recommended to read the short introduction on how to use the block patterns.

Block patterns range from well known old favourites such as Churn Dash, Card Trick, Ohio Star and Bears Paw to less common blocks (e. g. one of our favourite blocks: Arrow Crowns). No information on the block's history is given, but the bibliography at the end of the book points to reference books that can provide that kind of background.

Summary of general information

Publisher:Martingale & Company

Year of publication:2008

Language: English

ISBN: 9781564778932 Pick It!

Book cover:Softcover

Number of pages: 288

Our opinion

Since Judy Hopkins' first 'Around the Block' book has had great influence on me as a quilter, it is obvious that I love the whole concept of these books. We highly recommend this latest publication in Judy Hopkins' block book series to any quilter who is interested in or would like to make one ore several block based quilts.

However, if you own one or two of the previous books, we would advise you have a close look at the book before you buy it. This new book contains 181 blocks from 'Around the Block', 160 blocks from 'Around the Block again' and 157 blocks from 'Once more around the Block'. You have to decide for yourself whether the number of blocks that are new to you justifies the purchase or not.

Our advice:

The blocks are sorted alphabetically. This is not always convenient, especially if you are planning a sampler quilt. We therefore photocopied the pages with the blocks, cut the copies in half so as to have half pages with only one quilt block. Then we glued those half-pages to file cards. When planning a sampler quilt, you can now sort through your pile of quilt block file cards and select blocks according to grid compatibility and available block size, colour values, personal preference etc. On the back of the file cards, you can also make notes such as 'Easy to sew', 'Tricky block - pay attention to Flying Geese units' etc. ;-)

This is admissible and covered by copyright laws and the provision made by the publisher only if you keep the file cards for your personal use! You also infringe on intellectual property rights, if you re-sell the book after having made the copies! Be fair and respect the brainwork of others and remember that copying books and patterns for others is not sharing, but stealing.

The sampler quilt on the picture below was made based was made with blocks from the first of Judy Hopkins’ block books. The quilt is called “49” because there are 49 different quilt blocks.

Sampler Quilt