fff About the Guide

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Field Guide to Quilts is made for identifying quilt patterns based on the shapes in their design.

Where do you start? With our click-by-click block finder. Pick the most important, most distinctive shape in the block. Or start with a shape category. Just take your best guess. There are no wrong answers.

We've put in linked icons for crossreferences where we think a block suits more than one category, and more links when we think a nonquilter will see a shape that a quilter wouldn't.

If a block is well known, the most familiar name comes first. Otherwise, we start with the oldest or the most memorable. You'll find all the blocks that share a name by searching for that name on our Google the Site page. Every block's description includes all the names ever used for it -- at least, all we know of.

Each block appears in only one section. The block structure (4-patch, 1-patch, 9-patch, etc.) does not affect the choice of section. Blocks in the cloverleaf section are there not because they're 5-patches, but because they look like cloverleaves.

A block's section is based on only one of its most obvious design features. We've put in lots of cross-reference links so you won't have to read our minds.

If the block has a curve—any curve—it goes in the curve section. We've bent that rule for only a few blocks.

All the blocks we've included are either in the public domain, untraceable, or included with permission.

Have fun—and let us know what you think!

—Sue Preston
Staff Writer

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