100 Any-Size Flower Blocks

Leisure Arts £12.99

IBSN 978-1-46471-591-4 (s/b 64 pages + cd)

This is one of a series by Rita Weiss and Linda Causee which contain a variety of blocks on a theme. These flower block patterns are grouped by foundation piecing, picture applique (which I would say is ordinary applique), traditional applique (in this case Baltimore stye) and pieced. There are some very nice blocks here, but many of them are very stylised and not particularly realistic. If you are looking for inspiration for a variety of flower styles this is great book to help you. Be aware that some of the foundation patterns, although more realistic, contain a very large number of pieces, and are very complex. The accompanying cd is useful, as it allows you to print patterns for each block from 4in to 16in square, however, some patterns would be very hard to use at 4in unless you are experienced in miniature piecing. It's also worth remembering that many laptops no longer come with a cd drive, so you may not be able to take advantage of the cd at all.