Pepper Cory authored two classic books of quilting designs - Quilting Designs from the Amish and Quilting Designs from Antique Quilts. Long out of print and now considered to be collectible vintage quilt books, they easily sell for over $100 apiece on the Internet! The very best patterns from among those in both books were chosen, completely redrawn, and compiled into this new collection of five dozen patterns. Twenty original patterns were resized to fit a standard 8-inch block for easier enlargements, reductions, and scanning. Some of the traditional patterns were updated into continuous-line designs for today's machine quilters. A few new blocks were designed to co-ordinate with the originals. Pepper was one of the first quilt designers to make the leap to plastic. Her impressive collection of quilting patterns is available from StenSource. What makes this book unique is Pepper s photo essay on how to use stencils. The step-by-step photographs show how to make your own plastic stencils from the patterns in the book, and how to mark your quilts with the newest tools and pens available. A handy reference icon identifies patterns already sold as stencils.