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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: American Quilter's Society (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574329197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574329193
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book for those interested in "New York Beauty" type blocks. The cd includes exact-sized, paper piecing patterns for 6-8 quilts. (Normally paper piecing patterns for one quilt equal the price of this book.) The cd is EXTREMELY easy to use, just click on the picture of the quilt or block and you're done. They print out beautifully on your printer and off to the sewing machine you go. The book provides all the necessary info for fabric yardage, cutting and assembly...Suzy Homemaker

About the Author

Deb dabbled in quilting when her children were born BRC (Before Rotary Cutters). But then she put down her scissors and cardboard templates and took up the task of raising her children and launching a career in the interior design industry. Her youngest daughter's announcement in 2000 that she was pregnant with triplets was all the incentive Deb needed to try quilting once again.

Janet was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and learned all types of needlework from her mother. She dabbled in paints and pencils as well, but her college education included few art courses. She and her husband, Avram, and educator and writer, relocated to San Francisco in the early '80s, where they raised their son Matthew and where Janet has been employed in the music merchandising business for twenty years.

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Customer Reviews

The CD is super great for printing patterns...A real time saver.
Penny Fitzgerald
I also bought this book because of the quilt on the cover of the book and feel the publishers were dishonest by not including the pattern for the quilt.
A. Howton
Hopefully the author will realize someday that there are still many who appreciate the pattern in the book.
Tiberius

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By E Rice on February 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
i ordered this book based on the cover photo and the subtitle, 'perfect paper piecing.' i expected techniques for using, creating, or adapting patterns for paper foundation piecing--how to determine the order of piecing when creating your own foundations, what changes to make in traditional blocks, if any, for foundation piecing, that sort of thing.

instead, this is a book of quilt patterns designed by the authors that are paper pieced. there is a short introductory section on the authors' method of paper piecing, along with very brief suggestions about color, threads and quilting. no quilting patterns are included. although the paper piecers i know or i have read recommend smaller needles for piercing the paper, the authors of this book list larger needles in the one paragraph that mentions them. their instructions for removing the foundations seem to suggest doing so before fully assembling the quilt top, another departure from most of what i have read or been told. they do not suggest removing paper from one side of a seam to cut down on layers, or dampening the paper for easier removal.

the patterns are contemporary, lively, and mostly attractive. there are a couple of patterns i would consider making, so i will probably keep the book, though i am still debating that. the quilts i really like, however, are in the gallery section and i haven't checked the cd-rom to see if the patterns for those quilts are included because the cd is in a sealed envelope that would have to be removed for use and i doubt amazon would refund the purchase price if i opened the envelope.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Judy on May 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I liked the pattern featured on the front cover [it's also featured on the back cover, the front cover of the CD, as well as the back cover of the CD] but while the authors or publishers were fond enough of that quilt to use it four times to encourage sales they did not include the pattern in the book or CD. Sure enough, there ARE other patterns included, just not that one.

This is just dishonest.

I felt strongly enough about this subject to write letters to the publishers and the authors. This type of unethical behaviour should not be rewarded with book sales. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be a "one time mistake" with the publisher, American Quilting Society - the summer issue of "American Quilter" features a beautiful blue and yellow paper pieced quilt on the cover but you're wasting your time and money if you actually expect to find that pattern included in the magazine.

I buy pattern books and magazines for the PATTERNS - if the book is not going to include the patterns shown it rather defeats the purpose for me.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By C. Garrett on March 12, 2007
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I was also a bit disappointed with this book. The patterns are nice and not difficult if you already have some experience with paper piecing; however, I expected some new or different technique. There is nothing new in this book. And, additionally, the authors never provide ANY information about the different types of foundations that can be used nor what type they prefer or routinely use. For a book specifically about paper piecing, I found this a serious omission. If you're looking to add pattern books to your collection, this book is okay; if you're looking to learn something new, look elsewhere.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Homemaker on July 25, 2007
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Excellent book for those interested in "New York Beauty" type blocks. The cd includes exact-sized, paper piecing patterns for 6-8 quilts. (Normally paper piecing patterns for one quilt equal the price of this book.) The cd is EXTREMELY easy to use, just click on the picture of the quilt or block and you're done. They print out beautifully on your printer and off to the sewing machine you go. The book provides all the necessary info for fabric yardage, cutting and assembly plus helpful hints to ease cutting and assembly. Book also includes gallery of other quilts by author. Probably not a good choice for a beginning quilter due to the curved piecing required for new york beauty blocks.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Frances B. Miller on March 11, 2007
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I bought this book to make the quilt on the front and index page of this book and the pattern is not included in the book. Very misleading.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne Dana on April 27, 2008
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I absolutely love this book. I am so, so HAPPY that I did not read any of these negative reviews BEFORE I bought this book as I may not have purchased it. The ones who say the pattern for the quilt on the cover is not included are WRONG (it's on the CD and called Napa Valley), and they should apologize to the authors ! It's VERY irresponsible to put up a review that will affect sales when it's wrong! Unbelieveable! This book is wonderful with lots of patterns (11 for quilts) along with patterns for non-quilts such as placemats, table runner, and pillow case. There are also 8 bonus blocks. I am so thrilled with this book and CD because there are so many variations on the spikes and you can even print out just parts of patterns if you want and put them together in a completely different manner just by using a little imagination and you'll end up with a quilt that wasn't even in the book! This is a fun book, easy to use, and the CD with the printable patterns is awesome ! Any skill level can use this book & CD and make stunningly beautiful quilts. Thanks to the authors and keep up the good work !
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