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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing; Csm edition (February 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607056577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607056577
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Knapp's unique grid system allows you to draft star blocks accurately at any size. Included are instructions for drawing 35 blocks and for five projects. Also included are a pull-out pattern section, a glossary of terms and 'tricks of the trade.'
(Quilters Newsletter, June/July 2013)

Star blocks are an eternal favourite of quilters and in this book Mary shares her technique for drafting star blocks accurately at any size using her grid system. Included are 35 star designs and five projects, as well as loads of helpful tips and clear diagrams. (Australian Quilters Companion, Summer 2013)

Star blocks have always fascinated me, but because they look so complex I have avoided them. According to this book, you don't need any complicated calculations to achieve beautiful, complex-looking designs. There are 35 blocks to choose from and 5 projects using the pre-drawn grid which is supplied with the book. I found the grid system very complicated, but then for those of you who enjoy a mathematical conundrum and are very interested in the piecing side of quilting, this is a very comprehensive book. (Fabrications Quilting For You, April/May 2013)

About the Author

Mary Knapp is a retired biology teacher who now teaches quilting and designs patterns. She enjoys both piecing and appliqué, hand quilting, and machine quilting. Her award-winning quilts have been on exhibit in a variety of venues. Mary lives in New York.

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Mary Knapp's quilts are a meld of many aspects of her background. She enjoys the process of designing and combining. Mary lives in upstate New York and spends summers along the St. Lawrence with her family. Mary has taught classes and had exhibits in a variety of venues, had a quilt used as art for the cover of a college math text and won numerous awards in a variety of quilt shows.
She enjoys teaching design classes using simple tools to create complex results. The blocks in her book Star Quilts can be done on a computer drawing program or sitting outside in an Adirondack Chair with paper and pencil.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2013
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Star Quilts by Mary Knapp is a surprise. First, the list of tools is initially daunting; it includes a compass, calipers, protractor, and paper tape. Also, Knapp's use of silk fabrics is what gives these blocks their sheen and depth. And ultimately, this is not a book where you skip all the intervening text and jump right into a project. This must be read, reread, and approached much like a lab experiment. (The author used to be a biology teacher.) Some quilters who love drafting will relish all this, while others will drop and run. I just want you to know this upfront in case you've not had a chance to completely look through the book in person. I do not mean to scare away beginners. Knapp's approach, although time and labor intensive, is completely doable. It's just not speedy, but you will learn valuable techniques: drafting, set-in seams, using templates, marking and matching points, optional paper-piecing, and achieving squareness and accurate piecing.

Even if I need to use a mass spectrometer to make Mary Knapp's star quilts, I'll happily learn how to do so. These star blocks are ravishingly fresh and intriguingly intricate. They are not as multifaceted as Jinny Beyer's divine creations, but every bit as compelling. The first half of the book is devoted to the blocks themselves, while the latter half contains the 5 suggested projects, along with an important tips and techniques section. If you choose to use silk fabrics as the author does, you'll need to use a light-weight stabilizer or freezer-paper; Knapp provides ample advice on this. Deeply dyed near-solid cottons might achieve the same look, especially if you've got some sateens which will better mimic the visual silk effect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eileen L. BleibtreyEileen L. Bleibtrey on March 4, 2013
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The book contains very creative ideas that could be used in other artistic endeavors besides quilting, although it fits quilting very well.
It is very well-organized, with specific ways of measuring for creating the patterns shown. The quilting patterns that the author has created are beautiful! It is the best book on quilting that I have seen!
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By Danon Diggs-Ream on January 13, 2014
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book is easy to understand and shows many blocks using the star theme. well illustrated with many ideas for patterns and block layouts
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