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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159217325X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592173259
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dereck Lockwood has published quilting designs in American Quilter, Quilter's Newsletter, and Fons and Porter. He lives in Chico, California.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 13, 2011
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I must admit I bought this book for 2 simple reasons:

1) It has stars
2) It is by a guy

Plus, the price and the picture on the cover helped push my index finger toward the "Add To Cart" button. Lately I seem to be on a star kick, as I just ordered five quilting books that feature stars in the designs. I am a bit abashed to admit I had never heard of this author, but now I see he not only contributes to major magazines - he also has his own internet enterprise.

ABOUT THE 5 PROJECTS:

There are only 5 projects in these 48-pages, but Lockwood uses this short space in big ways. His flair with pattern and color is apparent from cover to cover and rich jewel tones predominate. Stars in varying proportions and pointiness are used both as centerpiece medallions and as dazzling alternating blocks or border features. The blocks tend to be rather large (for me), some being 11 and 12 inches square. The quilts are also on the large side (the largest is 99x99 and the smallest is 65x65), but the finished sizes seem like they can be easily be modified. As a teaser to help us quilters see just how effective our quilting can become, Lockwood shows a portion of the backside of 2 of the projects. These are just lovely, and a good reason to use a mostly solid backing fabric.

SKILL LEVEL & METHODS:

Please take note that ALL 5 designs are ranked as "Advanced". I think this is due to the extensive use of templates and y-seams. While some straightforward strip-piecing is used to complement the star blocks, a beginning quilter might become frustrated by how to join odd-angled pieces together. You will need to use matching dots and alignment markings (provided on some templates) to correctly assemble a few of the more intricate stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sass Pisarski on September 12, 2012
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I consider myself to be an intermediate quilter, but I LOVE stars. Of course the stars I love the most in this book was the most challenging. I don't think this is a good book for a beginner, unless you have someone with a lot of experience to help you step by step. I was thrilled with the results, but I had to have help from a more experienced quilter to complete my favorite pattern. There are easier stars to choose from, and you can work your way up, but be mindful of that from the beginning.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon S. Dinwiddie on October 7, 2011
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i can not stop reading this book. i now have loads of designs to sew and keep me busy. thank you so much.
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By lunakitty on June 9, 2013
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This is a great book for both beginner and experienced quilters. I would recommend this book to everyone, particularly to peoe who love star quilts.
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By quilter on April 30, 2012
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These are beautiful quilt patterns, but are strictly for advanced quilters. It should have been stated somewhere in the description.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Potere on February 10, 2013
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These are all 65 x 65 or larger, Beautiful quilts, with lots of plain blocks, one day I may get one of these on the machine.
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