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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place (October 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564771989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564771988
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol Doak has greatly influenced the art and craft of quiltmaking for more than a decade. Her accomplishments include authoring over a dozen books and designing quilts that have appeared on the covers of nearly every quilting magazine in the United States, including Quilter's Newsletter Magazine and McCall's Quilting.


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As a best-selling author, celebrated teacher and lecturer and award-winning quiltmaker, Carol Doak has geatly influenced the art and craft of quiltmaking for more than a decade, both in the U.S. and internationally. Her accomplishments include a sizable collection of popular books - Easy Machine Paper Piecing, Easy Paper-Pieced Keepsake Quilts, Easy Mix & Match Machine Paper Piecing, Show Me How to Paper Piece, Easy Reversible Vests, Easy Paper-Pieced Miniature Quilts, Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!), Easy Stash Quilts, 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars, Easy Paper-Pieced Baby Quilt, 40 Bright and Bold Paper-Pieced Blocks, 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks, Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars and her recent release, Mariner's Compass Stars, is receiving rave reviews . Carol also recently released an updated version of her best-selling Easy Reversible Vests, 50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks and her latest book, Carol Doak's Creative Combinations. With over one million books in print, it is no secret that Carol has raised the popularity of paper piecing, her trademark technique, to heights never before seen in the world of quiltmaking.

Carol's Carol Doak Foundation Paper and Carol Doak's Keepsake Frame Cards are very popular items for paper piecers around the world.

An impressive range of her beautiful blue-ribbon quilts have been featured in several books, such as Great American Quilts 1990 and The Quilt Encyclopedia and on the cover's of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Quilt World, Quilting Today, Ladies' Circle Patchwork and McCall's Quilting.

Carol's lighthearted approach and ability to teach have earned her high marks and positive comments from workshop participants worldwide and at national shows such as the Houston International Quilt Festival and the American Quilter's Society Show. If you have ever taken a class from Carol, you know that her enthusiasm for quiltmaking is infectious. Carol has a gift of sharing her inspiring ideas with her students in such a positive and unique way. Carol travels to teach extensively through the United States including Alaska and Hawaii and as far away as England and Australia.

In April 1999, Carol was awarded the 8th Honors Award from the Eastcoast Quilters Alliance in recognition of her outstanding influence in the field of quilting. In September 1999, her book, Easy Machine Paper Piecing, was named by Quilter's Newsletter Magazine as one of the 30 most influential books in the past 30 years. She was also nominated as one of 24 All-American Quilters in 2004 and 2005 Professional Quilter of the year.

Carol's history in the quiltmaking is nothing short of remarkable, and the future of quiltmaking will benefit from her generous knowledge, enthusiasm, and most of all from her love of quilts.

Carol lives in New Hampshire, where she claims the cold winters give her plenty of reason to stockpile a fabric stash for insulation purposes!

Customer Reviews

I am glad I purchased this book and look forward to making my first quilt!
Magdalene
This is a great little book for learning all the very basic quilting terms and hints for laying out and sewing your first quilt.
P.J.
The pictures and instructions are straightforward, easy to understand and follow, and logical.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

302 of 308 people found the following review helpful By Mary Z. Cox on August 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
You too can read this book and feel like a quilting bee! I love this book because Carol Doak explains every stupid little detail you need to know in order not to screw up big time with quilts. It's not easy to sew all those little pieces together and have them come out symetrical. If you wack off the excess with a rotary cutter, (which seems pretty fun at the time), the block is the wrong size. Carol has a gentle and humorous voice and this book must be written at about the third grade level because even I understand it. I like the black and white shaded diagrams because it's easier to keep your colors straight if you use different color combinations for the same quilt. Best of all, there are simple projects in this book that are beautiful and truly suitable for a beginner. I made a variation of the simple stars quilt for my Mom for Christmas and she loves me again. My daughter has been whining for one of her own ever since she saw Grandma's. I ironed on wonderful antique photos of four generations of mothers and daughters in the star centers--which made the quilt an instant family hit. As a result, Mom loves me second best of all the kids again, although she probably still loves my brother the best because he bought her the weed wacker she wanted for Christmas and she always liked him better anyway.
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137 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Arbela on February 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
To put it simply, prior to this book (and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quilting"), I could barely reattach a shirt button. I don't know what made me think I could hand stitch a quilt, but I just jumped into it. 6 weeks later, I had a beautiful, hand made lap quilt as a present for my mother.
This book shows the necessary techniques, provides pearls of wisdom and offers projects from start to finish, all with a nice touch of humor.
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110 of 111 people found the following review helpful By sarahottem@aol.com on February 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have never learned to sew. Well, not really. I have hemmed my pants and reattached my buttons, but that was my entire sewing repertoire before I got a wild idea to start quilting. I bought three different books, all of which were helpful in their own ways, but this book made it possible to start and complete my own project. It has everything from quilting vocabulary musts and the necessary tools to stitching techniques. I can't say enough good things about it!
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jmartorano@aol.com on June 22, 1998
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A wonderful reference and learning tool for anyone who wants to learn to quilt without classes. Teaches the reader how to choose fabric color, what hue and texture means, making templates, machine and hand-piecing, machine and hand quilting, assembling your quilt and a complete review of quilt supplies. It should be called, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Quilting, but Didn't Know Who To Ask." It is a book you can depend on for the answers. The description and step-by-step photos of the hand quilting stitch is excellent.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Chris F. Willis on January 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had sewed clothing years ago and attended a 1-day beginning machine quilting class but still didn't feel very confident. We didn't do any piecing at all in the class, and I really didn't know where to begin with a "real" project. I really wanted to make a baby quilt for two close friends but was afraid to start. This book came to the rescue! After skimming through the book I learned about how to calculate fabric requirements. I learned how to use a rotary cutter properly to cut straight on the grain of the fabric, and got great tips for cutting and piecing quickly. I refered to the book numerous times for guidance while putting together a baby quilt pattern I found on the Internet, and then used a pattern from the book to create a quilted pillow for a Christmas gift for my Mom. The book has great tips for everything from what you need to get started to creating your own bias or straight-grain binding strips and putting that final touch on your first project! I will probably make many of the projects given within the book, although I must say I wasn't fond of the fabric choices in the color photos; I used VERY different choices in my own projects and was extraordinarily pleased with how the patterns came together. If you have ever wanted to know more about quilting and are thinking about taking the plunge, this is the book for you.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had always been fascinated but intimidated by quilts; this book has made it possible for me to begin quilting. The information is very clearly presented, projects are taught step by step and mysterious language is explained. In the space of three months I am on my third quilt and that is from a standing start. This book could be called 'quilting for the terrified'!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Real Estate Bargain on August 10, 2002
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Don't miss out on this book. This is a must to have for beginners as well as quilters who are already in the process of some projects. It is wonderful and clear. No guess work and it provides STEP by STEP instruction to all the projects inside. I am so glad that I got this book. It helped me with so many questions and gave me tips and tricks on how to better and faster work on my projects.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jane Bertolaccini on February 10, 2006
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I had always wanted to learn quilting but had never had a chance - no courses in my area, etc. Then I ordered this book and it did magic: it removed my fears and made me feel that, though quilting does involve work, that work can be pleasant and fun. The instructions and ilustrations are very clear. Detail: I am Brazilian and learned English as a foreign language; in spite of that, I could understand the instructions very well. That proves how clear they are. The projects are also interesting - well detailed, with perfect measurings so that you will not be disappointed. For me it was indeed the ideal first book. It made my first experiences in quilting very rewarding and frustration-free.
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