For anyone who has admired quilt patterns with long, narrow, sharp spikes, but thought they were beyond reach, this book and pattern CD is for you. Now, even beginner quilters can perfect paper piece with pizzazz. The days of awkward pieces of paper held up to the light are over. With the paper-folding method, that's no longer necessary, and with paper foundations, the accuracy of those sharp points is assured. The instructions for Perfect Paper Piecing are given in detail and generously illustrated in photos. Plus, the accompanying pattern CD contains all patterns at full size, allowing you to print as many as you need, without worrying about distortion from the copy machine. Quilters can begin by making a pillowcase or playful placemat. Once they experience this easy and fast method, they can, with confidence, try one of the quilt patterns taught by the QuiltMavens in their beginning classes - pieces such as Aaron's quilt, Day at the Beach, or Whirligig. Raspberry Sorbet is the most playful of the group. These quilts look complex but go together very quickly. Then comes what the authors call 'Extreme Spiking.' These are blocks that have been skewed into new shapes. Because paper foundation piecing is so accurate, these unusual blocks go together nearly as easily as more traditional blocks. Compatible with Windows and Mac.
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
Quilt Mavens-Perfect Paper Piecing - 03/22/2010
Reviewer: Sylvia Thomas from Paducah, KY, USA
AQS recently heard from Diann in Silverdale, WA, that she was having difficulty opening the pattern CD for “Quilt Mavens: Perfect Paper Piecing” by Deb Karasik and Janet Mednick. The pattern CD is designed to open with Adobe© Acrobat© Reader and will not require a password. If when opening the CD you are asked for a password, your computer is trying to use the wrong program. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it free from the Internet. --Sylvia Thomas, AQS Administrative Assistant
Review of Quilt Mavens: Perfect Paper Piecing - 01/23/2008
Reviewer: Anonymous from Golden, CO, US
Achieve breathtaking results with these complex-looking patterns that go together quickly and accurately. The authors give basic instructions on color choices and foundation piecing, as well as a detailed explanation of the 14 patterns included on the CD-ROM. Deb and Janet’s conversational tips and strategies are sprinkled throughout. Three small projects quickly progress to more advanced quilts. Prior experience with curved piecing and set-in seams would be a plus. From wickedly easy to extremely spiky, make stunning quilts you never before thought possible. Review source: Joli Hines Sayasane, “Quilters Newsletter Magazine”, March 2008, page 19.
Review of Quilt Mavens: Perfect Paper Piecing - 10/30/2007
Reviewer: Anonymous from Oregon, WI, US
Paper piecing for quilters just got easier with “QuiltMavens: Perfect Paper Piecing,” a guide to producing polished, professional results using the QuiltMavens method along with a pattern CD-ROM included. Color photos and patterns accompany color sidebars of details and information to make paper piecing a snap. The results look intricate and complex but are actually easy to reproduce, making this a top pick for aspiring quilters who want to learn paper-piecing tricks. Review source: The Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch, July 2007
Review of Quilt Mavens: Perfect Paper Piecing - 05/24/2007
Reviewer: Anonymous from Oregon, WI, US
The collaborative work of quilting experts Deb Karasik and Janet Mednick, "QuiltMavens: Perfect Paper Piecing," provides clear and easy to follow, step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions for creating perfect paper piecing for making distinctive quilts. Specifically designed to enable even the most novice beginner to make perfect narrow, sharp spikes, the “quilter friendly” patterns will create stunningly beautiful and seemingly complex quilts utilizing the “Mavens” method of construction. Along with offering an informed and informative text that is profusely supported by illustrations, "QuiltMavens: Perfect Paper Piecing" includes an accompanying CD containing all the patterns represented –– making it a perfect and highly prized addition to personal, professional, and community library needlecraft and quilting reference collections. Review Source: The Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch, May 2007
Review of Quilt Mavens: Perfect Paper Piecing - 02/07/2007
Reviewer: Deborah Drescher from Mason, MI, US
This book and accompanying CD-Rom need to have a Black Box warning that says:
"WARNING! Spikes are addictive. View and use at your own risk!"
Deb Karasik and Janet Mednick have collaborated to create a collection of gorgeous quilts containing curves, and spikes, and all manner of things! Best of all, these quilts (now known as Spikey Quilts) are something that can be done by quilters everywhere, because they are paper pieced.
The instructions in the book are clear, the illustrative pictures are great, the patterns are on the CD-Rom for ease of use, and the pictures of the quilts will take your breath away.......... and then inspire you to create Spikey Quilts of your own!