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Deb Karasik 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.
She ventured off to her local quilt shop and was introduced to the rotary cutter. With the discovery of this amazing tool, and all the luscious fabrics that were available for quilters, her new passion was born.
In these few short years of working in and honing this art form, Deb has designed and made numerous original quilts. Despite the fact (or perhaps because) she had no official art training or background, she had no preconceived boundaries as to design or color choices. When you view her quilts, this freedom of design and joyful use of color is instantly apparent.
In 2001 she met Janet Mednick at the San Francisco Quilter's Guild, and they became not only fast friends but also collaborators on many quilt projects
Janet Mednick 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, an 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. For more than fifteen years, she has been designing and making quilts in the evenings and on weekends, and she has won numerous ribbons at local quilt shows. She and Deb both enjoy the fun and camaraderie of team projects. Together and separately, they continue to design and create quilts (still in the evening and on weekends) that visually push the limits of the usual concept of "quilt."
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.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1 The Basics||8|
|Color and Cloth||8|
|A Word about Quilting||18|
|Chapter 2 Small Spiky Projects||21|
|Roman Holiday Placemat||22|
|Rise and Shine Pillowcase||27|
|Chapter 3 Wickedly Easy Spikes||30|
|Aaron's Quilt II||34|
|Chapter 4 Abandoning the Traditional||43|
|Day at the Beach||44|
|Chapter 5 Extreme Spiking||55|
|Passion in the Round||61|
|Chapter 6 Outside the Box||79|
|Lily in Disguise||80|
|Chapter 7 Gallery||83|
|Meet the Authors||95|