Make spectacular patchwork simple as you master fundamental quilting skills and acclaimed instructor Debbie Maddy's smart techniques. Start with how to choose fabrics that complement each other beautifully. Then, piece the Carpenter's Star quilt with the best tips for creating symmetrical half-square triangles, constructing blocks with perfectly matched points, pressing to prevent bulk, pinning for easy assembly and adding gorgeous borders. Build on these skills as you use half- and quarter-square triangles to create the Spinning Stars quilt, which features an impressive secondary pattern. Take your techniques even further as you use directional fabrics to piece the movement-rich Provence Star quilt. Put a new twist on traditional quilts for projects that are striking to behold and straightforward to make.
Meet your instructor, quilting designer Debbie Maddy, before embarking on your first in-class project: the dazzling Carpenter's Star quilt. You'll learn to choose effective fabrics for the quilt blocks and background before using Debbie's time-saving techniques for auditioning fabric placement and making the all-important sample page.
Discover the best ways to cut, sew and press the half-square triangles that make up your Carpenter's Star blocks. Debbie demonstrates her favorite techniques for cutting symmetrical pieces and chain-sewing your triangles precisely and efficiently. Finish by pressing your blocks while preventing bulk or accidental stretching.
Learn how to lay out the Carpenter's Star blocks and train your eye to detect layout mistakes. Next, follow along with Debbie's professional pinning techniques to keep your blocks perfectly aligned and prevent mishaps at the sewing machine. Finish by sewing all of the blocks for your center star into rows with perfect star points and matched seam lines.