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November 2007 Carol Doak Newsletter

I do apologize for being a bit late in sending out my November Newsletter. Actually, I was away teaching at the Houston International Quilt Festival when November arrived. I always come home so inspired after seeing the new fabrics and products at festival and playing with the greatest group on earth, quilters!

Mariner's Compass Stars

I taught several classes based upon my new book, Mariner's Compass Stars. The classes were full and the projects made by the students were super! Barbara from Houston arrived in the Mariner's Compass class with a completed Sharing Spirit quilt from the book made in red, white and blue. The quilt features the United States block from the book and it is stunning!

As an author and designer, it is always a pleasure to receive photos of projects from my books. The photos from the new book are now arriving. This Switzerland block was made into a small table topper by Stephanie in Maine as a Christmas present for her Mom.

So what are quilters saying about the new book? The majority comment that they can't believe they can make such intricate looking blocks so easily. One of the members in our Carol Doak Quilting Group posted her first two paper-pieced blocks ever! Sherie made the Africa block first and then the France Block. Both are simply stunning! Sherie wrote that she avoided paper piecing like the plague but now she is hooked!

The Web Store

I continue to add items to the web store. The latest addition is the Stitch-A-Cards. These three panel cards are made from heavy ecru card stock. The opening is 3 1/4" square and perfect for showcasing a special paper-pieced block. These are a snap to make but boy do they make an impression when the recipient receives such a special card.

The beautiful Cherry Keepsake boxes continue to be a popular item. They make the most wonderful gifts and gift season is quickly approaching. I just put in another order for the 4" opening boxes as I am running low, but received notice that it might be 3 weeks before I receive more. I currently have several of the 6" opening boxes. If you are thinking about giving one of these this holiday with a special block, I wouldn't delay in ordering.
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November Bundle of the Month

I chose the 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars book and Companion CD as the book and cd of the month and reduced the price for this month only. Take advantage of the reduced price to add this book full of stunning 8-pointed stars to your quilting library. There is a Star Block for each state and a must have for any paper piecing library. This book has been a best seller for years!
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The Carol Doak Quilting Group

What can I say except that this group continues to amaze me with their creativity and sharing. We are now over 2500 members which means I am working on a new 2500 Celebration Block to be uploaded shortly. The members are going strong making their blocks of the month. I provide the pattern and cutting list and the members decide how they will place their fabrics. The resulting blocks produce such a variety of designs. This has turned out to be a wonderful creative exercise for all our members. The block shown here is Anita's from Oregon.
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Tip of the Month

When you are printing a foundation from the Foundation Factory and will only use the top half of the paper, turn the paper over and put it in so a different block can be printed on the other side.

On the Road Again....

I'll be leaving soon for Little Rock, AR, and then will be teaching here in NH, MA, and CT. I hope to meet some of you along the way....
All the best,

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