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NOVEMBER 2011 CAROL DOAK NEWSLETTER
I apologize for the tardiness of my November newsletter, but I have a good excuse. I was away at the Houston International Quilt Market and Festival playing with about 40,000 other quilters.
Market and festival are always so exciting and inspiring. I come home after about 10 days one little whipped puppy, with my head spinning with ideas.
While I was at market, I had the opportunity to present my new book, 50 Little Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks to an audience of quilt shop owners.
Before leaving, I made the sample blocks from the book into the most adorable little quilts. The quilt at the left features the blocks with the dark backgrounds. Stars, baskets, fflower, tree and geometric designs offer lots of interest.
I just received word that the book has shipped from the warehouse so it should arrived here next week. I have added the new book to my web store!!!!!
50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks
Yeahh!!! I have received notice that my order for the NEW book has shipped from the warehouse and will arrive here next week.
The response to all the fun little 3" block designs was simply wonderful. These blocks are perfect for showcasing in the Carol Doak Keepsake Cards and for making little quilts and projects. I am so pleased it has arrived in plenty of time for you to start making those very special cards for family and friends for the holidays (and throughout the year).
It has a super price point of $12.95 because it does not include a Foundation Factory CD. You can simply trace, copy or scan the image and print out on Carol Doak Foundation Paper.
I have also added the bundle item of the book and the cards so you can save more! Look for both in my web store. Click on the link "Web Store" to arrive there quickly.
Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars is ON SALE THIS MONTH!!!
104 pages, 81/2" x 11", full color and includes the Foundation Factory CD computer program to print these foundations.
Mix-and-Match units, 50 NEW 12" state star blocks and endless star possibilities. Combining these simple units offer the opportunity to produce over 2500 9-Patch Star Blocks!!!!!!
12 Sparkling quilt projects presented in a variety of sizes
Make perfect stars every time!
Easy for beginners, splendid for advanced quilters
Bonus CD-ROM - print the patterns in different sizes, so you can star gaze to your heart's content.
This past month the sewing machines have been on overload with the group. I began uploading a series of six clues for our latest Mystery Quilt. Then I game it some time for the members to guess at the solution. This Mystery was called a "Twisted Mystery" and the reason I called it that is because there were lots of "twisting" blocks in the solution. There was also a "twist" to the solution in that members were providing lots of wonderful alternatives solutions.
The combination of the varied fabrics chosen and the variety of solutions offered was amazing.
If you want to see some of the other wonderful quilts produced and join in the fun, please click on the name of the group above.
We will leave the light on.
New Pattern in the Free Patterns Section
Although I have been in balmy Houston, New Hampshire actually had a bit of snow while I was away!
Well, the Pollyanna in me suggests we should celebrate the snow. What better way to do that than to make cute little paper-pieced Snowman cards.
Both of these little guys are available in the "Free Patterns Section" of my web page.
There are also directions for turning them into Christmas Ornaments.
On the Road again...Not!
I will be home until January when I am looking foward to traveling to California to be part of the faculty for the Road to California. I am hoping to wrap everything up for my next book in the next couple of months.
We have been doing some work around the house in preparation for the winter months. One thing we needed to do was replace the walk and patio in our yard. As the gentlemen worked laying out the random pattern of squares and rectangles, I could see a 9-Patch block. I shared the drawing with them and they were game. So, it is not a hand print, but it certainly is my stamp on the patio.
Until next time, happy paper piecing. Carol