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April 2008 Carol Doak Newsletter

Well, after a cold and snowy winter, the warm sun and patches of ground are a welcome site.

The Carol Doak Quilting Group

We now have 3332 members from all over the world. The members have been busy adding the successive rounds to their Yours Truly Round Robins. It is amazing how the same set of criteria given each month has yielded so many incredible, yet different quilts. This spectacular quilt is being made by Carole D as she she added her third round. The photo album is full of similar wonderfully creative quilts.

Lots of members are participating in the Block of the Month designs that I have been creating for the group. I upped the ante for the random prize for the month of March by offering 60 fat quarters to the winner. Lots of members responded and we had 118 photos submitted for the month of March. Since I offered another box of 60 fat quarters for April, I believe we will have lots of April blocks posted too! This festive March block was made by Martha F.

Some members have just begun a Spring Batik Block Swap that is producing some gorgeous blocks. This block is the Texas star from Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars and was made by Louanne G.

If you would like to join in the fun, please do at

News From the Web Store

Since using the Foundation Factory program is without a doubt the easiest way to print your foundations for paper piecing, I've grouped all three cds, The Carol Doak Designer Edition, The Companion CD for 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars and The Companion CD for 40 Bright & Bold Paper-Pieced Blocks into a 3 Pak, making all the available at a reduced price. Take advantage of this offer to load these on your PC or MAC OSX computer and have about 500 designs at your disposal.

The Book of the Month this month is Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars. This book comes with the Foundation Factory CD to print the foundations. The foundations in this book are very simple and versatile, giving you the opportunity to make over 2500 9-Patch Stars by mix and matching the point, centers and corner units. When asked what would be a good beginner book, I always suggest this book! Take advantage of the reduced price this month to add this versatile book to your library.

Surprise Sale Items I love surprises so I started last month adding surprise sale items in the store. Stop by often and see what might be on sale that day.

Tip of the Month:

Many of you know that I use the Rotary Point Cutter when I need to remove a piece of fabric that has been sewn on incorrectly. The way that I keep track of whether I have flipped the blade and used both ends is to place the blade in the cutter with the word "Olfa" in the little slit. When the blade is rotated to use the other end, the word is at the end of the blade.

On the Road Again

I just returned from a delightful trip to Ketchikan, Alaska where I lectured and taught workshops for the Rainy Day Quilters. I took this picture of the view from my hotel room of the harbor and the snow-capped mountains.
I'll be heading to Knoxville, TN, Detroit, MI, Bel Air, MD and Reading, PA this month. I hope to see some of you along the way.
All the best,

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