Show Me How To Paper-Piece 2nd Edition Back by Popular Demand

December 17th, 2021

After many requests, I am excited to let you know that Show Me How to Paper Piece is back and even better than the original that taught many people how to paper piece!!!!!!

Everything Beginners Need to Know; Includes Preprinted Designs on Foundation Paper

Quick & easy and paper-piecing method!

Learn the basics of paper-piecing with renowned teacher Carol Doak. Beginners leap into quilting and create your first paper-pieced quilt with thorough instructions and guided visuals to help achieve a perfect, accurate block. Create your own wall quilt by sewing blocks that can be completed in 3 simple steps!
Step-by-step instructions for perfect blocks every time
Guided by expert quilter and best-selling author Carol Doak
Easy for all skill levels! First-time quilters can achieve accurate blocks

Learn to paper piece perfectly!
Learn in an organized and easy fashion!

Release date January 25, 2022

Pre order at

#11474 8.5″ x 11″. 32 pages

New Craftsy Class: Amazing PAPER-PIECED STARS

September 12th, 2014

477_Paper_Pieced_Stars_Headshot_061_retouchedSome of you know that last year I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. What most of you don’t know is that I was scheduled to fly to Denver two days after the diagnosis to film my second Craftsy class. It quickly became evident that neither my mind nor my body was ready to take on that task. My producer at Craftsy was simply amazing canceling everything allowing me to focus on my immediate medical needs. I already had my suitcase packed with all the supplies I would need to present the class. Rather than unpacking it, I simply placed the suitcase in my closet. Perhaps that was my mind telling me that this event was only going to be delayed.

I am pleased to tell you that last month, I did fly to Denver with that suitcase to film my new Paper-Pieced Stars Class.


In this class, you’ll learn a variety of techniques as you paper piece six of my Eight-Pointed Star designs created just for this class, which you can combine into a fascinating medallion-style quilt (the patterns come with your class!). I’ll help you achieve perfect points with my best stitching and pressing tips.

We’ll start by going over the tools you’ll need for success with paper foundation piecing. I’ll guide you through the cut lists in your class materials, so you can prepare all your fabric pieces with tips for staying organized and efficient!

477_Paper_Pieced_Stars_03_retouchedYou’ll see how to simplify tricky seams and blocks.

477_Paper_Pieced_Stars_07_retouchedWe’ll even cover how to calculate the yardage needed for every fabric group in a quilt.


Next, you’ll gather up all the fabric goodies you need to create the simple yet striking Twinkle Star block. I’ll help you set up your sewing machine, pick the right tools to work with and choose the best stitch length for wonderful results. Then, you’ll see how to accurately lay your fabric onto foundations, sew and press it perfectly.


In our following lesson, I’ll walk you through constructing the 3-D Star block with its eye-catching dimension. Along the way, I’ll share my tips for choosing fabrics and constructing your block with perfect points, reduced bulk and flawless seams.

You’ll learn some new tricks as we create the captivating Pointed Posy Star block. In this lesson, we’ll cover how to mix and match different foundations. Plus, we’ll talk about how you can simplify blocks by reducing the number of pieces and seams.

We’ll move on to constructing the exquisite Twisted Tulip Star block with step-by-step instructions. During this lesson, you’ll discover how to mix and match different foundation sections to create new, fascinating star blocks. You’ll even pick up a trick for fixing points that don’t match up perfectly.477_Paper_Pieced_Stars_49_retouched

After that, you’ll see how to sew the Windmill Star block with its exceptional movement. In this lesson, I’ll share my practical guide to color, so you can be inspired to create a harmonious block you love!

We’ll continue with the radiant Starburst Star block. I’ll teach you about creating secondary patterns with eye-catching color effects that dance around your quilt! We’ll also discuss a simple method for calculating the yardage you’ll need for each fabric group in a quilt, so you can buy the amount of fabric you actually need. There’s even a cheat sheet in your class materials that makes this process that much easier.


If I look happy and relaxed in this photo, I was. I thoroughly enjoyed finally filming this class when I felt healthy and happy. I hope to see you there. The class is scheduled to go live on the 23rd of this month at

All the best, Carol

Sew A Star with Carol Doak Video!!!

November 17th, 2023

I am so excited that a new tutorial video has just been released on You Tube. It is simply like you stopping by my house and I will show you how I easily and accurately make Star Blocks from my newest book, 60 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars. You will learn how to create the foundations, position the fabrics correctly, join the units accurately and all the little tips and tricks that I use to make the process simple.

Just click on the image to watch the video.
Just click on the link to watch the video.

What are others saying about this new video….???

Thank you for a very detailed explanation for the process of foundation paper piecing. I have never seen such a clear and exact tutorial. I have never tried a FPP block, but I am now ready to give it a go.

This tutorial is brilliant. FPP is always daunting to my brain, but I feel I can give it a go now!

Great tutorial with awesome tips, beautiful fabric and block. Can’t wait to try a block!

And if you want more paper-pieced stars inspiration, join our 10,000 Member Group at

Carol Doak Bonus Block of the Month


Until next time, happy paper piecing, Carol

It Is Here And It Is A Hit!

September 30th, 2023
Just released and it already has 30 Five Star Reviews on Amazon

So what are the first impressions of my new book? Let me quote the reviewers who gave it Five Stars! You can click on the links below to read the full reviews. I am so pleased that all the updates, edits and improvements we made for the second edition were enjoyed and appreciated.

5.0 out of 5 stars

More blocks to love!

5.0 out of 5 stars

Beautiful Book, and Easy to Use!

5.0 out of 5 stars


Patterns and lots more

5.0 out of 5 stars

Excellent book!

5.0 out of 5 stars

Fabulous book filled with loads of Paper-Piecing Techniques5.0 out of 5 stars

LOVE the new park blocks!

5.0 out of 5 stars

Newest book is awesome

5.0 out of 5 stars

A Must Have Book for success with Paper Piecing

5.0 out of 5 stars

Carol has outdone herself with this book!

Glacier National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Vermont Star and four blocks together show how they would look in a quilt.
The back cover of the book.

Can’t wait to read what your impressions are of the new book.

All the best,


August and September Blocks of the Month are now available!

August 31st, 2023

Just a heads up that the August and September Blocks of the Month are now available in the Free Patterns Section of my web page.

These blocks are also available at the Carol Doak Bonus Block of the Month page on Facebook. The advantage of joining this free group is that you will see over 100 variations of each block I upload. We now have over 6,000 members worldwide and I have uploaded over 20 Free Patterns since June. Come and join in the fun.

August Block of the Month

This will give you some idea of just some of the spectacular blocks being made by group members.

The September Block is so wonderfully dramatic!

Yeah! These are now available.

I had so much fun yesterday whipping up this little card! I am so happy these special cards are back! Remember, the 50 Little Paper Pieced Blocks is the perfect companion for these cards. There are block designs for every time of the year!

Until next time, happy paper piecing!


Fun New Block of the Month Group

June 11th, 2023

About I decided to start this group to celebrate the release of my new book, 60 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars. To celebrate, I have designed 13 new Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars that I will share here and on my web page as a Block of the Month.

The advantage of sharing the new blocks here, is that the members here can download the pattern (pdf file) and share the block they have made with each pattern to inspire other members with a variety of fabric choices. These patterns are for personal use only.

I will begin soon when we have offered the opportunity for people to join the group. Share this group with your friends because the more members we have, the more inspiring blocks will be uploaded.

All of the techniques needed to make these blocks are described in the new book.

The first block will be the Preview Block.

The rules for this group are simple.

Be kind and follow the golden rule.

Coming Soon!

June 7th, 2023

You can preorder now!
September 25, 2023

New Videos Are Now Available!

March 4th, 2022

With the release of my new book, Show Me How to Paper Piece, 2nd Edition, I created two new videos.

Getting Ready to paper Piece

The first video shows you how to get set up to paper piece.

This video takes you through the next steps.

The second video walks you through the paper piecing process. Quilters are typically visual learners so these types of video are often very helpful.

Just click on the images to visit the C & T Publishing YouTube page to watch.

Enjoy! Carol

Show Me How to Paper Piece Book Signing and Demonstration

February 17th, 2022
Judy Sherman, owner of P J’s Quilt and Longarm Studio in N. Ft. Myers, FL

I recently had the opportunity to visit P J’s Quit and Longarm Studio in N. Ft. Myers, FL to do a book signing for my newest release, Show Me How to Paper Piece, Second Edition. Judy was such a wonderful hostess and assembled a lovely group of quilters.

Signing a copy for a new friend.

After signing a few copies, I showed those in attendance what they will find in Show Me How to Paper Piece and how to use the foundations in the book to make the cute little heart quilt on the cover.

The response to the book was wonderful and I look forward to doing more of these.

All the best,


Craftsy Impressions

November 1st, 2013

It has been a little over 6 months since my first Craftsy class, Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing, went live. Since then, I have had some major revelations about teaching foundation paper piecing on line through Craftsy.

My first revelation is the outreach this format offers. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect 6,447 students to sign up in the first few months the class went live. But they did and they continue to sign up.

My second revelation is the relatively few number of questions asked by the students. I think that is a testament to the quality of the video and the content of the classes.

My third revelation is the amount of positive feedback I would receive from those taking the class. As an instructor, that is so gratifying!

My fourth revelation is how well all the students are doing. Again, I think that is a testament to the quality of the product.


This is FranApple’s first attempt and I think she did great. Then Gico took her block and made a 4-block rotation and added borders for a charming little quilt.


This is Angel66’s Sunflower Fun project. Sometimes, one student sharing her project inspires another student. Quiltingmeemaw2 2 wrote, “Love it. I haven’t so far been able to conquer paper piecing. Have taken many classes Maybe learning this on line will be my answer. I love your color, also. Your sunflower is STUNNING !!” And Angel responded with encouragement, “Thanks so much. Carol is very good and provides lots of tips I didn’t get from local teachers. Hope you enjoy the class as much as I did, Angie” So, like in real life, the online students becomes a community. Quiltfabrications turned the Sunflower into a Daisy and shared her exquisite quilting.


Others tackle projects that they didn’t think they could achieve like Kuby who created a really pretty little quilt using the Starlight Project. Lkeene’s fabric approach was completely different.


Suzibud’s Mariner’s Compass Star turned out stunning. Abudhabiquilter, expanded her block using the free border inside the Carol Doak Legal Size Foundation Paper.

Once students achieved paper piecing success, then they began to expand and share even more projects.

Jeannie shared her beautiful Tennessee Star from the 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars book.

I love the fact that this format offers me the opportunity to share the knowledge I have with quilters around the world and help them achieve the success they desire when paper piecing and make it fun!

If you would like to join in the fun, here is a link that will give you 50% off the cost of the class making it a super value!!

I will see you there!