A Pattern CD-ROM is included in Quilt Mavens Perfect Paper Piecing by Deb Karasik and Janet Mednick as well as detailed instructions for perfect paper piecing with how-to photos. No experience is needed to accomplish perfect narrow, sharp spikes and achieve breathtaking results.

Quilt Mavens Perfect Paper Piecing Cover

Quilt Mavens
Perfect Paper Piecing
Patterns Included on CD

Author: Deb Karasik and Janet Mednick
Pages: 93
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11 "
Publisher: American Quilter's Society
Cover: Soft

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Make stunning quilts you never thought possible before!

  • Detailed instructions for Perfect Paper Piecing are generously illustrated with how-to photos.
  • No experience needed to accomplish perfect narrow, sharp spikes.
  • Achieve breathtaking results as complex-looking patterns go together quickly and accurately with the Maven's method.
  • Pattern CD-ROM is included inside.


Instruction Page
Instruction Page

Meet the Authors Authors Deb Karasik and Janet Mednick

Deb Karasik dabbled in quilting when her children were born BRC (Before Rotary Cutters). But then she put down her scissors and cardboard templates and took up the task of raising her children and launching a career in the interior design industry. Her youngest daughter's announcement in 2000 that she was pregnant with triplets was all the incentive Deb needed to try quilting once again.

She ventured off to her local quilt shop and was introduced to the rotary cutter. With the discovery of this amazing tool, and all the luscious fabrics that were available for quilters, her new passion was born.

In these few short years of working in and honing this art form, Deb has designed and made numerous original quilts. Despite the fact (or perhaps because) she had no official art training or background, she had no preconceived boundaries as to design or color choices. When you view her quilts, this freedom of design and joyful use of color is instantly apparent.

In 2001 she met Janet Mednick at the San Francisco Quilter's Guild, and they became not only fast friends but also collaborators on many quilt projects

Janet Mednick was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and learned all types of needlework from her mother. She dabbled in paints and pencils as well, but her college education included few art courses. She and her husband, Avram, an educator and writer, relocated to San Francisco in the early '80s, where they raised their son Matthew and where Janet has been employed in the music merchandising business for twenty years. For more than fifteen years, she has been designing and making quilts in the evenings and on weekends, and she has won numerous ribbons at local quilt shows. She and Deb both enjoy the fun and camaraderie of team projects. Together and separately, they continue to design and create quilts (still in the evening and on weekends) that visually push the limits of the usual concept of "quilt.".

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Basics8
Color and Cloth8
Paper-Piecing Method11
A Word about Quilting18
Chapter 2 Small Spiky Projects21
Roman Holiday Placemat22
Playful Placemat25
Rise and Shine Pillowcase27
Chapter 3 Wickedly Easy Spikes30
Rolling Spirals31
Aaron's Quilt II34
Black Tooth39
Chapter 4 Abandoning the Traditional43
Day at the Beach44
Raspberry Sorbet51
Chapter 5 Extreme Spiking55
Spike Redux56
Passion in the Round61
Chapter 6 Outside the Box79
Lily in Disguise80
Chapter 7 Gallery83
Meet the Authors95


Lily in Disquise



Passion in the Round


Spike ReduxsWhirligig

Day at the BeachAaron's Quilt II

Rolling SpiralsRoman Holiday Placemat