Make spectacular patchwork simple as you master fundamental quilting skills and acclaimed instructor Debbie Maddy's smart techniques. Start with how to choose fabrics that complement each other beautifully. Then, piece the Carpenter's Star quilt with the best tips for creating symmetrical half-square triangles, constructing blocks with perfectly matched points, pressing to prevent bulk, pinning for easy assembly and adding gorgeous borders. Build on these skills as you use half- and quarter-square triangles to create the Spinning Stars quilt, which features an impressive secondary pattern. Take your techniques even further as you use directional fabrics to piece the movement-rich Provence Star quilt. Put a new twist on traditional quilts for projects that are striking to behold and straightforward to make.