Each At Home with the Experts DVD Offers All This:
• A private class with internationally known teachers, filmed right in their own home studios
• An in-depth lesson on the authors' signature techniques, with lots of close-ups to make it easy to see and learn
• An instant refresher course that can be watched over and over, anywhere, any time
• A personal viewing of some of the authors' favorite quilts
• Detailed list of the supplies and tools you'll need
• Exercises and success tips to improve your skills at any level
• The perfect supplement to the detailed cutting charts, diagrams and instructions in the authors' books.
Review By: Tracy Chapman, Let's Get Sewing - August 28, 2008
"WOW...if you love Lone Star Quilts and you've always wanted to take a class from quilt celebrity, Jan Krentz, here's your chance to get an up-close and personal look."
Review Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles - August 8, 2008
"Quilter, teacher, designer and artist, Krentz, has earned her title as master quilter. Involved in the craft since a mere slip of a girl, Krentz has written a long list of how-to books and was named 1998 Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter magazine. Most of her classes and publications deal with diamond block piecing and the star quilts and variations that result such as the Lone Star or Hunter Star. Krentz paces the DVD at an easy-to-follow rhythm that could lull you to sleep if you aren't captivated by the tips and techniques as well as secrets and helpful hints. The only time my lids closed was toward the end when she sewed basic seams connecting squares and triangles to the diamond shaped legs of her star quilt top. Her smile and willingness to admit mistakes adds to the lessons' appeal. When she accidentally sewed wrong edges together, she turned it into a lesson and showed how to correct the mistake, acknowledging that ripping is definitely part of sewing. Her lessons include everything from choosing the right tools and fabrics to calculating pattern sizes, allowing for the width of the pencil lead -- that's accuracy! The design mirrors that allow quilters to see a finished star from just one section worked like a magic trick. The DVD was filled to the brim with helpful hints, tool suggestions, and how-tos. Perhaps my favorite aspect, the one that would send me racing to buy a DVD rather than print book, was watching her doing each step of the project. For a novice quilter, this alone got my fingers itching to try it myself. Additional features introduce viewers to the quilter through her own words and to a gallery of her work. Of course the tour of her studio left me with fabric collection envy and an urge to visit the closest IKEA store. As a bonus, she breaks down the making of a more complex quilt, although it is a bit misleading. She only addresses the central panel. To finish the quilt one would need to study the 'How to Make a New York Beauty" and probably some paper piecing as well. The DVD cost, approximately $21, seems a reasonable price to pay for the opportunity to spend a few hours with a master quilter. One-on-one with your favorite teacher, repeat as often as you want. View, rewind, review, and keep learning until you master the lessons. New technology to view the lessons, and modern techniques to construct such a classic quilt -- perfect combination."
Review By: Joanne Thomson, Joanne Thomson's Weblog - September 15, 2008
"I’ve had this DVD for a week now. It arrived last Friday afternoon and I watched it right away. Once again I love it! Jan includes lots of basic info on the way she chooses fabrics, sews and presses."
Review By: Violette Severin, Hand Quilting - September 20, 2009
"...Jan is one calm lady. Every time I have even thought about making a lone star quilt, I got nervous. There are so many points that need to match. However, Jan stays cool, calm and relaxed as she measures and measures and measures again her way through each step in this quilt. The DVD has the usual sections on tools and fabric selection. What is unique about it is that a slide show quickly demonstrates the sewing of the diamond units and the rest of the DVD is devoted to Jan's tips to achieve accuracy throughout the making of the quilt. Jan begins the lone star quilt by making a mock-up of the diamond unit that she can refer to in order to verify the accuracy of the fabric placement. She uses pieces of blue duck tape to mark her rulers at the measurement she will be using to cut her fabric. If she can't work on the quilt on a regular basis, Jan writes down the sewing machine, needle size and presser foot that she used so that she doesn't get confused when she picks up the project again. In addition, she demonstrates how to press accurately, how preparing for cutting can ensure accuracy, cutting multiple units, blocking and assembly of the lone star. Special features of the DVD include an interview with Jan as well as a gallery of her lone star quilts and a tour of her studio. If I ever attempt another lone star quilt I will use this DVD as I progress through the quilt. A lone star that I pieced about 10 years ago from a precut kit was a disaster. I am not sure what went wrong but I know that I didn't press or measure like Jan did in this DVD. I am hoping, also, that her calm attitude toward this difficult pattern will rub off on me. If you are considering making the lone star quilt, you must watch this DVD."