I was so inspired by the quilt patterns in this book and have enjoyed seeing Piece O' Cake designs evolve into ever more creative and inspiring quilt patterns with applique. After studying all the techniques for applique and giving my hand a try at it, I felt confident that I was ready to take on the challenge of some of their more advanced quilt projects. While I absolutely love the designs, I found some problems with the instructions and the templates for the Dresdon Dots pattern. My favorite quilt store once said to me that this is a common problem and that a good teacher is really a good editor. After a few rounds of trial and error I finally managed to figure out how to get things just right ([...] It would have been so helpful if there were more step by step directions, and close-up photos of finished blocks. If you haven't taken on the challenge of a double wedding ring quilt or something like a dresdan plate quilt, you might need to study these techniques first through a class or another book that focuses more in depth on construction techniques. For the publisher (C&T Publishing), I think it would be enormously helpful to have their instructions kitchen tested to make sure they are clear to the reader. Quilting is a very expensive art form, and I know more then one quilter that has purchased fabric, books, and supplies, only to wind up in total frustration at not being able to accomplish the desired results, due to editorial errors, ommissions, and so on.