Fresh Family Traditions Class Plan

by Sherri McConnell

A Fun Modern Wallhanging

Class Description
Make a quick-to-piece modern star wall-hanging using scraps or fabrics from your favorite collections. This is an ideal project to teach beginner to intermediate quilters the techniques for creating perfect half-square triangles. Quilters will then be able to use this technique in other projects.

Class Length
A 3-4 hour class length is ideal and allows most students to complete their projects, especially if they have pre-cut their background and print squares.

Class Supply List
Required Text:
Fresh Family Traditions by Sherri McConnell
Background fabric: 1 yard
5/8 yard assorted prints. You will need at least 20 print squares 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" (use more for a more scrappy look—cut equal numbers of print and background squares)
Cotton batting
1 1/4 yard backing fabric
1/3 yard binding fabric

TIP: This is an easy project to kit—one charm pack and required background yardage can easily be kitted with backing and binding fabrics. Also a 6" square ruler is a great tool to have to help students trim their blocks accurately.

Classroom Preparation
Each student needs a sewing machine and access to a cutting and pressing station. Design wall space for each student is ideal so students can practice with different block placements and layouts.

Class Agenda - follow instructions on page 51 of Fresh Family Traditions

  • Cut squares front print and background fabrics.
  • Teach half-square triangle technique.
  • Show how to trim half square triangle units to achieve perfect results.
  • Have students work on quilt layouts
  • Piece blocks together into rows.
  • Sew rows together.
  • Add borders—can teach border techniques.
  • Go over finishing—can have students prepare their backs and bindings.