by Barbara H. Cline
Dazzling, Quick and fun: Gradient Star
In this class you’ll learn everything you need to know to piece an eight-pointed star. This project uses a stripe fabric having a 16” to 40” repeat from selvage to selvage. Fussy cutting the fabric adds dimension and zap that makes your quilt come alive. You will come away with a 48” x 48” quilt top. Once you have pieced this top you will confidently be able to sew any “Y” seam with ease.
Two 3 to 4 hour sessions
What each student will get:
A completed quilt top and ideas on how to create spark in a lone star by playing around with fabric placement.
- Required text: Star Struck Quilts by Barbara H. Cline
- 1 5/8 yards of back ground fabric
- 3 1/3 yards of stripe fabric with 16” to 40” repeat from selvage to selvage.
- Rotary cutter
- Rotary cutting mat 24” x 36”
- Rotary cutting ruler 6” x 24
- Template Plastic
- Matching thread
- Jinny Byers Perfect Piecer
Make a sample of Gradient Star page 26.
Option: Make a small 8-pointed star to demo on. I usually demo on their project.
Class Outline - Refer to the book for page numbers as noted
- Follow the instructions onp. 26.
- Review their fabric choice using the information in Gradient Star.
- Demonstrate how to make a 5 ½” plastic template and how to cut around a temple, p. 16.
- Discuss different possibilities for laying the template at different positions on fabric for cutting.
- Cut out all diamonds, and background pieces.
- Play around with positioning the diamonds and flipping them for a different look. Piece together four diamonds into one large diamond.
- Check students’ work.
- Show blocking technique, p. 22.
- Show students how to piece a “Y” seam, p. 20. This can be demoed by using the projects they are working on or make a small 8-pointed star sample for demo.
- Piece the Gradient Star according to sewing order, p. 23.
Optional Session 3:
- Layer quilt with batting and backing and show how to quilt using a walking foot. All quilting on Gradient Star is quilted with straight lines and the use of the walking foot. It is a great project to learn how to machine quilting.