String Star

String Star
Make a cute little String Star quilt, about 33" x 33" before borders, in this 6-hour hands on workshop.

Learn strip-piecing, "tube" construction, and lots more as you machine-piece your way to the stars, erůstar. This is a real stash-buster quilt and can be made totally scrappy happy, or with a controlled palate. The choice is yours. Border options will be discussed, but you'll add those at home.

Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate
(Accurate cutting and piecing skills are presumed.)

Duration: 6 hours

Supply List:
  • Between 24 and 42 different fabrics, coordinated or not. Pieces should be at least 20.5" long and 7" wide. Fat Quarters will work as long as they're long enough. Measure.
  • 3/4 yard "Set Fabric" (Should contrast with fabrics above.)
  • About 1/2 yard "Set Fabric" for borders; 1 yard, if borders are wide.
  • 1 yard backing fabric (to finish at home)
  • Batting (to finish at home)
  • Scraps and leftovers for binding (to finish at home)
  • Sewing machine you know how to operate.
    Straight stitching only; scant quarter inch seams.
    (Clean out the crud. Put in a new needle.)

  • 6" x 12" rotary ruler with TWO 45░ lines.
  • 6" x 24" rotary ruler if cutting Fat Quarters.
  • Rotary mat with lines.
  • Rotary cutter with sharp blade.
  • Quarter inch foot, or move the needle.
  • Neutral colored thread for piecing, preferably 50 weight.
    (Thinner thread DOES make a difference! I like Aurifil.)
  • Small scissors to chop fabric strips in half and to cut threads.

When you register for the workshop, your Workshop Chairperson will email my lesson on selecting "set fabric" and the cutting instructions for the quilt to you. (Bring all leftover fabric to class.)

Size Limit: 25 students

Special Room Set-up: Outlets and elbow room appropriate for the number of students and as many irons as the circuit breaker will allow. At least two elevated rotary cutting stations. Two students per 8 foot table is sufficient IF students have access to additional space to rotary cut. Please provide at least three irons for the class. I will need a neutral-handed, clean iron that steams and a full size, stand-up ironing board for my exclusive use. Please make sure the ironing board is adequately padded and has a COTTON cover. Those silvery ones burn my fingers!

"You are a great teacher and you make it fun."
Norma Surmon
"Got home yesterday from Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge...just wanted you to know I so enjoyed the 'String Star' class. You are a wonderful teacher and so much FUN! Aggie & I will be sharing all that we learned with some of our quilting buddies tonight at church. I hope I will be able to take another class from you in the future."
Candy Koshinski
"I really enjoyed your class and all the tips you gave us especially about ironing fabric."
Betsy Hubbell
Morganton, GA