Workshop Supply List

Quick Rolling Star

Quick Rolling Star

by Jan Krentz, 2005 – 50" x 50" after quilting.
Machine quilted by: Janet Sturdevant Stuart, Ft. Worth, TX.

This striking star design features 16—45° diamonds of striped batik fabric.  Create striped diamonds easily by positioning the 45° diamond ruler aligned lengthwise on the striped fabric.  The background lime green batik features set-in squares and triangles, undisturbed by extra seams. The bias-cut border strips were cut and fused to lightweight interfacing before they were sewn to the quilt top.

skill level: advanced beginner and above

Jan's Fabrics: lime batik background, striped batik in the diamonds, diagonal striped batik border (stabilized border with lightweight fusible interfacing).

Optional fabric choices—change the fabric selection and colors. Consider the following:

  • "fussy cutting" a large scale floral or novelty print for either the 45° diamonds or background. 
  • Use a gradient shaded fabric for the background around the star to create a "glow". 
  • Use a coordinating collection of fabrics, and alternate different diamonds of the various fabrics in the collection.
  • Add appliqué, machine embroidery, surface embellishments, or photo transfer images to the star or background

Fabric Requirements

Fabric For Cutting
#1 – 3 yards batik stripe*

*Yardage may vary depending on size and number of repeats in the batik or print design.

45° Diamonds

Border 2

Cut 16–45° diamonds, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"; cut with dyed stripe running lengthwise tip to tip.

Cut 4 border strips 4" × 56" (bias cut if desired; piece if necessary)

#2  11/2 yards lime green batik

Border 1

Background fabric

Cut 4 border strips, 21/2 ? × 49? (parallel to selvage)

Cut 8 squares, 9" × 9"

Cut 2 squares 13" x 13"; cut once diagonally to yield 4 triangles.

#3  5/8 yard fabric Binding Cut 23/4" strips to total 220" (straight or bias cut).
#4  3 – 31/2 yards Backing 58" x 58"
  Batting 58" x 58"
2 yards lightweight fusible interfacing (optional) To stabilize bias borders Cut the same width and length as border 2

Tools and Equipment

The following list may be daunting - FEAR NOT!  Students in previous workshops have requested the items below for use in class. - PLEASE MARK ALL EQUIPMENT WITH YOUR NAME   

Rotary cutting acrylic rulers: 1 large square, 6" x 24" ruler and 6 1/2" Fussy Cutter 45° Diamond ruler (if you own one - otherwise you can cut the diamonds in class)
Glue stick or Roxanne's Glue Baste-it (bottle) (for swatches - optional - use on your color chart at home before class)
NEW! February 2009 – Quick Star Quilts & Beyond by Jan Krentz – text book for class (available for pre-order / purchase – $28 retail; CA sales tax applies within state of CA)
fast2cut "Fussy Cutter" 45º diamond ruler set (available for trial and purchase in class if desired) – excellent for "fussy cutting" motifs ($25 retail;  CA sales tax applies within state of CA)
Pre-cut fabrics for star and background - bring all fabrics, including scraps.
Sewing machine with filled bobbins
Quarter-inch presser foot, standard foot, and walking foot if you own one (some machines do not stitch well with a quarter-inch foot. Switching to either of the other two feet can improve the quality of your stitching.)
Sewing thread to blend with fabric – medium shade (do not select hand quilting thread) 
Size 10/12 (70/80) sharp, topstitch or quilting machine needles (not universal point)
Rotary cutter with new blade (45mm medium or 60mm large cutter size)
Self-healing rotary cutting mat (18" x 24")   Quilter's Quick Quarter tool (if you own one - limited supply available for use in class)
Sewing scissors or thread snips seam ripper stiletto, skewer or similar sharp tool
Sewing pins – glass ball head, fine .5 shaft pins are best for matching seams (preferred instead of heavy-weight quilting pins with plastic heads)

Name Tag 

pencil / pen    colored pencils to mark on fabric or color chart pencil sharpener
3-ring binder for supply list, paste-up & class handout sheets   
Iron  (in class, share 1 iron between 3 or 4 students) 
60" - 72" square piece of flannel, fleece or flannel-backed tablecloth for design wall surface (strongly recommended)
200-300 safety pins to secure project to flannel for safe transport
Heavy-duty 3-prong extension cord and power strip
 OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:  (nice to have, not mandatory for class)  
4 pieces – 1 1/4" PVC pipe, cut into equal lengths for table leg extensions (slip the pipes onto the tubular legs of a standard banquet table. The extensions elevate the table to a better height to eliminate back strain in class. I am 5'6" and my extensions are 11" high.)
reading glasses inflatable chair cushion  digital camera (strongly recommended) Ott light
Please arrive and set up 30 minutes before class starts. I want you to get the most from your day, because I have lots of great information to share!  

Rolling Star quilt layout

Rolling Star coloring sheet – permission granted to make additional copies for personal use.

Optional: Color or paste fabric in the blanks to determine fabric placement; Jan's quilt uses batik fabric with a striped effect. The borders were cut on the bias and stabilized with light weight fusible interfacing to prevent stretching and distortion.

Supply List Tips & Tools

  1.  Supply List Q & A
  2.  Quarter inch presserfeet
  3.  Sewing machine needles
  4.  Quilt skill levels
  5.  Stilettos and other tools
  6.  Sewing machine walking feet
  7.  Table leg extenders

  8.  Roxanne's Glue Baste-it
  9.  3M Command Strips & Clips
10. Singer Featherweight information
11. Quilter's Cut 'n Press Board
12. Quilter's Quick Quarter ruler
13. Sewing Machine Extension Tables
14. Calibrate 1/4 inch Seam Allowances


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