Workshop Supply List

Quick Star Quilt using the Fussy Cutter 45° Diamond Ruler

Quick Star Quilt using the Fussy Cutter 45° Diamond Ruler

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  • Pre-wash fabrics (if making a quilt you plan to wash)
  • Gather all tools, supplies & equipment
  • Basic knowledge of rotary cutting is required.
  • Do not cut fabrics before class.
  • The colors designated on the diagram are only a guide. Please feel free to adjust the location of fabrics until you are pleased with your design.
  • 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!
  • View the "Quick" Star Quilts in Jan's Gallery for fabric placement ideas. click here


  1. Previewing the star to check for fabric placement (before class)
  2. Cutting tips using the Fussy Cutter 45° Diamond ruler
  3. Design variations and options for star or diamond quilts
  4. Working with fabrics, cutting components
  5. Laying out the design on the flannel design background
  6. Bonus – learn to insert a sliver of color at the edge of design components
  7. Measuring diamond units to determine setting square sizes
  8. Cutting: setting squares (fussy cutting if necessary)
  9. Y-seam construction techniques discussed
  10. Quilting tips and suggestions
  11. Class completed.


Select the prominent, large-scale print for the corner squares and coordinating prints you want to use for the central 45° diamonds. A simple LeMoyne star requires very little fabric and finishes up to a small 36" (approximate) size. A larger star design such as the Snow Crystals or Broken Star requires more yardage, and finish at approximately 60" (without borders).

Remember to VARY the SCALE of the prints you choose. You will like the fabrics if you have a variety of colors and contrast in the star, setting squares, and outer border.

A successful quilt routinely features LIGHT, MEDIUM, and DARK colors in the collection.



Lemoyne Star

Broken Star or Snow Crystals

 Diamonds A * 3/8 to 1/2 yard – cut 4 — 45° diamonds in class  1-1/2 to 2 yds – cut 16 diamonds in class
 Diamonds B * 3/8 to 1/2 yard – cut 4 — 45° diamonds in class  1-1/2 to 2 yds – cut 16 diamonds in class
 Background C -  (surrounds the central star) 1/2 yard – cut 4 squares, 9" x 9" in class — cut 2 strips – 6-1/2" wide

 1-3/4 yards – cut 20 squares, 9" x 9" in class – cut 2 strips – 6-1/2" wide

 Border D (surrounds central medallion)  1/3 yard – 4 strips, 2-1/2" wide  optional yardage - not included
Border E (contrasting color)  1/4 yard – 4 strips, 1-1/2" wide  optional yardage - not included
Border F (contrasting color)  1/2 yard – 4 strips, 3-1/2" wide  optional yardage - not included
Print G (optional embellishment)  1/2 to 1 yard – cut-out motifs to applique 1/2 to 1+ yard - cut-out motifs to applique
Optional fabrics for accents or inserts

 1/4 to 1/2 yard pieces – tissue lame, silk brocade or similar specialty fabric OR 1/4" wide ribbon, OR yarn or sequin trim for couching to quilt top

1/2 to 3/4 yard pieces – tissue lame, silk brocade or similar specialty fabric OR 1/4" wide ribbon, OR yarn or sequin trim for couching to quilt top


The following list may be daunting – FEAR NOT! Students in previous workshops have requested the following items while working in class. PLEASE MARK ALL EQUIPMENT WITH YOUR NAME.


Quick Star Quilts & Beyond book by Jan Krentz (recommended)

Easy, Elegant Lone Star Quilts by Shirley Stultz



( you may or may not sew in a 1-day class – leave sewing machine in the car until you are ready to bring it into the class )

  • sewing machine with bobbins, electrical cords, foot pedal
  • quarter-inch sewing machine foot
  • walking foot, standard machine feet
  • Assortment of machine needles - sharps, one ballpoint, sizes 70 or 80 / (10 or 12)
  • extra-fine .5 shaft glass-headed pins (important for precision piecing and blocking – treat yourself to a brand new package!)
  • Thread – medium value to coordinate with project
  • Seam ripper + thread snips
Rotary cutting & Ironing Equipment:
  • Fast 2 Cut 45° Diamond rulers (available from author, or online)
  • rotary cutter with new blade
  • 18" x 24" or larger cutting mat
  • 6" x 24" ruler
  • 12" x 12" or larger quilter's square ruler
  • Ironing board (1 board for 3-4 students)
  • full sized iron (one per 3-4 students) or personal travel iron
  • spray starch or fabric finish (if fabrics are pre-washed or limp)
  • Pump spray bottle (fill with water in class)
  • fabric scissors

Office Supplies:

  • glue stick or Roxanne‘s glue baste-it (stick fabric swatches to fabric sheet and/or mockup)
  • 3-ring notebook, blank paper, pen
  • colored pencils, pencil sharpener (for marking fabrics with 1/4" seam lines – just a few colors needed)
  • small paper bag for trash
  • 2-3 zip-lock bags (large) for small pieces
  • Blue Painter's Masking tape (to adhere design surface to the wall) OR
  • 3M Command hooks (to hold design surface to wall) click here for more information.
  • 50–100 safety pins (to secure fabrics to design wall surface for safe transport home)
  • name tag with LARGE LETTERS

 Classroom & miscellaneous equipment:

  • 2 yds. flannel, felt, quilt batting, flannel sheet or inexpensive flannel-backed table cloth for design wall
  • Electrical "power strip" & heavy duty extension cord
  • fabrics, as recommended on fabric list.

Optional equipment:

    • sewing awl or stiletto or bamboo skewer (if you own one)
    • camera – digital cameras are great design tools!
    • Quick Quarter ruler (blue with slots)
    • PVC pipe table leg extenders to save your back!
    • two rubber door stops to tilt your machine toward you when sewing in class

Optional pages - print for your 3-ring class binder:

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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