Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Class Sample

Always on the lookout for projects that will make fun and interesting classes, I found this a couple years ago:

The pattern is called Hexie Stars by Nellie's Niceties and is available for free here.

Last year I taught this at International Quilt Festival in Chicago and Quilt!Knit!Stitch! in Portland in our Make It University, a one hour, hands-on make it and take it Educational Opportunity on the show floor.  One hour isn't enough time for more than the basics so this summer I will teach it at my local quilt shop, Patches & Stitches.  In a three hour class, most students will get their first star done and will fully understand how it goes together.  An added bonus is I have kits already prepared so they can start sewing right away--it will be their choice whether to piece this by hand the regular way or to use the English Paper Piecing method.  Their choice.

Here is the sample I got together today--for a class sample, I like to have a completed project:

I will quilt and bind it before it goes on display--it is 32" x 17".  You can certainly make many more of these blocks but this is just enough for a class sample.

Also this week I did the Circa 2016 Quarter Square Triangle blocks:

One little issue--I miscalculated and created 14 pairs of  squares, instead of 7 pairs,  so would have made 56 QST instead of the 28 needed.  I caught myself when I had 44 done.  Maybe I 'm just ahead for some future step.  I'm enjoying these, and am using repro scraps I  hadn't put away from the last project.

Sunday February 14, besides being Valentine's Day, is the first day of The Splendid Sampler Mystery Quilt going gang-busters on their Facebook group.  A week ago I was number 9950 to join the Facebook group--today it is approaching 12,000.  It will be fun to see what the 6" patterns are, there will be two each week over the course of a year.  You do not have to use Facebook to get the patterns, just sign up for email delivery. I wrote about my fabric selection here.   A few friends have accused me of roping them into yet another internet project--I plead No Contest!

Let's quilt!



  1. Spectacular block! Table runners are doable.

  2. I didn't know Nellie's blog, so thank you for the link !
    Your blocks are incredible....