Using my "No More Tears"© Foundation Piecing Method
It's Paper-Piecing for the 21st Century
The Hunter’s Star is a classic pattern that has endured because of how graphic it is, how complicated it looks, and not to mention, how beautiful it is. After all, who doesn’t love stars?
I like to paper piece Hunter’s Star because, well, that’s what I teach. And paper piecing produces a precision that’s otherwise harder to achieve with other methods. And, with many patterns, paper piecing can also eliminate extra seams.
You’ll have to trust me on this…my “No More Tears” © method accomplishes the same results in about half the time of traditional paper piecing. Come see how!
In this one-day class we’ll take the mystery out of:
The basics of paper piecing
The "No More Tears"© method
Hunter's Star basics
Precise block and quilt top construction. Your points will match!
BRING TO CLASS
Your pre-cut fabric
Sewing machine (with a new needle), thread and bobbin
Regular piecing foot and your quarter inch foot
Pins, and just in case, seam ripper
Rotary cutter (with a new blade in it)
Small cutting mat. 9x12 is fine
Highlighter (any color)
A Hand Needle (embroidery, cotton darning) as long as it has a sharp point and a long eye
Paper and fabric scissors
Invisible Scotch tape - any brand
Oral B Glide Pro-Health Floss
Elmer's Disappearing Purple Glue Stick (preferable) or any acid-free, washable glue stick
YARDAGE & CUTTING SPECS
A word about design and fabric selection:
Please, keep it simple. Ideally, we’re looking for 2 contrasting fabrics* that allow the Hunter’s Star pattern to shine. The finished product will be simple to construct, yet very impactful.
Why only 2 fabrics? Because this class is about technique. As with anything new, we learn by practice and repetition until it becomes part of our muscle memory. The same applies to learning a new quilting technique.
*Contrasting fabric means any 2 fabrics that create a very “crisp” line between them when placed next to each other. Please, avoid directional prints, large prints, or 2 prints that share a common color. Designate which of your fabrics is “dark” and which is “light’.
Your unfinished block should measure 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" and your wall hanging should measure 32" x 32" without any borders.
You’ll want to start with 1 yard of each fabric.. There’ll be a few inches left just in case.
All fabric is cut selvage to selvage, or width of fabric (WOF). Measurements assume 40" of useable fabric.
From each fabric cut one strip 5 ½”wide., Cut each strip into seven 5 ½” squares Then cut one more 5 ½ square from the remaining fabrics for a total of sixteen squares.
Cut the squares diagonally in half to make a total of thirty two half square triangles. (sixteen of each color)
Now, from each fabric cut six strips 2 ½” wide, for a total of twelve strips. We will be cutting these strips to size in class.