Using my "No More Tears"© Foundation Piecing Method
You'll be paper piecing like a pro by the end of class!
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 almost always 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
Small cutting mat. 9x12 is fine
Highlighter (any color)
Paper and fabric scissors
Invisible Scotch tape - any brand
Oral B Glide Pro-Health Floss
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 “light’.
Your finished wall hanging should measure 24" x 24" without any borders.
YARDAGE & CUTTING SPECS
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 strips into seven 5 ½” squares, by cutting from the selvage edge to the fold. 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.
Your pre-cut fabric
Sewing machine (with a new needle), thread and bobbin
Regular piecing foot and your quarter inch foot
Pins, size 7 basting needle, and just in case, seam ripper
Rotary cutter (with a new blade in it)