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The traditional Square and Stars block comes to life as if by magic when ten unique blocks are made from ten fat quarters. Annie Smith talks about focus fabrics and the importance of color value which will help you choose the best fat quarters for this project. Learn tips for accurate cutting and how to best sort the fabric pieces. Constructing a mini batting board for each block will help during the design process and will also keep small cuts of fabric from becoming misplaced. Annie shows how to pin and sew seams that result in perfect points. She also demonstrates fixing areas that are less than perfect rather than ripping entire pieces apart. Sashing, cornerstones, and borders complete the quilt. You’ll learn so much about color, design, and precision piecing in this class that you’ll be eager to choose the next ten fat quarters and create even more magic! This class be purchased for online viewing or on DVD for your convenience.

Course Curriculum

Fat Quarter Magic by Annie Smith - 2hr 37min
Lesson 1. Class Introduction 0 Hours 3 Minutes00:03
Lesson 2. Selecting Fabrics 0 Hours 18 Minutes00:18
Lesson 3. Cutting the Fabric 0 Hours 28 Minutes00:28
Lesson 4. Designing the Blocks 0 Hours 24 Minutes00:24
Lesson 5. Piecing the Block: Part 1 0 Hours 27 Minutes00:27
Lesson 6. Piecing the Block: Part 2 0 Hours 21 Minutes00:21
Lesson 7. Constructing the Quilt 0 Hours 36 Minutes00:36

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Fabric

  • The fat quarters below can be solids, prints, or batiks.
  • (2) Fat quarters, light
  • (2) Fat quarters, medium light
  • (2) Fat quarters, medium
  • (2) Fat quarters, medium dark
  • (2) Fat quarters, dark
  • Sashing: ⅜ yd.
  • Optional accent sashing: ¼ yd. if cutting cross grain strips that will be pieced, otherwise, (1) yd. if cutting lengthwise strips
  • Cornerstones: scraps from the fat quarters
  • Borders: 1½ yd.
  • Backing: 4 yd.
  • Binding: ¾ yd. for ⅜" wide binding
  • Batting: (1) twin quilt batting (Annie prefers Winline Textiles Bamboo)

Thread

  • Aurifil 50 weight light gray or beige
  • (3) Bobbins wound with thread

Pins and Needles

  • Schmetz Microtex or Universal 80/12
  • Ball head pins
  • Clover fork pins

Sewing Machine Foot

  • ¼" Foot, preferably one with a guide bar on the right-hand side

Quilting Supplies

Adhesives

  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Glue stick
  • Tacky glue
  • Masking tape

Cutting Tools

  • Utility knife

Other Supplies

  • (10) Reclosable sandwich bags
  • Cloth measuring tape
  • Sharpie® permanent marker
  • ¼" Foam core board, enough to make (10) 13" squares
  1. How many blocks will I make?
    You’ll make ten Square and Stars blocks, all different from each other, using ten fat quarters. Along the way, you’ll learn some tips about cutting, precision piecing, and design. You’ll have such fun playing with the many ways to use the ten fat quarters. Annie even has you using scraps from the fat quarters, so there is very little waste!
  2. Should I purchase all of my fabrics at once?
    First, watch the class and read over the supply list and pattern instructions carefully. Then, either purchase the fat quarters you need or pull them from your stash. Annie suggests waiting to buy your sashing and border fabrics after your blocks are complete.
  3. If I am not confident about selecting fabrics, will this be a hard class for me?
    If you are not confident about your color selection abilities, this is actually a great class to choose! Annie talks quite a bit about fabrics and value in this class. Plus, the project gives you lots of opportunities to work on your design expertise, all before a single seam is stitched.
  4. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Annie will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  5. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

  1. Callie Appelstein

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    I truly enjoyed this class! Annie Smith is a gifted teacher. She has a knack for articulating concepts that are second nature for some quilters. She explains everything in a manner that's really easy to understand. I've been quilting for 20+ years, but I still learned so many great tips from this class. I really believe that my quilts will be better constructed because of what I learned in th

    is class. Annie had great ideas about choosing fabrics and evaluating the value of each fabric - something that is so important, but can be challenging even for experienced quilters. I also loved her ideas about cutting and ironing fabric efficiently - in ways that I had never tried before! I especially enjoyed how she discussed photographing the quilt blocks - and then manipulating the images - to evaluate the fabric placement. That is something that will be useful with every quilt I make! The quilt for this class is stunning and can look so different based on what fabrics are chosen. I'm eager to try it myself - and I feel very confident after watching this class! I'm a little sad that the videos are over because I felt like I was hanging out with a friend as I watched Annie teaching! It was an A+ class!
  2. Sue Jaros

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    Quilting is a creative art and Annie Smith's passion for it is infectious. She has a gift for teaching that led me to one "ah ha" moment after another such as really understanding the importance of value in selecting my fabrics and how taking pictures along the way can be a quilter's best friend. The pacing of her instruction is fantastic, logical and easy to follow. Even though I have taken a

    lot of quilting classes over the years and benefited from many great teachers, Fat Quarter Magic has become one of my all time favorite classes and Annie one of my all time favorite teachers. It was like having her sitting beside me in my sewing room. I never imagined one block design and ten fat quarters would yield such stunning results. I'm already looking at my stash, fantasizing about a Fat Quarter Magic Christmas Quilt! I'll can't wait to take more classes with Annie Smith on Iquilt.com.
  3. Pat Leask

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    I love Annie Smith's style of teaching - especially informative for novice quilters, but also full of many great tips for experienced quilters (like using your cell phone for quick pictures!) and detailed explanations of how to do things. I have actually changed how I've done certain parts of quiltmaking to use some of Annie's great ideas. She is very good at helping one decide on fabrics and expl

    ains colour value and how to judge what fabrics to buy and use - one of the hardest parts of starting a quilt. Her many other tips on cutting , assembly, what can go wrong and how to fix it - are invaluable tools for the "quilters toolbox". She clearly shows what she is doing and yet also managed to inject some humour throughout her classes. I've always felt when taking one of her classes like I'm sitting with a very good "quilting" friend and having a wonderful one-on-one experience while learning so much, plus having fun! Hope to see more classes by Annie Smith - she's fantastic!
  4. leslie Brauer

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    Annie Smith is one of the best quilt teachers I have ever come across. She throws a little humor at you every once in a while. She is very thorough with how she explains something and it seems like she will approach it again, in a different fashion in case you didn't get it the first time. I’m so happy that Annie Smith shares her knowledge and experience with all of us. She very rarely gives yo

    u only one way to do something. A good example is using your cell phone to take a picture of what you are doing, to get another perspective on it. That is always very helpful : ) When cutting out a quilt, I always want it done yesterday, lol. I just need to not cut more than four at a time, great advice. I’ve struggled with picking out the “right” colors for my quilts. When I watch Annie Smith explain how it’s done, I think I can master the task! I just have to remember about the five values of fabric. Annie, the way you teach is amazing, thank you!

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