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!
- 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)
- 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
- 6" x 24" Ruler
- Cutting mat at least 18" x 24"
- Blue painter’s tape
- Glue stick
- Tacky glue
- Masking tape
- Scissors or thread snips
- Seam ripper
- Utility knife
- Rotary cutter
- (10) Reclosable sandwich bags
- Cloth measuring tape
- Sharpie® permanent marker
- ¼" Foam core board, enough to make (10) 13" squares
- Ironing Surface
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!