Although making any of these quilts is a lot of fun in the end, it is a lot of work in the beginning.
Oh, there are some shortcut, strip piecing methods that will save time and aggravation in the process of piecing the smaller diamonds in order to create the star points, but even with those methods, there are still a lot of little pieces.
In recent times, a number of different quilting resources have begun demonstrating how to make star points using only a single large diamond. This method has the potential to produce some pretty incredible and stunning quilts.
But what if you’re looking for something that’s even just a little bit more exciting and dramatic?
Imagine for a moment that you were able to give your star quilt some depth.
In recent times, we have gained a lot of knowledge regarding color and value, as well as the ways in which one can produce the illusion of three dimensions simply by the arrangement of the fabric in a quilt:
- Pick a light source that is not going to be too close to your quilt.
- Make a vanishing point with the help of your light source, and then distort your shapes to give the impression that they are moving away from the vanishing point.
- Instead of focusing solely on color, you should consider the value of the fabric, which ranges from light to medium to dark.
What If You Could Make a Broken Star Quilt That Appeared to Have Three Dimensions Even Though It Was Extremely Straightforward to Do So?
How cool would that be?
Imagine if you could create a bed-sized quilt with a three-dimensional star by sewing together only 32 diamonds instead of the hundreds or even thousands of small diamonds that you would normally need to create such a quilt.
And what if I told you that you could choose from ten distinct types of pieced stars, all of which were simple to sew and required little effort to put together?
You are now able to!
Jan Krentz is a well-known quilter, designer, and author who has been instructing others in the art of quilting for more than twenty years. Jan adores stars. When you visit her quilt gallery, you will notice that many of them feature stars. Each quilt’s primary focal point is typically a large star.
If you want to learn how to do something properly, there is no one better to learn from than the expert.
Quick Star Quilts & Beyond is Jan’s most recent contribution to the world of quilting, and it will teach you how to quickly and easily create these stunningly large stars.
As soon as you step foot inside Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, you will notice the following:
- Twenty breathtaking star quilts, each featuring one of ten unique pieced star designs
- Techniques of rapid piecing that make use of large pieces rather than thousands of individual diamonds
- an inspirational photo gallery filled with quilts made by well-known quilters, which will get your creative juices flowing and motivate you to start cutting fabric.
As I flipped through the pages of my own personal copy of this book, I noticed that Jan had contributed her thoughts on the topic of pre-washing fabrics.
It is fascinating to me that there are so many different perspectives, and quilters often have very strong feelings one way or the other, but Jan strikes me as the kind of person who is grounded in reality, and the points of view that she expresses make a lot of intuitive sense. She recommends giving your fabric a pre-wash if it is one of the following:
- a madras or a Guatemalan fabric, both of which are examples of hand-woven fabrics. These typically have a more open weave and are prone to significant shrinkage. It is possible that it will turn out better if you shrink it before stitching it into your quilt. In addition, quilts made with fabrics that have a tighter weave tend to stay together for a longer period of time. The process of prewashing and drying a fabric in a hot dryer will cause the fabric to shrink, which will result in a tighter weave.
- for the same reason – loose weave fabrics such as homespun, flannel, plaids and brocades
- hand dyed fabric or supersaturated fabric (medium to dark fabrics) along the lines of batiks. These fabrics may bleed some of their excess color – better in the wash water than in the other fabric in your quilt
- In addition, Jan offers guidance on how to select and cut large-scale prints, stripes, and other types of fabrics that will give your quilt a unique look and make it stand out from others.
Because of how recently it was published, you won’t find this resource on any book shelf just yet. In addition, if you conduct a search on amazon.com, you will learn that the company anticipates the product to be delivered toward the end of the month of March.
It’s possible that you’re asking yourself, “Why do I need another quilting book?” Believe me when I say that I am familiar with that train of thought. In addition to that, I have a plethora of quilting books that can be found on my shelves. The thing is, similar to fabric, many of these books are only available in your neighborhood shops for a limited time. And if you don’t get them right away, you won’t be able to get them later on when you really need them.
You can create this stunning quilt by following Jan’s straightforward instructions.
In addition, if you are anything like me, when you thumb through the appropriate resources, you will come up with fantastic ideas for other quilts as well.
Take a look at the quilt on the left; it’s just as incredible as the one that’s featured on the cover of the book.
Throughout the entirety of this book, Jan made numerous references to “focus” fabrics, which feature large-scale prints. It wasn’t until I turned the page and saw this quilt that I realized what she was talking about. Before that, I was looking at some of the entertaining pictures of striped diamonds used to make stars.
This stunning quilt measures 57 inches by 57 inches, and in the middle, there is a piece of fabric that features a Geisha that has been set on point. The flowers that are responsible for the dramatic effect are incorporated into each of the surrounding points, which are each comprised of a large piece of fabric that was specifically cut to include these flowers.
Just imagine what you could create with a large-scale print that is similar to one that you already adore. Your loved ones are going to be blown away by your quilt, regardless of whether it features a print of flowers, fish, the Wizard of Oz, or a cute kid’s print. You can put this together by using large pieces of fabric and sewing straight seams – there is no need for set-in seams if you use the techniques that Jan teaches.
Caution: this may not be appropriate for someone who is just starting out with quilting. The methods described in this book assume that you have previous experience with sewing, and it will be of particular assistance to you if you have created more than one quilt.
Making these star quilts using this method is by far the most straightforward approach. You are going to be astounded at how simple it is to make such a lovely quilt if you apply the methods outlined in this book and exercise a little bit of patience along the way.
You can get your hands on this incredible resource by going to amazon.com.
PS. I’ll be adding this useful reference to my collection of books as well. Since I had such a difficult time completing my first Broken Star quilt, I’ve been wanting to make another one, but this time I don’t want to use all of the pieces. When I look at the quilts in this book, it reminds me that I can make one of these in a relatively short amount of time by making use of the fabric that I already have stashed away.
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