MCM #84 – Teaching the Star Bright Class

Last week was a busy one. Typically I’m a homebody, staying at home doing all sorts of stay at home stuff and truly loving every minute of it. But last week I had appointments and errands to run every day of the week. It was one of those weeks where somebody needed something from me every day, so that really ate into my quilting time. My work schedule just went kaflooey and I’m not even stressing about it! That’s progress for me people!

Thursday afternoon I taught the first session of a two part class. The project is my Star Bright quilt that was published in Quilter’s World earlier this year. There were 5 ladies taking the class and one lady who ‘audited’. She really just wanted to spend the afternoon with her quilting friends, so with six ladies it was the perfect size class.

For the classes I teach, there is usually a store sample to garner interest in the class and show everyone what the finished project will look like. I also make a second ‘in progress’ version so I can show and explain the steps as we do them.

Here is my in progress version:

Star Bright Mini Quilt

We finished, or mostly finished the center of the quilt in our first class. If they didn’t get their center assembled, then the students had homework. One of the best parts in teaching this class is that everyone who signed up is an experienced quilter. So I didn’t have to go into detail about how to make a half square triangle, etc.

I really like the fabrics I’m using for this sample. It is a fat quarter bundle of Arbor Blossom fabric by Nadra Ridgeway for Riley Blake. I picked up this bundle when I was at Quilt Market earlier this year. The fabrics are bright and colorful, and I think they are perfect for this mini quilt.

In our next class I will show everyone how to make the Seminole border and finish their quilt. The border adds a lot of interest to an otherwise almost boring quilt, but it is so easy to make. I also plan to show several variations of the border. Sometimes it is easier to see the design possibilities of an element if you have a visual, or at least it is for me.

I snapped a few pictures of the quilts in progress. I love seeing the different fabric choices and how those choices change the tone of the wall hanging. So I thought I would share them with you.

Star Bright Mini Quilt

Laura’s romantic version

Laura is using a soft color palette that is fresh and romantic. She already has a blank wall just waiting for her to hang her finished quilt.

Star Bright Mini Quilt

Pearl’s more traditional version

Pearl is using fabrics more reminiscent of the civil war era. Claudine calls these fabrics “dark and dirty” and they are some of her favorites.

Star Bright Mini Quilt

Suzie’s colorful and bright version

Suzie will be giving this bright and colorful quilt to her granddaughter. She is actually planning on making multiple blocks and making a twin size quilt from this pattern. I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.

I didn’t get pictures of the other quilts, but will be sure to do that in our next class. Isn’t it fun to see all the different versions?

I’d forgotten how fun (and easy) it is to make this quilt. When I have it finished it will hang in my sewing room. I’m going to have to start rotating wall hangings though – I’m getting quite a collection!

I have so much fun when I teach, and I hope to do much more of it. I started a new group in my Beginner Quilting I class last week, and it’s always so satisfying to see the excitement on everyone’s face when they make that first quilt block. This week, teaching is my crush for Main Crush Monday. What is yours?

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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9 Responses to MCM #84 – Teaching the Star Bright Class

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  3. Jen Shaffer says:

    I love to see the different fabric choices, it’s the best part about quilting, you can make each quilt your own.

  4. What fun! The different ways quilters interpret the same pattern is always so interesting!

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  6. Lovely post about a great crush! I’m teaching two classes this week. I always get a bit nervous as I prepare but as you say there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the looks on people’s faces as they realise they really are making a patchwork quilt not just wishing they could ?

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  8. Kate says:

    Seeing the fabric choices of other’s in class is one of my favorite things about taking classes and doing on line mysteries. It’s so interesting to see how the fabric selection changes the tone and visual effect of the blocks.

  9. Getting to see the different color versions of a pattern is always so satisfying. What a great crush this week, Beth!

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