CLASS PROJECTS: STAR TABLE MAT Posted on 30 Jul 12:06 , 0 comments

What great combinations of fabrics the girls came up with from their stash for putting together their Star Table Mats. Everyone came with a collection of fat quarters for possible use and left class with a pieced mat all ready for quilting and finishing. Some of the techniques we covered and topics of discussion during class …

  • Tips and food for thought when choosing fabrics and working color, value, and scale of print
  • Template construction … when to buy a template and when to make your own; which materials work best when making your own templates(My favorite is using several layers of Extra Thick Template Plastic stuck together with double stick tape.)
  • A refresher on making better use of all the lines and angles on our rulers
  • A new ruler for some … how the Omni 96 can work with stash busting through our strips
  • Point trimmer, corner cutter, corner trimmer … lots of different names for several tools that do the same thing and make our piecing more efficient and more accurate
  • Piecing with partial seams opens up a whole new world of design possibilities
  • Bias edges and steam … be careful but remember they can also help a potentially easily distorted block lay nice and flat
  • Spray starch or sizing can make a big difference in stabilizing potentially dangerous grain lines in a patch
  • Beautiful bindings even with funny angled edges
  • Taking the project a step further by moving beyond the table mat into other projects using more blocks … exploring the layout possibilities.

A book referenced during class you might want to check out …

        Happy Endings by Mimi Dietrich