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One Block Wonder--The Stars Have It!

Add star surrounds to your One Block Wonder quilts for a whole new look! OBWs are actually quite easy to make and each one is completely unique. Six repeats of one fabric are cut into strips and then subcut into sets of 60 degree triangles. Add six single triangles of a pop-color around a single hexagon to create spectacular stars to break up and enhance your overall design. Despite being a quilt full of hexagons, the assembly has NO Y-seams!

Two-day class to be held Saturdays, December 9 & 16 from 9:30am to 3pm in the Lumberyard Arts Center classroom. Class fee: $75 includes pattern.

Select a fabric with a medium scale design for your pieced hexies, plus choose one pop-color to add as your star points. Try to have a mottled or tone-on-tone background in your main fabric between the designs so no hexies are just plain fabric. Asian and floral designs work very well; however, don't limit yourself--think outside the box for something unique. Quilters' Paradise has a wide variety of suitable fabrics. Look for color and scale as whatever design you choose will disappear as you cut your strips & triangle sets for reassembly. You must have a minimum of 6 repeats of your fabric--many are 24" repeats marked by the repeat of the printing in the selvedge. Adding extra fabric to use for a border or on the back is fun to show the transformation from original fabric to OBW! If you'd like to start with a smaller project, you may select either a smaller fabric repeat of an 8" or 12" repeat or use six repeats of just half-width of the fabric for a smaller project. Friendly help in selecting the perfect fabric is always available at Quilters' Paradise!

Class will be held at the Lumberyard Arts Center classroom/studio, around the corner from Quilters' Paradise.

We will begin in Day 1 by layering and cutting your 6 repeats into strips and then triangle sets. Learn Liz's chain-piecing technique to make sewing the hexies together into two halves easier and faster. Between classes, finish sewing your half-hexies together. On Day 2, have your seam ripper ready as we will play with layout ideas. Some halves will be disassembled to insert a star-point to create the star surround. Tips on final construction will be shared as your project progresses. Two fun filled days of creativity!

Recommended but not required: Any of the One Block Wonders books by Maxine Rosenthal. The books include: One Block Wonders, One Block Wonder Encore, One Block Wonder Cubed, One Block Wonders of the World, and One Block Wonder Panel Quilts. Several of Liz's quilts were included in the last two books. Check at Quilters' Paradise for availability and purchase.

Fabric list:

6+ repeats of a medium print with lots of color and movement. Depending on repeat size, a 24" repeat would require 4 yards; a 12" repeat would require 2 yards. Recommended to purchase an extra repeat for use elsewhere in the quilt (border or backing).
1 yard of a pop-color to use a star point triangles (solid or semi-solid recommended)
1 yard of a coordinating color to use as end-pieces and side borders to frame the hexie layout.

Supply list:
Rotary cutter (new blade recommended) and self-healing mat
Acrylic rulers recommend: 6 x 24"; Gypsy Dreamer Quilts GDQ-60R 60 Degree Triangle Ruler (available at Quilters' Paradise)
Sewing scissors/snips
Seam roller
Flat-head pins (~12)
Pins and pincushion or container
Seam ripper
Neutral sewing thread to blend with fabric (light gray or cream blend well)
Sewing machine (bring instruction book and accessories)
Quarter inch foot and/or open toe foot for sewing machine
Iron and ironing mat or wool pad

Items recommended for Class 2:
Design wall (portable design wall, large piece of cotton batting)
Digital camera (recommended but not required—camera phones work great!)

Quilting and textile art classes are co-sponsored by Quilters' Paradise and the Lumberyard Arts Center as part of the Quilt Capital of Kansas programming.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Advanced Beginner friendly. Knowledge of basic sewing/quilting skills needed
Materials Included: Use of cutting mat, iron and ironing board available during class.
Instructor: Liz Granberg-Jerome
Instructor Bio: Liz Granberg-Jerome brings 15+ years of quilting experience, on top of 50+ years of sewing to the classroom. She works well with all levels of students, working with each student to ensure everyone in her class succeeds. The One Block Wonder and her twist Hexified Panel Quilts are Liz's specialty. Having made over 60 of these quilts based on 60 degree triangles, you'll get the benefit of her knowledge and experience in making your own OBW quilts.
Class fee includes pattern

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Quilters' Paradise Quilt Shop, owned and run by Sharon Vesecky, opened its doors in its current location on January 3, 1989.