Twinkle Star Tutorial

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Last Updated April 28, 2019


Twinkle Star tutorialNote: 
To reduce the amount of page loading and scrolling time, this tutorial is now divided into 6 webpages, one for each lesson. On each of the pages, before and after the lesson, you will see links to all the other pages.


Twinkle Star Tutorial Lesson Links

Fabric — Lesson 2

The Lone Star Unit — Lesson 3

New York Beauty Unit — Lesson 4

The Border Units — Lesson 5

Assembly — Lesson 6


The Twinkle Star quilt pattern was designed by Judy and Bradley Niemeyer for paper piecing. This is a great introductory pattern for learning how Quiltworx lone star quilts are made in a small project that can be completed very quickly. Permission has been obtained from Quiltworx to produce and distribute this workshop.

There are 6 lessons and 25 videos in this workshop.

Twinkle Star Supply List

 

  • Fabric – requirements shown on pattern
  • Permanent marker or ink pen
  • 45mm and/or 60 mm rotary cutter with fresh blade
  • 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ ruler or larger
  • Cutting mat at least 18″ x 24″
  • Quality 50wt cotton thread
  • Sewing machine with open toe foot and 1/4″ foot
  • Small scissors to use at the sewing machine
  • Larger scissors for cutting paper
  • Add-A-Quarter ruler, 12″
  • Template plastic about 3″ x 12″
  • Wash out glue such as Elmer’s or UHU used to glue fabric to paper
  • Glue Pen such as Sew Line, Fons & Porter used to glue fabric to fabric
  • That Purple Thang for curved piecing
  • Jumbo paper clips
  • 3-ring binder, 3/4″ or 1″ size
  • 9 sheet protectors
  • 7 one-gallon-size Ziploc™ or store brand plastic bags. Use a pen or marker to label these bags A1 B1, B2, CL1, CL2, CR1 and CR2

Lesson 1: Preparing to Piece

Plan Your Design

Look for inspiration. The cover sheet included in your pattern shows one color layout and my sample is shown in this workshop. Here are some places on the internet with many more:

Prepare the Instructions

The instructions for this project are 16 pages long and you will be flipping back and forth through them multiple times. To protect the instructions from loss or damage they can be placed in a binder with sheet protectors. Additionally, this is the time you should check for any corrections issued by Quiltworx for your pattern. The next video describes in detail how to prepare your binder.

To Do List:

  • Check for corrections on the Quiltworx website – Corrections
  • Highlight sections in the instructions per the table below

Page

Heading Papers Swatch Chart

4

Preparing the Foundation Papers (1) NP 550 Group A Unit SS

7-8

Preparing the Foundation Papers (1) NP 563
(1 NP 564
Group B: Units Bl & BR

10-11

Preparing the Foundation Papers (2) NP 565
(1) TP 373
Group C: Units CL1, CR1, Cl2, CR2
  • Set up your binder and sheet protectors.

Understanding Quiltworx Papers

If you are new to Quiltworx patterns or need a better understanding of the different papers they publish, take some time to read the lesson in the link below.  It will save you hours of frustration as you complete this project.

Understanding Quiltworx Papers

The following video shows how to trace the dashed lines onto the backside of the paper. This will help you see the unit and template sections while paper piecing. You do not need to do this at this time.

Papers in Bags

Before you choose and purchase your fabric, you should cut apart all the papers and put them in the proper bags. The newsprint sheets are large so you will need plenty of space to open them up. If you are using a rotary cutter to cut the papers, you should have the largest mat you can find. If you are using scissors to cut the papers, a table or other large surface works well.

The next video shows how to cut the papers from the newsprint sheets and place them into numbered bags.

To Do List:

  • Cut out the papers and place them in bags.

The following sections summarize what papers go into which bag.

Newsprint Sheet Template/Unit Name Bag
NP 550 Foundation Sheet:

  • SS1 (2)
  • SS2 (2)
  • SS3 (2)

SS Template (1)

A1
NP 563 Unit BL (6)
Unit BR (6)
B1
B2
NP 564 Unit BL (2)
Unit BR (2)
T-Template B (1)
T-Template B (1)
Unit BL Background TLS (1)
Unit BR Background TLS (1)
Units BL & BR Accent Spike TLS (1)
Assembly Graphics
B1
B2
B1
B2
B1
B2
B1
B1
NP 565 Units:

  • CL2 (4)
  • CL1 (4)
  • CR2 (4)
  • CR1 (4)
 

CL2
CL1
CR2
CR1

TP 373 Background Template:

  • CR1-1 (1)
  • CL1-3 (1)
  • CR2-3 (1)
  • CL1-1 (1)
  • CR2-1 (1)
  • CR1-3 (1)
  • CL2-1 (1)

Accent Template C2 (1)
Assembly Graphics

CR1
CL1
CR2
CL1
CR2
CR1
CL2CR1
CR1

Twinkle Star Tutorial Lesson Links

Fabric — Lesson 2

The Lone Star Unit — Lesson 3

New York Beauty Unit — Lesson 4

The Border Units — Lesson 5

Assembly — Lesson 6


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