CLASS OUTLINE - STAR HAPPY This class outline may be used by teachers who wish to teach a project using Star Happy Quilts by Judy Martin. Individuals seeking guidance for self instruction are also welcome to use this outline. I recommend beginning each class with a preview to ensure that students will come to the first work session properly prepared. Feel free to tailor this outline to your own teaching style. I divide each project into sessions. Sessions can be planned for consecutive weeks or all sessions can be presented in a single all-day workshop. The outline indicates where you can find additional lessons and details in the book or on this web site.
Class Description: Star Happy combines large and small Evening Star and Rising Star blocks in your choice of arrangements. Piece the simple star blocks and then have fun laying them out. The class will culminate in a Star Happy Setting Party, where everyone will have a chance to play with block arrangements. Star Happy Quilts by Judy Martin is used as a class text. In the book, the pattern is presented in table runner, wall, twin, full/queen, and king sizes.
Level: All levels. This pattern has no set-ins, curves, or partial seams, and it goes together easily. It is made from basic squares, rectangles, and triangles. The play possibilities make this easy pattern attractive for more experienced quilters as well as beginners.
Star Happy Quilts by Judy Martin
Point Trimmer (optional; available from this web site)
Shapemaker 45 (optional; available from this web site)
Seam ripper (optional; you know if you need one)
Yardage, fat quarters, or scraps for your chosen size, as listed in Star Happy Quilts
SESSION ONE (Optional): Preview
Show the classroom sample as well as the book versions
Style, size, and color choices (compare shop model and quilts shown on pages 10, 14, 18, 22, and 27) Note that kitting instructions are available from the publisher.
Assist with fabric selection
Choose and prepare fabrics
SESSION TWO: Rotary Cutting
Cutting lengthwise strips (p. 8)
Rotary cutting squares (p. 9)
Rotary cutting rectangles (p. 9)
Rotary cutting 1/2 square triangles (p. 9)
Rotary cutting 1/4 square triangles (p. 9)
Optional: rotary cutting triangles from the same strips as squares; This can be done using S45 tool (a good opportunity to sell S45!) or using OmniGrid triangles or Easy Angle.
Cut patches for blocks and borders (p. 11, 15, 19, 23-24, or 28)
SESSION THREE: Piecing the Blocks
Piecing the small star (p. 13, 17, 21, 25, or 29)
Piece small stars
Piecing the W blocks and half Y blocks from the small stars
Note that the final seam joining two half Y blocks should not be done until the block arrangement is finalized.
Piece W blocks and half Y blocks
Piecing the large X and Z stars (p. 13, 17, 21, 25, or 29)
Piece the X and Z blocks
Complete the W, X, half Y, and Z blocks
SESSION FOUR: Star Happy Setting Party
Arranging blocks in even rows or staggered rows, vertical, horizontal or diagonal stripes, medallion effects, and more (pages 2-7)
Help each other arrange units
Finalize your arrangement, complete Y blocks if needed, join blocks in rows, join rows.
SESSION FIVE: Borders, Quilting and Finishing
Arranging W blocks to make staggered star border.
Piecing strips together to make plain borders.
Quilting options (pages 13, 17, 21, 26, and 29), marking, basting, quilting, binding and finishing
Finish your Star Happy quilt.