Quick Diamond Extravaganza Workshop!

June 12th, 2012
Quilt display at Creations

Jan's Quilts with Striped fabric

My blog has been quiet for a while…. because I am working behind the scenes! I am preparing for a workshop in Kerrville Texas at the fabulous CREATIONS Quilt Shop, to be held July 8-10, 2012.  Their blog and online shop tour is just a tantilizing glimpse into a shopping adventure!

Creations Quilt Shop

The 2-1/2 day retreat in July (come join us!!) will be held in the Main House next door to the quilt shop, a fabulous retreat center designed and built by the owners of Creations.

The Main House, Creations

Our workshop will cover different concepts and cutting techniques specifically using striped fabric, and strip-sets that can mimic printed or woven stripes. Students will design their own project after experiencing the techniques utilizing their favorite method.

The first time I stepped foot into their fabulous classroom, I was head-over-heels in love with this facility! Beautiful work spaces for 24 students!

Creations Main House classroom

Upstairs are different bedroom suites, each with its own theme and private bathroom facilities. Owners Julie and Kathy say: “There is room for everyone to be doing something at the same time!”

Click here to read all about the Main House, and add it to your personal BUCKET LIST!

cut striped fabric

Grab your striped fabrics and register for the workshop! See you in July at the Main House!

Golden Quilter Awards

March 28th, 2012

SewCalGal is hosting her GOLDEN QUILTER AWARDS −and I have been nominated in several categories! The final day to vote is by March 31st!

Here are the nominees and categories −you can place your vote for your favorite teacher, author and designer, too! Please join in the fun−let YOUR voice be heard!

Sue Rasmussen, Art Quilter

February 12th, 2012

I want to introduce Sue Rasmussen – a talented California-based art quilter, teacher and designer. If your guild is looking for a speaker, contact Sue!

Sue Rasmussen

2012 – Commission Quilt 3 – Diamond palette

February 5th, 2012

After cutting, I created my “palette” of fabrics – quite a range, from lights through medium and dark, in a range of colors. I don’t cut too many pieces at this point, because I will likely need to fine-tune the number of fabrics I use. I can always cut a few more as needed during the design phase.

light to medium spring green

light to medium spring green








teal, brown, green

teal, brown, green








a range of blue colors from dark to light

a range of blue and purple colors from dark to light








detail - you can see some of the textures

detail – you can see some of the textures

Podcast with Jan and Anita Solomon

February 3rd, 2012

Jan & Anita - "loot" purchased at the quilt showWhile in Houston for quilt Market & Festival recently, Anita Grossman Solomon (of Make it Simpler) and I met with Jackie Kunkel for a podcast interview. Please join us!

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Visit Jackie’s Quilting Chronicles for more great interviews!


Location: International Quilt Festival, Houston


Jan & Anita at Schoolhouse with Starburst quilt

Jan with Anita Solomon, Schoolhouse - Starburst quilt

Cherri House displaying I Do, Too quilt
Cherri House & Hollyhock Garden “I Do, Too” quilt

Anita Grossman Solomon with her Old Italian Quilt

New quilt design – Expanded Broken Star

December 20th, 2011

What a great sewing time at home in my studio! During the Quick Star workshops, students request additional designs.

   Fussy Cutter 45 degree diamond ruler set

Pushing the envelope by adding more layers, I am developing expanded designs that will become workshops in the near future. I would love to know your thoughts about this design − please comment below, or send an e-mail to me at [remove spaces] jan @ jankrentz.com.

This design was created using left-over 3″ diamonds cut from undersea fish and ocean fabrics (from a Mexican Riviera cruise workshop). I arranged the loose diamonds in a fairly symmetric setting, and drafted the smaller diamonds to create a more complex outside row.  There is currently no published pattern for this variation, and it will be offered in the near future as a workshop.

 Jan Krentz Expanded Broken Star, cut with the 3" diamond


Harajuku Lady Millifiori One Block Wonder

December 15th, 2011

Wow, that title is quite a mouth-full! I think you’ll agree, the quilt looks great!

I added a narrow black & white striped border around the outer edges of the triangles to create a visual separation between the pieced hexagons and the lovely water-color printed & embroidered background fabric.

Jan Krentz - Add narrow trim, detail

Jan Krentz add narrow trim full section

Jan Krentz Harajuku Lady Millifiori detail

Jan Krentz Harajuku Lady Millifiori One Block Wonder

Piecing One-block Wonder – construction tips

December 11th, 2011

Yahoo! My quilt is now underway! After laying out all the pieces, moving the hexagons around until the colors blended and flowed from one area to another.

Here is a preview photo of my design, with the first row (on the left) sewn together. You can see the design shrinks quite a bit once the seams are sewn together!

Harajuku Lady One Block Wonder in progress

When sewing the rows together, I use a slick trick that I developed when sewing a previous quilt−my Indian Summer Thousand Pyramids quilt.

Using an ordinary 1″ wide roll of painter’s tape, begin applying tape at one end of a long row of loose pieces. Press firmly as you apply the tape, securing all the loose pieces to the single piece of tape. Gently lift the tape & pieces, carrying them to your sewing table.

Apply painter's tape to one row of loose pieces

Move the taped pieces to the sewing table

Begin sewing ANY project by establishing an accurate seam allowance. When you resume sewing, double-check your seam allowance to verify you always sew with the same seam. This one step will insure every project you sew will fit together much more accurately. I use one of two seam allowance tools, pictured below.

Perfect Piecing Seam Guide by Perkins Dry Goods

Lower the needle into the scant 1/4″ hole BY HAND. Lower the presser foot. Apply a raised guide such as stacked painter’s tape, or Q Tools vinyl tape to the right edge of the tool.

Apply a guide such as Q Tools vinyl tape

or use the Jan Krentz Corner Marking tool (designed for seam accuracy and marking tips and edges of diamonds for 8-pointed stars).

Pink, Orange and Yellow Jan Krentz tools

Insert the needle into the scant 1/4" hole. Apply guide.


Details from “Harajuku Lady” One block quilt

December 10th, 2011

I layered six repeats (six layers) on the cutting mat, carefully pinned to keep the images aligned exactly and cut 3-3/4″ strips, selvage to selvage. After cutting the 60-degree triangles from the strips, I arranged the hexagons on my design wall, rotating the units so the colors were clustered in groupings.

Here are some detail images of the hexagons created by cutting 60-degree triangles from the Alexander Henry Harajuku Lady fabric.

Repeating hexagon, detail 1

Repeating hexagon, detail 2

Repeating hexagon, detail 3

Repeating hexagon, detail 4

Repeating hexagon, detail 5

One Block Wonder – design preview tips

December 7th, 2011

When creating One Block Wonder or Stack n’ Whack designs, there are clever methods to preview your fabric motifs and see multiple repeats. I frequently use a set of hinged Quilter’s Design Mirrors when designing with multiple cuts and repeats for projects such as Lone Stars, Quick Stars, Kaleidoscopes, Mariner’s Compass, hexagonal designs, etc.

Quilter's Design Mirrors

A quick method to determine whether a fabric will be suitable for your “fussy cut” technique is to lay the template shape (in this case, a 60-degree triangle−sold in several sizes) on the printed fabric, and position the mirrors at one tip of the triangle.

A repeated hexagon is magically created! The reflected image is not exactly the way it will appear when physically cut, but does give you a good idea whether you’ll like the visual effect of that particular fabric before cutting. An unsuitable print won’t be exciting−save that fabric for another project.

Clearview 60 triangle ruler, and pre-cut triangles

Here are some examples of the same 60-degree triangles−on the left, the mirror image and on the right, six identical cuts from the same image (also known as “fussy-cut”). Both versions are enticing! However, if your printed yardage doesn’t have mirror-image motifs, you will not be able to create the images on the left.

The combinations below are the same triangles; each combination is rotated to view a different tip in the design center.

Mirror image set A

Mirror image set B

Mirror image set C