Workshop Supply List

Quick Starburst

Quick Starburst

Fabric Requirements *

 Quilt Size


larger quilts using the 6-1/2" 45° diamond ruler – cutting prior to class is optional

smaller quilts using the 3" 45° diamond ruler – cutting prior to class is optional

 25" x 25"  1–3 yards total    84 – 100 45° diamonds
 60" x 60"  5–8 yards + total  84 – 100 45° diamonds  
 35" x 35"  2–4 yards total    160 – 200 45° diamonds
 84" x 84"  9–13 yards total  160 – 200 45° diamonds  
 46" x 46"  3–6 yards total    276 – 300 45° diamonds
 110" x 110"  14–20 yards total  276 – 300 45° diamonds  
Batting & Backing  add 6-8" to the quilt size  

* Fabric quantity varies depends upon the size and spacing of floral motifs, and number of repeats per yard in the design.

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS: Fabric selection is key to the quilt's striking appearance. Design options and fabric placement will be discussed, aiding in final selection and cutting. Confident students may pre-cut their fabrics prior to class, although this is unnecessary. Cutting will also take place in class.  Basic assembly begins in the afternoon for students with the majority of 45° diamonds cut and arranged to their satisfaction.  Please bring alternative fabrics and fabric scraps you may be considering for your project.

Jan's Tips:  Your quilt may feature a wide variety of fabrics, prints, batiks, etc.  When cutting, you need groups of diamonds, and may prefer to cut diamonds in even-numbered groups of  8, 16, 32 or 64 diamonds from the same fabrics (particularly for symmetric designs).  Another strategy is to collect a variety of compatible fabrics, a wide variety of different prints, batiks, stripes etc. and cut a palette from this collection.

This quilt is versatile – the finished size is determined by the quilt maker, and is determined by the number of diamonds.  I recommend utilizing your scraps and working from your stash to create a unique design.

Tools and Equipment

The following list may be daunting - FEAR NOT!  Students in previous workshops have requested the items below for use in class.  PLEASE MARK ALL EQUIPMENT WITH YOUR NAME   


Light spray starch or fabric finish – spray with a light mist – press scraps or smaller pieces of fabric before cutting. This step is unnecessary on unwashed yardage; starch any fabrics that are pre-washed or soft & flexible, prone to stretching. Store pressed fabrics flat or rolled on paper tubes (such as gift wrap, paper towl tubes, etc) or similar system to prevent excess wrinkling.
Print coloring pages from the following link:  Coloring Pages.  Use pencils, markers, crayons or similar artist's tools to create a color plan for your quilt (optional).
Colored pencils (crayons, markers, whatever you have) –  for coloring the quilt design schematic. (optional)
Rotary cutting acrylic rulers: 6 1/2" / 3" Fussy Cutter 45° Diamond ruler set (available for purchase online before class, or purchase in class)
Pre-cut some of your fabrics (optional but recommended) into the diamond size you intend to work with – either 3" or 6-1/2" size. Cut in even-number quantities of 4, 8, 16, 32 (etc) for balanced symmetric designs. Alternative option: cut diamonds from a wide variety of compatible scraps and yardage – for a small quilt, cut fewer pieces – for a large quilt, cut more pieces. Fine-tune your design by cutting extra fabric diamonds in class to fill in and complete your design.
Please print the pages linked here and add to your notebook:  Starburst Taping the Rows printer friendly PDF.


Quick Star Quilts & Beyond by Jan Krentz – text book for class (available for pre-order / purchase – $28 retail; CA sales tax applies within state of CA – or purchase in class)
fast2cut "Fussy Cutter" 45º diamond ruler set (available for trial and purchase in class if desired) – excellent for "fussy cutting" motifs ($25 retail;  CA sales tax applies within state of CA). DO NOT BRING A 60° DIAMOND RULER as it is the wrong angle.
fabrics for star – bring all fabrics, including scraps. Pre-cut some of the diamonds if you are confident in the size you want to work with. Alternative: wait until class to cut diamonds, if you would prefer to hear more suggestions.
Sewing machine with 1-2 filled bobbins (1-day classes: most of the day will be spent designing your star. If you pre-cut before class, you may be sewing after lunch. If you wait, cutting fabrics in class, it is unlikely you will sew. 2-day classes generally sew on the 2nd day.)
Quarter-inch presser foot, standard foot, and walking foot if you own one (some machines do not stitch well with a quarter-inch foot. Switching to either of the other two feet can improve the quality of your stitching.)
Sewing thread to blend with fabric – medium shade (do not select hand quilting thread) 
Size 10/12 (70/80) sharp, topstitch or quilting machine needles (not universal point)
Rotary cutter with new blade (45mm medium or 60mm large cutter size)
Self-healing rotary cutting mat (18" x 24")    /   optional: rotating mat is useful when cutting scraps with the 3" diamond ruler.
Stiletto, skewer or similar tool  Seam ripper Sewing scissors or thread snips
Sewing pins – glass ball head, fine .5 shaft pins are best for matching seams (preferred instead of heavy-weight quilting pins with plastic heads)

several zip-lock bags for fabric diamonds & small pieces

pencil / pen  for notes  Name Tag 
3-ring binder for supply list, paste-up & class handout sheets   (place all paperwork in the binder before class, including the "Taping the Rows" bonus supplement sheets)
Iron  (in class, share 1 iron between 3 or 4 students – these may be supplied by the workshop sponsor) 
72" x 72" piece of flannel, flannel sheet, batting or flannel-backed plastic tablecloth for design wall surface (strongly recommended)
200-300 safety pins to secure project to flannel for safe transport
Heavy-duty 3-prong extension cord and power strip (these may be supplied by the workshop sponsor)

1 roll - 1" wide painter's tape (it has different adhesive than other tapes. I like the 3M brand blue tape – looks a little dull – not the smooth & shiny one with minimal stickiness)

  OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:  (nice to have, not mandatory for class)  

4 pieces – 1 1/4" PVC pipe, cut into equal lengths for table leg extensions (slip the pipes onto the tubular legs of a standard banquet table. The extensions elevate the table to a better height to eliminate back strain in class. I am 5'6" and my extensions are 11" high.)
digital camera – optional but strongly recommended to be used as a design tool in class
3M Command hooks & binder clips OR wide blue painter's tape to secure your design flannel to the wall in the classroom. Some venues prohibit use of tape on walls; most locations DO permit the use of these products which do not damage painted surfaces. (see links at the end of this supply list)
reading glasses inflatable chair cushion  Ott light or desk lamp
Please arrive and set up 30 minutes before class starts. I want you to get the most from your day, because I have lots of great information to share!  

Questions & Answers:

Q: Can the design also be strip-pieced?

Jan's A: Yes. If you would like to strip-piece the design, I recommend:

  • creating a complex design mockup to help figure out how many strip-sets you will have, and
  • how many strips from each fabric you will cut.
  • Use a large-size pair of hinged Quilter's Design Mirrors (you can make them yourself) to view the design mockup and overall effect before cutting the fabric strips.

Q: Your quilt is larger than I want to make. Can I create a smaller design?

Jan's A:  Yes! During class, we will lay out the design, creating the composition on your design fabric (flannel or fleece). You will lay out as many "rounds" of diamonds as you want, and stop when the design is as large as you prefer.

Q:  I prefer contemporary quilts. Can I make this design in my own way?

Jan's A:  Yes! Effective methods are:

  • Shifting the medallion center point up to the left, right, or lower left or right.
  • Insert smaller or larger scale diamonds within the composition to provide more interest.
  • Fussy-cutting printed designs, flowers or stripes provides special effects when seen in repeat.


Q:  I have many rulers at home. Can I my own diamond ruler?


Jan's A:  I recommend cutting with a 45° diamond ruler. Be certain your ruler is NOT a 60° diamond tool, and that you are able to cut from standard width strips.


  • Be certain your ruler is NOT a 60° diamond tool, and that you are able to cut from standard width strips.
  • e-mail me in advance and send a photo of your tool if you are unsure of the angle before cutting your fabric!


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Supply List Tips & Tools

  1.  Supply List Q & A
  2.  Quarter inch presserfeet
  3.  Sewing machine needles
  4.  Quilt skill levels
  5.  Stilettos and other tools
  6.  Sewing machine walking feet
  7.  Table leg extenders

  8.  Roxanne's Glue Baste-it
  9.  3M Command Strips & Clips
10. Singer Featherweight information
11. Quilter's Cut 'n Press Board
12. Quilter's Quick Quarter ruler
13. Sewing Machine Extension Tables
14. Calibrate 1/4 inch Seam Allowances


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