Workshops & Lectures

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Programs – Lectures with Trunk Show

The Great Star Review! 

Historic look at the traditional 8-point star designs, ranging from Lone Stars, Hunter Stars, and the new Diamond Quilts. Combination slide presentation with trunk show of beautiful quilts!

Quilts and Techniques!

Do you wonder HOW those fabulous quilts were made?  This program encompasses quilt images, Jan's construction techniques, and a trunk show of her glorious quilts.

Design Inspiration from Everyday Life

View your world with an artist's eye, and learn practical tips for color, fabric selection and design. Jan shares design inspiration images from ordinary sources – and quilts resulting from the inspiration.

One Woman's Journey
A personal look at Jan's quilting history including a brief view of Jan's grandmother's quilts. The presentation encompasses early work through the present-day quilts


Colorwash Hunter Star

Using a product designed specifically for Jan's Hunter Star, learn the technique to compose a scene on a fusible foundation that will sew up into a 15" x 15" finished panel.

Workshop focus: fabric selection and placement for the artistic design, construction technique, and quilting recommendations. The fusible foundation is provided with the class and instructions. Additional foundation may be purchased directly from Jan.

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Colorwash Hunter Star

Monet Water Lily Impressionist Quilt

Create an impressionist-style quilt using 45-degree diamonds. Working from a favorite photo of Claude Monet's paintings, students will design a quilt with a painterly approach using a fabric palette. Workshop attendees will share a small number of fabrics, resulting in a richer collection of patterns, prints and colors for each quilt.

Water lily pads, flowers or other details (student's preference) are added to the pieced quilt top with the student's preferred appliqué method and thread work. Optional: KITS are available for the flowers & lily pads (students will receive one complimentary kit in class. Optional kits are in addition to the class kit.)

(Advanced beginner & above. Two-day class.)

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Monet Water Lily Impressionist Quilt

Diamond Landscapes Quilt

Create an impressionist–style quilt using 45° diamonds. Working from your own photo, students will design a quilt with a painterly approach, using a fabric palette. If desired, details are added to the pieced quilt top with various forms of embellishment, appliqué and thread work.

The first day of class is spent cutting and laying out the design. Sewing begins on the 2nd day, and hands-on stitching of the water lily pads, flowers or other elements is introduced. Single-day workshops receive a visual presentation that briefly covers the details of construction and embellishment.


(Advanced beginner & above. Multi-day class.)

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Diamond Landscapes Quilt

Quick Starburst

This classic "one patch" star design is updated, featuring today's striped or batik fabrics. The 45° diamonds are cut with either the 6.5" 45° diamond ruler (for a bed-sized quilt) or the 3" 45° diamond ruler (for a smaller wall or lap-sized quilt). The finished sized is determined by the number of diamonds used in the project, making it a versatile design that is easily customized.

Skill level: skilled beginner & above.  One or two-day workshop. Some advance preparation recommended.

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Quick Starburst

Quick Star Quilt using the Fussy Cutter 45° Diamond Ruler

Create a quick star quilt using fabrics of your choice while learning to sew Y seams. Advance cutting insures farther progress in class.

Purchase of the Fussy Cutter 45° Ruler set required. Quick Star Quilts book purchase is recommended.

Several quilt design options in various sizes are available. Fabric requirements will vary depending upon the size of the project, and whether large scale prints are incorporated.

(Skilled beginner or above. One to two-day class.)

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Quick Star Quilt using the Fussy Cutter 45° Diamond Ruler

Love that Lone Star! (Lone Star Basics)

This is the BASIC Lone Star quilt class. Piece a traditional 8-poiinted Lone Star design, and update it with corner and border options. This is a great-looking favorite! Focus on rotary cutting, piecing tips, and overall design layout. Pictured (right) is Jan's classic quilt with beautiful Asian fabrics. Two layout options available.

(Adv. Beginner & above. One or two-day class.)

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Love that Lone Star! (Lone Star Basics)

Summer Salsa Lone Star Quilt class

Jan's own Lone Star design, seen in bright, sizzling summer colors is a real favorite. Includes options to personalize your quilt with a variety of designs. Some advanced preparation required to get the most from this class! See the same quilt in a different color family: Double Cappuccino. Finished quilt size: approximately 46" x 46"

(Adv. Beginner & above - Best suited to a 2 or 3-day class due to material covered. This class offered exclusively to guilds and seminars.)

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Summer Salsa Lone Star Quilt class

Remembrance - Feathered Lone Star Quilt class

Jan's own design. This romantic feathered Lone Star features strip cutting, fussy cutting, precision piecing techniques, and foundation piecing.

(Adv. Beginner & above — Best suited to a 2 or 3-day class due to material covered. This class offered exclusively to guilds and seminars.)

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Remembrance - Feathered Lone Star Quilt class

Safari Lone Star Quilt class

This is the BASIC Lone Star class with extra design details.
Jan's sample features a quilt with preprinted pillow panels on each corner. This design is fabulous for ANY decorator-print, scarves, or pillow top designs. Select coordinating fabrics for the central star and outer borders.

(Adv. Beginner & Above. Two-day class)

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Safari Lone Star Quilt class

Spiral Lone Star Quilt Class

An exciting Lone Star design achieved through fabric placement, compass setting squares, and compass corners. Several different techniques covered in this class! Finished quilt size: approximately 46" x 46".

(Adv. Beginner & above—Best suited to a 3–5 day workshop due to amount of material covered. This workshop is offered exclusively to quilt guilds, retreats and seminars.)

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Spiral Lone Star Quilt Class

Hunter Star - Asymmetric design layout

Create an asymmetric design with a wide range of printed fabrics. The model quilt, Out of Africa, measures 70" x 80" and features a collection of African fabrics. Optional changes in block size or numbers of blocks will increase or decrease the quilt size as desired.

One-day workshop, Skilled Beginner and above. 

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Hunter Star - Asymmetric design layout

Quick Faux Diamonds

The Faux Diamond quilt technique is one of my favorite designs! It is easy to cut and sew from any fun printed stripe fabric. Embellish if desired, as shown on the Mosaic Tiles quilt (rickrack) or any other embellishments you desire. Featured in the Quick Diamond Quilts and Beyond book. (Faux – pronounced f-oh)

One day workshop – skilled beginner and above. Supply list.

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Quick Faux Diamonds

Hunter Star - Variable Hunter Star

Create a terrific quilt design from your favorite fabrics, incorporating an 8-pointed star where the block corners meet. Strip piecing methods will be used. See all 3 colorations of the Hunter Star in Jan's Workshop Quilt Gallery. Supply List printer-friendly PDF.


(Skilled Beginner & above. One or two-day class.)

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Hunter Star - Variable Hunter Star

Quick Open Star - square-on-point center

Geisha Garden Open Star variation with square setting – Jan Krentz – 2007 – 57'' x 57'' before quilting. Quilting by Janet Studevant Stuart. Based upon a pattern found in Jan's book, Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, this Open Star design features fussy-cut diamonds from a large-scale specialty fabric using the 6 1/2" fast2cut Fussy cutter 45° diamond ruler. Tip: Large-scale prints are more attractive when set-in setting squares and triangles are undisturbed by extra seams.

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Quick Open Star - square-on-point center

Quick Broken Star Design Workshop

Based upon Jan's book Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, design your own Broken Star quilt! Incorporate large scale prints, or create a Split Broken Star! Learn to sew accurate Y-seams with ease!  Finished size: 58" square without borders; approximately 65-68" square with borders.

(Skilled Beginner & above. One or two-day class.)

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Quick Broken Star Design Workshop

Rainbow Split Broken Star

This exciting new workshop is also featured as a pattern in Quick Star Quilts & Beyond. Select a palette of compatible colors, or a rainbow spectrum as seen in Jan's quilt. Size (large ruler): approx. 70-72" square  or  (small ruler): approx. 30-32" square with borders.

Two-day workshop with pre-sewing preparation.

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Rainbow Split Broken Star

Spiral Broken Star - Empty Spools 5-day workshop

Students in this class will create a specialized large Broken Star or a bed-sized Broken Star with large borders.

Printer-friendly PDF Supply list:  Spiral Broken Star

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Spiral Broken Star - Empty Spools 5-day workshop

Quick Broken Star - without Y seams

Sew this beautiful star quilt with the ease of straight piecing, and no "Y" seams!  Based upon a pattern in Jan's book, Quick Star Quilts & Beyond, it is suitable for a 1-2 day workshop. Select several coordinating fabrics for the 45º diamonds, background and borders. Finished size: 58" square without borders; approximately 65-68" square with borders.

(Skilled Beginner & above. One or two-day class.)

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Quick Broken Star - without Y seams

Quick Rolling Star

Create a great quilt from Jan's book, Quick Star Quilts & Beyond! This design features 16—45° diamonds cut from a striped batik fabric, with a bias-cut border from the same batik. Yes, of course you can change the fabrics to customize your quilt design!

One-day workshop; skill level: skilled beginner or above

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Quick Rolling Star

Quick Snow Crystals without Y seams

An updated version of the classic Snow Crystals or Hands-all-Around block, sew a quilt without Y-seams in your choice of fabrics.  Finished size: 58" square without borders; approximately 65-68" square with borders.

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Quick Snow Crystals without Y seams

Thousand Pyramids

This great quilt is easy to piece, and easy to change the size to fit your needs! The workshop focuses on cutting with the Half Diamond tool, color flow, fabric placement and piecing tips. The pattern is featured in Quick Diamond Quilts & Beyond. One day workshops are sewing-free. Two-day workshops feature more extensive design and piecing instruction.

Skill level: skilled new quilter and above. One or two-day workshop.

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Thousand Pyramids

Stone Mosaic Dimensional Diamonds

Create a geometric design with depth and dimension. The quilt is pictured on the cover of Jan's book Quick Diamond Quilts and Beyond. The construction method is surprisingly straightforward, and fabric selection is the key to creating dimensinal effects. There are two methods of construction for this quilt. You will learn about both methods in class; primary instruction will focus on the easier Faux Diamond technique.

One or two-day workshop. Skill level: advanced beginner and above.

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Stone Mosaic Dimensional Diamonds

Framed Diamonds - Dancing African Ladies

Working with two or more dynamic fabrics, create a diamond or star quilt of your choice. The first day will focus primarily upon cutting techniques & design layout; the 2nd day will focus upon construction techniques. The small image, right, shows the diamonds in a linear orientation.

Two-day or multi-day workshop. Skill level: advanced beginner, intermediate or above

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Framed Diamonds - Dancing African Ladies

Quick Broken Star - Expanded

New in 2013! In response to quilter's demands, I have created a larger quilt, expanding the Broken Star design with additional elements. The Expanded Broken Star may be cut with either the 3" 45º ruler (apprx. 43" square with borders) or the 6-1/2" 45º diamond ruler (apprx. 100" square with borders).

This design is best for a 3-day (or longer) workshop, and features the "no Y-seam" construction technique. Offered ONLY to private retreats, seminars, and other selected locations.

Skilled beginner and above. PDF Supply list.

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Quick Broken Star - Expanded

Diamond Quilt Design / Craftsy Online class

Take this terrific online class in your time! Click this link to go directly to Craftsy and register for Diamond Quilt Design. Access the class 24/7, sew comfortably in your own space, and review steps as needed. You'll have complete access to Jan within the Craftsy community, and participate with other class members to ask questions and post pictures of fabric selection, work in progress and much more!

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Diamond Quilt Design / Craftsy Online class

Hunter Star - Symmetric African Hunter

The African Hunter Star quilt has a contemporary, bold appearance. This design features large-scale bold African printed fabrics, and is also well-suited to other large scale prints. The 10-inch blocks are simple to construct, and the smaller 45° diamonds provide a pop of color at the edges of the central medallion, arranged in a setting similar to a Log Cabin "Barn Raising" pattern. Note that the outer background blocks are simple half-square triangles, making the quilt easy-to-assemble.

The featured quilt measures 60" x 70", and can easily be adjusted in size by altering the number of blocks, and adding borders of choice. Students may bring a larger collection of fabric, and cut pieces during class if desired. (Note: advanced cutting of fabrics will result in better progress during class). This pattern is similar to the Asymmetric Hunter Star which features 56 blocks in an abstracted Barn-raising type setting.

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Hunter Star - Symmetric African Hunter

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