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Piecing One-block Wonder – construction tips

Sunday, 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‚ąímy 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.


One Block Wonder – design preview tips

Wednesday, 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‚ąísold 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‚ąísave that fabric for another project.

Clearview 60 triangle ruler, and pre-cut triangles

Here are some examples of the same 60-degree triangles‚ąíon 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

One Block Wonders

Monday, December 5th, 2011

I am inspired to make a new quilt‚ÄĒbased upon the designs seen in the¬†book One Block Wonders by Maxine Rosenthal. Several friends have made successful quilts using Maxine’s book, and I found a terrific Alexander Henry fabric that may make a dynamic quilt. Maxine suggests designs cut with a 60-degree triangle (use any of¬†the great Clearview Triangle rulers)¬†, or a 45-degree triangle (perfect when cut with the Fast2Cut 45-degree half diamond ruler!).

Here is the Alexander Henry Harajuku Lady fabric:

Alexander Henry Harajuku Lady fabric       One Block Wonders by Maxine Rosenthal

I purchased several yards. The book recommends at least 6 repeats plus a few inches for cutting / cleanup. I am cutting 3-3/4″ wide strips, and subcutting through all 6 layers to create sets of identical¬†60-degree triangles. Watch the blog in the coming days, I’ll show you what I come up with! If you are working with this fabric, please send me YOUR photo, to share with readers!

Autograph Party!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010


Date:    Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Where:  Quilter’s Paradise, 1451 Montiel Road, Suite 140, Escondido, CA 92026 

Time:    1-4 pm 

Click for directions 

Come visit with quilt designers whose work is featured in my new book Quick Diamond Quilts & Beyond! 

Quilt artists featured:

  • Betty Alofs¬†
  • Anna Mae Bach¬†
  • Kathy Butler¬†
  • BJ Coopes¬†
  • Frances Cunningham¬†
  • Jan Darnell¬†¬†
  • Carol Gilbert¬†¬†
  • Jacqueline Lacey
  • Lee Olson
  • Nancy Rowland¬†
  • Jane Sassaman¬†
  • Cindy Stearns¬†
  • Suzanne Taylor¬†
  • Patricia Votruba
  • Amy Wazny
  • Pat Wolfe
  • Julia Zgliniec¬†

Machine Quilters:

  • Faye Collingsworth
  • Sue Mezera¬†
  • Jill Miller¬†¬†
  • D‚ÄôAndrea Mitchell¬†
  • Carolyn Reynolds
  • Lois Russell¬†
  • Janet Sturdevant Stuart
  • Marita Wallace¬†

I look forward to seeing  you on Sunday for our Autograph Party!

Product GIVE AWAY!!!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

This is TERRIFIC! C&T Publishing is hosting a Jan Krentz Giveaway!  Simply click on the link, read all about the promotion, post a comment, either on the C&T blog, or on Facebook to get your name in on the drawing! GOOD LUCK!

FOLLOW UP:¬†¬† The lucky winner was Suzanne Golden, who wrote: “I love the design on Hidden Path, as it reminds me of a maze and could be a real challenge to complete, but well worth the effort.”¬† Congratulations, Suzanne!

NEW BOOK! Quick Diamond Quilts

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Watch for my newest book on newsstands this month! A few years ago I began brainstorming with quilting friends on all the quilts we could make with the Fast2Cut 45-degree diamond rulers. We had so much creative energy and inspiration to share!

Once the flurry fabric scraps settled, 32 new patterns were created ‚Äď far too many for one book. Thankfully the publisher agreed with me ‚Äď the designs could be sorted into two styles. Last year, my 4th title,¬† Quick Star Quilts was released, featuring 20 great patterns with diamonds pieced in star or kaleidoscope style patterns.


This month my newest book, Quick Diamond Quilts¬†is released ‚Ästinside¬†you’ll find 12 fresh new designs to¬†get your creative juices flowing!

Amazing scenes….inside a toilet paper roll?

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

You will enjoy this link! Artist Anastassia Elias has an interesting website, and a special art form! Please visit her site to see more! (click on photo to activate a slideshow link). 

Artwork by Anastassia Elias

Autograph Party – Book Signing

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Quick Star Quilts Book Signing

Mark your calendars! The participants for Quick Star Quilts & Beyond will be signing the book for all customers at Quilter’s Paradise in Escondido, CA.

What:  Author & Artist Book signing

Where: Quilter’s Paradise in Escondido, CA¬† map

1451 Montiel Rd # 140
Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 738-9677

When: Sunday, March 8, 2008    from    1 pm -4 pm

Additional Activity:¬† 5th¬†San Diego Quilter’s Run¬†‚Äď a multi-shop “hop” with special prizes

See the quilts from Quick Star Quilts & Beyond on display, and meet the artists who created them! Many of the artists will be present to sign your book!

NEW! Quick Star Quilts – my 4th book

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Hurrah! I feel so victorious! My new Quick Star Quilts & Beyond book has arrived! C&T sent a beautiful live plant, which arrived about an hour before the book. What a great day this is!

Jan Krentz and Quick Star Quilts book

Color palettes – Color Stripes blog

Monday, January 12th, 2009
Color Stripes blog

Color Stripes blog

I am frequently hunting for fresh ideas, fascinated by color,¬†and I stumbled across a great blog today – look at Color Stripes – an interior designer¬†artist’s inspiration and color palettes.