Workshop Supply List

Colorwash Hunter Star

Colorwash Hunter Star

Fabrics:  Note: Decide before class whether you prefer creating a small impressionist scene, or a simple Hunter Star design with traditional fabrics.



2/3 to 3/4 yard pre-printed scenic yardage:

  1. Press centerfold until the fabric is flat.
  2. Lay single thickness on the cutting mat
  3. Cut 10 strips, 2" wide in one direction, carefully controlling the ruler for minimal clean-up cuts
  4. Sub-cut the 10 strips into 2" squares (100 total) - DO NOT LIFT FROM THE CUTTING MAT
  5. Begin at the top of the first column. Pick up the 1st piece, move systematically downward, placing it over piece 2; stack 1-2 onto piece 3, etc.  When all 10 from 1st column are stacked in order, place paper tag on the stack; use a needle & thread to stitch a large stitch to secure the stack together. Lable: row 1.
  6. Repeat for all 10 columns, stacking, labeling and securing together.
  7. Cut 32 or more solid or batik fabrics to CONTRAST with the scenic design – bring / cut different colors for best results (see example: Colorwash Hunter Star quilt.

32 or more - 2" squares from a prominent color (these will become the star points in your block - multiple colors/fabrics are recommended)


104 or more - 2" squares from a variety of fabrics (block background)  You may cut scraps in a variety of colors, or groups of 8 squares from 13 different fabrics that coordinate with each other.




  1. Cut one to four 2" squares from a large variety of fabrics ranging from light to dark. You will not need very many of each fabric because your scene will be created as you place different fabrics side-by-side.
  2. You may like to work with a photo to help inspire your fabric selection. Please bring this photo to class. Use it as a basic guide when selecting fabric prints, colors and values for your project.
  3. Cut more squares than you think you'll need - having extra squares provides more options to move pieces around selectiv
  1. Working from scraps or small pieces of fabric, cut a wide variety of prints, plaids, stripes and other cotton fabrics.
  2. Consciously select fabrics in two (or more) categories -
    • block background, and
    • contrasting star points
  3. Refer to the Fabric Ideas for inspiration. The squares are 1-1/2" finished size; small to medium scale prints, prints, tone-on-tone fabrics, small checks or stripes work well.

Colorwash Hunter Star Tools & Equipment

 Teflon appliqué pressing sheet OR piece of baking parchment paper (adhesives do not stick to these materials) large bath or beach size towel (larger than a small hand-size towel or washcloth) – to be used  in class as a pressing surface for your design; the towel will likely get small amounts of water-soluble glue on it (glue washes out)
1 spool thread  – color to coordinate with your design, medium tone or value small travel iron (CHECK WITH EVENT sponsors  – occasionally irons are provided, and personal iron use is restricted due to electrical issues in the facility)
1 - 2 bobbins, wound in advance with coordinating thread fine, glass-head pins
fabric glue with very fine applicator tip – many options available today: Elmer's school glue with special tip, Roxanne's glue-baste it, Jill-lilly applique glue, etc.

pen or pencil

3-ring notebook to hold handout (receive in class), photos, notes, supply list, etc.

scissors or thread snips

seam ripper, stiletto or bamboo skewer

small bag for trash

name tag with first name in LARGE PRINT

cutting mat (travel size OK) if planning to cut some squares in class 6" x 12", 6" square rulers
rotary cutter with sharp blade digital camera or phone camera strongly encouraged (to document your work & fellow classmate's designs)


reading or sewing glasses portable light
long tweezers for grasping fabric squares and moving them Hunter Star Quilts & Beyond book by Jan Krentz - refer to pg 47 for Colorwash quilt.
chair cushion sack lunch or snack; water bottle or cool drink

Click here for fabric ideas and further information

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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