This past Saturday, I taught my first official workshop using the DRESDEN STAR block which came to my attention about a year ago. You watched me prepare for the workshop as I made this new sample.
The first part of the workshop focused on cutting and piecing the block. The morning went quickly and everyone was able to complete one block.
It's always so much fun to see other versions of a block and how value changes give the block a different look.
After a pleasant lunch break, we spent time exploring ideas for expanding the basic blocks into larger pieces -- with one block or with a whole quilt's worth.
I gave each student a couple sheets of equilateral triangle paper and set them to work experimenting with pencil and paper. After about 15 minutes, we came back together to share our discoveries.
It was exciting to see simple ideas expand into more complex ideas.
And everyone went home with a half dozen sketches that will help them enjoy making this block over and over for simple projects such as table toppers or full size quilts.
I came home confident that my instructional leaflet makes sense and spent a couple days converting it into a pattern for the quilt so that those of you who don't have access to me face-to-face can also enjoy making this design. It is now available in my Craftsy Shop for download. The price is $8. Click HERE to purchase it now!
The instructions are illustrated with photos and use Marti Michell's Set H, Large Hexagons Plus ($20) and 2" Kite & Crown Set ($14). If you can't find these at your local quilt shop, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org -- I don't have them listed on a website at this point but I always have them in stock for my workshop and shipping is usually around $3 for first class postage in the USA. And of course, I pieced it using the chain-piecing technique from my DVD, Set-In Piecing Simplified.