Category Archives: Oak Ridge Stars

Progress with Oak Ridge Stars

We had our second class tonight for Oak Ridge Stars. I can’t believe how much work my students got done in one week! I commend you guys, you did a great job. Well I’m off to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival tomorrow, fun fun fun!

Oak Ridge Stars

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Deb Tucker, How Do I Love Thee?

I taught a class last night at What’s Your Stitch N Stuff in Virginia Beach making the quilt pattern “Oak Ridge Stars” using the Tucker Trimmer by Deb Tucker. I love Deb’s patterns. She goes into great detail so you understand exactly what to do. We used the Tucker Trimmer to square up pieces so when we put our blocks together they are perfect. You can buy Deb Tucker procducts at your local quilt shop or www.studio180design.net . On their webite are videos to show how to use their great products.

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Oak Ridge Stars Class

It was Deb Tucker Day in my class room this weekend. Today was another great class with great students. I worked their butts off, but they were up for the challenge. This is no quilt for the faint of heart. It’s not that it is hard, but there is a lot of cutting. I love Deb Tucker patterns because she is so thorough and detailed always reminding us which direct to press our seams. It was a great weekend of classes at the Hampton convention Center, sponsored by Bella Fabrics in Carollton, VA.

Thank you to Sharon, Arlene, Trishia, Robin, Suzanne and Leanne. I enjoyed you all very much.

Oak Ridge Stars – Done!

I finished sewing on the binding this morning. I do like it, but I struggled at first. They call it focus fabric for a reason. You are supposed to pick out the focus fabric first and then choose the rest of the fabrics from the colors in the focus fabric (Duh!) This quilt called for a light background and a medium background. That is what I chose first. Then I chose the other fabrics and the focus fabric last. I had a hard time finding a focus fabric that worked so I ended up choosing a black fabric with gold filigree. I do everything the hard way! But it does look good don’t you think? Now I am ready to teach this class in October.

Oak Ridge Stars Class Sample 68″ x 88″

Oak Ridge Stars Quilt Blocks

I have been sewing for about 11 hours today trying to get my class sample done for Oak Ridge Stars. I do have the center blocks together and borders ready to go on. Blco construction was a little slow because I stop and take pictures of the process for students. But I am pleased so far. I hope to get it finished tomorrow and will post a picture of the completed quilt.

Oak Ridge Stars Center Blocks

Oak Ridge Stars Block

I am trying to get a class sample completed but keep being overcome by events (life keeps getting in the way of my quilting). I made the first block yesterday, but I didn’t like one of the colors I had chosen. I am a big wimp when it comes to choosing colors. I remade the block today with a safer color. This block is made using the Tucker Trimmer. It is pretty cool. I love Deb Tucker’s instructions, she’s very detailed. As I said in a earlier post, I labeled ziplock bags for the precuts and it is a good thing I did. My brains would fall out if I didn’t keep the block pieces organized. One block down 11 more to go!

Oak Ridge Stars 16″ Block

Getting Organized

How do you tackle a quilting project?  October 13 & 14, 2012 I will be participating in Bella Fabrics 2nd Quilting and Sewing Expo at the Hampton Convention Center, http://www.bellafabricsva.com/

I will be teaching both days showing you techniques developed by Deb Tucker at http://www.studio180design.net/.  If you have not tried her rulers yet you are missing something!

I have made 3 quilts using her Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler – NO “Y” Seams!

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This is a very easy method.  Deb’s instruction are wonderful

I will also be teaching a class for her Tucker Trimmer.  We will be making Deb Tucker’s pattern Oak Ridge Stars.  I am starting by organizing my fabric and pre cutting.  I should have stock in Ziplock bags.  I use a lot of them to organize my quilting projects.

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Let Your Quilts Talk, Label your Quilts

Jackie