Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Lone Starburst Quilt Class with Kimberly Einmo


In March I had the pleasure of taking a class with Kimberly Einmo at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show.   She is a friendly, gracious teacher.  She willingly shares her sewing tricks and tips and answers any question, even when entirely redundant.  She guided those whose skill wasn't really up to the prerequisite so they could find success. Really, I thoroughly enjoyed my day with her.

The class I took was for her popular Lone Starburst quilt.  You needed a jelly roll or equivalent amount of strips and background fabric, along with her special ruler called the EZ Jelly Roll Ruler.  She mentioned that when she is drafting patterns for quilts, sometimes she just thinks, "Quilters will hate this," and then tries to work out an easier method.  I totally relate to this because I have thought the same thing while drafting some of my doll clothes patterns, particularly my Cold Shoulder shirt pattern.  Anyway, below is an image of my strip set lined up with Kimberly's ruler.  I used Kate Spain's Horizon fabric line by Moda for my quilt.

Once you build all the elements for each block, you can then rotate the pieces to determine color placement.  None of my pictures are lovely since they were taken in the harsh classroom light, but you can get the idea of what we did.  The next two pictures are the same block elements, just rotated.  Isn't it amazing how different the block looks?!

Again, the next two pictures are the same block elements with different placements.

You can find the Lone Starburst pattern in Kimberly's book Jelly Roll Quilt Magic.  Below is a picture of some of the different layouts you can create with the finished block elements.  The books were all gone by the time I arrived in class, but a classmate let me take a picture of her book while she was looking through.
While I haven't finished my top yet, I did complete all the block units and did a sample arrangement. I'm hoping to get back to this one after the holidays.

 Here is a picture of Kimberly's quilt displayed at the quilt show using the Lone Starburst pattern:
 And a close up of the quilting:
If you can't take a class with Kimberly in person, she does have several classes available on Craftsy.  She was featured in the February 2015 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting, which came out right before I took the class with her, so that was fun to talk about in class.  She is also being featured in American Quilter magazine this year with a row-by-row project.    Check it out!  The first time I heard of Kimberly was back in 2005 when she did a mystery quilt series for American Quilter.  (Yes, that one is still in progress too.)  Find out more about her on her website.

Reminder:  I receive no money/products/anything for my opinions.  I just share things I have experience with and like.

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