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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Twinkle Star Video Workshop

Twinkle Star was designed by Judy and Bradley Niemeyer for paper piecing. The pattern uses basic paper piecing techniques that can be applied to many Quiltworx lone star projects. This is a great introductory pattern for learning how Quiltworx lone star quilts are made in a small project that can be completed very quickly.

This tutorial includes 22 videos and instructions for paper piecing the Twinkle Star quilt designed by Quiltworx.

Twinkle Star Quilt made by Carol Thelen
The video below is an introduction to this workshop

You must purchase the Twinkle Star pattern in addition to these instructional materials.

Twinkle Star Paper Piecing Pattern by Quiltworx

Supply List

  • Twinkle Star Pattern by Quiltworx (required)
  • Fabric – requirements shown on pattern
  • Permanent marker or ink pen
  • 45mm and/or 60 mm rotary cutter with fresh blade
  • 6-1/2" x 12-1/2" ruler or larger
  • Cutting mat at least 18" x 24"
  • Quality 50wt cotton thread
  • Sewing machine with open toe foot and 1/4" foot
  •  Small scissors to use at the sewing machine
  • Larger scissors for cutting paper
  •  Add-A-Quarter ruler, 12"
  • Template plastic about 3" x 12"
  • Wash out glue such as Elmer's or UHU used to glue fabric to paper
  • Glue Pen such as Sew Line, Fons & Porter used to glue fabric to fabric
  • That Purple Thang for curved piecing
  • Jumbo paper clips
  • 3-ring binder, 3/4" or 1" size
  • 9 sheet protectors
  • 7 one-gallon-size Ziploc™ or store brand plastic bags. Use a pen or marker to label these bags A1 B1, B2, CL1, CL2, CR1 and CR2
NOTE: When you click on the video links below, the video will open in a new page so you won't lose your place in the lessons.

Lesson 1: Preparing to Piece


The instructions for this project are 16 pages long and you will be flipping back and forth through them multiple times. To protect the instructions from loss or damage they can be placed in a binder with sheet protectors. Additionally, this is the time you should check for any corrections issued by Quiltworx for your pattern. The next video describes in detail how to prepare your binder.

Video - Paperwork First: Part 1 of 2

To Do List:

  • Set up your binder and sheet protectors.


If you are new to Quiltworx patterns or need a better understanding of the different papers they publish, take some time to read the lesson in the link below. It will save you hours of frustration as you complete this project.

The following video shows how to trace the dashed lines onto the backside of the paper. This will help you see the unit and template sections while paper piecing. You do not need to do this at this time.


Before you choose and purchase your fabric, you should cut apart all the papers and put them in the proper bags. The newsprint sheets are large so you will need plenty of space to open them up. If you are using a rotary cutter to cut the papers, you should have the largest mat you can find. If you are using scissors to cut the papers, a table or other large surface works well.

The next video shows how to cut the papers from the newsprint sheets and place them into numbered bags.

To Do List:
  • Cut out the papers and place them in bags.
The following sections summarize what papers go into which bag.

Lesson 2: Fabric

The next two videos discuss fabric selection, fabric numbers and group color layouts. Additionally, it covers information about choosing fabrics and mapping fabrics to sections in the units. It also shows where the cutting instructions are listed for each group.

The next video shows how to pre-cut fabric strips.

To Do List:
Use the information in the chart below to pre-cut all your fabric and place it in the proper bags.

Lesson 3: Lone Star Unit

In this lesson we piece the Lone Star units using the strip piecing technique. If you haven’t used this technique before, I think you’ll find it a great way to piece lone stars. We'll break down the piecing into three segments:

  1. Preparing Paper and Fabric
  2. Paper Piecing
  3. Assemble the units


Swatches are glued to the papers and the papers are stacked in order of piecing. Pre-cut fabric strips are cut using the Strip Piecing Template then stacked for piecing.

Video Index

      00:00 to 06:47 - Gluing swatches and stacking papers
      06:47 to 10:00 - Cutting the fabric
      10:00 to 12:11 - Sorting the fabric

Piecing Sections 1 & 2

The first two sections are pieced and pressed.

Video Index

        00:00 to 04:11 – Section 1
        04:11to 15:26 – Section 2


Section 3 is pieced and pressed and the papers are trimmed for assembly.

Video Index

    00:00 to 02:00 – Section 3
    02:00 to 04:33 – Trim the outer edges    
    04:33 to 06:24 – Trim cut lines
    06:24 to 07:33 – Trim smart corners


The last step is to assemble the units.

Video Index

    00:00 to 01:18 – Lay out piecing order
    01:18 to 06:49 – Stitch SS2 to SS1
    06:49 to 07:53 – Remove papers from bottom section
    07:53 to 08:19– Stitch on Line 1
    08:19 to 09:59 – Check the points

Video Index

    00:00 to 04:12 – Stitch SS3 to SS2
    04:12 to 04:38 – Press the seams
    04:38 to 08:44 – Notes about finishing

Lesson 4: New York Beauty Unit

In this lesson we piece the New York Beauty units and you'll learn curved piecing. First, the fabric is cut into sections using the template layout sheets and the sections are sorted and stacked into piecing order. Next, the spikes are pieced and the unit is complete after the curved piecing. If you have not done curved piecing before, this is a great introduction because the curve is small but easy to piece. No stress is allowed here!


In this video we cut Fabrics B1 and B2 that were placed into Bag B1.

Video Index

    00:00 to 01:20 – What’s in Bag 1
    01:20 to 05:31 – Fabric B1, Unit BL Background TLS
    05:31 to 08:48 – Fabric B2, Units BL & BR Accent Spikes TLS
    08:48 to 10:35 – Stack Fabrics for Piecing Unit BL


In this video we cut Fabric B3 that was put into Bag B1 and Fabric B1 that was put into Bag B2.

Video Index

    00:00 to 04:16 – Cutting Fabric B3
    04:16 to 07:52 – Bag B2, Fabric B1, Unit BR Background TLS
    07:52 to 08:53 – Stacking for Piecing Unit BR

Video Index

00:00 to 04:44 – Introduction and Gluing Section 1
04:44 to 07:30 – Add Section 2
07:30 to 09:47 – Stitch on Line 1
09:47 to 10:11 – Press the seam


Video Index
    00:00 to 03:31 – Section 3
    03:31 to 04:07 – Stitch on Line 2
    04:07 to 05:44 – Trim the units

Remove the Papers

Once all the units are trimmed, you can remove all the papers.


Complete the curve piecing as shown in the next video. Press towards the point.

Lesson 5: The Border Units

In this lesson we piece the Border units and I think you will be amazed at how fast these come together!


Video Index

    00:00 to 01:22 – Introduction to border units
    01:22 to 03:44 – Strip 1, Template CR1-1 (cut 3)
    03:44 to 04:35 – Strip 2, Template CL2-1 (cut 3)
    04:35 to 05:40 – Strip 3, Template CR1-1 (cut 1) and Template CL2-1 (cut 1)
    05:40 to 07:03 – Strip 4, Template CL1-1 (cut 4)
    07:03 to 08:26 – Strip 5, Template CR2-1 (cut 4)


Video Index

    00:00 to 01:27 – Fabric C2
    01:27 to 03:06 – Fabric C3, Strip 1, Template CR2-3 (cut 4)
    03:06 to 04:27 – Strip 2, Template CL1-3 (cut 4)
    04:27 to 06:00 – Strip 3, Template C1-3 (cut 8)
    06:00 to 07:34 – Summary


Video Index

00:00 to 01:09 – Introduction
01:09 to 03:33 – Section 1
03:00 to 05:07 – Section 2
05:07 to 06:19 – Section 3
06:19 to 07:43 – Trim the units
07:43 to 07:52 – Remove papers from all units

Lesson 6: Final Assembly

Now it is time to put everything together into a top. The image below is a preview of what we will do in the next steps when we sort out all the units and place them into stacks of 4.


Pull out the Pattern Graphics sheet from Bag CR1 and watch the next video to see the process.


In this section the Lone Star units are stitched to New York Beauty units.


Video Index

    00:00 to 01:01 – Illustration 3
    01:01 to 01:15 – Illustration 4 introduction
    01:15 to 03:32 – Mark for cross seams
    03:32 to 04:32 – Interlocking seams
    04:32 to 87:23 – Stacked seams
    07:23 to 09:10 – Cross seams
    09:10 to 14:02 – Stitch the seam

NOTE: Press the seam towards the right.



Video Index

    00:00 to 01:05 – Illustration 7
    01:05 to 03:07 – Remove stitches in 4 places
    03:07 to 05:36 – Illustration 8
    05:36 to 09:58 – Pressing the center star

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