The Red River Star is a Queen Size expansion of the Tarnished Windmill design, originally published in 2015. The pattern incorporates foundation paper piecing and was designed by Bradley and Judy Niemeyer. It teaches’s latest strip piecing technique for completing lone star units whereby strips are sewn onto foundation paper to complete what we call a ‘Strip Set’. After the strip sets are completed, they are cut apart, rearranged, and resewn into a diamond star point. The technique evolved from seeing some common assembly approaches between the Summer Solstice and Bali Fever Backgrounds. Judy began experimenting with ways to speed up the creation of a lone star block with a strip to eliminate cutting, while also minimizing fabric waste.

The lone star block in this pattern was designed using 3” strips for the strip piecing. It incorporates a series of Windmill blocks as well. The general assembly process was designed with no Y-Seams. It is also an incredibly efficient quilt for 99” x 99”, using around 19 yards of fabric. The quilt on the coversheet was pieced and quilted by A digitized Quilting Design is available.

This pattern is available in Quiltster! This means you can color the quilt with your favorite fabric collections in Quiltster before you make it. Quiltster will even provide you with yardage!  You can also purchase kits designed by Quiltster Sellers right in the application!

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Pattern Size: 99″ x 99″
Price: $69.50
Pattern Includes: Instructions, Cover Sheet, Yardage Information, Foundation Papers

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