I'd love to make a Bali Wedding Star quilt (Judy Neimeyer pattern), and need help from those who have done one. I really like the Hoffman Bali Pops and Tonga treats collections, but I prefer to prewash my fabric to prevent bleeding. I thought I could put the strips into several lingerie bags, so they wouldn't get tangled up while washing and drying, and then clean up the edges. But I'm hoping someone can tell me if I need the full 2 1/2" width of the strip in order to do the foundation piecing, or will I have enough room if I prewash and then clean up the edges? Would it be better to buy batik stash builders, FQ packs, and grab bags if I want to prewash?
The Judy Neimeyer website has a link to the fabrics used in the sample quilt, and it says that 5-6 Bali Pop collections would be enough for the quilt. But if there are 8 fabrics in each of the 11 color familes used in the quilt, and each Bali Pop collection has 40 strips, wouldn't buying 5-6 Babi Pops be overkill? Or are the remaining stips used in the interlocking squares and star portions of the pattern?
There are several Bali Wedding Star classes this summer that I could drive to, but since they are two hours away, I'd like to get some advice before I sign up. I haven't done foundation paper piecing yet, but I have used the HST paper and I have some simple blocks I can practice on. So if the quilt shops who have classes this summer don't offer them when my daughter does get engaged, I'm out of luck and doing the pattern on my own. I've told her I need three years advance notice for her wedding quilt - LOL!
I'd sure appreciate advice from anyone who can help.