Friday, July 5, 2013

Lone Star Love

Lone Star Block and tutorial links

I’ve had a Lone Star quilt on my mental to-do list since I started quilting…and seeing a block Elizabeth posted last week in Instagram gave me a push to do it. 

Lone Star Block, untrimmed

(The block before squaring it up)

I thought this would be a bomb (not the bomb…aaaa bomb)…but it actually went together pretty easy. 

The diamond strips are 1.5" cut and the red border strips are 1" cut.  I realized while making this, that my seams matched up better when I didn’t pin at every seam.  It might have something to do with the angled seams, being able to ease the fabric in as I go, or being able to feel where the seams intersect as I sew. 

Or maybe it’s all in my head and I just hate to pin.

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After I tucked my kids in bed I spent over an hour trying to figure out the math to make this block…and after I’d wasted an hour of my "Mom" time…I did a search online and found some great tutorials!

I used this tutorial for making the center portion….I made mine a bit scrappier.

I used this tutorial for adding the borders and finishing the block.  She also has a handy chart to figure out different sizes and how bit to make your background blocks. 

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41 comments:

Kat said...

I love the colours! I tried a mini lone star years ago, and the centre does not lie flat. How did you ensure it lies flat?

Carie said...

Well it more than justifies the effort; it's stunning! I'd be tempted to try to make one myself but I'm a little daunted by all the itty bitty pieces. But I think that might explain the pinning thing - perhaps if the pieces are that small even the finest pins distort them out of line.

Craft to Do said...

WOW that is stunning.
I think that the Lone star will be making its way to my To Do List.

Thanks Sandra in Oz

sophie said...

this is awesome!! love the color combo!

Ali said...

That is a really lovely star. I love the colours used and the text print.

Die Fischerin said...

Love it! Thankyou for the link with the tutorial.

Trudie said...

Beautiful! I have too have had the lone star on my to do list for a while. I even have the strips cut out! Perhaps on day soon I will actually finish mine.

Kate said...

Looks amazing. I might be a rebel, but I never pin. I just hold things in place as I go.

Kathleen Guenther said...

Love this. The colors are stunning.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

ohh lovely! Great colours. I'm with you and pin as little as possible!

Lori W. said...

Love your Lone Star! Looks fabulous!

Staci said...

Gorgeous! This has been on my to do list for years, but I keep chickening out.

jayne said...

This is gorgeous! One day I may attempt one!

Carla said...

Stunning! Love the pop of red.

snips said...

Gorgeous! And thanks for the links, this one's on my to make list... someday!

My Creative Revolution said...

Oh my goodness, so many little pieces of fabric and it all has come together beautifully! Gorgeous!

Katie said...

beautiful job

Rebecca Grace said...

This is one of the prettiest lone stars I've ever seen! I love the way you mixed your cheery brights with the gray texture and B/W text background fabrics. Very nicely done!

Lisa Lisa said...

Wow! Looks great!

Lisa E said...

A lone star has been on my to-do list for a long time. Thanks for the links to the tutorials. (And thanks for modifying Blogger to let us see the entire post instead of just an excerpt!)

Kinga Izabella said...

Your lone star looks beautiful!!! Thanks for the links!

Rebeca said...

Nossa, parece tão difícil...
Ficou lindo, adorei as cores!

Karen H said...

well done - another one I might need to try!

Claire said...

It's stunning, well done!

Vicki said...

First off...WOW! I love the block, the colors and the text fabric. It is beautiful!

arlette91 said...

J'adore.

Arlette

Paula said...

Gorgeous! I too have wanted to make one of these forever! yours is so pretty. You may have inspired me to jump in!!

Kristin Hajny said...

Your precision is amazing!!! Great job.

elletaylor said...

I love this so much!!

Maria Wallin said...

Stunning! Simply stunning! Love your fabric choices! =)

patcat said...

Ideas on the quilting? I am a longarm guilter and I have a customer who finished her Grandmother's quilt and has very large empty blocks on the corners. Love your quilt.

Glynis said...

Perfect! My first thought was "stunning, absolutely stunning" but as several others used the same adjective, tried to think of some other description. Words just don't do it justice! This is just so fun, so fresh! Allison, you have such a gift! Thank you for inspiring your family and the rest of us to think outside the box, to dream and to go for it!

Tamie said...

I'm impressed. It's so pretty.

EJ said...

what a gorgeous design.

Wanda said...

Gorgeous! Love the color combo and the word fabric together. Is that an Essex linen I see next to the words?

the girlfriend gap said...

YUM YUM!

Janet M. said...

I love a lone star quilt and this is absolutely beautiful. Nice Job!

Tina Craig said...

Love it! I love the controlled scrappiness.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Beautiful colour choices...it's lovely!!!

Karen Leigh Wills said...

WOW I've been inspired... now I want to make one. This is just beautiful!!!

Ann Bassett said...

What great tutorials. Love your star block. So pretty.

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