Lone Star Love

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_thumb[3]
(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.
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.

41 Responses to Lone Star Love

  1. Kat July 6, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    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?

  2. Carie July 6, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    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.

  3. Craft to Do July 6, 2013 at 6:14 am #

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

    Thanks Sandra in Oz

  4. sophie July 6, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    this is awesome!! love the color combo!

  5. Ali July 6, 2013 at 6:37 am #

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

  6. Die Fischerin July 6, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Love it! Thankyou for the link with the tutorial.

  7. Trudie July 6, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    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.

  8. Kate July 6, 2013 at 10:29 am #

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

  9. Kathleen Guenther July 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Love this. The colors are stunning.

  10. Lucy @ Charm About You July 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

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

  11. Lori W. July 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Love your Lone Star! Looks fabulous!

  12. Staci July 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

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

  13. jayne July 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    This is gorgeous! One day I may attempt one!

  14. Carla July 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Stunning! Love the pop of red.

  15. snips July 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

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

  16. My Creative Revolution July 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

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

  17. Katie July 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    beautiful job

  18. Rebecca Grace July 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    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!

  19. Lisa Lisa July 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Wow! Looks great!

  20. Lisa E July 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    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!)

  21. Kinga Izabella July 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

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

  22. Rebeca July 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

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

  23. Karen H July 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    well done – another one I might need to try!

  24. Claire July 7, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    It's stunning, well done!

  25. Vicki July 7, 2013 at 4:48 am #

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

  26. arlette91 July 7, 2013 at 8:48 am #



  27. Paula July 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

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

  28. Kristin Hajny July 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Your precision is amazing!!! Great job.

  29. elletaylor July 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I love this so much!!

  30. Maria Wallin July 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

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

  31. patcat July 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    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.

  32. Glynis July 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    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!

  33. Tamie July 8, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    I'm impressed. It's so pretty.

  34. EJ July 8, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    what a gorgeous design.

  35. Wanda July 8, 2013 at 11:41 am #

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

  36. the girlfriend gap July 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    YUM YUM!

  37. Janet M. July 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

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

  38. Tina Craig July 10, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    Love it! I love the controlled scrappiness.

  39. Sew Create It - Jane July 11, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Beautiful colour choices…it's lovely!!!

  40. Karen Leigh Wills July 15, 2013 at 5:19 am #

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

  41. Ann Bassett July 17, 2013 at 9:53 am #

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

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